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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Make Time for those ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ Moments!

Whether you’re in Sydney or anywhere else in the world, the adage ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ holds true for everybody! Who doesn’t need a break from the demands of work and the hectic routine of daily life? A little ‘me-time’ every now and then can work wonders on you, making you a more pleasant and productive person to be around!

I speak from experience when I say, “If you find yourself losing focus, snapping at people, craving junk food and taking forever to get things done, you’ve definitely wound yourself into a tight spool that is just waiting to snap at the slightest trigger!”

So why work yourself up into a frenzy that will eventually lead to a giant melt down at home or at work? If you can’t nip it in the bud, you have to do something about it before it’s too late.

Planning a holiday may not always be practical; what you need is a quick-fix at timely intervals that helps you unwind and bring back a little magic to your life!

And, in a city like Sydney, you definitely can’t complain about the lack of things to do to rejuvenate yourself. A day at the spa, a hot air balloon ride, a picnic at the park, relaxing at the beach or a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise… these are simple, doable quick-fixes that can be worked into any schedule.

I’ve done it all and more because I strongly believe that ‘food for the soul’ is something that should not be taken lightly. Though, I’d have to say that the dinner cruise in Sydney is the one experience that lifted my spirits in more ways than one.

In one of those ‘Thank God it’s Friday’ mornings, my wife and I decided to spend the evening at Sydney Harbour; that’s when we hit upon the idea of doing a dinner cruise. It’s not like we were strangers to the harbour, but we decided to indulge ourselves a little with a luxury cruise. In no time, we organised a babysitter for the night, checked the availability of the cruise online, reserved our seats… and just like that, we were good to go! All we had to do was get through the rest of the working day... and with the Sydney Harbour dinner cruise to look forward to, our motivation levels were at an all-time high!

As I dressed up in sheer anticipation of a carefree evening, I could feel the weight of the week slowly lift off my shoulders. I just couldn’t wait to keep my date with Sydney Harbour! The dinner cruise aboard the luxury boat was simply exhilarating! It gave us a whole new perspective to dining on Sydney Harbour. The ambience simply took our breath away, dinner was delicious and service was outstanding.

We’d seen the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before, but never this beautiful, as it glowed in the luminescence of the harbour lights. We strolled the expansive decks of the cruiser, leisurely sipping on our drinks and enjoying the cool caress of the harbour breeze. Work was forgotten, we were at ease, and all was well with the world! Isn’t that something that could work for you? Isn’t that something you could get used to?

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Evolution of a Vivid Revolution in Sydney

Opera House in the Vivid Lights - Viewed from a Sydney harbour cruise

What began as a smart light festival for energy efficiency in Sydney has turned into one of the most instagrammed events in the world today. Winter in Sydney was so bleak that it was said that you could streak naked through Circular Quay and there wouldn’t be a soul out there to gawk!

But Vivid Sydney, a tourism NSW initiative, completely changed the face of May and June in Sydney. Forget streaking naked, today, you’d be battling crowds just to get hundred feet ahead.
As summer faded into winter in 2009, the inaugural Vivid Lights Festival was launched in the hope of attracting creative minds to come up with greener ways to maximize energy efficiency and to bump up winter visitor numbers. It was originally meant to incorporate four festivals in one – a harbour side light festival, a music festival, a creative talk-fest and a fire & water show that recreated the explosion of a convict ship.
What was finally executed took the shape of present-day Vivid Lights, Vivid Live and Vivid Ideas. And once the seed was sown, there was no stopping its growth. Every year since 2009, the Vivid Festival has grown in scale and audience, and its evolution has been crucial to its success.
Vivid 2012 saw an influx of over 500,000 visitors and generated an income of over $10 million for the state, while 2013 attracted over 800,000 visitors generating a whopping $20 million for the NSW economy!
With the luminous brilliance that makes Vivid what it is, Sydney’s urban spaces are adorned with outdoor lighting sculptures and installations making these common, everyday places unrecognizable to local passersby. Vivid precincts such as the Opera House, Walsh Bay, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Sydney, Darling Harbour turn into a melting pot of music, colour, art and creativity.
Cutting-edge music events and performances by local and international artists heighten the festive atmosphere in the streets, making every Vivid night an exciting, eventful one.
Vivid Sydney is all of seven years old, but in the shortest span of time has managed to become as much a part of Sydney’s charm and persona as the world-renowned New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
Today, Vivid Sydney has catapulted itself into a global phenomenon earning the reputation of being the ultimate creative forum for free thinkers, artists and musicians of the world to showcase their brilliance through mesmerising public exhibitions. It’s a raging success, to say the least!
And, whether you’re on a Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise or you’re exploring the delights of the Vivid Festival on foot, you are guaranteed a Sydney experience unlike any other!