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This would be the last installment on the Melbourne series. I know, it’s about time. Well if you must know, i saved the best for last for you guys.
As mentioned before, one of the goals that i wanted to accomplish when i came to Melbourne was to touch a koala. However after doing some research, i found out that it’s actually illegal to hold a koala in Victoria. Only in Victoria!
I was devastated. I was devastated because i knew i wasn’t going to come back to Australia any time soon and this Melbourne trip was my only shot. But you see, there’s a life motto that i always live by and that is “If there’s a will, there’s a way”.
Fine. So it’s illegal to hold or cuddle a koala in Victoria, but can i still touch it though? Can i get a close picture with one? I don’t even care about holding or cuddling a koala anymore, i just want to get my hands on one! Maybe just rub my finger against its fur just to feel what it’s like. Anything!
After searching up bunch of words that includes something like ‘touch koala Melbourne’ on Google, i finally found a place that allows you to experience a close encounter with a koala and that place was called Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Moonlit Sanctuary, for short.
I read up on some reviews about Moonlit Sanctuary and it seemed like the place to go to get close and personal with a koala. However that’s not their only attraction, of course.
Moonlit Sanctuary also offers night tours where you’ll get to see a variety of Australian wildlife that are not usually found in conventional zoos and wildlife parks. Not only you’ll get to learn about the animals, but you’ll also get to experience a close encounters and even feed them!
Unfortunately for us we couldn’t join the night tour, but we gladly settled with the plan of visiting Moonlit Sanctuary during the day.
Moonlit Sanctuary is about an hours drive away from the city but getting there isn’t hard if you rent a car that comes with a GPS. We just keyed in the address and it lead us straight to the entrance of Moonlit Sanctuary.
Kangaroo and wallaby food that consisted of dry pellets and corn and stuff
A simple map printed on paper
With pictures and information at the back
Did you know that there’s a Wombat Day?
Since 2005 there has been an unofficial holiday called Wombat Day observed on 22 October, at the beginning of the traditional aboriginal spring planting season.
Sup, koalas. We’ll be petting one of you guys later.
Kookaburras are actually a member of the kingfisher family. They are tree kingfishers, to be exact. You’d probably know the old childhood song about a laughing kookaburra sitting on a old gumtree. Kookaburras actually make a distinctive sound that resembles human laughter.
I stood in front of the kookaburra and waited for it to laugh. “LAUGH, kookaburra, LAUGH!” i said, but it didn’t. If you’re curious to know what it sounds like, you can watch this video.
Did you know that they’re carnivorous too?
In the wild, kookaburras are known to eat the young of other birds, mice, snakes, insects and small reptiles and other small birds, such as finches if they are lucky enough to catch them. In zoos, they are usually fed food for birds of prey, and dead baby chicks.
F*cking crazy birds.
“Let’s go to the Wallaby Walk!”
The back of the map has instructions on how to approach a wallaby or kangaroo. When you spot one, all you gotta do is approach (slowly) it with some wallaby kangaroo food in your palm and kneel down with your hand stretched out towards it. And it will come!
Of course, i sent out a recon first. Not that i was afraid or anything, it’s just fun to see Hoongmao take the first bait (ノ＞▽＜。)ノ
Saying bye to this little one to go feed another wallaby
Aren’t wallabies cute?
I’ve always wondered what’s the difference between wallabies and kangaroos since they look so much alike. The difference became obvious when i walked into the Wallaby Walk here in Moonlit Sanctuary and saw a wallaby for the first time. They’re so much tinier compared to a kangaroo!
But apparently, although wallabies are small, some can grow up to six feet in length from head to tail!
I got a rather feisty wallaby because it grabbed my hand with its claws!
It’s not painful, but the claws are quite sharp. I was giggling a lot because the feeling of an animal eating out of your hand and licking your palm is quite ticklish for me.
Also, it must’ve been mating season before because there were quite a number of wallabies with joeys in their pouches!
In case you didn’t know, wallabies are marsupials like many of the other Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas, wombats and Tasmanian devils. Marsupials are kinda like a subset of mammals. Their most distinctive trait is that they carry their young in pouches.
I thought this was a common knowledge, but somebody didn’t know of marsupials until we came to Australia. I’m not gonna say who, but it’s someone we all know here. Ahem.
This one looks like Donkey from Shrek!
You don’t have to worry about getting lost cause all you gotta do is stick to the trail! Watch out for poop, though. They’re everywhere.
Our path. And a gaggle of intimidating geese. Would you cross?
We crossed. The geese be cool.
By this time, we probably saw every animal there was at Moonlit Sanctuary. Except for the kangaroos. They were supposed to be roaming around freely, but we just couldn’t find them!
A bit disappointed, we went to have some tea to kill some time until our koala session.
Much to our surprise, we found the kangaroos after tea! They were right where the map said they would be. They must’ve just hopped into the area.
This time, i was the first to approach the kangaroos. With pleasure, too :D
Alas, it was time for our koala session!
The keeper had to pluck the little guy from his comfortable tree. Sorry koala, but your fans are waiting for you!
Finally! With the koala!
The keeper said we could take as many pictures as we want and do anything as long as we leave him on the branch and not touch his head. You can touch anywhere you want, but not his face.
Basically i could cuddle it as well :D
We had a good five minutes with the koala, but five minutes passes by so quickly when you’re busy and excited. I was running my fingers through its thick plush fur and petting it as if it was my pet cat.
But in the end, we had to part with the koala. Two girls came by squealing excitedly and we took it as a que to let others experience the koala up close too. I feel you, girls. I feel you.
If you’re looking for the same experience, then you should definitely come to Moonlit Sanctuary. It may be far, but i’d say it’s worth it. Plus on the way back to the city, we dropped by Chadstone and i went crazy at the Supre outlet over there :D
You know how when you’re going to travel to some place new for the first time, you make a list of things to do and places to visit, right?
Well when i found out that i will be going to Melbourne for the first time, i did the same too. It goes like this:
- Visit the zoo
- See a kangaroo
- Touch a koala
- Go to Supre
Besides number 4, everything else sounded ridiculous.
You see, Melbourne is an extremely urban city. I wouldn’t say it’s a place full of historical or cultural things to see cause i think of Melbourne as a place to have fun, eat, shop… you know, city stuff. And all i was adamant about was to see kangaroos and koalas.
Well, good news is that i managed to do all of the above and was able to leave Melbourne happy and contented.
Hoongmao and i visited the Melbourne Zoo on a beautiful Friday. After having brunch at Victoria Market, we proceeded to take a tram to the zoo. And if i’m not mistaken, it was our first time paying for tram tickets after all the rides we’ve hitched illegally :D
Honestly i don’t know what compelled me to want to visit the zoo. It’s not like it’s one of Melbourne’s main attractions or anything. I guess it’s because i’ve always had a liking for animals. As a kid, my favourite letter from the encyclopedia set was A because there was a huge section on Animals in it.
So yes, i guess i could say that i know a thing or two about animals in general. Ahem 8)
If you’re wondering what animal this is, it’s a tree kangaroo :D
Fluffy snow leopard
I was really impressed with the variety of animals they have in Melbourne Zoo. I’ve never seen so many big cats at one place before. Tigers, mountain lions, snow leopards… wow.
Unfortunately they’re heavily surrounded by safety wires and you most likely won’t be able to get a good picture of them. But i did manage to take one to show how fluffy a snow leopard’s tail is :D
Sad bear :<
We saw this huge enclosure that was supposed to be the home of a brown bear, but the bear was no where to be seen. We then spotted him at a corner from afar. Doesn’t he look so sad? :<
We went over to take a closer look from the window and i managed to get a picture of him looking up before hiding his face under the rock again.
This is the home of…
I don’t want to sound like a bimbo going nuts on cute and fuzzy animals but, aren’t they just adorable?!
I just can’t comprehend their cute behavior of standing up like that. And that little guy looking over on the left is just too cute.
Spotted a peacock wandering around
You get to see peacocks wandering around the zoo quite frequently. Did you know that the bird is actually called a peafowl?
Male peafowls are called peacocks, while female peafowls are called peahens.
Male birds have brighter and bolder colours than their female counterparts for attracting mates. Female birds are duller looking or has less distinctive markings because it’s easier for them to blend into the surroundings to protect their nest.
Oh nothing, just pointing out a giant seaweed
We saw a cute seal who was just done with his feeding time. I could tell he wanted more fish because he followed the zoo keeper all the way to the other side of the enclosure while barking.
Yes, the sound that a seal makes is called barking :D
No more fish :<
Can you guess which animal lives here?
Hey, little fellas!
These are little penguins, the smallest species of penguins. In Australia, they’re also called as fairy penguins because they’re so small. They’re also known as blue penguins in New Zealand because of they’re well, blue!
We stopped by a bistro for tea only to be harassed by these guys
Don’t they remind you of the gulls from Finding Nemo?
The birds don’t attack, but having a horde of them waiting around you sure is intimidating.
On to the next animal! It must’ve been my lucky day because we were just in time to see a zoo keeper feeding it!
The red panda!
Red pandas are extremely cute! They’re one of the few animals that can make me self-combust just by looking.
I’ve always wondered why are red pandas called red pandas when they don’t really resemble pandas at all. I’ve always thought that they look more like raccoons. True enough, after doing some research i found out that red pandas are actually more related to raccoons, skunks and weasels.
One of the few similarities that red pandas share with the pandas is the fact that they both eat bamboos. The name “panda” comes from the Nepalese word poonya, which means “eater of bamboo”.
Red pandas are such a joy to look at. If you look up red pandas on YouTube, i doubt you’ll find one that’s not cute. They also have an adorable way of walking because they’re front legs are actually shorter than the back.
They are also excellent climbers. A tree is a must-have in a red panda enclosure.
This shy little fella ran back up to his tree after eating. Can you spot him?
This other red panda just observed from his tree spot
I’m not really a fan of monkeys and chimps, but i gotta admit that they’re really smart. Almost all of the gorillas in the enclosure had their backs facing us, i guess cause they knew people were watching them and that they’re shy.
Spotted a peacock again
Ring-tailed lemur cuddling during the winter. Also, isn’t that King Julien? :D
Alas, it was time to see the famous Australian animals!
I was so excited to see a koala…
… but instead i found it snuggling tightly on a tree. I didn’t even get to see its face :<
Echidnas are found in Australia and New Guinea. They’re weird looking mammals with long snouts and spines. What’s even weirder is that they lay eggs! The echidna and platypus are the only mammals to lay eggs.
If you’re familiar with Sonic the Hedgehog, then you should know a famous echidna, Knuckles the Echidna! :D
A snuggling wombat
The emu, another animal native to Australia.
I have nothing much to say about it besides it being a very large bird. They were allowed to wander freely around the area, which i thought was pretty scary because they looked like they could peck you anytime.
Scared but curious, i had to have a picture with the emu.
Nearby the emus were the kangaroos. Now let me tell you the story of the emu and the kangaroo.
Since the emus were allowed to roam freely, this emu wandered into the kangaroos’ hangout spot.
Seeing that the emu was slowly walking towards him, this kangaroo got up and hopped over to the other side to have some nibbles while avoiding the emu.
Little did he know, the emu had food on its mind and slowly walked towards it. The emu sneaked up behind the kangaroo and suddenly… PECK!
He pecked the kangaroo right on the head!
The frightened kangaroo quickly hopped to a corner
And watched helplessly while the emu eats his food.
No f**ks were given by the other kangaroos.
The kangaroo was actually quite near to me, i wanted to try petting it but i was afraid that it might box me or something. Boxing kangaroos, don’t wanna find out what that looks like.
Anyway, that’s pretty much my zoo adventure. Of course they were lots more animals in the zoo, but i just picked out the interesting ones to share over here. I hope this post was both interesting and educational for you cause i too learned a new thing or two while writing this post :)
Alright so now that we’re all back from that holidaze, it’s time to get crackin’. I’m trying to clear out all my backdated posts so i’ll be posting stuff from way back. Stop giving me the dirty look, okay, i’m trying to change my blogging ways!
So anyway, one of main things we planned to do when we were at Melbourne couple years ago was to go snowboarding. Everyone except Hoongmao has never tried snowboarding before and he managed to convince all of us to make a trip up to Mt. Buller to try it.
I was actually a bit worried about going snowboarding because i was afraid i might hurt myself. But since Hoong made it sound like a really fun thing to do and i’ve never really played with snow before, i figured why not.
Now if you want to go up to Mt. Buller, there’s actually quite a few things you need to plan beforehand besides settling your accomodation. For instance:
- Transportation – how many people are going and what kind of car to rent?
- Equipment – you can either rent your skiing/snowboarding equipment from the city or Mt. Buller when you get there (the price differs)
- Supplies – how much food to bring up there if you’re planning to make use of the apartment’s kitchen (if you have one)
And most importantly, what time to leave the city. It takes approximately three hours to reach Mt. Buller from Melbourne.
Unfortunately for us, we pretty much failed in every point.
For starts, we began our day pretty late.
We rented our car and did our grocery shopping on the same day we were suppose to go up to Mt. Buller, which took quite some time even though we did them quickly. After some miscommunications here and there, we were finally on the road to Mt. Buller around 3pm.
It was already nightfall by the time we arrived at our destination. The journey up Mt. Buller was quite a scary one as we were driving on a windy road surrounded with tall trees… IN PITCH BLACK.
Our initial plan of “arriving there early” so that we could have half a day to familiarize ourselves with the snowboard was crumpled up into a paper ball just like that.
Since we didn’t really have a choice, we just settled in our cozy abode and called it a day.
We stayed at ABOM Apartments, which was really nice and clean. It had very good facilities from a nice tv to an array kitchen utensils, so we had no problem settling in.
Charmander the Cook :D
The next day, we did the same mistake of starting the day late again. Once again, our plan of renting our equipments and joining the snowboarding lesson early in the morning failed. I don’t know how could we be so irresponsible, but yeah.
Since we missed out on the snowboarding lessons, we had no choice but to just do the rambo and learn to snowboard the hard way. Imagine throwing a toddler into a pool without any floats to teach him how to swim. Yeah, it was like that.
Needless to say, it was quite a bad idea.
It was all good for Hoong because it was his second time and he has skateboarding experience cause he used to skate. The rest of us (namely, me) just spent the whole day face planting the snow and knee sliding down the hill.
Okay, let’s try again. Maybe we’ll get it this time.
I was at the brink of giving up. I went back to the apartment frustrated and sat for a bit. Then i thought, NO. I WILL NOT LET THE SNOWBOARD WIN.
So i went back out and strapped that bastard back onto my snowboarding shoes and took on the hill for the second time. I’m happy to say that i kinda got the hang of snowboarding on my second take. Unfortunately for me however, it was already towards the end of the day.
It was such a shame we only had two nights at Mt. Buller. It would’ve been better if we stayed for three nights instead. I’m pretty sure i could’ve done much better in snowboarding if i had another day.
But that was all the time we had, so we had to leave.
Journey down Mt. Buller
Little white dots of sheep
The countryside was such a scenic view. The blue skies and green hills make it look like a Windows XP wallpaper.
I definitely wanna try snowboarding again, but i’m not sure if we’ll go back to Mt. Buller. If we were to plan a snowboarding trip, it’ll definitely be at some place with really soft snow. And hopefully, i’ll do better without any possible injuries :)
So there i was going through my picture folder to select the next batch of pictures to edit for my blog. Hoongmao hovered over to my station and saw that i was getting started on the pictures from our Krabi holiday back in February ’12 and reminded me that i’ve still yet to finish my post on Melbourne.
He was right. And i was ashamed.
I can’t believe i’ve been putting this off since forever when it’s one of the most interesting things to blog about. And soon, it’s going to be a year since i went to Melbourne. Oh how time flies!
Going to Melbourne was one of my highlights of 2011. I can’t say enough about how it was such an experience for me – from the things that we saw and did to the food that we ate. Speaking of food, we ate so much that it’s only right to make a blog post dedicated to the food we ate at Melbourne.
Here are the food highlights we had in Melbourne.
The legendary Little Mekong
They say that Little Mekong has the best pho in the city and it seems like it’s been there since forever. When we were at Melbourne, there were many things that Hoongmao speaks of with such sentimental value. This was one of them.
But honestly it’s all the same to me. It’s delicious nonetheless, but i hardly compare the tastiness of food cause my taste buds are easily satisfied. Anything that’s good is good enough for me.
That’s the way i roll cause i’m quite the piglet (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
When we were at Melbourne, we also had a couple of good people to take us around for some food.
Like this one night when we had an Italian dinner at La Porchetta with Brandon and his kids. Another place that Hoong speaks of that’s just around Victoria Market.
Walking through Victoria Market
Again, i ate like a happy piglet.
Another friend took us to City Grill Room Steakhouse at Little Lonsdale Street for dinner one night. That dinner was perhaps the most expensive dinner during our entire trip. But nonetheless, that dinner was a good one.
Can’t go wrong with grilled food, especially when it’s meat!
This is the most delicious bread i’ve ever eaten. And it’s just bread, i know!
Delicious ribs as well ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
My pick for the night – lamb loin chops
Hoongmao’s Angus Porterhouse steak
It’s huge. It’s thick. It’s ANGUS.
And it’s downright the most expensive piece of meat that he’s ever eaten. So far, that is. It costed almost RM 200.
After dinner, we adjourned to this place nearby for drinks.
I was told that they serve bacon-flavoured beer here at Biero, so i was really looking forward to try it. You know how bacon excites me, right. Ahem. Unfortunately, it was sold out on the night we were there.
Oh well. I opted for cider instead and lucky me, there was one last bottle of cider left! :)
Rekorderlig – by far the sweetest cider i’ve had
Rekorderlig is a premium Swedish cider that comes in a variety of flavours like apple, pear, wild berries and so on. It has such a pleasant taste and it’s very easy to drink. Even Charmander (who doesn’t really fancy drinking) enjoyed drinking Rekorderlig.
Oh how i’d love to have some Rekorderlig again. However i don’t think we have it here in Malaysia :(
Hoong’s drink, which literally means ‘black’
This beer was brewed in Belgium by a brewer called Mikkeller. According to its description, it’s the strongest beer in Scandinavia. Apparently, this imperial stout is the craziest, wildest and strongest beer by Mikkeller to this date.
With ingredients such as roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast, this little badass of a beer has an alcohol content of 17.5%.
Needless to say, it tasted NASTY!
On another night, we went out with another group of friends from Hong Kong for dinner. They brought us to a really fancy restaurant somewhere in Chinatown.
Just how fancy was fancy?
Well let’s just say that the whole restaurant made us feel like we were at an extremely luxurious and posh restaurant in Shanghai. We even had our own room with our own seating area.
Sweet Jesus this snow crab was amazing ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
Needless to say, that too was one of our more expensive dinners.
Then there was one night when one of our friends, Ti (who is a Vietnamese), brought us somewhere off the city for some pho. She claimed that it’s better that Little Mekong’s. The boys were skeptical but i ate with an open heart as usual (｡’▽’｡)
Charmander giving a thumbs up for three colour drink cause it’s yumyums
So is it better than Little Mekong’s?
No idea cause they’re all good. LOL! But i did notice that the noodles here were a lot more slippery. I don’t know what does that say. And i have no idea where this little restaurant is cause we were being driven.
And just earlier on this very day, i went out to meet up with Jason and Cai Jin for brunch. We decided to meet at Animal Orchestra since it was nearby everyone.
Jason being silly as always
Chicken, potato and bacon soup
Mah roast beef panini ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
And somehow i think the cold weather has something to do with making my hair look more fabulous when it’s curled
Cai Jin! (and random angmoh posing behind, haha)
Fast forward to the part where Cai Jin walks me to Max Brenner at QV to meet Hoongmao!
Ermahgerddd why isn’t this is Malaysia yet? :(
In case you were wondering why the waffle looks like it’s been ravaged, that’s cause it was. I didn’t get a “before” picture of it cause i was at the washroom when it came to the table and Hoong just couldn’t resist.
And who could have…
Dinner date out at Stalactites with Hoongmao.
Stalactite is a Greek restaurant and it’s one of Melbourne’s longest established and well known restaurants right off Lonsdale Street.
Stalactite is famous for their souvlaki – a type of Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat on a skewer. Sometimes it comes wrapped in pita breed as well.
B x P
Hoong was in the process of growing his hair out （＾ｖ＾）
Homemade fish soup; fresh fish, rice and vegetables in a zesty lemon soup
Lamb souvlaki; tender lamb from the spit, crisp lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki all rolled in warm pita bread
Mixed giro platter; marinated spring lamb and chicken from the spit
Wonderful place for a carnivore like myself (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
Lunch at Kenzan @ GPO.
I think we were recommended to this place by Charmander and Ningku’s sister, Krystal. They had lunch at this place earlier and told us that Kenzan had really delicious rolls.
Kenzan @GPO is a very casual eating place that’s tucked in some where at Bourke Street. It’s a popular place for quick and quality lunches.
Rolls and rolls and rolls
Ramennn. I forgot what ramen it was but i didn’t really finish it and it was quite a big bowl of ramen
It’s cute how you have to roll your own seaweed. It’s relatively easily to do since they have explicit instructions.
And my goodness, their rolls are absolutely delicious! It’s fresh and tasty and the seaweed that’s wrapped around it is simply crispy.
I’d totally recommend this place to whoever that’s visiting Melbourne. It truly is a simple and casual place that provides quality Japanese food.
And last but not least, Victoria Market!
This post would not be complete if it didn’t feature Victoria Market. It is the place to be for breakfast. If you ever visit Melbourne, you have to visit Victoria Market in the morning. You have to.
It’s basically a mandatory place to visit at least once if you’re a foreigner in Melbourne. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with going to a place where there’s lots to see and eat. You’ll never know what you’ll find.
Like this huge crab we saw
Of course, there’s bound to be a couple of highlights to a popular spot like Victoria Market.
One of the attractions in Victoria Market – American Doughnut Kitchen
The American Doughnut Kitchen is a hippie-like van that sells hot jam doughnuts. According to their Facebook page, they been operating at Victoria Market since 1950.
I don’t always eat doughnuts, but when i did, i’m glad it was American Doughnut Kitchen’s jizztastic hot jam doughnuts.
My god. It’s the best doughnut i’ve ever had!
The doughnut is fluffy with the right amount of sugar coating outside, and the hot jam inside just delish.
You take one bite and everything around you goes into a blur. Surrounding noises become muffled and all you can hear is yourself going, “Mmm..”.
All while nodding approvingly at this little hot jam doughnut.
Alright, so i might be over exaggerating. But i did nod approvingly (and perhaps lovingly) at the doughnut.
Another attraction at Victoria Market would be Mezza Table’s boreks.
Boreks are Turkish baked pastries that are filled with yummy goodness like cheese, minced meat and whatnots.
I had the spinach and cheese while Hoongmao had the spicy lamb. Both of them were equally delicious, but i think i like my spinach and cheese better ( ´ ▽ ` )
We also met up with a fellow DJ friend of the boys during one of the mornings who brought us to this corner stall called Drago’s for breakfast.
They have burgers and pizzas and whatnots, but the real deal is the pork bratwurst sausage.
We asked for a hotdog with all the toppings, and we were presented with this magnificent thing:
It be huge!
There is no way you can eat this thing like a lady. Ahem. Well at least i tried.
Just outside Drago’s
LCK & Bass Agents
And that probably sums up all the food we ate at Melbourne! I really miss it there. Although food here in Malaysia is good, the food there is just different compared to here.
I just don’t understand how Cai Jin can live there and eat so much without turning into a walrus!
Here comes the much delayed post about my trip to Melbourne. I can’t exactly say what took me so long, but all i know for sure is that i’ve put in quite a lot of effort in editing these pictures.
As Boromir would say, “One does not simply edit pictures”.
Also it took really long to come up with this post cause i have loads of pictures from all over the place, so i had a tough time deciding how am i gonna go about this. Well, i’ve decided to split everything up so there’ll be more posts about my trip ;)
So anyway, back to talking bout Melbourne. In August 2011, i went to Melbourne for the first time.
I’m really glad that i went for this trip. At first, i was sure about not wanting to go because the trip would be really expensive, considering the fact that the trip will be almost two weeks long.
But after some persuasion and consideration, i decided to go after all. And it turned out to be one of the best decisions that i’ve ever made.
BabyGiap and Fei Sing
Of course there were a lot of things to sort out before i left Malaysia. School stuff, mostly. I had to explain to my lecturers and group mates bout why i’ll be missing during presentation week. They all didn’t understand why i chose to travel in the middle of the semester, but thank goodness they approved of my absence nonetheless.
Anyway, it was my first long flight to somewhere out of the country. BabyGiap and Fei Sing were my guardians-slash-escorts to Melbourne as rest were already in Australia for a gig in Sydney a couple of days earlier.
When i finally arrived at the airport in Melbourne and took my first step into the outdoors, i felt like i needed time to take in everything.
The rush of cold wind against my bare face as i stepped out and fresh crisp air that accompanied it, the sky with the prettiest gradient of blue coupled with some white fluffy clouds here and there, and the simple yet stunning scenery during our cab ride to the hotel.
It was all foreign, yet exciting. It felt surreal.
My first few hours in Melbourne was spent with Jason and Cai Jin since i had a couple of hours to myself until Hoongmao and the rest arrives from Sydney. So by being the new kid in town, Cai Jin and Jason were both obligated to take me out. You know, as a welcome gesture.
Good thing i bought a prepaid the first thing i arrived :)
Another good thing is that we’re all living in the city and we’re just minutes walk away from each other. But even so, i didn’t really get to see them as often as i’d want to cause they both had classes during the weekdays.
But nonetheless, it was nice to see familiar faces after landing at a completely foreign place.
First meal at Melbourne – ox tongue rice from Menya
Cai Jin brought me to her place after lunch. The view from her place is amazing, don’t you agree?
This is the service apartment we lived at for our entire stay at Melbourne. It’s located at Franklin Street, which makes it the best place to stay given the price for accommodation.
Our humble unit
Well it may not be as glamourous as some people would like it to be, but really it’s not bad at all. I got used to it just fine cause the place was clean.
Besides, the four of us lived pretty much in harmony considering the fact that the we only had one bathroom. Amazing, innit?
Evening view from our balcony
There wasn’t really a need for public transportation since we were located at Franklin Street. Places like Melbourne Central and Victoria Market were just a walking distance away so it was really convenient.
Plus, why would you wanna take public transport when the weather is perfect for walking?
Coop’s Shot Tower in Melbourne Central; est. 1888
There’s also a place in Melbourne Central called Cho Gao that we went to for drinks pretty often. I’m sure Malaysians studying over at Melbourne would know this place.
We’d always sit outside at the balcony. The weather makes beer drinking so much more enjoyable cause with a weather like that, the beer is always cold.
So we walked most of the time. We took transportation only when we’re going to some place outside the city center.
It pretty easy to navigate around the city too. I could even walk to Melbourne Central alone the day after i first arrived in Melbourne just to get my uggs before heading up to Mt. Buller.
Speaking of uggs, they’re actually pretty useful. I thought i’d only wear them up in the mountain cause of the snow, but i ended up wearing them when we were back in the city too cause it gets really cold at night.
But really, the best way to explore new places is by walking.
Taken during my morning walk to Melbourne Central
At an ally nearby
Spotted an Invader
We started our first night in Melbourne with a blast at a Pure Hard Dance (PHD) party at Inflation. It was my first time going to an underground club so it was quite an eye opener. And i got to see real Melbourne shufflers :D