July 11, 2024

Day 4 in Sydney Australia: Bondi Hop-On-Hop Off Bus Tour

We have a lot of beautiful beaches in the Philippines so whenever we travel overseas, I don’t usually include beaches on our itinerary. But after watching the Instant Hotel series during the pandemic, nacurious ako sa Bondi Beach. When we went to Sydney last year, I added an extra day for our Hop-On-Hop-Off tour to see Bondi Beach. 

I purchased the Essential Ticket of Big Bus Sydney Tour via Klook which is good for 48 Hours. You can read our Sydney Route here. 

The first bus on the Bondi Route started slightly late compared to Sydney Route. The first bus leaves Central Station at 9:30AM and at 9:45AM at the Australian Museum. We are fortunate that Hyde Park Inn is just a few minutes walk from the Australian Museum so less travel time.  

Archibald Fountain 

Since we were a bit early for the bus schedule, we went to Archibald Fountain and Hyde Park Barracks first. You can see the Sydney Eye Tower at the back of the fountain. 

Hyde Park Barracks 

Just like the Anzec Memorial, we were not able to visit this museum even though this is just a few minutes walk from the hotel. There is no entrance fee but we need to prebook the ticket and I don’t know what time we are going to finish our Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour so I couldn’t prebook a ticket. So we just checked the place and took a picture outside the museum. 

It is open every day between 10:AM to 6PM except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Last entry is 4:30PM because a visit would take 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Hyde Park Barracks is a former barracks, hospital, convict accommodation, mint, and courthouse. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since July 2010. 

After taking a photo, we went to the Australian Museum bus stop. The Bondi Route bus was not on time so we left the Australian Museum, around 10AM. One complete tour of Bondi Route is 1 hour and 30 minutes but we decided to get off at Bus Stop 30 which is Bondi Beach. The Blue Route bus trip is less frequent so we didn’t want to waste our time waiting for the bus. 

Bondi Beach 

Bondi beach is one of the famous beaches in the world. It is popular with locals and tourists because of its proximity to the city. It is known for its golden sand, surf iconic waves, and blue water. This is where you can see the Icebergs, Bondi Graffiti Wall, Bondi Story Room, and Bondi to Coogee Walking Path.

The beach is about 1km long so dito pa lang mapapagod ka na maglakad. We were there during springtime so it was cloudy, windy, and cold but we did not waste any opportunity, we checked the sea water and walked on the sand. 

Bondi to Coogee Walk 

One of the most scenic ways to see Sydney is to walk from Bondi to Coogee but the famous coastal walk is 6 km and we didn’t want to drain our energy. 

Bondi Beach to Bronte Coastal Walk

Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach is a popular coastal walk with 2.5 km walking trails. You have an ocean and sandstone cliff view. It was a long walk where you could see Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs, Mackenzies Point, Mackenzies Bay, Tamarama Beach, and Bronte Beach. 

We tried to walk up to Mackenzies Point but we did not continue anymore kasi baka wala na kami energy na maglakad pabalik. Hehehe! So we just walk kung hanggang saan lang kaya ng energy namin.

Lunch at Grumpy’s and Bondi Kahve 

Actually, I planned to eat Fish & Chips and Calamari & Chips but we didn’t know where to go so we just ended at Grumpy’s and Bondi Kahve. We just ordered Grumpy’s Meat Lover’s Pizza for AUD29 and Nuggets and Chips for $12.50 (Kid’s Menu).

I remembered the kid’s meal that we ordered at House of Canteen, the serving was big but here, pang kids lang talaga. Hehehe! The pizza is also small too. We just finished our food and we went to the bus stop. On our way to the bus stop, we found a restaurant that serves fish, calamari and chips, etc. Waah! Kung sinipag lang pala kami maglakad, nakain ko sana yung gusto ko kainin. 

We rode the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus again and got off at the Australian Museum so we could go back to our hotel and rest. 

Australian Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour 

Even though we wanted to rest na, we still pushed ourselves to go out so we could maximize our ticket so we went to the Australian Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. You can visit SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Zoo and Madame Tussauds here but we were not interested so we just walked and enjoyed the view. 

Then we walked to the nearest bus stop; we were supposed to go to Chinese Garden pa but we were tired already so we got off near our hotel. We dropped by at the grocery and David’s Kitchen for our food.

End of Day 4, we needed to sleep early because our next day's itinerary was Blue Mountain.

July 10, 2024

Card Making Countdown 2024

Last month I joined Craft with Sarah Card Making Countdown 2024, there are 10 card projects that we can make but I only finished 8 cards. Due to limited time, I did not do the Design Your Own Popout Cards and Mini Album Cards. 

There is a premade template that you can use and a tutorial if you want to make your own. I’m sharing the cards that I finished. 

Gate Fold Card

We can use 5 Gate Fold SVG files, but I only use the Gate Fold Semi Circle. I printed my own pattern paper using Digital Christmas Pattern. 

Fractured Cards 

There are 7 Fractured SVG files but I only use one design. I shared this Congrats Card before. I don’t have a lot of patterned paper so I used Embossing Folder and Lunar Paste to design the card. 

Design Your Own Layered Card 

I think this is the first layered card I designed from scratch because I usually use premade designs to save time. I am Bee Happy Card. 

Gift Card Holders 

I did not attempt making my own Gift Card Holders so I just cut the Coffee Cup and Present SVG files. 

Side Stacker Cards 

There are 7 Stacker SVG files and I used the circle stacker card. This is an easy project using the Print then Cut function on Cricut Design Space. The Watercolor Sydney Opera House is designed by Radiant Tango but the file is no longer available on the Hungryjpeg website. 

Word Ribbon Cards 

There are 3 SVG files for these Word Ribbon Cards, you can choose the birthday, butterfly, or Christmas file. You can personalize these cards. I used the Happy Birthday design and added the Happy Birthday SVG file. The Happy Birthday is part of the Give Me a Hug Cute Animals Bundle 

Fold-Out Flowers Cards 

I did not design my own fold-out flower cards because the premade SVG files are so pretty so I cut the Bouquet Card and Vase Card. I like this design because I can use my scrap paper. There is an individual flower SVG file too so if you just want to cut the flowers. 

Easel Cards 

I love making easel cards but so far I only made square and round easel cards. If I have extra time, I will try other shapes. But last month I cut the Road Trip and Flower & Butterfly Template.

July 09, 2024

First Day of School Sign Board

No more travel trips so I have time to craft. Now, I am joining the Cricut Philippines Back to School Challenge. I already shared the first project, the Faux Leather Pencil Case, and made the First Day of School Sign Board yesterday. I don't have a Cricut Access Subscription so I changed the font and image of this project. 

Clipart: Back to School Graphics and Illustrations

Since Nursery, we always have a "mandatory first day of school picture" and I plan to continue the tradition until he finishes college. Unfortunately, wala kami First Day of School Sign ng Nursery and Pre-Kinder because I don’t have printed during those times. How I wish I could turn back time and I will use this sign board during his preschool years. 

Materials and Tools: 
White Board 
Transfer Tape 
Cardstock for the image 

For the past few years, I have been using this First Day of School Sign, I only tweak a few elements and print. 

July 05, 2024

Day 3 in Sydney Australia: Sydney Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Flashback Friday so let me continue my Sydney Australia series. We had a Museum Station Walking Tour on our second day and on the third day, we explored Sydney via Big Bus Hop On and Hop Off Tour. I am a fan of DIY trips but now, I prefer buying vouchers or packaged tours to save time and energy planning our itinerary. 

Before our trip, I’d read a lot of DIY Sydney Tours or Sydney Walking Tours but I didn’t want to drain my energy on walking or commuting so I chose Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours so we could have a glimpse of Sydney while comfortably sitting on the bus. 

I purchased the 48-hour Essential Ticket so we have more time to explore both routes; the Sydney Route and the Bondi Route. I also downloaded the Big Bus Tours app so I have an idea of the places we can visit, things we can do, and bus information. 

We can also buy tickets on the bus and here are the rates but I want to avoid the foreign exchange rate so I chose Klook. 

1 Day - Discover 
Adult 65AUD 
Child (3-15 years old) 45AUD 

2 Days - Essential 
Adult 85AUD 
Child (3-15 years old) 55AUD 

Sydney Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tours include: 

Digital Audio Guide/Earphones 
Hop on - Hop off Tour 
Audio commentary is available in English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Italian, and Mandarin 
Big Bus Tour App 
Big Bus Tour Guide Map 
Free Wifi on the bus

The Sydney City Bus Tour operates every day between 9AM and 4PM. The first bus departs at Circular Quay so even though there is a bus stop near Hyde Park Inn, we still went to Circular Quay because we want to start our tour at Bus Stop 1. Bus Frequency is 30-45 minutes. 

Bus Stop 1 is just several minutes away from Museum Station via train and a few minutes walk from the Circular Quay train station. 

We just presented our voucher, and the driver scanned the QR code and gave us the ticket, guide map, and earphones. The bus departed on time. There are 24 stops on Red Route but we did not get off and we finished the first loop. Travel duration is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

After our Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, we got off just to eat snacks and got in again. Good thing that we already visited the other tourist spots during our Day 2: Museum Station Walking Tour. So among the 24 stops, we just wanted to explore 3 tourist spots, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanical Garden. Well, from Circular Quay we can already walk to reach these places but we want to save our energy so we still rode the bus. 

House of Canteen 

When we reached the Sydney Opera House, we had a light lunch first at the House of Canteen. We ordered 2 plates of Grilled Salmon Nigiri 15AUD/order, Chicken Katsu, Chips 16AUD, Chips 12AUD, and soda 6AUD/per can. My hubby and son enjoyed the Grilled Salmon Nigiri. The Chicken Katsu Chips is a kid’s meal pero nabusog na ko dito. Sana nga hindi na ko nag-add ng Chips. Buti na lang I had zip lock bag, binaon ko na lang yung leftover chips so we have food at the Botanic Garden.

The advantage of joining the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is I don’t have to Google each place, I will just listen to the audio commentary and if I need more information I can check the Big Bus Tour app and read the attraction details. So I’m sharing some trivia from the app about these places.

Sydney Harbour Bridge 

Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. It is also known as a "Coat Hanger". The bridge is designed to withstand expansion or contraction due to heating or cooling. 

Sydney Opera House 

Of course, visiting Sydney is only complete with seeing the Sydney Opera House. This building symbolizes Australia. It’s a world-class performing arts center that welcomes around 2 million visitors annually. The sails of the building are made from over a million tiles in glossy white and matte cream.

Royal Botanical Gardens 

The Royal Botanic Gardens contain a stunning display of flora from all over the world, including native Australian species. The 30-hectare garden has no entrance fee and has been open to the public since 1831. The oldest trees here are the hoop pine and giant watergum - planted around 1820. There are 36 sculptures, 4,000 trees, 8.900 plant species and over 3.5 million people visit the garden.

We spent most of our time here, just enjoying the view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

There is an ice cream kiosk where we bought a Chocolate Top Sundae 6AUD, Vanilla Sundae 7AUD and Iced Coffee 9AUD

It was only 3PM but we decided to end our tour, maybe because of the time difference (DST), 3PM in Sydney is 6PM in Manila time. And knowing us, maaga magdinner and matulog. 

July 04, 2024

Faux Leather Pencil Case

I was browsing my phone and stumbled upon the Faux Leather Pencil Case Demo of Cricut Philippines. After watching the video, I immediately recreated Marianne Geronimo’s project because it looked so easy. 

My guess was right, I was able to finish this project in a few minutes, Using my Cricut Maker, I cut the design, glued the edge, and flattened the pencil case using heavy books. If I am not in a hurry, I will sew the edge of the pencil case.

Materials and Tools: 

Faux Leather 
E7000 for the glue 
Rotary Blade 
Cricut Maker 
Cricut Fabric Grip Mat 

After doing this project, I planned to make more faux leather projects and I would invest in leather goods tools.

July 03, 2024

Monogram Gift Tags

Hello July! Wow, time flies and we are now in the second half of the year. Ang bilis lang, one month na lang ang summer vacation and back to school na naman. 

Anyway, before I continue my Sydney Australia series let me share my Monogram Gift Tags. This is my entry for Bee Happy Weeklies Week 27: Monogram. When I saw the theme for this week, it took me a while to decide, which project will I make. I was thinking of an iron-on project for my cardholder, a monogram for my tote bag, a glass etching project for my baking dish, or layered gift tags.

In the end, I chose gift tags but instead of cutting all the layers, I just printed the first layer, and using my Ohuhu markers and glitter markers, I colored each letter. I attached the design to the gift tag layers that I created. I cut the backing three times to make my gift tag sturdier.

I only cut the J,K,L and M letters from the Layer Floral Alphabet A-Z SVG Bundle which I got from Creative Fabrica. You can watch my quick process video here