Perth ’17.

hellooooooo!!!! once again.

After so long finally, I am flying out of Singapore again for a short holiday.

And this time, it’s back to downunder. Last year around the same time, we were at Sydney. It was basically exploring the city by foot and public transport! It is different this time, we gamely challenged ourselves to explore the outskirts of Perth by car! It was really hard on my younger bro, A as he did the driving all by himself! There were trips that lasted 2 hours, 2.5 hours and then 3.5 hours! It was a daunting experience both for the driver and the passengers, because it was our first time driving by ourselves on a foreign land. Fortunately, it wasn’t the first time for A.

Whilst feeling bored on the plane, we entertained ourselves with selfies and whatnots.

We landed at Perth airport in the evening about 6ish but it was like 8pm in SG. We bought our prepaid sim cards, and collected our rental car and then we were headed for the rented apartment.

That was how our rented apartment looks like. It was so dark outside that we almost got lost at the neighbourhood before finally locating the apartment. Look at the narrow spiral staircase, that was the nightmare for 4 nights!

That’s A driving while I sat on the back seat.

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Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park was a 2.5 hours drive from Perth city. And this is my first time entering a desert! Unbelievable and in awe of God’s amazing creation. Those standing rocks are limestones structures that have formed naturally from the surrounding environment 30,000 years ago. Read more at this link here.

This was Jurien Bay along the Indian Ocean drive. Magnificent view and there is a small fishing village town called Cervantes which you can pop by while visiting Nambung National Park.

Caversham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with farm shows and animal feeding shows. You will get to see koalas, kangaroos AND wombats, and of course other animals. They claimed to have about 200 species on their website.

This was the scenic view we saw on our way back when we attempted to experience the zig zag drive. It was like driving on a narrow road round a mountain.

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A very expensive but delicious lunch at the Watershed Winery with such a cool vineyard backdrop.

This was Kings Park and Botanical Garden in the Perth city. We had such a wonderful breakfast at the cafe in the park. This park was huge and it offers magnificent views of the Perth city.

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So I have come to the end of this entry and hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I do. 5D4N was short and it could have been longer with more places to be explore but despite the tight schedule, A has shortlisted this places for its popular reviews written all over the Internet. Do share with me if you have visited other places which was equally as fantastic as these places.

Adios!

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Sydney Autumn 2016.

Finally, my holiday is here! After my last holiday trip which ended in October last year, i was already feeling tired from work and all the daily stuff.. I hadn’t plan to visit Sydney at all thinking that it’s but another city alike Singapore. But as I was looking at the promotional airfares, I thought hey! maybe i could give Sydney a chance.. and here I come!

I was a little hesitant initially, being aware of the terrorist attack news there lately, but as I had been to Melbourne before (and fell in love with the city there), I thought its fair to give this beautiful place a visit. So true enough, it surprises me. 😙

This was the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, although it was so far away from us but we could spot a few groups of bridge climbers on top of the bridge at that time!

 

We even tried to capture both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House together in a picture.. camera angles are very important!

The Grounds of Alexandria is a farm theme inspired cafe situated in the middle of an industrial area in Sydney. It was more accessible by car / taxis than by foot as we had to  walk a few miles only then to arrive here. It was very crowded too, so do make reservations if you are going there for a meal!

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This was the interior of Central Station, so wished our train stations are like that too haha! Impressive architecture!

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I love spacious places..  and it’s something we do not have here in SG.

This was Leura Garage cafe. Cannot remember if it was a garage transformed into a cafe or it’s just a garage theme cafe. They even serve rainwater as a form of beverage. LoL.

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We took a long distance train from Sydney to Katoomba. Then we bought the day pass @ $40++ /pax which gave us unlimited rides around Blue Mountains National Park! Be warned, beautiful scenery pics coming up.

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Nice? That’s the legendary 3 sisters. 😀

Some hiking was required at some areas since it’s a national park. Btw, it was pretty cold up here in the mountains so it’s always good to bring along an extra jacket!

 

Poor mum, we were pretty worried about her knees not able to take the load of hiking upwards.

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This was @ Sublime Point Lookout.

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Beautiful scenery!

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This picture is proof that we went during the autumn season!

We also spent some time exploring the city and the CBD area, there’s this mix of rustic and modern feel around the city when we saw modern and old architecture located just side by side! The clock tower reminds me of London’s Big Ben.

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Lots of walking about although the train stations are nearby. Besides St James Station is Sydney’s own Hyde Park.

 

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Bondi Beach was pretty accessible. We took a bus there and we had brunch at one of the cafes along the street opposite the beach. Highly instagrammable food as you can see.

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And the instafamous Bondi Icebergs swimming pool is just by the ocean.

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Another highly instagrammable shot. Hehe

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We took to the challenge of doing the coastal walk, enjoying the scenery and of course the sea breeze!

 

Decided to take a cliff shot, although it is not advisable because of the risk of falling rocks or a careless step, I may end up swimming in the deep blue ocean.

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Remembering that this was the last meal that we had on the last day before we caught our plane back to SG.

Last but not least, I would say “Kudos!” to the subway network in Sydney, I must say it was a pleasant smooth experience for us travelling with the Opal cards. I learnt that although Australia is one big country, the different cities uses different transport companies and therefore, just like in Melbourne, use the Myki cards. Melbourne was confusing with the Zones 1 or 2. If you visit Melbourne, you will understand what I mean.

Melbourne 2012.

the last week of winter was still really cold..


Hello mate!

For the past 1 week i spent in Melbourne, the most common word/phrase I have heard among conversations between a local and anybody is, “Hi mate!”, “Thanks mate!”. And so… i managed to catch the last week of winter in chilly melbourne this year before it fades away. If you’d know my instagram handle, you will be seeing some of them in this post later on!

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#1 just woke up from an evening flight..

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#2 Had a quick brunch because by the time we pass the immigration etc it was 11am already!
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#3 the cabbie who drove us to our hotel..

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#4 alot of interesting graffiti art displayed on the streets.


#5 another back alley that is so art-driven :O


#6 i had randomly tried panning shots with the occasional taxi that came by the st kilda stretch..


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#8 jump shots at st kilda beach.. the beach that day really did not do justice to the gd weather days!


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#10 my sister and her friend who had stayed here for quite some time due to studies commitment, she showed us around the university of Melbourne which was said to look very harry potter castle-like!

#11 ♡ the bare willow trees.. they always have this awfully romantic feeling to it.. 😛


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#14 I really dunno who hung their shoes up there.. but we had fun getting to know all those funny street names! I guess the only confusing part of moving around there was all the  street names on every little or long streets.


#15 group photo with A whom we had to got befriend during the day tour to Mr. Buller. We thought she was pretty brave to be traveling alone by herself here for 10 days.

#16 quite liking this picture that my sis took for me. 🙂


#17 before the tobogganing begins..


#18 very old vintage Volkswagen van we saw along the Esplanade market at St Kilda’s.


#19 the awesome jetty view at St Kilda beach


#20 finale pix to end this post.. this is the awesome view from our hotel room. Just in case you have not heard of, the night ends very early at about 5pm at this part of the globe and the streets became very quiet and empty especially in this part of the Preston suburb.