With everyone feeling a little jet-lagged from a lack of sleep from the previous night’s journey on the plane, we started our sight-seeing late the next morning. We crossed the Sydney Harbour bridge from the city to an area known as The Rocks. The Rocks is framed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House and is filled with heritage sites, galleries, cafes and a weekend Rocks’ market. K was not the most complaint person that morning due to the lack of sleep. It did not help that it was a really hot day at 30 degrees celsius. The thing about the blazing sun rays in Australia is that you can feel a slight burning sensation on the skin after some exposure, so slathering lots of sun-block and wearing a hat is a must.
The heat must have bugged K quite a bit, as his mood varied according to temperature of his environment. Sun = super grumpy, Air-conditioned / shaded area = slightly happier. His mood only got better after grand-dad brought him to the harbour to see a big cruise ship and after he thoroughly enjoyed his lunch of Fish & Chips and Ice Cream. Things got even better for him when grand-dad proposed that we visit the Sydney Aquarium after our lunch. The experience at aquarium offered was worth the AUD $30+ entry fees, it was a much bigger place compared to our local Underwater World. On the way back to the serviced apartments, we caught a glimpse of the performers getting themselves ready for the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade. Every year towards the end of Chinese New Year, Sydney’s Chinatown streets will be filled with floats, lanterns, lion/dragon dance performers, stilt walkers and acrobat celebrating the Lunar New Year. Very similar to what we see in our Chingay Parade but on a slightly smaller scale. That evening, we made our second attempt make our way to the Chinese seafood restaurant highly raved by Grand-dad, but our attempt was thwarted by road blocks set up for the Chinese New Year Parade :( We ended up with a fairly good but expensive Chinese Seafood dinner in one of the restaurants in Chinatown.