Exploring the Central Business District of Sydney

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I couldn’t express how grateful I was when DHL decided to send me for another business trip. This type of trips is infrequent – about twice a year. However, it was my first glimpse of Malaysia Airlines’ business class and I’d expected a series of unpredictable gags.

Lewis had been buzzing me to immerse myself in the free flow of red wine from the bar at the lounge. Well, I am not a huge fan of wine. Under his persuasion, I awkwardly marched to the bar and ordered a glass of red wine from the bartender. With an adoring smile, he uttered a list of names for me to pick from. Embarrassingly, I couldn’t recognise any of them so I said, “Whichever will do”.

Ended up, I had no idea what I was drinking. T.T

Arriving at the airport, a gust of wind brushed through my face. The temperature in Sydney was relatively cold as it was just the beginning of spring. I dropped by at the Optus stall to purchase a SIM card. Personally, I think it would be really convenient to have internet access for the phone as I would completely rely on the Google map.

Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central

From the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport to Central Train Station, it took me about 30 mins.

I have to say, Google map is such an ease for a solo traveller like me. With little sense of direction and heavy reliance on Google map, I found my way to Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central. It was not too difficult to find the hotel. It has strategic location as it is only 5 mins walk from the Central Train Station. The price is affordable for a 4-star hotel in the city centre.
Location: George St & Quay Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

View from the hotel room

Market City & Paddy’s Market, Sydney

I took off and zigzagged through side streets, approaching the city from the hotel. My initial plan was to visit Queen Victoria Building. However, I heard that Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets is the best place to buy souvenirs. So, I made a detour.

Stepping into this marketplace, this place is alive with an astonishing range of merchandise. I soon understood why Paddy’s Markets is famous for its remarkable cultural and economic multiplicity.

There are two parts of this market i.e. Haymarket and Flemington Paddy’s Markets. I started in Haymarket Paddy’s Market which offers clothes, gifts and souvenirs. Strolling the market, it didn’t take me very long to come out with a list of “things-to-buy” in my head.

With the intention to explore every single corner of the market, I arrived at the larger site which delivers fresh fruits and vegetables. Surprisingly, this section was busier than stalls in Haymarket. From the crowd, I think Flemington has gained a certain reputation for the locals to do their grocery shopping.

Location: Hay St & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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Sydney Town Hall

Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is an inconspicuous brown-brick building located at George Street. However, its interior is absolutely mind-blowing. Well, at least I love it. I went to QVB not knowing it’s a shopping centre. Thus, I was exhilarated when I realised it’s, in fact, the Sydney’s most popular and prestigious shopping heaven.

I rambled through the ground floor of the building and enjoyed its opulent architecture. Its 19th-century design reminds me the glamour of “Gatsby” movie. There are plenty of reputable fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, delightful cafes and posh restaurants.

There was a piano placed on the second floor, allowing anyone to show off his or her talent. I enjoyed the unique dynamism around the building.

Location: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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Lexinder

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