AUSTRALIA’S ICONIC ANIMALS IN SYDNEY CBD

AUSTRALIA’S ICONIC ANIMALS IN SYDNEY CBD

If you are planning a trip to Sydney and you are a visitor from overseas, then you can’t really leave Australia without having seen some of the countries famous animals. If a trip to Taronga Zoo is too long (it will take up most of your day) but you would still like to see (or even pat) some icons, then I suggest you pop into Sydney Wildlife zoo in Darling Harbor.

It is home to different species of Kangaroos, Koala’s, a massive crocodile and several different types of reptiles.

In this post, I will show you some of these adorable animals and I will give you some basic information on this zoo.

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW | MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW | MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

Another year is done and dusted. Time is going so fast and yet so slow at the same time. It is only fitting to review last year and set some goals and wishes for this year. Even though I am not a ‘new year – new me’ kinda girl – we all know that you usually only last a few weeks anyway haha!

In this post, I will only review my first year of blogging. (although I started in April…) But still.

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CHASING THE STARS | BALMORAL BEACH, SYDNEY

CHASING THE STARS | BALMORAL BEACH, SYDNEY

I found a new hobby. Am I good at it? Heck no. Do I have the right equipment for it? Nope. (Canon, if you want to help a blogger out, let me know) But damn, I have fun doing it.

I am talking about astrophotography.

I was invited by my friend Kim the other day, she is taking a photography course and had to do some astrophotography in order to pass the year. So she was kind enough to invite me and I eagerly tagged along.

I ended up really loving it. Even though it was cloudy so the stars there were not out in full force. I also had found that I changed the setting the wrong way. Where I initially had the correct but then changed them into the wrong settings. (Lesson learned for next time)

Anywho, Underneath are some of my pictures…

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW | MY YEAR IN PHOTOS

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW | MY YEAR IN PHOTOS

I only started blogging in April 2018.  Before that, I was pretty down and was not doing a lot on a day to day basis. In order to get myself out of bed more and to use my fancy DSLR camera, I decided to start Bondi to Basic.

In this year in review what I have been up to ever since I started this blog. Since I work full time I usually go out and about on the weekends and take photos for upcoming blog posts.

So underneath you can see my year in photo’s what I have been doing for this blog.

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THE INSTAGRAM GAMES

THE INSTAGRAM GAMES

Are you a blogger? A traveler? a photographer? All three or none of the above? I am sure that you then have tried to play the Instagram game! Starting a travel account, a fashion account, an interior account, a photography account or something else. You have probably, just like me, struggled with getting engagement, proper followers (No bots or just follow for follow people) and an increase in traffic (If you are a blogger).

I started my blogs Instagram account a couple of months ago. Initially, I got lots of followers, likes, and comments, but as the time went on it got lower and lower by the day. I find this VERY frustrating and upsetting, so I thought I would try some things to see if I could improve my Instagram and get a larger group of followers. 

In this post I will show you if I have succeeded, and what I have done to improve my blogs Instagram account.

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CHILLIN AT BONDI BEACH

CHILLIN AT BONDI BEACH

I know I have been posting a lot about Bondi and Bondi Beach lately, and I apologize for that. This will be my last post on Bondi Beach this year. I promise.

I just really wanted to share some more photos of this pretty cool beach suburb. I went through my photos today and I found so many cool ones, at least in my humble opinion, that I decided I want to share them with you.  I know, I am so sweet!

From the beach, sunsets, Iceberg club, and surfers, underneath you will find it all.

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LODGING REVIEW | ADINA APARTMENTS, BONDI BEACH

LODGING REVIEW | ADINA APARTMENTS, BONDI BEACH

Located in the heart of Bondi Beach lies a small apartment hotel, Adina. Located at amidst bars, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops in Sydney’s most famous beach neighborhood. Just minutes walk from the beach lies a 2 story – small, contemporary hotel equipped with all the necessities that you require for a mini-break from life.

Making my way to Adina was super simple and straightforward. Hopping on the 333 bus line from Circular Quay conveniently drops you off at Bondi beach. From there it is an easy 5-minute walk to the hotel.

The reception area is very modern and open. With several couches, computer and access to the pool, it is very welcoming. A minimalist color palette, with soft lines and a decorative stone wall, gives a modern, but not cold feel. Varying room categories fit all types of travelers, even those who travel with children or with other couples as they offer inconnected rooms.

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MY FAVORITE PODCASTS

MY FAVORITE PODCASTS

I am one of those people who stubbornly refuse to try something new. My dad had been trying to get me to listen to podcasts from when it first came out. But no, I didn’t think I would like it. Only a few months ago a friend of mine convinced me to try it, and I have been hooked ever since. The great upside of this is that I literally have hundreds of podcasts to listen too.

Now, this is going to sound strange, but I love murder mysteries and true crime. So the podcasts that I listen too are all related to that subject in some way.

In this post, I will show you some of my favorite podcasts I listen to regularly and that has me hooked.

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MINI GUIDE TO BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY

MINI GUIDE TO BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY

I needed to escape the hustle and bustle of busy North  Sydney the other weekend. It has been hectic at work and I needed a quick break before the summer season started. The beauty of living in Sydney means that there are loads of great weekend break destinations within a few hours.

So this mini-break I decided I wanted to go to the beach, especially because it was going to be 32 degrees and I needed some chill time.

So that is what I did, I booked a hotel and off I went.

I wandered the streets of Bondi, watched a sunset and enjoyed some time at the beach. If you are interested in going on a weekend to Bondi Beach then check out my post underneath.

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PHOTO DIARY #13 CRICKET – AUSTRALIA VS INDIA

PHOTO DIARY #13 CRICKET – AUSTRALIA VS INDIA

A Dutchy, Kiwi and Canadian walk into a cricket stadium. Sounds like the start of a dad joke, doesn’t it. But it happened last Sunday. I have never been to a proper game before and I was always curious what it would be like. I am Dutch, so I did not grow up watching cricket. And it is a lot more entertaining then what most people realize.

So when I got the opportunity to go to a T20 game I was down.

Australia was playing the final game against India at the Sydney cricket ground and my boss had some tickets left.

It was a great game, but Australia lost. It was such a great experience anyways. The Indian fans are so hooked to the game, they truly support their team. Every wicket or catch they would go MENTAL. It was great to see.

Underneath are just some pictures of this great evening.

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