Tenth Anniversary in Sydney

We are having pretty awesome time in Australia. We came here to celebrate ten years of our lovely marriage.

We spent three splendid days in Gold Coast mostly visiting theme parks. The evening street show performed by four guys on Cavill Avenue was amazing; we enjoyed it two nights but donated $20 only once. We also visited Australian Fair and Pacific Fair shopping malls. Not impressed with Australian Fair mall, but loved the vastness and the seating spaces in the Pacific Fair mall.

We then flew to Sydney. Today is day 2 in Sydney. The weather was great (hot) yesterday and we explored CBD mostly on foot. After breakfast and great coffee at Gloria Jeans on the Pitt Street, we walked to the close by Queen Victoria Building and Pitt Street Mall. Then walked all the way to Chinatown. We then got into a tram to Darling Harbour, had lunch at the waterfront mall and crossed the Prymont Bridge to visit Madame Tussauds. In the evening we took train to Circular Quay, enjoyed the night views of Harbour Bridge and Opera House and had anniversary dinner at Wolfies on the waterfront.

Today it rained. We went to Taronga Zoo, bought ponchos, and enjoyed encounters with kangaroos, wallabies and the cutest koalas; the three main animals we wanted to see. We were not keen to see any animals other than these. I went to the reptiles area but didn’t dare to go past the frogs. I detest reptiles, particularly snakes. I love that New Zealand is snake-free.

Tomorrow is our last full day in Sydney. We will fly home on the morning of the day after. We are hoping to explore Harbour Bridge and Opera House tomorrow. Weather seems to be good. Hope it won’t rain tomorrow.

I loved the cafes and restaurants in the CBD. I had great coffee and pizza; great food overall!

Here are few photos.

Tech Tips

WiFi and VPN

I usually don’t offer free advice. But I will make an exception this time for the greater good.

Don’t connect your phone and computer to public WiFi networks without VPN.

Install VPN software in your computer and phone and turn that on every time you are about to hook on to public WiFi.

But how? Ask Google. There are many free VPN services for Windows and Mac; iPhone and Android.

Using any VPN software is magnitude better than using none to protect your privacy and security. You don’t need to be a celebrity to get snooped or hacked.


Journal Thoughts Yearly Review

2016 in the hindsight

2016 is by far the best year in my life. It has been fantastic in all the aspects of my life.

I base this review on few important things I listed in my /now page.