A hint of Eastern Sydney

If you wanna get away from the city-feeling Sydney has, look not far away because in just about 30mins you’ll feel like you’re in a far away place.

Another thing that I really like about Sydney is that, it doesn’t take you too long of a ride to escape from the city. Eastern Sydney offers you plenty of beaches to choose from. And it is a not to be miss on your itinerary. Whenever someone visits here, I always recommend doing the Bondi Beach – Macquarie Lighthouse – Gap Park to Watsons Bay tour. This is definitely can be done in half a day depends on how much photo-op you’re gonna take (because every spot is worth taking a photo).

Coming from the city, take the bus 380 or 389, both will take you to Bondi. On a busy day like holidays or weekends, it’s better to ride the bus from the city because when it gets to Bondi Junction station, the bus will already be full and you have to stand for 10-15mins.

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When you get to Bondi, you will be greeted with locals having their usual tan, surfers, beach-goers and fine sand. Be sure to not forget your thongs (flipflops/slippers whatever)! You can have a swim, play with the sand, or even just enjoy the sea breeze and ambience. Once you get enough of it, head over to the Bondi – Coogee coastal walk which will lead you to Bondi Icebergs and fantastic views of Bondi beach. I recommend doing the Coastal walk until Marks Park.

After that, take the same 380 bus going to Macquarie Lighthouse. If you go on the right day, you can book a tour and get inside the lighthouse. Or you can just take photo and take it all in.

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From here, just walk towards the Gap Bluff. You will be treated with spectacular views of the sea while being caressed by the sea breeze. Another tip, put on your sunscreen, hat and sunnies, sun may be harsh. Coastal walk paths will lead you to the Gap Bluff which is a very touristy place and can get crowded. Nonetheless, it its a brilliant work of nature which left me in awe.

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If you still continue, you will be able to see Hornby lighthouse or you can just head-over down Watson Bay for a sumptuous fish and chips.

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You have two options going back to the city, either take the bus or hop on the Watsons bay ferry to Circular Quay from 45mins and 20mins, respectively. If you think this is not enough for you, why not take the 30min scenic Manly ferry after at Circular Quay?

Osaka – Kyoto, Japan 7D6N Itinerary

There’s so many places to explore around Osaka and Kyoto. Given that it was named as the “Nation’s Kitchen” and the “City of Ten Thousand Shrines”, respectively. There’s so much of it to explore and a seven days trip wouldn’t fit much. But if you’re a history lover, here is our itinerary for our 7D6N in the Kansai region.

When I did plan our itinerary, I roughly included every single train ride that we need to get into. Google has a good coverage of Japan that you won’t be much in trouble of getting into the wrong train.

Day 1 

The first day was only getting settled in Japan as we flew via Cebu Pacific which only has a single flight every day. When we arrive it was almost midnight and no more time to explore as trains stops operation right before midnight. You’ll be like Cinderella here in Japan and not your 24 hours bus at home.

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Second day was spent entirely at Universal Studios Japan. Believe me that it’s worth a visit especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. I have blogged our experience at USJ here.

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We didn’t purchase the amazing pass due to laziness but I’m sure it’s really a good value

Day 3

Third day we were in Kyoto. If you’re a history person, you’d probably love it here (so I did). You walk a little and you see a shrine. Almost everything speaks history. And I just really fell in love. You can read a glimpse of our trip to Kyoto here.

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We wen’t to Inari later on our trip and went to Kinkakuji straight away.

Kyoto Tour

Kyoto Tour

Some of it weren’t followed

Day 4 and 5

It was maybe of lack exercise which is why we always get a late start. Because the original itinerary intends to start early to be able to complete it. I decided to not follow it and just go where our feet takes us to.

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Osaka again. We’ve pretty much done the alternate thing. Kyoto is just an hour or so from Osaka which made the trip a lot easier. Although if you really want to spend a lot more time in Kyoto, I guess it is better to make Kyoto your home base. Day 4 and 5 can be read here.

Day 4 Osaka

Day 6

My energy we’re all depleted.

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Day 7

Going home. This was probably one of the best part of my trip. Drinking coffee al fresco style at a coffee shop while watching the world passes by contemplating about the whole trip.

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Last two days here