La Perouse was named after the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741–88), the first Frenchman to arrive in Australia. This is why this suburb has such an unusual name – it’s French.
“EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY” (sirens) “Get away from me!”
“Run! This is not a drill!” “No! Noooo!” “WHERE’S MY SON?!”
“Tell my wife I love her…”
Have you ever wondered what a zombie apocalypse would be like in real life? Wonder no more, just see for yourself at the annual Sydney Zombie Walk. The Sydney Zombie Walk started in 2009, and it aims to raise funds for a very fitting charity: the Brain Foundation. A group of friends and I caught the zombie fever after watching the popular US TV drama, The Walking Dead, and we actually joined the walk in 2012.
I thoroughly enjoyed our one-day road trip to the Yarra Valley. It’s only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The scenery of the valley was very therapeutic and we had lots of fun at wine tasting.
Here are the wineries that we visited that day: Yering Station, Domaine Chandon, TarraWarra Estate and Innocent Bystander Winery.
If you want a place to appreciate the red and orange autumn leaves in Sydney, come to Mount Wilson. It’s a small village in the Blue Mountains, and only a 2 hours drive from Sydney.
In Autumn, the red and orange colours light up the town and turn it into a photographer’s heaven. Apart from taking a photo walk, chestnut picking is also a fun activity at Mount Wilson.
Halong Bay, a must-see nature’s wonder that resembles the fantasy-like landscape of the movie Avatar, is indeed itself a piece of oriental heaven on Earth.
We joined the 3-day-2-night itinerary on the Dragon’s Pearl Junk operated by Indochina Junk. The word “junk” means ancient Chinese sailing vessels, like our Dragon’s Pearl. There are a lot of junk operators in Halong Bay, picking the right one would definitely enhance your overall experience with this magical place so my advice is: don’t skimp on it!
The literal translation of “Tam Coc” is “three caves”, and this place is commonly known as the Halong Bay on the land. Before my trip, I saw a lot of forum posts comparing Tam Coc and Halong Bay. Some people even went as far as saying that Tam Coc is better than Halong Bay.
I beg to differ.
My honest opinion is: Tam Coc was pretty impressive but it did not have half of Halong Bay’s charm.
Mike and I prepared ourselves well for our culinary Hanoi trip:
- Hepatitis A vaccine, check!
- Typhoid vaccine, check!
- BYO reusable chopsticks, check!
Apart from the restaurants that had high ratings on Tripadvisor, we also allowed ourselves to be a little more adventurous and tried random hawker food that we saw on the streets that appealed to our inner Taiwanese (Taiwan has the best hawker food culture). Luckily, everything that we ate in Hanoi was fabulous and didn’t have too much of a disagreement with our stomachs!
Jervis Bay is the home to the world’s whitest beach and is one of my favourite places on Earth. Luckily, it’s only a 2.5hrs drive from Sydney.
Interestingly, it’s in itself a Territory of Australia since 1915 to give the Federal capital an “access to the sea”. So when you hear people say there are 6 States and 10 Territories in Australia, one of the Territories is indeed the Jervis Bay Territory！
Kiama is a small town 120km south of Sydney that’s well known for the Kiama Blowhole. It’s just less than a 2-hour drive from Sydney, which makes it perfect for a day trip from Sydney; or a good stopover town for a road-trip to the Sydney south coast.
Sculpture by the Sea is one of my favourite events in Sydney. It’s held in end of October/ early November each yea, just when the whole of Sydney is ready to leap into the warmth of spring.
Here are my photo highlights of my 2010 Sculpture by the Sea visit. All of the photos were taken without filters or light-room adjustments afterwards.