A quick visit to Cabramatta Part 2

Following on from my previous post.

We continued to tour Cabramatta and ended up going through many of the hidden alley ways with many many food stores and stalls!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 3

Final coverage post for our trip in May to Central Coast – part 3!
Don’t forget to try the fish and chips in Nelson Bay, nothing quite like a seafood box from a sea town.


Also had a lovely pear desserts (did you know desserts spelled backwards is stressed?) cooked and prepared by Jess.
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Upon leaving our cottage on the last day we wrote in the guestbook to leave our mark and romance!
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Mandatory selfie before leaving.
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Other things we managed to slip into our trip were visiting the local national park in the area – a must do. We managed to find a waterfall at this one too.


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Jess getting excited to use her bubble gun.
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She’s got it out!
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Gan Gan hill look out!
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Back at home and repairing out skin with Jess’ recommendation for skin repair!
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Hope you enjoyed it and have an idea of what to do, I know we certainly did!

Nelson Bay (a trip back to the past)

Following my previous post on Nelson bay, I had mentioned that it wasn’t our first time there. It was back in 2011 when we had first met each other (this is a whole other story) and will just briefly cover what we got up to that time around compared to our most recent trip 5 years on!
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We stayed at Samurai Beach Resort which has sadly closed down since then. It was a beautiful place although I do remember it wasn’t as easy to find the rooms in the dark because of the lack of lights!


Here is Jess checking some of the local attractions and finding out information on where we should go!

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Not sure what I was doing here but the room was beautiful and came with our own bathroom also unlike some places which may have a shared bathroom.
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Sand dunes and boarding seemed like the thing to do when you’re up in Nelson Bay!


The difference with this trip is that we got to meet the camels! (although we didn’t ride them).


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What else can you do at Nelson Bay if you’re only there for a night?


What can you possibly be looking for Jess?
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Ah hah! No trip is complete without a good Baskin & Robins ice cream!
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Another view of Jess at the bottom of the dunes, so cool!
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We also had a Domino’s pizza on the way back which was so delicious and ever stuck in our memories that Jess was so full she slept on the way back to Sydney!


A great escape for any couple, both short and long! We willy likely visit again one day!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 2

Next up, we packed our bags and headed to Peats Ridge about 30-45 minutes from Nelson Bay Sydney bound direction.
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We rented a beautiful secluded little cottage in a farming area.


The best thing was, there were horses and even farm animals just right next to us!
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It’s worthwhile going to Coles or Woolies before you embark on the journey as Peats Ridge is quite in the middle of no where!
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Preparation for our meals.


We cooked burgers together! Its actually very satisfying cooking by yourself.
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No animals were harmed in the making and cooking of our meals above and future displayed ones 🙂


Another great thing to do is abseiling!


They had some really good instructors and overall very well worth the experience!


After that we cooked another delicious dinner served by none other than the Masterchef Jess!


Always be prepared with a nice wine to supplement your dinner.
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Will finish off with part 3 shortly!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 1

In May of this year, Jess visited Sydney again and we decided we’d have a trip to the central coast of NSW. It was our first “wild” adventure where we would stay away from suburbia and have a little time away from the busy-ness of Sydney. Where did we decide to go? Central Coast of course!

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We first went to Nelson Bay to catch some sunshine and a bit of the ocean and stayed at a house hosted in Nelson Bay. It was a nice cosy place right next to the beach!


Highly recommended the host Trisha as she was very helpful and friendly, here is Jess taking a mandatory selfie of herself 🙂

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Now us together after a good night’s sleep.
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Next up we went to the sand dunes via the tour buses for some sand boarding!  They have various levels of difficulty (which was pretty much different sand dune starting heights). I felt it was quite slow on the non-steep ones and wasn’t really worth the effort walking up unless you went to the steep ones!

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Keep your hands out to balance on your way down!

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Next up, we took the bus back to Nelson Bay then went for a boat trip for dolphin watching!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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They also had a boom net which I managed to convince Jess to go on. Surprisingly there were no dolphins that came to that side because of the sun being on the other! Shame.

All suited up to go now 🙂
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Funny thing was, once Jess got off the boat and into the boom net everyone started wanting to go in! I took the role of photographer!

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Best thing was, we actually did see dolphins and a beautiful view this time (one of our first trips out of Sydney was to Nelson Bay but unfortunately no dolphins that time).

 

A list of things to do in Sydney part 2

Continuing from my old post found here

4) Gould’s Book Arcade
Now this is a really cool second hand book store that has literally hundreds of shelves and shelves of second hand books. If you’re interested in grabbing a bargain, finding something interesting to read or just to browse around something different. Pop down to Newtown and check these guys out.

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I almost always end up buying something, Jess probably would too but she doesn’t have much space in Taiwan so we often have to leave it here in Sydney until she comes next year!

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5) Pho An in Bankstown
Given I’m Vietnamese, we’re bound to have Pho some time, although we haven’t had a bowl together recently! For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s the most popular Vietnamese dish worldwide and probably the first thing that would come to mind when thinking about Vietnam.

Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of the actual dish itself but the expression on our faces should be able to tell you the review! Extremely fast service and large servings, price is a little higher than what’d you expect if you were from Cabramatta but overall a good place to try!

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6) Christmas lights hunting
This is a tradition in Australia particularly in Sydney during Early December to Mid January each year. This probably doesn’t happen as much as it did before simply because of rising electricity prices but still, it is quite popular and people do get into the spirit!


The thing to do is to check this website for the latest locations and participants each year!


Probably the most famous place is in Ryde, there’s a street there which is full of houses who light up the entire street. Best to get a comfortable car and ready to get some late night food!

Animals again – this time at the farm!

As you guys may realise that James and I are animal lovers. Unfortunately I can not keep any animals at home as some of my family members are allergic to them, however, my luckiest bf has lots of animals at home which I enjoy the chance of getting close to them.

Continue reading Animals again – this time at the farm!

Newcastle Cathedral Church

It seemed when Jess was in Sydney, we often went up to Newcastle now and then whether it was a surprise, random trip, buying items, selling items or even to visit somewhere. Well regardless we came across a random church (it was random to us) which turned out to be quite an attraction after reading online.

 

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10 things about Australia

‘Australia’, a word originally from Latin means a southern island, “a  big land dominated south in pacific ocean”

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2007, I was 17, the first time I visit this mystery country in the south, I looked at the sky and southern cross was upon me, then my journey has begun.

Here are 10 things I think about Australia or I may say Sydney.

 

  • Common language, English? Mandarin?

Alright, as everyone knows, English should be the most used language in Australia, however I found out an interesting trend in Sydney city. The ratio of Western people to Asian is like 5 :5 now. For those Chinese who are anxious about language barrier in overseas, I would definitely say…”don’t worry mate, you will survive. you can hear Mandarin everywhere in every corner”

  • Kangaroo is a real foodie

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The reason that I make this comment for kangaroos is they just know how to be picky on food, especially the one in reptile park. lol Reptile park has an open area for kangaroos jumping around, don’t worry! They are all friendly, so that everyone can be intimate with them by yummy grass, hmmm, I should have said the yummiest grass. If you love animals, I would highly recommend you to visit reptile park where is about 1.30 hour away from Sydney.

  • Why do they sell crocodile and rabbit meat in the market 😦

I still don’t know how people are able to chew crocodile meats as I imagine crocodiles have tough skin which should be best for a wallet instead of someone’s dinner.In addition, you just can’t cook little cute bunny!!! Look at their innocent face and adorable face.

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  • Blue Sky + beach = the best getaway for weekends

When I say blue sky, it means blue CLEAN sky without any clouds. Isn’t that amazing?

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I know it also means high UV, but oh what ever, JJ need another getaway for our stressed unhappy life. lol

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  • Dry hot summer like an oven

It was like 35+ degree everyday.

  • Great sense of humour

Most Australians that I met in my journey are generally friendly and hospitable. They make jokes and you can hear laughter most of the time .

  • Australian just know how to drive on the road

You guys may disagree with me from this point as I heard lots of ppl complaining about Sydney traffic, BUT I wound say if you have ever driven or even walked on the street in Asia, you wound definitely appreciate it more. LOL

Too many scooters on the road and everyone follows their own rules on the road. No one let you go first really. I recently just got a bad car accident which I got hit by a car. look at my scooter Sydneysiders!!!

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  • NRL is the most exciting exercise

Don’t ask me why I like it. lol Just grabbing a nice cup of beer and enjoy yourself with friends and watching the show in the bar.

  • Coles & Woolies have 50% off deal every week

 

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  • Why do you need to get petrol by yourself

It’s very very odd for me, people do this to me in the petrol station, even you ride a scooter! When I think about it again, yes, it may be cheaper for the dealer to save the cost from employment, but they must don’t have an idea of that not everyone knows how to use that machine. Oh well, I am the one.

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Alright, here are few things that I think about Aus. What’s yous ?

Travel| 3years anniversary in blue mountain

What first comes to your mind when you hear blue mountains?

I would never guess horse riding. But yes, we went to do horse riding for our 3rd anniversary in 2014.

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Although I forgot the name of my horse, let’s name him Oscar for now. He was beautiful and naughty. He walked waddling and took me on another route for his yummy leafs for breaky, I almost screamed out when the branch of a tree almost hit my face. I then soon moved my head without harm. That’s why it’s important to wear helmet.

 

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What makes this trip memorable and exciting? It is you are literally riding them. they take you up to the hill then down to the bottom in the village for an hour, the road wasn’t smooth, or I may say it wasn’t that comfortable at all.  Hence, you need to find a way to stay in a harmony with the nature.
James and I both enjoy it a lot.its a lovely day.

 

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Next destination : Jenolan cave

 

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Getaway| wild JJ Peats ridge [2016]

Peats ridge is a small town on the way back to Sydney through pacific highway. We found a very cool cottage on airbnb where has everything ready for us to be wild. 😀

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Unfortunately, we didn’t realise being wild means cutting off the connection with outside world. Poor  receptions for phones and without Wifi access, yes, that’s the place we gonna stay for two days.

I enjoyed cooking, baking there though. We had nice pizza and some side dishes with red wine for our first night.

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There were plenty diamonds breaking the darkness in the sky, the hundreds of stars was shining and dancing in front of us. James took his new telescope and taught me how to look for our favorite planet, Saturn, and southern cross.I know, I know, he just knows how to be extremely romantic. XD

 

Next day, we then went abseiling in Glenworth valley which was absolutely a fun adventure for us, however we were still scared of wild spider or snacks running around in the nature.

 

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Official website: http://www.glenworth.com.au/

Price for abseiling: AUD 90 per person for 2 hours, includes 3 rounds of abseiling , introduction & gear hiring.

Suggest duration: 3+ hours

 

Glenworth valley was really big, I was wondering to go kayaking, unfortunately, we couldn’t go as there’s a minimum people for the activity. Anyways, I did have a great time there and just enjoyed the nature.

Abseiling was really cool, it has a similar ideal of rock climbing, instead of climbing upward on the rock, we went up to the top of small cliffs first then jumping down but tried to attached the cliff as close as possible. The activity is very safe, you have to put on a helmet and dual safety locks with ropes around your waist, the instructors would hold.one side of the rope and you have another side. Both of you can easily control the speed and safety. There are two ways you can go for, backward which is for beginners and face down rundown ( I definitely would not do it though.), but it really depends on your skill and encouragement.

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It’s definitely an awesome and fun activity for someone who loves outdoor and nature.

 

Brisbane water national park was our next stop. (I know it sounds weird that “Brisbane” national park is in NSW.)

 

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Free access, but parking free is $8 per day

Suggest duration: 2- 3 hours

 

We just drove around in the national park then headed back to Sydney with 3 hours driving in the bad traffic for the ending of our honeymoon trip.