121 days in Sydney— Sydney Fish Market; Fresh Seafood and Annoying Seagulls.

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At present, I am back in this unfamiliar city. No longer do I feel that I am a 100% tourist.

FLASHBACK: Two years ago, I was here at Sydney Fish Market.
There, I stood under the pouring dark clouds with an umbrella, smiling and snapping the mandatory tourist shot.
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And I was here, with my girlfriend, Jessilyn Tan. She’s way better at navigating than me. >.<

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The Exterior

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As we enter the fish market, we were appalled by the arrangement of the fish market. Unexpectedly, it was a clean and dry market whereby there is no signs of ‘wet’ in their environment.
It is arranged in a Retailer manner.

A warm welcome by all the fresh seafoods: fishes, sashimi, Lobsters, crabs, oysters….. *Drools*

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This, so-called ‘fish market’ turns out to be a large tourist eatery instead.

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A wide selection of seafood to choose from! Even if you are a fussy/ picky eater, this place will certainly satisfy your cravings.

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There are cold and hot platters to choose from and also, the retailers available area variety.
We decided to eat at ‘PETER’s’ because they offer a wide range of seafood/ sashimis and prices were pretty affordable.
Eg. You can eat like 100g of salmon sashimi at only $7?! 100g, is alot.

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THE HOT PLATTER.

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Want to get your hands on these fresh seafood? Then you better visit the SYDNEY FISH MARKET.
And the best part, you won’t get FAT easily with seafood because they provides (example: Salmon) omega 3 fatty acids which are really good for health!

Sydney Fish Market
Bank StreetΒ 
Pyrmont
NSW 2009

Sydney, Australia

Operating Hours:
Retailers opens 7am-4pm everyday except Christmas Day.
(Some may close later for convenience purposes.)

How to get to Sydney Fish Market:Β http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/AttheMarket/GettingtoSFM/tabid/79/Default.aspx

‘Oyster-lovers, be ready to SLURP at their fresh, big and chilly oysters here!’- c.Faith’s

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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/

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/

For the Nightlife lovers– Osaka II

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‘Shopping is just an option, Exploring is more than just an option.’

#Day 4: Japan’s culture and belief. Mazda exhibition andΒ Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To continue fromΒ 2011: Osaka, Japan Chapter 1Β …..

We were all set for an early morning to discover more of Osaka. We were heading for Serenity, the temple that was well known for wish-makers.

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Entrance of the temple, where we gathered to enjoy the magnificent view of the architecture =.Β 

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The ‘fortunate’ well, located just outside the temple was said to be blessed and that a handful sip of it can make your wishes come true.

Holy blessed water.
Holy blessed water.

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Yes, of course I had to give it a try. Chilly water~ Β so?Β 

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Taking a sip while my brain goes, ‘ May all my wishes come true!’IMG_5453 IMG_0942

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These are zodiac-styled handicrafts and were believed to bless family and friends that would receive them as a gift.

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A variety of meaningful ways to make wishes and pray for good luck.

Paper knots of wishes.
Paper knots of wishes.
Wood blocks of wishes from all over the world.
Wood blocks of wishes from all over the world.

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Chicky!
Chicky!

I got a chicky for myself, and a full set for my family! Wishing for everlasting happiness and good health to the Leung family.

The visit to the temple did not take too long as we arrived at our next destination, Mazda exhibition.

Mazda exhibition.
Mazda exhibition.
Briefing before the exploration begins.
Briefing before the exploration begins.

Greeted with a warm welcome by the fellow Japan workers and they even hosted a short story telling to us on how Mazda was developed and later came alive!

Here we were at the exhibition, where we get an eye opener on the great development and creation of Mazda vehicles.

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A huge variation and different types. From lorry to bus to even mini displayed ones~

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This figure shows how ‘safe’ Mazda cars are, as a a damage to it is just SURFACE.

Now, I am introducing to you the two world’s (so far) most environmental-friendly, yet chic vehicle.Β 

These vehicles do not require petrol to roll, they work with hydrogen gas instead! Cool isn’t it?Β 

And the design of the cars are just too cute and pretty! I’ll purchase one if its avail in the market, but also if I’m loaded. Teehee~ ^^

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Talk about technology- the prodigious creations and innovations of human beings. Be inspired.Β 

Morning fest passed by like a flash of lightning, and lunch was served in a midst of time.

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Western buffet for lunch!

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With only 1000yen, you get to eat til your heart’s content. Varying from all sort of food, meat, vegetables and dessert. Not much photos were taken as we were all too famished and were busy digging in.

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Our next destination isΒ Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street!Β 

At last, we were at the famous shopping district of Osaka! One thing I love about the Xmas season are the fascinating lightings.Β 

The long dreading hours of bus ride was immediately waived off as this particular night scene is certainly worth it.

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Dinner’s menu: OMU-RICE. *Yums*Β -The eggs are just so smooth and soft, like a tofu in disguise.Β 

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After dinner (a quick one in fact as everyone can’t wait to hit the lights of Β Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street) , we rushed off to grab as many photos as we can. Also, to see as much cutsie stuffs as possible. The time given to us was short, so we need to make use of every minute!

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Sexy Lingerie Boutique- selling all sorts of kinky sex toys – guess they are pretty open minded hereΒ 

This is one of the famous Crepe house in Osaka. So, if travelling to Osaks is in your wishlist, remember to visit this special one! (image below)

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My last stop was PET PARADISE!

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This pet shop is indeed, PARADISE. Every little things are just too cute and irresistible. I literally feel like buying the whole shop for my dogs back home! Eventually, I got the ducky diapers and toys for Amen!Β 

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As mentioned, time spared for shopping is short. Today, instead of taking the bus, we were told to experience the common train ride back to our hotel. Apparently, it is just located a few stations away from here. Well, it wasn’t the shinkansen we took, just a normal one.

Ticketing machine.

what a complicated ticket machine -.-

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Courtesy of Japanese- they follow rules strictly.

at the Subway.
at the Subway.

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Oh, and one of their rules, phones are not allowed in trains.

Starbucks green tea latte!
Starbucks green tea latte!

Another tiring yet well spent day at Osaka. Stopped by the convenience store to grab this guy! (image above). Seriously, it taste exactly the same! Cheap too! Why can’t 7eleven sell this!

#Day 5.Chuou Oroshiuri Market Honjyou, Kobe Motachi and ChinatownΒ 

Rise and Shine! Woke up exceptionally early because we were going to the fish market! Fresh sashimis!Β 

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Fresh Veggis and Fruits!!

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Maxine :” Mmmmm…”Β IMG_5677 IMG_5680

Photo-taking session! What else to do when Β you are in a holiday!Β 

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It was just a mini exploration at the Fish Market, or rather man slaughtering fishes area…

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Yet another favorite #potd!Β 

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Ticking the to-go list, another museum was on the list. Here, we see ancient coins, lots of it.

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Just at the entrance, a BIG ASS one!

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Seems like Maxine was having a hard time carrying this small bag of coins. INDEED.Β 

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The walk through the museum didnt take long either.

The last learning journey was to the NHK BROADCASTING STATION.

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There was nothing interesting except the fact that we learned how real television works and how they made the settings for hosting shows. Just like another Mediacorp.

Here comes the long awaited, shopping time at Chinatown and Kobe Motomachi shopping street!

This time, dinner was settled by ourselves. But with such a short shopping time, we only bought some snacks to much on.

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We’re at lovely Chinatown! Well, every country has one at least.

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So many Kawaii Shops and boutiques. If only I can steal back to Singapore! Their design and architecture are just way too Marvelous and Sophisticated. ❀

Its the season to be jolly~
Its the season to be jolly~

And Duhh~ Its December bitches, of course I need a picture with this good O’ Christmas Tree.

To be continued in Chapter 3…