Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Trip to Melbourne,Australia - like dreams come true

24 March - It was a big day for me as today I'm going to travel to AUSTRALIA! I don't know why but not so much 'yay!' for me..sometimes getting too excited is not good. We got onto the plane to LCCT at 11.00am..although the flight was suppose to be at 9.40am..well AirAsia always got their flight delayed,causing us to get 'last call' for our flight to Melbourne, Australia. Luckily we managed to get onboard and arrive at 9.00pm/12.00am in Australia time. We wandered around looking for our guide, but none was seen. The guys went to look for 'this guy' in the airport building and found a guy named City(I don't know how his name was supposed to spell)..he got us on a bus with Ali as the driver. He settled us to our hotel; Ibis Style The Victoria Hotel. City then told us that Sam would be our tour guide for the rest of our visit in Melbourne. Our journey today ended there. 
25 March - Got up at 8.15am today and got ready for breakfast. I ate Hash Brown, egg and a pancake with maple syrup. Nice and simple english meal. Sam picked us up at 10.00am and the tour began. The first stop was at a St.Patricks Cathedral..I'm not gonna talk much about this but it do have a picturesque garden around it with blossoming white roses. Then we moved on to Fitzroy Garden. So much flowers here and there also Captain Cook's Cottage. We snapped some photos with the flowers. Then, we were brought to Gaylord Indian Restaurant that located in Melbourne Chinatown for our standard indian cuisine. After lunch, Sam drove us to Queen Victoria Market so we could get some sourvenir for our family and friends. I got some kangaroo keychain for my friends and a tshirt for myself. After that shopping, we went to Eureka Skydeck 88 Entry. In this building, we got a 360° view of Melbourne. It was nice but I'm not in the mood at that time so I didn't look much and just snapped some photos. Sam then dropped us at Chilli Padi, a restaurant that was owned by a Malaysian Chinese. We had a nice Malaysian dinner. After dinner, we walked along the nice view of Victoria nightscape back to our hotel. Our journey today end here.
26 March.breakfast I ate hash brown, egg, pancake with maple syrup and a cup of hot chocolate..for safety of 'halalness'..Sam picked us at 9.30 and we went to Menzies Greek; where we rode a train like thomas or more like emily as it is dark green-coloured called 'Puffing Billy'. It's a steam train. We rode from Menzies Greek to Lakeside Station with such magnificent view such as english houses,primary school and flower field (Oh,I really wanna live here!) Then Sam picked us up and we went to Phillip Island. Then,we stopped at Panny's Chocolate Factory for lunch and 'chocolatey time'..it actually chocolate-buying and not chocolate-tasting! We then continued our journey to 'Amazen Things: Puzzle Island & illusions. Here, I discovered the secret of those kid-tricks,well said that I'm not that amazed to see them..haha. The Koala Centre Admission was next on the schedule. There, we saw a few koalas and some kangaroos. Most of the koalas were sleeping and only showed their backside to us. But,some were kind enough to let us snapped their photos, thanks Mr. Koala! Now,it's time for dinner and we had seafood basket. It has fish n chip,tempura, and deep fried squid with salad. City father, On the bus, Sam told us a joke on how kangaroo got their name. When Captain Cook arrived here, he saw a jumping brown animal and he ask an officer for its name. The officer said 'kangaroo'. Captain Cook filed this information and when people came here 30years after that, they called the animal 'kangaroo' when they saw it. The officer laughed upon hearing them. Why? In their language, 'kangaroo' mean 'I don't know'. When Captain Cook asked for it name, they actually said that they don't know.Then,we went for the Penguin Parade. So cute little penguin out there! First time seeing them for real! Unfortunately,no photos allowed..so no penguin and a cute Australian todler that I played with for remembrance,what a shame! Then,our journey end there and now back to Victoria for a good night sleep.
27 March - Same breakfast again at 8.05am..it's too early for me but what could I do when Sam said that our journey started at 9.00am. It's raining today so Sam was a bit late..maybe because of the traffic I thought. So,the first stop was Victorian Market. Most of us looked for souveneirs again for friends and relatives. I bought another tshirt for me once again,this time is grey and has 'I ♡ Melb' on it. On the bus,they talked about Corelle AGAIN! Made me headache!! Now heading to Sovereign Hill, a place where they represents conditions on Ballarat's early goldfields. How picturesque English town! Sam then took us to DFO at Harbour Town Melbourne so that they could buy their Corelle. Mum got 1 set as I knew that she would put them to dislay rather than using them to dine. You know what, 1 set already cost $158! If in MYR, that would cost triple. At least, there were no more 'Corelle talks' after that shop. We then head off for dinner at Chilli Padi. At first, Sam was going to drive us to that restaurant but we decided to walk on our own there. We tipped him for about $30 for driving us around for 3 days as he would not be the one who would be driving us to the airport tomorrow. He was so happy to receive it. We snapped some photos with him and said our thank you. At 7.00pm, we walk to Chilli Padi in a group and after a few moment,we realize that we could not find it. Taty asked a local for that place and then we found the place after following her instruction. Ahh, dinner finally! After that meal, we walk around to buy some more sourvenir. We also saw some street perfomer such as guitarirst and drummer. Me and my sister just doing window shopping and snapped some photos wearing the souvenir such as hat,cap,doll,and glasses. Back at the hotel, Nana then realize that her spectacles had gone missing.
28 March - Got up early today for departure back to Malaysia. I had the same breakfast and Ali picked us up at 7.30am. Heading to the airport, I began to feel that I should not leave this country that early. Why? Well, I like everything about this country except for their toilet. Such a shame that I had to leave them now. Anyway, we rushed to the airport and checked everything in. An australian read my name so funny..wanna laugh!