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On the last day of the trip, I broke off from the group and caught up with an old friend from Singapore. We've known each other since high school but we've never hung out. It was so great catching up in Sydney and reminiscing our high school days, chatting about life Down Under - I had a good ol' time. I've been dying to share these photos because of how much I loved exploring The Grounds and Newtown. It was probably my favourite day out and about in Sydney! It also felt really great exploring with a local and not having to rely on Google maps every step of the way. Ha!

1. The Grounds of Alexandria

This place is actual heaven on Earth. I love it so much!!! There are florals in every corner, piping hot donuts, fresh fruits, freshly baked bread, amazing desserts and just very aesthetically pleasing everything everywhere. If you're a Perth-ian, The Grounds is kinda like a mixture of The Mantle and Bread in Common, but with a lot more flowers and a lot cooler. I actually can't find the appropriate words to describe just how great this place is. It was a Saturday morning when I visited which really added to the atmosphere. I could wander round this place all day and not get bored! I would love to come back someday and experience The Grounds in the evening, wine and dine under the festoon lights.

The Grounds of Alexandria | @thegrounds

2. Black Star Pastry (Newtown)

Ah, the famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake! Maybe I've been living under a rock, I didn't even know this was a thing until I was in Sydney. I was a little bit skeptical of the combination of watermelon and cake at first, but I was pleasantly surprised after my first mouthful. It was light and fluffy and delicious. Definitely worth a trip down to Blackstar! The lemon/pistachio flavoured cake was pretty great too. To my fellow Perthies, Black Star Pastry (PLUS N2 Gelato) is available at the Night Noodles Market in Elizabeth Quay (30 March - 10 April)!

Black Star Pastry | @blackstarpastry

3. Brewtown Newtown

The last stop of the day was Brewtown. It was pretty damn packed but we managed to get seats for 2 right away. We stopped in here for a break from shopping, but most importantly to grab a delicious cronut (croissant x donut). Hit the spot. There is also a cool little shop upstairs that stocks some really great stuff that I cannot afford. Ha!

Brewtown Newtown | @brewtownnewtown

And that concludes my Sydney travel diaries. It's been really fun getting to visit Singapore then Sydney one after the other. Looking forward to spending some time at home and make some dreams happen. See you soon! Xxxx


I can't believe we waited an entire year for this day to come, and it's finally here! Our main agenda for the trip was to attend Hillsong's Colour Conference (which was such an amazing experience!), then we stayed on for the rest of the week to enjoy and explore all that Sydney has to offer. There was a group of 11 girls on this trip. While it did get a little stressful trying to make decisions and go places sometimes, for the most part, we all got along so well.

Here's part 1 of our trip which takes you through the first two days of actual sightseeing and a buttload of eating. To be honest, most of our days were planned around food/restaurants. Ha! 

1. Darling Harbour

We celebrated a birthday over lunch at Hurricane's Grill in Darling Harbour. Pretty much everyone else ordered ribs while I had a huge bread roll and broccoli soup. Ha! I'm not a huge meat eater and could never stomach that much meat. We also had a mini photoshoot out by the harbour. We had to - it was the last time all 11 of us were together!

Hurricane's Grill | @hurricanesgrill

2. N2 Extreme Gelato (Chinatown)

After a massive feed at Hurricane Grill, we decided to check out N2 Extreme Gelato in Chinatown. They have an amazing selection of flavours, they make them fresh by order, and you just can't help but go 'wow' when the liquid nitrogen is added. I highly recommended even if its just to witness the process of gelato-making!

N2 Extreme Gelato | @n2extreme

3. Bondi Beach

We picked possibly the worst day to visit Bondi Beach. It was so overcast when we arrived and it started to pour down with rain very soon after. We had just enough time to walk down to Bondi Icebergs and took a few photos of the cutest dog outside a cafe. WWe had brunch at a cute little place called Chapter One based on Google's recommendations. It was the first time I've eaten fresh food throughout the trip and IT WAS GLORIOUS.

Chapter One Bondi | @chapteronebondi

Congratulations, you made it to the end. Stay tuned for part 2 coming up next week!