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Pylon Lookout and Milsons Point

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

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)

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)

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.

Food in Photos: Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Aside from fond memories, my recent travel to Australia also made me gain weight. I couldn't blame anyone because I brought this to myself, eating left and right just excited to try and taste everything. If you take a peek at my phone's camera roll, half of it is about food.

If we're being honest, I must admit that I have this nasty habit of going on a diet right before a big trip. The main reason I would say to people is that I want to look good in photos but secretly I just want to make room for all the food that I am going to eat! ;)

Today on the blog, I'm sharing some of the glorious food (and drinks) that I consumed in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Enjoy xx