Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Australia | Tangalooma Island

After a good night's rest at Hotel Jen's and a breakie to keep the energy up. Off we went to Holt Street's pier to take the ferry over to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. I didn't get a lot photos during the two days there because Cyclone Marcia decided to hit Australia and we were drenched from head to toe. Luckily, we (each) got a rain coat to at the shop to keep ourselves dry. It came in handy till we left the island itself. It seems to be quite the popular destination for Asians since it was Chinese New Year. There was even a member of staff which even asks our group whether we knew how to speak Mandarin instead for her own sake of convenience, to explain certain instructions and questions of query. Oh well, what can we do? Most of the customers this trip were 80 % Asian. 

Monki Top and Skirt | HM Shoes 

After a long day out in the rain, it was nice to enjoy the afternoon with a good bottle of beer at a very late lunch, 'satisfying' was indeed the word to use. 

Hot and Sour Soup
Seafood Fried Rice
Stir Fry Prawns with Peanuts and Chili 
Sichuan Boiled Fish (Shui Zhu Yu) 
I wasn't too sure when we saw the word 'bugs' on the menu... I mean, who wouldn't question when you see the word bugs? Turns out its another type in the prawn family. Much bigger than a tiger prawn but smaller than a lobster. Because of Cyclone Marcia, there was no end to the pouring rain. It was certain there wasn't much we could do. I was suppose to go dolphin feeding with the rest of the group but I'm not going to lie, I was frightened by the sea of crowd when they rushed to the shore to view and feed the dolphins. Few of us then decided to go and grab a table for dinner instead. So glad we did too! Because the flow of people who went into the restaurant was unbelievable quick! 

Stewed Fish with Preserved Vegetables 
Fried Shrimp Ba

Chinese Dessert (Plain Dumplings)

Day 2 

Chilled with a cuppa Chai Latte 
Lunch time 

After a lunch and letting the food digest, we headed for a quad bike adventure in the rain. It was a good test to myself how well I've actually done with my own makeup too! With the rain on my face, there's no doubt I would have to wipe the water off my face or even rub my eyes a little. The most important for me was to make sure no smudges at all. The worst you can get is panda eyes in the rain! Well, I'm glad everything stayed put where they should be! 

Refreshed, dry and with a few empty bellies, dinner is served! We had more than this but because we were that hungry, these were the only photos I managed to get. We also had some salad, a spaghetti bolognese. And how can we ever miss out on a honeycomb ice cream to end the evening? 

Last photo at Tangalooma Island before heading back to Brisbane
The funniest thing about this trip was that another friend of mine was in Australia doing around the same areas too! Can't wait to see him at his wedding for his big day! To add on top of that, even though we're in the same country, the funny bit is that we never seem to be at the same spot to meet up ever! 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Australia | A Day in Brisbane

Goodbye Melbourne and Helloooooooo Brisbane! 

We stayed at Hotel Jen which is just a 10 minute walk away from the main streets of Queen Street Mall, as well as The Wheel of Brisbane. 

It was really nice of the hotel give us a little Chinese New Year gift. 
The simple accessories I travel with me everywhere I go. I've already had a post about this, check it out (here) if you wanna have a look. Try travelling light! That's the point but in the end you might actually buying more than you thought you would during the trip. Since we couldn't check into our rooms until later in the afternoon, we decided to head out to find us a good spot for lunch. 

Kurilpa Bridge 

I'm not gona lie, but when we walked pass this restaurant, I really couldn't stop laughing. Call me weird from my Asian side but many of my Singaporean friends end their sentences with a "la" and I couldn't help myself from thinking of them when we walked pass Fish La. The other funniest thing to me was when we walked into the Italian restaurant called Julius. All I could then think of is my bestie back in Hong Kong, he's got the oven and everything else named after him! I know it's lame but in a way, I miss my friends when I travel. 

Nice glass of cider for the afternoon 
Left to Right
Pasta of the Day | Pesce del Giorno | Insalata Romana | Prosciutto Pizza 
Since it was raining heavily a little after we were having our lunch and why not enjoy a little dessert slowly anyway? So few of us had an Affogato and enjoyed the sweet coffee till the rain stopped. Since the rain didn't stop till late in the afternoon, we managed to head out from the restaurant when the rain had just stopped, on the way back to the hotel so we can check in, we walked pass the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) where they were showcasing the Japanese Art after 1989 and when I saw the large poster outside of the gallery building, I just had to go in and have a look at the exhibition especially after knowing they had works of Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama included! 

Made with Starbuck's paper bag

One of my favorite shots and visit to at gallery ! 
Both her and I were obsessing over Murakami's creations

Floating Castle 
 After the visit at the gallery, we went back to the hotel to freshen up since we were caught in the rain. Then the sky slowly cleared up and it was a great weather to head to the The Wheel of Brisbane since we had some time to spare and we couldn't really go anywhere further than the area we were staying at. Because the day after, we were off to Tangalooma Island. 

A ride at The Wheel of Brisbane, a gazillion photos later and a quick walk over the Victoria Bridge we headed to a restaurant called Jelly Fish where we read the seafood's pretty good. So why not? Off we went and ordered a whole table of food to share as usual. 


Tiger Prawn 
Tuna | Corn Salad 
Cobia | Swordfish | 

The only thing that ruined some of our moods to end the evening, was the cabs in Brisbane... we know it was not too far to walk back to the hotel but since we have a little one with us who fell asleep, we decided to take a taxi back to the hotel since we didn't have any umbrellas on us and it started to rain again. I won't really say the reason and the whole deal but the taxi was very unpleasant ride back to the hotel. 


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