Chippendale has become known as one of Sydney’s key creative art districts. More than a dozen art galleries and back streets adorned with street art murals all contribute to give the suburb its creative vibe. The area has also been the focus of a lot of creative architectural development over recent years and together with the diversity of students from the nearby Universities this has resulted in the traditional pubs and corner cafes of the small suburb being joined by vibrant Asian Hawker stalls, hipster cafes, high-end restaurants with degustation menus and small bars.
On a child-free Saturday in July, we took to the streets of Chippendale to experience a small sample of what this changing suburb has to offer. Continue reading Exploring Chippendale
It is no secret that I love summer and all that the hot days and nights bring with it. I love holidays, festivals, beaches, time with family, outdoor eating and drinking. Following a great Summer family holiday on the North Coast, my husband and I returned to Sydney leaving the kids with their grandparents. Although returning to work, we were determined to the make the most of our child-free time via a series of date nights. Here are our six dates that made the most of Summer in Sydney. Continue reading Six Summer Dates in Five Days
I have often taken the girls to Kids at the House events at the Sydney Opera House and was curious whether Singapore had similar kids theatre. After some research, I purchased tickets to Out of the Box at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – an iconic ‘durian’ building on Marina Bay. The show is part of the theatre’s Playtime series targeted at toddlers and we were joined by a number of groups at the session we attended. Singapore is such a multicultural city and there were kids from a local mosque pre-school, as well as three or four other pre-school groups full of kids from a range of cultural backgrounds- we were the only audience members not there as part of a pre-school excursion, the only tourists and the only caucasions.
The show was centred around imagining the different things that a box could be e.g. a rocket, a car, a washing machine etc. Three actors engaged with the audience to sing songs and get the kids doing actions and dancing. The show was great and lasted about 40 minutes- just perfect for 2-4yo.
After a brief catch-up with a great friend who has lived and worked in Singapore for many years now and who recently had a gorgeous baby boy we decided to head to the top of another iconic Singapore building, the Marina Bay Sands. Continue reading Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 2
As we approach the Bank holiday on 4th August I am reminded of the same day last year and it brings a smile to my face. With both kids still heading to daycare for the day, my husband took the day off work to join me on a ‘date day’ to explore Surry Hills through the eyes of a tourist.
We began the day with breakfast at Bills on Crown Street. Being a Monday it was super quiet, just a few people grabbing their morning coffee. Our food was great- the crab, chorizo & house kim chee fried brown rice is not your usual breakfast option but it was my highlight.
Surry Hills has such a great vibe and is great for people watching; exploring the many boutiques full of unique and vintage clothes; shops full of interesting and different curiosities; cafes, bars and restaurants with fantastic designer interiors as well as those with a more hipster vibe full of repurposed furniture… it is a feast for the senses!
Continue reading A day as a tourist in Surry Hills