Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sydney, Australia - July 17-23, 2009

I've been wanting to visit Australia since 2006. When I found out last year that work will bring me to Singapore this summer, I decided to hop down-under to Sydney. After spending 5 days here in Sydney, I now know why it's one of the top 10 cities to live in the world, and why everything is so darn expensive --- the weather is unbeatable with the most perfect sky!

Also, I have been EXTREMELY blessed (thank you God!) to have a fantastic summer-like weather throughout this trip (just like in Singapore the previous week - it wasn't blazing hot and I somehow dodged the rain whenever I had to be outside). I've been tracking the weather before the trip and saw that it's been in low 60's and raining before I arrived. A girl friend of mine confirmed this as she was here in Sydney 2 weeks prior. The weather starts cooling down again today (Thursday) and it will rain this weekend.

I arrived Friday night from Singapore (see last blog entry) and ventured out first thing Saturday morning. It's supposed to be winter in the southern hemisphere, but to my surprise, the weather was warm in the mid-high 60's. Here's my first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay.

Then, the world famous Sydney Opera House. It feels so surreal that it's right in front of me! I couldn't believe I'm in Australia.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Singapore - July 10-16, 2009

I am in Singapore for work this week. Although I only had a total of 1.5 days to see this city in between the brutal work schedule, I'm glad I got to visit this amazing place and finally understood what Singapore is all about.

I had a stopover in Hong Kong. While browsing the terminal, I came upon this food court. My mouth was watering and I wished I had the stomach space to eat these!

We stayed at the Fairmont Singapore. It's a very nice hotel. This is the view from my room.