Bloganuary Day 13

I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to live my ideal day many times a week or month living here in Australia, mainly due to the weather and lifestyle. Even if I am working, I will take the opportunity to carry out activities that I enjoy before or after work.

I will break down an ideal day for me if I am on my day off, that is, not working.

โ€ข Wake up after a good sleep about 6am. Make myself a coffee and walk/run to the gym for a strength workout at 7am. An hour later I will come home to shower.

โ€ข I then love to have a good breakfast. Sometimes I will head out with my partner or I will meet friends for a catch-up over breakfast.

โ€ข After this, I love to go for a walk. Either along the coast, taking in the beaches of the eastern suburbs or around Centennial Park or even more so, a new place to walk. I love finding new spots to explore and taking many, many photographs. Maybe even go for a swim.

โ€ข Try to stop for lunch somewhere quaint or perhaps take a packed lunch. I am happy with either โ˜บ๏ธ.

โ€ข Come home for a lovely home cooked meal and have a couple of glasses of wine or if Iโ€™m free in the evening, head out to meet friends for a few sociable drinks after having eaten.

โ€ข Finally, I would round the night off with a big cup of tea at home and have a reasonably early night, say 10 or 11pm. I am all about a good nights sleep.

This is my ideal day. Plain and simple.

Wayne โœŒ๐Ÿฝ

Sydney lockdown is officially over ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

We made it guys! After 106 days we are now officially out of lockdown. Boy it feels goodโ€ฆbut also a bit nerve wrecking. Itโ€™s so nice to have our freedom again, seeing people out and about, hustle and bustle everywhere. However, you canโ€™t help but think, the virus is still out there. Iโ€™m still in favour of social distancing and trying to be as safe as possible. Although Iโ€™m double vaccinated, Iโ€™m still keen to avoid contracting coronavirus ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.

People of Sydney, or anywhere in the world that has lived through a lockdown (Iโ€™m sure everyone has), what was the first thing you did when the lockdown was lifted???

For me, it was work as usual. Being a nurse, we didnโ€™t have any time off during lockdown. Yes I am forever grateful to have been in employment and have some sort of normality. At least we could see our work colleagues and chat about the ever changing pandemic days whilst still earning an income. However, Iโ€™m sure I speak for many nurses, it would have been lovely to have a couple of weeks off at home. Not annual leave or being off sick but just days at home to chill out and reset. Alas it wasnโ€™t meant to be and thatโ€™s ok.

Finishing work, it was really amazing to see people out on the streets, seeing people sitting through cafe windows enjoying their soy caps and shopping malls with shop doors finally opened again. There was a real buzz around Sydney today and it felt good, albeit a bit strange. The first thing I did was go to the gym. As much as I was slightly nervous, I couldnโ€™t wait to get back to training and seeing friends. Finally I could lift a heavy weight again ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ and maybe feel the burn the next day ๐Ÿ˜….

I hope you all enjoy the next few days/weeks of having no lockdown. What are you excited to do/see? I personally can not wait to be able to travel again โœˆ๏ธ.

Thanks for reading guys and stay safe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Wayne ๐Ÿ˜œ

Last weekend of lockdown!

As much as I love my lockdown 5km radiusโ€ฆI cannot wait to spread my wings a little further ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. Sydney siders we are almost there after 15 weeks of lockdown ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

12 months and 12 photos (2020)

What a year it has been. I think most of us will be glad to see the back of 2020. Coronavirus has a lot to answer for…but it hasn’t been all bad. For me personally, it hasn’t been the worst year. It was sad not to be able to go home this year to see family and friends but thank goodness for the internet and learning to socialize online with video calls etc. Here is a look at my year with 12 photos for each month of 2020.


I was starting the new year on a high. We had just completed a cruise holiday for Christmas and I was feeling my best with my weight gain. I was at my heaviest here at 77kg. This was such an accomplishment for me and I was excited to see my progress continue with the gym and eating well.


It was AMAZING to have family here from Ireland. When friends and family come to Australia and love it like you do, it’s priceless ๐Ÿฅฐ


The pandemic reached Australia and everyone went crazy for toilet roll. (I think this was world wide). We were in an 8 week lockdown and people were panic buying. It was insane, however, this was just the beginning.


Celebrating the main man’s big birthday. We were in lockdown so all holiday plans were cancelled. However, we had a lovely party at home Mexican style ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐ŸŒต


All gyms are closed. Home workouts ensued. They were fun enough but I lost a lot of muscle mass. Sad times after all the work put in but at least I maintained my fitness and you ALWAYS feel better after a workout ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿค—


Hooray! Our 8 week lockdown was over and restrictions started to ease. Pubs opened and we went for our 1st schooner in what seemed like an eternity.


Visiting Madame Tussauds was awesome. Healthcare workers were given free entry to some venues in Sydney and this was one of them. This was a nice touch! Hiya Oprah!


A little local holiday to Hunter Valley for my birthday. We feel really fortunate to have so many great places to travel to within our state.


We’re still travelling local but Sydney never gets old. I love living in this city. To be confined here is not too shabby.


Trying to see as much of NSW as possible, as that’s all where we can go. This is Ballina. Make sure to stop here before heading on to Byron Bay (see previous blog post).


And after being back to the gym for a few months, I am finally getting back to the shape I was in pre Covid. I honestly never thought it would take so long but hey ho, thankful to be in a position to even visit a gym these days.


Back to Byron Bay for a 2nd time. Our Queensland trip was cancelled again (3rd time now, sooooo over it) but this was the best place to spend Christmas with close friends. Grateful for small mercies and staying healthy.

Happy New Year everyone! May 2021 be better for you than 2020.

Keep safe everyone,

Wayne โ˜บ๏ธ

12 months and 12 photos (2019)

Hi everybody!!! It has been a while. I haven’t written a blog in about 4 months, sorry for that. To be honest, I haven’t had much to say or write about as there has been no travelling for the past few months (except Melbourne twice but does that even count?!). I have been attempting to lay low and save my pennies/cents for the big year that is to come in 2020. A fellow blogger has been carrying out 12 months and 12 photos and I loved this idea. It’s a great way for me to create a blog and keep me in the game. It’s the first time I saw another blog post and thought, yes, I want to do that. So thanks to Tanja from @theredphoneboxtravels for the inspo. I have picked my 12 photos (not an easy task by the way, if you have a few things going on each month) and added a little caption to each one. I hope you find them of interest ๐Ÿ™‚

January – Taveuni

The holiday of all holidays. We won a trip back to Fiji and we decided to visit the garden island of Fiji that is Taveuni. An absolutely amazing place with the best people. We made memories there that will last a lifetime.

February – Belfast comes to Melbourne

Belfast comes to Melbs
2 of our really good friends Brian and Rachael came to Melbourne. I didn’t want to miss them so I flew over to spend the weekend with them and had the best craic!

March – Meet my parents in Thailand

I had the oppotunity to visit my parents when they were in Thailand celebrating their anniversary. I couldn’t miss this, maybe my only ever chance to have a holiday with just the 2 of them all to myself. A really chilled out holiday with memories I will always cherish.

April – 10 years later

10 years later
We love our Sydney walks and for me, my photo opportunities! We sat here to have a photo taken and realised we had sat here 10 years ago also. We have lived in Sydney in 2009 for 1 year and had made it our dream and mission to return. I like this photo as it highlights how far we have came and what is achievable if you want something bad enough.

May – Home

We love our trips back to Northern Ireland. This was our 2nd trip home since leaving for Australia. We had an amazing time as always, plus we attended 2 very special weddings. The landscape in Northern Ireland is stunning, it definitely needs to be seen if visiting Ireland.

June – A time of reflection

This is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The perfect spot for reflection and gathering your thoughts. I was really happy to have been shown this place.

July – Quality time

Quality time
July was a month of spending time with the other half and taking in the beauty of Sydney. Lots of nice walks and this day we were whale watching, a really unbelievable experience!

August – Leura

This is my birthday month!! I really wanted to head away for a couple of days. We decided on Leura, in the Blue Mountains. I would highly recommend this to everyone. It is a really quaint little town with a lot of character. The Leura Cascades are impressive and amazing walks in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

September – A personal journey

Personal journey
I have been going to the gym for about 2 years now. I am loving it and acheiving results that I am super happy with. This was the month I hit a personal milestone as I had hit the 10kg mark. Thats a 10kg increase in weight (muscle mass). I was delighted. May the journey continue.

October – Wedding dress shopping

Wedding dress
Never thought in a million years I would be doing this but it was an incredible experience. To be there for my best friend on such a huge occassion in her life was a true honour. We had the best weekend and not a bridezilla in sight!!

Novemeber – My cousin

My cousin
My cousin has been in Sydney for a year and we have loved it. To have a family member here is amazing, to share old memories and make new ones is incredible. We were sad to say goodbye as she heads off on her travels and then home but we have had the best year and again made the best memories.

December – Christmas time

One of my favourite months of the year. This year we are spending it together, just the 2 of us. We are heading away on what will be our only holiday as a couple since 2014. Keep an eye on my socials for photos to follow. Merry Christmas everyone!!! See you all next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Sculpture by the Sea

Hey everyone. This blog post will be short and sweet but I just really want to highlight such an amazing event. Thisย is one of Sydneyโ€™s most popular events, Sculpture by the Sea. It is a free annual event and is situated along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama. The area showcases 100 sculptures by artists from all around the world.ย The event is on for 3 weeks in Spring, this year finishing on the 4th November. It is the biggest yearly sculpture exhibition in the world and although a free event, people are encouraged to donate some money at the end of the walk to help with costs.

It attracts around 500,000 visitors so expect it to be crazy busy. It is best not to go at the weekends. We tried to go on a Sunday afternoon and it was disastrous . It is hard enough to see the sculptures with so many people, let alone take a good photograph. We returned on a Sunday morning at 6am and it was much better. I’d say on a weekday would also be not as busy.

The event has taken place since 1997 and really encapsulates the imagination of Sydney and its visitors. It is a really unique event and 100% worth a visit if you are in Sydney at that time of year. We thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate the amount of work people put into this incredible event. You can see a few of my favourite sculptures below.


W ๐Ÿ˜Š

City slicker or beach bumโ‰๏ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ– part 2: Bondi

In part 1 we looked at city life as I had previously lived in the city suburb of Darlinghurst. Now that I am temporarily in Bondi I will try to highlight the pros and cons of the area from what I have experienced so far with the aim of helping me decide where would be best to live, in the city or by the beach.

Bondi Beach is world renowned. It has the wow factor from the very first time you set your eyes on it. The beach is really, really stunning. You can see it’s full beauty when standing at either the north or south side.

View from North Bondi

View from South Bondi

Although not a massive beach, it does fairly pack a punch in the scenic stakes. It is an exceptionally clean beach with white sand and amazing waves if you’re into surfing or simply want to jump into them for the laugh! Bondi Rescue is filmed here and you can often see the guys in action saving lives. Bondi itself has the holiday vibe down to a tee. There are hoards of tourists, surfers and people walking around barefoot. You have the sand, the sea and the main promenade full of the usual holiday paraphernalia. During the summer months Bondi is heaving with people from all over the globe. Living here at this time you really have the feeling of being on a permanent holiday. It offers a great vibe to live in and there is always a buzz from dusk until dawn. In the winter months Bondi does quieten down which is also lovely as you can appreciate the beauty more here without all the tourists and it is a lot easier to get public transport.

The promenade offers a great walkway from 1 side of Bondi to the other and provides the opportunity for local artists to display some of their amazing work along the aptly named graffiti wall. This is a highlight for me, seeing all these different art murals that change every few months or so. You will see many tourists and locals (including me) having their photos taken by the different artworks.

Bondi has an array of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer that will be sure to cater to all your social needs. They are quirky and lively with really cool atmospheres and vary greatly to suit all types of people. Basically there is something for everyone. You can get amazing protein shakes and aรงai bowls at Acai Brothers, fantastic Bloody Mary’s at Bloody Mary’s Bondi (funnily enough! – also another one in Darlinghurst ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ), lovely cocktails at Icebergs (also if you also want a SPECTACULAR view of Bondi, this is the place to be ), or simply a quiet schooner at Beach Road (personal fave) or Bondi Hotel. There are 2 RSLs in Bondi for anyone wishing to become a member. Here you can receive drink and food offers/discounts with world class views and become immersed in the suburb you are living in. If you haven’t heard of an RSL you can read about them here. The food in North Bondi RSL is impressive and very reasonably priced. If you want to try Japanese I cannot recommend ‘SOY’ highly enough. Very authentic with the perfect ambiance. We visited Brown Sugar last week for food and were not disappointed. Food was impeccable and plentiful, the setting was cosy, dimly lit and lively and the service was fantastic. This is a place I will definitely return to. There are lots of little salad bars and sushi places, steak houses and impressive restaurants. The world really is your oyster here in this 1 suburb.

Coffee at North Bondi RSLBloody Mary’s cocktails at Bloody Mary’s

Japanese cuisine at Soy

If you love a good market, Bondi Markets are on every weekend and are hugely popular. To be honest I’m not a big market person but even I have enjoyed strolling through here and picked up a couple of bargains. There are some good sunglasses stalls and lots on offer for foodies. Saturday is the Farmers Market with lots of fresh produce and exciting dishes to try. Sunday includes food but includes vintage clothes, accessories, health items and much more. To find more info you can check their website here.

For my final ‘pro Bondi’ point, you have the famous Bondi to Coogee walk. This is one of the most scenic walks you can carry out in Sydney, NSW, even Australia. The views are spectacular. It takes a couple of hours 1 way to complete the 6km walk (especially if you stop to take photos and admire the scenery) taking in the coastline, beaches, parks and rock pools. You can read all about this famous walk here.

As you can see, Bondi has A LOT to offer. So many positive points to consider. I will quickly run through the negative aspects. Bondi can be a nightmare to get in and out of. Yes there are buses that run very regularly to and from Bondi Junction where there is a train station. However, with no train line to Bondi, you will always have to get to Bondi Junction before you can go anywhere by train. The volume of people using the buses is huge and you will often be standing for the entire journey (often feels like a rollercoaster too). Bondi feels like it’s own little bubble, away from everywhere else. Even getting a taxi to the city can be a nightmare as it’s further away (whereas Darlinghurst is very central to everywhere!). For me, this is my biggest gripe. Another thing to consider is the sheer amount of tourists. In the summer it is crazily busy, buses are that packed that they will simply drive past you when at full capacity. So it’s best if you’re not in a rush to get back out of Bondi ๐Ÿคฃ. It won’t just be the buses that are busy either, everywhere is busy, including supermarkets and cafes. For me, these are the 2 main issues, transport and the large volume of tourists. Having said that, I don’t know if these 2 reasons would be enough to deter me from living in Bondi. Should I find a suitable place to live in Bondi, I would be really happy to live here and become a Bondi local ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š. The beach life is a really positive influencing factor. The fact that you can head to the beach before or after work and have a swim is very appealing and there is an amazing atmosphere here that makes you feel that you are living in a very special place.

Thanks for reading!

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