Sunday, December 23, 2012

Of Sun, Sand and Surf!

Our Australia trip continued with our next stop which is famous for its sun, sand and surf and it's none other than............GOLD COAST!! Nope..not the one in Sepang.

Awesome awesome coast line from the air!

True to its fame, our days in Gold Coast was really different from Melbourne and Sydney. Besides the strong wind, the temperature was just nice and most importantly, we stayed at Beachcomber serviced apartment which is located less than 5 minutes walk to Surfers Paradise! :D

Hotels, hotels and more hotels along the coast.

Gold Coast is such a chillaxing place. Everyone here seems to be on holiday mood..despite that there are so many high-rise buildings, to me, my days there didn't feel like I was in a concrete jungle like how I feel when I'm in KL.

Properties by the lake, anyone?

Love how the water is so clear..everywhere!

Definitely a beach holiday place!

The plate says: Queensland - The Smart State

After checking in, we wasted no time to get to the Surfers Paradise. Meanwhile, dropping by a local restaurant for fish and chips!

But we were not alone on the beach...we have visitors.

The seagulls. I don't like them!!!

This is me on the lookout for them. :(

I couldn't even eat in peace because they were prying on our fish and chips!!! >:(

After that most of the time was spent chilling on the beach with really strong winds.

Babe with 2 hot Singaporean chicks behind.

Kinda crowded though.

Bringing some sand back. :P

The sand in Surfers Paradise is rather fine but the most annoying thing I'd say is still the seagulls. I can't tell if I'm sunbathing with bird poops in the sand or not but it looks clean la so wth..

Because we reached Gold Coast after lunch, we didn't do anything worthwhile (eg: visiting Movie World, Seaworld etc.) besides exploring the nearby shops and malls.

We bought the unlimited travel shuttle so we can just go to and fro the airport and sight-seeings places. For dinner, we took the shuttle to The Oasis mall, located slightly further away from the Surfers Paradise.

Having lunch at a local restaurant.

My dinner! Oh so small....I didn't notice that it's an appetizer but it's tasty though!

After that, we spent some time doing souvenir shopping but to be honest, at a moment it felt like a dead city because the roads became quiet and there were much less people around....this is not how I have always thought Gold Coast is!!! It should feel more happening!!!! :(

Part of the mall.

Had some gelato before heading back.

When I was browsing through our pics in Australia..I noticed most of the photos taken have my face in them. Oh well, can't help it since I lost my camera before the trip even please bear with me. :S


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

It feels you're coming back too soon this year. Indeed time flies and I'm actually glad that 'tis the season to be jolly again.

This year, I haven't been a really nice girl. In fact, I feel like I've been the worst I've ever been. Obnoxious, selfish, impatient, bad tempered, materialistic and every other negative characteristic you can think of, I'm probably all that this year.

To say it's a bad year would be wrong, as this year I managed to fulfill a lot of my wishes. I traveled to 3 different countries (going to be 4 by end of this year), I make enough money to make myself happy (hopefully my parents too), I have girlfriends who I can count on in KL, I bought a lot stuffs I wanted for a very long time, I make skincare products as my bff, and I get to be with the person I've always wanted to be with for the past 8 years.

But above all that, I've lost. A tremendous amount of love. Because I've been a bad girl this year, Santa, I'm always constantly breaking the hearts of the ones I love. I think that material things would make me happier (well, to say the least, they did make me happy albeit for a short while) but I was wrong. At the end of the day, I realize those things can't talk to me. They make me feel happy on the outside but not on the inside. They get me the attention I crave for but not from the people I love and care.

Santa, there's just one wish I want this year. I want the people who love me to be happy. I know it sounds cliche but there is a person who is always there for me throughout this year, through all my ups and downs and through all the pain I've given him yet he never gives up on me. I have been unfair to I hope that you'll be able to make him happy. :) 

PS: Also, thank you for the Dior lipstick!! Oh, scratch that.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Day With Furry Animals & Ferry Penguins

Day 2 in Australia was even amazing. My mentor recommended to me a local tour in Melbourne known as Bunyip Tour, which offers a variety of tour packages.
Babe and I booked one of the packages in advance which included a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island and the most exciting part was the Phillip Island where we can see cute penguins coming back from work! :D

Started the day off with a cuppa coffee in Pie Face. Pie Face reminded me a lot of Pret a Manger in London..they're everywhere!

The van from the tour came and picked us up right in front of the place we stayed. Awesome choice I tell you!

Staring blankly at the clouds while on the way to Moonlit Sanctuary.

Located at about 2 hours away from the Melbourne city, we finally reached Moonlit Sanctuary!

Moonlit Sanctuary or Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is a 25-acre biopark within the Pearcedale Conservation Park located at Pearcedale on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne Australia.

I obviously wiki-ed that.

What I like about this place is that the animals such as wallabies, kangaroos, ducks are allowed to roam freely!
Although obviously birds are caged but the main reason why I wanted to go there was for the koalas, wallabies and kangaroos!
I mean, what is visiting Australia without seeing them??! 

Yooo, waddup?

We bought some pellets to feed the wallabies and kangaroos! :)

See the baby kangaroo in mummy's pouch? So adorable.....

They must be really used to humans because they are not afraid of us at all!
All we did was sprinkle some food over to let them know we have food then they'll eventually hop cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Part of the scenery. I was hoping the spring/summer season would be greener but oh well, Australia is a desert anyway.

Next up is to cuddle the koala!!........well I didn't really cuddle because I was afraid of its claws...

AUD10 to cuddle a koala. :) It was worth it.

After that, we stopped by Churchill Island Heritage Farm. We got to see how sheeps are sheared, adorable working dog chasing after sheeps and turkeys and the beautiful scenery along the coast.

Watcha looking at? Mekkkkkkk

Poor sheep. But shearing is for their own good! :)

Babe playing with Zaphyr, the new working dog at the farm. Very obedient indeed!

With love.

Love the random flowers along the walkway.

Doing some stunts with the beautiful scenery behind us! :)

While on our way to the Koala Conservation Park, we stopped by the Woolamai Beach. It was windy as hell.

You can actually see the sand particles being blown by the strong wind... :-/

As the wind was not too friendly, most of the tourists stayed in the van while some daredevils made it all the way to beach. It didn't take long before we left for our next stop - the Koala Conservation Park!

In my opinion, the conservation park is quite a......erm boring place. But it's nice to see the koala in their natural habitat. But if you don't look carefully, you won't even know where they're hiding at!

Koalas probably sleeping. They sleep for like 20 hours a day? =.=

Had our simple tea time there, sandwiches + coffee/tea. I was already asking Babe when we are going to reach the Phillip Island!

Spotted cute grasses while on our way to see the penguins.

Stopped by an observation deck which overlooks the beautiful ocean. As usual chilly and windy. I look like that in most of the photos taken there. :-/

Sigh...isn't this pretty? Looks like icebergs!

Finally, we reached Phillip Island to watch the Penguin Parade! I was really hyped up and so was everyone else!
We were told that taking photos of the penguins while they're walking back from the shore will cause them to puke out their food and their chicks will not get any food to eat. :S
So we didn't manage to take any photos of the penguins but I swear they were soooooo adorable and we were like only 30cm apart??

So we ended snapping photos with soft toys. :P

That was most probably the highlight of our time in Melbourne. Less than 3 days but I was already hoping that I could actually live and work there! :S

Wearing Melbourne Uni hoodie because I can. :P

To make our last day in Melbourne count, we decided to have breakfast at The Hardware Sociéte - a famous place for brunch as recommended by Tracy.

I had scrambled egg

Breakfast done, it's time to head to our next destination. :D But before that we managed to drop by their famous Koko Black chocolate shop to satisfy some chocolaty craving! :D

Koko Black!

Sweet tooth Babe couldn't resist and bought a few truffles. :D

Walking back to the apartment to wait for airport transfer.

Bye, Melbourne! I'll come back again!


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