walk in the park

Sunday, January 12, 2014





As a typical introvert, I wouldn't be the first to admit that I don’t get out much. I usually hate parties, and if you asked me to go out over a night in with the TV? I don't think that's even a question! Anyway, it's no surprise then that it took a friend's invitation for me to get out of the house to catch up over food and a walk around the city. We ate at Teru Cafe in Glebe for some Italian food, even though there's a huge variety of other dishes (all-day breakfast included)! By the way, the above bookstore's not attached to it and is in fact in Sappho's, but a girl can dream of a restaurant/library hybrid right? Anyway,  somehow we ended up at the Chinese Friendship Gardens in Darling Harbour which is a total tourist trap. Nevertheless, I'd never been before so I guess there's a first time for everything!





My friend's eggplant parmigiana and my spinach and ricotta cannelloni, although they look suspiciously similar under all that cheese! In hindsight I doubt eating that much dairy did me any favours, but I do know that it was delicious...











Some adorable bonsai trees featuring tiny horses near the entrance of the gardens! Too bad my first experience growing them was less than stellar, otherwise I might be bothered trying to maintain my own again...









Probably the most wildlife I'll be experiencing for a long time. Anyway, I think I would have gotten even nicer pictures at sunset, but it's a shame that the gardens close way before 8pm! Not pictured are the Chinatown markets that happen every Friday night, but I was so full that I didn't even think about taking any treats home. Although, I'm now craving takoyaki and Japanese pancakes, so there's always next time... Anyway, I hope you're having an awesome weekend!

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  1. What a lovely day! Sometimes it's nice to have a social outing every once in a while! Those photos of the Italian pasta dishes you and your friend ate made my mouth water! I will have to make a trip up to Sydney to see if it is as good as it looks!

    XO's Paige

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    1. Thanks Paige! You definitely should, there's so much to Sydney's food scene that I haven't even discovered (and I live here)...

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  2. I'm a big introvert too. I do like hanging out with people, but I need to have time to think and replenish my mental energy for several hours after. But it's good that you went out with your friend to such that cool park. I'm obsesed with Bonsai trees btw. obsessed haha

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    1. Thanks Farrah! I think that's the case for most introverts, which can be frustrating since I do like spending time with people (just not for too long). I'm obsessed with the idea of bonsai trees but am probably too lazy to ever follow through with getting one, haha!

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  3. These are such stunning photos! I absolutely love Chinese gardens. I always feel at peace when I venture around one. I'm glad you had a nice time!

    Best,
    Christina

    looksbylau.blogspot.com

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  4. I love Sappho's, I've always wanted to attend their poetry night but I am not quite a poet to do anything like that.

    www.rosa-dyn.com

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    1. Oh, I've heard about that! It sounds like fun but it'd probably be lost on me since I don't know anything about poetry either, haha.

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  5. This looks like the most beautiful garden <3 I'm not too great at parties either! I'd opt for a quiet night in any time!

    xo
    Lost in the Haze

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  6. looks like an awesome reason to get out of the house! that garden is beautiful and the food is mouthwatering!

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  7. Oh I haven't been in the Chinese Gardens in years! I just remember there were lots of funny birds and I think I saw a turtle, haha.

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  8. The food looks nice! I also love staying in but as I get older I realize that life is short and that I have to get out. Have a good weekend.

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  9. The. food. is. making. my. mouth. water. I have never seen an eggplant parmigiana like that! The Chinese garden looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit where you went!

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm also an introvert but sometimes it's nice to go out and get outside of my head a bit. I do enjoy going places but I get worn out after a couple of hours.

    Erin // beingerin.com

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  11. Introverts for the win ;)
    The food looks delicious. I'm really craving some good Italian food now.
    The garden looks wonderful too!

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  12. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! The Chinese Gardens look beautiful. When you said eggplant I was already hungry :)

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  13. There's nothing wrong being introvert c:
    The bonsai tree garden is lovely! I'd
    love to go there, sit cross legged on
    some rock and be zen haha :P Xx

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    1. Thanks Mei! Funnily enough I think I did see someone meditating like that, haha :) Maybe I should try it next time..

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  14. Lovely photography! Thanks for sharing! xx

    blancheneve.blogspot.com

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  15. The gardens look so beautiful to walk around, what a treat!

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  16. what a peaceful place to go to and that food looks scrumptious

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  17. wonderful post!I really like your blog! That's why I follow you now ;) would be nice if you'd visit me, too :)
    Kisses, Alina

    Project Germany

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  18. That park is beautiful! I love the bonsai trees, my granddad used to grow them. Tallia is right, the food looks and sounds amazing! Looks like you had a great day out.

    Emma x

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  19. Great looking shots Mani. Vibrant with color, representing that summer weather nicely. Funny I'm not a huge fan of big parties either unless they are with close friends. I'd much prefer to watch a good movie, edit photos, walk around with my camera or go out for a meal/coffee.

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  20. I love these photos. The food looks so good :)

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  21. Ah, I'm totally dying over these gorgeous garden shots. You got such a great picture of that lizard. I don't think I have a quick enough hand or eye to have done that. These pictures make me so happy. They're full of so much life!

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  22. Also, I could've sworn I had been following your blog earlier. No wonder why I hadn't been seeing your post updates x) Whelp, that's fixed now! :)

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    1. That lizard kept running away whenever I moved so I'm glad it was worth it, haha! Thanks for refollowing by the way, I have a feeling it was to do with the Google+ integration that's been happening recently :)

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  23. Ahhh the photos look so vibrant as always, I love it. I have been meaning to visit Sapphos for such a long time. It just seems like the perfect combination :)

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  25. i've never been to the chinese firendship gardens either, it's funny how when you see something as a tourist trap in your own city you don't even tend to bother doing it, but it does look lovely there!

    little henry lee

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