Sunday, 27 May 2012

Melbourne'11 part I,

Good Sunday to all, I'm finally getting down to archiving my six day Melbourne family trip in Winter June 2011 and posting them in (hopefully) bite-sized parts teehee. Touched down on the first day all groggy, but had to wait for the room which could only be ready at 2pm so we decided to take a stroll down to the famous Queen Victoria market for lunch (which we returned back on our last day to get more goodies). We stayed at Ibis hotel on Little Burke street, which was pretty cosy and public transport was readily available in the vicinity ♥ I took some film pictures (the first time playing around with my SLR) here in a previous post.

What I absolutely adore when I head overseas is that you can actually see the sky horizons, painting such a picturesque landscape 360 degrees round which is such a delight to both the eyes and the soul. It's such a refreshing change from the cluttered high-rise buildings and skyscrapers in Singapore (even though I can't deny that the night skyline in the Central Business District is tremendously gorgeous)

Leaving our luggage behind with the Concierge, we cut through the Central park area which turned out pretty cold despite the merciless sun. Ironically, I think I got a sunburn on the way there, and a cold on the way back. The temperatures aren't so bad in the day, unless of course a cold draft comes along because the wind is very icy.

Greeted by glorious fruit, handicraft and busking street opera singers (What a dream) belting out classics like Phantom of the Opera pieces was reinvigorating, especially since we were tired out from the flight there. With the large variety of delicacies and handicraft, Queen Victoria market reminded me of London's Borough market, except that the latter has more upmarket gourmet cuisine. If you want to know, the Market stalls are open everyday, other than Mondays and Wednesdays :) (During the summer months, a night market filled with live entertainment, bars and dining and such can be found on Wednesday evenings) We made a lunch pit stop for cheesy tortellini and smoked chicken sandwiches. Of all choices, my sister had to settle for prata...Asian cuisine is slightly more expensive there so I suggest you settle for local food if you ever visit.

Made a mistake to wear my sandals out because my toes were freezing by the time we got back to the hotel! Not many pictures taken on the first day since we were all exhausted from traveling, we slept very soundly until 10pm in which we aptly woke up for an instant noodles supper and went back to slumber. What's noteworthy was that we were abruptly woken up by the sharp shrill of the hotel fire alarm (Holy macaroni, it was a real emergency) Imagine being in a state of panic whilst being half conscious, and whisked away into the bitter cold in your pyjamas - our Aussie hotel neighbours were very considerate and kindly offered to check things out at the reception. Even calling the emergency hotline warranted no response, gosh! So we scuttled out across the hallway to my parents, escaped through the stairs emergency route half-dressed and were greeted by firefighters outside the hotel. They never really told us what happened, but assured us that the situation is under control (I think it was a leak somewhere) and we headed back up to our cosy slumber.

Till the next post with more pictures of us haha, ciao!

Melbourne Part IV
Melbourne Part V

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