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[Sydney, New South Wales Escapade with HTC EVO 3D] – Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Fraser Suites and Sydney City by Night

[Sydney, New South Wales Escapade with HTC EVO 3D] – Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Fraser Suites and Sydney City by Night

After leaving Port Stephens, we arrived at Sydney city at around 6-7pm, just in time for dinner at the Night Noodle Markets at Hyde Park.

This is the signature event under the Crave Sydney International Food Festival, bringing together dozens of international food stalls, three bars and nightly entertainment which includes a Chinese lion dance performance.

Sydney is ON

Sydney is ON

The lion dance was a crowd pleaser

The lion dance was a crowd pleaser

Rows of Chinese red lanterns at Hyde Park

Rows of Chinese red lanterns at Hyde Park

The annual festival starts on October 1 and runs through the end of the month. It’s celebrates Sydney food with a series of “100 mile” events, whereby chefs use only food sourced within a 100-mile radius, culminating in the 100 mile challenge.

Sydneysiders love the event, judging by the packed turn out at Hyde Park for the Night Noodle Markets. Duglass told us that Australians generally dislike queuing. If they bother to queue for their food and drinks, these have to be really good stuff!

I went through the program guide printed by The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper and found out that all the stalls were set up by established or up-and-coming restaurants in Sydney, eager to showcase their cuisines for a big break at the annual Night Noodles Markets.

Check out the crowd!

Check out the crowd!

Longrain: they have an Asian restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney - http://www.longrain.com.au

Longrain: they have an Asian restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney – http://www.longrain.com.au

Curly Moo Yoghurt - http://www.curlymoo.com

Curly Moo Yoghurt – http://www.curlymoo.com

Ang moh selling sushi, interesting

Ang moh selling sushi, interesting

As night falls, more people arrive

As night falls, more people arrive

More international food stalls

More international food stalls

Coloured smoke for effects

Coloured smoke for effects

Spotted the deejay shed where the music was coming from

Spotted the deejay shed where the music was coming from

There are lots of other side events surrounding the month long festival other than just the Night Noodle Markets. Check out the official Crave website for more details. For food lovers, if you are planning a trip to Sydney next year, you can consider planning your stay to coincide with the Crave festival next year to attend some of these events.

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For dinner, all of us had our food from a Chinese stall called Iron Chef as it had the longest queue. I ordered a fried noodle set with Peking Duck and Baked Pork Ribs with Spicy Sweet Sauce. One would not expect quality Chinese or Asian food in a Western country, but being the cultural melting pot that Sydney is, the food was really great, even to a picky Singaporean taste bud.

We ordered from this stall

We ordered from this stall

My order and Eunice's order for dinner

My order and Eunice’s order for dinner

Tables and chairs are provided

Tables and chairs are provided

If you can't get a spot, lying on the grass patch is welcome too

If you can’t get a spot, lying on the grass patch is welcomed too

Me enjoying my dinner

Me enjoying my dinner

Eunice enjoying her dinner too

Eunice enjoying her dinner too

Crave Sydney International Food Festival - food lovers can plan your visit to Sydney around it

Crave Sydney International Food Festival – food lovers can plan your visit to Sydney around it

One thing wonderful about such big public event in Sydney was the availability of wide open space for people to sit around. This may not seem like much, but for Singaporeans who are constantly squeezed for space with an overcrowded population, I value extra room very much.

St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney

Came across this interesting guy on our way back to the car

Came across this interesting guy on our way back to the car

After dinner, we checked into our hotel at Fraser Suites where I will be hosted for 4 nights till the end of my stay in Sydney.

Fraser Suites entrance

Fraser Suites entrance

The lobby area

The lobby area

The “suite” in the name is not just for show. I was flabbergasted when I stepped into my room. The place was large and very well furnished, just like a luxurious one-bedder condominium studio apartment. What’s even more amazing – the stunning view of Sydney city from the full-length windows of the 39th floor room that I was staying in.

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Willy was so impressed he did a 3D video introduction of his room on the 40th floor using his HTC EVO 3D:

[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wud4Sua3HPI”]

My room view at night

My room view at night

Taken from another angle

Taken from another angle

View from my room in the day

View from my room in the day

The suite is divided into three living area – the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom.

The kitchen comes with full sets of cooking stoves, utensils and accessories. There’s also a fridge, kettle and an iron with an ironing board. I was pleasantly surprised to find a dishwasher, a washing machine and a dryer! I have never had these in any of the hotels I stayed in for all my travels so far. At least not individual pieces in each room itself.

Usually, I would not bother to do my laundry when traveling or would only wash just a few selected pieces which are quick to dry. This time round, I made full use of the washing machine and dryer, clearing a basket load of laundry in a night.

The kitchen area

The kitchen area

Kitchen utensils

Kitchen utensils

Full set of bowls, plates and cups

Full set of bowls, plates and cups

Microwave oven to heat snacks like this pie I bought from a local supermarket

Microwave oven to heat snacks like this pie I bought from a local supermarket

Dishwasher and dryer

Dishwasher and dryer

A washing machine and a dryer!

A washing machine and a dryer!

The living room has a dining area; a sofa as well a lounge chair to laze and watch television on. Best of all, there’s also a wide activity table for me to set up my Internet work station and other tech gadgets.

The living room area

The living room area

Dining area with magnificent view

Dining area with magnificent view

Cosy lounge chair

Cosy lounge chair

My work station

My work station

The bedroom has another television and a connecting bathroom, filled with lovely organic bath products.

My lovely bed

My lovely bed

The bathroom

The bathroom

I slept well during all my four nights stay at Fraser Suites. I also hosted two friends on separate days in the living room for chit chat, thanks to the large living area.

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If you are interested to stay at Fraser Suites for your next Sydney visit, check out their official website.

Heading out for a night stroll

Heading out for a night stroll

After checking into our rooms, my ex-colleague, Christine came by to visit me with one of her local friend. Christine happened to be in Sydney for a business trip and we decided to catch up.

Christine and her friend joined Willy, Eunice and I as we leisurely stroll from Fraser Suites in Kent Street all the way to The Rock at Circular Quay, checking out Sydney’s city night scape along the way.

Window shopping by night

Window shopping by night

This shop sells quirky jammies and nighties

This shop sells quirky jammies and nighties

A classy night club which we walked passed

A classy night club which we walked passed

Gourmet cupcakes

Gourmet cupcakes

Sydney is a city which is adorned with pockets of art all over, here's an installation piece

Sydney is a city which is adorned with pockets of art all over, here’s an installation piece

Passed by an Apple store where tributes were presented to Steve Jobs outside

Passed by an Apple store where tributes were presented to Steve Jobs outside

Drinking hole, The Rock at Circular Quay

Drinking hole, The Rock at Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Bridge by night

Sydney Harbour Bridge by night

Sydney Opera House by night

Sydney Opera House by night

We took a cab back from the Sydney Opera House at around 11pm. Willy and I were a little hungry, so we bought some pizza slices from a stall near our hotel.

Pizza for supper

Pizza for supper

It was way past midnight by the time I got to sleep. We have to wake up at 5am the next day to catch the sun rise at Bondi. On hindsight, we should not have taken such a long night walk, but I guess all of us were suckered in by the city’s beauty and companionship. 🙂

Stay tuned for my next update on Bondi.

FYI: There’s a voting contest going on via the official HTC Escapade website. Vote for your favourite Sydney photos taken by me and stand a chance to win a HTC EVO 3D smart phone for yourself! Triple your chance by voting for a photo each from Willy, Eunice and I!

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