Living life to its fullest.
Next month, the Europe tour for 23 days.
Thanks again to Cebu Pacific for the discounted fare and I was able to have a direct flight from Manila to Sydney. The key is you have to book at least 6 months in advance. Prior to the booking, I did not yet have my visa but I was courageous enough to book it at least 9 months in advance. Fortunately, my travel agency has always facilitated my visa (Japan, Korea, China, Australia and Schengen and they are always multiple entry). Thank you Belle Horizon! =)
First stop in the tour is Sydney. Good thing I arrived in Sydney past 10 am and it was easy for me to find my ride to my hostel. I boarded a shuttle bus (RedytoGo) to my hostel. Fare was 22 AUD. Going back to the airport was a lot cheaper (15 AUD). I arrived at the hostel and paid 76 AUD for the hostel for 2 nights stay. The name of the hostel is Jackaroo Hostel!
Tip - Never exchange your US dollar at the Sydney Airport. The exchange is not that good. I exchange my 1,000 USD and the exchange was only 1,052 AUD. While in Melbourne, 1,000 USD is 1,288 AUD. See the difference!
Prior to going to Sydney, my former student Kaye told me that she is working in Sydney and I just have to inform her of the exact date of my arrival and I did.
After check-in, I went to Hyde Park and spent a couple of hours at the park.
Thanks to the tip given by Kaye for my short tour.
After the stroll at the park, I went back to the hostel and asked for directions on how to go to Sydney Opera House. This time I had to buy the Sydney Opal Card. Minimum amount of the load is 10 AUD.
From Kings Cross (Platform 1), I boarded the train going to Town Hall (2 stops). And then another train using Platform 6 going to Circular Quay (2 stops). And then walked to the Sydney Opera House. Going home, I boarded at Platform 1 and alighted at Town Hall and then boarded the train at Platform 5 and alighted at Kings Cross.
From the Sydney Opera House, you can have a majestic view of the Harbour Bridge!
Good thing I had the perfect timing for my tour since it was the Vivid Light Sydney (May 14 - June 14 every year). There I met Kaye and Aison and they treated me to a sumptuous Thai dinner. Thanks Kaye and Aison! =)
Weather in Sydney was very sunny that day but it rained in the afternoon.
There was only one thing to do that day and that was the Big Bus City Tour or the Hop on Hop Off Tour in Sydney. Fee is 55 AUD and the there are 2 parts of the tour, namely the City Bus Tour (90 minutes) and the Bondi Beach Tour (90 minutes).
I did the City Tour in the morning and the Bondi Beach Tour in the afternoon. Good thing one of the stops of the tour is the Kings Cross or just about the door of my hostel.
I slept at the hostel after the 2 tours and went back to Sydney Opera House using the Big Bus Tour ride (its good for 24 hours). One of the stops of the City tour was the Sydney Opera House. And marveled anew at the sight.
I paid 99 AUD for a 3-night stay. Thanks to Booking.com for all my accommodations.
I took my lunch there inside a mall for 8 AUD (eat all you can).
This time I have to meet my cousins who are working in Melbourne. I was fetched by my cousin Rona at the Flinders Street Station and we went to Queen Victoria Market for our lunch.
At Queen Victoira Market, we were united after so many years and I slept at their home at the suburb.
Initially, I was booked at Joe's Backpackers for only 76 AUD but after seeing it, I decided to transfer to its sister hostel - City Backpackers and paid 99 AUD for a 3-night stay.
The following morning I toured the city by walking and went to the Visitor's Information and asked for directions. They have the City Bus Tour and the walking tours.
In the afternoon, I went to Kelmscott to see my relatives, namely: Kuya Boy, Ate Marissa, John John, Karlo and Kat-Kat.
As always, the night will not be complete without the drinking spree of Budweiser and Asahi!
Still in Perth (it's 5 days)
First stop was Fremantle!
Fremantle is the best spot to buy souvenirs and do tree hugging!
Final stop was at Hillarys Harbour!
Thank you Kuya Boy and Ate Marissa!