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Sydney City

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Land of Four Seasons - I am not sure if Australia is really called this. After previous day's high temperatures, today the prediction was a pleasant day - ideal for a visit to the city.

Today we had my cousin's family too. As with any Palakkad TamBrahm outing, similar to the previous day, it was a day with packed lunch. That too an elaborate one. We must be carrying 2-3 bags full of eatables. :-P

Parking spaces in all major cities cost you a fortune and Sydney is no different. Being a Sunday, it is cheaper today. Just AUD 30 for whole day!! But we being Indians find alternatives. Why not park in office parking lot for FREE!!

Pyrmont bridge at Darling Harbor was our first spot for the day. You could talk a  tour of the Australian National Maritime Museum and get into one of the warships docked there. We gave it a miss and settled for an early lunch. You see food is the most important part of our outing..

The weather was awesome with cool breeze flowing from the bay. The curd ri…

A breakfast treat

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Never in my life had I imagined that we would be invited for a breakfast treat!

It was a nice surprise when our newest friend "Pancham" pinged me on WhatsApp late yesterday night with the invitation. We had just met him couple of days back at the common area of our apartments. Yesterday we jelled well on our small outing to Penang Youth Park and Annalakshmi.

As wise men say, when one path is blocked another one shows up. Our tour mates so far in Penang, the Gujjus, had relocated back to India this weekend. And now we have got another "vegee" couple with a cute little baby. I yearn for many memorable trips in future.

Back to the topic - The breakfast treat. Such an extensive menu and that too all home made and fresh. The crispy miniature medu vada - right out of the frying pan. I am sure I would have devoured nearly a dozen with nice coconut chutney.

Next was the super soft idlis - of which I am truly a fan. But this one was made of Idli Sooji which I used to detest…

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The main motivation for relocation to Malaysia was to explore this part of the world. But I didnt know that our first trip would happen even before we completed our first month in this country.

Shitu, a colleague of mine, mentioned about this place "Cameron Highlands" - which I first mistook as islands. In this part of the world I expected islands as the major tourist attraction. But lo Google! and its auto correct "did you mean" feature showed me the right place whose look and feel inspired for this impromptu trip.

Well not so impromptu but within a day. We discussed about it on Thursday afternoon and started from Penang on Friday afternoon!

Recent (and first) experience with homestays booked through airbnb prompted me to to explore that option rather than normal hotels. In an alien country where vegetarian food could be a rarity, homestay with kitchen and utensils is a better bet. Shitu. (as his darling called him) also preferred a place with a kitchen. Why not!…