I will post the rest of my Sydney trip now, well only the highlights tho’. This trip was made because Foo Fighters was doing AUS&NZ Tour, and I’m a BIG SCALE fan since I was 13. My sister treat me the concert tix as my birthday gift, what a thoughtful one. Actually since this was sort of unplanned trip, I was broke, hahaha, so no shoppin’ cause it’s killin’!
DAY 2 – WE HIT THE CITY!
The day after Ku-ring-gai Chase, we went of course to the city with my cousin, Kevin. I have a big family here from my mom’s side, they all migrate to Sydney a long time ago, so they can’t speak Indonesian. We went to Darling Harbour area and the CBD area to window shopping.
The weather was a bit cloudy and humid as you can see.
Later that night we hung out with my other cousin and his friends at The Henson. Very nice place! The funny thing is the place serves beers but they have kids’ playground, and all of the parents hang out there drinking beers while the kids play wildly. We drink beers and had dinner, I ordered the pork ribs which came big time but I finished it. Too bad I didn’t take any pictures because I had too much fun and didn’t even touch my phone. But you can check out their website http://www.thehenson.com.au/ . They serves quite a lot of choices of craft beers which was interesting to try. Had fun that night.
DAY 3 – HAPPY TUMMY
The next day, was Saturday. My cousin took us to Three Williams for breakfast, I tried salad : grilled squid + chorizo, rocket, radicchio, crispy chickpeas + balsamic glaze ; toast : sonoma miche sourdough with condiments + smashed avocado + poached egg ; coffee : hot cappuccino, THEY WERE ALL HEAVENLY.
After Three Williams, my cousin took us for window shopping around Surry Hills area, which is known as youngster’s spot. We dropped at some cool shops, I bought a BLUR vinyl “The Great Escape” and a pair of Royal Republiq shoes at Someday Store. What? Did I say no shopping because I’m broke?
After strolling around Surry Hills, my cousin Tim took us for brunch to Bourke Street Bakery, he said it’s really good, hop on! The lining quite long, but actually the place is small, we can sit outside, they put seating on the pedestrian. My cousin ordered us pork fennel sausage roll, lemon custard pie, and ginger creme brulee. The pork fennel is TO DIE FOR! So tasty, cannot describe, seriously! Thank God he brought us here, haha.
After series of delicious eating, my cousin took us to see an art exhibition at Carriage Works, the place before was a railway workshop but turns to a big open space art gallery. Very cool because they keep the history within the original building, we could still feel the old workshop situation. At the moment they preview Sydney Buddha by Zhang Huan.
We were taken back to the city, I really like my cousin, he gets us, he know where to go and all of them is interesting places, places where we are keen to see. I was happy that he took us to Aesop store at Paddington! I am quite amazed by Aesop store designs, I’m digging it on Pinterest before and wondered when I can really experience the store. This is it! If you are wondering how crazy beautiful the Aesop stores concepts, please see this link. And I couldn’t help not to shop, I bought something for everyone I guess.
Around 5 PM, we went to Coogee Beach to meet Tim’s friends again and had dinner together. We tried vegetarian resto, which was interesting and popped out some wines. Always a great time with this guys.
Day 4 – Balmoral and Birdman!
Sunday it was, Tim took us again, we had no plan, just go wherever he took us. We went to Balmoral Beach, it was a perfect day, sunny and a lot of people hung out at the beach. We grabbed lunch, fish and chips and salads. Pick a spot on the greenery with beach view, and just chat. Oh and we went barefoot! I’ve never been to Balmoral, and it was beautiful.
After Balmoral, we were planning to watch Moonlight Cinema, the screening on that day was: BIRDMAN! So excited, and this was the first time for me to experience watching movie in an open space. This program only in summer season, so we were lucky! We chose Centennial Park because it was the reachable and the price was reasonable. Can’t believe I watched it just a day before they win the Oscar.
DAY 5 – TOURIST MODE
This day, we were all alone, nobody companies us. And guess where the first spot we hit on: Bourke Street Bakery, can’t get rid of the pork fennel taste in my brain. So good, better twice than cries. This time, one person got one pork fennel.
We strolled around Surry Hills again, and we went to The Winery for morning wine (!) The place was oh so adorable, love it! And the waitress was so attentive and helpful, she helped us to choose good wine at cheap price. We had 2013 Shiraz, got us a bit tipsy but all good.
Yes! Finally and art gallery, because there was an exhibition “POP TO POPISM” at Art Gallery of New South Wales. Pop art exhibition, never been before, and I always excited to see those kind of things. The gallery is beautiful, but can’t take picture on the exhibition but it was worth the visit. They also have section on classical art, and I found my persona statue!
After the educational stop, we went to Circular Quay area to see Sydney Opera House, but it was failed because there was a concert and the area was closed. So we stranded at the quay looking to Harbour Bridge and city lights at night.
We were so tired, our legs felt almost cut off. But the boys wanted some drinks, and there is a recommended place : Bulletin Place. The bartender won some cocktail contests, and truly is, we were encouraged not to order pure drinks instead of cocktails, they can customise for you, because cocktails are their expertise so if you order just whisky or vodka they will feel sad. The bartender slash waiter slash owner was so kind, friendly, and funny, we had great times because the place was not too crowded also. But so hilarious to saw the boys drink cocktails, strange sight.
Day 6 – Skipped A Day
Basically we didn’t go much, because the boys were taking skydiving trip almost whole day. So that’s that.
Day 7 – Skipped Again
I forgot what we did this day. What I remembered only my cousins took us to dinner at Jasmine Lebanese Restaurant at Auburn, which was tasty, never tried before. And we did shisha, made my head spin. OH! We watched Fifty Shades of Grey that day, one of the worst movie I’ve ever seen.
Day 8 – The Naik Haji Day
This was the day that I finally met my number one idol, a family member I’ve never had, Dave Grohl. So excited, and I was going so crazy, full of energy, moshing with the crowds. It was a perfect set list, I couldn’t even ask for a better performance. Concert with Australians was interesting, they are all full of energy, and they are all real fans. I mean sometimes I saw a lot of fake fans in Indonesia, no offence but there are. Really enjoy the crowd, even though some people can get crazy, but all good. It was a bit raining but it didn’t matter because I was all sweat! Dave was good at speech, I never doubt my awe to him, it was the best feeling to see your idol so close and he appreciated you. Oh yeah, I was on the third layer from the front *cry!
DAY 9 – LAST DAY
Felt so sad to leave Sydney, I always had a great times here. I always think to moving to Sydney than Europe sections (never been to US so we will see), and now the feeling is getting stronger. Hope to see you again Sydney, always be a great trip.
All the pictures were taken with iPhone and Samsung Camera, edited with VSCO application.