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Vivid Weekend Warrior Edition

Its the time of the year when the CBD is packed every weekend with people wanting to get that perfect picture of the sky line lit up!

Vivid Avoiding Crowds

My boyfriend was down last weekend from his project and he had said I don’t like crowds I don’t want to go to vivid. A small min trick later I had him in the Rocks and loan behold we were technically in Vivid but without the crowds.

I am fine with crowds they do not bother me and I love the vivid festival so I really wanted to go especially as he was down from Coffs for the weekend.

We got off the train at Martins place around 5:30 so it was dark and we walked down to the Rocks and through to the Palasides. I showed MC the view from the top of the bar which is a spectacular view of Sydney and its also a different view of Sydney Harbour.

We settled in the pub downstairs near a window and we could see the Vivid lights on the Shangri – La. We were joined by a few friends and had dinner in the pub which is good pub grub. Around 9:15PM we walked around to the the Theatre Bar. Yet again another great view of the Harbor Bridge and Luna Park. It was great watching all the boats on the water with there lights on for Vivid. The bar was very quiet and relaxing.

When you come out of the bar turn left and walk down the road a little way to the steps going up. At the top of those steps is a amazing view of the Sydney Opera House Sails.

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Walking back through the Rocks we got told by a passer by to go up the alley way down the side of the pub ‘ Phillip Foote ‘ there is a Vivid exhibit using 3D graphics….it looks very cool on Boomerang app. Check out the video on my Instagram Keeks9272016

 

Vivid By Boat

I did a boat trip on Sunday with my house mate and it was fantastic. We bought the tickets through Groupon for $38 each. The boat was a catamaran and seated 30 people. You could bring alcohol on board if you wished. The boat supplied soft drinks wraps and sandwiches.

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The boat was massive with room to walk about to get the perfect photo. The route went around to Darling Harbor where we caught the water show then back round to the Opera House and around the botanical gardens. Its a lovely way to experience the lights on the water. The company we went with was Sea Sydney Harbour.

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Vivid By Foot

I am going by foot this week to Vivid with my friends since as MC is not a crowd lover. Once I have gone by foot I shall update this section. Hopefully going to check out the Botanical Gardens, The Rocks and maybe Martins Place!

 

 

 

Weekend Warrior Vol.2

Few more activities to check out this weekend. Fingers crossed this good Autumn weather does not end!!!

Enjoy this weeks Weekend Warrior Addition!

Cockatoo Island – You can jump on a ferry from Darling Harbor and explore Cockatoo Island. There is a lot of history there to explore. The island has a cafe and bar (only open in summer). Also if you fancy a over night stay you camp at the island. There are two options; to camp with your own equipment or take advantage of their camp equipment. Last time I visited the Cockatoo Island there was a art exhibit on. Check out the website to see whats happening before you head over.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk– Its a classic…Everyone has done the coastal walk at some point. Its still a great weekend activity in most weather conditions.

Luna Park– Go and be a big kid at the retro theme park. My favorite part is the fun house at the back of the park. I don’t think you are ever to old for rug slides, mirror mazes and wobbly planks. If you go at night fall the park is lit up with the city sky line as the backdrop. You can enjoy the fair ground rides with a up close view of the harbor bridge.

Marrickville Markets – The market is every Sunday 9AM-3PM. It is on Addison road just after the Addison Rd and Illawarra Rd junction. The market is made up of organic food stalls, coffee stands, candles, oils and massage stands. There is a field at the back where you can grab some food and chill enjoying the atmosphere. There is a Chai Tea stand which has rugs all over the floor for you to sit and relax. You can do your Sunday shop and grab some food on the go. Note: Take cash there is a ATM at the market but it charges $3.50 to draw money out.

Colour Run!

Hello lovely people!

I am doing the colour and going to hopefully raise a few dollars for Friends of Refugees.

Any donation would be greatfully appreciated. If you would like to check out where the money is going click here…Friends of Refugee 

If you can and would like to donate please click here

Please share and spread the word let’s see how much we can raise ☺️❤️

Thank you

Kirsty xxxx

Buddies

This past weekend I did my Open Water Scuba course with ProDive. They have three branches in Sydney, I did mine with the Coogee branch. Before you start the course you have to login into the online course. It takes around 7 hours to get through all the slides and quizzes.

I was doing the course on the weekend. I started Friday night at the dive shop. There is a classroom in the back where you fill out paper work, go over a few facts and have a tour of the shop and equipment. The end of the evening is the exam where you need to score 80% or higher to pass. I did not leave the dive shop until 9:30 and was back there for 7:30AM

Saturday we went to Victoria Pool and begin the practicals. You are show how to assemble the equipment. Once everything is together and on you jump into the pool. The next four hours is in the pool learning key skills that you will need and getting used to being under water for a long period of time. After all the skills are complete and a little lunch at the pool we mad our way to the dive site.

That afternoon I completed my first dive which is a short one and it just gave me time to get used to being in the sea. The instructors use different locations around Sydney depending on weather. Our first dive was at Camp Cove in Watson Bay. Luckily the sun came out and it was a nice afternoon.

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On the Sunday we met at the dive shop again and filled in paper work. Then we headed off to the dive site for the day to complete three dives. In these three dives I was tested on all the skills I completed in the pool. There is also a exercise with a compos where you have to work your way back to your instructor. The dives went around the reefs in Camp Cove. The visibility on Sunday was not as good as Saturday but we saw a few things; Octopus, Wobbegong Shark and Cuttlefish. After the last dive we returned to the dive shop and helped clean all the equipment and record our dives. If the instructor is not happy with any of your skills in the sea they may not pass you. I found out Monday that I am now certified in my open water.

Next challenge will be to complete my Advance Diving course with ProDive, so I can get to the good stuff.

I felt completely safe through out the entire weekend. I felt with vey dive I built my confidence and was ready to take on any challenges. Highly recommend using ProDive.

Summer Feeds

Just a few places I’ve tried out the past month in Sydney…all links to the websites are in the heading just click on the name.

Milky Lane – Bondi

We went here for a Birthday meal. The venue is very cool street art all over the walls with murals of everyone’s favorite hip hop artists. The place has a lot of energy with a DJ playing. It is known for its burgers so of course I had to have one. It is pretty hard to pick as all the burgers look incredible  ( a great Instagram account for this restaurant). I tried the pulled pork burger which melted in my mouth very tasty. A few friends split burgers so you could try more then one. The deserts are massive and visually looked great … I didn’t have enough room to try one but I would head back here in a heart beat as the menu had so  much to offer.

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Jamie’s Italian & The O Bar – CBD

Last weekend I had date night with my boyfriend and we wanted to go to the city. We tried out Jamie’s Italian. I booked a table online and would recommend booking especially on a weekend. We ate early around 6PM and there was a line of people waiting for a table when we arrived. The staff were lovely very helpful with the menu. I tried the egg plant and he had mussels and pasta. We shared a starter which was on the small side, I would probably have got one each. The food and wine were delicious and to say it was in the city center the price was very reasonable. Just around the corner from the restaurant is the O Bar on the 47th floor. Strict dress code on the bar so dress to impress. We got seated at a table I asked to be put on the wait list for a window seat and in 10 minutes we had one. The bar rotates giving you 360 degree views of Sydney. We had a few cocktails Espresso Martini, Orchard Crush and Mojito they were all very tasty. For a special date night or if you have visitors in town the O Bar is worth a visit to show off Sydney’s sky line.

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Lentil as Anything – Newtown

The original Lentil as Anything opened in Melbourne. The idea behind this place is it survives off donations. There is no pricing on the menu. The menu changes everyday depending on what food is donated to them. I went on a Friday night and some how we got seated straight away. It is a fast paced experience as soon as you are seated you are asked what you would like to order. There was a choice of about four dishes on the chalk board. I quickly selected a Mexican bowl and with in five minutes it was in front of me. The menu is always vegetarian. The food was unbelievable so tasty and filling. I had Mexican beans, rice, humus and flat bread. To pay for your meal it is by donation. There is a leaflet on the table to help you decide what on a amount you should donate. There is a big box on the way out where you make your donation. I cant wait to head back there its a incredible idea. Check out the website for there story and everything they done for the community so far.

The Grounds – Alexandria

I met a bunch of friends here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The place is massive and has so many different areas to explore…the potting shed, the grounds,the farm, the flower shop and the market stalls. The Grounds even has a bus on a weekday to help customers get to and from the venue. Its a beautiful venue which makes you forget you are in the concrete jungle. We ate in the Potting shed restaurant. I went for the mussels which were very good there was just a lot of them that were shut. I didn’t get that many out of the bowl. After enjoying some food and wine we had a walk around and met Kevin Bacon. I wish we had got there a little earlier as the market and flower shop had shut. You could easily spend all of your Sunday in this place. Yet again this is a place I would go back and spend a little longer.

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East to West

I have just moved into my new house and new area. I have moved from the beaches of the Eastern suburbs to the Inner West.

The two suburbs could not be more different. It is nice to be living in a house again with a garden but I am sure I will miss the beaches being just 10 mins away. Excited to see what I get up to this summer. Summer will be very different living near Newtown and having a boyfriend in Coffs…I expect a few weekends away up the coast on the cards.

I have  two new housemates. I am finally mingling with the locals as one is Australian! The other is English and just moved out so we have another one who has just moved into the house and has been in Sydney about 30 seconds. A lot of change but I guess this why we leave home as the same old just didn’t suit.

 

Its nice to meet people who have just moved to Australia. I met  a lad from Northern England on Saturday night in a bar and he was just so excited to talk to someone from home. He was also just full of excitement about starting his new adventure in Australia. He was listing all the places he wants to visit and asking me questions about the dreaded farm work. I think after the first 6 months into Australia you take living near a beach and having hot weather for granted. You take for granted all the amazing weekends up the coast, visiting Melbourne, drinks in the office on a Friday and how seeing the Sydney Opera House on your daily commute. It is only when you start talking to someone who has just landed look back on all the crazy nights and experiences you go through when living abroad and trying to start a new life. We are lucky to be out here and to have and experience all we do but we have also worked so hard and gone without a lot to stay and build a life out here in a foreign country.

After this weekend of lovely weather Id say Summer 2016/17 has begun…

 

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Budget Babe

Trying to save money and live in a city is close to impossible but sometimes the time comes when you really think….’shit I need some savings’. This month I am not spending money I am saving. I’m going to write how I go and cope missing out on a few social events. My Opal is topped up for work and I have done my food shop at Aldi and the butchers, ready to be a budget babe for a month!

***Side note I do not cook, I am 28 and I can not cook at all. I don’t enjoy it, maybe cos I am bad at it who knows…but I am going to have to cook as eating out is not a option this month***

The plan is easy…don’t spend. I have all my food supplies at home I just need to become organized. The weekend plan is not to stay in and binge on movies and series but to go out and do something with a packed lunch so I don’t go stir crazy.

I survived the first weekend not venturing out to any bars or lovely breakfasts. Instead Saturday I filled my day with a full food shop which took forever as I have not really done one before. I did my laundry for the week and then had a nice bath before watching a movie. I did miss out on a friends Birthday but I got filled in by my flatmate when she returned from Newtown. Sunday I went and did a coastal walk as the weather improved greatly. That afternoon I prepared for work as I get up at 5AM for my lengthy commute I need to have my stuff ready.

Ill write later on how I got on today and what I manged to create in the kitchen. Any easy recipes or tips let me know!

P.S I have given myself a $20 spend for the week on a treat!