Angela’s Birthday Weekend Getaway – Sydney {2014}

Sydney

Last Sunday marked my 24th birthday. To commemorate, my beautiful soulmate told me to take Friday off work and organised a surprise getaway over the weekend. He picked the location, booked the hotel, planned our modes of transport, and pretty much settled everything without telling me very much. And when Friday finally dawned at 5 in the morning, James whisked me away to Sydney. Because of work and university commitments, James wanted to start our trip as early as possible to make the most of my birthday weekend, hence his idea to book a flight for 6:10AM. We arrived in chilly Sydney a couple of hours later, hopped onto a bustling train, and headed towards our hotel. QT Sydney is a designer boutique hotel located in the heart of the CBD. Chic and modern, yet retaining a distinctly retro feel with its timeless interior décor, I found it very hard not to fall in love with the place immediately.

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We did a number of things while we were in Sydney, most of which I will dedicate separate blog posts to, but here’s a brief summary of the places we visited over the couple of days we were there: we explored the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, took photographs at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, wandered Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, took a ferry to Taronga Zoo, spent many hours at aforementioned zoo, had a satisfying dinner at Yebisu Izakaya, got lost in Chinatown. I’d say it was a weekend well spent. Here are a handful of assorted shots we took of Sydney’s prettiness:

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Ella’s Über Pink 1st Birthday

On the 25th of February, Ella had her very first birthday! Ella is James’ niece (Naomi and Trav’s daughter). Isn’t she the cutest little darling? She got so many gifts! Lucky baby! Here are some pink-filled pictures from the party at Nay’s house. There were pink lanterns, pink banners, pink streamers, pink balloons, pink cupcakes, pink macarons, a pink My Little Pony piñata… even the brandy chocolate castle cake was partly pink (and sinfully delicious)!

Congratulations, Ella, on being a year older! :)