it. was. so. very. unbelievably. awesome.
but sadly, i can't post up much pics here because it involves other people (family members, friends, random strangers etc) that might not be too pleased to have their pictures taken and shown to the public. oh boy i took LOADS of pics. 1100 pictures, actually.
this is in the PM!
weather: rather inconsistent. super hot one day, perfectly cool another (despite summer). it ranges from 19degreescelcius to, the highest, 41.5degrees. the temperature is closely monitored for each week so the under-35degrees days are very much welcomed. emphasis on very much. the heat, when its 41degrees, its like opening up a heated oven. it hits your face like ouchhhh. luckily, it only went up like that on a couple of days of the one month i was there. other days, it was fine. most houses are fully air-conditioned anyways. i love the cool weather though, especially when its down on 20s. very confortable XD no need to on fan and so nice to sleep or go out hehe nights can be pretty cool though, i wear my cardi to bed hahah love~
humidity: never really grasped the full concept of humidity before. i just couldn't imagine it (which says alot for someone like me who can pretty much imagine anything and why does that sound so wrong hmm). until now. when i stepped out the airport, i felt so...light. really. as in, breathing is much easier, like a huge weight being lifted of my chest. and i dont sweat. hah it feels so good! we can walk around all day in the sun and not sweat AT ALL! awesome! XD
places i went to:
Fremantle (or as the locals call it, Freo), King's Park, London Court, Caversham Wildlife Park, the City, Swan Valley, Cottlesloe, Leighton Beach, UWA, Whiteman's Park, Harbour Town (factory outlets of every brand possible = cheappp!), South Beach, Port Mandurah, Market City, Heathcote Park, Penguin Island, Heathcote Park and Church. (for more info on these places, use google hahahahaha or ask me yourself.)
as you might have noticed, i went to many parks. parks are a big thing in australia. so are picnics. my gosh picnics! thats it. australians take their picnics seriously. i went to numerous picnics, one every few days, on average. i think its coz the weather is so good and the parks are so well maintained/beautiful. the parks are so full of families having picnics and just plain chilling out. King's Park was the best. some parks have like fully-gassed bbq pits (free to use somemore!), tables & chairs and taps, catered for the avid picnicers hahahah people here are pretty laid back, if you ask me. so cool sigh if only malaysia is like that.
see what the girrrrl is wearrrrring on herrrrr head hahahahah
this pic was taken on my first evening, several hours after we arrived. it was Carol's in The Park. it was a pretty big event, taking up the whole oval (australian word for "field" hahah) and organised by the church. the church even sponsored some rides like bumper cars, mini ferris wheel and the bull thing (where you sit on it and see how long you can hang on while it rocks that thing) and services like manicures/pedicures, face painting and farm animal pettings (bunnies etc XD). did i mention that it was open to all, christians and non-christians, for absolutely FREE? yah, everything. it was about the church giving back to the community. and it was so fun, very carnival-like XD but very cold as well, i was practically freezing, even with my cardi and blanket! this beats the pantai-sepat-sleeping-by-the-beach kind of cold-to-the-bones-cold. btw, sun goes down at 8.30PM!
xmas = candycanes + sparkly baubles
i love taking walks here
stunning view sighhhh~
above DNA tower. i did enough "exercising" in this trip to last me 2 years, seriously.
these were taken in King's Park, a gorgeous view of the city. the park was really big and had lots of stuff to see, like an aboriginal art gallery, statues and memorials. i took like 60 pics around here actually hahah but not suitable to be posted up here so too bad lah~ unless you guys wanna come my house and see! oh yah, we had a picnic there. had ginger beer for the first time mmm~ second picture was taken above the DNA tower, called so because the two stairs up interwined in that shape. its a fancy viewing tower, basically hahah
some dude putting on a little show
the fruit area! peaches mmm~
kangaroooooo! yummmm~ hint: "how you doing~?" (if you dont get it then sudahlah hahahah)
mass of white: sheep being sheared. mass of grey: the wool.
Caversham Wildlife Park! lots of animals like kangaroos roaming around freely for visitors to pet and touch and feed! koalas and wombats too XD and bustards hahahah but have to pay la to get in, im not sure how much ady. there was a demonstration of a sheep being sheared, that was reaaally interesting! they sheared a sheep right in front of our eyes! i even took a video of it hahah it looks cruel but its actually not so dont worry. we were also given a chance to milk a cow, but i didnt go for it hahah sissy! ah this was the day that i went out under the sun the whole day without sunblock hahahahahaha came back with tan lines on my feet (sandals mah)! it was not really hot though, just rather sunny. i don't hide & run from the sun as i do in malaysia (you guys know the extent i will go to to avoid the sun right hahahah) coz its just not hot! i dont know why but it feels kinda good to get tanned like this hahah liberating whoo! after spending 2 hours there we went to Whiteman's Park nearby for a picnic. i love the chips we have during picnic mmm~ the salt&vinegar flavour is so good XD oh on the way there there was a sign by the road that said "anything free is good" HAHAHAHHAHA so i was reminded of one of my favourite blog-reads. irrelevent.
"anything free is good" huh..
these were taken on the day we went for a drive around Swan Valley and went to a chocolate factory! went to a winery as well but thats not as interesting as the choc factory lah of course hahah there were sooooo many vineyards there at the valley! every few metres of driving sure can see a vineyard on the left and right ady! and most of them have signs outside offering free wine&cheese tasting. we went past some ice-cream and chocolate factories offering free tasting too hehe but didnt go lah coz they said the ice-cream okok ny nothing fantastic. but the choc fact that we went to was great! free tasting bowls of 3 types of chocs were put there for everyone, in the form of chocolate chips. the prices for these chocs were rather pricey though so we didn't get anything.
cool effect! hehe it was night time but i turn on the flash and it was in a white bucket.
the fremantle jetty! thats where we were on new year's eve with a couple of other families. again, lots of food and picnicing hahah but we were actually there for crabbing and fishing! well, some of us, that is. others (like me) were just there for fun hahah the weather was great that night as we watch the sun set. got only one miserable crab though this year and few fishes T__________T they said last year, they got like few BOXES of crabs you know! and everyone eat until wanna die ady hahahah yah, everybody shared. and dang you know what they used as bait? LAMB wtf damn mangada these crabs! where got crabs eat lamb wan hahah but there is a reason for it lah. its coz it has to be submerged in the water for quite some time so if it's chicken, it'll disintegrate really quickly and lamb is just more...tough?
very postcard-y right?? ahhhh so pretty~
ah another picnic! XD dinner, this time, at leighton beach. ohh the sand is soooo fine and soft! and the water, from the indian ocean, is damn cold weih hahah this par of the beach is allowed for dogs so we brought Olie there. is this my worst nightmare of what hahahahah but it really isn't. not really anyways. i did had some fear that some random dog will come and maul me to death but luckily i stick close to my cousins hahah then we watched the sun set, it was postcard-worthy. absolute gorgeousness.
shockingly, this wan't my idea!
Penguin Island! its not like a huge island island, by the way. its so near that we can actually WALK to the island. yah, we saw some people walking but we're not dressed for that so we went on a ferry instead. its not very safe to walk also coz there might be a strong current and the tide might go up. ohhh we saw some penguins being fed and moulting! we also walked to the other side of the island after the (again) picnic, and gosh everything is just so beautiful. the beaches, the scenery. it feels so good to be surrounded by so much beauty XD after that we boarded a ferry for a cruise to nearby islands/rocks to look for sea lions and we found 'em! big lumps of sea lions basking in the sun~ took many pics of them and then we blah to other areas. lots of seagulls and pelicans hmm in the middle of the ferry, the bottom is made of glass/clearplastic/whatever so we got to see whats going on below the ferry. it was very very windy! another tanning day hahahah
and that's basically it! well, not really lah hahah but i really malas wanna post up so many pics, took me 2 days to finish this post ok sigh and i know there's not much interesting pics, all my face only hahahahah scared you say i tipu you all! its prove that i was there and i did not google all the pics and pretend they're mine hahah *paranoid so yes all pics are from MY camera ok!
ah yes environment: you know the skies are usually cloudless, not a single hint of them marshmallows. hence, hardly any rain. hence, water is really precious here! you're only allowed to water your lawn/garden twice a week! neighbours can report to the authorities if they catch you watering more than that. even the toilets have like half-flush buttons hahahah and most people here bring their own environmentally-friendly bags when shopping! all houses have a recycle bin too i think.
so yah this is my perth-trip post! no more ady after this hahah but i think in the next post i'll talk about what i bought there heheeee shopping in perth is AWESOME! its the sale season. well, from the day i arrived until the day i went back, it was still sale-ing so yah hahahah Christmas sale, Boxing Day sale, New Year's sale, Holidays sale, Back to School sale and Australia Day sale whoo~ XD