The one with Sydney shenanigans and sharks

My first full day in Sydney started with a lil’ yoga. I am sorry if this is an awkward pic but I am trying to work on my Shoulder stand with eagle legs.



Apparently I need to do a whole lot more lifting up with my core, like this:

eagle legs in shoulderstand

(Photo from here: )


A little beach outing is pretty much necessary as soon as you set foot in Sydney. Today’s location: Manly Beach. This is a gorgeous beach about 40 minutes ferry ride from the Sydney waterfront. The Sydney ferries are adorable and the ticket only cost me $7 (return fare) as a student (I think it is probably $14 ish full price). That is a super good deal to me for 80 mins on a beautiful ferry ride to a stunning beach where you can lie around in the sand and swim all day.



Me and my bestie and some random lady’s head:



First point of action: picnic on the beach. We have our priorities straight. Sally coined the sandwich “The REAL cheese sandwich”. Meaning we only had cheese in the fridge so it was literally cheese and bread and that’s it 😉



We are pretty proud of our matching drink bottles that I got from Costco in Vancouver. I knew three drink bottles were completely necessary: one I lost in customs going to NZ (I was so zombie-ed out I just put it down when I was signing a form and forgot it), one for bestie, and one for me.



Cici means big sister in Indonesian and dede means little sister. Bandel means cheeky/naughty. Sally always calls me Cici because I am the wise one in the friendship 😉



The beach was way busier than beaches get in NZ. Also the sand in Australia is much more golden, NZ beaches tend to have more white coloured or black sand.



Another difference: Ummmm I have NEVER seen this sign up in NZ. Apparently it’s pretty common at Manly beach, they called out over the loudspeaker that there had been a shark sighting and people should come in from the water. Some people took their sweet time too! I couldn’t believe it, I would have been out of there like a bolt of lightening.


The above picture nicely showcases the hair issues I was dealing with all day. No matter what I did it just wanted to float up. I had also given up on the bikini at this point and gone with the sun smart option – a light shirt that kept me cool and non-lobster like.


Right next to Manly Beach is the “Corso” (Italian for promenade). There are lots of cute shops here and an amazing book store with really cheap books. I am obsessed with reading and both times I’ve been to this shop I’ve found heaps of great books there.



There is also a Yogurtland, yes Manly beach could not possibly be any more perfect (okay, maybe less sharks would be great).



The other side of the beach where the ferry comes in to the wharf. Yes, that is a shark net.  There was someone swimming right next to it but not inside it. I very much questioned their sanity.



Dinner: A giant $12 steak and chips. We know how to live 🙂




Sydney, it’s good to be back.


Ever seen a shark? (In the ocean, not in an aquarium). – NO, I think I would have a heart attack on the spot if I saw one.

Do you speak any other languages? I speak fluent Italian (thank you student exchange in Sicily 🙂 ) and some Spanish, a tiny bit of Japanese after doing it for five years in highschool, and a little bit of a Chinese dialect. Next goal: Indonesian. I have a live in tutor now, thanks Sally 🙂

Fave Yogurtland flavour? – Today I went for the salted caramel and it was AMAZING.

Any tips for my eagle pose? 

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10 Responses to The one with Sydney shenanigans and sharks

  1. Jessica says:

    so… I signed up for a yoga class today.. and I was looking at yoga mats.. and I thought “hmm I bet yogi girl(you) has a really cute yoga mat” haha. and bam, sure enough you do.!!

    Looks like a fun day at the beach 🙂 minus the sharks.!!! that’s

    Oh and I speak fluent Spanish


  2. That is SO exciting! What sort of yoga?? Enjoyyyyy! 🙂
    Haha that is hilarious- actually I don’t have a mat, because I’ve been travelling so much, but I really need to get one! That is my flatmate’s adorable mat! Hilarious timing though haha. Eres muy linda! 🙂


  3. Jessica says:

    Umm. A yoga/pilates fusion. They offer a lot of different ones though, and that one sounded the most familiar. Any specific ones you would recommend.?
    Haha that is funny timing.! And you’re a natural at spanish.!! Haha

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  4. It’s freezing here in the UK and your photos sure are making wish for warmer places. You are also reminding me that I need to do more yoga.

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  5. Sally says:

    Amazing pictures cici!! Hahaha.. Haven’t seen a shark.. And pleaseee don’t.. But remember the trick I told you Jess incase u see a shark!! ;p I speak fluent Indonesian (LOL).. And Yessss I will be your tutor..
    Let’s practise our yoga pose and bring it to the next level!! Be ready Jessie! 🙂


  6. Yes! I saw a nurse shark in Australia, and a tiger shark in Thailand! The tiger shark was huge- I was on a boat trip, and they made us all get out of the water.

    I speak French and a tiny bit of German. I also studied latin for several years.


    • Oh my goodness that is so scary!! Have you seen jaws? I actually just saw this movie Unbroken the other day and the guys were fighting off shark attacks in a tiny blow up boat! And it’s a true story! Soooo scary!
      Can you teach me French? 🙂 I am the only non-French speaking waitress at my work and I need to get in the know as to what they are talking about haha


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