Sydney vs Melbourne – A Definitive Guide to Which Is Better?

Australia is remarkably diverse in its essence. Its resplendent beauty reflects through the native culture, geographical disposition and urbanised cities. Sydney and Melbourne are two of the many gems studded in its glorious crown. Both the cities depict a different side of the rare Aussie culture and spirit. The Sydney Vs Melbourne debate has been raging for quite long. Here’s a quick overview and a definitive guide to the two cities which will hopefully give a direction to which city is better.  

Picturesque views

Sydney has forever been the iconic city of Australia. The legendary Sydney Opera House and the Harbour bridge have been reminiscent of the effervescent Oz culture. The picturesque beaches of Sydney have another story to tell, one that reminds you of sun, sand sea waves and adventure.

sydney relocation guide

The Bondi beach, Copacabana, Bronte, and Avalon are great picnic spots. The sparkling Sydney Tower gives 360 degree views to the city’s gorgeous harbour fronts and landmarks. Need we say more about this beautiful city?

Melbourne scores a little lower than Sydney here. The Eureka tower does justice to Melbourne’s skyline by giving panoramic views of the city but it somehow lacks the charm of the Sydney Tower.

melbourne relocation guide

The city is synonymous with food, music, shopping and art shows. The laneways of Melbourne offer the best in bar culture, a thriving art scene and restaurants.

Weather vows

Sydney’s weather is delightful. The summers are sunny and breezy, just perfect to enjoy with family and friends. The winters are comfortably calm and cosy being on a little warmer side. Even the rainy season isn’t rough on you. The city has clear blue skies throughout the year.

sydney during summer

Much like the British weather, Melbourne’s climate has always been unpredictable. It can get sunny and breezy in a day and then suddenly the rain gods start smiling at you. Melbourne’s fantastically close to Antarctica.

beach during summer in melbourne

It is the meeting point of the crazy cold air from Antarctica which crosses path with the warm desert air. This mix of opposite climatic cultures makes for the city’s weather frenzy.

Accommodation scene

Sydney being the landmark city of Australia, it has rather expensive accommodation. The average amount of rent for a one bedroom apartment in Sydney is 2,643 AUS$ while a two bedroom apartment is priced at around 4,000 AUS$.

sydney serviced apartments

Melbourne has a laid back vibe which can be seen in the style of living followed by its people. Accomodation in Melbourne has cheaper rent rates. A single bedroom apartment is around 1,700 AUS$ and a double bedroom apartment is about 2,000 AUS$.

Food culture

Sydney is a sprawling city with an expansive skyline and picturesque harbour fronts. It scores a little lower than Melbourne in its food culture. It is difficult to find affordable grub in this part of Australia.

Sydney central food court

The Central Business District (CBD) is a great place to grab Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean delights. Harris park has Indian restaurants, Haberfield is famous for Italian, and Auburn has a lot Turkish cuisine on offer.

restaurants in Melbourne

It’s not difficult to find cheap and delectable street food in Melbourne. The CBD is bursting at the seams with great restaurants. For affordable Chinese dishes try the Victoria Street and Richmond, for Spanish treats its Fitzroy, for good Lebanese food Brunswick is great, for Italian Carlton has great restaurants, the Queen Victoria market and the Chinatown are all great places to grab a quick bite.

Cost of Living

There is a huge difference in the in the cost of living in Melbourne and Sydney. Living in Sydney has a extravagant charm and it is well reflected in the lifestyle of its people. Cost of living in Sydney for a single person is around 1,500 AUS$ pm. Depending on your lifestyle and the amount of earnings it can go a few notches higher than that. If you add it annually it will easily add up to 20,000 AUS$ with a little added extra costs here and there.

melbourne serviced apartments

Melbourne is relatively cheaper than Sydney. Stats show both food and housing are around 20% cheaper in Melbourne. Public transport is cheap here and so is food. Needless to say, the harbour city is way expensive than Melbourne and the latter beats the former in affordability.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018: What to Expect at the Show?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the M&G investments have come into their 9th year of partnership with the Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Formerly known as the Great Spring Show, the annual flower show is a pioneer of excellence in horticulture and garden designing. The grand event is a spectacle of blooming spring flowers and green gardens. A boon for nature lovers and leisurely visitors both. On the last day of the show you can buy all your favourite greenlings.


What you should do to be at the show?

The charm of the RHS Chelsea flower show is out of this world. With a thousand flowers blooming at one place who wouldn’t want to embrace nature at its best. Some of the clever ones among us have already pre booked a year in advance. Those of us who are in London at this golden time can cash in by dropping by at this flowery paradise. Pre booking a serviced apartment near Chelsea Bridge might be a great idea to catch the show on 22nd May. There are endless options available to book an accommodation in Chelsea. For a better idea of London and its neighbourhood here’s a quick relocation guide.

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower show is happening from 22nd May till 26th May, at the London Gate. For tickets and related info you can go to the official website of RHS here

It is remarkable that proceeds from all ticket sales will go to charity supported by RHS.

A quick round up of what to not to miss at the show

Health & Wellbeing, Power of Plants and more

RHS Flower Show 2018

This year some new designs have been announced at the show. The ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Power of plants’, and how they can help improve the adverse effects of environmental changes are the new entries. In order to meet the challenges of gardening in limited spaces, a ‘Space to Grow Gardens’ theme will be in focus at the show. The main aim will be to explore ideas through which you can create small urban gardens in small spaces of a town garden.

The Chelsea Late Event

The Chelsea Late event

Shifting away from the usual trend, this year the RHS has announced ‘The Chelsea Late Event’. Visitors can enjoy the blooming goodness of the flower gardens at night in the midst of vibrant lights, bands, food and artists all while enjoying Artisan Gardens during twilight at Chelsea.

Best nurseries and Master Growers


The Great Pavilion will be the center of all activity as usual. This year round they will house some of the best nurseries of the world with more than 85 of them coming together under one roof. The Discovery area will have the best florists and science displays. The biggest name in the florist industry will exhibit their designs here. The notable few among them are Peter Beales Roses, D’Arcy & Everest and Hampshire Carnivorous Plants. This year RHS will be celebrating the Master Growers of England.

Show Gardens at the Main Avenue

10 Show gardens will exuberate pure beauty and bliss at the Main Avenue. This year’s focus will be on the elaborate 18th century tea gardens, the contemporary and urban town gardens, and forever Mediterranean landscapes.

Product of the year recognition at the show

Each year the best innovative and useful products are acknowledged at the show. This year’s winner will be announced on 21st May by Deborah Meaden. 12 candidates will be competing this year. The candidates are selected on a number of criteria including innovation, visual appeal, functionality, value for money and environmental friendliness. Meet the finalists here

Banned plants at the Chelsea Flower show

Banned plants at the Chelsea Flower show

The RHS has banned at least 9 varieties ahead of the flower show in a bid to ward of the spread of the plant disease Xylella. Some of the most popular green flowering species have been found to be affected by the horrendous disease, which has been labelled as the ‘foot and mouth’ of plants. The 9 banned varieties are Lavender, Rosemary, Hebe, Cherry, Plum, Olive, Oleander, Coffee, and Spanish Broom.

Discovering the City | London

Capital of British culture, history and identity, London is the beating heart of the United Kingdom. One of the most historic cities in the world, London offers a plethora of activities for discerning business or leisure travellers that visit the city.

discovering london

A city to be savoured, The City of London, the capital’s CBD, contains the historic centre of the city in addition to containing many of London’s most famous modern architecture. Offering places to stay in London, offers the ideal base for exploring this eternally beguiling city.


From the first settlement of Romans in the 1st century, The City of London is a small part of one of the largest cities in the world. Whilst London has stretched beyond its borders, this agglomeration still possesses some of London’s most visited attractions, restaurants and bars.

city of london during Roman time

The City of London is commonly referred to as the City, and is colloquially known as the Square Mile. Historically, the City of London has housed London’s countless financial institutions, and that is true to this day.

Whilst maintaining a sense of the historical, the City of London contains some of the capital’s contemporary skyscrapers. The Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie, Heron Tower and the Leadenhall Building are located within the City of London.

city of london skyscrapper

The City of London has a population of approximately 10,000 people, but over 300,000 people commute to and work in the City every single day. Around 75% of all the jobs in the City of London are in the financial services or legal businesses.

There’s more to the City of London than finance

Although the City of London is synonymous with financial institutions and capital, there’s considerably more charm to the district. During World War Two, the City of London sustained heavy bombing, meaning that much of the district had to be rebuilt in the image of the past. Despite the heavy bombing, several notable landmarks remain in the City of London; St Paul’s Cathedral, the Guildhall, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, and Mansion House remain as testament to London’s past.

Londn street market

For something a little more traditional, visit one of the City of London’s many street markets. Spitalfields and Brick Lane Market offer a more anachronistic version of the city, with stalls lining the streets selling everything from street food to antiques- and offering everything in between. Around theses markets there are several world class restaurants that offer cuisines from across the world.

New Year’s Eve London

Once the over indulgence of the Christmas period concludes, London welcomes the new year in style. With fireworks, revelry and parties strewn across the city, London’s 2017 New Year celebrations are set to be the biggest yet. With accommodation across London, offers the ideal base for visiting the capital to conclude 2017.

London New Year Eve Fireworks

New Year in London is synonymous with the firework display on the banks of the River Thames. Although you require a ticket before attending the New Year’s firework display, you can watch the fireworks from almost anywhere in central London.  For something even more memorable, you can watch the fireworks from the river on a New Year’s Eve cruise, or from a restaurant with views over the London Eye.

Hollingsworth London New Years Eve party

If you don’t wish to spend your evening stood outside in the cold British winter, spending an evening partying in one of London’s sophisticated bars or clubs is an option. The Bourne and Hollingsworth London New Year’s Eve party features a 1940s themed Blitz Party and a 1920s Prohibition party. Similarly, the Southbank Centre’s Vintage New Year’s Eve Party is elegant and chic. For something more lowkey, try visiting London’s famous Natural History Museum.

Southbank Centres Vintage New Years Eve Party

After an evening of partying, London offers a host of activities during New Year’s Day.  Head down to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park to enjoy rides, performances, markets and ice skating. Alternatively, take your family to one of London’s top shows in the West End district- but be sure to check the schedule to see if the show is running.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Every year, central London hosts a New Year’s Day Parade, which sees approximately 8,000 performers every year. The parade first took place in 1987, but is now an annual fixture on London’s calendar. London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2018 starts at 12 noon on January 1st on Piccadilly, one of the capital’s most famous districts. Additionally, during the same time period, London New Year’s Day Parade hosts countless events, concerts and performances. Cadogan Hall, St John Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral and Trafalgar Square host a collection of shows, ranging from classical performances to contemporary classics.

Central London New Year Parade

During the hours of 11:45pm and 04:30am, travel on London’s public transport is free. Central London becomes very busy during these hours, so be sure to plan your evening out in advance.

Explore Singapore’s distinctive wildlife

Singapore Wildlife

Although Singapore is synonymous with big business and capital, the island city contains several wildlife reserves and a zoo. Despite the apparent contradiction due to the island being one of the most densely populated in the world, Singapore’s government has made a concerted effort to maintain the wildlife. With apartments across Singapore, offers both the convenience of central locations and the proximity to transport links to connect guests to Singapore’s wildlife districts.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore is one of the leading zoological institutions in the world. A self-funded organisation, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore focuses on protecting biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Each year, the four parks- Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo- welcome over 4.5 million visitors.

Night Safari

Night Safari Singapore

The world’s first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari is one of the most popular attractions in Singapore. Opened in 1994, Singapore Night Safari occupies 35 hectares of rainforest adjacent to Singapore Zoo. Housing over 2,500 animals- with over 130 species- 38% of the creatures on the safari are threatened species. Unlike typical nocturnal houses, the Night Safari is an entire open-air zoo set amongst a backdrop of a humid rainforest. Divided into seven geographical zones, the space can be explored on foot or by tram.

River Safari

River Safari Singapore

The Singapore River Safari is a river themed aquarium and zoo situated in Mandai. Stretching over 12 hectares, the River Safari is located in between Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. The first of its kind in Asia, the safari features attractions and river boat services in addition to river boat attractions. In 2012, the Giant Panda Forest was opened to the public. Featuring a pair of male and female giant pandas, the Giant Panda Forest is the most popular attraction at the River Safari. The pandas, which arrived in September 2012, are on a ten-year loan from China.

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Since 1973, Singapore Zoo has been renowned as one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in the world. With animals roaming freely in their natural habitat, Singapore Zoo has won the coveted Best Leisure Attraction Experience from the Singapore Tourism Board. The 26 hectare wildlife park is nestled in the leafy Mandai Rainforest, that stretches into the Seletar Reservoir. Over 3,000 animals from 300+ species of birds, reptiles and mammals call Singapore Zoo their home. Many animal habitats feature special viewing platforms elevated for exhibits. In addition to witnessing the animals in their natural habitat, you will witness the stunning landscapes. Regardless of whether you travel on foot or tram, you will experience some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats in the world- from the rugged canyons of Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia to the savannah grasslands of Wild Africa.

Winter Wonderland Singapore

Over the past couple of decades, Singapore has inexorably grown as both a tourist and business hub in the East. As Singapore has been welcomed into an increasingly globalised community, the city state has assimilated Western traditions. For the fourth year in a row, Singapore will host its annual Winter Wonderland Festival, a celebration that infuses Western and Eastern tradition. With accommodation across the beguiling city of Singapore, offers the ideal base to explore this new Singaporean tradition.

Winter Wonderland Singapore

Hosted at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s Winter Wonderland is the premiere yuletide attraction in the city. As you arrive at Marina Bay, you will first be attracted to the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures that illuminate the area. Delicately crafted by Italian craftsmen, there are over 100 light sculptures in the area, with the most prominent being the majestic 22.5 metre tall Spalliera.

Luminarie light sculptures

For a non conventional Christmas event, Ethiopian Dreams provide a jaw dropping circus extravaganza. Earlier in the year, Ethiopian Dreams was a sell out at the Edinburgh Festival. Offering a combination of gravity defying stunts, skills and adventure, ticket prices to Ethiopian Dreams vary depending on age.

Ethiopian Dreams Circus Singapore

For something more traditional, visit Santa Claus himself at the Alpine House. With over 100 presents given away on a daily basis- ranging from vouchers to free carnival rides to beverage tokens-pictures with Santa Claus are available.

Santa Claus Alpine House

Wander around the Supertree Grove, the home of a charming European style Christmas market. Including over 30 festive wooden huts, this market is styled on similar markets in London, Paris and Berlin. Shop for handmade crafts, souvenirs, boutique goods and vintage items before enjoying a glass of mulled wine and something delicious to eat.

Supertree Grove shop

If you’re looking for something more filling than traditional German sausage or mince pie, visit SAVOUR- Winter Wonderland’s gourmet village. Containing five restaurants, SAVOUR offers a sophisticated dining experience which will feature celebrity and award winning michelin star chefs.

Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonder 2017

This year, Winter Wonderland offers the biggest collection of carnival rides in their history. Featuring bumper cards, chair swings, a ferris wheel, a Christmas train and Tea Cups, the carnival rides are a great way to keep your children entertained during your visit to Winter Wonderland.

winter wonderland carnival rides singapore

Given Marina Bay’s central location, travelling to Winter Wonderland is simple. Take the Circle Line or Downtown Line and depart at Bayfront MRT Station before crossing Dragonfly or Meadow Bridge.

Enjoy Christmas with in Singapore.

Celebrating in New Year in Paris

Paris, the City of Light, offers countless options to usher in the New year. One of the most colourful and exciting places to bring in the New year, Paris is the ideal location to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Celebrate the New year in style, with a stay at one of’s luxury serviced apartments.

New Year Tradition in Paris

New Year Tradition in Paris

In Paris, as with the rest of France, the New Year also goes by the name St Sylvestre and begins on the 1st January and ends on February 1st. Consistent with tradition across the globe, French people start exchanging bises at midnight, with the theme continuing throughout January. So don’t be surprised to hear French people exchanging New Year pleasantries for the entire month of January.  

Where to visit?

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade:

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade

Known as the centre of the party, the Champs Elysees is flooded with revelers from around 21:00. From here, it is possible to get a great view of all the fireworks in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower flickering and sparkling in the lead up to the stroke of midnight. Unsurprisingly, the Champs Elysees is the busiest place in Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe new year night

This year, the head of Paris’ avenues- the Arc de Triomphe- will host a special event that starts at 11:00. Although one can expect fireworks, plans for this year’s show have been shrouded in secrecy, so head down to the Arc de Triomphe for an evening of surprises.

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Located in Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur is a Parisian favourite during the festive period. Slightly calmer than the perpetual buzz of the Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur offers stunning views of the city as the sky is illuminated by the effervescent flash of fireworks. At Montmartre, there are countless bars, cabaret shows, and clubs to explore.  If you’re looking for a unconventional way to celebrate New Year’s in Paris, partying in Montmartre may be the ticket.

New Year’s Eve Shows and Cabarets

New Year's Eve Shows and Cabarets

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a popular way of spending the evening, although very pricey. Starting at  680 Euros per person in 2017-2018, the evening includes a champagne dinner, music, dancing and caviar, with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra offers a delightful post-midnight show to cap off the evening’s events. There are less expensive packages available that offer fewer perks.

On the morning after the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade on the Champs Elysees is a shore way to remove any muggy heads from the previous evening.