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February 19, 2011

Melbourne: The Yarra Valley Wineries

before you continue please return to my previous melbourne post HERE. because i had some time in between my hectic work yesterday and feel obliged to share some informative info to all of you so that at least you learn something from this humble blog of mine. so go read about the fun facts about The Little Penguins there (which i actually got from Wikipedia but whatevs just read ok.

now, i know you are getting sick with this. i promise this is the last (but i think there’s one more. pls dont abandon my blog. please… )

it was our last day. but our flight was a midnight flight so we had a full day for another tour around the country. we chose to go for the wineries at the yarra valley because we were thirsty :p and the weather decided to act gloomy. it drizzled, it rained, and it was freaking cold!!! so what’s better than to warm up with some errr….. booze?! and some cheese. owh…. and some lurrrrve with other friendly visitors?!

but before that we stopped at menzie’s creek to pick up some of the coach passengers who went on the old steam train called puffing billy. although we didn’t go for the ride but we had time to take some photos with it. and i know i’ve posted this picture before but it deserves double appearance. so here it is!!


meet the legendary Puffing Billy!!


the eskimo and Puffing Billy!! =.=

our first winery was a place called Fergusson Winery and it was our lunch stop. being a sakai i thought we’ll see those beautiful romantic wineries like those photos we usually see with fresh grapes all ready to be plucked and pop into the mouth. until we saw this…..


errr..... this is all you can see during the winter T____T



at The Fergusson


starters.... it was so yummy i almost ask for more T__T


qeueing for our grilled pork. that's the daughter of the owner. very friendly πŸ˜‰


tadaa.... my greedy portion! :p u cant see the meat it was underneath.... hehe...


the porks were placed at the fireplace and ready to be served.....

and here are some of their wines.


mmmm..... mmmmm.....

our second winery was at Dominique Portet.


it rained earlier and it was freezing cold we cant wait to get inside but i managed to pull a smie.


this is how it looks like inside


the wines that we tasted here.... πŸ™‚

yay! to our third and last winery of the day. Domaine Chandon. for me it was the best one. i miss……


ya... beautiful, no?!

while waiting for our tour guide i wandered around the place. it was a beautiful place indeed.


cute looking building at one corner of the place


the front part of he place 'star'ning πŸ™‚


ahhhh.... cannot wait to taste!! :p


muka tidak sabar =o=


type of oaks used to make the barrels also influence the taste of the wines.... (as far as i remember)


tour around and listened attentively (sometimes) to the tourguide.... and u know what i was doing :p


with new friends from brazil and korea πŸ™‚

we were served with their expensive sparkling wine along with local cheese and fresh bread while soaking up the beautiful view of the winery from their greenpoint room….


this photo doesnt do the justice for the real deal. i tell u it was divine...... *salivating all over again* i miss..... T.T


remember the name. it's one of the best!!


breathtaking.... view overlooking the winery....


the winery.....

so last but not least….


CHEERS!!!!! πŸ™‚

finally!!! phew!! it took me a freaking 4 hours to finish this post i cannot wait to click the ‘publish’ button. WTH!!! (while watching a three-hour hindi movie Hum Tum and now Junior Master Chef Australia at the same time) so i’d really appreciate some blog loving from you by dropping some comments here *shameless* kidding :p (ok, serious!)

be blessed, peeps!!!


February 6, 2011

Melbourne: Meet The Koala!!

::EDIT TO ADD:: -read down on fun facts about Little Penguins.

and the kangaroos!!!!

and the wombats!!!

and the wallabies!!!!!

and the sheep!!!!

and the little penguins!!!!!!!

day 3 was when i actually see, touched (only kangaroos and sheep) australia’s indigenous animals. was so excited!!!!! :DDDDDD

but before that we had a half day in the morning for ourselves so we decided to go to the Queen Victoria Market which was recommended by every person that we asked. well, not actually everyone just the coach and taxi drivers and the hotel receptionists and our previous tour guide and the tourists information centre personnel. QVM was only walking distance from our hotel. plus, it’s a tuesday! fyi, QVM opens everyday except monday and wednesday. wait. let me google victoria market for you…..

ok. found one. you can read some fun facts about QVM HERE. i damn lazy to write an essay about it :p

let’s look at pictures!!

at the queen victoria market.


boomerangs!! i was so tempted to buy but so lazy to carry home T___T


i have no idea what those things are but they look interesting. someone who know can u enlighten me who's still in the dark?!


some are truly funny. again i was very tempted to buy T___T


and u know i'm starting to get lazy if i'm showing photo collages :p

so cute!!! boxing kangaroos!!


for that little feet... aiyoo... *melt*

then before we proceed to our pick up point. we passed by this infamous alley called union la!


cool, right???!!!

here’s some more


more coolness....

then we went to warrook cattle farm.


some of the animals


Wombat!!!! πŸ˜€


finally a kangaroo!! a very sombong one >.<


see... i told u... very sombong >.< kangaroos there dont like me T___T


the sheeps!! baaa... baaaa...


on the way to phillips island.... breathtaking view.... *i miss*

at the koala conservation centre.


lazy koala!


>.< kns!!


the wallaby!! g'day mate!! nice to meet you πŸ™‚

we reached phillips island a little earlier so we had a fast dinner. the weather got colder by the minutes and it started to drizzle. to watch the penguin parade in that kind of weather was pitiful yet exciting and all agony about being too cold were melted away once we saw all the cute little penguins parading their way to their barrows…. cute max!!!!! i can still replay all the scenes in my head now because photography is prohibited during the parade because the flash from the cameras may cause them to become blind. poor thing!

fun facts about little penguins.

The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest species of penguin. The penguin, which usually grows to between 30 and 33 cm tall (12 to 13 inches), is found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile.

Apart from Little Penguins, they have several common names. In Australia, they are also referred to as Fairy Penguins because of their tiny size. In New Zealand, they are also called Little Blue Penguins, or just Blue Penguins, owing to their slate-blue plumage, and they are called Kororā in Māori.

– Wikipedia

usually weighs about 1.5 kilogram on average (2.2 pounds). The head and upperparts are blue in colour, with slate-grey ear coverts fading to white underneath, from the chin to the belly. The flippers are blue. The dark grey-black beak is 3–4 cm long, the irises pale silvery- or bluish-grey or hazel, and the feet pink above with black soles and webbing. An immature individual will have a shorter bill and lighter upperparts. Like most seabirds, they have a long lifespan. The average for the species is 6.5 years, but flipper ringing experiments show in very exceptional cases up to 25 years in captivity

– Wikipedia

and this is how the real little penguins look like.

image source : winterbug.com

although they are small in size they can make such a big noise when they fight for their burrows. haha!! so means that which penguins emerge later from the sea will get the furthest burrows. poor thing!


the closest we can get to take a photo with the little penguins T___T fake ones...

more fun facts.


they like to show off, no?! kns!


LOL!!! i can imagine "THIS IS MINE!!"

and last but not least. remember this before you leave.



that’s it for now. i think i left out some photos but let them be. till next time.

be blessed, peeps!

February 2, 2011

A Little Bit Of Melbourne

Filed under: Australia,Inside The Shutterbug's Bag!! — lv @ 5:13 pm

the garden is not royal botanical garden. it’s actually fitzroy garden. and it is captain cook (not hook) sorry i mislead you before this.

this is basically our day 2. a half day city tour. just cruising around the city, stopped for a bit at some interesting points and snap snap snap!!! that’s it. then we had the rest of the day on ourselves which we spent on shopping!! eeeekk…. that’s when i purchased my supre! πŸ˜€

ok. let’s look at pictures.

at the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


St Patrick’s Cathedral




a statue at the compound. anybody know who is this man?

the fitzroy garden. captain cook’s cottage is there.


perfect for a romantic walk, no?! *jiwang*


it's ok. i'll walk alone this time.... T__T


some random house in the park



ohai beautiful flowers!!


Captain Cook's Cottage


inside of Capt. Cook's Cottage


ahhh.... i can walk or just chill here any day....


very edgy architechtural


i want......!!!!


Shrine of Remembrance




The Flag! one of my fav!!! πŸ™‚


*sob* my throat hurt from refraining myself to cry T___T


and the heroes deserve all the medals


another interesting looking building




the street that i miss....

and dont say i never take any skyline shot laa….



be blessed, peeps!!

January 24, 2011

The Great Ocean Road Adventure

behold. giant (photo) post ahead.

i think no melbourne trip will be complete if you dont go for this great trip along the coastal drives. departing from melbourne city, passed the cute, serene little villages along the way and stop for a little stroll along the pristine sandy beaches at every lookout. for photo enthusiasts, the majestic views along the way will definitely blow your shutter!!

we were greeted with this beautiful sunny day!


whithered maple leaves right after the winter.

#2 this was taken from inside the coach hence the shadow of the windows T____T

a cute church


~country road.... take me home...~


Bells Beach - Home to World Surfing Championships


breathtaking, isnt it?! wanna surf?! :p


our coach of the day

and this is the ever friendly coach captain.


meet Mr. David πŸ™‚ he is uber cool!!

#8 owh… dont forget the big entrace arch….


very quaint houses up the hill

we stopped at a very cute peaceful village called Angelsea….



sun. sand. sea


more sand... :p

then we reached Cape Patton Lookout.

#13 Cape Patton Lookout

one of the beautiful lookouts along the coastal

where you can see this stunning view….


this one somehow reminds me of bali.... i dunno why....


i could lie under those tree and read my book all day long.... any day...

and suddenly the cloud thickened and darkened T____T the weather was so unpredictable!!

#16 Apollo Bay.

and as we continued, the sun reappeared and showered the earth with its beautiful rays of light. i was a happy girl (with a big ass camera)!!


and i thought i could only see this in travel magazines!! (taken from a moving coach *sigh*)

and FINALLY!!! hold. your. breath. NOW.


The Twelve Apostles!!!

eeeeekk!!!! (ok, that’s just me! being sakai as ever T___T)

and i cannot resist to interframed :p who cares how weird i looked with that freshly cut fringe T___T


reminder: do not cut your fringe before a holiday!!!! T____T disaster!!

fun fact: the spectacular Twelve Apostles are a formation of limestone rock stack that rises dramatically from the Southern Ocean. They are named as such just for tourism purposes because there are actually only nine stacks of them. you can wiki more for info :p

you can also opt for a helicopter flight over Twelve Apostles. i didnt go for that because i’ve been on a helicopter many times and for free *lansi* and because i didnt want to spend extra AU$76 for a 15-20mins for that.

#20 The Loch Ard Approach. be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of two survivors aboard The Loch Ard. This is where they were swept and hide at the gorge before help came.

The Loch Ard

#21 from a higher point of view.


one of the gorge

meet The Razorback!!


because it has sharp edges and bumps along its back caused by wind blown spray.

i love the following photo the most that day. simply because i did well with the backlit photo :p yeye!!


my boss! :p

then we reached our final stop. a cute little village called Port Campbell.


The London Bridge. what is it doing down under??!! >.<

yeah. a broken bridge. too bad. that’s the remnants of it after the arch collapsed into the sea in 1990.

and one last beach shot during sunset.


port camble at sunset

and meet the youngest passenger in our coach of the day from india.


hello there, young man!!

am because i am simply vain!!


don't hate :p

be blessed, peeps!!

January 17, 2011

Monday Musings

Filed under: Australia,Monday Musings — lv @ 5:35 pm
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i am still suffering from the hang over of the sudden and overnight dramatic hike of my readers statistic since my Melbourne in Black & White post has been promoted or featured on Freshly Pressed by WordPress.com last weekend. my blackberry alert went off non-stop after that notifying me all the incoming comments. i’m stoked by all the warm and encouraging comments. really. they were just way too good for me as i am actually not even a pro! i am trying my best to reply each and every one of them *determined*. please if you are a returning reader, i appreciate ALL of them. gosh!! i feel like a rock star that i almost wear my ripped jeans and my black leather jacket to work today. yeah. that’s how the impact does to me. awesome!!


instead of jonah i finally shared a topic on submission to the authorities yesterday with the youth group. i left my notes or the verses that should be in the topic at home (myy) and those whom i’ve sms for s.o.s didnt reply my plea. thank God! i used to blog about it some times ago HERE so there. and for the first time i’m glad i’ve ever blogged about it. berguna juga di saat2 genting.


i am still overwhelmed by the overwhelming comments. my heart goes lalalala at every words everytime i read new incoming comments. ya. i cannot stop myself from yapping about it all the time. u wanna sue me?!


JJ from hitz.fm dropped me a comment on my 2010, in my heart post today. Oh! it made my day!!!


glee!! they make my world go round and round. i. cannot. wait!!!


and here is a sneak peek for my next entry. a majority favourite!

The Puffing Billy!! the legendary steam train.

happy monday and be blessed, peeps!!

January 14, 2011

Melbourne in Black & White

because it is one of my favourite kind of photography.

and it is the easiest way to steal time. so i’ll just post some colourless photos of melbourne for your viewing pleasure while i get busy with the rest of it ok.

#1 i like the feel of the movement. i was very sakai.

from a moving coach

#2 david jones was just opposite the hotel. shopping was so convenient :p

through my window

#3 pristine sandy beaches along The Great Ocean Road.

one of the lookout along The Great Ocean Road trip.

#4 a little village called anglesea.

#5 the twelve apostles.

the magnificient twelve apostles

#6 melbourne city. the best city road design in the world. i fell totally in love with their…. roads!

melbourne city

#7 and always give way for the trams.

#8 this one is one of my fav. shrine of remembrance.


#9 flinder’s street station.

meet me under the clock!

#10 the forum theatre. impressive building.

#11 happy children on the puffing billy. the legendary steam train.

i love!

#12 couldnt resist this. they were fellow malaysian.

one for the album πŸ™‚

#13 quaint looking chandeliers at the ferguson winery.

creative much!

#14 barrels and barrels of wines.


#16 domain chandon winery. the best winery that we’ve visited.

spectecular view of the winery.

#17 last but not least. let’s toast for a marvellous year ahead. cheers!!

remember the name.

be blessed, peeps!!

December 9, 2010

my melbourne experience: arrival drama

Filed under: Australia,My Escapades — lv @ 4:17 pm
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i know this is way overdue but i am determine to blog about my melbourne experience before the year end. in fact i am trying to blog all my backlog entries which i’ve fermented way too long in the draft folder. i saw mushrooms all over the folder already. fo’real.

i’ve always wanted to visit a place other than asian countries. and it is one of my errmm… things-to-do-before-getting-married or things-to-do-before-30 kinda list :p and why are you laughing?! T___T and as i was browsing through AA as usual whenever i have free time in between work i chanced upon their AA Go package and it was found to be worth it. a 6D4N (return flight + accomodation + tour) package RM2199 per person. i was thrilled!!!!!! but who’s gonna go with me?! cos i know everyone that’s crossed my mind wont be available. *sigh* BUT…. i remembered there’s one person who used to say ‘if u are going to melbourne, count me in.’ and guess what, of all the people in the world, this time my travel partner was my boss!!! haaa….. beat that!!

we picked the end of august. it was the end of winter ushering in spring. the weather was cold 10-16 degree celcius. we were grateful for the 1st three days the weather was wonderful. the sun was out. but the wind was harsh it chilled to the core of my bones. thank goodness i brought my thermal wear i wore them almost everyday :p

hmm… so here are the things you need to do/bring (just a humble tips);
1. passport! duh!!
2. apply your visa. you do that here in just few minutes.
3. your printed itinerary by AA (important! and fyi, this was the 1st time i went for vacation on a package tour so i was being cautious and organised :p)
4. your winter attires (jackets, socks, gloves, hat, boots, scarf, thermal wear)
5. lip balm (if u have a crappy chappy lips like me which cannot stand extreme weather)
6. cash. please do not do the convertion at the airport. they charge higher. do it at you nearest money changer. i converted mine at kl sentral.
7. bring universal charger. different country different power point.
8. extra bag to store your shopping
9. a book / psp (eight hours yo!)
10. camera with big memory card storage! :p

eh, tell me if you are sick of my checklists ok. sorry. i am long winded and like to reapeat myself sometimes :p

there were some last minute changes on our flight prior to our departure dates. but all went well after that. we reached melbourne around midnight. so we actually lost one day in the flight alone T____T (i did feel i a little bit like being cheated but wth we arrived safe and sound so no harm at all)

this is how it looked like during check in at LCCT…..

such a long queue during check in but only 2 counters open.... *shakes head*

i still managed to catch a glimpse of the sunset πŸ™‚


we arrived around midnight. oh i told you already :p while waiting for our luggages i took out labo and took some photos as that’s what a photographer do (wth) just to be called and warned by a sterned-school-principal-look-alike woman T_____T saying no camera was allowed at that area. ok. i just made a scene. fml. T_____T some of the tourists started to keep their cameras back into their pocket. ok. i just got caught because my camera appeared to be the biggest one T____T and there was indeed a sign of ‘no camera allowed’ there that i must have missed it.

and then the most unexpected event happened after we’ve got our luggages. jeng… jeng… jeng…. believe it or not we were being held for interrogation q&a session by the security personnels which we’ve no idea how and what prompt them to be so suspicious toward us. do i look like a drug pusher?! T____T we were asked for our passports and our itineraries (what for this one?). and then suddenly we were asked to walk on a different lane from the rest of the passengers. a red lines lane. while the rest walked on yellow lines lane. kns!! we felt like VIP and suspects at the same time T___T we were asked to open up our luggages. they rummaged every nook and cranny of anne’s luggage while me on the other hand was bombared with millions of irrelevant questions eg:
where are you from?
can you pls show us our passport?
*flip flip*
what were you doing in Brunei? (KNS!! why only ask about Brunei? why not Sg.? Thailand? Hong Kong? Indonesia? T____T alang2 betul!)
what do you do for a living?! ( i was so tempted to lie i am a student. kns!)
do you bring USD10K cash? (i’m a broke employee…..)
what is your purpose to melbourne? (to bomb your country, can?!)
where do you stay here?! (sheesh…. !! was so tempted to say kaki lima)
who bought your ticket?! (OMG!! is this relevant?! do i look so stupid that i dunno how to purchase flight ticket!? huarrggg!!!!)
how did you come to know about this tour package? (kns la!)
and this last question was epic…. wait. for. it.
why do you carry such a big camera?!! are you reporter or something?! (i almost fainted with this one!)

after 20 minutes of long winded q&a session with hundreds set of eyes curi2 glanced at us whenever they passed us we were finally released. and the stupidiest thing was we didnt even ask why we were being held for such drama of all the people who just arrived T_______T kns!!

just so u know actually we were not the only people who were asked to open up luggage. some of the passangers too. the only thing that set us apart from the rest was that we were in a different lane and we were asked millions of questions T______T

we reached our hotel and was thankful that it was right at the heart of the city. and apparently only the two of us took the package on that date. great!

our room πŸ™‚

hmmm… nothing much to do when u reach a place at midnight in winter time. so the next best thing was to sleep…. zzZZZzz….

i shall blog about my next experience in a diff post. before that. just to show you one more picture. a sneak peek. kns!

our first breakie πŸ™‚

stay tune for my next MME, k. answer la… i need motivation T.T

be blessed, peeps!!

August 31, 2010

Happy Merdeka from Melbourne City

Filed under: Australia,My Escapades — lv @ 10:38 pm
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helllo there all!!
that’s where i am now.
it’s winter here but there’s no snow (unless u go to the mountain)
but it’s gonna be the first day of spring tomorrow.
just wanna wish everyone a Happy Merdeka Day.
btw, it was Melbourne Day yesterday.
hmmm…. i dunno what else i wanna type.
tomorrow will be my last day here before i fly back midnight 😦
the yarra valley is on the list tomorrow and bad news is the weatherman said that it’s gonna rain tomorrow 😦
but i hope the wine tasting will keep us warm despite the rain.
thank God that the weather was on our side since the first day we reached till today.
but although it was sunny the wind was super chilly especially today when we saw the penguins…. grrrr…
nevertheless i like the weather πŸ™‚
u see ppl training / jog around the park at odd hours of 10am-2pm.
wth, with weather so cool like this i would probably do that too. anytime.
and whoever jog at that hours in malaysia will surely die of dehydration.
anyhoo, it’s about celebrating the bday of our country today so i shall talk about good things about it.
like, errmmm… we have abundant supply of chillies!!!! LOL!!
i hardly find chilli here T___T even sauce for the chips they only have tomato sauce.
k lah that’s all that i can think of right now.
ppl here are polite and kind and friendly which i so wish malaysian would be too. pls…

my time is limited.
so here’s a toast for our Independent Day!!

p/s: i so wanted to post some pics but like i said i have so limited time so stay tune….

with love,

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