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Sydney (2013)

This is a late post, but it’s always better late than never.

Was in Sydney for winter 2013 (down there, this means around June)! Weather was great for people like me who live in a tropical country.

Welcome to Sydney

Scoot!

Flew there using Scoot!

Compared to other budget airlines from Singapore, Scoot offered a direct flight to Sydney.

Our plane was a Boeing 777, compared to other budget airlines Airbus’ A330 (to Manila/Hongkong), the 777 has better leg room and more toilets.

We also opted to “fly with food”. Our meal came with a can of Pringles and drink.

Scoot Meals 4

Scoot Meals 1

Scoot Meals 2

Scoot Meals 3

Some things I’ve learned form our Scoot (budget air) experience to Sydney.

1. Some passengers, even those who travel with children will not purchase any food to eat! This was weird for me since the flight is more than 8 hours long.
2. Airline staff will ask you NOT to consume food NOT bought from the airline, but I never saw them stop a passenger from eating their own sandwich.
3. Bring an EMPTY water bottle. You can fill it up with drinking water once you are at the boarding gates or even while you’re inside the plane. There are water faucets near the lavatory.

Snowy Mountain

So why does a family from a tropical country visit Sydney during winter? Well we wanted to see real snow.

Quick tips:

1. Renting pants is expensive, even if I was there during off-peak season! If you can bring extra jeans, then you can save around AUD 20.00+
2. Renting shoes is easy and reasonable, no need to buy snow shoes. There are a lot of tourists using regular shoes on the snow, but always consider that the snow is wet and the water can easily enter your shoes.

Sadly we came too early and the mountain only had artificial snow! But, it was more than enough to have fun.

Snowy Mountain 1

Snowy Mountain 2

Snowy Mountain

We rented a full house which allowed us to cook our own food!

Snowy Mountain House

Here’s a view from the back.

Snowy Mountain House View

Canberra

Since we were already at Snowy Mountain, we decided to make a quick stop at Canberra (capital of Australia).

We stopped at this park which provided a free BBQ pit! And we also visited the Parliament House.

Canberra 3

Canberra 1

Canberra 2

Sydney

We stayed in the west side of Sydney; we needed to take the train for around an hour to reach the city.

Compared to Singapore’s MRT, Sydney needs to upgrade their ticketing system! During our short stay there, we had our own share of card failure stories.

Here are some photos I’ve taken…

Sydney

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Inside QVB

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And I guess a trip around Sydney won’t be complete without Harry’s Meat Pie!

Harrys

Harry's Meat Pie

Hop on Hop off bus

To maximize our stay, we rode Sydney’s Hop on Hop off bus!

Bondi Beach

No trip to Sydney will be complete without a visit to Bondi Beach!

Again, for people like us from a tropical country… how many times do you get to walk in the beach at noon with denim pants and not sweat?

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach 1

While we were there, we also decided to have lunch at a nearby fast food which sells fried sea food.

Bondi Beach meal 1

Bondi Beach meal

Bondi Beach meal 2

Fish Market

If you love seafood, then a visit to the Fish Market is a must!

Birkenhead Point

Also spent a day at Birkenhead Point for Outlet shopping!

Birkenhead Point 3

Birkenhead Point 1

Birkenhead Point 2

Mandarin Picking

Timing of our arrival allowed us to visit a farm.

We heard that Mandarin picking is a seasonal attraction and we were lucky enough to experience it.

Mandarin Picking 1

You can also pick mushrooms!

Mandarin Picking 2

Blue Mountains

Friends told us that a visit to Blue Mountains is a must since it’s not that far from the city…We didn’t ride the attractions available, but the view was great!

Blue Mountain again

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains 1

Kangaroo

Also had a chance to see Kangaroos!

Blue Mountains 3

Kangaroo

Tax Refund

Australia has a tax refund system for tourists. Make sure you keep your receipts when you go shopping. Would be better if you can hand carry your purchased items as the officer who attended us had this requirement.

Our Australia was great!

Would love to see more places but I guess those places we missed out will be for our next visit.

Which part of Sydney do I want to return to… definitely the Fish Market!

2014

2014

Welcome 2014…

March 15, 2008… I wrote my first ever blog post.

2 years later (2010) I decided to put a watermark on all my photos…

I’ll still stick with a modified version of my 2010 logo for my blogs (world of ice, gadgets and food).

old logo

But photos uploaded on my Flickr and Slickpic will see a new logo…

Sign

Found the schedule here…

Theme: CLOSING THE YEAR OF FAITH

Dec 15, Sunday, 8pm – GOD THE CREATOR

CHURCH OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
25 Woodlands Avenue 1
Contact Persons: Francis CEPE (94761255) / Tony ODIADA (91391180)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS
450 Clementi Avenue 1
Contact Persons: Lalang CASTRO (91769340) / Bong NUNGAY (90401529)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT STEPHEN
30 Sallim Road
Contact Persons: Manulet BULAONG (91258086) / Rey DE LUNA (97453947)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT IGNATIUS
120 King’s Road
Contact Persons: Rilyn BINAS (97918677) / Melinda DUMALOGDOG (83327821)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Manoling V FRANCISCO, SJ

Dec 16, Monday, 8pm – JESUS CHRIST

SAINT JOSEPH’s CHURCH
143 Victoria Street
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT MARY OF THE ANGELS
5 Bukit Batok East Avenue 2
Contact Persons: Mark PERICO (96488038) / JOANNE MARQUINA (82003496)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA
10 Yishun Street 22
Contact Persons: Gerard ARCEO (94880407) / Butch SARMIENTO (91349109)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 17, Tuesday, 8pm – MARY

CHURCH OF THE RISEN CHRIST
91 Toa Payoh Central
Contact Persons: Tosing KEW (96246061) / Veronica ORESTE (97467143)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 18, Wednesday, 8pm – THE HOLY SPIRIT

SAINT ANNE’s CHURCH
66 Sengkang East Way
Contact Person: Geraldine QUIAMBAO (92359267)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
200 Boon Lay Avenue
Contact Persons: Agnes PACULDAR (81235158) / Daisy DUCUSIN (93636408)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
50 Ophir Road
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Augustine JOSEPH

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 19, Thursday, 8pm – THE BODY OF CHRIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING
2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Contact Persons: Betty CERVANTES (96582456) / Robert MENDOZA (90408946)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
50 Ophir Road
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Augustine JOSEPH

Dec 20, Friday, 8pm – EVANGELIZATION

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
248 Upper Thomson Road
Contact Persons: Maleen NGAN (97867143) / Violet LIEW (91542797)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
1259 Upper Serangoon Road
Contact Persons: Nes SANIO (93669584) / Malou TAY (97669971)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

Dec 21, Saturday, 8pm – FAITH AND CHARITY

CHURCH OF SAINT TERESA
510 Kampung Bahru Road
Contact Persons: Eric ARROYO (85719814) / Gilbert NAGUIT (92474555)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

Dec 22, Sunday, 8pm – CATECHESIS

CHURCH OF SAINT MICHAEL
17 Saint Michael’s Road
Contact Person: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM (63920592)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
24 Highland Road
Contact Person: Ma Victoria BALAN (82474582)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT BERNADETTE
12 Zion Road
Contact Persons: Edilberto ENDENO (96583526) / Dodeth VERGARA (84440213)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

Dec 23, Monday, 8pm – ONE CHURCH

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
1 Commonwealth Drive
Contact Persons: Armand LASPONA (92272160) / Chris PACIA (82648159)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

Dec 24, Tuesday, 6pm – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

CHURCH OF SAINT ALPHONSUS (NOVENA)
300 Thomson Road
Contact Persons: Rey TATOY (90122243) / Nanette ONG (91456058)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
225A Queen Street
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

Daily Masses to be held in the following Parishes:

CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY
19 Pasir Ris Street 72
Contact Person: Rizaldy SAPIERA (84848065)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Hans MAGDURULANG

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
1 Commonwealth Drive
Contact Persons: Armand LASPONA (92272160) / Chris PACIA (82648159)

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
31 Siglap Hill
Contact Persons: Christian BLAS (98529873) / Christina MALIJAN (91517925)
Officiating Priests: Rev Fr Gregoire VAN GIANG, MEP and Rev Fr Charlie OASAN, CICM

Saw this ad during my MRT ride…

Then it made me think… What’s that under Philippines?

Philippine Symbol 2
Click here for a Full-res photo

From the Ad, I can easily sa that Australia has its Opera House, China has the Great Wall, Statue of Liberty for the US and Petronas Towers for Malaysia.

Can we use the Jeepney?

Rizal’s monument?

Or maybe the Globe from SM Mall of Asia!

This post will just show how much I know little about watches!

Orient Automatic Mens Semi Skeleton Watch FDB05001W

Orient Watch FDB05001W

 

Orient Automatic Mens Semi Skeleton Watch FDB05001W

Been using this watch for almost a year and here’s a short review.

Orient’s FDB05001W is a dress type, water resistant (50m / 5bar) automatic watch with sapphire crystal and 21 jewels.

I haven’t tried bringing it under water, but I can say that it was able to withstand daily splashes.

Used daily, I love that the watch feels solid.

Accidental hits (so far) did not leave a dent. (And I’m hoping it stays that way)

The bracelet feels comfortable and it doesn’t have a clanking sound.

The watch stops if not used for (around) 48 hours…

I am one of those men who prefers to use a bar soap over the liquid ones…

Safeguard Singapore

That’s why finding out that Safeguard is available at a grocery in Serangoon is a big deal for me…

Safeguard Soap Singapore

I can’t find the exact address of the Grocery, but its near the Marine Parade Town Council.

Here’s how the shop looks like from the outside.

Serangoon Grocery

There’s another entrance if you will be coming from Serangoon’s old bus terminal.

Good Luck Serangoon

01-217 Serangoon Singapore

 

If you’re reading my blog, I’m sure you know what ebay is…

It may not be for everyone, but here in Singapore, I only sell my “unwanted stuff’ in ebay and craigslist.

Now… What is ebay missing???

It needs an option to give us sellers the option to choose who to sell our items to…

If I remember correctly, you can sell an item through Auction or with a Fixed Price…

I normally sell my items with a fixed price and while my item is live, I receive numerous inquiries regarding the item… From additional photos, physical status and even alternate meet points…

Then something happens…

Someone will just click “buy now” and never reply to messages!

Here’s my theory!

There are “online shops” trying to sell used items on ebay… And maybe people like me who sell items below market value hurt their business.

Sorry but I just got really annoyed as someone closed my ad so that (maybe) they can keep prices of certain items high…

I know you’ll suggest that I give them a negative feedback, but he/she has almost a hundred positive feedbacks and I don’t think a negative 1 will hurt…

Time to repost my item again and hopefully I’ll find a way to remove the “buy now” option.

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