Monday, February 27, 2017

Sydney Day 1

Here's my itinerary - 12th Nov 2016-

Day 1

Reached sydney airport at 6.50am (train from airport to central about takes around 20mins).
Put luggages at Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central near Central Station and head to Sydney Sky tower via bus.

We have pre-purchased this package online:
Sydney Tower Eye + SKYWALK + SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium + WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo + Madame Tussauds + Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Source: Expedia

The day started with visiting Sydney tower eye which we had pre-booked the timing for Sky Walk (yes the package stated Sky WALK and not just go up the Sky tower, I didn't notice). Funny thing that there was this clause about having to do the Sky Walk first before we can use the pass for other attractions. 

It's my first time doing a sky walk that outside a city tallest tower (too bad we are not allowed to bring camera out there). I missed that at Macau tower. Participants had to wear blue overall suits and harness so that we were hooked to the railing by rope and carabiner. Everything looks so miniature under our feet like toy figures from up high. Wind wasn't very strong that day and thank goodness for the sunny weather.

There is one section where we stood on a glass pane which can move outwards mechanically. How cool! Definitely not for the acrophobic and faint-hearted. I managed to take photo at the galleria.

Our next stop was Madame Tussauds (closes at 5:30pm, last entry 4:30pm). Sama sama to the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds. I have not been to the Singapore one. Well, I guess just differ in their sets of wax celebrities.

Next was Sydney Sealife which is located right next to Madame Tussauds. The queue for the boat ride to see penguins for 5 minutes was looong, there's some boat malfunction. Many sharks, nemo and dory (I am sure kids would be thrilled).

We went sight-seeing at Darling Harbour, which is walking distance away, and had Pancake on the Rock for dinner. If you like pancakes in assorted variety, whether sweet or salty, here's the place. I didn't know where my pictures of the pancakes go - opps. 

There is supposed to be fireworks display at the quay that night but as we had to get up really early the next morning to go Port Stephens and were tired from whole day walking, we decided to give that a miss. The walk to the bus stops in Sydney can be really long even from places of attractions. Now I appreciate Singapore's SBS much more.

Stay tune for Day 2~


Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Must-buys in Australia

  • Health supplements made in Australia (miA) e.g. Blackmores, Swisse
  • Lanopearl, Sukins, paw paw ointment... the miA skincare brands of course!
  • Medicines e.g. difflam, telfast, nurofen - the prices are almost half compared to SG!
  • Tidbits e.g. Tim tam, Tiny Teddy, Red Rock Deli, crackers (I like their not-too-salty rice crackers -Peckish)
  • miA's honey
  • miA's liquor (I don't drink but some of the brands are really cheap there, like the Lehmann moscato)
Shopping on budget:
Coles, Chemist Warehouse, Paddy's market (fresh fruit, factory outlets), DFS Galleria @The Rocks

Cheap seafood:
Sydney Fish Market (cheap oysters and sashimi!)

Many Pharmacy-only / Prescription medicines are selling OTC there at the pharmacies like nurofen, buscopan, zantac, nasonex, hydroquinone cream, difflam. And there is so many more generics and choices, I am going like "Woah..." O.o

Monday, September 12, 2016

Before finalizing your itinerary

Before you finalize your itinerary for a free-and-easy tour time, here are some must-dos so that you won't go 'ah, why didn't I think of that?'. The moment sounds familiar doesn't it?
  • Find out the distance between the places you plan to go and how long it would take on your preferred mode of transportation. Especially if you intend to go cross county or out of town. You wouldn't want to under-estimate your needed travel time and having to push back the entire itinerary as a result. See illustration of what I meant below.

  • Calculate the expected expenditures and throw in some spare budget for the unforeseen circumstances.
  • Do the places you want to visit e.g. museums open on the days you planned to go? Open-sesame does not work here.
  • Have the names of locations ready in the native language just in case you need to ask around (in case at the places you go to people don't speak English well).
  • Find out how and how long it takes to get from your last-day-stay hotel to the airport. Plan your set off time. Missing a flight is no fun at all.
  • Write down a list of things that you would need to bring along, e.g. universal adapter.
  • Plan those days with most shopping till the last. So you won't have to lug a refrigerator around. 
Have fun!