Long weekend getaway to Sydney


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I had Friday off and drove to Sydney with Idrus to meet up with my nanna who flew in from East Timor via Darwin. We spent the morning at Sydney Domestic/International airports picking up his friends who flew in from Darwin and another who flew in from Kuala Lumpar.


Finally, 3 hours later we headed to my favourite place in Sydney.,.. Petersham and had lunch at Frango Charcoal Chicken, I also got myself Portuguese Custard Tarts from Sweet Belem Cake Boutique. If you’ve been around Grace & Coy for some time then you will already know the drill 😛

After that, the boys wanted to check into their hotel before Idrus dropped me off to my Aunties house in Ashcroft were I was reunited with my Nanna.

Nothing too exciting happened since meeting with Nanna. We went to dinner at a club that isn’t worth talking about, if you know what I mean. I then called it a day and had an early night. The next day was another slow day, we basically just procrastinated until it was time to get ready for a wedding.

I didn’t take any pictures of my outfit unfortunately but I managed to get an appropriate shot of the full outfit via my iPhone.

The skirt is by MLM Label and I purchased it via Rebel Muse during their VOSN (as mentioned previously), I hired this beautiful crop top by a local hire company in Darwin called Darwin Clothing Hire for only $40 and with shipping it came to a total of only $51.00. When I told Idrus and his friends, they didn’t quite understand the process of hiring out a top that I don’t get to keep. Silly boys with no education…. Hahaha

To provide coverage, I wore my long sleeved black crop top from Sportsgirl and accessorized with a pair of dainty earrings from Lovisa. I didn’t forget to wear a pair of leggings underneath the skirt this time.

Finally, I wore my comfortable black Kappa heels from Tony Bianco. I thought my outfit worked out nicely and gave it that modest and modern twist.

The wedding wasn’t like any other Chinese, Timorese wedding I’ve been to. Usually, the food is provided on a large table placed in the middle of the dance floor and you help yourself and getting shoved by oldies in the process. Family and/or relatives stay until one or two in the morning dancing the night away but this particular wedding had guest leaving just after 10:30pm so we left at 11pm (not that I’m complaining). We were served with a ten course meal which included, abalone as the first dish followed by oysters, deep fried crab claw, seafood spring roll, crabmeats and fish maw soup, salt and garlic mud crab, seafood and cashew nuts, steamed fresh fish, fried rice and fresh fruit. You can imagine that I was loving life as I love seafood, except for abalone.. That stuff almost looks like snail…

Of course, I danced to several traditional songs with Nanna and other relatives. It was a really good night and I could tell how popular and happy Nanna was. I think I speak for everyone that seeing our grandma smile and enjoy herself makes your heart all warm and gooey 😛 – I was disappointed that my granddad didn’t come as planned but I am looking forward to seeing him again when I fly up to Darwin next month. I’m already counting the days.

The following day I woke up early and Idrus drove to Ashcroft and picked me up. He stayed for a bit and had a chat with my Aunty and Nanna before we headed back to the hotel to pick up Idrus’ friends and decide on lunch.

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The boys felt like Lebanese food so we drove to Lakemba and had lunch at a Lebanese place where we normally eat when we visit Sydney with Idrus’ family. It’s called Al Aseel. I don’t normally enjoy the food at Al Aseel but my taste buds must have changed as I really enjoyed my dish this time round. I’ve always loved their Naan bread but this time their chicken was absolutely mouth watering. They normally give us free Baklava but this time we weren’t so lucky. I’m not a fan of Baklava but I love the ones from Al Aseel.


After we devoured ourselves in a pretty good feast for lunch, I wanted to check out the Darussualam Islamic Bookshop that was highly recommended by a friend of mine. I scored three books for $50.00 – Keys to a successful Marital Life by Nihad Sayyid Idris Ali, Treasury of Muslim Names by Rafiq Abdur Rehman and The Quran Essential Teachings by Abdur Raheem Kidwai.

Finally, it was en route back to Canberra and back to reality.

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Tips about Sydney:

  1. Sydney drivers are a joke
  2. Sydney Domestic and International Airport is ridiculous
  3. I don’t know what’s worst… Parking or traffic
  4. I could never live in Sydney so I’m glad I decided to not go to FBI Fashion College
  5. I will only go to Sydney again if we go to Petersham for lunch
  6. I hope karma catches up to that bus driver who was a total dick (excuse my French)

Apologies for the poor quality in photos but surprisingly I didn’t take that many photos. Most of the photos shared in this post are from my snapchat stories too. I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless. Until next time.



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