2014 Jun 09 Blue Mountains Trip with Yin – Day 2

Foggy lookout to Three SistersThree SistersYin and Nicole at Scenic World

Day 2 – I woke to a rainy and drizzling day, with clouds and mist and fog.
What to do?!

I’ve only got a single pair of pants and they haven’t really planned or decided what to do. Today is supposed to be hiking somewhere.
After a fancy breakfast that was prepared, and lunch, we headed around Echo Point, and then back to leura for some shopping.
Looked at a few shops and then ended up at this kitckenware shop. I think we spent about 45min inside and $270+.

The clouds appear to have cleared and we made it back to Echo Point. At this stage, it was still very misty and drizzling.
A decision was made to walk down the Giant Staircase and then hike towards Scenic World. From there, we’ll make our way back.
This was around 12.30pm and last cable-car back to top was 4.50pm.

The hike down was interesting. But I wouldn’t want to hike back up. Too many stairs!

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2014 Jun 09 Blue Mountains Trip with Yin – Day 1

Going away for 2 nights, 3 days to Blue Mountains with YinYin and her friends from Mly.
Should be OK. I’ve been there a few times already and getting away from Sydney would be pleasant.

I was supposed to be picked up between 9-10am, but it turned out to be around 2.15pm.
Arrived late (4ish) at Leura, and it was getting dark, with shops closing. After doing some more grocery shopping,
we headed to the accomodation. A house with 3 bedrooms, large kitchen and dining, and central heating. (Note it was cold
and foggy and drizzling outside).

Dinner was prepared and tomorrow is another day.

Foggy LeuraKitchen and Dining RoomBedroom
 

Interesting
– the 2 girls shared a queen size bed, and I took a room with 2 single beds.
– I had breakfast, morning tea, and lunch before leaving Sydney.
– the bathroom didn’t have curtains on the big windows.
– peanut butter is actually just crushed peanuts.

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2014-Jun-18 State of Origin Game 2

A win! A win after 8 years!

Having won Game 1 in Queensland, NSW had better win the home game. I have bought the Gold seats and don’t want to waste it by them losing. That would suck!

Luckily, we won! It was tense in the 2nd half, waiting..and waiting…no one wanted to say that the game might just end with Qld winning 4-0. And then the try game! wooohooo..such celebrations! The atmosphere was so good!!

Anyways, where we were sitting, there was this guy who looked like he was stoned. And everyone was afraid that he’ll fall off from where we were. Mind you, it was quite high up.

Things that I remember

  • The guys behind us saying
    – When are the Morris brothers back? Game 3? (sigh, already thinking we’ll lose)
    – Run back with the ball, run back! (for NSW to run back towards their own goal to kill time)
  • The bearded guy
    – I’ll seat in front. If that guy falls over, I’ll try to catch him.
    – Do it again! (after a spear tackle on QLD)
  • Jarryd running back to his own goal line at full time, with us nervous that he was about to knock-on earlier.
  • Counting down the last seconds of the game
  • Walking that spiral thingy to get to our seats! such a long walk!

 

StadiumOne in a rowOutside the stadium
 

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St malo’s bakery

Brioche French toast for brunch. Looks quite pretty.

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Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island

Once very two years, Biennale of Sydney. Since I might be busy with a new project next week, I decided to head off to Cockatoo Island on Friday. A weekday, a fine day. Shouldn’t be packed! :D

The most interesting thing was probably the little train right in front. And I managed to get tickets for the 1.30pm train. Yay! The ride itself was alright. Just sound based stuff when the train goes into the tunnel and fog everywhere. I think I like the ‘Village’ piece most. That’s the one with the mini-houses (middle photo below). cute.

TrainVillage

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Blue Mountains 2014

Lincoln's RockLincoln's RockLincoln's Rock

And so, another trip to the blue mountains.
Will take the normal route and go to Flat Rock. Actually, the sign was Lincoln’s rock. Anyways, it’s a rock at the end of a cliff that overlooks some blue mountains. Today, it wasn’t that windy, and was relatively safe to go closer to the edge. Makes some nice photos

The plan was to do the Sculptures at the Scenic world. To me, the sculptures were kinda a disappointment. I found it more interesting to just look at the plants, and the trees.

Photos over here…

Pen art

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Drawing using pens only at Pitt St mall. Interesting but time consuming

Bundanoon Camping

Thanks for inviting me to camping. I haven’t tried it before and it is quite fun.

The plan was to go to Gambells Campsite at Bundanoon, have steamboat at night, go see glow worms, and on Sunday, just do whatever. Sight-seeing, or hiking, or see red leaves.

On Saturday morning, the three of us met at Michael’s place, and then headed off to flemington to buy some breakfast (harm shui kok, char siu bao, siu mai). Then off to Bowral for lunch!.

Cafe ParisienneLookoutCamp

After 1.5hrs drive, we arrived at Bowral, and ended up trying Cafe Parisienne. I had the salmon, with spinach and sweet potato fries. At $15, they look quite nice; and tasted nice to me, although I would’ve liked a bigger dish. Next up, Fitzroy falls and a walk around that area.
At close to 4, we headed towards Gambells Rest Campsite, and it also started drizzling. We had to set up our tents while it was drizzling. The inside of the tent got a bit wet and the setup wasn’t exactly too fun. But overall, it was fun getting everything up and ready.

SteamboatCamping Common AreaLight Painting

Steamboat for dinner. Was yummy but abit rushed since we had to go to the Glow Worm track. Haven’t seen glow worms before. Should be fun. The walk was about 20min, not too far, but dark. I would’ve liked to stay longer, but the others were leaving, so, might as well head back. The weather wasn’t as cold as expected, and during the night, when others were sleeping, a few of us did some light painting.

The next day was going to differnet lookouts, taking more photos, and then heading back to Sydney. Good trip, guys! (pics here)