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By June Ramli

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This week, I made more effort to check my city out by going to more walkabouts around Sydney.
After attending a launch party at a pub in Kent Street, I made my way to Crown Sydney for the first time.
The insides of the hotel was absolutely stunning.
I went in and checked out their spa on the sixth floor as I plan to book a session with them soon.
If I do get to go try out their spa which does not come cheap by the way, I’d be sure to write a review about the experience here.

The writer at Crown, Sydney.

So, fret not.
As for the lobby, it was nice.
The hotel still had a very new look and feel to it and even had a shopping arcade of luxury goods sold at the ground floor.
I tested out their receptionists by asking them some silly questions and they were nice.
They did not have any air at all.
Sometimes, swanky hotels have really rude receptionists who would look you up and down before providing you with any service.
The whole hotel also had a Dubai vibe to it. 
I plan to go back there and check the place out more.
So, watch this space.
While on Saturday night, I attended a jazz performance at the Bondi Pavilion.
The name of the show was called Brenda Gifford’s ‘Dundun Firestick’ featuring Sandy Evans and Friends.

Brenda in white top and a light blue scarf in her element. Photo by Shane Rozario.

The opening act by Bonnie Stewart was very boring and a waste of time. 
But Sydney being Sydney, the crowd still gave her and her musicians friends a resounding send off after they finished their performance.

Bonnie and friends. Photo by Shane Rozario.

As soon as Bonnie was done with her act, it was Brenda’s and her mates turn to mesmerise us with their performance.
I was intrigued to check her performance out, simply because Brenda is an indigenous Australian woman who plays the saxophone, an instrument that I play as well.
But unfortunately, her performance was a let down to me.
I could also see that she was struggling to play the instrument.
She hardly played a note and all she did was sit in front of the stage and recite some lines when she was asked to by another saxophonist known as Sandy Evans.
Sandy on the other hand was a very good saxophone and clarinet player and was the main act of the show. 
I really enjoyed Sandy’s rendition of the numerous songs she played that night including a newly composed piece by their drummer Chloe Kim called Morning Fog.
All in all, it was an eventful night and I hope to be able to go for more jazz performances like this around the city soon. 

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