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Monday, May 28, 2012

Fri-date: Korean Movie, Coffee & Food Tripping, Vivid Sydney 2012

The last time we had a Fri-date was in Summer.  We enjoyed our Fri-date so much, we decided that once in a while, we will in sync our day-offs together so we'll have one whole day just for us.  Three months ago, I was in a shirt-shorts-sandals ensemble but the weather has grown so much colder since then.  We still have a few days of Autumn left but the temps are definitely Winter-ish.  Our agenda for the Friday will extend up to night time so we left home all bundled up.  

"As One Korea", a Korean film.   We discovered that a few selected theatres in Sydney feature Korean films and we were lucky to find that there's a film being shown in Broadway Shopping Centre until 30th May.  The film is based on a true story of the first unified Korean team who competed in the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.  It's a story of teamwork and friendship that blossomed between the North and South Korean teams.  The film was so heartwarming it brought tears to the women watching in the cinema (including me!).   The cast was lead by Ha Ji-won from the famous KDrama, "Secret Garden" and "The King 2 Hearts".

After the movie, we trooped down to Glebe and had coffee and pastries at La Banette, a rustic French patisserie.

As mentioned in my instagram, La Banette Patisserie was my beautiful find that day.  I love cafes with eccentric interiors and small spaces that doesn't intrude on my personal space.  Even if there were people seated near us, there was a sense of privacy and we felt comfortable.  We enjoyed their pastries which were freshly-baked.  I will write a separate entry about their food soon.

Visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Store.  From Glebe, we took the bus to Circular Quay and spent the rest of the evening at The Rocks.  We visited the newly-renovated Museum of Contemporary Art and had a look at a few items at their store.  The store sells books, bags, jewellery, lomo cameras etc.  I saw Pochi purses which I find very cute.  Maybe one day I'll buy one for myself.

Early Dinner of Kebabs at The Rocks Market.  I waited two weeks just to get a hold of these yummy kebabs at The Rocks!  When I saw that Shawarma scene in "The Avengers" movie, I just knew it was time to have that kebab date with the Husband.  We were there early so we had the kebab stall all to ourselves.    

We enjoyed their Meatball Kebab and Grilled Chicken Tikka Kebab as we roamed around The Rocks Market.

Vivid Sydney 2012.   Twenty minutes before the stroke of 6PM, we're all setted up (camera gears and all) at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay waiting for the Lighting of the Sails of Sydney Opera House.  Naging panata na namin ang Vivid Sydney (We have a devotion to witnessing Vivid Sydney).  This is the only evening event during Autumn/Winter that we go to because it's (1) about art and technology; (2) a family event; and (3) we like taking photographs of light shows.

The Lighting of the Sails of Sydney Opera House was a miss.  This was so far the worst Lighting of the Sails and we were very disappointed. 

We tried to enjoy it but the truth was there was nothing enjoyable about it.  We appreciate the art and light show but overall, we didn't like it. 

The only saving grace was the light show on the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House and few light installations around Circular Quay.

After exploring the light shows of Vivid Sydney, we went back to The Rocks Market to eat again.  Taking photographs and walking in the cold left us famished so we had pork buns and bean buns before finally going home.

A separate feature on Vivid Sydney 2012 and The Rocks Market will be shared soon!