121 days in Sydney— KOALAs and KANGAROOs.

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Purple Flower trees.— one of Sydney’s nature beauty, only seen during SPRING.

Australia is best known for their Koalas and Kangaroos. I had always wanted to meet one of these fluffy hug-gables!

But did you know? Fact: Even tho Kangaroos are cute big ‘bunnies’ to most young ones, they are seen as pests in Australia and most wild ones are often knocked down and ran over by vehicles. 😦 Ironically, people eat Kangaroo meat too! Β Β 

Instead of going through the hassle of taking ferry to far away Taronga zoo, we went to KOALA PARK. ( Since my main point was just to see Koalas and Kangaroos.)

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Inside the park, some animals are set free to roam around.– Like the pretty Peacock.

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At the extreme, they have a big farm of Kangaroos, of all different sizes and age.

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I love this picture the most! So CUTE!

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The Talking PARROT!

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Besides just playing with the Kangaroos, we had fun exploring the other animals.

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Our last animal to visit is the famous KOALA. We watched it perform!

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He’s so Fat and Fluffy! — I can’t even.

For more details:Β http://www.koalapark.com.au/myweb2/default.htm

Koala Park Sanctuary
84 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
NSW Australia 2125.

Phone:Β (02) 9484 3141
Fax:Β (02) 9484 8009 –Β 24 hours
email:Β info@koalaparksanctuary.com.au

 

How and why I came to Sydney, the vibrant city.—– https://cassandrafaith.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/121-days-in-sydney-the-university-of-sydney/

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CUPS N CANVAS—– Appreciating Arts at a different angle.

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Omega Fatty Acids, that’s an essential.— c.FaithΒ 
Last seen at a cafe: Nov 2013
It has been quite awhile since I last visited a cafe. (Even tho I still have a long list of it to complete. LOL!)Β 
CUPS AND CANVAS, the idea of having a cup of tea of coffee Β in an atmosphere of appreciating arts. This can be seen when you first step into the cafe as it is decorated with canvas everywhere. The creativity of different paintings through minds and hands that had put together marvelous pieces of artΒ just hanging around. —- the original thoughts of c.Faith.
ART- the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.— Google definition
My presence in the cafe that day (actually, its yesterday), was to celebrate my dear, Dawn’s 21st birthday.
A piece of her favourite cake— oreo cheesecake

The FOODΒ 

  • Smoked Salmon Sandwich— healthy, no fat meal. Best for those on diet and still want to eat. There isn’t anything fatty or unhealthy because its mainly tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce with a thin layer of smoked salmon. Think Subway.
  • Blanc Bacon— Super creamy! The taste is thick. Delicious, but best to share.
  • Vermillion Prawn—- Norm tomato based pasta.
  • Olive Room—- Did not get to try this, but if you are a aglio olio fan, you might just fall in love with it
  • Potato Wedges with Cheese— Apparently, this is the signature side dish of Cups N Canvas. To be honest, I feel that it tasted just like all other potato wedges. Nothing special at all.
  • Oreo Cheesecake— The outer layer of the cheesecake is slightly crisp. It’s pretty obvious that it was baked a little to give it such a texture. Sweetness level just alright. I love it!

The PRICE

NO GST AND SERVICE CHARGE! This is the best part. Their prices are all NETT. I like. I really really like. You pay for whatever that is stated in the menu. This is good. No hidden charges. (Y) The price ranges from $10 onwards, but definitely less than $20 for a main, such as pasta. Norm Price.Β 

The AMBIANCE

  • I’m an artsy person. I love canvas. Be it painted, or photo printed, I just love canvas. Being able to be situated at this pleasant surrounding of craftsmanship, it’s indeed perfect.
Verdict: This cafe is good for people that want a quiet place to study, to have coffee with your girlfriends and desserts while resting those exhausted feet after a long day of shopping.Β 
Words from Cups N Canvas:

Welcome to β€œCups N Canvas”, a humble art space that celebrates the peculiar friendship between art, food and coffee.Β Do drop by, be merry, you can always have a cup, a canvas, or both at our place.

For more information:
139 Selegie Road, Singapore 188309
(Opposite Rochor Beancurd)
Contact: 6884 6855
Tues to Thurs: 10.30am – 10pmΒ 
Fri to Sat: 10:30am – 11pm
Sun: 10am – 8pm
Β 
Mon: cafe closed

A POWDERY, WHITE CHRISTMASβ€” HOKKAIDO, NISEKO VILLAGE III.

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Love this Moment: Being buried by the fluffy, powder-like snow.

#Day 3: Public Affection towards ‘SNOW WHITE’ Β 

I yearn for nothing else but this moment.—where I am able to see with my own naked eyes, the fall of snow flakes that covers every ground bits into the colour of blank white papers.Β 
I brave through the negative degrees, cold shivers and icy feel on my hands, to just lie on the thick sheets of snow and get buried with piles and piles…


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The Β heavy snow piled up on my toes, to my fat tummy, to my shoulders and chest, disabling my abilities to move and wiggle.–I feel like I’m a happy fat snow man just sitting there waiting for cameras to come snap a picture of me.Β 

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Having a quick bite on onigiri as lunch before we ski! Omnomnom….

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We pretty much acquired the basic skills from the day before and hence, we are ski-ing all by ourselves today. This is the ABC Family ski lift, which is open for beginners.-— more kids around

DSC03472Catch me on action on my IG:Β http://instagram.com/p/hdQG7AByEy/

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We are definitely enjoying this season, this activity, or rather sport that doesn’t seem to bore me at all.
I had bad falls along the way, so bad that I felt I had a short brain concussion. Even so, I still pick myself up and ride my way down the mountain.

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I’m on the ski lift! Credits to Maxine, which I remember clearly that after this picture was taken, her gloves fell off!!
Well, I did manage to retrieve it back after climbing up a trail on the mountain. Tough job.


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We ski-ed for 2 hours and our energy for the day pretty much got drained out from it.
We had snowball fights along the way back home.

But before resting back at our crib, we had to satisfy our tummy with their local ramen store for the last time!

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Fried pork rice= sex!Β 


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Hokkaido, one of the best countries to experience snow and I am looking forward to travel back here once again. πŸ™‚

Check out previous post :Β https://cassandrafaith.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/a-powdery-white-christmas-hokkaido-niseko-village-ii/

A POWDERY, WHITE CHRISTMASβ€” HOKKAIDO, NISEKO VILLAGE II.

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A pleasant sight at 6am.—- I wish to open up my window in the daylight for this view everyday.Β 

#Day 2: Virgin SKII-ers.Β 

As mentioned in my previous post, I lived in a pretty luxurious apartment named, Shinsetsu.
Seriously, life here will be great. Boring as it seems, but there was a hell loads of leisure activities available. Not to forget, ultimate relaxation and spa one could yearn for.– Soaking in the hot onsen in a cold, snowy weather. Now, that is indeed life in paradise.Β 

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The exterior of Shintsetsu.
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The trail that we walk out of Shinsetsu to the mart and around the village.

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And just outside this wooden cottage, lies a pile or rather, a pool of powder snow.

Ever since I was a child, living in a one season country makes me desire for a day to see what makes christmas a jolly season.— Snow.Β 

Just like all kids on TV shows, they played Snowball fights, makes Snow angels and also, their very own SNOWMAN.
I want to do all that! And I am proud to say, Yes. I did it.Β 
I’ve waited 20 years of life to finally chance upon this magical season. Dreams do come true.Β 

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So, here I am, standing alone on the walking trail at the time of 8am. I couldn’t sleep at all since the last night. Not that I am scared or nervous, but more of the fact that I am too excited and I can’t wait to turn myself into a 3 years old kid to play in the snow.

Ski lessons only starts in the afternoon but already wide awake and ready for the day of excitement and fun!

After 30 mins, I build my own snowman. Because there wasn’t any props around except those lying sticks on the ground. The facial expression of my snowman turns out like this. (see image below).

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Well, it’s pretty cute isn’t it? >.<

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It’s so cute!! My creation! I am so proud of myself.
One of my lifetime wish.– Fufiled.
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OH! Have I forgot to mention that winter is also the best season because it makes your skin flawless! I swear I was on minimal make up only and my face still looks damn clean and fresh.

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Attempting to feel snow in my face as it was snowing non-stop again.
Caution: Selfie Spam below, can’t help it, but my skin really look so damn good! Flawless!

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Crazy it may sound, but I love falling down, especially onto these powder white snow.

Lying down on the snow like an idiot, ignoring all the weird stares from passer-bys, I am trying to form my snow angels.

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Whee~ I was having so much fun just by lying on them.
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My ‘sad’ face because annoying Jason keep pushing me down.
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It’s snowing! snowing! Just had to snap a picture before these beautiful sight are gone!
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One of this best trip was to spot this lovely snow dog. It is so friendly and it lives in the Australian house— that explains why it is so friendly since his owners are too!

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The ‘struggling’ stroll up the mountain and renting of skiis and boots took an hour plus before leading us to this magnificent snow mountain!

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Because we took an hour to reach the mountain, we were late for our ski lesson but our instructor was so nice to allow us to extend the time. He is from England. Amazing man, he only lives during the winter season with snow. — What does this mean? He travels to different countries for snow throughout the year to teach and to live. Amazing.Β 

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Snow flakes falling from the sky again!

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And so, to end this tiring yet exciting day, a group photo! Of course!Β 

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Ski, one of my favourite sport. For a first timer, I can proudly say I do ski pretty well! Even tho, the boots are heavy and seriously challenging my leg muscles, but still, it’s worth the muscle ache and pains for this wonderful experience. Marked vividly in my mind.Β 

Maybe I should be a Ski instructor one day and just live in the winter season… Idea? ^^

‘Dear Snow, you are so gorgeous that I want to marry you now.’ – C.fatihΒ 

Continued from [Β Hokkaido, Japan Chapter 1Β ]