Friday, August 19, 2016

AQWA

Right. Where are we off to?

We took a lot of the public transport, in particularly, it's trains and busses leaving from Perth Underground.
The stations are very simple and breezy; breezy being easy to access to. Not complicated in design in any way. Bus comes in to drop passengers off on one side, makes a turn and picks up from the other side! In short, it goes one circle around the station.
This ramp goes down to the track level.
What's interesting is that this station was built over the tracks which resides right in the middle of the highway...

Anyway, here we are taking the bus from Warwick Station to Hillary's Boat Centre where AQWA is.
Only my Little One would spot the Starfish and Fish design... :P
After one day of spending time in Perth with it's cloudy/rainy weather, we were so happy to see the sun!
Yes, we are about 5000KM from Malaysia!
Someone's getting restless to visit the Aquarium...
However, yours truly wanted to enjoy this pleasant marina and all of it's boats. It's also got a very nice secluded beach for kids. Free to worry of sharks and other nasties, as it's a cove. But as we were in a hurry...

And it was almost lunch time, so we decided to have our lunch at... Dome.
Yup, the food is certainly very different from that which we can find here. Needless to say, we really enjoyed it all. But best of all, there is entertainment in terms of colouring entertainment for Little One.

Take your colouring paper and pencils (all FREE) and get them occupied. And this is something that we noticed is available for him. Almost every restaurant that we visited had something to interest him... or keep him occupied.
Leaving Dome and other cafe's and restaurants at the boardwalk leading to AQWA, we come across more boats...

Yeap... rain coming.
Little One can't contain his excitement ...!
'I wanna go innnnnnn"!


Can you spot the Leafy Sea Dragons?
Care to guess how rounds he did on that Travellator?
5.
No doubt, super excited over this Nurse Shark that just seemed to cruise lazily to say Hello ...


"Hi There!"
Even these girls are enjoying themselves!

Now, what can this be??? Trust my maybe-one-day-Marine Biologist to spot this Wobbegong hiding... or camouflage?

We certainly choose the perfect day and time as it was spartan of visitors...
Can you spot...
Sharks.
And more...
Eagle Ray taking a rest. Or looking for food?


Once you're done with the main exhibits, there are a few more interesting stuff outside. One of them, is this view.

And these mosaic arrangement. Again, Little One had a fun time spotting his creatures.

You have this 'experience' pool; whereby you're invited to touch and feel some sea creatures inside there. It's a great experience for the little ones as they get to know better what they are made off...
Shot of the Day
Bye AQWA. Thanks for the memories...
Did it etch in his memory of all that he has seen? We would think so too...

The End.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hello Perth, Australia!

Well looky here. What's going on?
And why are we here @ KLIA2?
International Departures? Are we going somewhere???
Yes, we are. We are finally going for our loooooong awaited and delayed holiday!
But before that, somewhere along the loooooong walk to the Gate, needless to say, where there's fish, Little One will not move from there...
Oooooh. Look at that plane.
And hey, I'm in one!!!
How did he take it? Not too bad actually. As it was a night flight, almost 2300H KUL, he fell asleep as the Airbus took off. But then again, he didn't have his afternoon nap at all! One could safely say that he was the only member of the family that slept throughout the whole flight! :P

Missus and me... no such of that luck... :(
And so here we are, at Perth International T1. It's early. Freaking early as the pilot must have been in a hurry. Reason? We arrived 30mins ahead of schedule! So, that means, the unGodly hour of 5am!
You maybe groggy. Until you walk outside and get hit with the Cold Wet Weather... of around 5 Degree's C.
It's like a slap in your face...
After making our way from the Airport to our Hotel and lepaking there until some eateries were open, we then made our way to Murray Street Mall. And the only cafe/eatery we could find was called Bocelli's Espresso.

Was it good? Can't comment on the coffee's, but the food... oh my. Either we were sleepy/hungry/tired/hungover/jetlag, the food never tasted better! :P
And yes, even Little One finished his Banana Cake Bread and Croissant which was really fluffy, crunchy and just plain flackey enough to trill you to bits...
Really, we had no idea that this location had garnered such an award until we sat down...
Later on, we visited the Supermarkets as we needed to stock on some items.

Obviously missus was itching for her Lemon Bitters, but as there wasn't any single bottle available... we had to give it a pass.

But she certainly went bonkers with the Cosmetics section in Priceline Pharmacy and Woolworths section.
Look ... at .. all ... those...!!!
Having experienced this in Geneva back in 2014, this wasn't much of a surprise to do self check-out. The only better thing? You can make payment with cash. So, one just need to look for the appropriate cash register.

If however, you still want interaction, then usually, around 2 counters are available... but be prepared to wait.
Coles had this 2 for $5 promo on Strawberries. Ever seen them this big? Really huge, juicy and sweet.

Oh wow... just wow.
Just further up from where we stayed was the Fire Station keeping to it's old world charm...
Along with other buildings...

Some dating back to the early 1900s

Unfortunately for us, Monday was kinda crappy. It showered on/off. Wet, cold and windy at times. As such, it was a real pain to adjust coming from Malaysia's hot and humid!
"Are you okay?"
"Yes Mummy, I am.."
If you wanted a chain of pleasant pastries, etc, Miss Maud is one of them. Love their Pies too...
Moving around, we came across this - it's called the Greenhouse and one can see why...
It's actually an eatery. However, as we were on a pack schedule, we just moved on.

And arrived at London Court...
Why is it called London Court, just look at the next few photos. You'll understand why.


Did I mention rains/showers? :P

It certainly caught a number of people by surprise, the sudden downpour as there were a bunch of office workers passing through and seek shelter to wait it out.
This old barber shop really epitome's the look and feel of London Court. From it's interior to the shelving, seats, benches... really ancient!
London Court is easily accessible from Hay Street Mall. You just need to look for an opening and it come out at St Georges Terrace. And both Murray Street Mall and Hay Street Mall run parallel to each other. So basically, it's not a mall per-se but just 2 streets blocked off to traffic and pedestrians just walk on.
And just up Murray Street is where we stayed. Seasons of Perth.
Next to it, is Miss Maud's Hotel at the corner of Pier and Murray Street.
All decked out in Swedish goodness! Yes, you can also get your pastries, etc here.

We took our lunches here a few times, and the place is always busy.
Birdcages anyone? :)
And just up the road a little bit more is the Perth General Hospital.
Yes, for fun, we decided to just walk in... :P
It's been written and blogged by many over the long walk after the Immigration Clearance @ KLIA2. And yes, it's definitely a long walk. Even with the travellators. And made worse if your aircraft is parked at the end...!

Which makes it really contrasting when compared to Perth's compact design. From the road to the check in, just mere steps. From the check in to Immigration, not more than 30m. And thereafter, after Customs, the gates.

Are we that insane over Shopping that we have tons of outlets before the departure hall, after the Customs, and there on?

Must we have that much???