Chinese New Year in Sydney

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I’m not sure when it started but from what I gathered, every Chinese New Year, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge will light up in red. It’s actually quite a nice change in scene. There’s also the 12 zodiac sculptures lightings spread out around Sydney city for people to come by and have a look and also take photos of them.

On the first day of Chinese New Year this year, we went over to Circular Quay hoping to catch the fireworks.

Unfortunately, we were not standing at the right place to watch the fireworks and it was really disappointing. The usual place that we would usually go to would be the Overseas Terminal to catch the fireworks but there was a big cruise ship docking over there so we couldn’t get there.

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So we stood in front of MCA thinking that we could see the fireworks above the Opera House, but nope, the fireworks were too low and everything was blocked by the Opera House. The only thing that we can see is some light popping behind it. It was such a disappointment. Pretty sure a whole lot of people were disappointed too. I saw so many people waiting at Circular Quay station “booking” their spot and waiting for the fireworks and from that view, you really can’t see much at all too.

Anyway, here are some photos from my first day of Chinese New Year in Sydney. There were no house visits to go to but at least there is some celebration going on here and that I also managed to snap a few good photos of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House 🙂

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Have you gone out and see what’s going on for Chinese New Year? Let me know which one you like best!

*All images posted here were taking with the Fujifilm X100s and editing with VSCO.
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Jacaranda Season

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It’s the Jacaranda purple flowers season again!

I actually thought I had blogged about this before but after going through my old posts, I just realised I only added the photo in for my profile photo but I didn’t actually post any of the other photos up!

If you’re unaware of what I’m talking about (heh.. what purple flowers???)

The purple flowers I meant are from the Jacaranda trees. It blooms around this time every year and there are a number of streets in Sydney that has them. Actually, there are a lot of them. You just need to know where to find them and also where has enough to make the street look good.

Last year, we went to a couple of places around Sydney to take some pictures of the jacaranda trees and here are some of the photos.

Here are some shots from:

Oxford Street, Paddington.

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McDougall Street, Kirribilli

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Telopea Street, Redfern

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Do you know anywhere else that has a street full of jacaranda trees and would be a great place to take photos of? Feel free to suggest some so that I can check them out this year or for next year! 🙂



What I Wore (McDougall Street)

  • Top from Bangkok
  • Skirt from Supre
  • Backpack from Dotti
  • Flats from Summit
  • Fujifilm X100S Camera


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Autumn Pictures Part 2 – Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Hello hello!

I’m back with the second part of my autumn pictures that was taken this year from the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens. Since it was a last minute one day trip, there was not enough time to go through the whole Botanic Garden over there. But I think we managed to cover half of the place? And managed to take some pretty good photos too.

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From a slightly moody scene to a little brighter and warmer feel.

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Which photos do you like best?

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Autumn Pictures Part 1 – Blackheath

It’s the first of September!! Spring time!

Winter has come and gone and I still have not posted any of my autumn pictures from this year! I’m two seasons away!! >.<

I went on a day trip to the Blue Mountains sometime back in… May. And here are some shots from one of the housing areas in Blackheath. I really love the colors here. Especially when the sun shines through the leaves. How beautiful is nature!

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What do you think? Which is your favourite season?

This is only part one of my Autumn pictures. I have another one coming which I took from the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens. I’ll be posting them soon-ish.



What I Wore



Autumn Pictures Part 2 is up! Click on the underlined to get to the post!



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May – It’s Autumn season!

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Did you guys noticed how time flew by so quickly? It’s already May 2017! We’re in the 5th month of the year and it feels like just not too long ago, we just started 2017. Why is it that as we get older, time is flying by us much faster? Or at least that’s what I’m feeling.

Is it because of our everyday routine life of work-home-work-home that goes on and on and on?

Browsing Instagram is making me feel very dissatisfied with my life. Everything is so routine and boring, while every thing I see on instagram are people on holidays and adventure, buying new things (clothing, gadgets etc). I really want a bit of that.

So I try to make myself feel a little more satisfied with my life by trying to go somewhere or do something near by. Whether it’s out brunching, or out at some rock cliffs just 15-20 mins drive away, at least it’s a change of scenery right?

Anyways, it’s now May. It’s autumn season!

I don’t see many brown leaves dropping that much yet over here at the moment. It could be the weather change since it hasn’t really been that cold yet this year. But it’s finally starting to…

I really want to head over to the Blue Mountains and take some pictures of the autumn season soon. Hopefully when we’re free to do so, the leaves have not fully fallen yet. If I don’t get the chance to, maybe I’ll blog some of my photos from last year instead.

Here’s a picture of my last year’s trip to Mount Wilson, Blue Mountain, taken in May 2016.

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