So it's day 3 of our visit. Today we will go about town and meet up with the ever beautiful and lovely Ms Violet Le Beaux and James.
Our 1st bus ride.
Bus stations in suburbia Melbourne are different from Malaysia. In Malaysia all the bus will stop at every station but here, certain bus stops are for certain buses. We only realised that after 30 minutes after a bus driver gave us a perplexed look as we waved him good bye and have a nice day. After calling our cousins we found out how silly we were and went around the corner just in time to catch your bus. Phew...
The Indoor Clock Tower
The rendezvous point was a place called he Clock Tower. So our bus stopped at Melb Central and we looked around and around for a clock tower. No luck. A call later, we were directed to a pointy building. Turns out it wasn't a tower with a clock we were looking for. In order to preserve the local heritage, modern buildings are often built to shelter the old ones as it is against the law to demolish them. In this case, it was a building that use to house firearms and it has a tower but sans clack. the clock? Next to it. Took me awhile to get this but I guess it was easier to call it the clock tower than Fire arm tower with clock at the side.
It took us awhile but I spotted a fluff of cotton candy from a far and squealed to Teddy Ben "That's her!" After a hug and formal introduction we all agreed that it was time for lunch.
Off we went to Grill'd as both Ben and James share a strong affinity for meat. Yes our men are carnivorous. The portion was great and the layers distinct. You can vividly see the layers of cheese vege and meat. Often in Malaysia only a few slivers are put for the sake of the recipe but here, there is a good omnivorous balance. And some items come pre stabbed!
After a hearty meal off we went for some exercises. By exercise I mean play time as we headed to the arcade. James and Violet are the Lord and Lady of the arcade as they have many strategies on tackling The Claw. This is the kawaii neko that I *cough cough* won...from Violet. I totally failed at playing the claw machine and Violet was so nice to give me this cute little fella which she got on her 1st try! She is awesome!
We even tried out the purikura machine. It was loads of fun but warning, it takes a lot of skills to master the art of purikura. I think we need more training as we weren't ready for a few of the shots.
Next it's time to head out for a walk about. It's was near Christmas and you can see it everywhere.
A building as a present? Why thank you. It was fun to play with the Christmas decorations. But there was one display which played ominous voices of kids singing. It literally made us jumped when we 1st heard it.
Took the necessarily tourist photographs to prove that we were there.
I love all the architecture there. So intricate and interesting. And pointy too. I could spend hours just walking around with my head in the air. But I would not recommend you do that without supervision as you could get into trouble, they have a lot of horses there as you can see from this post
The skyline. I think the orange flag is funny.
A little art I made. It's not magic, or glue. It's PHYSICS! According to James, there was a girl there a few days back where she made a whole portrait with leaves!
Later we met up with Bens cousins and we headed for some Korean dining.
I simply love the fact that Koreans have so many side dishes. In some restaurants in KL they even provide free refillable! Not here though.
Lovely hotpot for the cold weather. Sort of reminds me of our Steam boats sessions.
My favourite Bibimbap. Healthy and yummy too.
Heavenly Bulgogi! Sort of the Yakiniku of the Korean world. Succulent and savoury beef strips.
This tea is perplexing. Called corn tea, it taste just like popcorn! I think it's something we can do at home.
After that it was Japanese crepe time as Ben told a few depressing stories and made Violet feel so sad, me too actually, so we all got some crepe as desert. Nothing quite like crepe to cheer someone up.
We spent the rest of your time just sitting on the grass enjoying our crepe. Even spotted a home made bong but we didn't dare approach it.. It was such a lovely day spent with wonderful people.
Check out this awesome video Ms Violet made! Don't forget to check out her side of the story and how she tried to convince us to move to Melbourne! Real smooth... HERE ^^