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Sorry, but I’m not trying to be a smart guy, or some kind of a tourism expert here. No, because I don’t know this city that well. I haven’t even been in Sydney more than a year. And I’m just here to study (yeah, right).

Well, this is just a kind of personal notes, based on my own experience, especially when I have to accompany some of my [mainly Indonesian] friends – from other cities in Aussie or from overseas – when they’re visiting Sydney. And that’s where the rank came from.

So, don’t take it too serious, OK? Better yet, if any of you – perhaps Sydneysider – has any suggestion about any other places, please, help me and put it up here. I’d really appreciate it, as well as my friends which are probably still more to come.

So, here it goes:

1. The Opera House

Sure. No doubt about it, since I guess every people who visit Sydney must go there.

2. Bondi Beach

Such a famous beach. This is an almost sure as well.

3. Paddy’s Market & surrounds

This includes the Chinatown, the Entertainment Centre and so on. So the probability is big, considering whether you come to the area to see any performance, to buy some merchandises, or just to walk around, you’d be there.

4. Darling Harbour

Including the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Tumbalong Park and Sydney Aquarium & Wildlife World. But some of my friends didn’t actually enter the Chinese Garden or the Aquarium & Wildlife World. Mostly they just walked pass the park, and to the wharfs on the harbour.

5. The University of Sydney

Now this is [perhaps] a bit rare for people from other countries. But I guess the reasons why my friends like to visit the place are because it has such a beautiful scene and that most of them are uni students like me.

6. Manly Beach

Need a bit time to get there – as well as money – but most of my friends have also checked it out. Except that only a small number of them perhaps had really explored the greater part of the area.

7. The QVB, Town Hall & part of George St

Maybe it’s just an unavoided aspect of being in a metropolitan city – or maybe because some of us are still attracted to crowded places? Nevertheless, the buildings there are really beautiful.

8. The University of New South Wales & Kingsford

This is just another ‘effect’ of being Indonesian and as students. There’s a lot of Indonesian food in Kingsford, and the UNSW is a famous educational institution with big campus.

9. The Royal Botanic Garden & Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Some went to both, some just went to one of them. The Garden is just beautiful with all those plants, while Mrs Macquarie’s Point is a great spot to get nice pictures of the two famous landmarks [the Opera House and the bridge].

10. Hyde Park

It’s unavoided when you’re cruising in the city. And of course, it’s beautiful and a bit relaxing.

A few more famous places and the not-so-famous ones

Some of these places are actually listed in most of Sydney’s tourism guides. However, not all of my friends went there when they’re in Sydney. Plus, even I haven’t visited all of them during my one year here in Sydney, though I consider myself enjoying this city.

On the other hand, for places like the Circular Quay and The Rocks, they were obviously visited, but perhaps not really intentional as most friends were mainly going there to get to – or when they’re visiting – the Opera House. While in the case of the Harbour Bridge, I guess none of my visiting friends has really been there. They just took some pictures of it from a distance.

So, here are the rest of them. There are these other beautiful beaches nearby Bondi, like Bronte, Tamarama, Coogee and Maroubra. Further South, there are Little Bay and La Perouse, or even Brighton-Le-Sands, and of course Cronulla Beach.

On the other direction, there are Watsons Bay and The Gap. There are also other bays, like Rose Bay, Double Bay, Elizabeth Bay, then the Taronga Zoo, and Milsons Point [where the Luna Park is]. In fact, there are probably some more good places to visit along both sides of Parramatta River.

Back to the city area, a few of my friends have also taken the chance to visit the Fish Market, the Olympic Park (a bit out of the city), the State Library, or tried the monorail, lightrail, and hung around Central Station (of course). While there are some more highly promoted places around the city such us the Sydney Tower, Pylon Lookout, or the Star City, I believe more friends have visited Macquarie University on the North rather than those sites – with similar reason for visiting Usyd and UNSW.

And there are still more. Other [supposedly] interesting places are some museums, starting from the Australian Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Powerhouse Museum, and a few other buildings under the Historic Houses Trust including the Museum of Sydney, The Mint, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the Justice & Police Museum, etc.

Done? Not quite yet. The Centennial Park and Moore Park are perhaps of interests as well for some other people. Also the nearby Randwick Racecourse. Out of those, many people are also interested in specific suburbs and areas such as Newtown, Kings Cross, Darlinghurst & Paddington, or Bondi Junction, and even Parramatta on the West. Oh, and yes, sometimes a few of my friends – especially Muslims – also like to visit Lakemba.

Um… now I don’t have any more places to name on. Any help?

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Everybody loves songs. People always like to sing a song, or at least listen to it. Well, I do too.

So, here’s the list of my favourite songs of all time. What I mean by “favourite” is the songs might have influenced certain part of my life once, or just related to a fracture of my memories. They can be a great song with good lyric, or probably have a nice melody, or something else. Of course, they can be old or new, or whether it’s the original version or not.

Initially, I’d like to put only 10 top songs on the list, but apparently there’re more than ten. So to make it easier, I divide them into two categories, international and Indonesian songs – I even put one of our national songs in the second list. Here they are (both in alphabetical orders):

International Songs

  • Bizarre Love Triangle (Frente)
  • Blood Money (Jon Bon Jovi)
  • Cats in the Craddle (Ugly Kid Joe)
  • I Remember You (Skid Row)
  • Love is All Around (Wet Wet Wet)
  • More Than Words (Extreme)
  • Ode to My Family (The Cranberries)
  • Patience (Guns & Roses)
  • Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (Don Henley & Patty Smith)
  • What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)

Indonesian Songs

  • Bongkar (Swami)
  • Hari Merdeka (H Mutahar/songwriter)
  • Hilang (Garasi)
  • Ibu (Iwan Fals)
  • Kangen (Dewa)
  • Kisah (Boomerang)
  • Mimpi (Anggun)
  • Rumah Kita (God Bless)
  • Segitiga (Cokelat)
  • Terlalu Manis (Slank)

Anyway, I realise that probably there’re even more than 20 songs that I like a lot. But I think these are the best that I can compile for now. How about you, guys? Have your own list?

Talking about list of songs, I happened to find an interesting website while browsing for some songs’ files. This website has some lists with unique titles such as “The Top Songs about Me of All Time”, “The Most Annoying Singers of All Time”, “The Top Desperate Cries For Attention Songs of All Time”, “The Top Forty Politically Incorrect Songs of All Time”, or “The Top Forty Songs of All Time That Leave More Questions Than Answers”. Check it out if you want to know more.

Finally, I’d like to share a lyric of another song I like. It’s a beautiful song from an international Indonesian singer, Anggun. Let’s sing along if you know this song, okay..! 😉

” Snow on the Sahara “

Only tell me that you still want me here

When you wander off out there

To those hills of dust and hard winds that blow

In that dry white ocean alone

*Lost out in the desert… You are lost out in the desert…

To stand with you in a ring of fire

I’ll forget the days gone by

I’ll protect your body and guard your soul

From mirages in your sight

*Lost out in the desert…

#If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track

I’ll be the moon that shines on your path

The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

#If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts

I’ll hold you up, and be your way out

And if we burn away, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

Just a wish and I will cover your shoulders

With veils of silk and gold

When the shadows come and darken your heart

Leaving you with regrets so cold

*Lost out in the desert…

#If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track

I’ll be the moon that shines on your path

The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

#If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts

I’ll hold you up, and be your way out

And if we burn away, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara…

For snow to fall on the Sahara… (x3)

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Sure. It’s one of my main interests, remember? Or… sorry, maybe some of you didn’t know that one yet. Anyway, who doesn’t love them, right?

To show how I really love this kind of art products, let me say something: at least since December 2007 until now, I’ve seen no less than 48 movies, old and new. All are the first for me, and I enjoyed them, bad or good. So far, only two of them are Indonesian movies.

Here’s the complete list (I forget two titles though): The Last King of Scotland, This is England, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Spiderman 3, Transformers, Resident Evil: Extinction, Ayat-ayat Cinta, Accepted, Night at The Museum, The Seeker, Mendadak Dangdut, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, The Devil Wears Prada, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, Alpha Dog, Step Up, Borat, Four Brothers, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Ghost World, Barbershop, Dr Zhivago, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend, Darjeeling Ltd, P.S. I Love You, American Gangster, Cloverfield, Juno, 27 Dresses, 3:10 to Yuma, Charlie Wilson’s War, Jane Austen Book Club, The Mist, Jumper, Rendition, There Will Be Blood, Meet the Spartans, 10,000 BC, Step Up 2 The Street, St Trinian’s, Vantage Point, The Other Boleyn Girl … (and the list is still growing).

As half of that list is seen in cinema, of course many people would know and still remember them. Anyway, besides in cinema, I also had the pleasure of watching them in digital files (including from YouTube), and on DVD (by renting them).

So, below are my reviews on some of those movies (eight of them), either their good or bad. I just pick samples that I like to review here. Of course, it’s only based on my limited knowledge and what I feel, and so it’s simply my own opinion. Have your own opinion? Why don’t share it here then.;)

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National Treasure 2

I think this one is clearly a typical Disney’s movie. Not that it’s limited for kids, but the story, the plot, and characters are obvious. There are hero, the villain, the hero’s friends, plus the family. The hero and his friends and family are obviously win at the end, while the villain is lost even if he finally turns good just before the ending. However, this second adventure of Benjamin Gates is a good entertaining movie, involving not only (in the movie) the president of the United States, but also part of history from around the world. Another version of “younger” Indiana Jones if I may say so. >> My rate >> 7/10

The Golden Compass

As many people have talked about, the special effect, specifically the animated graphic in this movie is stunning. Unconsciously, you will be emotionally attached to the animals in the movie, following each of their action along with (other) human characters, while in fact their just animations. Moreover, as it is always amazing to watch little kids acting in a movie, some people believe that this movie – which will be followed by part-2, part-3 and so on – will be as successful as Harry Potter, or Lord of the Ring, or if I could suggest another title to compare: Pirates of the Carribean. >> My rate >> 8/10

I Am Legend

Will Smith plays as central focus on his lonely role in this adaptation of 1954’s horror story, and before the release, people once doubted that he will be success. Well, for me, it seems he’s alright. Overall, the movie is OK as well, thanks to the suspense and the special effects for the zombies though. The tragic ending is what bothers me more, and apparently bothers a few other people too. Is the term “legend” must comes from death? >> My rate >> 7/10

Cloverfield

Been triggered some controversy by its early promotion without any detail (not even the title), this movie then I guess becomes one of the most discussed movies recently. However, when the release date is closing in, more people seemed to talk negative over it. And yes, in about 2 days after its release, nobody probably likes to talk about it anymore. But for me, this movie is good enough (to be watched in the cinema), even though the Godzilla-like scenes and its unclear story have brought some bitter critics worldwide. >> My rate >> 7/10

Juno

Well, yes, Ellen Page rules! I wouldn’t argue that. Moreover, the story is unique and not-typical even though it can be categorized as teen-movie. And nobody needs to say anything more when the Oscar has spoken. It’s a cool teen-movie, but interesting enough for adults and useful for parents as well, if I may say so. >> My rate >> 8/10

Ayat-ayat Cinta

One of the best Indonesian movies in the last few decades, that’s what people said. If I’m not mistaken, one of the producers even said that this movie will probably ‘un-replaceable’ in terms of the story and cinematography within the next 10 years. Is it that good? Well, try to ask millions of Indonesian that have watched it. Don’t ask me, as I spent half of the night enjoying the movie and ended up with ‘bad health’ for a couple of days later… lol. >> My rate >> 8/10

Meet The Spartans

This movie is suck, and I can’t say no more. The only reason I give it 3 points are because the makers really had the guts to produce it, with too many parodies, then for promoting it with such big budget (I saw the ad many times on TV); and in the name of respect for some people who actually love it. >> My rate >> 3/10

St Trinian’s

It’s a teen movie, alright. And it’s an old British story with some modern twists. However, besides the fresh young actresses involved, this movie I think can entertain the audiences without the feeling of ‘ashamed for enjoying teen’s stuff’. Or maybe, it’s just my subjective opinion as I used to work with teens? Don’t think so, ‘coz a lot of people in the cinema were laughing out loud that night. >> My rate >> 7/10

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