Amazing Sydney @ 8 days 7 night

Our trip to Sydney, 8 days 7 night – time to kill in a single city for such long really scratching my head. Lucky part is Sydney is a interesting city,  in which we could visit every single corner of it.

Day 1 (11th Jun), morning flight at 9.20am & reached Sydney by 7.20pm (local time) – Dinner @ Criniti’s

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Day 2 (12th Jun), Fish Market – Central Station (to check bluemountain line schedule) – Circular Quay – Opera House – Campos Coffee – Royal Botanic Garden – Mrs Macquiare Chair – Chinatown – Dinner @ Yang San Park

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Day 3 (13th Jun), Pyrmont Bridge – Queen Victoria Building – Snack@ Zumbo – Townhall – Hyde Park –  St Marry Cathedral – Barracks Museum – The Mint – Sydney Hospital – Parliament House – State Library – Martin Place – Angel Place – Strand Arcade – Coffe @ Alchemy – Dinner @ Pho Pasteur

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Day 4 (14th Jun) – Bluemoutain – Scenic World – 3 sisters – Dinner @ Ramen Kan – Chinatown

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Day 5 (15th Jun) – Haymarket –  Lunch @ Market City Food Court – Tumbalong Park – Darling Harbour – Teatime @ Cafe de Wheels – Sydney University – Dinner @ Arisun

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Day 6 (16th Jun) – The Rocks – The Rocks Weekend market – Teatime @ Pancake on the Rocks – Harbour Bridge – Teatime @ Black Star Pastry – Art Gallery – Royal Botanic Garden – Dinner @ Grill D

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Day 7 (17th Jun) – Boat Tour (Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay) – Manly Beach – Lunch @ Manly Ocean Foods – Custom House – Ice Cream time @ Gelato Messina – Dinner @ Pho Pasteur

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Day 8 (18th Jun) – Morning flight back to Malaysia

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Manly Ocean Seafood @ Fresh & Cooked

Manly Ocean Foods is a tiny storefront but it definitely will catch your eye when you see a long queue of people, in which it is a sign that the food is delicious.

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It was a wonderful surprise to have fresh grilled salmon and it was delicious. The first was moist and the right amount of seasoning enhanced the taste of the fish without overpowering it.

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Our next surprise is fish & chip. Be frank, I do not like fish & chip at all due to previous experience. However, the fish & chips from Manly Ocean Foods, are not only delicious, it is fresh & crispy. The fish was lightly battered and crispy on the outside. It wasn’t oily. The chips were nice and big and crispy. I like how they put the fish on the chips to let some of the juice and flavoring reach the top layer of chips.

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Also don’t forget to buy their most popular tartar sauce. It is enhancing the taste of foods to next further level.  IMG_3751.JPG

So what are you waiting for?! Head to Mainly Beach without any delay. Once you see the Manly Beach just right in front of you, look at your left, you will never miss it (due to long queue of people). It is located next to Starbuck.

106-108 The Corso
Manly, New South Wales, Australia 2095

 

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Black Star Pastry @ Need No Introduction

Black Star Pastry’s signature – the Strawberry Watermelon Cake, which propelled the bakery café to almost-international fame. It’s one of those places that if you’ve been to, you’ll either conclude it’s awesome or overhyped. If you haven’t been, it’s one of those places you’ve heard plenty about and always want to go someday.

It consists of two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream whipped like there’s no tomorrow, the layers of fresh watermelon. The topping is fresh strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. You should know now that rose petals are edible. 🙂

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In a word it’s amazing. It’s odd to imagine the crispy watery watermelon going well with a cake but it just works.

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And yet, it is rather pricey. We are paying AUD 32 for a cake for 4 persons serving. Besides cake, they also offer drinks.

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In Sydney, you can find this shop in this 3 location, George Street (town area), Newtown & Rosebery. The easiest one will be the below at The Galeries, George Street. Look for Kinokuniya bookstore (2nd or 3rd floor), then you will find it.

The Galeries
The Galeries, 500 George St
+61 2 9557 8656

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Pancake on the Rock @ Never Closed

It is hardly to resist the wave from Pancake on the Rock if you are in Sydney. Looking at the name itself, you may think that they only serve pancake instead.  But, when you check on their menu, they actually serve various of foods – salads, pizza, grill ribs & etc.

Since we just had our breakfast, we ordered pancake & pizza for sharing.

Italian Salami (Slices of mild Italian salami and Italian sausage with red capsicum, black olives on a tomato and mozzarella base. Topped with fresh oregano, mixed lettuce, onion rings and a dash of ceasar dressing) $18.95

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You can find Pancake on the Rocks in few locations. But if you looking for the one open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here is the place. It is easy to locate, towards to Harbour Bridge direction & after the Museum of Contemporary Art.

4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney

Phone: 02 9247 6371
Fax: 02 9252 2900
Email: therocks@pancakesontherocks.com.au

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Melbourne Central – One stop shopping, dining & entertainment complex

If you like your shopping under the one roof, make Melbourne Central your first port of call. Melbourne Central is easily accessed via the city loop station beneath it, or the many trams in Swanston Street. It is on the free city circle tram route.

The centre also boasts several unique architectural features such as the giant marionette watch hanging in Shot Tower Square – famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’ – as well as a number of art installations throughout.

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Inside the second floor of the tower, Melbourne Central’s Shot Tower Museum has the low-down on the history of shot manufacture. All the lead used at the Coop’s Shot Tower came from Port Pirie in South Australia, where it was mined from the ground and carted by train to Melbourne.

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Shot towers were built for the production of shot balls by free falling lumps of molten lead, which was then caught in a water basin. The shot was used for projectiles in firearms.

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Federation Square – Unique cultural precinct in the heart of Melbourne

Since opening in 2002, more than 100 millions visitors had mark it as must visited place in Melbourne. It recently also been named the 6th Best Public Square of the World in a list of 10 international icons including Naghsh-e Jahaan Square in Iran and Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) in Moscow, Russia.

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After You – Sumptuous & Decadent Dessert

At After You Dessert Cafe, expect to have your taste bud delighted.

The Strawberry Cheesecake Kakigōri

Don’t worry about the hot read of the sauce. It is tasted like fresh strawberries that have been sweetened . Enveloped in the shaved ice made of milk which is so soft & light. Melt in your mouth within second. The cheesecake was fluffy and not overly dense – perfect texture for soaking up the melted milky dribbles from above.

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Ferrero Rocher Toast

One of the best & shall consider must order item. Soft fluffy thick toast was spread and infused with melted butter, topped with scoops of vanilla and served with whipped cream on the side. Drizzle over the honey syrup for extra sweetness. Every pieces of crispy toast were evenly soaked with the fragrant salted butter. Never had such a strong craving for this super norm flavour ever before!

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After You CentralWorld เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์ (Level 7)
4,4/ 1-2, 4/ 4, Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan,
Bangkok,Thailand

Open Daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

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Pork Leg Rice – Hidden gem in busiest street

Their signage said, “Thailand no. 1 braised pork leg rice”, which i have to agreed with. It hidden in a relatively quiet alley  near to the famous chicken rice shop (Go Ang, pink shirt).   IMG_20171113_100111.jpgIMG_20171113_100139.jpg

The set-up of the place was simple, we took a seat under the extended canopy in front of the shop

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The well-braised meat was tender and almost melts-in-your-mouth. It come together with appetizing pickled.

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The bitter melon soup also very tasty. Kind of complement to braised pork.

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Besides, also never forget to order bean curd and egg.

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I’m sure will pay my next visit when I go Bangkok again. It is the shop that once you eaten, you will never forget.

How to go there? Walk toward the alley just next to the famous chicken rice shop, crossing the river and check on your left. You will find the shop under the huge tree. Just in case you don’t know the exact location, I attached a photo which I snap at the front of the store.

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Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ – Eating Korean in Melburone

This is the 3rd day we were in town. After venturing Western cuisine (Greek food –  Stalactites, fish & chip, burgers – Grill D), it is time to try some Asia cuisine in Melbourne. Then we decided for Korean BBQ at Dae Jang Geum.

It is easy to locate the restaurant, near to the entrance of Chinatown.  The restaurant is huge. However, I do not like the interior – simple & traditional (anyway, this is my personal comment).

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We ordered a set which cost a about AUD 100. The set offer variety of beef including the premium beef,  chicken and pork. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a cheap meat by all means.

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I love the side dishes at Korean restaurants, they’re always quite different but would usually include kimchi (chilli pickled Chinese cabbage). It is free flow, so you can ask to to top up when you’ve finished them.

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Although Dae Jang Geum is a little on the expensive side, it was well worth it I thought. It’s a restaurant I would return to time and time again.

Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ
Phone: (03) 9662 9445
235 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Princes Bridge – Walk across like a Melbournians

Princes Bridge is marvelous by itself. A historical bridge was built in 1888 and it can lead you to the iconic Federal Square and Flinders Street Railway Station at north bank and also National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Royal Botanic Garden and Shrine of Remembrance at south bank.

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The bridge is around 120 metres (yards) long. You can cross Princes Bridge on foot. Thousands of people do it every day.

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At the middle of the Princes Bridge

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View to the north bank (sorry, no photo taken to show the south bank from the bridge).

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The bridge is is part of Melbourne. You can’t avoid on walking your way across to NGV to see a show or catching your train at Flinders Street Railway Station. Its a good place to take photos and look at the broader city from the other side of the bridge. A lovely place to walk.

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