Sydney Observatory Hill (+ Life Lately)

Sunday, September 10, 2017
I kept reminding myself to regularly write a post but it has been nine months since my last entry and I have no excuse. I wanted to say that I'm busy but I know that everyone else is busy with this thing called life and work. Anyway, all is well in my part of the world (and I hope yours is too). So many good things have been happening to me and I am immensely grateful :)

The day before my flight back to Manila, I went to this park that offers a different view of the Harbour bridge. It has been saved on my must-go list for quite a while but was only able to go that particular day.
I remember feeling sad that I have to leave again, but a big part of me felt really thankful to be there at that very moment. I aimlessly wandered around The Rocks, just soaking in the view and the breezy weather.
As I walked straight Argyle street, I followed the sign that points you to Observatory Hill, after that just follow the uphill path. I saw a lot of people exercising at the bottom of the hill. Once you get to the top, you will be welcomed with the splendid view. It's quite sunny and windy but you will be enveloped by the shades of the trees. There were a lot of benches, but all were occupied at the time. I followed what the other locals were doing, laid my jacket and just sat on the grass. It's so freeing to sit still and not think about anything. It also serves as nice spot to people-watch. I spied people practising yoga, napping, eating lunch or simply enjoying the nice weather with a significant other.
If you happened to be in Sydney, this is a place that you should visit, it is walking distance from Circular Quay and The Rocks. Bring a blanket, some snacks and make it a picnic. :)

Pylon Lookout and Milsons Point

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Two of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I've always been fascinated by the latter and seriously considering doing the Bridge Climb in the near future (I have to save more because it costs around AU$300). For the meantime, why not go for the next best and cheaper thing?

Cafe Spotting: The Grounds of Alexandria

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sydney prides itself of its brunch culture. With hundreds of cafes flocking the city, finding the right one could be a bother. Thankfully, there are such places that we can consider as go-to or must-visits, one of which is The Grounds of Alexandria. Aside from being a café, a restaurant, and a nice outdoor eating spot, The Grounds has a lot of other things to offer such as pretty interiors and exteriors, luscious greens, and even rustic feels. Not to mention they serve up some of the best nutella doughnuts and most refreshing lemonades!

The downside, this place can get pretty crowded especially during the weekends. If your schedule permits, time your visit away from the peak days (usually weekends). Go on a Thursday just before noon to get the most out of your visit. Plus the doughnut cart is open! :P

On the other hand, during weekends they would have The Grounds Market, where around 80 stallholders would sell their unique and local wares to the general public. It's up to you if you want to brave the crowds but I can say this place definitely deserves a visit or two.

Shrimp with Asparagus (with just the right hints of spicy)

Sunday, August 14, 2016
I've always been a fan of prawn and shrimp. I can still remember when I was a kid, I would beg my parents to eat at Tokyo Tokyo after Sunday's mass so that I can have Tempura. Up to now, this crustacean is still my favourite.

For some reason, I find it difficult to cook shrimp at home. It doesn't taste as well as the ones I order outside but when you get this craving, there's no stopping me in trying.

One recipe, I will be sharing today (I actually have two in the bag, I'll share the other one next week) is a simple dish called Shrimp with Asparagus. I feel that it will taste better with fresh shrimp that's been peeled and deveined but we have to make do with the frozen variety. The red chili pepper adds a lot of kick to this otherwise simple dish. For the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, I eyeballed the measurements so just adjust it accordingly depending on your taste and flavour ;)

How to apply for an Australian Visa in the Philippines (via ImmiAccount)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I guess, in one way or another, we all have an idea of our dream destination. That for me would be the Land Down Under. This beautiful country has lots to offer! As I said before, I stayed there for a month and I haven't even scratched the surface. I just can't get enough of this wonderful place so I thought I would apply again for a tourist visa. Previously, I applied through VFS Global (which I will blog on a separate post). I decided to apply online because 1.) It is more economical and cost-effective 2.) I can do it at the comforts of home and 3.) It saves paper since everything is electronically submitted.