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Scootplus – formerly Scootbiz

Years ago, when Scoot first launched we booked flights to Singapore, twice. The prices were so good, I just couldn’t not do it. Our first trip was just to Singapore, the one where Triston rubbed his hands together when we were leaving and said ‘well, we never have to come here again’ but we had a trip booked for 3 weeks or a month later. The second was luckily merged into a work trip and we ended up in Malaysia. We did call into Singapore on the way home, have dinner at Straits Kitchen (as we had stayed at the Grand Hyatt and enjoyed the buffet for dinner) and then went to the night zoo. Our flights didn’t connect very well so we have all evening to hang out at the airport, or Singapore and we chose Singapore. Well, this flight I booked Scoot. I booked economy with a bag and added luggage up to 40kgs. Unfortunately, I arrived at the airport with 96kgs of luggage. 10kg was carry one and allowed in addition to …

Harry Potter living

One of the jokes we had in our house was the space under the stairs. It was actually a large space and I often said we could advertise it as a “Harry Potter” room and rent it out as well. We didn’t do it, there wasn’t a full bathroom downstairs. As much as we could we made it a room to be used though. Triston worked under there while the bathroom was being repaired as there was no other option. Now, I have slept under the stairs for two nights. It wasn’t great because I had to use pillows as my bed, having sold and moved all the other mattresses. Surprisingly it wasn’t terrible either. The worst part was looking out and seeing an empty but not quite organised space. I was a little sad and the transformation of the apartment from our comfortable home to an empty shell of nothingness. Though, the view, laying in “bed” out through the window was kind of great. Especially at sunrise, more so than sunset (not that I …

Returning the goget van

So, it turns out the hardest part about the goget van rental was returning it. The spot I picked it up from, was occupied but two other goget cars. They have a procedure, park nearby, take a photo of the vehicle in the spot and send the details. I took a photo, text the details. Everything sorted. My only issue was that they were goget vehicles, not cars that are illegally parked. Their assumption is that it will be your average car but it was car share cars. Their own. Parked in the car share spot. No worries. The van was returned. I text the location details and the photo of the car in the spot. It really was pretty easy.

Lake George

Sometimes after midnight I arrived at my sisters block of land. My dad had arrived around 9pm I think. It is land. There is no house, no power, no water, no bathroom. Luckily they had cabin that would be their house but they may have changed their mind on it so when I arrived I was able to climb up into that. Four walls, a roof, a floor, almost a mattress. It wasn’t too bad. Certainly beat sleeping on a rolled up mattress in the van and the other alternative was to sleep on the wooden floor in Pyrmont as the mattress was now packed up there was nothing to sleep on in the apartment any more. The view was nice to wake up and see. I don’t like the road but the view is nice. My phone didn’t really capture it but somewhere off in the distance there is Lake George. For the first time in a long time I could see water in it from my sisters block of land. The drought hasn’t …

GoGet – Van hire

We weren’t nearly as organised as we needed to be so after we checked out of the Park Hyatt we had a tonne of things to do and Triston still needed to get to the airport. Knowing that we weren’t really ready he booked the latest flight down to Melbourne. About 4pm we decided we should hire a van and take some things Mum wanted as well as our mattress somewhere. The where was my sisters block of land because my dad could meet me there. I had to sign up, to get the key the same day I had to do that in person. Luckily Pyrmont has a newsagent that was available to get me fully registered. We didn’t really know how much the bags weighed so we decided Triston had to be at the airport at about 8 or 8:30 to weigh them and repack if he needed to. His flight was after 10pm. Now we only had a couple of hours to get stuff from our apartment into the van. Oh, I …

Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast

We were off to a good start with a far superior check-in experience than our first stay at the Park Hyatt in Sydney. Our room upgrade was very much appreciated and it was a real pleasure to work from the room. We did still have a lot to do at the apartment but with us both working from home we couldn’t get a whole lot done during the day at the apartment. That is ok, we are meant to be relaxing while we are here. Not that we can as Triston needs to fly to Melbourne as soon as we check out but that is what happens when you can’t plan properly. Things don’t run smoothly. Our short but sweet stay is two nights, Triston being Globalist means two included breakfasts. Park Hyatt Sydney does not have a club lounge. Most Park Hyatt hotels don’t but Canberra and Melbourne both do. No club lounge means full restaurant breakfast. On the first morning I had eggs benedict and Triston had the full breakfast. Second morning I …

Park Hyatt Sydney pool

The pool at Sydney Park Hyatt is kind of really tiny. It was a little cold while we were there so we opted for the hot tub instead. I am not sure why but the pool was designed in such a way, it seems, to ensure maximum exposure to the public. People walking on the bridge, in their offices, in the YHA at the rocks, businesses, cruisers, restaurants, all can see down onto the roof and thus into the pool.

Park Hyatt Sydney

We have stayed at the Park Hyatt in Sydney before and we didn’t have fond memories of the check in experience or room (even though we stayed after the reno) but breakfast was great. Today we checked in, early at 10 am, and things were a lot different. Triston is now a Globalist, Hyatts top tier, we were paying his work rate rather than paying using points and generally everything was fast, friendly and efficient. Our room was upgraded to an Opera View. Previously we stayed in a room facing the back, you can’t book those ones online as far as I know. They are kept for staff rates, points and super cheap corporate rates. I am pretty sure that is what we techincally booked into and have paid for. Yet here we sit. Working away with our Opera House views. I have decided to sit outside and work. I had to swap the sunny spot for the shade. When I looked inside to see what Triston was doing I could really only see the …

Fight Fire Australia

When the concert was first announced, I thought about buying a ticket. Triston wasn’t sure if he would be able to come to Australia so I didn’t know if I should buy one and guarantee myself a seat or two and hope I could find someone to come with me if he couldn’t. In the end, it was sold out far before I could make any of those decisions so I didn’t buy any tickets. Fast forward to the 13th of Feb. Triston has been in Sydney with me for a couple of days and we have just had to move out Park Hyatt Sydney stay. A friend of mine posted a “3 days, can’t wait” status update on Facebook. Somehow I knew exactly what she meant. It could have been a wedding, birthday, anniversary, anything. It was the Fight Fire concert. So I jumped online to look. I COULD buy tickets. How awesome is that. I don’t know if they released more seats or these were resale tickets. I really wasn’t worried. The tickets …

Darling Harbour fireworks

One of the best parts of our apartment in Sydney is its location. It is walking distance to the city, in Darling Harbour and has some half-decent views. It would have had better views back before we bought it but the new convention centre went up and it is two or three times the height of the old convention centre. Still it goes alright. Last night was Friday night and it happened to be the 14th of Feb. There were fireworks for valentines day and we happened to be at the shopping centre when they started so we went out to watch. Every Saturday there are fireworks and we were home for them tonight. I think the view from our bedroom is decent. I took the photo and video in wide format (mostly, it swapped back to standard a couple of times). To give an idea. If you are going to Sydney for the weekend, Darling Harbour has fireworks at 9pm every Saturday. At least in Summer, I think year round but I forget now, …