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sydney / travel, the only thing you buy that makes you richer

sydney travelonce upon a time during my student years i went on a budget trip to sydney, australia with some of my friends from high school. it was the most memorable trip i’ve ever had because one, sydney was amazing and two, it was the first winter i’ve encountered in more than ten years. oh you bet, the first night we arrived it was SO cold i insisted we ditch all our plans and stay in our ‘unheated’ room. and that’s exactly what we did.

SAM_0393 copy SAM_0398 copywe were looking for a low budget place to stay and ended up at springfield lodge in kings cross. it wasn’t till we arrived and heard from our friend who lives there that kings cross is one of the most dangerous places of all sydney. is that true?

i mean we realised upon arrival that there were unsually large number of homeless people in the area and occasional crying and shoutings in the middle of the night but we didn’t think too much of it..

SAM_0983 copySAM_0430 copySAM_0442 copySAM_0518 copySAM_0529 copySAM_0557 copySAM_0543 copySAM_0663 copySAM_0669 copySAM_0503 copySAM_0450 copy“real kangaroo balls” #thatswhatshesaid

SAM_0534 copywhat am i supposed to do with these?

SAM_0731 copySAM_0733 copySAM_0736 copySAM_0740 copySAM_0694 copySAM_0690 copySAM_0725 copySAM_0468 copythese kept me alive at night in our unheated room.

SAM_0846 copySAM_0795 copySAM_0796 copySAM_0808 copymy first ever chai tea tasting happened right here at bondi beach. and i really didn’t like it. and still don’t :|

SAM_0813 copyice skating by the beach. whaat.

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SAM_0902 copy SAM_0906 copyi swear there are these strangest birds just casually roaming around the streets of sydney. people of australia, please educate me. what is happening here? i’m pretty sure i wasn’t at a zoo..

SAM_0601 copySAM_0606 copySAM_0679 copyoh sydney is so beautiful. i keep telling everyone back home how much i would love to move there one day..

SAM_0939 copySAM_0958 copySAM_0937 copySAM_0964 copylooking back at these photos make me realise how easy it was back then for me to just pack my luggage and leave. as we get older, we have more responsibilities and knowing that money doesn’t grow on trees, it’s requires more planning both financially and with time management.

but as cliché as it sounds, i truly believe that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. if you have the opportunity to see the world, DO it. don’t let the “yeah, but..”s be an excuse to hold you back!

i recite this quote from mark twain way more than i should but here it is again..

“twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. catch the trade winds in your sails. explore. dream. discover.”

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  • Reply Feline Creatures

    How fun was your trip Annie! I’ve always wanted to go to Sydney and now I have a few places to put on my go-to list! And of course, the food there looks amazing!! Did you go shopping there too? xoxo~ Lena

    October 23, 2014 at 4:51 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hey lena!! i ABSOLUTELY loved the cafe vibes in sydney. good weather, outdoor patio, hot coffee. it was just perfect. but we didn’t do much shopping cos we were on a budget lol i can’t get over how nice it was :) you should definitely visit!

      October 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    Thanks for sharing the photos and memories. Great post! Love the ‘mix’ and ‘lick’ engravings on the spoon :)

    October 23, 2014 at 5:16 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha that was my favourite too!! how can you resist licking both ends? ;)

      October 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Julie Feng

    Sydney is on my travel list for sure! :) Looks fabulous!

    October 23, 2014 at 10:50 am
    • Reply annie lee

      it was such a lovely place julie!!

      October 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply chanty2

    It seems that you really enjoyed your time :)
    I hope I’ll go there one day!

    October 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe, i really did :) sydney is uhhhh-mazing. definitely visit if you get the chance chanty! xx

      October 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Sabai Explorer

    You went to Sydney which is where I grew up!!! Kings Cross probably isn’t the best (or safest) of places to stay in, but I’m so glad you still enjoyed it, next time you go back let me know and I can give you recommendations on what to eat and see!! xx

    October 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i didn’t know you grew up in sydney bibi! that must’ve been so much fun! why didn’t we get to know each other earlier..?? hahahaha well if i do revisit sydney one day, i’ll definitely let you know! you can tell me all about the cool cafes i could go to :P

      October 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply wazwu

    Lovely photos as always! I visited Sydney once as a kid, but barely remember it. Love the quote at the very end, and I agree that it’s hard to find time for travel as we’re now grown ups. Sigh…

    October 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      this was my pre-blog era so the quality and everything is kinda off but still.. thank you waz!! hahaha :D even with our busy schedules and responsibilities i personally think it’s healthy for us to get away once in a while. it doesn’t have to be far away.. just to ‘reset’ our minds you know :)

      October 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Raspberry

    Nice post! Nothing is this world can quite describe what one has gain from seeing the world.. yes, chai tea/latte sucks.. haha. :D

    October 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      you couldn’t have said it better :) and omg i’m so glad i’m not the only one that hates chai tea/latte! hahaha

      October 24, 2014 at 2:39 am
  • Reply avenuecamilla

    I’m so jealous for so many reasons right now hahah mainly because you rarely experience winter (please trade lives with me). All of these photos are amazing, it looks like such a wonderful trip! xxx

    October 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh camilla, i would happily trade with you if that means i get to wear all the cute winter clothes you have! :P hehehe

      October 24, 2014 at 3:23 am
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    October 24, 2014 at 6:47 am
    • Reply annie lee

      me too :) and it’s 100% true!

      October 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww thank you Floortje! xx

      October 25, 2014 at 1:48 am
  • Reply Nihar Pradhan

    Lovely shots, great picture…

    October 25, 2014 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Lignum Draco

    The birds are known as ibis. They are generally considered as pests. :)

    October 25, 2014 at 5:24 am
    • Reply annie lee

      ohh! thanks for letting me know! ibissss.. i see! we don’t get to see such big birds roaming around chilling on the streets where i am so it was kind of scary! lol

      October 27, 2014 at 2:12 am
  • Reply foodsaurus

    So glad that you had a great experience in Sydney! Haha I didn’t even know you can buy kangaroo bits and pieces… Great post and I hope you get to come back sometime!

    October 25, 2014 at 5:58 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hii foodsaurus!! i absolutely fell in love with the city! thanks for dropping by :D honestly i was kind of shocked to see those kangaroo bits and pieces… i mean what are we supposed to do with them? it’s not gonna make a cute key chain either :| hahah do you happen to know? lol

      October 27, 2014 at 2:07 am
  • Reply laurenpickens

    Great photos! That Belgian waffle looked divine!!!!

    October 26, 2014 at 9:58 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hi luaren!! divine is definitely an understatement it was so good :D hehehe

      October 27, 2014 at 2:05 am
  • Reply youtopiantravels

    oh hey sydneyyyy. I see you had max brenner there! ;)

    October 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      yesssss! i loved sydney :) such a beautiful city. and the highlight i gotta say was max brenners hot chocolate. it was perfect for the cold weather ;)

      October 27, 2014 at 2:03 am
  • Reply sso1128

    Travelling does truly make you richer. Sigh, too bad I’m getting older… and like you said, responsibilities :( But hope that doesn’t stop us from exploring!

    November 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it’s so sad isn’t it? :( but that definitely shall not stop us!

      November 2, 2014 at 12:32 am
  • Reply The Tech Gypsy (@TheTechGypsy)

    Wonderful photos, I love Sydney, such a great spot to visit :)

    November 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      awww thanks love! i fell in love sydney instantly. such a beautiful city :)

      November 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply saratonin

    I forgot to post on this to comment on how much I love the Mark Twain quote that you shared! I really like it :) Thank you for sharing! <3

    January 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe aww thanks! it’s one of my fave too :)

      January 28, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Jeanette

    Nice photos! I used to live in Sydney and your post makes me miss it more. Hope to be back soon!

    March 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      ah i wish i could move to sydney one day. it was such a beautiful place i had an amazing trip!

      March 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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