Friday, November 28, 2014
Day 1: Arrival in AM @ Sydney airport. Drive to Jervis Bay.
Stay at Tranquility Beach House
Day 2 : Whale watch cruise, exploring the area
Day 3 : Hyams Beach. Drive to Bilpin, Blue Mountains (Farm stay).
Explore the farm Bilpin Springs Lodge
Day 4 : Jenolan Caves, Echo point look out
Day 5 : Scenic World, Blue Mountains. Drive to Hunter valley. Stay Hunter Valley Resort.
Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular
Day 6 : Horse riding, winery tour, wine tasting, shopping. Drive to Sydney
Stay The Sydney Boulevard Hotel. Dinner @ Chinatown
Day 7 : Walk to Opera House/Circular Quay (pass the botanic gardens)
Ferry to Manly Beach. The Rocks Night Market
Day 8 : Paddington Market. Attack of the Pirates boat ride.
Darling habour (Tumbalong water play area+ fireworks)
Day 9 : Darling habour (again! for the kids). Depart of Singapore in the afternoon.
My reviews of the places can be found on tripadvisor if you would like to know more :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Since her birthday is during the school holidays and we will be overseas, Kaira requested to a have a simple celebration during school recess for her.
Being the big girl she is now, she requested for cupcakes and specific designs!
Had initially thought of ordering from someone I know but Kaira kept changing her mind about the designs she wanted .... that I thought it might be better if I make them.... plus the cost of ordering is not a small sum! I would have to spend more than $100 just for cupcakes for her class.... and how hard can it be right?!?!?
The trial run went quite smoothly I must say.... After all only Made a few!!
And honestly it was not that difficult to make cos I chose a simple cake recipe and what I thought was a very simple design!!
However, as with all homemade stuff, it is very very time consuming!!! Just prepping the fondant took me more than 3 hours. But of course I am a first timer at doing this (2nd timer if u consider the trial run! Heehee) and really slow.
The assembling on the morning itself took about 2 hours!! There were moments I wondered if I can make it in time ?!? Of course there are hiccups..... like the circle fondant tops that I prepared turned out too big for the cupcakes I baked! (But during the trial it was perfect! Go figure ;p) so time is spent trimming the tops etc. ...
Funny how the cupcakes on pictures/blogs all look so nice ... mine ? The cupcake wrapper started to come off after the cupcakes cooled down.... had to make a last minute purchase of cupcake wrappers the night before! Thank God I baked the cupcakes in the afternoon. ... imagine if I baked them at night...... where can I buy cupcake wrappers at 7 in the morning? Lol.
I guess all these comes with an experience.... and if I do it again, I will be better prepared!
But haha, unlikely I will do it again for so many kids.... Small scale parties no problem. ...:)
o well, as long as my daughter's happy! It's worth the effort I suppose ;)