Friday, December 30, 2011

"Tang Yuan" Day! Or Winter Solstice Festival

December 22nd, 2011

Initially planned to go to the city for the Christmas Light. Somehow, plan changed after texted Pey Jun. She invited me to join her friends for making "tang yuan". Feels great that I'm not missing it for this year.

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New studio apartments at Monash University Clayton Campus.


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Old Deakin Halls


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Wii games at night!

First time played it and I had fun! 


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Upick.. Cherries Berries

What's the fruit season now? Cherries & Berries !

Joined along Gina and her friends to pick cherries & Berries at Blue Hills. It's located in Silvan, at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Less than an hour drive from Clayton.

Adult Entry cost 10 dollars include ALL YOU CAN EAT !
It will be cost $10/kg for cherries and berries except blueberries cost $15/kg.

But if you are planning to go during weekdays, there is reduced entry fee cost $7.

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I bet we ate one kilogram of cherries to make it worthwhile.



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Raspberries



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Yes.. You can eat all of them while you pick.. Any berries or cherries that you want !

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Grapes
But it's not allowed to be picked. It's vineyard anyway.

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Blueberries


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Boysenberries 


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mart130 - Middle Park

Finally, I'm free on Saturday and went to the city to meet up with Di Lin and Ewe Lee who are travelling in melbourne from adelaide. I read lot of good reviews about the Mart130 located at Middle Park by taking tram 96 from the city.

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Mart Eggs : Scrambled Eggs with Chines, Parmesan, Truffle Oil, Mushrooms + Spinach

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Mart Vegetarian Baked Cannellini Beans & Crumbled Feta

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And I ordered... 
Over roasted Corn Fritters with Bacon, Relish, Sourcream + Coriander [$17.90]

Oh well.. I love it ! 


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Camp Site - Ayer Rocks Resort






Arrived at Ayer Rocks Resort.. The first night of stayed.









We prepared lunch by ourself. They separated us into few teams and each team has their own duty for each meals. It wasnt that kind of luxury tour that they prepared everything for us. I love it that we just gotta self participate to do something throughout the trip.



The campsite.



The condition is good and its beyond my expectation.Unfortunately, the power plug wasn't working and not available for use specifically for the cabin by that time. But still, there are power plugs in the dining area, so that you could use it during night time. This is way much better! I did not expect anything of these for convenience
 

The bathroom.. There is hot water too! Blessed with that... Haha
Oh,You could use the power plugs in the bathroom too!





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The Mashed Potatoes rocks! Self cooked by the tour guide. 
Camel Sausage, Kangaroo steak and Beef Steak.
First time ever had Kangaroo Steak in my life! It actually tastes good compare to beef steak. 




Dessert time - we had marshmallows. That's the best marshmallows I ever ate. Picked some random woodstick on the ground and used it to roast the marshmallows over fire. The best serve with biscuits. Marshmallows melted between the biscuits and tasted creamy. Superb awesome!

Instead of sleeping in the cabin, we slept on the ground with SWAG.

Sleep in a swag under the outback star
Credits : travelblog

Imagined sleeping under the swag and watching million stars in the sky. I saw several times of shooting stars as well !!!!!!! Best thing ever!


This photo not taken by me since my camera definitely not capable to take high resolution or capture the stars in the sky.  
Credits : Spacelapse.net

Before we slept in, we went to a specific area for stars watching. The walk towards the upper hill is amazing. It was getting darker and lights around the camp site was further away from us. Feels like entering into dark room and surrounded by stars. Recognised the milky way, southern cross, few star signs like Scorpio, Leo and so forth. OMG!!! Enjoyed every bit of moment of watching over the millions stars.

Sleeping under the starry sky.. One of my dreams come true during that night.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunset Over ULURU

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We arrived at the sunset viewing area. There was lot of people over there and it was surprising to see some tour company provided dinner to the tourists. Chairs, table and bbq. Our tour company not too bad. They provided us with champagne as we watch the rock change colours in the sun.

The colour of the rock changes result from the effects of the earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays. It happens at different times of the day.

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Lastly turned into grey.
6.42pm

Indeed, it was spectacular.