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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Melbourne Day 3

So it was already Day 3 in Melbourne, and today we went to Victoria Market to get some groceries to cook dinner at home.

Aiyo, i scared man!! everyone shouting here and there to get your attention to buy from their stall! Got loads of stalls selling the same thing summore!!

Then, want to buy cheese also stress, damm a lot of varieties!! want to buy cheddar but got all kinds, mature la, vintage la......all i know is Kraft Singles, Kraft Low Fat.....u know the ones you usually get at jaya jusco supermarketvictoria market...

rock melon...cheap cheap AUD$2 only

mushroom.....of the legal kind ok...so cheappppp!!

After that, we went for 'Yum Cha' which is the term the ozzies use for having dim sum. Just say let's have dim sum la....yum cha is different la!

G - I - A

someone took away my camera

Gia.....your japanese kawaii pose.....u think cute?

Justin....my bro-in-law....can't take a proper picture

Joanna...his wife.....boleh-la

after 'yum cha', stopped by a road side to take picture with trees

then we transported joanna and justin to Japan

and meifern grew out of the rumput in Mari-Burung

Dinner time came and my dear B-I-L (Bro in Law) brought Krispy Kreme's!! After 3 days in Melbourne, now only got KK....what took it so long to arrive??!!

Anyways, the ladies prepared the food, while the guys slept.... how normal right. These are some of the dishes that were prepared....

Babi.....bagus!!

udang.....and expensive kai lan

morning glory sprouts....i think

chicken with potatoes and gravy...australian chicken damm huge

the eat-ers and the cook-ers...

fernny introducing peter to the Melb crowd

Melb crowd puzzled and scared??

Then it was off to a club to celebrate Merdeka.....the club was full of asians, young nubile asian (mostly malaysian) girls. Felt like uncles and aunties la...but beer damm cheap....AUD$7 for a pint, malaysia where can get a pint of freshly brewed beer for so cheap??? SO VALUE!!

Anyways, the club felt like zouk, only colder coz it was winter.....

And after party supper was Hungry Jacks (Burger King for us).....daaaaaaaaaammmmm J U I C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ................

no pics....didn't bring camera out.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

M E L B O U R N E

So, we arrived at Melbourne.....all safe and sound although a bit tired and having to walk out of the airplane at 7am in the cold Melbourne winter morning and collecting our baggage's in a outdoor baggage carousel....

already in the safe confines of the real Melbourne airport waiting for fernny fern fern and wendy bendy to arrive

the first thing that aiping needs.....a AUD$4 coffee....that's bloody RM12 man....!! die la, cannot convert from AUD to RM, we won't be eating anything if we do that!!

Maribyrnong......which sounds like Mary Burung......we've finally arrived, for sure coz we don't see trees which have no leaves....B E A U T I F U L!!

wendy bendy, got space inside the house, you want to sleep outside next to the car so that you can look out for your 307 CC dream car

justin chan in his green house office

wendy bendy in the cold Melbourne winter morning

fernny fern fern doing a lena beena...."look at me, take a photo"

going out to execute Surprise No.1


since we can't afford to fly to Uluru, have to make do with this uluru looking building la

A bit of some back story to Surprise No.1. GiaMin, have been living in Melbourne for the past 12 years albeit the shuttling back and forth to KL yearly....anyways, she has been asking us to come visit her for the past 12 years la, and we always say cannot la, coz the flights are too expensive la, no money la, this la, that la...... you know la.

So, since MeiFern was going over to visit Justin and we found some cheap-er tickets over at tiger airways, we decided to finally go over la....

so, with careful planning and teamwork with Lena beena, we made giamin think that MeiFern, Wendy. Lena and another friend was going over.....

Giamin did not suspect ANYTHING!!

aips, hiding at the corner of where we were supposed to meet up

didn't have any pictures of the surprise (might post the video when we eventually edit it) but all i can say is that i may have gone deaf in one ear and also have some crushed ribs

i am not crying ok....

the italian restaurant in a alley of an alley that we went to

some kinda pasta....don't know the name, whack only

of coz, what's dinner without BYO wine

playing back surprise no.1

after 12 years, i finally made it to Melbourne

sex shops....wooohooooo

trees without leaves.....NICE!

Surprise No.2 was aiping's brother, Justin Kui, who has been here for a year and a half.....no reaction la, lousy bugger, so stoned!! No fun, no reaction!!

the 2nd surprise-ee

Some posing posing pictures around the city


off to some drinks and cigars....

the re-united couple

cigar lighting

the heaters, looks like some kinda contraption where you can cook kebabs, so if you were to surround people with these heaters, we could be human kebabs

supermodel

that's the end of day 1 in Melbourne, 11 days more to enjoy this freezing cold winter weather.

Our BUDGET adventure

OK.....so, we're going to Melbourne.....on a VEEERRRRY tight budget. So our travel itinerary was going to be something like this:

8am - 2pm: Bus ride on First Coach from Bandar Utama to Singapore
2pm - 6pm: figure out how to get to Changi airport by MRT, figure out whether Tiger airways flies out of Changi or the budget terminal and execute the plan.
6pm - 12am: Tiger airways to Darwin
12am - 2am: figure out if this will be a transit flight or a flight where we got to get out bag out and check it in again
2am - 7am: Tiger airways to Melbourne

so, no pictures of the bus ride on First coach, was watching Blood Diamond and falling in and out of sleep (only had an hours sleep the night before). Lucking thing for on demand video, you can watch any movie you want, and time you want to.

so we arrived in Singapore, had lunch at Burger King....i've always wondered why the Mushroom Swiss in Singapore tastes so much better than the ones they make in KL......don't they have a SOP to follow??

Anyways, decided to be kiam siap and take the MRT to changi altough we were lugging around 2 big suitcases and 2 cabin sized luggages.

reached changi, got misdirected into the wrong terminals twice!! (always go straight to the Information counter and not ask random strangers for instructions!)

Took a skytrain from the brand spanking new Terminal 3 to Terminal 2, transferred to a shuttle bus out to the budget terminal.....

we thought we were kiasu to arrive even 2 hours before the check in time, but this is the line that we encountered once we were there!!

documenting our wait in the almost bare budget terminal....none of the glitz and glamour of the brand spanking new Terminal 3......budget is REEEAAALLLLYYY budget!!

forgot to print out our e-ticket, had to access e-mail to get the ticket number

the budget trolly at the budget terminal

the budget people lining up for best seats

the cabin sized luggage that aips packed.....a free gift from esso when you buy motor oil.....it's such a crap bag that we had to transform it to ....

this bag!! it was going for cheap at the airport, so we decided to get it.

at least the planes were looking not too budget-y....

we had to purchase own food and drinks.....so aips decided to go for wine in a can

only one wine in a can on a budget airline vs. food and unlimited drinks on a conventional airlines......is they money saved really worth the travelling time wasted and all the inconvenience of lugging big sized luggages all around singapore???