48 Hours in Melbourne (Part 2)

May 21, 15 at 10:18 pm

After dinner, some went back to the hotel to call it a day, while some of us went to check out the night scenery.

Starting at Southern Cross Railway Station, we walked towards Crown Casino and its surroundings.

Melbourne CBD

Melbourne at night

48 Hours in Melbourne (Part 1)

May 14, 15 at 11:56 pm

How do you spend 48 hours in Melbourne?

We have limited time in the city and we pretty much wanted to do as much as we could from sightseeing to having the best coffee in the city.

We have not planned things out to the exact details. Meticulous planning is considered a taboo to me nowadays – I prefer to decide my next destination on the spot as it excites me (although we have decided on the major destinations to cover). Something I should even do more often. But all in all, the key important thing to have, is a bunch of travel buddies that ride on the same wavelength as you, if not something bad is gonna happen.

I won’t share with you the negative side of the trip – that’s not the point of this blog anyway.

So, 48 hours in the city?

Join a free tour! Yes, it is totally free!

We joined the 2:30pm crowd and it was totally worth. Although it’s free, we decided to pool some money as a token of appreciation!

As the meeting point was at the State Library of Victoria, we took the opportunity to check out the ultra cool library. I’d totally chill here the entire day if such library exists in my own country.

Victoria Library

State Library of Victoria

Weekend Getaway – Sekeping Serendah

Nov 8, 12 at 2:33 am

Last year, we chilled and relaxed at this place. This year, we planned an even shorter getaway that is only 45 minutes away from KL. Even though it’s near, we still had to wait for about 5-6 months before this came to reality. It’s not that Sekeping Serendah is hard to book, but making everyone to commit to the date is harder than we ever thought. Fortunately, it didn’t seem a long wait to me as I had quite a number of stuffs to do in between the date. So that day finally came, and we gathered yet again.

It was pouring that day, and we were caught in horrendous jam for about an hour before reaching Sekeping Serendah. Thank goodness we didn’t lose our way as the map provided by Sekeping management is not really helpful at all. Fortunately, I recorded a video of the journey, so for future visitors to Sekeping Serendah, you can watch the video that will bring you right to the doorstep. (Refer to the video at the of the post)

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We stayed at Foundry (Warehouse) that sleeps 14 person. The house is pretty bare (no walls except for the toilets) and everything is pretty much open concept. Keeping things to simple and minimal, you have a kitchen with basic things like fridge, stove, kettle and cutlery. Some of these things are not in good condition, take for example the fridge isn’t cold at all and the stove is only half-working.

Sekeping Serendah

NZ 2012 – Day 10 – Franz Josef to Greymouth

Jul 25, 12 at 1:21 am

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Day 10
Franz Josef to Greymouth

Google Maps - Franz Josef to Greymouth

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Our journey so far has brought us to many and incredible things that we have not seen before. We have seen the ridiculously breathtaking lakes, mountains and seas. What else is there we have yet to explore? Walking on glacier? Let’s do it!

We were dead worried prior to signing up the half day glacier walk package. We totally had no idea how difficult the walk would be. We played mind games with each other trying to convince that the walk would be a fun one, but deep inside, we know it will not be an easy walk.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is just a mere 5 minutes walk from our hostel. After signing the indemnity form, we were ushered to a room to get our walking boots, crampons and jackets. Then, we waited for the bus which got us to the starting point of the walk.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km to the south, it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest.

NZ 2012 – Day 8 – Queenstown to Wanaka

Jun 19, 12 at 8:52 am

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Day 8
Queenstown to Wanaka

Queenstown to Arrowtown to Wanaka

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We were definitely having a great holiday so far! Starting from the minute we touched down until Day 7, we have been enjoying our limited stay in NZ. With all the activities that we had so far, we did not realize that our trip is coming to an end soon. We just wanted to enjoy the moment as much as we could!

Our Day 8 started at Queenstown, and we drove leisurely towards Arrowtown, located about 20 minutes drive away.

Arrowtown
Autumn

NZ 2012 – Day 7 – Queenstown

Jun 14, 12 at 11:30 am

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Day 7
Queenstown

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Our day started with typical breakfast consisting of bread, muesli, mushroom soup, soy milk and energy bars. Way too healthy for us. 🙂

We then took a brief walk to the Real Journeys office located just 3 minutes from our hostel and immediately we saw the classic TSS Earnslaw Steamship docking proudly at the jetty.

TSS Earnslaw @ Queenstown
TSS Earnslaw