Good Hope Noodle In Mongkok, Starred By Michelin Star

I have walked past Good Hope Noodle (好旺角面家) a few times but never once thought of trying until I saw it on a website, highly recommending Good Hope Noodle and it highlighted that it was a featured by Michelin Star. And since I was in the mood for wonton mee so thought I should give it a try.

Restaurant Interior
Restaurant Interior

The restaurant was operating at 100% capacity when we were there on a weekday at about 7pm. We need to wait for a while for a table for three person.

Menu
Menu

Good Hope Noodle offers both noodles and congee and some other dishes and vegetables. The selection is a focus one.

Sliced Beef & Pork Liver Congee
Sliced Beef & Pork Liver Congee

The congee was not extremely thick and was smooth in texture, full of sweet meaty flavour. Both the beef and liver were cooked to perfection. The beef and liver was still tender and soft, not tough at all. It was an excellent dish.

Wonton Mee
Wonton Mee

The Wonton Mee was in a bowl of flavourful soup and it was delish. The noodle was Al Dente and most importantly, I don’t taste the alkaline taste at all, not at all. The wonton was filled with plump succulent crunchy prawn, though a little too salty. All aspect was above satisfaction. By far, this is the best Wonton Mee I have tried. I still think that there should be something even better than this.

Vegetables
Vegetables

We ordered some vegetables to go along. Nothing noticeable about the greens. It was not overcooked and still crunchy and the colour was still looking great.

Overall, both the Wonton Mee and Congee was excellent, very delish. Most may find the portion a little too small. But was fine for me, a small eater. I would highly recommend this to all.
 

Good Hope Noodle (好旺角麵家)
G/F, 123 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok
旺角洗衣街123號地下
Tel: +852 2393 9036

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 0000

Getting There

By MTR: Mongkok (Exit E2)

Rating: 9/10

A Day At The Gold Mining Town, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill at Ballarat is a theme park with setting in the 1850s, modelled after the gold rush era, from the school to shop, to the activities and trade of that time.

Ballarat - Sovereign Hill
Ballarat – Sovereign Hill

It is about ninety minutes drive from Melbourne city.

A view of a road
A view of a road

When you entered the “town”, you will be led to the main street with lots of different shops. One of the first shop we entered was the confectionery shop selling lollies and chocolate.

As we walked further, we reached the Poppet Head, which is used as an observation tower in the park.

Poppet Head
Poppet Head

We climbed the twenty metres tall shaft to enjoy the view of Ballarat.

View from Poppet Head
View from Poppet Head

One of the highlights in Sovereign Hill is the Red Coat Soldiers. The soldiers dressed in red will parade in the “town” and then perform the firing. At the end of the performance, you can pose with these handsome soldiers for a  photograph.

Musket Firing
Musket Firing

We continued to explore the “town”. There were some interesting building in the “town”, like the Empire Bowling Saloon.

You can enjoy a game of bowling here. Everything is very primitive. Unlike our modern days, the pins are manually re-set, bowling balls are manually retrieved. You will get to do more exercises playing the bowling here.

Bowling
Bowling

In the town there are houses of the 1850s design, a school and on-going “classes”. We attended a “class” at the Ragged School too.

During the 19th century, people used to rear their own live stocks, you will spot birds like the turkey, animals like the goat and horses in the town.

The demonstration that you might not want to missed is the Gold Pouring. The demonstrator will show you how the gold is melted to pouring them over the mould to setting it and get the end product, gold. It is very interesting.

Other interesting activity is gold panning, try your luck at the Digging Creeks and if you are lucky, you may find gold.

There are also some other interesting building, like the Chinese quarters and the Chinese temple.

Gift Shop
Gift Shop

It is a fun attraction for the family with especially children. For adult like me, I find it very educational, getting to know the life back then and how gold were mined and how the final gold bar was made.

 

Sovereign Hill
Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

Opening Hours

 

Getting There

By Train – Ride the V/Line train from Southern Cross station and alight at Ballarat station, then transfer to the Gold Rush Special. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the V/Line sales outlet

By Car – The most convenient way to get to Sovereign Hill

Link to check out before you go:

Souvereign Hill Website

V/Line Tickets and Time Tables information

Melbourne Catholic Church Mass Schedule

In Melbourne city there are a number of Catholic Churches. I attended St Francis Church.

St Francis Church is a very beautiful church. It is the oldest Catholic Church in Victoria and oldest church on its original site.

This is the church that I attend mass whenever I am in Melbourne.

St Francis Church
326 Lonsdale Street VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9663 2495

Mass Times

Weekdays Mass: Monday – Friday 0730, 1100, 1205, 1305, 1730; Saturday 0800, 1100, 1205

Weekends Mass: Saturday Vigil 1800,
Sunday 0700, 080, 0930, 1100 (Choral), 1230, 1330, 1630, 1800
Exposition: 1430 – 1730

Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia

Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria has many Australia native animals. My friend decided to bring me to Healesville Sanctuary to introduce me to the Australia native animals.

This long legs and beak bird was trying to steal our delicious homemade lunch
This long legs and beak bird was trying to steal our delicious homemade lunch

My friend’s husband make some deep fried chicken with cheese for our lunch and we were enjoying the home-made food at Heavesville at one of the benches and a bird, in the above picture decided to have a share and kept coming to “steal” our food. The fragrance must have attracted the bird.

After our lunch, we moved on, the first animal we saw was the Kangraoo. There were different species of Kangaroo in the Sanctuary. As I did not know the various species characteristics so I couldn’t identity which is which. What attracted me was the way the Kangaroo slept, like sleeping beauty.

I was attracted by the Platypus and that was my first time seeing them. Look so cute. They swim fast and I couldn’t get them on my camera.

In all zoo, there is always some performance, no surprise in Healesville Sanctuary, there is a performance too. I managed to catch the birds in action.

Like I mentioned earlier, the main feature of Healesville Sanctuary is that they have mainly Australia natives animals so I took a few of them.

There were many birds, many which I don’t know what they are. Some of the birds were staying in the same big cage.

The last animal we saw before we left the Sanctuary was the Dingo. As we exit, the keepers were walking the Dingo. I went forward to give them a pat. They didn’t allow me to do that but when my sister was there recently, she was allowed. 😦

Healesville Sanctuary is a place for the family, especially with the little ones. For the bigger boys and girls, it is also fun to learn about the different animals. I have a great time at Healesville Sanctuary. Thanks to both Jean and Gordon for hosting.

 

Healesville Sanctuary
Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777, Australia
Tel: +61 3 5957 2800

How to get there?

By Car

When to go?

Any time of the year.

Link to check out before you go:

Healesville Sanctuary

A Day At The Magnificent Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

There are two attractions in Australia I always wanted to visit; the Blue Mountains and the twelve apostles. I have yet visited the twelve apostles though been to Melbourne a number of times. I will make sure I get to visit it in my next trip to Melbourne. At least I managed to go Blue Mountains.

I went to the Blue Mountains with a colleague who have migrated to Melbourne. As she has been to the Blue Mountains so I need not do my homework this round. She shall be my guide. 🙂

Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park

We took a train from Sydney and alight at Katoomba. It was a pretty long trip, it took almost three hours to get to the Blue Mountains. We knew that the ride is going to be long so we woke up at about six and we reached the Blue Mountains at ten plus.

The entire day was mainly on our feet. At the end of the day, it was very tiring. Our first stop at the Blue Mountains was at the cascade. It was beautiful. The surroundings looked very much like the rainforest.

As we walked further, we finally get a view of the Blue Mountains. It is indeed blue.  I was curious why the blue mountains blue so I looked up the website and understand that the blue mountains has a dense eucalypts and the dispersed droplets of Eucalypt oil when combined with water vapour and dust particles scattered refracted rays of blue lights. Among the Eycalyptus trees, I saw some unique straight green trees.

When we were around the Katoomba falls, we spotted some ducklings. A bigger duck was at the lead and smaller ducklings followed closely behind. It’s very like a mother duck leading the children with her.

The highlight of the blue mountains was the three sisters around the Echo Point. According to an Aboriginal tales, there were three sisters, ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’, were turned into stones by a witchdoctor to protect them from the harm of three brothers who wanted to take the three sisters for themselves by force. 

We visited the Elysian Rock and the Gordon Fall before heading for Leura Village.

There was a number of shops, including a candy shop, some pastry and cakes shop, cafe, restaurants and many more. We didn’t have time to visit them all as we need to spend the next many hours on train ride to get back to Sydney.

Leura Station
Leura Station

We walked towards Leura train station to board the train back to Sydney. It was a tiring but a worthwhile trip. My suggestion is that to spend a night at the Blue Mountains before heading to your next destination. This will be less tiring.

 

The Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

How to get there?

By Car – Drive from Sydney via Parramatta and entered by Glenbrook/Lapstone.

By Train – Board the train from Sydney and alight at station Glenbrook, Springwood, Hazelbrook, Wentworth Falls, Mount Victoria, Lithgow, Leura or Katoomba depending on which part of the Blue Mountains you want to visit. We alighted at Katoomba.

When to go?

Anytime of the year. If you doesn’t like the cold, then avoid July to September.

Link to check out before you go:

Blue Mountains Australia

Transport Sydney Trains

Lachlan’s Old Government House Restaurant

Lachlan’s Old Government House Restaurant is situated within the Parramatta Park.

Lachlan's Old Government House Restaurant
Lachlan’s Old Government House Restaurant

I ordered the scones and a cappucino. The texture of the scone was very different from what I used to have. It was rather soft and fluffy, somehow between the texture of the cake and bread. I find it very unusual but definitely unique. The scones were served with jam, as usual. It was not served with clotted cream, but served with whipped cream.

Parramatta-Lachlan's Scone
Parramatta-Lachlan’s Scone

I enjoy the scones, cappuccino and my time spent lazing in a corner of Parramatta Park.

If needed, you can make a reservation online.

 

Lachlan’s Old Government House Restaurant

Old Government House Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW 2150
(enter the park from Pitt St)

Tel: +61 (0)2 9687 2662

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1000 to 1630

Saturday – Sunday 1000 to 1630, 1800 to 2200

Getting There

By Bus: alight at the bus stop along Pitt Street – 705, 708, 711, T60, T61, T62, T63, T64, T65, T66

Enter park via the entrance near Pitt Street

Sydney Markets

I enjoy walking in the markets. There are lots of unique merchandises in such markets. I visited a few of the popular markets in Sydney. The Rock Market, The Paddy Haymarket, Sydney Fish Market and The Paddington Market.

 

The Rocks Market

I like The Rocks Market best. There are a good variety of items on sales. From clothes to painting to snack to dogs’ collar. I bought a dog collar from The Rocks Market for my sister’s dog.

The Rocks Market
George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9240 8717

Opening Hours

The Rocks Market: Saturday – Sunday 1000 to 1700 (Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place)

The Rocks Foodie Market: Friday 1000 to 1500 (Jack Mundey Place)

Getting There

By Train: Circular Quay station, walk towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge

By Bus:
– alight at George Street near Hickson Road – 311, 431, 433
– alight at Circular Quay Stand B: 422, 423, 426, 428,
– alight at Circular Quay Stand C: 436, 438, 439, 440, 443, 470, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 510, 515, 518, 520, 555, L38, L39, M52
– alight at Circular Quay Stand D: 301, 302, 303, 309, 310, 323, 324, 325, 326, 373, 374, 376, 377, X73, X74, X77
– alight at Circular Quay Stand E: 333, 380, 389, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, 890, L94, X94

By Ferry: Alight at Circular Quay.

For more ways of getting to The Rocks Market, looked up at the Rocks Market webpage.

 

The Paddington Markets

The stores set up in the Paddington Markets is mainly by the local designers and artiste. There are a total of about 150 stores. It will open its door to customers on every Saturday from 10am, rain or shine.

The Paddington Markets
395 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9331 2923

Opening Hours

Saturday (only) From 1000

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at the first stop after Paddington Town Hall – 380, 333, 378 (blue and white)or M40 (red bus)
– alight at Paddington Shopping Centre on Oxford St – M40 from Chatswood
– alight in front of Max Brenners or Mitre 10 Hardware in Paddington Shopping Centre – 333, M40 or 380 from Bondi to the city

For more ways of getting to Paddington Market, you can visit Paddington Markets website on Transport to Paddington Markets

Rating: 7.5/10

 

The Paddy’s Markets

The Paddy’s Markets is a indoor market and it opens almost daily. It is make up of the Haymarket and the Sydney Market 2129. It has quite a number of souvenirs stores and lots of other stores selling different items from Korean accessories items to clothes.

The Paddy’s Markets
Cnr Hay St & Thomas St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 1300 361 589

Opening Hours

Haymarket: Wednesday – Sunday & Public Holidays 0900 to 1700; Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Sydney Market 2129: Friday 1030 to 1630; Saturday 0600 to 1400 (fresh food; Saturday 0600 to 1400 (Swap & Sell)

Getting There

Sydney Market 2129

By train: Alight at Flemington Rail Station, about 3 minute walk from the station

By Bus: 408 from Burwood to Flemington rail station, about 3 minute walk to the market

Haymarket

By train: Alight at either Town Hall or Central Stations, about 5 minutes walk

By Bus: Sydney Explorer stops right outside market

By Light Rail: Alight at Haymarket and the market is on the right

Rating: 8/10

 

Sydney’s Fish Market

For all who like Seafood, a visit to the Sydney’s Fish Market (SFM) is a must. Sydney’s Fish Market offers fresh seafood both cooked and raw for public to purchase. You can buy your food and eat at SFM or you can choose to take away.

Sydney Fish Market

Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9004 1100

Opening Hours

Daily 0700 to 1600 except on Christmas day. Check for the opening hours at SFM webpage for the exception.

Getting There

By Bus: Alight at Harris Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road – 443, 501

By Light Rail: Alight at Fish Market station

By Community Bus: Free bus offered by South East Sydney Community Transport (SESCT) on Thursdays and Fridays, stops at Sydney Fish Market.

For more information, visit the Sydney Fish Market on how to get to SFM here.

Rating: 7.5/10