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
Going to Auburn is like catching a direct flight to Istanbul. You get off the train, or out of your car, and the main streets are lined with Turkish markets, takeaway outlets and restaurants. It is a fantastic place to explore and after a little bit of research on various food blogs, we knew some key places we wanted to visit but that didn’t stop us from discovering a few new places along the way.
Continue reading Middle Eastern Food Feast in Auburn
There are times for us when life becomes too, well…. familiar and we are eager to mix things up with new and different experiences. We want our kids to enjoy trying new things, be curious about learning about new cultures and be hungry to experience everything that this world has to offer.
In Sydney we are lucky to have ready access to suburbs, festivals and events that give us the opportunity to ‘travel the world’ and experience all of this on our own doorstep.
Bankstown Bites is one of these festivals. Living up to its reputation as one of Sydney’s best and most loved food festivals, it attracts over 7,000 people each year. 15 minutes by train from home, our family had never before visited Bankstown but it was the perfect outing for us to get our ‘travel’ hit. Continue reading Travelling on my Doorstep: Bankstown Bites
We are being warned of a “bone chilling” cold snap this weekend, which will give many an excuse to lock themselves away at home with the heater on and a hot cup of tea. But, if like me you still want to get out and about but don’t want to sacrifice your warmth, here’s my top 3 ways to keep warm in Sydney this weekend. Continue reading Top 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Weekend
When it is cold outside many of us curl up on the couch and count down the days until Summer returns. This winter, why not layer up with your favourite beanie and scarf, grab a hot glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and embrace the cold at one of Sydney’s winter festivals? Continue reading Embrace the Cold: 5 Winter Festivals in Sydney
After a gorgeous ‘summery’ Spring, our Summer has not been so kind to us. Here are my top 3 things to do in Sydney on a rainy day that you probably won’t find on most rainy day lists. Forget ten-pin bowling, the cinema, or the crowded play centre, wet days don’t have to mean you stop exploring- get out there and really enjoy our city.
Continue reading Top 3 things to do on a rainy day in Sydney
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