Never over planned for your solo trip because you will never know what to expect during your journey.
This was the first time that we plan to meet each other in our destination, Tokyo, Japan. We purposely chose the flight that will land to Tokyo on the similar time, so we could just start our adventure sooner.
However, James just got told that his flight was cancelled few hours before check in!!!!!!!
What an unexpected surprise!
So literally it will be my solo trip for the first day.
I was waiting for my flight with heavy panda eyes. Looks like we will have nice weather in Tokyo.
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!
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!
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.
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).
What else can you do at Nelson Bay if you’re only there for a night?
What can you possibly be looking for Jess?
Ah hah! No trip is complete without a good Baskin & Robins ice cream!
Another view of Jess at the bottom of the dunes, so cool!
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!
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!
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 🙂
Now us together after a good night’s sleep.
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!
Keep your hands out to balance on your way down!
Next up, we took the bus back to Nelson Bay then went for a boat trip for dolphin watching!
Don’t forget your sunscreen!
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 🙂
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!
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).
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.
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!
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!
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!
Hot air balloon! sounds so exciting by its name right? I am probably the only one person who brought a swimsuit for the first hot air balloon experience. You may ask me why I brought that. It’s because James told me we were going to the beach at 5 a.m. LOL I know I know, it sounds ridiculous, but en, I believed him.I realised that I was actually flying in the air at very last second. It was another surprise for me.
This place has exhibited Shaun the sheep at the moment where it used to be Harry Potter theme.
It’s a restaurant and some little shops surrounding.
About the food
Yilan is famous for suck, scallions, pork stick and so on. (Also check “must eat in Longdong night market)
We had a special version of duck pizza and pearl milk tea pudding for lunch.
It taste quite nice as your rarely can tell it’s a duck. The sauce is perfectly match cheese and vegetables. The 9there thing we like about it is the bread is thin one resulting in easier bites for us.
Pearl milk tea pudding
We ordered this is because James is a big fan of pearl milk tea, however this taste funny. It’s not a pudding. The texture is more like mousse with lots of pearl on the top. The only thing I like about this is the Shaun sheep chocolate. Lol
So just avoid this dessert then you will be fine.
We enjoyed the scene there a lot. Every corner is dedicated. I reckon here is a right place for kids or someone like me who love cute things.
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.
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.
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.
After a long ride, we have romantic picnic with lots of animals surrounding in the backyard of the counter.