10D9N Melbourne Day 2 : Temple Court Apartment, Melbourne CBD, Collins St, Yarra Trams, Metlink, Queen Victoria Market, Doughnut Van, Melbourne Museum, IMAX, Titanic Artefact Exhibition, Dinosaurs, Human Evolution Gallery, Wild Animals, Ulla Taylor, State Library Of Victoria, Woolworths, Self Serve Checkout, QV Center, Visitor Information Center, Velvet Fridays Seven, Chilli India

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08.51 am – Woke up to a grayish sky for my first morning in Melbourne.

The security system of Temple Court Apartments.

Nestled in between 2 buildings right in the center of Melbourne’s CBD.

A very strategic place to live in if price is not an issue.

I felt so excited when I looked around me and saw Melbourne’s very own buildings.

Melbourne’s branches and leaves.

Melbourne’s flower.

Melbourne’s fire hydrant.

Melbourne’s pigeons.

Di Bella Coffee was just a stone’s throw away from Temple Court’s entrance.

The standing statue opposite of the apartment’s entrance.

These girls couldn’t resist taking a picture.

Hello, sir!

The squatting statue.

Both gracing the front of Suncorp Bank. Both must be friends, I suppose.

Melbourne’s trams.

A newer one.

Noticed a sign at the top which I didn’t understand until later. It’s actually a hook turn sign.

Bicycles for rent by the roadside.

There were actually lots of stations like these situated all over Melbourne’s Central Business District.

You could just take one from anywhere and

put it back anywhere that has an empty parking slot. So cool!

Melbourne superbike parked at the roadside. No EX5 was sighted at all during my trip.

Did you know that you can have whatever 6 combination of alphabets and numbers you want as your number plate as long as it’s available? How cool is that? Mine would read “PAI KIA” 😈

A roadside florist.

Readily made bouquets.

09.24 am – And so after spending about 15 minutes checking out nearby surroundings, we proceeded to the tram stop at the junction of Collins St and Williams St which was just a minute’s walk away.

We saw benches and proceeded

to wait there.

So there we were waiting for a tram to come but only after a tram came, stopped and picked up passengers

only we realized that actually the tram stop was in the middle of the road!

We quickly made our way to the center of the road and waited.

The name of this stop.

The monitor that tells you how much longer you’d have to wait before the next tram arrived.

09.46 am – 10 minutes later,

we were on board our very first Melbourne tram experience. Woo Hoo!!

09.51 am – 5 minutes and a few tram stops after,

we arrived at the very awesome Queen Victoria Market.

There were altogether 12 lanes of general merchandise stalls, and boy were we lost.

All we could see were rows after rows

of shops everywhere.

After some asking around, we proceeded towards the direction of the food court

in search of breakfast.

Passed by livestocks.

And then at the end of the alleyways, we came upon a van selling American Doughnuts.

Wow!

We couldn’t resist it so we lined up for our very own doughnuts.

There were a total of 4 fellas running around inside

preparing the doughnuts

while the lady who seemed eldest was by the front doing the selling.

We were so happy.

And the line just kept getting longer.

Soon, it was my turn and I ordered 3 doughnuts for the price of

AU$ 2.70 for sharing.

Passed by the very colourful organic produce section towards the food court.

A type of leaf I have never seen before in real life. Only in the movies. What an awesome experience so far! (I think I’m beginning to sound like as if I’m from the stone age)

10.05 am – At last, we arrived.

I’ve been snapping away ever since I woke up.

The two shops nearest to the entrance.

Other shops along the way.

Found out that pide bread is actually a Turkish kind of bread.

Cafe Verona.

Found us a table and waited while the rest ordered their breakfast.

Colourful chairs.

Vivian ordered her breakfast from Pide Bread Bakery.

Vivian’s bacon and tomato filled pide bread.

Vivian’s cappuccino.

And she’s loving it!

Leslie’s vegetable filled wrap.

Leslie’s hot chocolate.

Soo Yee’s mini pancakes.

After everyone had finished buying their breakfasts, it was my turn.

I went into Cafe Verona and saw so many delicious, mouthwatering pastries.

I wanted to buy them all but it hit me that I may come across even more delicious stuff along the way, so it was best to eat minimal, take a walk around first and then come back to the food court if I still wanted the pastries.

So, I just bought myself a cup of cappuccino.

Simple.

10.49 am – After breakfast, we took a walk in the red meat section.

I was amazed by rows and rows of beef and pork.

We had such a hard time deciding on a stall to buy from.

They all looked almost the same.

The stuff is the same.

And it’s so hard to keep track of the prices at each stall.

In the end, we just decided to get

what we needed from a random stall.

Next up was the poultry section.

Poultry and nothing but poultry.

Again, we just chose a random stall and bought what we needed from it.

Next up was the fish section.

The oysters were so thick and succulent.

Everything looked so fresh.

Bought prawns and

fish fillet from the same stall at the end of the row.

Next up was the delicatessen hall.

The were stalls selling all sorts of delicatessen from

Halg baguettes to

Turkish bread to

thick meaty sausages to

hams to

whatever kind of cheese you can think of; cheddar, sardo, testouri, paneer, sakura, kesong, imsil, etc… you name it. they got it.

This shop sold all sorts of oil and spices and

this one sold nothing but chocolates. I sampled a few and all were MIND BLASTING DELICIOUS!

We stopped by almost every stall and had a chat with the traders.

It took us some time to decide on which to buy.

I lined up and bought us bread, cheese and ham.

Next up, was the fruits and vegetables section.

Again, I was spoilt for choice when I was presented with the choice of fruits and vegetables on display.

All of the vegetables were priced competitively.

The bell peppers were fresh and full of colour and so were the

mushrooms,

cauliflower, carrots

lemons,

bananas, pears and apples.

12.14 pm – Finally, at about an hour later, we were done with our marketing for the entire trip. There was enough food for 7 meals.

The Saturday I Tried Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng

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12.34 pm – Went to Pasar Jalan Tujuh a.k.a.Cecil Street market for lunch.

Tried out Lum Lai’s duck meat koay teow th’ng for the first time.

Honestly, it was too oily.

The wan than mee pun okok nia.

04.40 pm – Went hiking in Bukit Jambul. (I think I need to switch places but then this place is nearest to Batu Maung. Do you know of any other hiking spots nearby?)

Went down all the way to Kimberly Street for the most delicious chicken feet in the world. Nope, you can’t find it in UK. Nope, you can’t find it in Australia. Only in Penang. =P

And also for the koay chiap stall opposite.

Had wheatgrass for fun.

Char koay teow. (I miss pad thai. Anyone know of places in Penang where I can get pad thai?)

Koay chiap. Extremely tasty!

Chicken feet. Extremely tasty!

Chicken leg. Tasty as well but skippable.

09.20 pm – Fringe s02e10.

10.15 pm – Gossip Girl s03e12.

12.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

The Sunday I Went To Catch Betta Fighting Fish

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12.53 pm – Went to GeorgeTown White Coffee for the first time.

Kinda empty but

the coffee was good,

the curry chicken rice was delicious, so was

the nasi lemak

and char koay teow.

Total damage = RM31.35

01.31 pm – Went over to the biggest fish shop aquarium to check out the fishies.

04.51 pm – Went to catch betta fighting fish for the first time.

Mr Tan and I went to this stretch of field full of non circulating water

located somewhere beyond the perimeter of DB Schenker in Bayan Lepas.

Mr Tan in the process of catching betta fighting fish.

08.27 pm – Arrived at Farhana’s open house for Hari Raya.

The one of a kind horizontal growing papaya tree.

11.59 pm – Went to MOIS for party no.2

02.00 am – zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Saturday I Tried Air Itam’s Sisters Curry Mee

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09.30 am – Dropped by Air Itam market to check out

the sisters curry mee.

Honestly, it’s more expensive and has less dishes compared to Jalan Delima’s hidden curry mee.

10.30 am – Went to Sunshine Farlim to do some shopping. Was hoping to meet Joline Cheong promoting baby food again.

03.30 pm – Had a late lunch consisting of char koay teow

and pork leg

rice at Island Glades’s Genting coffeeshop.

08.30 pm – Went to Kimberly Street

for this stall’s

super duper delicious chicken feet,

koay teow th’ng and

some dessert from

this stall.

09.00 pm – Visited Gama.

10.30 pm – Crepe Cottage for the 2nd week in a row.

Had chocolate + mango ice cream crepe.

11.30 pm – Zenzibar with buddies.

04.30 am – zzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Friday I Went To siTigun of Nagore Road

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10.30 am – Had Island Glades’s

hidden curry mee for breakfast.

Inilah akibat dua sudu sambal. SYOK!!!!

12.00 pm – Fringe s01e17.

fringe

01.00 pm – Gossip Girl s02e21.

gossip girl

01.30 pm – HIMYM s04e21

03.30 pm – New World Park for a late lunch.

Penang char koay teow. ~fuh

Ais kacang. ~fuh. Tell me la, how can one migrate away from Penang?

04.30 pm – Hung out at siTigun for the first time.

A homely kind of place where you can find coffee,

free wifi and

bicycles. Yes, bicycles, as siTigun calls itself ‘A bicycle pit stop centre’.

(Although cycling around town in Penang can be bad for health, considering the quality of the air.)

The menu.

The model.

Iced latte.

Croissant with butter.

05.30 pm – American Idol Top 5 Perform.

top 5 perform

06.30 pm – American Idol Top 5 Results.

top 5 results

07.30 pm – Fringe s01e18.

fringe

09.00 pm – Lost s05e14.

lost

11.30 pm – Went to Hanis Tomyam Seafood for dinner.

It’s moved to the corner food court from Jelutong road since last year, if I’m not wrong. I missed the cendawan.

I don’t really understand why but they like the colour green a lot.

Ordered a plate of cendawan goreng,

padprik ayam and

ayam masak pedas. ~fuh. Delicious stuff.

And the awesome sambal still tastes the awesome.

12.00 am – Drinking with buddies at QEII.

03.00 am – zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Friday The Cockroach Glue Trap Caught A Few

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08.30 am – Soft boiled eggs

coconut oil spread on toasts with a banana and

oats milk for breakfast.

“I won’t bite. Promise.”

12.30 pm – Took out the cockroach glue trap from PCJ and lookie what we have here.

2 cockroaches, their drops of shit and a mosquito.

And a mother with her egg.

Too bad baby cockry’s gonna grow up stuck onto glue.

01.00 pm – Peng Yang chicken rice!!!

The chicken dish.

The kiam chai boey.

The chicken rice chilli.

Lunch.

Round 2.

01.30 pm – The powder form.

The liquid form.

07.00 pm – Went to Kimberly Street for dinner.

The koay teow thng / chicken feet stall.

The koay chiap stall.

The dessert stall.

The dessert.

The koay chiap.

The chicken feet. Good stuff I tell ya.

08.30 pm – Dropped by Sugar Dynasty for more.

Had the safest.

Black glutinous rice. Mind blasting stuff.

10.30 pm – I Am Sam.

i am sam

12.00 am – Nasi Lemak Liverpool!

Ordered from Wan’s.

Char koay teow Malay style. Delicious I tell ya.

02.00 am – zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Saturday I Ate The Cheapest Chu Char Ever

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09.00 am – Banana toasts and

soft boiled eggs for breakfast.

10.30 am – American Idol Season 8 Top 10 Performances.

american idol season 8 top 10 performances

12.00 pm – American Idol Season 8 Top 10 Elimination.

american idol season 8 top 10 elimination

01.00 pm – Massage at Taman Batu Bukit. Cheapest ever at RM25 per hour.

02.30 pm – Lunch at Mount Erskine hawker stalls.

Spotted this stall.

Ordered a bee ko moi,

hokkien mee and

char koay teow.

03.00 pm – Stopped by Midlands Park for some

coconut ice cream!

~yum

Dropped by Kim Soon to get

the fan belt

changed,

wiper checked out and

change PCJ’s engine oil.

08.30 pm – Went to Hock Kee Seafood for the first time for dinner. Was introduced by Kok Joo a long time ago.

Was amazed at the huge kitchen and

the number of chefs cooking. (4 of them)

Had an 8 piece belacan chicken,

stir fried vegetables and

spinach soup for

dinner.

Was surprised when the bill came. It was so cheap!

11.00 pm – Hung out at Chili’s. Pretty quiet Saturday night.

Had a Tropical Sunrise Margarita.

01.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

The Saturday Eileen Gan Celebrated Her 21st Birthday

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10.30 am – Woke up to a plate of coconut toasts,

an apple and

2 soft boiled eggs.

11.00am – American Idol Season 8 Top 11 Performances.

american idol season 8 top 11 performances

01.00 pm – American Idol Season 8 Top 11 Elimination.

american idol season 8 top 11 elmination

02.00 pm – Lunch.

Sat at Ti Shen’s soya bean stall.

Had pork leg rice and

char koay teow.

04.00 pm – Went over to Queensbay to shop for a shirt,

a tie and

a pair of shoes for Ryan Lee Ren Gee’s big day tomorrow.

08.00 pm – Went to Maksak for Eileen’s 21st birthday party.

The food.

The birthday girl on the far left.

11.30 pm – Took out my shoes again.

Couldn’t stop obsessing about it.

How the back looks like.

See, Ren Gee, I sengaja buy a new pair of shoes just for your big day.

12.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

The Monday I Watched Twilight Samurai

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09.00 am – Had soft boiled eggs,

a cup of nestum + milo and

peanut butter toasts for breakfast.

12.30 pm – Had 2 kinds of vegetable dishes,

a bowl of kiam chai boey and

sambal fish for lunch.

01.00 pm – Enjoyed Grey’s Anatomy s05e12.

over a cup of coffee.

06.30 pm – Went for a jog around Island Glades.

07.30 pm – Practiced.

08.00 pm – Had dinner.

08.30 pm – Watched Twilight Samurai. It’s highly rated but I felt bored. Falls under the category of “Intelligent Movies”

12.00 am – zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Saturday I Attended FAG Penang’s Second Chance Christmas Play

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10.30 am – Had breakfast.

11.30 pm – Accompanied this fella for brunch before going for replacement guitar lesson.

12.00 pm – Guitar class.

02.00 pm – Our new teacher, Caddy the butcher. He kills. Easily. Weapon of mass destruction? Guitar.

Hamley Music School’s principal.

03.00 pm – Went over to Padang Brown food court.

Had dip dip and

char koay teow.

04.30 pm – Went over to Oldtown E-Gate for a chit chat session.

05.30 pm – Went to fill the fat guy on the left’s stomach.

07.30 pm – Went over to Esplanade’s food court for dinner.

Had Ong Molly’s

char bee tai bak.

08.00 pm – Went over to Dewan Sri Pinang for FAG’s 2008 Christmas special entitled Second Chance. Went to support my brother who was part of it.

We were entertained by caroling,

a play,

the carols again and

an ex-SIA stewardess who told everyone the story about how her life went down the drain. How she got hooked to money, fame, pride, greed, gambling and how her life changed for the better after she lost everything. Which reinforces my theory that people ONLY change when the impact is BIG.

11.30 pm – Went over to Line Clear for supper.

12.00 am – Filled in some gas before going home.

01.00 am – zzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz