Sunday, May 30, 2010

To Market To Market

Sunday morning, up with the lark
I think I'll take a walk in the park
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day

I've got someone waiting for me
When I see her I know that she'll say
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my it's a beautiful day

Birds are singing, you by my side
Let's take a car and go for a ride
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day
We'll drive on and follow the sun
Makin' Sunday go on and on
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my, it's a beautiful day

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my it's a beautiful day

And there I was singing my heart out to Daniel Boone's hit Beautiful Sunday in the shower thinking we'll all be having a lazy day at home. But my Mama seemed to have a different idea.
"Angelina, hurry up. Get ready quick if you want to come with me," she said.
"Where to, Mama?" said I.
"We're going to the Flemington Market. We're running out of fish and vegetables," she answered.
"Is Brad coming too?" I had to ask.
"Well, I need as many hands as possible to help me carry the grocery. So, everyone's invited," came the reply.
Oh well....we can't leave Brad alone at home, can we? Boys are really ugly when they sulk.
The Flemington Market is always referred to as the other Paddy's Market by Sydneysiders. The first Paddy's is right smack in the CBD while this one is in the southwest. We live about 15-min drive from the market. Mama usually chose this one as there's free parking and not too crowded. The one in the city is jam-packed with tourists, she added.
The Flemington Market is also a stone's throw away from the Sydney Olympic Park, the DFO and the Rhodes Shopping Centre where Ikea is. I'll give you a pictorial tour of the market, OK?

First stop: the fish stall...we bought a red snapper and some prawns...sorry people, I was drooling. This stall is opened Fridays to Sundays.

Then we bought some spices for the fish. Hmmm...snapper curry or asam pedas?

Care for some Australiana souvenirs? Imagine, that "$100" bath towel can be yours for just $10!

Aahh... the Michelangelo in me loves this stall. Those plaster de Paris sets can be had for a song.

Hardware stalls are in abundant in this market. Mama bought some hooks and nails here. She's up to something, I think.

We had this Turkish delicacy called gozleme. Some sort of pastry with vegetables and meat filling. We had chicken, spinach and cheese in ours. Mama said it reminds her of murtabak.

You can buy fruits and vegetables by the boxes....

...or the kilos. We bought some bananas, grapes, vegetables and corns.

Socks are much needed for winter. Some stalls were selling 10 pairs for just $10!

Mama spent quite a long time at this luggage stall. Hmmm...travelling again? May I remind you that you are already have 8 suitcases of various colours and sizes?

Some very interesting decorative items. Nope, Mama didn't buy any of these stuffs. Phew!

We browse through winter wear.... well as ordinary wear.

Fascinating! Those little fishes swimming in little tanks. Oh, the stall sells various types of pets including puppies, kittens and birds. Brad didn't want to move from here until Mama threatened to sell him to the stall owner. pet beds?

We stopped for ice cream too. So what if it's 15-degrees Celcius now?

I soooo love this stall. Mama bought a kaffir lime plant because it was on sale.

The lady at the plants stall helping us rearrange our purchases so that we can fit the lime tree in the trolley.

We spent a total of four hours at the market. That's not including time spent in a pet shop nearby coz Mama wanted to buy some kibble for us. Not complaining. OK, time for a nap. purrr....meow!


Naz in Norway said...

Ooooooo bestnya!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Naz,
The market visits are part of the adoption package of this family. Still interested to apply? purrrr....meow!

Wan Sharif said...

Mak ai 4 jam ..
tak leh lah uncle nak ikut..
kaki uncle tak cukup kuat..
Tapi uncle suka lagu beautiful sunday tu..
Take care..

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Wan,
We usually take about 2 full days of napping to recover after such outings. Quite hard for human beings who would have to work etc, eh? OK, if you come visit us, we'll take you on an abbreviated tour. But no fun lor! purrr...meow!

TK said...

Oh I love going to the market and always come back with lotsa things and broke... Semua nak beli...Stopped for ice-cream..mmm bestnya!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

TK Sensei,
It's very dangerous when girls get together and go shopping, even to the market. We always end up with stuffs we don't really need. You're welcome to come with us. Anytime. purrr....meow!

Anonymous said...

I love markets like this - wet market + flea market rolled in one. And pray tell, did this one have that suspicious whiff of marijuana smoke in the air? LOL

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Andrea dear,
I'm happy to announce that Sydney is chock-a-block with markets. I've yet to see a night market aka pasar malam a la Malaysia yet though. purrr....meow!

Monyet King said...

You said you bought some bananas. Were they for me ?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Your Royal Highness,
The containers of pisang meant for you were hijacked by refugees off Christmas Island. So sorry....oh, the ones we bought? We made cekodok. Want some? purrr....meow!

tireless mom said...

Why lah no flea market like this in Msia? Sigh.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Yatt,
Got! Pasar malam! Just that this one has a roof. purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

Wah... macam-macam ada! They sell durians or not?

Cheqna said...

bestnya...interesting market...hehehe..pantang je pasal shopping, tak kisah la if windows pun.. :-)

"Boys are really ugly when they sulk."...n girls sweet as ever!..haha..girls power!


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Lulian? Got... but they're all frozen and going at $9/kg. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Yeap. Window shopping doesn't cost money. Actual shopping does. heheheh... purrr....meow!

Lee said...

Hi Cat, I love that song. I believe it came out I think in the very early '70s.
And love the pics you posted here.....very nice, and interesting too.
You have a nice day, Lee.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Lee,
We're into retro songs at the moment. People don't make songs like that anymore, my Mama said. So, when are you visiting me? purrr....meow!

Pat said...

Hello dear,

Thanks for sharing the lovely pix of the market. SO big and bright and amazing!

Plus, it reminded me of the farmers' markets I used to go to with my daughter in Calgary, and in Frederickton, Canada. Brought back good memories for me :)

And is there any cekodok left? I love the stuff! Yummmmmms!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pat,
Gone, all the cekodoks are gone. Don't you know that we have a glutton in the house? The best way to eat cekodok is to dip it in sambal tumis ikan bilis. purrr....meow!

Zendra-Maria said...

The turkish roti looks scrumptious - love turkish food :) grrrr..

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Zendra,
There's one just 10-minute walk from our home. So, we know what to feed you if ever you come visit us. purrr....meow!

Unknown said...

Hi sweetie

A lovely blast to my past cos I visited this place the last time I was in Sydney. Thanks so much for the lovely pics. Btw, I love Daniel Boone's song too!

Take care and have a lovely week.


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Paula,
Ehem...we can help you relive the past holidays....aeroplanes....purrr....meow!