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26 Sep 2012

Big game of chess

On the way back to Sydney from the snow, we stopped by in Canberra and had dinner at The Pancake Parlour (an organic pancake eatery), which had a big, table-sized chess board!

The horses were very cute!



:)



oh, what a marvelous trip it was! This trip has made me remember how pretty the Australian landscape is. We even spotted a couple of wild kangaroos (or wallabies) in the field on the way back. :)
オーストラリアの自然ってきれいじゃん!って体感した旅になりました〜〜!帰り道では草原の中に野生のカンガルー(もしくワラビー?)も目撃☆一瞬だったけどかわいかったよ。

xxx Maiko

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Thredbo Ski Resort No.3


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Thredbo Ski Resort No.2

pretty girls:
pretty trees and snowscape:
Australia's highest restaurant - Eagles Nest

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Thredbo Snow Resort! No.1

Aaaand we were finally at the snow!!
遂に到着〜!春スキー!

I started off as a snow boarder, but soon realised I wasn't made for it, so I swapped to skiing -- it was the right choice to make; every time while the rest of us, who snowboarded, put on their boards after the lift, I had the time to take photos! :)

最初はスノボのつもりだったけど、横に向いて滑る原理の意味がわからない!のであっという間にスキーにチェンジ。 楽しく滑れたし、他のみんなはスノボだったので、リフト降りた時にスノボを装着しなきゃならず、その間私は写真をいっぱい撮れました☆


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7 hours Road Trip to the Snowy Mountain No.2


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7 hours Road Trip to the Snowy Mountain No.1

On the way to the Snowy Mountain! (7 hours drive away from Sydney)

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23 Sep 2012

Sound walls designed by Wil

Sound walls (i.e. concrete walls placed alongside the train tracks to cut the noises away from the neighboring houses) designed by Wil! (They are still getting installed, hence the fence.) If you are ever in the Cabramatta/ Canley Vale area, do check it out!

xxx Maiko

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saturday Dinner

saturday dinner we tried out Orto at Surry Hills.
ambience: quite nice: with stylish decoration.


customer service: fail. very disappointing. none of them had the skills to be waiters/waitresses

food: took over 40 mins for just one dish + very average presentation and taste.

overall: 1.5 stars! :/

one fun thing: the straw for my soda water was made of paper!

xxx Maiko

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bondi beach and koalas

It's been a sunny weekend, and so, despite the still chilly and windy weather, the beach was filled with bikini-clad ladies + men in shorts! It felt strange that we were dressed in jumpers and jackets as we walked past these summery people...

oh and we met these cute koalas at darling harbour. :)

xxx Maiko

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bondi beach

Bondi beach is one of my favourite beaches in Sydney.

I like how the beach is surrounded by large and hilly grass areas.

xxx Maiko

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breakfast, night life, home party

1. On Friday night, visited Ivy Bar, one of Sydney's biggest clubs/bars, situated in the city.
It used to have strict dress codes (collard shirts and proper shoes were must for men) and less welcoming towards Asian people ( ̄ー ̄), but not anymore, it seemed. There were many Asians including us and we got in despite being casually dressed.
Anyhow, it was a massive venue and packed! Apparently there is a swimming pool on the top floor as well... (-。-; The size may have impressed me, but not the disappointingly average music selection.

2. Saturday morning breakfast at Bondi Beach's Sonoma Cafe. Simple but tasty! good bread, sweet tomato, creamy avocado, and two perfectly boiled free range eggs, with just the right amount of salt and pepper. :)

3. Thursday dinner was at our married friends', who prepared for us this delicious dinner of steak, greens, and duck noodle soup! lurrved the noodle dish; great duck broth. (the photo was blurry, unfortunately...)
Aaand the highlight of the night was meeting their adorable 7mths-old baby-boy! :)

4. one thing I enjoyed about Ivy was their fancy cocktails; I very much liked this aloe vera cocktail with sweet froth. yumyum

xxx Maiko

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17 Sep 2012

Japanese and Aussie

今日は半分日本、半分オーストラリアな一日でした。
お昼は日本だと滅多に食べないラーメン→ 「一番星」の野菜ラーメン(ここのはお手頃価格&まともに美味しい。むしろ野菜たっぷり&もっちり麺で日本のラーメンより好き。)

そして今年進出したDaiso100円ショップ(2.80ドルだけど)を見つけたので、洗濯用ネットなどを購入。

ここまでは完全にシドニーにいる事を拒否った感じでした。笑


でも夜は彼の仕事場を訪ねて(いかにも外国のデザインスタジオって雰囲気でしょ)、友達とパブで巨大grilled salmon with chutney and baked potato(美味しいけど濃い&量が半端ない)を食し、その後はシドニーで一番人気と言われているジェラート屋Messinaでデザート。ここもサイズ感が大きくて、「tiny(とっても小さい)」っていうサイズを頼むといわゆるレギュラーサイズ、という感じ。

ちなみに昼のラーメンもでかい。直径23.5cm(私の腕と同じだった)のボールにタップリ!
食べたけどね。

The first half of my day was quite Japanese:
Vegetable Ramen lunch at Ichiban-boshi (I rarely eat ramen back in Japan, but when I'm here, Ichiban's ramen is one of my favourite comfort foods.)

Checked out Daiso (Japanese 100yen shop -- although it's turned into a 2.80dollar shop here), which opened earlier this year: they stock all the items that I used to have to search through various Korean and asian shops for, such as laundry nets and alminium stove top shields. yay! :)

Then the rest of the day was more Australian:
I visited the design studio bf works at -- inside a high-roofed warehouse space -- very non-Japanese!
Then, dinner was a massive grilled salmon fillet with chutney and baked potato at Shakespeare pub at surry hills, followed by gelato from Messina, Sydney's current favourite gelato shop. We got a "tiny" cup, which was far from being tiny, but more like a Japanese regular. (O_o;)

Everything, from the land to the food, is mega-sized in Australia...!

(including the ramen, served full in a 23.5cm bowl..)


the pretty mural design by Wil! (appropriation of Matisse's La Dance) ;)

crazy sized gelato heaven!



xxx Maiko

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