Releasing Turtles In Cherating!

 

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Hello everybody!

This is going to be a fairly interesting post that I believe most of the animal loving adventure seekers will like to read about. It’s one of my favorite experiences with relevance to animals by far. Before we go further, just a quick recap on what led us here at Cherating during the weekend. My family and I went for a getaway to spend omoni’s birthday away from the hustle bustle of the city. We looked up places to stay and found there to be the Impiana Hotel, apart from Club Med. The rest seemed to have less good reviews so we decided on Impiana Resort at last.

It was a smooth 3 hour ride with short stops in between. It’s been awhile since I took the back seat (pun intended) so it felt absolutely luxurious to sleep like Business Class at the back of my dad’s ride with an airline blanket draped all over me.  We first got to the restaurant in the resort because we skipped breakfast as we headed out late from home!

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I stared at this photo for so long because I’m so amazed at the clarity!

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I was in the mood for lasagna this morning and when this came I was even hungrier! It looks SO good. But one bite into it, I ate 4-5 more and left it aside. It was hands down the worst lasagne I’ve ever had. Never ever order this.

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We took a stroll around the empty resort on a Friday afternoon. Nobody was there  - we had the beach to ourselves and found this little tyre to play with.

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Happy dad

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Excited omoni

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Scared Natalie

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 Got to learn the hang of it after a few times – but it takes alot of arm strength, which I have none of.

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They also had this area full of flags. Someone can enlighten me  on what this area is probably for if not to see if there’s wind.

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Probably a good place to take photos, I thought.

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We rented bikes for RM 25 for two hours. It seemed like it was going to rain so we asked if we could do a hour, and come back the next day to redeem. The staff kindly said YES! We ended up using all two hours anyway. It was also a good reunion with my Biking Balance. It’s been a year since I’ve been no a bicycle.

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Clearly edited the colour of the photo but only cause I always love red and green put together in photos!

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They also had this place where you could play handball/volleyball by the beach. The place was really SO empty I could take shots like these.

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She said “Don’t take my photo!”. I did.

We walked around the area for quite a bit waiting for 6.45PM because we had booked to release little sea turtles back into the sea for RM 15 each. My parents, brother and I all got one to release so at least we let four into its nature. At first I was completely stoked to be doing this for them – it made me feel very happy! Money also goes to charity, to the preservation of the turtles from Club Med so it was a super feel good activity to do. I was wondering where’d they get the turtles for us, turned out they were keeping these babies in a chiller box to be chosen by the releasers everyday. There was easily about 30-40 of them in the box and we were even wondering if there was a package price to release ALL of these babies into the sea at once.

We were to wait till release time so that the sky is no longer as bright in order to prevent possible predators to see the babies when they are at sea and get them killed. So we had some dessert about half an hour before activity time.

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We got two ice kacangs and man, were they huge! Only at RM 10 each. In a resort, I must say that’s a pretty good price

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 Absolutely huge – we could have just ordered one to share.

And then it was time to release the baby sea turtles! Little penyu’s we call them. You don’t always get to do this all year round, there are seasons. We apparently just missed the egg laying season where you can all wake up early in the morning (or stay late enough) to watch the mother turtle come on shore to lay eggs. These turtles apparently always come back to where they were born and released, and everytime they lay eggs they always tear cause of the pain.

All of us who signed up gathered around the staff who gave us a short brief on the turtles. On this day, there were about 7 turtles that was scheduled to be released. They put in about 10 in that pale and we all had to choose one that we wanted to release. The remaining ones I felt horrible for leaving them there, but how many can you let go?

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They were only about 4 days old

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 He was telling us how the stomach is very fragile so we should all only hold the turtles by the side of its shell. Hold it vertically, not horizontally in between your finger tips.

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 I’m not a turtle expert, but doesn’t its eyes look slightly under developed? Like a layer still hasn’t fully peeled off yet.

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Then it was time to choose the turtles of our choice. When it comes to these things I always think a little too far back, and imagine maybe this turtle’s spirit has saved me from past life and now I am the chosen on to return the favor to release it back into nature pfft. Do you all think like this too? Or maybe I’m just crazy.

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Don’t worr we did not torture the turtles! Photo taking session was only about a minute before we had to quickly release them into the sea

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 My little chosen one. It was so active, waddling and pushing away my fingers with all its might! Strong one

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I think it’s quite funny how people distant themselves from animals when they are picking it up!

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Mom’s lazy little turtle, not even struggling to paddle out from grasp

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And then it was time to go!

Honestly I felt a little melancholy because we were briefed that their chance of living is even lesser than 5%. This is because they are still too young and do not know how to dive into the water and save themselves from danger. Letting them out into the sea only leaves them prone to predators like flying eagles or sea creatures from below who can gobble them up in a second. I really wanted to release the rest of the turtles in the chiller box earlier, but having heard this I just wanted to give them a little more time to grow up so that the develop diving skills. But this is nature, and they only belong here.

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Ready! Get set! Go!

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My little one charging forth, the first among the crowd. Hopefully its a good sign of its survival! /teary

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This was mom’s and one of it’s legs seemed to not be working so it slowly trampled its way towards the sounds of the ocean. I was THIS close to picking it up and swapping it with another. How can you let a slightly disabled one into the sea just like that? I was stopped, but honestly felt wished so hard inside that it would survive!

 

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The closer it got into the ocean, the faster it paddled it way! Back home.

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And then a wave came by, and ALL of them got swept and pulled into the ocean. You can still see one of its heads popping up at the centre of the photo.That little dot black there. So happy to see its head poking out like that. It was goodbye.

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Another wave crashed and they were all finally out of sight. We said our final goodbyes and wished them the best!

Went to bed that night wondering if my little turtle was still alive – and I have a strong feeling it was.

Absolutely one of the more interesting things I’ve done lately – hopefully you care to try it out at least once too.

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Pre-Halloweens @ Connection Pavilion

 

 

 

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Hello all – this must be one of my most updated posts in forever. Haven’t been so efficient in blogging for years – still remember the days when I used to come home all tired from an event and still blogged about it before i went to bed. That was how dedicated I was to blogging! But anyway, the special occasion of pronto bloggerizza today is because we had a very special treat by Pavilion KLand if I’m late the season will be over but I must share some few yummy treats with you guys.

One of my favorite PJ peeps came all over to KL so we can have some nom nom at Connection in Pavilion KL (the  level that has the bridge connecting to KLCC!). I seldom get to the area at night because it gets a little crowded but for those who loves people watching the place is perfect for you! Johnny Rockets also recently opened so we could hear the crew dancing to Gangnam Style every 30 minutes. Got to know that the place closes at 3AM unlike any other corner in Pavi - makes sense, with all the pubs in the area.

We first went to Michelangelo’s for some drinks. We were introduced to their latest Halloween cocktail, the Green Goblin’s Snot (RM 18.90)! It had Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Lime and a secret ingredient that was SO well blended I couldn’t taste it.  It was my biggest enemy of all ingredients but you couldn’t taste it at all! We took so much time just taking photos of the drinks looking at it – the ghory eyeballs was, I must say, quite an interesting to start of the evening.

 

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 Green Goblin Snot @ Michaelangelo’s

We spent about 40 minutes in there and some were already getting a little tipsy. The thing about our group is that I think we all don’t have high tolerance of alcohol so we were already toning down from controlling the alcohol from getting to us or either just extremely giddy and happy! Stopped for a group photo with the deco’s at the area. The team asked for a funny photo and this was our best shot. Do you see the little happy pumpkin lanterns on top?

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Better view of them!

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If you hashtag #freakorfeast your photo goes up to the extremely huge screen in Pavi!

For free proposal screen hoggers this is it! This is your chance!

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After all the photo hooha ,we made our way to Morganfield’s for our main course above Michaelangelo.

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 We took the Ham Ó’Ween set and oh boy that lamb was SO filling! Exactly like the photo there were three slobs of lamb for you to grind on – but for those who wanna take this set, you may have to make sure you’re there with a group of quality friends because they took pretty long to serve our table of 10.

 

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Waiting for our meals, we all had a round of pumpkin soup to suit the Halloween party theme.

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And a round of  fruit punch that consists of lime kiwi and strawberry! My absolute FAVORITE combination of fruits apart from banana strawberry. I WILL order this the next time I come here.

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Main course of finally came after SO many conversations. I loved how it tasted but there was just a little bit too much of fats in my serving. Loved how they “stabbed” the knife into the capsicum too. I think my sworn festival of the year should be Halloween – there were SO many capsicums everywhere in the menu! If I lived in a country that thoroughly celebrated Halloween I must be 5 kgs skinner pre and post season.

 

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Lastly we had a great chocolatey serving of cake with melting ice cream on top. I didn’t have mine cause I was so full from the lamb – but the rest who ate it mentioned that it was EXTREMELY chocolatey and rich so whoever who has a tongue for these things, you know where to find yours.

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They were extremely hospitable and made sure we were all happy with our food and that every thing was okay. We also got ourselves one of these little pampering products from Crabtree & Evelyn before we wrapped up the night – because who walks away empty handed when they come to Pavilion? Nobody.

And that was just about one of the most exciting gatherings in  many months because I’ve never tried restaurant hopping if not in Malacca!

Catch you guys soon!

 

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Gold Coast : Surfers Paradise (and the rest of Brisbane)

Finally I come to my last post for one of my favorite getaways in a long time!

We spent out last day in Gold Coast at the vicinity of Surfers Paradise before we got on the train home. Time passed super quickly and I was dreading the thought of going home. Everything about Gold Coast was great, except for the fact that residents seemed to be a little more racist than the friendly ones in Brisbane! Nevertheless, we still enjoyed being there while we were at it because the end of Gold Coast was marking the end of our Australia trip! We took a walk at the city in the morning and was all ready to get to the beach. We didn’t change into swimwears because the weather was half chilly and half warm – it was a vague borderline to decide if we would want to swim in the sea. Then again, I’m not a fan of walking into deep depths of water so I never brought any swimwear anyway.

We woke up to a moody Sze Ye – but Ginny still got all three of us to take photos in her onesies. The daughter of the owners of the house was delighted to see us wake up in the onesies so we were more than happy to prance around the house in them. She is four. For those who are questioning why were we in onesies – here’s a funny story.

We all brought our on PJs to wear during bedtime – but from the first night we realised that the homestay’s warm water had run out and it was FREEZING. The temperature in Gold Coast dropped to about 8 degrees (and worst, wind was strong) and because we had gotten back home late – the other people who stayed in the house had used up the quota for all the warm water! The heat storage was also getting cold cause of the sudden temperature drop. At the end we ended up having to shower in cold cold water. I think it was actually an acceptable temperature if the shower was taken in a Malaysian climate – but taking it in such a cold weather was horrible! I had my own PJs and although I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to put myself in a onesie (we were warned before the trip by Ginny) – oh my, were those onesies the saviour of the night! They were so warm and comfortable to sleep in, it was almost like they were an extra blanket.

The next morning I woke up to the high pitch squeals of the little girl because she was so excited to see little ‘animals’  the house. I was the last to wake up so when I did my final entrace she was so excited! Suddenly it felt like I was the star of the day pfft. Ginny wanted us to take some photos before we left (there probably wouldn’t be another day we would be caught in a onesie) so we did!

 

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Grumpy little Sze Ye from her horrible sleep the night before

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Our host family had a little dog at the backyard for us to play with. We wanted to put keep her in the house from the horrible cold the night before, but it wasn’t really our place to let animals in.

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Morphing into our real identities.

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After that, we cleaned up and headed straight for Surfer’s Paradise. Took the bus there – probably under 20 minutes.

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Tramway –  I have a thing for trams. Still amused by how its a train but also a bus at the same time.

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Arrived at Surfers Beach!

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Aaah – breath in breath out.  Clean beach clean sand.

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After that we got to get some good Austra…

Halfway typing that I realised I had a memory lapse and I don’t remember having any of the meals below. So we probably just went to have lunch somewhere nearby.

Oh wait, now I remember. We went to this place nearby that had really good value meal sets!

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Ginny had a prawn salad (just captioning as it is) but I remember it was quite good and prawns were fresh and chewy!

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I had a beef wrap. I think I remember it being a little dry but it didn’t matter – meat wraps in huge portions! Green light! Green light!

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 We didn’t spend too long in the city as we had to rush home

Ginny asked if the hosts would be able to give us a lift to the train station and they willingly said yes! I would definitely recommend staying in their house if you ever go to Gold Coast – best host and house ever. We made such good friends with their daughter (whom I have shamelessly forgotten what her name was) and the nearer we were to the station, she became more quiet and started to not say anything as we came close to saying goodbye. When we were at the station, she was so upset that we were leaving that she didn’t even want to get down the car to send us off.

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Sean was an amazing host!

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It was a fairly long ride so nobody was in our carriage for the first few stops

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And I was doing what I do best (yes I sleep with my eyes partly opened!)

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 Hungry hungry for food. We wanted big big portions so we decided that Asian was the way to go. Vietnamese it was.

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Hungry and sleepy Natalie always comes with smeared eyeliner.

After dinner we craved cheese so we had some nachos with cheese. We ordered the kids meal because it was the only simply dish with nachos and cheese. The rest had other toppings which costed a lot more.

(Okay honestly speaking, I don’t even know if this post is chronogically right – I’m just creating the story as we go pfft please forgive me girls)

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Satisfying the fatty aspects in us

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The next morning we decided to walk around the city as it was our last day in Brisbane! We went to places we’ve walked through the past days but it was our last day so we just wanted to use it to its fullest and go to corners of the city we haven’t been to before. We also went to the Farmers Market where they sell yum yum food and some other stuff you can use at home.

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At the end of our trip, Sze Ye was a pro Go Pro officer,

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At this point of the photo I realized I lost my scarf and i NEEDED to find it because I borrowed it from Omoni. So many things was going on my mind while taking the photo. “Did I wear it out today?” “How did it fall without me noticing” But of course, the photo comes first.

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It was a kids arts festival so there were so many activities going around

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We also went to the Farmers Market (honestly don’t remember before or after) and got a taste of some foreign bakeries.  I’ve always seen Benji from ItsJudysLife talk about Farmers Market and I remember thinking I wish I can get to see one of these. It’s kind of a like a wet market back home in KL but just a lot cleaner and organised?

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One was for about $5 – thats RM 15 for one little round doughnut. But I really wanted to eat it!

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 We sat down to finish our food like a local. Enjoying the Australian life (or pretending the live it)

After that we headed over to have a proper Australian brunch (what is brunch of not a proper Australian brunch!) because we never had any of those for the past week we were in Australia. But it was such a waste that we chose to go on this day because I was already half full from all the food at the Farmers Market. We had a lot of dough in our stomachs by the time we headed for brunch.

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Went to what was supposed to be one of the most famous brunch restaurants

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I was TOO full to finish brunch with a smile

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This was mine. Looks so small to me now that I’m blogging about it – but man it was huge for my appetite that day.

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We went back tired and prepare for the next early morning ride home. The next morning we woke at about 3AM to head out the bus station. Our van that was supposed to take us to the airport didn’t arrive till it was 20 past 5 so we were halfway panicking about if they were ever going to come. They did of course, and most of the passengers were Malaysians. We greeted each other by not greeting each other and just slept all the way to the airport.

And THAT marks the end of  my AUSTRALIAN trip!

Thanks Sze Ye for being such an amazing host, and would not have experienced Brisbane if ít wasn’t for you :D

Gold Coast : Sea World – Being 1058′ ft High!

 

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It’s another new day in Gold Coast and we were headed for Sea World and the Q1 tower today. Took the bus as usual and while waiting for it to come we went on to a photo taking frenzy. That’s what happens when you travel with a group of girls :)

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We had the flare right behind us so we were experimenting on ways people do selfies. Heré’s the gun under the chin – but Sze Ye was too shy!

 

Arrived at the Q1 Tower quite quickly! (img cred : sunloverhols)

We paid for a whole day (two separate sessions). Tried using my student card but didn’t realize it had expired.  You could choose between the morning session or the evening session – depending on what you’d like to see. Prices don’t vary TOO much – and since we didn’t have anywhere to go for the evening we decided to just buy the packaged ticket so we could come back again after visiting Sea World. Came early in the morning because weather was clear and it was the best time to go up! We were sent up 77/78 floors high and I did NOT regret buying the tickets. It is admittedly one of the most beautiful sceneries I’ve seen from a tall building – you’ll see why in a bit!

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What is this!! My jaw literally dropped when I saw it – HOW CAN THE SEA BE SO CLEAN?!

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Trying to reenact my own expression

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So damn breathtaking!

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I took this photo through a glass – but weather was so damn clear and air was clean, this looks like I took it from an open balcony!

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The tower had WiFi for guests so we were all hogging onto it to post photos!

After spending about an hour here we headed straight to Sea World! Didn’t know what to expect but I think I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Mister Walrus to welcome us!

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There was also a place for us to look at penguins from down under (under water level) and also when they’re all resting above  at the bay.

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 I just captioned this as “Little Shark nyam nyam” – then I realised I never saw a shark out in the open like this pfft.

So anyway, little dolphin nyam nyam.

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The show!

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Got into the souvenir shops to get Sze Ye a hat because it was so hot!

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 Getting friendly with some starfish – we got to touch some gel like species that looked like a pot brush. Felt so weird.

 

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 Got in here so Ginny can register herself for her own diving activity. We both didn’t do it. For those who are interested, you probably have to sign up before walking in.

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 Flowers from Ginny’s camera. I think although I’m not so much of a flower person, I appreciate clean and white flower.

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Mr polar beat was up and getting his morning swim

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Spent a good 15 minutes just staring at it!

We left at about 5 probably, spent about 3-4 hours in the place. Wanted to grab a bite of the Fish and Chips and Sea World because it’s apparently really good – but we missed it! It was open when we first arrived . I guess its a heads up for those who wants to head thre.

A few hours after that, we headed back to the tower to catch the sunset!We were rushing – and it really felt like we barely made it! Phew. But yes we still got to walk around the platform for about 5 minutes before the sun started setting. There were alot more people during sunset than in the morning, and the worst part is everybody would be cluttered at one side of the 360 platform because that’s where the sun is setting!

I managed to grab a space (lost sight of the other two) so I took so many photos. It’s not the first time witnessing sunset, but looking at it from such a height and with such good view was pretty cool. I don’t need to do this again (my eyes hurt like beejeezuz staring right at it) but it was worth the money I suppose.

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The night skyline of Gold Coast T-T Rims of waves in gold – is that why its called Gold Coast?  Never ever saw such a beautiful sight-  not even the Shanghai Tower could beat this. Lights were just SO clear!

Right after that we got ourselves a platter to eat at the cafe (there’s no time limit – you hang as long as you want). One of the most filling platters I’ve had – I forgot how much this was, but I remember it was well worth the price in Aussie dollars. Perfect to share among 3 girls – or just with another person with a good appetite. Seafood was fresh and chips were filling enough incase the seafood wasn’t enough.

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And that wrapped the end of the day!

Hopefully I get to do a wrap up of the trip by the next post!

Gold Coast : Dream World

Finally headed to Gold Coast for some beach and sunshine. It was supposedly “winter” but weather was still alright as the sun during daytime was pretty strong. We headed for Gold Coast by the train, after stressful efforts to make 9 trips in within Brisbane with the public transport, so we get the GC trip free. Apparently if you make 9 trips and above with the transportation card, public transport is free for the rest of the week. We arrived on a weekend so that all those trips were made in vain. Quickly topped up trips in within Brisbane just for this trip because tickets to Gold Coast was a little higher.

Woke up early in the morning and rushed to the train station. Sze Ye forgot her transportation pass so she had to rush back (3 minutes walk away from the station). We missed the first train anyway so we had another 30 minutes more to burn in the station. Finally got onto one – and voila, there was WiFi. Time to upload some photos from the day before.

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Grabbin some extra sleep while waiting for the train

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Everyone with sleepy faces and me appreciating WiFi.

We booked a room from one of the houses in AirBnB – it was an extremely good stay as the hosts were very friendly and accommodating! It wasn’t tough to find their place at all with the help of some GPS. Our bus station was about 7 minutes walk away from the place so I must say it was quite convenient for us to make our way in and out of the area. Neighborhood was quiet but not dead – as neighbors were just taking walks and dogs were just outside the houses for us to walk by and pet. Cars were speeding quite a bit I must say – but nothing too dangerous.

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Just like how I would love it! This IS the Australia I had in mind.

When we finally found the place – we were SO happy because it was such a clean house. We were provided towels, for both face and body and had a chocolate bar to boot. Bear in mind the place was the residence of our host, and they are actually living in the house themselves. Parents with two young daughters and one or two more who already moved out. They left the keys to us and went out of the house before we arrived. I had a minor shock – these people were so trusting. I cant imagine that happening to a Malaysian household. Leaving the keys under the mat for a stronger to walk in.

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Super clean bedroom :) We could walk around the house as we like, but we mostly stayed in

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Had our own TV too, which is also why we didn’t need to walk out much except for when we need to use the bathroom. Also, milk bread and fruits were free to consume in our private refrigerator. We really felt at home.

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The family had a pool that we could use too, but weather didn’t allow the luxury of that. It was not freezing, but a few degrees below appropriate level to swim pfft.

After settling down, we all decided to get to Movie World before the day after so we could have more time to loiter around the city. Took some time to finally decide if we wanted to go because it was already 12 or so in the afternoon, just a few hours before Movie World would be closing – and it takes about an hour or so to travel our way to the place. Sze Ye decided to stay, so Ginny and I went on our own – promising to meet in the city for dinner. Sze Ye also bought tickets but we all got annual passes so it didn’t matter if she didn’t go anyway.

 

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 Paparazzi shot by Ginny – if I didn’t mess the timeline of my photos wrong. On the way to Movie World.

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Here we are!

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 Just realized we were polka dot synced!

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Welcome to Movie World – and I found my childhood friend Mr.Piggy from Looney Tunes!

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Saw the studio and was jumping at heart because I thought we could walk in it to see how they did all the animation. Turned out it was closed :(

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Walked around for quite a bit and back to the centre of the the place, only to find the areas being blocked by barricades and throngs of people seemed to be sitting down and waiting for something to happen. We didn’t hear of anything so both of us didn’t know what to expect. Asked around and apparently there was a parade happening! We made it just on time before it started – what luck. Most of the characters were out in their own signature vehicles :)

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I love Warner Bros! Such chilhood – my heart was beating quite fast. I felt like a fan girl in a Kpop concert. But not so much after this whole thing because I attempted taking a photo with Bugs Bunny – who then (hopefully) accidentally boobed me. Meow.

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Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you! :D

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 We tried taking a photo of the train right behind us – I guess this was good enough.

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We went on the Spooky Coaster, which was probably the Scooby Dooby Doo ride. Totally unexpected ride that was. The line was filled with kids and parents –  we were holding bags and cameras so we thought this was definitely a safe ride with all those lugs. We were wrong. It started of quite and innocent, just another merry-go-round kind of ride along animated dim litted caves. The ride came to a pause at one point and the kids infront of me was already screaming. We knew something was going to come, but didn’t know what to expect!

Ginny’s bag was half open in between her legs so she was praying that it’s nothing too drastic. Suddenly, VOOM! We were sped backwards at super speed and before we could digest what was happening (in between grabbing all our stuff in between our legs), it was this huge open space area of all the separates speeding down rails from afar. Our rides were quite steep and cornerings were quite sharp. Somewhere in between one of us shouted “I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS RIDE!!!”. Guess not. Half the time we were just worried about Ginny’s gadget bag that was half open cause the zipper malfunctioned under pressure.

After the ride we spend a good 10 minutes just trying to fix it. Or just Ginny actually. I was just – recharging from all that Scooby Doo shock.

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” I’m sure I can fix this! Give me some time!”

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 Batman time! (There wasn’t much to see)

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 I think she is sad because we couldn’t get in the studio. Was extremely excited when we saw it.

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If you’re into some Merry Go Round

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Saw this when we went in but right before we left I just knew I had to take this! Ginny was not a roller coaster kind of person cause she’s afraid of heights. So I made the ultimate decision to take it alone, just a little bit before they closed! We had to wait about 30-45 minutes so Ginny waited for me outside alone in the cold. So touched! But I must say, good thing I went on it – because I would be regretting it up till today otherwise. It was an extremely speedy ride, you could barely remember anything that happened. It shoots right out of the cave, I had a little bit of a spoiler as I was sitting next to a dad who was on the ride for the third time or something with his kids. Got through the long lines actually because I was a solo rider .

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Look at that steep drop!

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One of the areas that seemed pretty abandoned.

Looked like one of the places they could use to shoot movies, nothing was going on here – don’t know what the space was for. Not many walked pass the area too – but it was pretty to take some photos. Pictures would have looked a little more attractive if I edited the colours and contrast a bit to give the place some justice, but that’s really a lot of work guys.

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 Saying goodbye to the theme park. Sky was getting dark, and we had to run to catch our bus to meet Sze Ye in time back in the city

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The two ladies recommended that Korean food in Aussie was one of the best outside Korea. So we attempted to get some of these slurps – pretty good decision on a cold night. Weather was getting chillier and chillier!

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Some good jjigae to warm my tummy. Costs alot more to eat this here than back home – but I have to say it’s all worth it!

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All full and happy :D But definitely getting tired.

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 That’s all for today – goodnight everybody :)

Review : Nabe Bakery/Villa Ju for Korean Bingsu!

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Finally got the chance to blog about my favorite bingsu discoveries in KL. Everyone has different tastes, but I have to say Nabe Bakery (now renamed Villa Ju) must be one with the best combination of ambience and environtment. Their bingsu’s are of similiar price (except that it comes in a larger portion) to the ones you may be  able to find elsewhere in KL. Bingsu hasn’t bee a popular dessert in Malaysia until this year, and its really surprising to see more and more people familiarize themselves with Korean names to food. Learning the language back then, you never knew this much growth would happen to the the influence of Korean culture.

So Nabe Bakery – there really’s isn’t much I can rave about but to share with you about the existence of this place. They have two outlets so far – on in Ampang (which is much smaller) and another in Solaris that is double decked. For those who just finished their dinner in Sae Ma Eul, which I just blogged about here, can just walk across the road and find themselves here.

This post is going to feature the Solaris branch, so those of you who loves to hang around the area – come by this place and get yourself a bingsu or two. For those who don’t know what bingsu is, it’s shaved ice :)

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The place first got my attention because of its peculiar name. What the Koreans must have been thinking.

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Villa Ju/Nabe is a bakery that serves many different pastries and bingsu. I’m here for the bingsu.

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Love the interior and random placement of items – heading up to the second floor of the cafe

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The few times I’ve been here it’s always very quiet  which is what i love about it. Perfect for a catch up with your friends.

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We got the whole place to ourselves, and they have pillows for you to lean on. Very very comfortable place to hang out.

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If you’re in a more formal setting, there is an appropriate room for that

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Three of us shared a fruit bingsu. This was about RM 16 or so – can’t remember.

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This is the smallest size of all bingsu’s – pretty good size I must say

I think the bingsu here accomodates to my taste alot more than the rest that you find. This serves a generous portion of fruits, glazes over with chocolate syrup. You’ve also got the condensed milk at the bottom of the tub and it makes everything such a packed bowl of gentle dessert. If you’re here after dinner and is really stuffed, just share the smallest portion among your friends.This one we ordered was just right for three of us (but we were quite full!). If you want to be a little bit more adventurous, just try ordering two sets of different flavors.

They have Coffee bingsu, Oreo Bingsu, Red Bean Bingsu and a couple more!

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It was Sam’s birthday so we got a cake for her too

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The place gave us a convenient pack of matches. I thought this was quite cool! Is this common?

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For those who are here with kids – you know you’re covered.

For more details :

Solaris Branch – Nabé Bakery Cafe 13A, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Ampang Branch – 16, Jalan Ampang Putra, 55100 Kuala Lumpur,

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Review : Sae Ma Eul (새마을) in Solaris, Mont Kiara

And I’ve finally found one of the most affordable BBQ places in KL.

They’re aren’t exactly dirt cheap – but I have to say their barbecue set comes in for quite a value. Today we’re going to take a look at Sae Ma Eul, located in the corners of Solaris Mont Kiara’s many Korean restaurants. The reason why I thought this place was worth a review is because our usual Korean eat outs for four would cost about 150 to have us walking away with a full stomach. This time round, we were brought to surprise because the bill only came up to a total of RM 106. If we decide to pay cash, we get 6% off – which is superb! One of the reasons why I once used to love Korean restaurants in KL was because they always gave the Cash or Credit amount option. Most of them took it off after some time, but I’m glad to see Sae Ma Eul still practicing it.

So what did I order in Sae Ma Eul, which translates to New Village. Sae means new, Ma Eul is village.

I ordered Item No 44 – which was a set that had about 4-5 pieces of pork meat with four baby octopus. Their numbers vary at each visit, so you may get an extra baby octopus at times. This was a good set as it’s only about RM 55. In many other places, one slice of meat would already cost you an average RM 15  - and most of the time it is compulsary for you to order two portions. This makes the normal barbecue price to be RM 30 for two pieces of meat. Here you get an extra few more slobs with juicy squids to top up. Definitely worth the package.

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A glimpse at their menu

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 A little close up to our squid friends. It was my first time barbecue-ing octopus so I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve always only had pork or chicken on my barbecue stove. Their octopus were very well marinated in red korean sauce!

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 Putting the real deal to slowly cook. The best part about Sae Ma Eul is that you get to cook your meat yourself. If you’re in for the whole “D-I-Y” experience, this place is definitely good for you. I never preferred having waitresses cook my meat for me because it feel’s like I’m having experience stolen right infront of my eyes. But I know that some people do love being served,  then if so – this place is probably not it.

Speaking of D-I-Y, one of the reasons why we all chose to come try this restaurant out was because of this pot below. The handmade rice ball dish!

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They give you a pair of plastic gloves (you can ask for a pair more if you like) for you to mix the ingredients together, which will already be pre-prepared in the pot. It has seaweed, gochujang, sesame and rice. All you gotta do is mix everything together and make your own rice balls to eat and barbecue if you like.

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 Close up on our rice ball making.

 

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Sam does the meat cooking for us. Another reason why I love this place is because it reminds me so much of my barbecue days back in Seoul. After class, we would go to places like these with stretchable suctions (in the photo).

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We were quite slow at cooking as all concentration was on the rice balls, one of the kind waiters just came by to help us out

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Final product

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You can choose to just eat it like that or to barbecue it a little bit so the outer layer becomes crisp!

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Proud owner of some rice balls

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As things seemed a little too dry we order a small kimchi jjigae to share

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Love the whole experience of doing this but if I were to rate the taste of this dish, it would have to be a 5.5/10. It’s not very seasoned and may just be a little to bland for my liking. It was also supposed to be spicy – but did not even come close to anything of spice.

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Moving on to something else worth raving on, finally space for some squid barbecue!

Man these were so juicy – I regret not getting octopuses the many times I’ve had Korean.

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I must say the meat didn’t turn out too juicy or extremely nice. It wasn’t exactly marinated to have the yummy taste you get in some other restaurants you pay a higher price for. I guess that’s why they give you the sesame oil + salt dip, which I extremely love! Major plus points for serving it without having to request for it. This is a REAL Korean bbq restaurant.

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And so – we start eating! Chal mok-kesseumnida!

Right after – we headed over to my favorite Korean dessert shop in Solaris. And it’s probably not the one you’ve been hearing about. Should be posting up about that place very shortly after this. Separated the posts cause these two places deserves their own. My place is called Nabe and has an outlet in both Ampang and Solaris. It’s actually a bakery, and what coincidence it was just located right across Sae Ma Eul! Extreme convenience.

I would rate Sae Ma Eul a 6.5/10, for it’s D.I.Y experience, valuable price points and also some good stews. Try not to go after 6.30PM as it would be extremely full and you  may have to wait 30 minutes or so for a table. Reservations are available on weekdays only.

This place is not halal, to start off. If you are looking for a Korean bbq place with no pork – 688 Barbecue and Steamboat Restaurant, as they claim to not have pork in their menu. I’m going there in a few days so probably can do a review for that too – if it’s worth shouting about.  Address of Sae Ma Eul would be :-

Solaris Mont’Kiara (GF 1-1,1-2,1-3), 

50480 Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia

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Missing University, Missing Me

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I find it important to take a step back at least every quarter to realize how your world is moving.

Today while thinking about that, I realized one thing. I miss university life.

I never thought I’d ever say that, because 1) uni wasn’t such an interesting journey with all the classes, 2) I never found uni too much of a breeze to get by anyway. But today, I  realize – yes, I do miss university. It gave me a sort of comfort, some place for me to fall back to. It gave me places and corners to just be with myself. Sometimes I had to be, because I was always easily 2-3 hours earlier than my first class of the day. Sometimes I ran as hard as I could to the bus station, only to miss it and had to wait another 40 minutes for the next one. Sometimes I finished papers early and got hungry. Sometimes I would be waiting a few minutes too long for my roti canai, although there was bound to be a bird or two to keep me company. Sometimes I miss the train. Sometimes the carriage would be stuck in a track that malfunctioned and we would be stuck there for ages.

I loved being able to depend on the set of earphones, and tracks in my phone to just trigger thoughts. I loved not needing to speak to anybody despite walking pass all kinds of people. I loved walking up the steps, imagining myself pumping up from motivation.

All these periods, added to hours and hours of alone time for me. I remember. There came a time I had so much. Too much of alone time – it scared me a little. I think and reflect so much, but as the hours added up – I realized I was reflecting on my reflections. But it was because I was given four years to do all of that. Four years, all during my prime and transaction of life – the most important stage of every person’s life in determining their values and principles. All the alone time helped me think, reflect, change, and manage for the better.

I don’t get any of that anymore.

Does that mean I’m not growing anymore?

Hopefully not. Time for a break soon, perhaps.

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Two Koalas In A Row!

The title says it all. Two koalas in a row – and it all happened so quickly!

On our third and fourth day in Brisbane, Ginny and I went to Lone Pine that was only about 20 minutes away from Sze Ye’s house by ourselves because Plain Jane had her assignment to finish up. It is apparently the worlds Largest Koala Sanctuary – but the largest, didn’t turn out to be too huge – at all. We still had to wake up early, but it was worth it because I love going to zoos. There’s just something about watching animals sleep, interact and eat that makes the world seem like its moving at a slower pace.

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We were there really early – probably about 9.30! Ginny already had the schedules in her head so we were just going straight for the shows. I got an annual pass and Ginny got her visitors pass that was only valid per day. I remember we were both quite surprised to see that the management was actually quite lenient. Visitors could just walk in without getting their passes checked – it was almost as if we didn’t need to get tickets. Australians must be so honest, because if this was back home – I’m sure there would have been so many trespassers! But people, don’t take advantage of the system – the tickets only cost AUD 33 for daily passes, and AUD 65 for yearly passes with unlimited entries. Sze Ye says they aren’t usually that lenient,  so don’t push your luck. Oh by the way, Lone Pine has WiFi. Hallelujah!

There was a Sheep Dog Show at 10.30 so we walked around the park abit, looking for a washroom. Walked pass some birds that were being fed their first meals. Wasn’t a good place to start of my animal visiting day, the flutter that they make with their wings gives me goosebumps. They were beautiful birds though, here a sneak peek of how they look like. It’s a good thing we didn’t come close (although Ginny was slightly disappointed)  because they came to visit US in Gold Coast! Not these birds of course, but the same lorikeet species. Will elaborate more on that later.

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Just before the show we walked towards the barn and came across some darlings. It was probably the kids area as children were allowed to pet and play with guinea pigs, pat the little donkeys and just feel the animals. I loved the part where the little flurry sheeps were all around us waiting for people to feed. I couldn’t feed them cause I was eating my own breakfast so all I did was watch the little ones feed. So fun to see families bringing their little toddlers and allowing them to touch them animals. Love it!

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The little goats here were just munching off the hay in the cup and this little boy was so happy he chuckled so much! Heart melt alert guys.

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 And this little doll – she was just staring at the sheep trying to feed them and then stopping again to stare. Got stopped by a Chinese couple who brought their grandchildren there and they were trying to get to the barn but didn’t know how. They couldn’t speak English too so we tried giving them a hand. Brought my back a little to my times in Beijing – long time no speak. Not rusty, but just missing it a little.

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 Meh meh time! I never understand how sheep dogs are trained – but still very cool to watch.

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All chased into a small area – not very sure of the objective of this.

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The sheep dog, that is SO loyal and obedient it was almost scary. It’s eyes ONLY looked at the owner with such a longing pair of eyes. It was almost as if it was saying “Give me LOVE! Give me ATTENTION!” This went on for probably another 15 minutes as we were all trying to get photos with it and the sheeps.

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That. Is a real gangstah sheep guys. See the dog staring into the eyes of the owner again.

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With Ginny this time.But look at the dog’s eyes fixated at this owner again!

Later we went on to look for some koalas to see and hug! The eucalyptus leaf scent was so strong, its like we knew we were near! Most of the koalas were awake – to my surprise, probably a great thing we were there early. After seeing them awake, I think it’s safe to say I think they look alot more adorable asleep and curled into a huge grey furball. If you actually observe them abit more, they actually look like really huge version of bear and rats. If that makes sense.

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It’s this little baby’s birthday and her mum brought her here to celebrate her birthday.

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First photo with a koala – and a cute little one.

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Ginny’s version looks alot more gentle!

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Moved on to a bird show later – where they fed the eagles small rats and flew by our heads. Not very pleasant for people with bird-phobia like me.

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This was a really cute bird to come by. So soft and gentle looking – but definitely not gentle in nature. We weren’t allowed to pat it.

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No idea what was going on here.

By the time we finished everything it was already about 12 in the afternoon so we hurried to the kangaroo area. It was my first time seeing kangaroos so I was quite excited! Even more than seeing the koalas. Ginny gave me some tips on what not to do before we walked in so I was so prepared. I prepared with some kangaroo food, and Ginny had her Go Pro. Yeap, well geared.

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 Pedo-Nat on the move. Just eavesdrop and sat infront of these kids looking at them patting the joey.

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Nom nom nom

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Oh yeah. This was the bossiest kangaroo in the house.

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Finally found a small framed kangaroo with her baby. We spent quite a while with her because Ginny says they would be more hungry than the others.

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Spent about 4 hours here – and wanted to spend so much more time here. Forgot why we had to rush back.

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 Got back home right after and chilled until dinner. It was getting a little too cold and I didn’t want to touch the bed cause we were dirty from being outside so the couch was the only option. Check out my company of the day – the fans. Was also waiting for Sze Ye to finish writing her paper so that we could finally celebrate her freedom!

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 Portable pillows everywhere. After Sze Ye was done we went out to get some dinner. Ginny looked up this restaurant Habitat. It’s apparently new and served really good food with great service.

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 Took us awhile to get here. But indeed the food was good.  Food in Australia is quite pricey, and for us to eat in a nice made up restaurant like this – we expected a burn in the hole of our pockets, but this place served pretty affordable food  for Australian standards.

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 Some really tasty beef cheeks. Both Sze Ye and I ordered the same dish, but it was the most appealing and seemed like the best value out of everything else. No regrets!

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 Keep girls full and they shall not be nasty! After dinner, we walked around the city looking for some chocolate to warm our tummies. The weather was getting chillier by the day and when dark falls, it really does quite cold. I was also getting hungry so we all stopped by Max Berner Chocolate Bar that was around town. Wanted to get some more tandoori sandwiches but was trying to save the money. Spend SO much on money the past few days, almost 80% of my money was spent on food and the rest on entrance fees.

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 Looking at old photos I kind of miss my long hair. But I hate how unhealthy it felt.

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Max Brenner suckao and hug mug. Something I’ve heard and see for the first time. For those who haven’t had this before, you put all the little chocolates into that cup to be melted, then you add milk and make it your own little DIY hot chocolate. Pretty interesting!

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 Ginny had dark chocolate, and Sze Ye had the milk

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Walking around streets of Brisbane, was pretty quiet – but just the way I like them Australian streets.

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 One thing I loved about the trip was that it was Go Pro friendly. We didn’t need to always try to get someone to help us take great photos like this. The only challenge was that one person out of the three, that was usually not me, had to pretend like we were prepared to take a photo – but in reality has her mind fully concentrated on clicking on the shutter button on the ipad that was synced.

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Sze Ye is slowly becoming a pro at this.

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Scenary that night. It was breezy and quite cold – but nothing to complain about :)

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Went home to prepare for the next day as we headed to walk around the city to have lunch, then to the Brisbane Botanic Garden. I think I remember dreading waking up this day. The city itself was okay – it was a change from all the nature we were getting. Sometimes I wonder. As much as I appreciate being around nature, beaches and whatnot – I do find a sense of belonging in cities with buildings and bustling traffic. I never noticed this until I made a trip to Shanghai last year while studying in China. Getting to Shanghai from Beijing was a breath of fresh air, and going back to Beijing – made my realise how much I actually appreciate ‘real cities’. As much as I hate to admit, I think I really am some sort of dependant to the facilities of a city and high rise buildings. However, with that being said – I still think I can adapt absolutely fine in somewhere like Australia, that has the best of both worlds.

So anyway the next day, which was the fourth day at Brisbane –  we headed straight for ARIA. It is apparently an award winning restaurant that serves you a true fine dining experience. Ginny also mentioned that it’s owned by a Masterchef judge, so we can expect really good quality food!

 

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Plain Jane doing prayers before food

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Fresh tuna that came for me as I ordered the set. Analyzing my food before I dig in. Then I REALISED.

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I don’t eat raw food! So I gave this to Ginny, who kindly exchanged her tasty dish below

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 Scallops with tangerine to match! I remember liking this dish alot. Scallops were well done :)

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Anyone interested to visit this restaurant during this visit can find it at 1 Eagle St, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia. We were pretty happy with our food (we had more than the above, but I didn’t have the photo uploaded) except for the fact that Ginny’s ice cream that costed probably RM 50 was very crystalized. Nobody actually came too check if everything was okay and if food was alright, only until when we went to collect our jackets at the counter upon exit. I must say service was good, but not up to what it sets itself up to be.

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Took the subway on this day. Pretty similar to what we have here in KL. How different can subways be anyway – if you know any please tell me :)

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They had a couple of shops we could find back home in KL, but best part about this place was FREE WIFI!

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One of the more peculiar buildings

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Walked pass this interesting corner of the city that marked flood levels. It must have been pretty bad. More than half of Ginny’s height!

Headed to the City Botanical Gardens after that. It was a very cold day, and it got even chillier by the hour. Good thing Ginny always carries an extra jacket in her brown bag (that fits EVERY thing) so Sze Ye got some good cover. The garden was pretty boring I must say. I didn’t know how to appreciate flowers enough to be excited about looking or smelling them. I did see some interesting plants, that looked like toilet brushes – should have taken a photo. Here are some photos from the walk.

 

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Funny chair we found. I wonder who walks by and goes “Okay, lets spend a few hours chilling on this chair”.

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Clearly not a photo taken by me. But I thought this was a cute photo of the little duck

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Fake bats that I really thought was real for a split second. Bats playing guitars – funny. Ngeh.

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Ducks being fed bread by two people – they offered us some to feed but we didn’t. Forgot why!

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While waking we decided to chill by the cafe abit. I knocked out in a few minutes.

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Super good photo in my opinion by Ginny! The colours are SO soothing!

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Pretty coloured flowers I must say. I imagined myself to be in a fairytale and put on on my ear. It fell off 5 seconds later. It was a sweet relationship and memory.

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This was Mount Coo-Tha, a very famous lookout point in Brisbane that overlooks the city. We were pretty lost in the huge garden at this point and just wanted to sit down somewhere for abit. Sze Ye and I was engaged in quite a conversation here I remember so we just sat down  while she tried braiding my hair. It was a good 5 minutes rest until our mamasan Ginny called for us to go explore and walk more. This whole place was HUGE. After some research, the internet tells me that the City Botanical Gardens is 52 hectores huge!

Heading home, we found a spot that was perfect to take photos. We spent a good 10 minutes just taking several photos. Girls being girls, we really take these things quite seriously and its most comfortable doing it when we all understand the importance of getting just ONE good shot. I took the first session, Sze Ye then thought it was quite cool so she popped in, then we put Ginny in as well cause she was always taking photos of us! See which do you like best?

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Natalie Chai photographed by Ginny Yap.

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Sze Ye photographed by Ginny Yap

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Ginny Yap photographed by Sze Ye

 

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Took a bus waiting selfie before we headed back home!

And that wrapped up our fourth day in Brisbane. Pretty laid  back trip I must say – minus the early waking up (yes I must stress this every time!)

Finally In Australia!

Note : Picture heavy post. Of my face. My friends’. And my face. Yeah. 

I’ve always thought about going to this place so many of my friends call their second home. Their photos all look absolutely beautiful, even of those that are casually sitting by the corner of a cafe. It’s a kind of atmosphere that’s so calming you don’t find easy to see here in KL. Maybe it’s a “the grass is greener on the other side” mentality, I don’t know. I have a couple of friends spread all over Australia, but this time we decided to visit Brisbane first. Sze Ye is located in Brisbane, and she was going to leave the place in a year (leaving no one else there) and it only made sense to visit places that we were going to ‘run out of friends’ first!

Ginny texted me about free air fares probably two to three months before but I didn’t want to decide on it so quickly. I always like to have a little bit of extra time to let the idea sink, then when I  decide that I want to go, I still need a bit more time to actually tell myself IM ACTUALLY GOING!

Had about another 2 months before we left for Gold Coast (there isn’t a direct flight to Brisbane) so that was a good sink-in time. You can tell that I’m not up for a lot of spontaneous opportunities and is quite rigid that way – but our friend Ginny here is usually very chill so she’s up for whatever. That’s why she let me set the date of whenever I felt most comfortable leaving!

We talked to Sze Ye (who was an absolute dearie, she sent me a long list of cost breakdowns and top few reasons of why I should go to Brisbane!). We decided to go right before winter comes because both Ginny and I ABSOLUTELY  resent cold weather – we’re just not made for it. And here we go, its a combined post for Day 1 and 2 so it may be abit long!

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That’s Ginny and her Care Bear. We were running a little late and I was very gancheong because Miss Ginny was very chilled eating her dinner when it was about 30 minutes to our boarding time! I always like to check in super early so it gives me a sense of relief so I was quite terrified pfft. We were very lucky however! A buggy that picked up an old woman offered us a ride down the long walkway towards the boarding area from the immigration check in. We zoomed to the departure lounge in no time!

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Ginny thinks I’m quite aunty for requesting the officer to tape my bag multiple times! What do you all think? It’s so safe and it gives you a sense of security, no? At least you know if somebody has tampered with your bag or slip it open to put in drugs pfft.

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Ginny almost prepared everything before we went so she booked Link Transfers to come get us. Service was really good, their schedules apparently follow your airplanes punctuality so you don’t have to worry about missing the bus. They sent us from Gold Coast to Brisbane – and some even had a door to door service, depending on where you stay at the area you were headed to. I think this costed us about 70 AUS.

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My first glimpse of the famous blue skies in Australia

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The van that came to fetch us was really huge, look at how high the top of the car was. 2 hour ride on this was definitely alot more comfortable than my ride on the plane. Did I mention that there were bawling kids – I could barely sleep.

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Just look at my mata sepet and pale face. Ginny did a great job curling into a ball and she could get some hours off the clock.

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We then arrived in Sze Ye’s place. She cooked some warm porridge for us and it was the best welcoming comfort food ever. Missing it already! We rested for abit and headed out in an hour or so.

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Taking the buses in Brissy for the first time. Pretty similiar to our transportation services here in KL I would say. Sze Ye looking very happy here as she brings us to  City Botanical Garden. My first park experience in Australia – was very very excited!

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Be prepared for alot of more of selfies!

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Happy girls on green green grass.

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Took this photo from somewhere – I think saturation is very high so the colour is quite off.

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Three of us – defined by our shoes.

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There was a perfect flare for us to take photos with. It was the first time Sze Ye knew about flares so she was very excited to take nice photos with it.

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Working in our Go Pro skills for the first time

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We found it especially useful. Tried to do a set of photos inspired by Fault In Our Stars then we just didn’t know why it didn’t look as dreamy. Ginny went home and told me the next day it is most probably because our hair was all right under our heads and not spread out like how the posters are. Lesson of the day : Hair makes a vast difference in the atmosphere of your photos.

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Later at night we headed over to San Churros to try out some famous chocolate and churros. Sze Ye was raving over how good their warm chocolate was so we ended up here. Ginny and I love churros (the same kind) so we were hoping that San Churros served it. Ended up being the kind of churros that they typically sell at churros places that tastes like fried flour. We love theme park churros and places should definitely offer it!

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Did not end up going gaga over the stuff there – but it was great to have at least tried it!

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Waiting for the bus in the cold is not the best and most enjoyable things to do – but its our first day, we are happy for all things.  We were heading to Eat Street Market for some yummy food! Sze Ye told us that it was going to a place with loads of food but I imagined it to be a food court. Turned out like a very clean market place that served food from all over the world. Food was extremely yummy but expensive if we kept converting. After the second day I just decided to stop converting. Since I wasn’t a shopper, I decided that my money should all go to the yummy food I’ll probably never get to eat in KL.

You can enter Eat Street Market (Remora Rd, Eagle Farm) by paying 2 AUS Dollars for entry and find the food of your liking! The was even a Malaysian store – but I did not get that of course. Some shops sell candles and whatnot, but 95% of the shops are food, food and FOOD!

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The calamari store’s line was SO long – we just had to try it although it was about AUD 10. That’s slightly more than RM 30 guys.

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The taste was worth the wait (but not the money).

Then again, we can’t just convert. That was the standard price for almost all kinds of food there.

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Yummy! Bought my huge sandwich for AUD 11 or so, with extra cheese. It was SO good. Love meat sandwiches.

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Ginny and Sze Ye were getting some cannolli. There was a store called Jake and Elle around the corner so we sat down at the table infront of it after getting some and started munching away on my food. After sitting for abit, Sze Ye kept mentioning about how the guy at the counter looked extremely familiar and she was pretty sure that she knew who he was. I was thinking maybe it’s just  someone from her university. Quite cute I would say.

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Suddenly when we almost finished, Sze Ye went “Oh my god. I think he’s the guy from the cooking show! Masterchef or something?. A lady who was sharing the table then commented and said he was from a famous TV show called My Kitchen Rules. Everybody on the table was doing a little fangirl moment (although I didn’t know what the show as about) because Ginny recalled shortly after. Here you can see Sze Ye googling about him to check if its who she really thinks it was. Voila – surprise surprise! It turned out to be her favorite contestants out of the whole series – how could she forget! Silly silly Jane.

After spending about two hours in the place we headed back home. Chose to take the ferry cause the walk was a little far (but not like ferry helped anyway). We missed the ferry and it left right when we were about 30 seconds away and could actually see it.

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Reviewing all the photos from the day. Ginny alone brought over 4 cameras (that’s insane!!) so we usually take extremely long to look at them photos!

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View from the ferry deck of the Brisbane city.

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And am wrapping up the photos from this day with a photo of Sze Ye playing with a kendama  I brought over to play with! She’s so good at it – getting the first cups in a few minutes. That joy we all share when we land our first cup.

The next day we woke up at 9AM (Brisbane is two hours ahead of KL time) and visited the Sze Ye’s uni, the University of Queensland that was a 15 minutes ride away from her home. She left for classes even earlier in the morning so it was Ginny and my first time on the bus without having Sze Ye prompt us on where to get down. It was quite worrying at first because the buses there didn’t have any prior announcements as to which station it was gonna be. Good thing we got it right, it was the last stop anyway.

It was exactly how I’d imagine the place to look like – but maybe that’s also slightly because we had previews of it’d look like. Sze Ye sent some photos before we went over and said “You guys will be here!” “This is how the place will look like!” “Are you guys excited to come HERE?”. #salesnumberone

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We found a spot to sit down. The grass wasn’t very green and it was honestly a little muddy. You can even see it in the photos. Sze Ye picked out a spot that didn’t have animal poo so we were sorted out. She also made some sandwiches and bought some cookies in advance for us to bring over in the morning. Extremely great host!

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Quite a  nice spot under the tree, and there was wifi! Out of all places in Brisbane, the oddest place to have wifi!

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The birds came to us in no time. They didn’t come initially then Ginny the animal ambassador started feeding one and the flock of birds came. I don’t like birds and fishes so this was quite a traumatic experience. What was worst – the bird shat on Ginny! Birdie birdie – you cannot shit on the person who gives you food! No! No!

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Hungry and greedy birds disturbing my peace of mind

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When the birds came I THREW everything in the bag and fled.  The mission was the save all the food!

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 Took this accidentally while vlogging actually.

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Hello there Mr Tortoise/Turtle.

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Couldn’t sit down for a good 10-15 minutes – but here’s my attempt in being friendly. I tried.

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I did.

And because we were all dressed PICNIC themed (I had to borrow stuff from Ginny because nothing I had was girly or picnic-y enough), we took loads of photos. Clearly not going to post all of them here, but just a few random ones. Not even going to pick the nicest out of the whole lot cause we really took so many. Not sure if I mentioned this above, but Ginny brought a grand total of FOUR cameras and I had one. That’s LOADS of photos. I don’t even know if anyone goes through all these texts, but incase you do – you know.

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Before heading back after the short and maybe sweet picnic, Sze Ye brought us around to take a little stroll around the campus.  The thing about uni campuses overseas – they’re exceptionally huge compared to the normal ones in KL. And even if we do think of one that has a HUGE space, it’s not as laid back and relaxing as these campuses is designed to be. It’s just a totally different feeling. Small things, big feelings.

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Took this photo because there were alot of insects flying around it but because Ginny was busy taking photos of it saying the flies look like fairies I tried to take a photo too. But we obviously fail to see them “fairies”

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Happy Stone!

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Walked pass and asked Ginny to take a photo of our shadows. And she goes “For what?!”

I don’t know either. I just wanted to.

So that wraps up our tour around University of Queensland

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Hair’s a party here but I cut it right after I went back to KL. Meanwhile, #bustimeselfie.

Didn’t do much on our second day because we had the rest of the activities planned out for other days due to geographical convenience purposes. Stayed in quite a bit, also because our host had an assignment to rush. She had a long nap after our picnic (can’t recall if Ginny and I did too) and woke up and went straight to her assignment. Ginny and I then left for dinner at the mall across the road, which turned out be to quite yummy. At least we both liked what we ordered. Photos below!

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It’s called Harajuku Gyozo and their gyoza – oh boy, that cheese bacon gyoza – had me salivating.

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My little bowl of noodles – I was SO hungry that day. Feel like I could recall the exact feeling. Good thing food was good.

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Didn’t bring my laptop or ipad so every night I come back and just catch up on what’s been happening on the other side of the world.

And THAT – wraps up two of our eight/nine trip to Brisbane! It was a pretty long post but because I took so many photos I just want to share the less of the most of it with you. I don’t usually practice the habit of uploading it in Facebook because I personally don’t browse other people’s albums so I feel like nobody’s going to see it. So I’m just going to share them here, and if you see it you see it. Sorry the photo colours are so inconsistent and I couldn’t edit them all to fit one theme. Remember they’re all from different cameras so if you’re wondering which camera took what – I can pretty much tell you I don’t remember.

Alright now – time to sign out before I hit the sack! On a side note, I kind of miss my long hair now that I’m editing the post.

Goodnight everybody.