February 28, 2010

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 9 (Part 2)

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale is one of the best wildlife parks that we have visited thus far, and the experience here was much better than Sydney Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour. The park had a vast variety of Australian animals, the tamer ones like the wallaby and kangaroos roamed about freely in their areas and they are so docile that we could actually pat them! RIMG2197blog RIMG2205blog RIMG2211blog RIMG2218blog RIMG2234blogK was so keen in patting the animals that he asked me if he could also touch the ones in their enclosure. He was all excited and co-operative until we met the ‘witching hour’ of 3 p.m. (not a good time, especially when he did not get his afternoon nap for the day) and started fussing till we got him an ice-cream to end his visit on a good note. RIMG2241blog

The Rocks

He fell fast asleep once we got back to the car and did not get up till an hour and a half later when we got back to The Rocks, north of Sydney city. As it started raining when we reach our next destination, dh had to brave the rain, ran to the nearest touristy shop to get an china-made umbrella that cost AUD$17.00! After spending so much for a lousy umbrella, we really regretted that we forgot to bring our own umbrella and K’s raincoat for this trip.

While waiting for the rain to stop, we went into a French bakery shop for some tea and hot chocolate. This was first time that K got to have a cup of hot chocolate by himself. RIMG2251blogOnce the rain ended, we did the quintessential touristy thing of posing for photos at The Rock’s harbour, complete with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. RIMG2267blog RIMG2280blogAs we were walking on the wharf on the way back to the car, K started fussing and dh told him that the wharf will open up and swallow him up if he continued to misbehave. K thought for a while and said, “No such thing.” Well, looks like tall tales such as this sort will not really work too well with him. Good attempt though, dh :)RIMG2313blog

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 9 (Part 1)

The highlight of our trip to Sydney has to be the day that we visited a farm, wildlife park and The Rocks (again) all in a single day. Not that I was the cruel parent that wanted to maximise our vacation by cramming too many activities for a tot in one day. But rather, rest for K was much easier to be scheduled in, when we took long drives to visit attractions out of the city. Being that easy traveller, K often took his naps in the car during our long drives and was full of energy when we got to our destination.

Animal Farm Dural

The visit to the farm in Dural, that was about an hour drive outside the city, provided many firsts for Kyle. We have been reading so much about farms, but never really got to experience it first hand. I was really looking forward to visit Golden Ridge animal farm, as it was a first time at a farm for me as well.

Our visit to the farm was the first time that K…

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From this visit to the farm, dh and I realised that K has no fear at all for many kinds of animals. Often, fear is a learnt response for a child, it does help that adults around him show no fear for the animals and the child will learn to embrace new experiences / interaction with new animals.

February 27, 2010

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 8

RIMG2051blogWe were back on another Sydney beach in the afternoon, after dropping Nana and Grand-dad off at the airport for their flight back to Singapore. This time round we took a short drive from the airport to Manly beach, so as to visit the Manly Ocean world; another of Sydney’s attraction which features many Australian’s sea creatures. RIMG2063blogInstead of getting all enthusiastic about the sea creatures in the Ocean World, K much preferred playing with the sand on the beach. RIMG2048blog RIMG2058blogOnce again, I was totally not prepared for K to swim so he only managed a 15 minutes play on the sand and was very disappointed when he had to leave. He was sobbing and insisted that we go back to Bondi beach right then. Dh and I discussed that we should visit Bondi Beach the next few days, before we returned to Singapore.

By then, K was feeling hungry and asking for a sandwich. We went for early dinner and settled with sandwiches and good but expensive fast food; Nandos, to fill our stomachs. RIMG2065blogK was feeling so tired after his meal that he fell asleep on the table. We were feeling a little guilty for wearing him out with the day’s activities and decided not to wake him up. He took a half an hour power nap and was all rearing to go afterwards.

February 25, 2010

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 6 & 7

Day 6

Finally, the day that Kyle has been looking forward since we got to Sydney arrived; the day that dh joined us for our Sydney vacation. After catching on some rest in the afternoon, we went to Darling Harbour to check out the restaurants for some western fare for dinner. RIMG1984blog RIMG1987blog RIMG1988blog RIMG1993blog We discovered this fantastic Italian restaurant with delicious fare at reasonable prices (according to Sydney’s standards), and ended going back there 3 more times for dinner for the rest of the days we were in Sydney.

Day 7

We were back to Darling Harbour the next morning to visit the Sydney Wildlife Park. An attraction located on the harbour, right next to the Sydney Aquarium that boasts a total of 130 Australian animal species all living in the recreations of the natural habitat.

K was was utterly thrilled that he was finally able to get to see the kangeroos, koalas and wombats. Animals that he has been asking to see since the start of our trip. RIMG2003blog

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February 24, 2010

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 5

RIMG1941blogTo experience the golden sand and turquoise water of Australia’s most famous beach, we headed to Bondi Beach, just about 8km from the city centre. RIMG1944blog

RIMG1950blog RIMG1959blogFor K, it was his first time experiencing such fine sand. He enjoyed scooping up the sand with his hands, running it through his fingers and kicking it around. Probably if I had brought his swimwear, shovel and bucket along, he would have no qualms staying on the beach for hours. RIMG1967blogWe had to gently coaxed him into leaving the beach, and he was only willing to leave when Uncle Nick told him that daddy will bring him back here again.

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February 23, 2010

Kyle’s Sydney adventure Day 4

After 3 days of packed schedules, I decided that K should take a breather so we kept our day easy and relaxing. K slept in till 10+ in the morning, while Grand-dad and Nana did more shopping for Uncle Nick's home in Sydney.

We took a leisure walk to the nearest McD’s and K got his share of fast food for brunch, before returning to our 29th floor serviced apartment in the heart of Sydney’s city. We leisurely enjoyed the morning and spent some time taking in some cool breeze and the view of the city from the balcony of the apartment.RIMG1913blog

RIMG1916blogK and I made our way to Powerhouse museum in the afternoon. The Powerhouse museum is housed in an power station for Sydney’s old tram network and is one of Australia’s largest museum filled with interactive zones spanning technology, science and history. We did not visit the other exhibitions within the museum and headed straight for Zoe’s House Play Space.

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One of the key attractions of this museum for kids 3-6 years old is the renowned Zoe’s House play space; an interactive installation encouraging cooperative and creative play.RIMG1931blogAs it was a weekday afternoon, the play space was relatively empty except for 3 other kids sharing the area. K had a great time pretending he was a builder and getting someone to play alongside with him. RIMG1935blog