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THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY|AUSTRALIA

If you are going to visit Australia then you can’t miss Sydney. Besides being Australia’s largest city, there are many reasons why it’s also the most visited.

Trust me, Sydney won’t let you down!!


THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

# Hang out at the beach (Bondi beach)

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Take a local bus ride to Bondi beach. Beautiful view and a wonderful place for pictures. It’s super cold during winter and not advisable for  swimming but you can definitely go Surfing during winter. It’s crowded during summer. You can even see a Whale if you are lucky! We missed it !

# Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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MY CRAZY COUSIN!!

# Visit Sydney Opera House

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Uncover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour. 

# Take a ferry to Taronga Zoo

NEVER visit the Zoo during Winter!!! They don’t really come out of their shelter but it wasn’t that bad. We managed to see few animals.

#Explore the Market

Paddy’s Market

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# Visit Darling Harbour

A lively harbour side precinct just a 10-minute walk from the CBD. Waterside restaurants, cafes, nightlife, a large kids playground, and also plays host to the IMAX theater, the Convention Center, and the Aquarium.

# Sydney Tower Sky-walk

Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure at 309 m above the CBD.

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To be continued……… 

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Inspiring travellers

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”


Nomadic Matt is the biggest reason why I love travelling. He is an inspiration to me. Just like Matt, Hudson Ng and Yudara Kularathne have been an inspiration to me too. I have always dreamed of traveling the world, but I used to think it was expensive and impossible but these people made me believe that it was possible, and when you do believe in something it’s a lot easier to make it come true.

They are not photographers but every pictures they post are so sharp, and I can say nothing but wow when I look at their pictures.
They continue to inspire me with every single new photo that they post. Purely magical.
I also realized that it’s not about the camera but it’s about the person behind the camera!

Follow them on facebook for more beautiful pictures and travel tips.

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Nepal Through My Lens

Nepal, a beautiful,fascinating heaven. Breathtaking Himalayan mountains. Not all want to visit Nepal but I would strongly recommend to visit this heaven. The Nepalese are friendly and fun. It’s much easier if you have someone in your family who looks like a Nepalese, ha ha – bring them along. (You will definitely get discounts) :P. I love their culture.

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Prayer wheels -at Swayambhunath Stupa

Kathmandu -Things to see

  • Boudhanath Stupa – one of the holiest and most recognizable sites in Kathmandu.
  • Durbar Square –  It consists of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more.
  • Swayambhunath – One the oldest religious sites, this Buddhist complex has an iconic stupa, temples & many shrines. AKA the monkey temple.
  • The Pashupatinath Temple  Sacred Hindu temple.
  • Thamel – Thamel has been the center of the tourist industry in Kathmandu. Shopping district.
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HARSHA – cousin that looks like a Nepali 😛

Sarangkot & Nagarkot Sunrise

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Sunrise (October to April is the best month to visit Sarangkot)
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Annapurna Range seen from Sarangkot
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Sunrise view from Nagarkot

Pokhara

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Nepal is of course most famous for it’s gigantic mountains.  In season, tourists flood the country to go trekking in the Himalayas.

I certainly didn’t anticipate the amount of pollution and noise that we would encounter in Kathmandu. But honestly, in retrospect that hardly matters!!

♥♥♥♥

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5 Reasons To Visit Japan

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Japan is a country with incredible mountain scenery and the world’s most chaotic & quirky cities (Tokyo). Oh yeah, not to forget the incredible cuisine with authentic sushi everywhere. Being one of the most advanced (in terms of technology) countries in the world, Japan also offers an ancient outlook to tourists.

#1 Freakin clean 

The Japanese take hygiene seriously. You won’t see any litter or discarded cigarette on the road or pavements.  Japan is so clean and in perfect order.

 

#2 Japanese food (Yummy) 

Japan’s unique cuisine is world famous, especially sushi. Sushi/Sashimi/Donburi/Ramen/Udon/Kobe beef/Soup

#3 Efficient public transportation

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I really appreciated the punctuality of trains in Japan. Trains were never late, not once. I believe that i’m not the only one who is going to Japan because of the Shinkansen (fastest train). It is convenient to travel by Train.

#4 Stunning temples and shrines

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Beautiful ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan is one good reason that you should visit. You should see them with your eyes, they look just stunning!

 

#5 Shopping heaven

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Now forget about Italy, Japan is another shopping heaven. From branded to street products, Japan never failed you.

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3 DAYS IN YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA

3 days  in YogyakartaYogyakarta, is the center of fine Javanese arts and culture. This city is also well known for their ancient temples such as Borobudur and Prambanan.

The Dutch influence is also pretty strong and still visible in terms of food and culture.

It’s a huge and beautiful city, so make sure you plan carefully to avoid missing the magic of Yogyakarta.

Here’s my short itinerary(planned by my friend Ina Rahel )

DAY 1

  • Visit The Pine Forest Imogiri (for beautiful pictures) good location for Pre-wedding shoots. ♥

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Imogiri Pine Forest is about 1 hour from Yogyakarta. Best way to get there is by rental car or motor bike.

 

  • Parangtritis Beach (Sunset)♥

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popular tourist beach but it is not suitable for swimming due to the strong currents and waves. You can  hire horse/pony carts for a ride along the beach during sunset to capture amazing photographs.

 

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A delicious taste of bakmi jowo with affordable price and local authentic place dominated by wooden and bamboo materials.

DAY 2

  • Borobudur Temple (SUNRISE)♥

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This is a famous Buddhist Temple and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This temple offers a package to watch the sunrise from the main dome. Calm and peaceful.

  • Mount Merapi (Rough but wonderful experience)

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When talking about Yogyakarta, one of the main landmarks will definitely be the active volcano- Mount Merapi! Once you get there, you can enquire about the Lava Tour. There are few packages that includes, a visit to the Sisa Hartaku Museum,  2 lava ravine land forms caused by the eruptions and a replica of the English Stonehenge.  It was a great experience exploring the mount merapi with the rough terrain using 4×4 vehicle. The ride cost IDR 350-450K for 3 people.

  • Explore Prambanan Temple

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The most beautiful Hindu Temple in the world. It is a collection of massive Hindu temples built by the Mataram Kingdom. Detailed and complex.

  • Candi Ijo (Sunset)

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Candi Ijo, one temple of which location is the highest compared to other temples in Yogyakarta. Perfect place to watch sunset.

  • Dinner at Sate Klatak Pak Pong

    I am not a big fan of Lamb satay but this one got my mouth watering. Delicious juicy sate served with rice and soup. Tender and the meat is still hot while being served at our table. MUST TRY! No pics because i was so into it and forgot to capture 😦

  • Explore Malioboro Street. 

    Shop till you drop! Malioboro Street is the place for clothes, bags, shoes and souvenir shopping.  Hamzah Batik , the store is really unique. Presenting the Javanese culture.
    It sells batik clothes , statues, paintings & handy crafts, etc.

DAY 3

Breakfast – Gudeg is a traditional Javanese cuisine from Yogyakarta.  It is made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk.

Well, nothing much can be done on the third day. Early flight back to Singapore. 😦

It was a tiring short trip to Yogyakarta but worth it. Will definitely visit again as i have few more places to see and experience.