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