And so it begins…
On yet another new blog. The last time I created a blog was eons ago (Okay that’s a tad bit of an exaggeration as it was actually 5 years back) but it sort of failed as it was a particularly stressful time for me and hence, trying to maintain that blog was pretty tough.
The reason why I felt propelled to create a serious blog is only because all of my friends have amazingly crafted blogs that are filled with such fascinating tales of adventure and encounters in their life. So I guess it is finally time to jump on the bandwagon and do something about it.To be honest, it took me hours to figure out which Blog skin to use as those kiddish ones that scream pink and psychedelic filled the website page.
Because my life hasn’t been interesting in the past couple of days, I decided to kick start this blog by posting about my experiences in Brisbane, Australia. Now my sister (Lyds)suggested that I visit her in Australia during the Ester holidays (Which is in May) as she would be able to give me a tour around Brisbane when the airline, Scoot, was giving out their generous discounts during Valentine’s Day. Then came the biggest screw up of 2014 because while I was booking my flight during a talk by some guest speaker that Dr Lai invited for our Forensic Science class , I accidentally booked the flight for April instead of May *Smacks head*.
This realization only dawned on me when I was having lunch after a study session at the library (During the study week before our final exams). Hell broke loose in my mind and I was panicking because my friends already made plans to fly to Bali during that period of time and this mistake would really screw everything up. But thank goodness everything was settled in the end as Mel was able to convince everyone to postpone the trip to a later date.
HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF
– Fast forward after Final Year Paper –
The flight to Gold Coast, Australia took me around 8 hours and when I finally reached the airport, I had to search for the guy from Travel Link (Booked beforehand) who then took me to my sister’s room mates place in Brisbane to crash. Unfortunately for me, Lyds wasn’t able to join me as she still had to attend school and could only hang out with me on Saturday.
Did some sightseeing at Brisbane river where I was able to take some decent shots. My first impression of Brisbane was that it was a nice (But slightly boring) place with cooler weather and friendlier people, but way more expensive stuff especially when eating out. However, the good thing about it is that you pay for what you get as the portions served are simply enormous and best of all, the GSTs are already included in the price which means you don’t have to go all Singaporean and whip out your calculator to calculate it.
I then went to explore Toowong village before heading to the supermarket to shop for some groceries which comprised of mainly chicken breasts and rice, but i guess everything tastes good when you’re hungry.
The view of Brisbane River
Had Sloppy Joe’s at a cafe near Toowong Village
It was finally time to visit the CBD area and here in Brisbane, the transportation system is inferior as compared to the one in Singapore (So try to be a bit more appreciative haha) as there is an agonizingly long waiting time. The buses here are really punctual and Jun Yung, who warned me about it, was right (As always). Hence, you will need to plan your trip beforehand unless you don’t mind missing the bus and waiting for the next one which can be as long as 1 hour.
Now it was time to hunt for the renowned Noosa Chocolate Factor that sells a wide variety of chocolate (Duh), delicious chocolate mocha and even coffee. One of my personal favourite is the Dark Chocolate Rocky Road that is made up of a mixture of Dark Chocolate and Marshmallows.
Did a lot of walking and also visited the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower which was pretty cool as I was able to go up. There was also a museum which had an unusual display of Kangaroo’s testicles and not forgetting the history behind the Brisbane River.
In the evening, I then headed to Mt.Coo-tha where I trekked with lyd’s friend and when we reached the peak, it offered us a breathtaking and scenic view of the city.
Noosa Chocolate Factory
They even have an ‘authentic’ Singapore restaurant at the CBD area
The view of Brisbane Botanical Gardens
Trekking up Mt.Coo-tha
The view at Mt.Coo-Tha
Brisbane has been beautiful so far especially the City Botanical Gardens which offers a breathtaking and gorgeous scenery. Here is Australia, the students lived a really relaxed life as they would actually take the time to lie down on the grass and just do absolutely nothing or maybe read a book and couples mollycoddling up to each other .This is probably one of the things that makes Australia to appealing.
I then checked out QUT (Queensland University of Technology) which was located right next to the Botanic Gardens and the campus there was pretty cool.
Visited the National History Museum where I got to see some really awesome dinosaur fossils before heading over to the Art gallery. Abstract art really isn’t my thing. Did a bit of walking around, felt peckish so I dropped by a cafe where they served really good and cheap lattes (The lattes sold in Singapore are slightly overpriced) before heading downtown for more window shopping.
I then headed over to kangaroo point,where most outdoor rock climbers go, to join Lyd’s(My sis) friend, Mario, to scale the wall. In the end, Mario trashed my ass (Being the experienced climber that he is) as it took me quite a while to climb all the way to the top. Because I didn’t really have much experience climbing, I had to rely a lot on my arm strength which is a strict No No as the key is actually in your legs.
Stopped by Nandos to have chicken for dinner, by the time it was already dark.
The Saturday morning was spent at the west end market which was relatively near the CBD area where Lyds and I did some shopping. The place was simply gorgeous as it is situated in a park and the Brisbane River was just right beside the market which makes it really convenient for people to purchase their snacks and sit by the river banks. I bought myself a bottle of ginger beer and a hot dog and later a cup of yogurt (Best thing I’ve tested so far).
The 2hr journey to glasshouse mountain proceeded and when we reached the place, we saw people from all walks of life attempting to summit Mt.Ngungun. The trail was relatively easy as compared to Bukit Timah Hill which is considerably steeper but it was still challenging nonetheless.
We then drove to Sunshine Coast where we spent around an hour at the beach before meeting up with Daniel to crash at his place
A cup full of diabetes
Chilling’ at Nandos
West End Market
Skydiving. Probably one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done this year. When we finally reached the skydiving office, I waited anxiously with bated breath before I was instructed to meet my personal instructor. Mother was originally opposed to the idea of me skydiving at first because 2 people died from a fatal skydiving related incident that was actually pretty near the place that I was going to skydive.
However after much persuasion, mother finally gave in.While I was wearing the harness, , the instructor briefed us on the necessary instructions. I was accompanied by 2 Australians and one English Woman.
The rush of adrenaline together with shock and fear paralyzed me momentarily when we both jumped out of the plane. Free fall lasted about 3 minutes as the jump was 14 000 ft high. Your ears will be deafened by the pressure as you fall and your face will have this slightly painful tingling sensation.
Visited the Lone Pines Koala Sanctuary which is way better than the Singapore Zoo as it allowed us to a personal interaction with the animals (Without having to pay) such as the kangaroos and Koalas. The sheep shearing show was really an eye opening experience for me.
Huge thanks to these gals for letting me crash at their place