Every once in a while, we like to go to the city just to be tourists for the day. We used to do it a lot more often before we had 2 kids, but now that Little K is a little bigger, we thought we should attempt to do it more. Little J enjoys going to the city because of the bus ride! Since parking in the city can be expensive, we usually take the bus in because it’s so much faster (with bus lanes) and we don’t have to worry about the hassle of finding parking.
The buses to the city usually stop near Queen Victoria Building (QVB), which is a pretty central location for us to start exploring. We went into QVB to find that the huge Christmas tree was still up, so we took some pictures there. From QVB, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk to Circular Quay, where Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are. Otherwise, one could also walk to Darling Harbour within 10 minutes, which was what we did.
We like going to Darling Harbour because there is a big kids playground there, and we could enjoy our coffee while watching them play. On that morning, we had our cuppa in Guylian cafe, which was just across the playground. Little K woke up from his nap just when our drinks arrived, and he insisted on trying some of my chocolate drink! I gave him a few tiny spoons of the cream on top and he loved it! Little J being FOMO, wanted the cream too, and before long, both of them gobbled up all the cream on top of my drink. 😀
After breakfast, we walked towards Harbourside shopping centre, because that’s where the huge Star of the Show ferris wheel was. Little J was so excited seeing the ferris wheel that he kept requesting to go on it. Since there wasn’t a queue, we decided to get a ticket and hop on. It had been a while since I went inside the Ferris Wheel and I forgot how high it was! I was actually a little scared once it was on top, swaying in the wind. *LOL* Of course I had to put on a brave front so that Little J wouldn’t be scared. I had nothing to worry about as he totally enjoyed the ride! The view from the top was gorgeous too, especially on a clear and sunny day.
After the ride, it was time for lunch! As usual, we headed to our favourite Malaysian restaurant, Hawker, for our Malaysian food fix. We had the usual Lor Bak and Char Kuey Teow, which didn’t disappoint. This time, we also tried Wan Tan Mee since we had to order something non-spicy for Little J, and because of the hot weather, we also had a bowl of Cendol to share. Everything reminded us of Malaysian food indeed and we left the place satiated and full.
After lunch, we took a walk down to Town Hall, where we bought the famous Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake back home. It was overall a very fulfilling and enjoyable day, albeit tiring with 2 kids. Little J was looking forward to the bus ride home, after which he took a really long nap! Seeing how happy he was, we would definitely make it a point to go for day trips like this more often. 🙂