Monday, July 25, 2011

ABC

Weekend started happily but ended up with some unexpected mood. Oh well, not gonna share what happened coz it is something that I would never want to mention it again.

Alright, back to topic. The title doesn't mean that life here or studies are as easy as ABC.

I make it stands for "And I am in Melbourne, surrounded by Beer and Chocolate" =)

Went to try Max Brenner on Saturday night with Sarah. Both of us decided not to follow the group to St. Kilda's Beach to spot penguins as both of us were freezing cold, even at home. So yeah, we walked to Melbourne Central and try the hot chocolates. It has high reputation and we always see crowds.

I tried the milk chocolate, Sarah ordered white chocolate and we shared a waffle.

My milk chocolate was really satisfying. Heart melted with a sip of chocolate. Ok, I need to admit that I'm a bit exaggerating. Chocolate is my new favourite! Not to forget to mention about the chocolate waffle. It was really really nice! And, you will feel guilty after eating them coz the chocolate will fill up every single space of your mouth. =P
* so this is the chocolate waffle!!*
*My Milk Chocolate*

About beer, I tried once in Red Scooter party and I had another one glass today with my dinner. That's specifically for beer. I've tried wines and vodka also.

Liquors are always much cheaper than fruit juices or other non-alcoholic beverages. It costs me 2 bucks as an add-on to get the glass of beer today.

BEER

It is obvious that I'm not having a healthy life here. XP

Friday, July 22, 2011

My legs are strong!

This is my 2nd week in Melbourne. Oh well, it was more happening as compared to last week. At least, I visited more places, walked more and cooked with my housemates. =D

So, continue from last post, where I ended with Red Scooter party last Friday night. On Saturday night, we cooked our first meal ever in my 3rd home. We cooked ABC soup and fried vege. Simple, nice and healthy. =D

*posing with the food, looking freaking tired*

Oh well, I forgotten what I did on Saturday morning and noon. Probably just unpacked my luggage and went out for grocery shopping.

Sunday was very packed but I really enjoyed. Went to Flagstaff Garden with Sue Yen before heading to Queen Victoria Market. Just to take a look and snapped some nice photos with the grass, trees and flowers. I love nature!!



And we had potluck at night with the guys we met during orientation. Sunway campus exchange students rocks!! =)


The guys stayed over at our place and we went to Shrine of Remembrance after having lunch at Menya, Elizabeth Street on Monday. I kinda like the food they served. Big portion and yummy!


*Favourite photo of the day*

Tuesday, we went to DFO to shop after orientation. Orientaion in Parkville campus was really "cute". ONLY 5 of us with the admin. We had a brief presentation as introduction, campus tour by senior and lunch with the admin again at Primary Cafe. The whole orientation programme took us around 3 hours only. And we spent 45 minutes walking to Parkville campus from our place. LOL

Parkville campus is really small as compared to Clayton campus. But since we are only having one faculty there, it is much better compared to our building 3 back in Sunway. But I still prefer the 3 floors library in Sunway campus. Maybe i will have better feeling towards the library after I camp there.

Back to my brief summary of 2nd week life in melbourne. We went to DFO by taking the free city circle tram. Walked quite a distance to actually reach DFO. We need to walk pass the bridge in order to get there. So, to be a typical tourist, I have the photo below. XD
* The wind is too strong till I have to hold my hair. LOL *

I got 2 dresses from Rip Curl in DFO!! Yeah!! And a short which costs me 5 bucks. Dirt cheap!

On Wednesday, money-saving day. Since I went out everyday and spent a lot on shopping. Sarah and I decided to stay at home to rest and we cooked wantan soup for dinner! *proud* =D Dang dang dang dang!!!
* the wantanSSS look so pretty yummy huh? *

On Thursday, we went Clayton in the morning to meet up with the others. Walked all the way to Springvale just to try that CHEAP 5 bucks lunch. It took us 3 hours plus to and fro just to have the lunch. Ok, I swear I'll never do that again. I almost sweat and can really feel the warmness in my body. Oh man, it's winter and I can make myself sweaty!

After that lunch, we went to Chadstone for a walk. The largest shopping I've been to in Melbourne, till now. It is really a nice shopping spot. But we were lack of time and spent like 45 mins there and headed to the beach. BRIGHTON BEACH in winter!!

*it's weird to pose with winter jacket on the beach though*

*all the crazy people on Brighton beach*

And so today (Friday), we went to Parkville campus to ask about our timetable. FYI, we haven't get our timetable yet and classes are starting this coming Monday. Yeah, no class for the entire sem! XD

We showed Hesmond our cafeteria and the snakes in the caferia. The snake was being fed with rat. Ewww... I wonder why we have this in cafeteria.
*Snake eating the rat in CAFETERIA*

We went Lygon street to hunt for some nice Italian food. And we dropped by this restaurant -- Cafe Cavallino. Sarah and I planned to go to the other one but it is further down the street and we were hungry. So, we just picked a restaurant that has a lot of customers. And it ended up satisfying. Much better than the 4 bucks salty pizza I had for consecutive 2 Thursday nights at Lucky Coq, Chapel street.
*Posing with the 4 flavours large pizza. 3 of us sharing of coz. XD*

We went grocery shopping after lunch. Bought a red wine and 4 bottles of Vodka @ Dan Murphy, QV. =P

Cooked dinner also. It looks healthy right?

That's all for my 2nd week in Melbourne. Hopefully 3rd week will be much happening but not so tiring. haha.. Stay tuned people! I'll try to update more often.

DO MISS ME okay??

Monday, July 11, 2011

Everything is fresh!! (1st week in Melbourne)

Had been here for one week. Basically just went for orientation talks & events and grocery shopping.
I'm so tired of walking on the same streets. Explore explore explore! Mission for next week!

Last weekend was filled by grocery shoppingSSS.
Amelia's uncle fetched us to Footscray and Watergardens to shop for cheaper groceries.
Sarah, Eunice and me @ Amelia's uncle's house =)

Then, we went to settle our bank and payments on Monday. Walked around the city (to be particular, just that few streets) and dropped by Hungry Jack for lunch. It's the Aussie's Burger King. Nothing to be fancy over.

Me and Sue Yen with our wrap and burger, respectively. =)
A nice experience anyway. Fries are good.

Got myself 2 pairs of boots while walking along the streets. Yeah!! My sport shoes doesn't work here. So, boots saved my life! LOL~
Street view is loved!!

Another day: Walking on the streets after orientation @ Clayton and took some random shots. One of my favourites!!

On Wednesday evening, joined the Orientation evening activity and visited Eureka Skydeck 88. The lift is amazing! It brought us up 88 floors in seconds! The Melbourne city night view is stunning. But all the building looks similar to me in dark with lights on. haha..
Group pic! Malaysians, Hayley(from HK) and Steph. =)

Another group pic of the night after visiting Eureka skydeck @ Swanston St.

Another orientation talk on Thursday. So, we went to Clayton early morning. Got my OZ student ID as well.

Joined the evening activity (dinner-pizza @ chapel's street). So, I walked around Clayton campus as it was early before meeting time. Sports centre is a really nice place with awesome facilities. The field is HUGE!! Clayton campus even has lakes and gardens. It's so cool~

This is a part of Clayton campus. =O

On Friday, we went to settle our payments before start preparing for the Red Scooter event. Had a Bacon, Egg and Cheese pie from Pie Face.
*slurps* SO CUTE, isn't it?

Then, had a great party at night. It's my first time being into such place. Brand new and unforgettable experience. I looked red in most of the pic. But people, I'm not drunk, at all. My nose turned red in cold. =P

Us on the super huge chair.



So, that's the summary of this week. My first week in Melbourne. This city has more places waiting for me to explore.

Mission for next week: Visit more awesome places.

Have a great weekend guys!! I miss everyone in Malaysia!!

Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night! Not about party. But it was exciting.
It's our departure time to Melbourne, my current location.
My family sent me off all the way from hometown to airport, which spent us about 4 hours.
Dad must be tired of driving as they traveled back on the same day and reached home around 3 in the morning.

Let's talk about my pre-departure experience.
Since 5 of us departing together, there are 5 families there to send each of us off.
Other than family members, few of them have friends to send them off.
Of course, our lovely coursemates came all the way to airport to send us too.
Really feel thankful as it was really a great effort for them to come all the way, especially under that road-blocks-everywhere condition.
It was suppose to be a surprise for us but I got to know it 2 days before. Yeah, that's one of the reasons why I didn't tear off in the airport.
Got phone calls from dearest roomie and James too.
Got a few texts too. I'm sorry if I didn't reply as I was too busy saying goodbye in the airport.
BIG THANK YOU to everyone! You guys are really awesome! And, I'm getting used to this new place now. No worries.
Will keep updating my blog. Need to take more photos from today onwards! I took less than 50 photos these days. Oopsss!! XD

Friends and family. XOXO

~Family photo~



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Some words to tell

In less than 48 hours time, I'll be boarding to my dream land.
If you were to ask me to describe my feelings now, I would say that I'm excited and non-stop thinking about what will happen there. I have pretty good imagination.
That's a strange city for me. Have been wanted to go there for years and finally dream comes true.
I had a thought of not applying for this programme. I thought of rejecting the offer.
These thoughts came when things went wrong. When things happened not according to my expectation.
Thanks to my family and friends who encouraged me. Asked me not to think about the negative parts and pursue my dream.
Things still went wrong. I lost my love one before I leave.
I promise, I'll have a good life there. Take good care of myself and enjoy every moment.
I'll miss everyone. Seriously.