Can’t believe it has been more than 3 months since my last blog post! I guess that’s what having a newborn in the house means eh? Yes, we have indeed welcomed our second prince in the house, Little K. But this post is really about the times pre-Little K! We had a staycation just a couple of weeks before Little K was due, right in the beautiful Sydney city itself. Being heavily pregnant then, there were not that many options suitable for me to travel to, so I chose to go local instead. It was also during Christmas, so the city was relatively quiet (which was good!) but there were celebrations going on too.
We chose to stay in Meriton Apartments because we had a great time at Meriton at Gold Coast last year. There are several Meriton Apartments around the Sydney CBD, but I managed to get the best rate for the one at Meriton Kent Street. Besides the competitive rate, the location was fantastic too. It was just several minutes walk from the popular Town Hall train station, which was perfect for me since I couldn’t walk for too long without feeling uncomfortable then. Since it was near Christmas, I guess most Sydneysiders would have gone back to their hometowns or travel overseas for the holidays, which was why we managed to check in early! We were at the reception before 11am and were told that our room was good to go!
We were quite happy with our spacious one-bedroom apartment which came with all the facilities including washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, kitchen stove, oven and all the utensils you need. Comparing this to the Gold Coast Meriton, it was a little older and less modern, but it was clean and well-maintained. Once we left our luggage and freshened up, we went to have lunch at our favourite Hawker. It has remained our favourite still and we have never failed to visit it every time we’re in the city.
After lunch, we had a walk to the nearby Darling Harbour before returning to the apartment for Little J to nap. Once he was up, we brought him to the swimming pool where he had so much fun splashing around. There was no kids pool so he was hanging on to Saucer for dear life the whole time. 🙂 But there was a Jacuzzi nearby where he was able to stand in it, so he felt more secured and didn’t want to leave!
It was Christmas eve on that day, so we decided to have something nice for dinner. Saucer’s friend highly recommended The Meat & Wine Co for good steaks, so we went there for steaks! It’s a really busy restaurant and most of the time, fully booked. Luckily we were able to make a reservation even though I only called a few hours prior to our dinner. They only had either 6pm or 9pm slots left, so we had to choose the earlier option with a kid around.
Since we were hungry, we ordered some bread and cultured butter on a Bread Board to start with. It was fresh and warm, perfect to fill our tummies while enjoying the view of the Darling Harbour. I had the Pork Ribs which I shared with Little J. It was nicely charred, sweet and sticky, just like how I like my ribs! Saucer’s Monte Grain Select Rib Eye steak was pretty decent too, although he said that he enjoyed the one at Cyren more. I wonder if it’s because we had high expectations after all the hype from his friend that we were left feeling a little underwhelmed? Anyway, it was still a pretty good steak, just not overly fantastic. Most important of all, we had a great time together as a family, thanks to Little J who was being quite cooperative that evening. 🙂
After the filing dinner, we continued walking around Darling Harbour since there was still light and there was a band playing Christmas songs nearby. It was really quite festive! When it was close to 8.30pm, more and more people were camping near the harbour and we were wondering what for? Then we found out that there was going to be a fireworks display at 9pm that night! We were debating whether to stay for the fireworks but decided against it because we had been out for quite a while and it was also close to Little J’s bed time. Fortunately, we later found out that we were able to watch the fireworks from our apartment too! Win-win!
The next day, we ventured out to the north of the city near the Harbour bridge. It was quite a long walk from our apartment to the bridge but since the weather was nice, it was a pleasant activity. I can’t say the same going back though, because it got really warm during noon and I wasn’t up to walking for another 20 minutes or so under the hot sun!
We walked without any agenda in mind – stopped and took pictures whenever we saw a nice scenery, ate ice-creams when it was getting warm and explored the Royal Botanic Garden that we had never been to before. It was such a huge garden that it was impossible for us to complete it that afternoon.
We were also lucky to have met so many kind people who were ever so willing to help us take pictures, resulting in lots of family pictures this trip! The sky was bright and blue too, perfect for pictures!
Even though baby moon is supposed to be for couples to have a retreat before the arrival of their baby, we had a great time with Little J along. I’m so glad that he was with us during this trip so that we could shower him with lots of love before the arrival of his brother. Having this mini staycation also made me realise why I love Sydney!