Date: Dec 6 2010
Places visited: Sekitar City Centre, RMIT
I pity the other 5 who had to drag their ass to class today. Exhausted is the best justification to the quietness during breakfast?
‘hari ni jalan mana Dd?’ asked the ketua rombongan, concerned.
‘RMIT, lepak with Smid’
Yeah, I specially planned this day to just relax and lepak with the lady. Smid got some school errands to do in the morning and followed by post-grad student gathering afterward. So we will meet up after lunch. To kill time, I simply hopped on and off trams roving around the city area. Wandered along the small alleys drifting myself from shop to shop, breathing Melb till my lung packed with it.
And guess what? I even found the choc shop recommended by Mr Mike:)
With all Melb can offer, one thing amazes me: it’s so hard to find shops that sell rugby jersey!. I kid you not; shops listed in gugle are either out of stock or simply tak jual anymore. With info from Malay student that we bumped in QVM last 2 days I finally found the F1 shop mentioned, so small that I thought I’ve been tricked. The jersey section is placed @ underground floor. They only got wallabies and nz jersey with only few pieces left. Pffttt!. Well, Chenta must be lucky coz the only piece of aussie made wallabies classic jersey left is his size. The rest of the pieces are china made. When I ask for further discount on the china made items, the SA brushed me off saying, ‘lady, everything in this world is made in china! That one you hold is the last batch made here.’ Kalau dia tipu harus berdosa kan. And despite world cup just around the corner, and of course they will have fresh new design jersey and hoping the olds will be sold cheapo cheapo, non ado!. *frust*.
Penat merambu, back to the hotel sekejap and with lunch pack in hand, I leaved to a park near the cathedral at Swanston St. It was a hot early summer. Locals enjoying themselves lazing at the park with family and friends, young executives having their take away lunch under the tree giggling over a joke I didn’t quite understand, few yogis spotted meditating. Ah, a beautiful day!.
Then walked to RMIT @Burke ST, took me somewhat 5 mins to figure the access to the office. Yeah, been confused, it looks like a normal alley in the arched but actually not. Abang guard handsome dan baik hati was my aid. Smid’s office if you fancy knowing, located in the shopping arched, on the 17th floor. She shares the room with a bubbly Kak Sherry (from uaitiam) and a stylish Iranian lady nama lupa dah.
posing @ofis Smid, gaya sebijik macam masa visit Smid during her tutor time @uum ngan Eline, hang ingat tak Eline kita dok terjerit2 marah kat seseorang?
I spent the whole afternoon there: reminiscing the old days and updating each other on what’s life been delighting & testing us so far. Both actually still full from lunch but someway we (me mainly) dok perabih Smid’s kudapan, nougats, chocs, sweets you name it, coke pun ada.
It was nearly 7 when we departed. Me so happy that I was actually skipping back to the hotel. Love you Smidah. sambung merambu lagiiii.
Date: Dec 7 2010
Places visited: QVM-different angle, Cooking Class with Chef Adam Sylva, Royal Botanic Garden, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Uni, Brighton Beach
Pagi-pagi terus ke QVM, I entered from a different entrance and was welcome by the smell of freshly baked bread. Arghhh, nikmat!. Pusing2 the entire section and found many interesting selection of foodstuff. From varieties of handmade pasta to cheese, pickles and seafood. Menapak ke souvenir’s section yang baru nak bukak gerai. .
Bila nak ke organic setion, I saw this tent, tv crews about to record a summer cooking program by a local chef in conjunction to promote fresh local veges/fruits/seafood by QVM. Akak pon join la..
chef masak summer tangy pamelo salad and black pepper crab. Sebab masak depan mata and ingredients semua halal at the end of the show akak pon join merasa masakan itewww. Ya, sedap, sedap
duduk 2nd row. balik umah buat tak jadik!!:(
11.30 balik hotel sempat saying goodbye to 4 ladies yg nak catch flight pukul 3. Then ke Shrine of Remembrance. Waduh, lenguh mendaki nak ke tmpt ni dari trem stop, dah la panas. Terus ke Royal Botanic Garden, baru nak masuk garden tup2 hujan! Yeah, this is what Melb famous for "Four Seasons In One Day". Lebat! Berteduh di bawak pokok, tak jadi nak lunch dikelilingi pepokok bungat. Reda saja, dgn separa basah berlari ke trem dan balik hotel. Sadis. Lunch di bilik saja. Tak puas hati betul, lalu keluar semula menuju Melb Uni pulak. Emm, buildingnya biasa2 aja. Lengang sebab dah semester break. Spotted 2 halal rest here. Around 4 balik hotel semula. Dah janji dgn gang nak ke Brighton Beach!
From Flinder station we took train (black line) to Brighton stop about 10-15 km away from Melb city. Rasa macam dari Kl ke Kajang. Turun je kat station, there in front us is the beach. Excited, I ran to the beach, toleh kiri, toleh kanan, where the fish are the multicolor sheds? Far on the left saw expensive sailing boats docking on the rather small wharf and on the right teluk. We walked to the right. Lepas teluk then we saw the sheds dikejauhan.
Fuhh.. puas la jalan tepi pantai itu. Pics by paparazi, boleh bikin scandal!
Known as a symbol of Mel for a long time, I tot on a summer day like today there will a lot of beach lover, hampa. Non ada. We had fun posing though?
Zillion thanks to gang yg sudi temankan daku ke sini, to be here is actually my childhood dream comes true. Perasaan berbunga-bunga.
Balik, terus ke Norsiah Kitchen di Melb Uni. Atai nak makan nasik!.
setelah beberapa hari tanpa nasi. dasar melayu.
di hadapan kedai.
Harga murah (compared to kedai2 Indo yang lain) sebab dlm uni. Norsiah ni singaporean, food was ok. famous lauk are ayam goreng, kari kambing and kari ayam, sayur simple saja. oh ada tahu berlado yg agak manis. very friendly and by the 2nd visit dia dah kenal kami.
ok, tidur nyenyak-nyenyak, esok perlu bangun pagi. GOR yo!
ok, tidur nyenyak-nyenyak, esok perlu bangun pagi. GOR yo!