Monday, March 31, 2014

Trip to Melbourne.. Part I of 5

This was quite a last minute planned trip. But decisions was made fast. Considered a 6 days trip to Melbourne. Here we go:

Us in the cab.. otw to airport

My lil man in crime. I brought two luggage bags in tow... I brought very little clothes.. best excuse to shop.

The smaller bag merely weight 4.7kg. 

My cute mom.
If you think only teenagers and young adults are into selfie and social media.. think again.

My 2 precious gems.

My handsome boy at the departure gate. He was so excited about taking a flight again as the previous time we took a plane was in 2010.. also to Aussie but it was to Perth rather.

A bookworm will always be a bookworm, no matter where he is.

Read to board. 
17 March 1955hrs
Destination: Sin-Mel in under 7hrs 35 min
DAY 1: 18 March 2014

Here are more photos upon arriving in Melbourne on 18th March 2014 

We are at the lobby of our apartments.
We are very happy to be staying with my cousin, B!

In the morning of our arrival, we decided to venture into the very famous Queen Victoria Market!

We had to walk for about 10 minutes. Along the scenic way, we saw an empty playground.

Chanced upon a typical postbox

Finally we arrived!

Then hunger pangs kicked in..
A very expensive and not so yummy meal.
AUD$9.8 per sandwich.

This part of the market that sells vegetables. 

We were all so awed by this HUGE pumpkin that merely cost AUD$1.99
Can you see Isa's tired face?
Because he merely slept less than 3 hrs during the whole flight.

After this we had to go back to the apartment and ALL of us took a good nap!

Soon it was late afternoon.. and we had to find food again!

This was where we stayed. No. Batman was not around.

I had to google where was the closest Coles.

And as meal were really expensive, we see the point to have home cooked dinner.
Dear mom whipped up a simple yet yummy fare.

Post dinner.

This was supper for our first night in Melbourne.

DAY 2: 19 March 2014

Us along King's Street

Typical city view

Bus stop

Us waiting for the free City Circle Tram, no 35.

The tram stop was situated right in the middle of the road.

This is how the paid tram looks like.

And this is how the free tram looks like.
Cool and quite vintage.

Someone offered a seat for Isa!

A Melbourne exclusive signage.

I was suppose to meet my dear friend at Melbourne Central. We actually alighted at the wrong stop and we had to walk back. This trip made me realized that the people in Melbourne are okay with walking. And I mean lots of walking. They can walk up to a typical 20minute just to get to where to they want to go. A typical single way tram/bus/train rides starts from AUD$5. This only makes me very appreciate of our public transport system here in SG.

Cheeky Isa and his poses.

Another challenging thing about is about eating out here in Melbourne.
Food is generally not cheap. If you are lucky, you can get a small serving of meal from AUD $7. So we had to turn to Mac. A 6 piece nugget meal, drink and fries, with an ice cream costs me AUD$10+

Here are at Melbourne's Chinatown.
We actually signed up for a day tour at this local tour agency who hired PRC as their counter staff. Not very fantastic service. More on the next post.

Then we had to head on to Target!
Their quite famous departmental stores in which I spent over AUD$60+ for toys and clothes for the kiddos. Money well spent I would say as a typical Hotwheel set only cost AUD$15 when there are selling the same thing in Singapore for SGD$39!
So my happy boy got a hotwheel set and a Lego Ninja set.

Along the walkway..

The Victoria State Library where everyone just chillax and sits on the lawn and read.

Soon, we sent my mom and Isa back to the apartment.
My friend J and I continued to venture into the Wednesday night of Victoria Market.

The crowd at Victoria Market on a wednesday night was not something that is for the weak hearted.

My dear friend J and I!
Bride-to-be was very busy. She took her leave soon and I continue on my food journey!

I had to tabao this back to my apartment.

Then I saw my cousin, B, trying to fix the Lego set for Isa.
What a tiring day.

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