It’s amazing how time flies. Easter is a very special period for me, not just only that Jesus was crucified and raised again, but it was when Hong Yi and I officially became a pair.
Two years ago on April the 6th, I remember flying down to Melbourne and I was supposed to meet up with her that night for dinner. Unfortunately my auntie (mum’s friend) ran into car problems which meant I was late getting picked up and I was staying with my auntie out in the suburbs. Hong Yi was staying at La Trobe street then.
It was only the next day that I got the chance to finally meeting her after not seeing her for almost 3 months and that very night we made it official. So yeah…two years later.
Our relationship is an interesting one. We started long distance and have been long distance ever since. I do get a lot of questions about how I manage to sustain a long distance relationship. Let me tell you this: distance makes the heart grow fonder. There are pros & cons but I guess we usually don’t take each other for granted when we meet up.
Anyways, not here to talk about the relationship. So here are some photos of what we did!
Hong Yi has been been quite upset at me for not taking her to the fish markets despite her visiting Sydney several times already. If you don’t already know, she’s a fan of food. So is her mum, a food-blogger!
So after many verbal beatings from her, we finally made our trip to the fish markets!
Fish markets is famous for seafood, for obvious reasons. You can get really fresh fishes, oysters, lobsters and much more at affordable price. Hong Yi said her family would’ve loved the fish markets!
I would recommend getting there first thing in the morning as the stuff is the freshest then. Parking is not cheap over there so I wouldn’t recommend staying for more than 2 hours.
One of the must foods you must try over there is the fresh raw salmon, tuna, swordfish and oysters. The oysters are brought in fresh from the morning’s catch and you can see people cutting open the shell and washing it. When we squeezed lemon juice onto it, it even squirmed around a little! I think Hong Yi was grossed out by it so she let me eat most of the oysters hehe. We also had half a lobster with chips and salad.
If you’re having your meal outside, be very wary of the seagulls. I remember I was having my salmon and tuna outside last time and there were 2 big pieces of tuna. When I was looking away, a seagull dived down and snatched one of the tuna pieces which got me really angry at the bird as there were only 2 pieces and I love raw tuna!
Coffee & Modeling at the Strand
Yes, one of the highlights was having coffee and modeling at the Strand Arcade. Hong Yi swears that her chai latte was the best she’s ever had. Even better than Melbourne!
We had our coffees at the Strand Espresso. This was the exact place we had coffee a year ago when Hong Yi was in Sydney. It’s a nice little cafe in the Strand Arcade so make sure you check it out when you’re there!
When the cafe was closing up, the arcade was quite empty. That was when Hong Yi decided to test out her photography skills with her prized Nikon D90.
First assignment was to pose with my new watch. Oh yeah, I bought a new watch. Man, it has been years since I last wore a watch. I wasn’t planning on buying one but that’s the danger when you go window shopping with your girlfriend.
As we were walking around Myer, I spotted a nice diesel watch that had 25% discount. To me, it meant I still had to spend 75% but to Hong Yi, that meant you’re saving 25%. Anyways, I usually don’t splurge on myself so I decided to give myself a treat :)
We then proceeded to doing modeling poses which some of them turned out quite nicely. It was funny when passer-bys looked at Hong Yi and I posing as though we were professionals hehe.
Unlike Melbourne, Sydney is blessed with beautiful surrounding waters all over. To get to a beach does not take long and fortunate for me, I live next to a bay. So we headed out to my local jetty which was only a 5 minute walk away.
Hong Yi is quite an avid fishing enthusiast. Her kampung roots to KK has equipped her with fishing abilities to use a hand line.
For some reason, all the fishes Hong Yi caught were small puffer fishes. I was trying to get the bigger fishes further out but I think there were a lot of bites from small fishes which was unfortunate. No hook for me but Hong Yi managed to catch two puffer fishes on her hand line until she decided to cheat and use a net instead hehe.
There’s so much more that we did in Sydney but I’m too lazy to go through all of them. You can browse through the gallery below to see all the photos we took.
Man, I’m seriously thinking of getting a DSLR now. Nikon or Canon? Dilemma. Where will the money come from? :S