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Weekend in the city

Blew off a bit of steam this weekend after we launched a website for work –

Started off at the bar at the client’s offices, then off we went to the Lord Raglan in Alexandria. Had some burgers, which were decent but not as good as the ones we had last week at the Kingston Public in Newtown. Starting to think Sydney’s signature food might be burgers – beef here is seriously tasty.

After that we migrated over to the Lansdowne Hotel in Chippendale, which apparently only re-opened last week and made a lot of hip Sydneysiders very happy. Watched the go-go dancers. Played some darts.

For Saturday I was invited to my friend’s housewarming which was advertised as a sausage and wine party (10+ bottles of wine and 2 loaves of bread, priorities were in the right place).

After some vegetarian sausages on toast, I left to meet other friends at MOJO by Luke Mangan in Waterloo. Had an old fashioned and read for a bit by the bar while waiting for my friends. Dinner was good but I was barely keeping my eyes open by 10pm. Was pleasantly surprised that some mystery person “took care” of my drink anonymously, guess I will never know who this kind stranger is.

Today was eventful as well. I met a friend in Surry Hills at the Blacksmith for brunch. After we parted I found another cafe and read for a couple of hours with a turmeric latte, my new favourite drink. Soon I made my way over to Newtown and managed to check out some graffiti before heading to Lentil as Anything for a workshop.

The workshop had quite a large group of people attending, which was not what I expected when it was posted in the Sydney introverts group. A lot of attendees were international, of all ages, and what I found most entertaining were some really eccentric seniors (seriously random. such hippies. much rambling. many interesting body odours.)

Initially I went in expecting to gain some communication skills for personal reasons, but left with insights (more useful for work rather than personal purposes) on running workshops and the facilitation of big groups of people. It was a weird experience, but a good one.

That was my weekend… I am ready for my holiday now.
5 Days and I’m on a plane back to the home country!

Vivid Sydney

I didn’t plan anything for the long weekend because I wanted to reset a little after the last couple of weeks. After 2 days of downtime at home I was getting cabin fever and really bad FOMO. A desperate need to be out with other humans brought me to a daytime karaoke event on Meetup.


Sober. Daytime. Karaoke. With complete strangers.

Luckily they were all very nice people who were just keen to make new friends and get some tunes out along the way. We started out with brunch at Caffe Cherry Bean, where we got to know each other a little bit. Then headed over to Mizuya for really cheap singing. It worked out to be $16 per person for 3 hours rather than the usual $70 for night time.

I got to do some Biebs, Usher, Frank Ocean and TLC this time around. It’s nice to sing with an international group because you get to hear a range of songs. The organiser sang some classic Utada Hikaru and that really brought me back to middle school. The highlight was a really epic Gangnam style performance by the group’s one Korean guy who sat quietly in the corner for the first 2 hours.

The evening continued on to dinner at Yasaka, a ramen place that was on my list.

After the group disassembled, a friend and I ended up making our way to the botanical gardens for Vivid. Saw some cool installations – a waratah flower, some daisies, some kiwi birds, and an electric forest. The best is probably still the Sydney Opera house though, nothing really beats all those colours on that big stack of dishes.