Friday, November 20, 2009

Mamma Mia!

Holy crap it's 41 celcius today! It's like oven out there! My room is like sauna! It's not even summer yet!! Winter can you please come back? Pretty please???

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tasmania - Explore the possibilities pt 1

The original name for Tasmania was Van Diemen's Land. Click here if you're interested to know more about it. Tasmania is pretty much similar to New Zealand, mainly about sight seeing. Of course New Zealand is the best but Tasmania is not too bad too! Or maybe it's true that the grass always greener on the other side.

Our plane landed in Hobart and we drove to Launceston immediately on the night we reached there. We could have just bought the ticket to Launceston instead but because of someone's suggestion we bought the one to Hobart then only we realized that all the places we intended to go mostly at the upper part of Tasmania. So we drove in the dark without any street lights and there weren't any cars in front or behind us for at least 10km! Or more!! I think there were less than 15 cars pass by us for the whole 200km journey! Very scary no joke! But I was glad that the moon was very bright that night to give us at least some decent moonlight to see what's around us.

We reached Launceston at arount 11pm and the very nice backpackers owner left the keys inside the envelope for us to go in. On the next day, we went to Tasmazia and the village of lower crackpot. Tasmazia is the world's largest maze complex and it has a total of 8 mazes including the world's largest maze, the great maze, when they planted the hedges maybe around... 20 years ago? The village of lower crackpot is whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale. They are located at a place with wonderful name called promised land. It sounds so fairytale-ish!! It has a small lavender farm too, too bad lavender wasn't in season that time.

We had our lunch at the pancake parlour and we ordered this as what they proclaim the world's most photographed pancake.I don't remember the name of the pancake, I think it's tripleberries or something...

I felt like I got cheated you know... I don't see how wonderful it is to be the world's most photographed pancake... or maybe I'm very shallow like that.

-this is the village of lower crarckpot, the weather that day wasn't very good.-


-the mazes and the village of lower crackpot. The maze in front is the confusion maze and the one on the other side is the Hexagonal maze and Hampton Court maze, repeat design to scale of the original Hampton Court Palance in U.K. It was really fun getting lost inside the mazes and trying to find my way out!-

Inside the great maze, you can find small little mazes like the balance maze, the cage maze and the Irish maze.

-the balance maze-

-you will also find small little thing like this-

and over dozen of signs with sayings like


which I think they are very cute and amusing

-three little bears cottage is the point you have to reach to complete the maze... it took us ages to find it. You can hear people around it and you know it's just beside the hedge but we just couldn't find our way in. But it was very easy to get out... I guess we were just some direction idiots... or maybe just me... -

When we left the place, it was still early so we decided to go to Lake Barrington which is located just beside Tasmazia. It was a nice calming place at the first glance.

-like this.. maybe not very nice in this pic... -

but when you look closely at those small little black dots on the grass... to our horror... it was full of kangaroos and wallabies poo!!

-literally holy shit! grosssss-

That's pretty much our 1st day in Tasmania. Next up will be Table Cape tulip farm!!!

p/s: it's really gross looking at the feaces while typin....  *run to toilet and puke*

pps: I did not take that gross pic... it wasn't me!!!!!!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Melbourne Part 2 - The Great Ocean Road

Ha this is so long overdue. I finished up my internet quota too early last month so I can't update! It just refreshed like 3 days ago.

The great ocean road is a 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool.The road was constructed to provide work for returning soldiers and dedicated as a Memorial to those killed in the First World War.It is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives. (quoted from wikipedia)

We joined the chinese tour for the cheaper price! We departed early in the morning and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the destination. It's like going to KL to and fro in a day and the road is very winding. Being the usual me I fell asleep in the car and hence I don't feel anything. That day was very gloomy, windy, chilly, everything you can get to be the worst timing to go on a trip. But luckily the sun came up for a little while to cheer me up.

We stopped on a few places to see the rocks like the razorback, the 12 Apostles, London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge and probably more which I can't remember anymore. When we reached the destination, it was like wow... then took out our camera and snapped snapped, then after awhile I was too cold and don't even feel like taking out the camera and just keep my hands warm in my pocket. So I have a few photos only.

-the entrance to the Great Ocean Road-

- the 12 apostles, you can't exactly see all of them from the place I was standing, you have to take the helicopter to get the bird eye view then only you can start counting. A few of them have collapsed due to the constant sea erosion at their bases over the years, and you can see how gloomy the day was, I can't even get a nice photo of the 12 Apostles-

-the razorback-

-I dont remember........... -

-london bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down..... the london arch. That two thing was originally attached, we were told that when it collapsed there was a couple being seperated with the girl on the london arch and the guy on the land. I just wiki it and apparently it has nothing to do with the song.-

-This is the Loch Arch Gorge, this is not how it originally looked like, apparently it collapsed some years ago too...

-This is the before and after photo I got from the internet, click here-

So people, if you intend to visit the Great Ocean Road, you better hurry or there will be not much left for you to see in the future anymore. The rate of erosion at their base is approximately 2cm per year.

That's the end of my Melbourne trip post, next up will be TASMANIA!!