Firstly I would like to thank Air Asia for the smooth flight. The attendants were pretty and ever so helpful. Though I suspect they tilted my drooping head back to my seat from the aisle from my own safety. Thus far no one has been decapitated by a trolley in a plane before. And let's keep it that way.
- Drink plenty of water. Waking up with a desert in your throat is not fun. Your skin will thank you as well.
- Have a warm jacket with hoodie or a blanket. You lose a lot of body heat through your head so keeping your noggin all wrapped up keeps you warm and fuzzy.
- Eye mask and ear plugs. these will be life savers if you are a light sleeper. Some passengers may prefer to stay up with their reading lights on or perhaps some parent maybe having trouble putting their babe to sleep.
So we arrived safely. At the airport we were nervous as many kind hearts have warned us of the perils of Melbourne customs. We were ready, not. All we had was some ginseng powder meant as gifts and some Skittle which Ben had bought before departure. We were debating for a good 10 minutes if we should abandon the sweets in the bin. We put on our puppy face after the long queue and declared our 2 items. Just like that we were released with out any hesitation except on our part. I actually asked "Is that it?" as I eyed some ladies frantically undoing their suitcases.
So we were picked up by Ben's cousin. The temperature was 17 degrees Celsius. It was a summers day. Fortunately many kind hearts also warned us of the capricious weather in Melbourne but secretly, I thoroughly enjoyed the drop in temperature.
First stop, breakfast. I love the name Lygon Street. Unofficially the little Italy of Melbourne, the name conjures up the thoughts of Harry Potter. Perhaps if I were to wander fast enough into a brick wall, I might be transported! Of course I was not
Typically Malaysians aren't we?
Off we go to the Melbourne city.
So now YOU know and I hope you will avoid the mistake I made.
Littered all over Melbourne city there are many buskers around. But that doesn't mean you can break out your bass to lay some mean beats. You need a special permit for that. But , you can show your appreciation by enjoying their talent and tipping them.
At that very corner you can get horse rides from the gentleman or the cowboy. Your pick. It's around AUD100 for a 30 minutes ride around the city. pricey? but it's okay that's for the whole carriage so you can split it with 4-6 person.
Our relatives we're so nice to offer their home in the suburb for our stay. So yeah, no hotel reviews for this trip, sorry.
One thing I noticed about the real estate in Melbourne suburbs are that they are so different.
You see clean modern architecture next too cosy cottage styles. I really like the diversity and the public transport system are so efficient though a lil pricey unless you have a myki
So here is a look at our cousins garden.
Warning, plants here seem to be on steroids.
And if this is average, where are the larger ones?!
Occupying ourselves with new senses, before we knew it, it was dinner time.
During summer, the sun lingers longer in the sky. Sun rise is as early as 4am and sunset as late as 8pm For someone like me whose circadian cycle is controlled by the sun, it really messed me up. But in a good way.
172 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3067, Australia
Spring roll with savoury dipping sauce.
Banh xeo , Vietnamese pancake with prawn and pork filling
The food there was nice though do look through the fresh lettuce leaves. They are so fresh that they might have brought some friends along from the farm. The service was fast ant the waiter very funny.
Next was a short drive to St Kilda.
The 1st night was really cold there. Imagine sleeping over in cold Genting or Cameron highlands. It was so cold that I had a nightmare.
I awoke, in my said nightmare, back in Malaysia. The very same dream I had in my 1st day in Japan. I vividly remember how real it felt and actually willed myself to awake again but in reality in Japan before and now Australia. Talk about inception right? If you can, lay some fluffy slippers under your pillow the night before. When you awake in the chilly morning, just slip out the pre-warmed slippers and put them on. Your feet will thank you but unless you have a heated toilet seat, you're bound to feel the chill in a very intimate way.
Next post, Glow in a bikini at the hot spring, real life Farmville and making new friends. Do stay tuned as I have some tips aside from the usually touristy advice. See you in 2 days time.