The OZ adventure: part one - Melbourne

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ah, December. The month of holidays... and traveling!

The folks and I went over to Australia for sis' graduation! She is now an official (and legit) drug pusher.

Sis graduating from the School of Pharmacy.
Sis graduating from the School of Pharmacy.

I have to say, flying Air Asia X was the most uncomfortable and torturous experience I've ever had. You think flying 14 hours in Northwest was uncomfortable? Compared to eight hours of Air Asia X, the 14 hours was a luxurious decadence with satin sheets and a butler on call with a bottle of champagne.

Also, since I really only take pictures of food while traveling... you will have to understand and bear with the lack of landscape images throughout this post. I tried, I really did.

Anyway! We stopped by Melbourne before we took off for Hobart, Tassie. We shopped, we ate, we walked, shopped some more and ate till or arteries gave way to the greasy bacon. Since I love pancakes so much the first place we ate at was the Pancake Parlour:

Pancake Parlour!
Pancake Parlour!

Family shot: they had this interesting (albeit dirty) mirror up front...
Family shot: they had this interesting (albeit dirty) mirror up front...

Mom and sis peddling the pancakes.
Mom and sis peddling the pancakes.

My pancake: blueberry, of course!
My pancake: blueberry, of course!

The IT pancake. Lock and load, baby.
The IT pancake. Lock and load, baby.

Eating

Posing, happy after all the food!

Then we got up bright and obscenely early the next morning at 6:30 (you read that right!) to head off to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat to look for gold.

Cam whoring in the AM, before we passed out on the way to Ballarat
Cam whoring in the AM, before we passed out on the way to Ballarat.

Being the piggie that I am, I slept most of the way there (way too early to be up and it was raining!) but we managed to ninja some shots of the quaint Ballarat roads:

Ballarat town

Ballarat town

Ballarat town

Ballarat town

And we finally reach Sovereign Hill! Sovereign Hill is really an open air museum of sorts that shows off Ballarat in its gold rush days.

The miniature Sovereign Hill.
The miniature Sovereign Hill.

I think I was looking for gold... sorta.
I think I was looking for gold... sorta.

Sis and dad posing with a bright red buggy.
Sis and dad posing with a bright red buggy.

It was damp and rainy, so we had to cuddle by the fireplace to stay warm... outdoors.
It was damp and rainy, so we had to cuddle by the fireplace to stay warm... outdoors.

The mining/panning areas:

Mill area

Mill area

The trip set us back so much, sis and I had to start panning for gold...

Panning for gold!
Panning for gold, hey ho!

which was pretty much an epic fail. I got dirt, and more dirt. The folks tried their hands at it too:

The folks panning for gold

Sis and I also took a tour into the mines:

The mine

After we had enough of hard work, we went over to the "town" to kick back and relax:

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Sis bringing in some modern hip hand gestures to Sovereign Hill's old fashioned backdrop.
Sis bringing in some modern hip hand gestures to Sovereign Hill's old fashioned backdrop.

We also went to visit the theater, checked out some accommodation and dropped by the doctors':

Sovereign Hill theatre

Sovereign Hill room

Sovereign Hill room

Sovereign Hill room

Sis and I hogging the couch in the waiting rooms waiting for the rain to simmer down
Sis and I hogging the couch in the waiting rooms waiting for the rain to simmer down

Mom and Dad taking their turn
Mom and Dad taking their turn

The doctor's tools :|
The doctor's tools :|



We also went to see how lollies were made at the confectionery shop:

The candy shop--don't get me started on the candy man...
The candy shop--don't get me started on the candy man...

And went to see the making of a solid gold bar (all $125,000 of it straight from its sexy liquid form), blacksmithing anyone?

Gold, gold, gold!

Somewhere between the stops, we went for lunch. But I was too hungry to be bothered with the pictures (hey, always a first! :p). Our final stop at Sovereign Hill was the candle making barn:

Candle barn

At the candle barn

Three guesses as to what these also look like. Hmm.
Three guesses as to what these also look like. Hmm.

We hopped onto a city tour the next morning. Again, I had to wake up at the same obscene time of 6:30. My body was about to collapse. I had to drag my dead-weight self out of bed screaming and kicking. Sorry, minimal pictures. Doing more than sitting and/or sleeping in a moving vehicle makes me spontaneously combust and throw up.

We stopped by the botanical gardens...

Botanical Gardens

as well as the shrine of remembrance, which had a fantastic view of the city:

Shrine of Remembrance

Finally we got dropped off at the Queen Victoria market place for lunch and then took a nice stroll back to the hotel. Where we saw graffiti...

Graffiti

more buildings (this is some sort of government building, I forgot which one, zoinks!)...

More buildings

and St. Paul's Cathedral in all its gothic revival glam (I hope this is the right building :p). Our tour guide said there was a sister building in Sydney but of course, the one in Melbourne is bigger... or so the people in Melbourne would like to believe. People from Sydney reading this are welcome to dispute the matter.

St. Pauls

We came back to Melbourne and I headed off for Blues 101 at the Bendigo Hotel with Kay! Unfortunately, my camera chose to splutter and run out of batteries before we could cam whore the event :( Nevertheless, KL Swing! was at Melbourne representin'!

Part two, the Hobart edition will be coming soon! :)

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posted at 12/26/2008 05:40:00 PM by nekomatta · 2 comments

Goodbye, Proximity!

Monday, December 15, 2008

It has been so much fun <3 Tons of good laughs, a couple of bat shit mental moments, those sexy late nights, a few lego bricks and one or two of 'em mickey mouse ears; not too bad for a short run, eh?

I miss you all so much <3

... especially team awesome and the ribena girl ;)

Yes, I know this is extremely delayed... but I haz no interwebs :/ And it really doesn't help that freaking Tasmania has noooo wireless so much so I am forced to leech on-campus (yes, on-campus) computers for connection :p I am also using IEsuck (IT lab computers, sigh)... my life has officially ended.

I am so reliving my university days.

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posted at 12/15/2008 05:17:00 PM by nekomatta · 2 comments
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