What To Do In Sydney This June?

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Hi Huneybees,


We've been planning for a mid-year trip and Australia has been a country that I keep wanting to go back again. I find it very pretty, life's laidback and the air is fresher there; with a lot of places still unexplored.

Every time we go, we are just touching on those tourist must-go itineraries and have very little time to really submerge ourselves into their lives. So, this time we are thinking of a self-driving trip and check out some of the unknown or less visited places in Sydney.

So, we came across this article that introduces 10 insta-worthy places in Sydney and I'm so excited to share them with you...


Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington
This heritage-listed public garden sits in the city’s East, with a touch of Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Roman baths. Once a vital source of water in the 19th century, the reservoir was transformed back in 2009, preserving much of the original brick, timber and iron framework. Stroll along the boardwalks, admire the fusion of contemporary and old elements, sit on the rooftop near the sunken garden and watch the light change as the sun sets in this magical haven.

Photo Credits: https://haciendasydney.com.au

Hacienda Bar, Circular Quay | @haciendasydney
Sip a rum-inspired cocktail and drink in the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge views at this hip drinking hole. The interior is as Insta-worthy as the view, with a nod to the grand plantation architecture of Cuba and a touch of 1950s Miami with lots of botanicals, pastel pink seating, and neon signage.



Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales


The Grounds, Alexandria | @thegrounds
Built into the remnants of a heritage-listed factory in Sydney’s industrial centre, The Grounds has become a Sydney Insta icon with its kitchen-garden vibe and hearty, innovative eats. Snap a selfie in front of vegetable gardens, flower pots and old-fashioned stalls selling homemade soda and donuts. They have special themed nights and you should check out what they have done up for Aladdin Night!
Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade | @hotelpalisade
Palisade Hotel, perched atop the historic watering hole is a beautiful, airy cocktail space. Settle upstairs at Henry Deane on one of the millennial pink couches with a cocktail and take in the breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales



Icebergs Pool, Bondi | @icebergsclub
Bondi Beach is home to the world’s most famous ocean pool, Bondi Icebergs. Named after its Winter swimming club, the bright white pool dates back to 1929 and is an Instagram favourite during the Summer months. From Bondi, take the coastal walk around to Bronte Baths, built in 1887.


Photo Credits: https://www.smh.com.au

Chinese Garden, Chinatown
Located in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese Garden of Friendship was modeled after the classic private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, offering an insight into Chinese Heritage and culture. Be whisked away to the Ming Dynasty for an afternoon and explore the very grounds that Hugh Jackman stood on when the filming of The Wolverine was done!

Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales


Green Square Library, Zetland
The new underground library that opened end of last year boasts a floor-to-ceiling colourful shelf of books that’s perfect for snapping your Instagram shot. Located in the light-filled reading room in the tower, this shelf doubles up as a gorgeous art installation. The entire library is flooded with plenty of natural light – thanks to the 40 over skylights across the roof, and because of its innovative use of space and architecture, also won the Architectural Review Library Award 2018.


Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales

Angel Place, CBD
Few know about this little nook in an alley, but for those who do – you’re in for a treat. Empty birdcages hang above Angel Place, casting an ethereal glow around the area and making it perfect for any sort of hipster-ific Instagram shot. Aptly titled ‘Forgotten Songs’, the display designed by Michael Thomas Hill allows you to take in the sounds of the birds as you stand beneath the cages and admire the gentle sway of the cages as you capture that super artistic shot. You’ll want to come back again for more.

Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales

The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney | @thecalyxexperience
Located in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Calyx is a horticultural exhibition space with an integrated mix of indoor and outdoor areas and changing exhibitions. The Calyx has the largest green wall in the southern hemisphere and stunning contemporary architecture.

Photo Credits: Destination New South Wales

Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay
This iconic lighthouse is painted in distinctive red and white candy stripes. It’s positioned in a spectacular spot too – standing tall at South Head, near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with views of Sydney Harbour to the West. Built in 1858, it was designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson.





Don't they all look gorgeous right? With nature and cityscapes combined, and the weather just nice for a trip to visit Sydney again, I'm excited and now it's only down to whether hubby can take the leave. I'm Insta-ready for the trip already!





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First Peeks At Desigual SS19 Collection With Zalora

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Hi Huneybees,



Desigual holds a special place in our hearts, it was founded the year I was born and when we first bought our "couple" matching fashion pieces was when we traveled to Barcelona and chanced upon this colourful brand along Catalunya.

We were attracted by the clever piecing for different prints and fabrics for each individual piece of clothing, making the wearer pop out amongst the crowd and become a fashion statement. Desigual has always been shining on positivity, tolerance, commitment and fun on their women clothing, men clothings and accessories and this season Spring/Summer 2019, themed as "COLOUR IS YOU", they want you to wear your emotions, say yes to life, feeling free every day and become an artist of your own wardrobe.


Smacking on a smokey burgundy glitter motd, I attended their SS19 Mediterranean Party held together with ZALORA. This collection makes this traveling season so much brighter with their fashion pieces and joining with the online shopping portal, you can easily get these pieces within a couple of days at the comfort of your home.




It's so easy to look effortlessly chic and colourful for those Instaworthy shots with these new fashion pieces and there are so many different silhouettes to choose from for different occasions. I'm particularly in love with these 2 dresses I tried below, what do you think?


And also this printed shirt for the guys. If your job allows, wouldn't this make a special pop against the plain old suit?





So, there you have it, ready for a wardorobe change and add a new pop of fashion colours into your daily lifestyle? Why not check out Desigual here - https://www.desigual.com/en_SG and shop for them online at https://www.zalora.sg/desigual/.  πŸ’“πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ





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We Stepped Into England Without Passport

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Hi Huneybees,


Unlike football, the English does not have a cuisine it can brag about, but thanks to its once far-reaching empire, the likes of fish and chips, English breakfast, high tea, and shepherd's Pie have certainly resonated with many people in this part of the world.



If you, just like yours truly Queen Bee, do enjoy these "English classics", the next place that I'm going to mention will certainly interest your palate.

Situated at a serene corner in the very heart of the bustling Lion City, is a place called "The English House" that promises to bring back the English nostalgia of the nineteenth century while one enjoys a classic English meal or drink there.
The English House is first restaurant with rooms project in this region by the influential English chef turned entrepreneur, Marco Pierre White, who is the man most notably known as and still is the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars at age of 33 (he is 58 after his birthday this year). He has been dubbed as the first celebrity chef and has trained many famous chefs including Gordon Ramsay and is the current judge for Australia MasterChef.


With many flora planted along its stairway leading to its entrance, we would have missed its entrance easily if not my distant memory of the once famous club called Madam Wong, which The English House now occupies together with its neighbour unit.


Once at the entrance, you will be greeted by a lovely receptionist at the "hall", who will lead you to into "Drawing Room" lined by black and white photos of celebrity by fellow English photographer Terry O’Neill on both walls. Some of these celebrities that I could identify include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Mirren and David Bowie.
The Drawing Room is also decorated with shelves displaying many artifacts, including vintage carousel arts and a complete collection of the famous Michelin Guide since 1900; all from the owner's personal collection.



Moving into the "Dining Room" lays white round marble top dining tables and elegant upholstered arm chairs neatly arranged by the "housekeepers or house stewards" dressed in Victorian era servant uniform. To support a seated capacity of over 120 Pax, diners do flow over to the Drawing Room, which explains why these lovely dine tables and chairs are there too.
When in the Dining Room, do look up to the ceiling of the Dining Room as you will see two large hanging lamps that used to illuminate London’s 19th-century Burlington Arcade and interesting shaped ceiling fans ventilating the room.



Food choice wise, since it was a Sunday we decided to go for Classic Sunday Roast's set menu @SGD75++ instead of ala carte. The Classic Sunday Roast's set menu may look confusing at first glance but essentially you get a 4-course meal from a choice of canape, a starter, either 1 dish from the Classic Sunday Roast's selection or Main Board's and a dessert choice from the Pudding & Cheeses section.
While drinks are excluded from the set, there's a choice of either Harry's Bar Bellini or Classic Bloody Mary @SGD22++ from its Sunday Cocktail selection or a cup of coffee with champagne truffles @SGD9++. Others drinks options are also available upon request.

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Canape : The Quails Scotch Egg is a classic English picnic snack

Canape : Devils on Horseback is a 70s cocktail muncher

Christina's Starter : The Marie Rose sauce dressing on Wheeler's Classic Prawn Cocktail was rather refreshing

My Starter: Potted Duck with Green Peppercorn was nice with toasted sourdough but may be too salty eating it alone

Christina's Sunday Roast's : Honey Roast Pork Belly with Apple Source was a bit too fatty

My Main Board: The outer mashed potatoe layer of Mr Lamb's Shepperd Pie was crispy but the stuff was too salty for my liking


My dessert: Classic Apple Crumble tasted really good when it was hot and matched well with the melted vanilla ice-cream

Christina's dessert: The bread and butter pudding with fresh cream will always be a safe choice
Taking the opportunity as an invited guest, we also tried the highly recommended Fish and Chips on the ala carte menu - Wheeler's Fried Fillet with English Turbot, Sauce Tartare - listed at whopping SGD98++ price tag!


Looking like the two small golden pillows of size of my new Huawei P30 Pro, both Christina and I were pleasantly surprised by how fresh and sweet the fried Turbot fillet - a rare fish selection in this part of world - tasted and mind you the complement of the tartare source makes the dish one of the best I had ever eaten!


Here is an interesting fact: within the Dining Room, housed the biggest vintage Glenfiddich whisky collection in Singapore, all proudly seated in the large wooden cabinets at each end of the room. According to the house steward who served my table, these whisky are up for sales at "the right price" with the initial negotiation with the Sommelier and the final decision by the man himself - Marco!


Talking about the Sommelier, he is the one in-charge of "Billiard Room" that is located between the Drawing Room and the Bath Room. The only guy allowed to dress in "Scottish way" with checkered Maud, he and his team of bartenders are responsible for concoction - whether is a Sunday Roast's special cocktail or special mocktail upon request - within The English House.

To allow patron to have that nice chilled lager or Champaign, two customised refrigerators are outfitted as wooden closet, seating inconspicuously in the Billiard Room



While there isn't a billiard table in the Billiard Room per se, the tradition of having wooden dΓ©cor everywhere within the room is evidenced from the bar, furniture, vintage carousel arts on displayed to those classy looking wooden hand crafted and painted signboards hanging on the walls. With only the low lit warm lights in the room, it serves the exact purpose as in the olden times for men and women to chill and to gossip.

Lemon Tree - Homemade infused Lemon Rum, Passion Fruit, and Mint

Hendrick's Tea Party - Hendrick's Gin, Watermelon, Cranberry, Gomme, and Fresh Cucumber

Chewlin - Lychee Liqueur, Grenadine topped with Prosecco

Eden - Rose and Butterfly Pea Flower, Citric Acid, topped with Soda

Rhubarb Sour - Homemade Rhubarb Syrup, Egg White, and Cranberries

Lily's Lemonade - Almond, Grenadine, Rose, Soda and Egg White

Christina and I were not prepare to leave the place without a drink or two, so we decided to order a few instead, courtesy of The English House.
While the cocktails and mocktails look colourful and all do taste special from one and another, unfortunately both your Queen Bee and I are no expert to describe how good they were.

The exhaustive decoration does not ends in the Billiard Room. While the "Bath Room" is an essential layout within any house, it is also one place that almost all patron would visit - whether to wash hands before the meal, to relieve oneself , or to touch up makeup, etc. - and Marco fully understands that.

While there's no billiard table, we found ourselves a vintage table football for some Instagram photos


The exposed brick wall of the Bath Room interior gives a very nostalgic feel in this private space

There's a reason to spend more time in the Bath Room at The English House
If you will to ask me which part of the restaurant do I like most, I would certainly say bath room and its walkway! While this might sound weird or even perverted to some but the whole walk way leading to the Bath Room, the Bath Room itself for both sexes and even right down to within each private cubicle inside, you will find exclusive late Raymond Jackson (JAK) cartoon pieces hanging for your appreciation.

The English House is overall a beautiful place to hang out and absorb the English culture with the amount of antiquities, works from some of the finest Englishmen, as well as the English fare from the well acclaimed Marco Pierre White.

I was particularly impressed by the amount of thoughts put into the renovation work.
It took more than a combination of experience, creativity and courage to transform what seen as nightmare to manage the traditional segregated layout of a historic pre-war shophouse with the need to comply with the local conservation act for such heritage, to drawing inspiration from Das englische Haus by Hermann Muthesius, into a restaurant with such a character.
This is a manifestation of Marco himself!


This is such a heartfelt message from the late Raymond Jackson praising Marco Pierre White

Christina refers The English House as restaurant in a private art gallery and loves the arts collection on display. The huge collection of JAK in particular and one which has dedicated cartoon of Marco speaks volume of the relationship between the two Englishmen and the respect for each other.


Both your Queen Bee and I can't agree more with Marco when he said "I’ve brought a little piece of England into a shophouse in Singapore.” during his media interview when it opened last year in September.

Fyi, this great place that we hangout was also used as the shooting location for the official trailer of a local TV drama - Dear Neighbours ζˆ‘ηš„ε·¦ι‚»ε³ι‡Œ.
Honestly, while the quality of food and its presentation were great, both of us felt a little let down in terms of food taste since this is the basic expectation from most patron of Marco Pierre White, the branded name of modern western cooking. However I will give The English House a bit more time to tweak the use of seasoning to suit local taste bug. Having said that, we will certainly come back to sample the high teas and recommend as a cool chill out place to all our Huneybees!

The English House also caters for family with kids. The normal menu for kids, comes with a main course and a dessert @ SGD20++ but on Sunday, its free for each paying adult! Go for it, mate!

Happy Sunday!



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