Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Last weekend was a long weekend in Sydney as we celebrated birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Normally we plan out-of-Sydney trips during long weekends but this time we didn’t. One of the reasons was because it was predicated to rain every day. How frustrating,I know.

When I came home after work on Friday, I was a bit annoyed that we had 3 days off and it seemed like we might be home most of the time. I was just venting my frustration when AS got me the socks. Now I know when he gets me the socks, he wants us to salsa. I really didn’t want to as it was a rainy day and I had been busy at work and was tired. All I wanted to do was rest and relax in front of the TV. I gave in when he asked me very sweetly a few times.

So, we danced the salsa for almost an hour and it definitely lifted my mood. I was happy when we had a light dinner and were off to bed. Sometimes I do need a bit of a push to do something and most of the time AS is there for that for which I am always glad.

Anyway, we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday.


There was no way we were staying in so after breakfast we jumped into a car with some friends to go for a long drive toward Wollongong, aseaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, 82 kilometres south of Sydney. It was a nice drive but there was heaps of traffic on the road. It looked like everyone had the same idea when they woke up to an unexpected but beautiful and sunny morning.

Our destination was the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant located by the sea, which features an excellent à la carte menu. We had seen it featured in a program on TV and many good food guides so we wanted to try the amazing food.

We reached the restaurant just before 2 pm and all of us were already starving. We had made the booking beforehand so we got a table next to the window which had a great view. We ordered Salt & Pepper calamari, BBQ Seafood Platter and Hot & Cold Seafood Platter.

The lagoon (5)

So we had Lobster mornay, Moreton Bay bugs, BBQ king prawns, Kilpatrick & mornay oysters, scallops in the shell, BBQ octopus, salt & pepper calamari, barramundi pieces, tempura prawns, blue swimmer crab, natural oysters, fresh prawns & smoked salmon which were just delicious.

The lagoon (1) the lagoon

The portions were huge and we all were full but we still wanted some dessert. We decided to share and ordered a Cheesecake and a passionfruit coconut cake. They were delicious as well and we were glad we did order them.

The lagoon (4) The lagoon (2)

After lunch, we walked for a while near lagoon and it was just beautiful evening with sun setting on the horizon.

wollongong sunset

For a winter day, it was quite warm and beautiful.


On a whim, we decided to go for a movie so we jump into the car again and made an almost 2 hour journey back to Sydney. We picked Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as everyone seemed keen on that movie. It was a good movie and all of us loved it. We had a perfect day with perfect company.

On Sunday, we woke up again expecting a gloomy day but again we were blessed with a sunny day. It was such a great feeling to have a beautiful weekend. We had a lazy breakfast at home and caught up on our TV series. I felt like having pani puri so made one for lunch. It was delicious as always.

pani puri

It was a relaxing afternoon and by evening we were ready to go out. We decided to go for a massage and dinner. Luckily, our regular Thai massage was not booked out so went for an aroma therapy massage.

 It is always so great when you go in with a sore body and come out fully relaxed. All the girls there are really friendly and do a great job. After the massage, both of us were fully charged so went for a walk hunting for a restaurant for dinner.

Finally, we decided on a Vietnamese restaurant. AS ordered three-way pork dish, which was really yummy and I ordered my favourite papaya salad with prawn and pork. The portion size was just perfect for us.

papaya salad three way pork

We ended our meal with Jasmine tea which was nicer that I expected. That ended our lazy Sunday.

jasmine tea

As we had a lazy Sunday, I told AS that we must have busy Monday as it is the bonus day and we should make the most of it. He agreed and we were excited to wake up to yet another beautiful sunny morning. Quickly, we got ready and went out for brunch.

We tried a new café where they served an amazing breakfast. AS ordered the big breakfast and I had Spanish omelette. The food was amazing but my omelette was so big that I could not finished it.

breakfast (2) breakfast (4)

I like my hot chocolate too.

breakfast (1)-tile

The day was looking good so after the breakfast, we decided to go for a walk on the nearby beach.

It was a perfect blue sky and no black clouds but slightly windy at the beach. We sat on the beach for a while and talked. I love all the session we have where we just talk about everything in our life. I really think these times we spend together are so precious and glad we do it so often. I believe that in every relationship good communication is very important.


After a while, we decided to walk the few kilometres of the coast line. It was nice to see so many people on the beach just relaxing or playing volleyball.

As we were walking the sky suddenly turned grey and sun went hiding behind them and it started drizzling and we had nowhere to hide.

We hadn’t brought the umbrella with us so we just ran for our car which was parked a few blocks away. We kept running and giggling as the wind tried to take my scarf away but we had a blast in the rain. As the rain was not heavy, we were not that wet but it was fun running, made me feel young and happy again

After the unsuccessful walk ,we decided to go to the mall where we looked around for a while, decided we were tired so did our grocery and came back home.

The timing was perfect as we Skyped with our parents in Kathmandu, watched the latest episode of Games of Thrones and enjoyed my Jamie’s Oliver’s Chicken tikka masala with brown rice for dinner.

It was the perfect unplanned long weekend.

How was your weekend everyone, hope all of you in the north are enjoying your summer, (I am so jealous).

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian


6 responses to “Queen’s Birthday long weekend

  1. Yes indeed looks like lot of fun. !!

  2. Wow ! That was indeed a great weekend ! All that yummy food….. so envious.

  3. What a gorgeous post! And that food made me hungry!! Hahaha

    Perth weather was pretty good too. 🙂 On the Friday night my BF and I went to see, A Million Ways To Die In The West.
    Soooo funny yet politically incorrect in many ways. I’m shocked they got away with so many things they said and did!
    Saturday we went to the casino with friends. Yikes came home at 3.3Oam.
    Getting too old for that!! Lol
    Needless to say we slept in Sunday and didn’t rise till after lunch. 🙂
    Had some shopping to do and then headed back home feeling sorry for ourselves. Haha

    Monday morning, eggs on toast! 🙂
    Headed to the movies once again to see, Bad Neighbour.
    OMG! if you haven’t seen it you should check it out…soooo funny!
    Then for dinner we went to my favourite Chinese restaurant.
    Hope you had a great day, hugs Paula xxxx

    • Thank you so much Paula :). You seemed to have a great long weekend too. I had watch Bad Neighbour and it is a good movie but at the end of it I was tied. I think I am getting old as I found the the movie to be too loud hahaha. Have a great week hon.

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