Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthday weekend part 1

It was my birthday yesterday.  After the hectic trip to Hong Kong (yes I will blog about that later!) I decided to have a chill out birthday weekend with Mr Curious and TLG.

In the morning, we paid a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW to see The First Emperor: China's entombed warriors exhibition.  We wanted to go since it started but time flew by and the exhibition ended yesterday.  After a brief consideration we decided to brave the crowds.

There was a fair queue at the gallery for ticket purchase when we arrived around 9:15am, and the exhibition halls were packed.  Having hundreds of people in the same room did take a bit away from the experience, but overall it was great.  The effort involved in creating these terracotta soldiers is mind blowing - there are estimated to be 8,000 figures (soldiers and horses) in the tombs, and each one took around 150 days to make!

Photography was not allowed within the exhibition halls, however there was a display of a chariot in the entrance court.

We didn't know how TLG would behave at the exhibition but he enjoyed it.  He was fascinated by the horses, and there were a lot of "why" questions, most of which I couldn't answer!

We bought a mask and some stickers for TLG, a post card to send to my nieces, and a cute singlet onesie with a cloud pattern for my nephew-to-be. 

We also bought a coffee book on the exhibition about the Qin dynasty, the excavation work, and details on the terracotta soldiers on display.  I'm looking forward to reading about it.

Here's a tip - if you want to purchase bargain merchandise, visit the museum in question on the final days of the exhibition.  Most of the items are marked down - the beautiful book was only $25, and the onesie was discounted from $26 to just $10!

We gave TLG a chance to romp around the gallery a bit before we left.  I love the vibrancy of this painting.

After the exhibition we headed to Hyde Park.  TLG was acting up because he was hungry (he only ate a small breakfast).  Mr Curious and I were wondering where to go when I saw the Westfields building, and I thought "Why not the food court on level 5"?

We were there early (around 11am) so we grabbed a table in the corner of Castlereagh and Market Streets.  We walked past Cloudy Bay Fish Co and TLG was quickly sold on the (sword)fish and chips ($18.50).

I had to take off all the herbs (he called them the "green bits") on the swordfish before he would eat it.  He had a great appetite and ate about half of this adult size dish.

I remember Chocolate Suze raving about the Reuben at Eat Deli Kitchen so I ordered one ($13.50).

The Wagyu salt beef was all kinds of awesome, and I even ate the pickles which I usually avoid.  With all the ingredients it was quite an overwhelming sandwich and I wish I could taste the beef by itself.

Mr Curious was smarter than me and ordered the beef with veggies (around $17?).  Just look at the meat *drool*.  I'm going to order that next time!

With our stomaches nice and full we drove home.  TLG didn't fall asleep in the car as we planned so we took him to a park.  At the park I met a little boy called Finn who shared the same birthday as me.  Happy birthday to you too Finn!

After TLG fell asleep I asked Mr Curious to drive me to Chatswood for some retail therapy but I left empty handed.

On the way back home I asked Mr Curious to drop by the little homeware store opposite Victoria's Basement in Artarmon.  I've been eyeing a clock in the shop but I wanted Mr Curious to have a look before purchasing.  He was happy with it too, so after looking for years we are now proud owners of our first wall clock!

Isn't it adorable?  It is the Pip clock from a German designer called Koziol ($80).  We have a red feature wall in our living room so this will fit well with our colour scheme, and it's just so much fun.

There are more fun to be had on Sunday :-D


  1. I had no idea there was a homeware store opposite VB in Artarmon - will need to check out as I seem to be at the Bunnings there every other weekend. Looks like a great day out!


  2. Happy Birthday CCM! Can't wait to see what you did yesterday for your actual birthday :)

  3. That painting TLG is infront of is fantastic. Love it. He's as cute as ever :) Really like the clock too. I haven't seen one like it before.

  4. Ah I can't believe I missed the Terracotta Warriors exhibition! We kept putting it off and off….

    I do love the Pip clock :) It's perfectly quirky and stylish at once.

    And of course, TLG is squee-worthy! He is a cutie-pie x

  5. Elise - the homeware shop is actually a wholesaler who is also opened to the public. They have some nice stuff there.

    BuBbles - I need to muster up energy to do the next post, work has been hectic and I don't want to think when I'm home. How are things in Singers?

    Kiki - I want a smaller version of that pic in my lounge room! And thanks about TLG, he is a cutie.

    Gen - So many times I said to Mr C "we should go to the exhibition soon!" and nothing happened.

    I just need a 3M hook and the clock will be installed. Very happy with it so far.

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