Hello Everyone, Sorry it has taken us so long to update the Journal. We have all been quite busy living life in Sydney. Since our last update everyone has quit there jobs and we have has a couple of visitors and good times had along the way. I hope you enjoy the next installment.
We arrived in Sydney on the first day of the Australian Summer, It was also the first day of the 2nd test of England's failed attempt to retain the Ashes. It was quite humiliating being in Australia while the England Cricket Team were embarrasing themselves almost daily. The only glimmer of hope we had of restoring any pride after losing the Ashes was when England got to the final of the Commonwealth Tri Series against the old adversary, Australia. It was while on another Friday night in Side Bar that we had the bright idea of going to that Sunday final at the SCG.
We managed to get tickets and took our seats in the famous SCG. The beer was flowing, even if it was Cascade Light!. It was good to see Glenn McGrath's last ever over at the SCG even if he did take Nixon to the much delight of the Australian fans. However, England had the last laugh beating the Australians and winning the Series. However, the highlight of the day was watching Moulder struggle to open a packet of ketchup almost blinding himself in the process. He was covered in head to toe in ketchup with it all in his hair and over all his clothes. Absolutley Brilliant.
Carrying on the sporting theme we all decided to go and watch a football match. Sydney FC vs Uwara Red Diamonds in the Asian Champions League. We went with a couple of lads from work, Richie and Brad who were more into there Rugby then there football. I was expecting the atmosphere to not be that good. I thought it was going to be like one of those crappy testiomonial matches back at home where there is no singing and just loads of screaming kids. However, the atmosphere was quite good and not a million miles from going to watch a game back in England. We went to to pub before the game and all the Sydney supporters were drinking while singing there Sydney FC songs. The singing carried on in the Aussie Stadium where we got carried away in the atmosphere and joined in. There was a huge travelling Red Diamond contingent in the ground and they were taunted by such chants as 'You Only Sing Kareoke' and 'Sing when your Whaleing'. The game finished 2-2 after Sydney were winning 2-0. The standard of football wasn't brilliant but what do you expect when the best player on the pitch is former Wolves star Steve Corrica!
March 9th was the Day Carl finished working at Bremicks, it was also his birthday. This presented us with another opportunity to get smashed. We went to Doyles Restaurant where Carl wined and dined his main squeeze Sara. The night inevitably ended up in Side Bar where we carried on the party.
One sunny Sunday afternoon we met with Dave and Michelle on Bondi beach and walked the scenic coastal route from Bondi to Coogee. It was good fun and took us about two hours to walk. By the time we got to Coogie everyone was a little bit thirsty so it was straight into the Coogee Bay Hotel for a quick beer. That quick beer turned into something longer and by the end of it Tanq was smashed.
Our first visit was from Helen's Mom and Dad, Di and Paul and her sister Julie who will be with us on the remainder of our trip. Helen met her family at the airport and they all joined the lads in Darling Harbour for a couple of beers
The following night we decided to take Jules on a night out, and as tradition introduced her to Jaegar bombs. What was supposed to be a few drinks turned into a wild night. Moulder and Ginge had work in the morning but as you can imagine, the morning came and Moulder phoned in sick, so Julie and Helen decided to treat the lads to a picnic and went to palm beach for the day. Poor Ginge went to work and grafted, while Moulder was praised for his bad behaviour!
The next 2 weeks went so quickly for Helen as she spent most of her time being a tour leader for her Mom and Dad. They spent a day at Taronga Zoo, went to the Aquarium,went on the tour bus, visited the Blue Mountains and visited a few beaches. They also went out for a few nice meals. The girls loved getting treated and moved into there Mom and Dad's hotel for a bit of peace and quiet!
One of the weekends we decided to get out of the city and venture south to Cronulla with Michelle and Dave(who we`d met in Thailand). We got the early train a little hungover fom the night before and made the hour journey south. After stopping for breakfast to soak up the previous nights alcohol we stumbled across our hostel. A tiny cockroach infested hole. After dropping our bags we made the five minute walk down to the beach. The girls tried to top up there already sunkissed bodies with even more sun while the lads decided to show off there limited football skills in the vain hope that they would attract female attention. Astonishlingly, the lads call of 'Ave it' did attract a couple of female life guards. But lets be honest, they were no Pamela Anderson lookalikes. They asked the lads if they would like suncream applied but the big men all backed off sheepeshly accept Carl. Carl laped it up as these teenagers rubbed cream into his already sunburnt body.
After spending a couple of hours chilling on the beach we decided to test the water once again on the alcohol front. We headed to a bar situated on the beach and straight away started buying jugs of beer. The first couple did struggle to go down the hatch but with us now being seasoned drinking pro's battled through it until they were flowing nicely. We headed back once again to the hostel for a quick shower and change of clothes and we were back on the party scene!
I am not over exagerating when I say a night out in Cronulla is like being in a bar where every girl looks like a catwalk model. The lads did not know where to look first. However, where there are beautiful ladies there is also going to be high testoterone levels and this resulted in a mass brawl between some Aussie Chavs. Thats right, every country has got them.
The folowing day we got the ferry over to Bundeena National Park. We stumbled across Jibon Beach, a secluded empty beach that would not have looked out of place in Thailand. We decided to go for a swim but as there were no amenities to get changed we had to discreetly change into our swimwear behind the palm trees that bordered the beach. Everyone managed to get changed into there swimwear without a problem except Moulder! Moulder decided to get changed in a quiet little area to the back of the beach but did not realise that his choice of changing room was a public walkway. To his embaresssment he got caught quite literaly with his pants down by a mature lady having a quiet Sunday afternoon stroll. She didn't seem very impressed when she saw his white bits, but we still think it may have had something to do with the cool sea breeze.
After lazing on the beach we decided to attempt the scenic coastel walk. It was quite an adventure as we battled through the undergrowth and tried to avoid the huge spiders that hung from there thread above us. We eventually wandered upon a nudist beach but the lads excitement was short lived when they realised that there were just men on the beach. The girls excitement soon faded too as it dawned on them as they got closer that the men on the beach were all fat old men sporting shrivelled prunes. During the walk there was more drama to unfold as Jules got bit by a spider on the sole of her foot. After much worry we realised that it wasn`t poisonous but it didn't help matters when she was told by Ginger she had to get to a hospital within the hour. The girls now realise that it wasn`t the best idea to do a bush walk wearing mini skirts and flip flops, and had now learnt a valuable lesson! We all had a great weekend it was just ashame that it would be one of the last ones we would be spending with Dave and Michelle.
Tanq, Julie and Helen climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was an amazing experience. They were all given overalls to wear which were not too flattering and a safety talk followed. That morning Helen had twisted her hair and held it all with grips. She was then told she wasn't allowed anything in her hair, not even grips! So she spent a good 5 minutes trying to take all of them out which then left her with big hair and a miserable face. To really add to her annoyance she then came out of the changing room with her overall on back to front. Julie and Tanq couldn't stop laughing! They also witnessed a marriage proposal at the very top of the bridge. They had a really good day and were so pleased that they had the chance to have done it.
Our next visitors were Carl's family. It was good to see Kev, Mal, Mark, Lisa, George and Dave. We met them for a drink in the Mecure Hotel opposite the now famous Side Bar, the scene of so many good nights out. It was innevetable that was where the night was going to take us so when everybody had gone to bed still feeling the effects of jet lag we took Dave with us for another night on the Lash.
Mark was only with us a short time in Sydney in which time he had a great day at the Aquarium looking at all the different sealife. It was all he talked about afterwards. That night, despite, everywhere being closed on Good Friday we all still managed to find a Casino to have a couple of beers. Tanq also managed to win $280 on the roulette. It was good to enjoy a couple of beers with Mark before he set off on his own adventure of Australia. It was good seeing the Beautiful Lisa and George. Look forward to seeing you on our return.
It was our turn to act as tour guides and show Mal and Kev the local attractions such as Bondi Beach. Kev really enjoyed the body surfing on Bondi Beach and become something of a beach babe on one of the worlds most famous beaches. We all decided to give surfing another go at Manly beach but we all have to conceed that non of us are world champion surfers.
A good day was had by all when Mal and Kev treated us to a day at The Blue Mountains. The scenic Blue Mountains are sutuated about 65km outside Sydney. They are called the Blue Mountains because the thousands of trees that cram into the valleys produce a vapour that when shone through by the sun turns into a blue haze. We took in the beautiful sights such as the Three Sisters at Echo Point and also ventured on the worlds steepest railway.Can we also take this opportunity to thank Mal, Kev, Di and Paul for the meals and the beers, it was much appreciated. We had a great time in Sydney with you all.
After a great time in Sydney it was time to leave. We said our goodbyes, cleaned the apartment and packed our bags and it was time to go. Sydney had been good to us and i'm sure everyone would be leaving with some great memories. In a way it was sad to say bye but everyone was looking forward to the adventures that we would have on the East Coast. This will be our last journal reagrding Sydney. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as us.
All the Best,
H, Julie and The Billionaire Boys Club