After what seemed like ages, our family finally had the opportunity to go on our next out-of-the-country holiday. Both Cheryl and Darren were elated when we broke the news to them about their holiday trip to Down Under. They kept reminding me how they couldn’t wait to go, how excited they were and how come it took so long before the day arrived.
Finally the day came. Our flight out from Penang was at 6:15am, so that meant that we had to be at the airport at least 2 hours earlier and they would have to wake up at 3:45am!! We were worried if we could get the kids to cooperate and wake up at an extremely unearthly hour but little did we know that nothing was impossible even for children when they are totally looking forward to something. To our amazement, there was literally zero resistance in waking up. Cheryl was the first to be ready. She was already all dressed and carrying her backpack ready to go while Darren was still in bed. But thankfully, he was also pretty cooperative.
When we reached Melbourne, we were greeted by the cold weather of late winter. It was past 8pm, and all of us were tired from a whole day of traveling. Only Darren seemed to be a little more energetic as he slept and recharged in the plane. Cheryl was too excited to sleep and wanted to stay awake for the whole journey. So by now, she was really tired. That night, all of us slept like a log. We originally planned to go to the zoo the next day, but the kids were still sound asleep so we decided to go the next day. Obviously, it was hard to fight the temptation of staying warm under the covers of the bed.
That morning, we made several stops: went to a local library, a shop that sells nuts and dried fruit, a grocery store and a pharmacy. Not the usual places one would go to during their holiday but it did bring back a lot of memories of our time in the US.
Our children loved visiting the zoo. Although this is technically not their first time at a zoo, they were much too young to really remember the other visits. It was here that we had our first real outdoor encounter with Melbourne weather. First it was cloudy, then it drizzled, then sunny, then repeat the whole cycle and finally, it hailed. So it really is true that the weather here can be unpredictable. We were told there was a saying that the weather in Melbourne is unpredictable like a woman’s mood – It changes every 5 minutes!! Hmm….I better not admit to that 😛
The Warrook Farm was another exciting experience for Cheryl and Darren. Unlike the zoo, the farm provides a more hands-on interactive experience with the farm animals.
You know one thing I’ve learned about countries with cold weather, the playground is always a popular hangout place for kids and even for parents to meet. The cool weather doesn’t make you sticky and tired. The children can be entertained for hours and best of all…..it’s free!
Phillip Island is a beautiful attraction located just at the southern coast of Australia. The drive there is scenic with cows and sheep grazing freely in the green fields. That reminded me of those milk advertisements I used to see on TV when I was young.
We spent a day discovering the heart of Melbourne. Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) is full of hidden places which are one-of-a-kind.
Finally, our dear friends and family (the Chew family and the Daniel family) at Melbourne whom we stayed with and who made us feel so welcomed. We are grateful for your time and hospitality. Thanks for making our trip a memorable one! Till we meet again….
Here’s a short video to sum up our trip. Hope you’ll enjoy it.