Monday, 1 May 2017

Jalan Jalan Melbourne: The First Two Days.

السلام عليكم & 안영 to all ♥♥

Just got back from Down Under! I think I should be blogging this now or I might forget most of it later. You know, my memories these days aren't so good.

Okay this is a family trip suggested by the parents; they've been wanting to go there. They prefer to go to English-spoken country rather than the others. Fine for me. Since I never been there as well. So why not?

This post might be long, might be not; so I shall split it into 4 parts; The first two days, Trip to Great Ocean Road, Trip to Phillip Island and The last days. I'll put up the link later, no worries. I'll be ranting a bit, just a bit. Lol

Everything was planned before we reached there, even though it was quite last minute. No I didn't do much when I was in medical leave. I played The Sims 4 more than I should. Oh well. Oh my medical leave ended a week before this trip. So dah kerja for about a week actually, then pergi cuti balik. I feel bad actually, but what to do :P

We stayed in Southbank area; we thought it would be easy to go here and there. We're using Airbnb as usual. And the apartment owner is a Malaysian. Pretty interesting. If you guys are interested, you can check this link --> Airbnb Apartment. It says it can fit into 7 people, but I think it would be a little cramp cause I think it was just nice for the four of us.

But for personal thought, I super love this apartment if I were to live in by myself. It was a cute one-bedroom apartment. Sorry being me again, I forgot to snap the pictures inside this apartment. And it has a balcony! You can check the link up there for pictures though. Sempat khatam Thirteen R3asons Why and The Sound of Your Heart on Netflix you olls. Thanks Tuan Rumah bagi access Netflix sekali walaupun WiFi dia slow bak hang. Lucky we had our own WiYo Pocket WiFi for our personal use.

I'll try to be informative as I go through this blog post.

I sempat buat sedikit selidikan; patut buat road trip ke ikut tour? I even asked Zureen about it; Thanks Zureen! Since I was travelling with the parents, I thought it's best to take a tour. Road trip memenatkan as what I did time dekat South Island last year. Seronok memang seronok, time lagi flexible tapi dia renyah sikit lah kan. I doubt my parents could manage that. So I told my dad to join the tours for Grean Ocean Road and Phillip Island. It would be easy lah kan for first timer.

Ayah didn't like the idea. We had bad experience taking a tour, not really bad but we're not enjoying it. So he pushed the idea away. So I was like okay fine. I told him that it would tiring to drive and he won't like it; and he said okay. Okay fine, hands off. Since he's willing to drive. I wouldn't mind to become the second driver just macam malas cause I just wanna to enjoy the scenery and relax.

So Ayah booked a car from Budget Australia. So everything's considered fixed. So we're set to go!

We have safely landed in Melbourne around 8ish in the morning. Alhamdulillah lepas semua imegresen and kastam depa. The key is to be truthful people. Kalau korang ada bawak makanan ke apa just declare. Jangan takut2 nak declare. Medicine pon kte declare je.

Oh one thing I forgot to mention. Ktorg satu flight dengan The Pocket Rocketman! We bumped again time nak amek luggage as he was in front of me dengan anak dia. Nak mintak amek gambar tapi macam dia tengah busy nak luggage kan. So biar lah. I was alone time tuh sebab the others sibuk pergi toilet. Entah siapa sampai dulu so it's my turn to pergi toilet pulak. So okaylah maybe no chance to amek gambar. Tup tup keluar toilet, it was him dari arah bertentangan. My randomness datang and I was like, Hi boleh tak nak amek gambar?

He looked tired, I know. I am so sorry to bother you. Sampai lupa nak cakap Congrats kot. benda paling penting..... Congrats for being No 1! Muka akak lagi barai, if you're wondering. HAHAHA.

We took the Skybus from the airport to the Southern Cross Station. Once we arrived there we could ride a free-bus to our apartment. It's in the package if your drop-off area is in their list.

We chose to roam around first. We left our luggages in the locker; super expensive cause the charge is for a day not by hours. Oh well. What we did? We just roamed inside a mall? The one attached with the station. Okay. That's when I finally realized Ayah would prefer to go to mall. As for me, I wanna roam outside. In my schedule, I wanted to go to other place; Hosier Lane? But no Ayah prefer jalan2 inside the mall. Okay, I was cool, still. I thought it would be best to jalan2 since we spent A LOT for the locker. So why don't we fully utilized it?

Again, he brushed off my idea. Okay. After few hours, we head out to the apartment. The check-in time is at 1PM. Ayah sangat tak sabar nak masuk rumah. We got the key and we went up. Bila dah sampai depan pintu, akak tak reti bukak pintu uolls. Okaylah akak tak faham the instruction actually. HAHAHA. Lucky us, the cleaner was still inside the house. So she's the one who taught us how to unlock the door. Pheww.

Naqib tiba-tiba rasa tak sihat; cirit birit okay. But ktorg makan benda yang sama dari semalam. So macam tak faham. So dia lemau sangat2. Repeat pergi toilet entah berapa kali.

Leaving Naqib alone, the parents and I went out to check out stuff. We went to the Flinders Street Station which was not quite far from our place. I could say that our place was super duper convenient. I mean you could just walk to anywhere. I would say the distance between our place to the Flinders Street Station is like my house to KTM Shah Alam. Kat sini gedik tak boleh jalan pergi KTM, kat sana boleh je jalan. Okay blame the weather. HAHAHA.

It's almost dark. Kedai pon semua nak tutup. Kedai sana tutup awal ye kawan2. So kalau nak shopping buat time hari terang benderang. We went to Coles, macam ala ala Giant or Jaya Grocer lah. Nak beli minyak masak and bawang segala. Travelling with the parents, we had one luggage special for food only. Yes. Completely lain if I travel alone. HAHAHA. My Ayah here is someone who can only take Malaysian food but claim to be someone flexible. Kelakar betul.

Nothing much happened sebab hari dah gelap. Oh and keesokkan harinya was ANZAC day. Their public holiday. Hari first berakhir begitu sahaja. Quite wasted.

The next day. The ANZAC day. We're supposed to take our car at 8AM. And guess what? AYAH CHANGED HIS FREAKING MIND. He didn't want to drive. He's freaked out. Someone please hold me? Oh My God. Oh My God. WHAT WAS I TELLING YOU BEFORE THIS?! That's why I suggested to take the tour cause I know such thing would happen! OH MY GOD. I WAS ULTIMATELY FURIOUS. But I couldn't let it out because he's my father. Please stop assume the others have the same preferences like yours. Let me take a very deep breath. And he didn't even ask me. Okay fine. Me being mad, I didn't bother to talk. Guess what. Another day wasted. F.

But looking at Naqib's condition, I didn't think it's a good idea to go out as well. But... UGH.

I decided to stay at the apartment, konon nak jaga Naqib. So my parents went out sendiri. Malas nak amek port. We're supposed to go to Puffing Billy Steam Train and Brighton Beach today but I guess just pergi dalam mimpi dulu. Before he headed out, he asked me to check out the tour for the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. WEI NAK GELAK BOLEH? To be honest, time tuh kte macam nak balik. Sebab macam dah takde mood. Rasa nak marah je. Please I just want to have fun :(

I just stick to my original plan; I mean I already did the survey before. But still, that tours were still the cheapest. So I took Melbourne Australian Tours. I emailed them and they replied super fast. I made the deal with Colin who had stayed in KL for two years before. He tried to speak Malay a bit. It was nice.

So yeah people sorry if you're expecting much for this blog post, I am sorry cause nothing much happened during the first two days. I shall continue for the next post shortly.

By the way, Happy Labour Day everyone!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Jalan Jalan New Zealand: The touchdown.

السلام عليكم & 안영 to all ♥♥

One of the trip yang stucked in my draft tab. I will make it into few posts. This post might be long, might be not. And I might have forgotten most of the thing. Tapi saya cuba sedaya upaya saya. This trip was around May last year. Almost a year ago kot. 

This one friend had been bugging me to go travel with her; anywhere but we never really plan anything about it. For me, if you don't have specific place to go... It would be hard to even plan cause we do not have definite place to go. Takkan nak study banyak banyak tempat?

Tiba tiba AAX announced route to New Zealand. Oh my goodness. Dalam banyak2 tempat! So my friend and I terus tergedik-gedik menunggu the official booking date. Normally the rate would be cheaper time route baru bukak. Slightly cheaper, I mean.

So it's then confirmed, we're going to New Zealand! However, we're going to the southern part; South Island. FYI, for now AAX only has one route to NZ; KL - Auckland. Auckland is in the northern part; North Island. Masa tuh baru tau keadaan geografi NZ nih. Mencabar jugak lah study map dia. But it's quite straight-forward actually.

Oh bear in mind that this route ada transit dekat Gold Coast, Australia. Bukan direct flight. Oh no need to apply for Australian Visa for this. We actually did, tapi dia tak check pon cause we didn't go through the Australian immigration time transit. Transit dia sejam sahaja, korang setakat sempat buat security check, pergi toilet, minum air sekejap then dia dah panggil naik kapal terbang balik. Nothing much. Nak cakap Gold Coast I was here pon macam tak dan.

During KL-Gold Coast flight, I was sitting beside a guy I think. No chat whatsoever. And he turun dekat Gold Coast. So I had a new partner during my Gold Coast-Auckland flight, which was a Muslim lady. She's going to visit her relatives in NZ, if I'm not mistaken. So we did chat a bit. She asked about the menu cause she's about to order for her family members; her husband and two boys. Of course I suggested her to take the infamous Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser! Hahaha. Had to explain a bit about the dish, and she loved it I think. She said it tasted good. Okay the moment of bangga sekejap.  Oh and I suggested that she should come to Malaysia one day. Haruslah promote negara sendiri kan?


At the very beginning, we thought of doing the caravan trip cause it would be awesome! So I asked Zureen since she had done that before. Apart from that I've contacted a different NZ-based tour guide. And she's a Malaysian named Kak Aida. She was the sweetest, she layan all my soalan and stuff. But in the end, after re-calculate the cost; we decided to just do a normal road trip. Not a caravan trip. Cause it would be just the three of us. Less cost; in short. But we're not doing back-packing as well. No. I even DM-ed Hani Sharaf to ask stuffs. And I asked her not to tell Farhana Bakri. Lalalala~

Oh before I forgot, my partners in crime for this #LDLtakesNZ trip were; Lelang and Lems. Lems is Lelang's friend from high school. I've never met her before this trip. In the making of kawan baru jugak lah kiranya.

We decided to go to Christchurch from Auckland to reach the South Island. They're a few medium of transportation that can be used to reach there. We chose the airplane; cause it's faster! As we reached Auckland that evening, the only airline that fit our time was Air New Zealand. It was nice, we learnt to drop our own baggages for the first time there. Like how they're trying to apply it here now. Memang kelam kabut jugak sebab tak tahu macam mana nak buat and kebetulan there were no staff around. So menarik. End up we asked the other passengers who were around. Leuls.

Touchdown baby!

OOTD yang tak berapa meyakinkan.

Me, Lelang & Lems.

Gigih lah sorong bag ke luar semata-mata nak ambil gambar dekat luar bangunan. It was windy so start lah seronok jakun bagai dengan udara sejuk sikit tuh. Oh it was drizzling, I think. Who knew, itu hanyalah starter episode hujan di sana.

Akak tuh busy buat kira-kira perbelanjaan.

Sementara menunggu nak masuk dalam, acah acah minum hot chocolate. 

anti-social bila dah dapat WiFi

For our first night in Christchurch, we decided to stay somewhere very close to the airport. As we would arrive quite late that night. We spent a night in this lovely cottage. You can check for Water Lily Garden if you're looking for somewhere to stay here.

It was already late when we reached Christchurch. We met Mr Cameron from Shoestringrentals cause we rented a car from him for our trip. He showed us around, the do's and don'ts. It was really dark, and all of us were already dead tired. We spent the past 24 hours in-flight. Almost. So we couldn't wait to see our bed for the night!

Oh and we rented the GPS as well, as we wouldn't need to be using our mobile data throughout our journey. We bought a traveller sim from Vodafone in the airport if I'm not mistaken. Only one sim to be shared among us. Nak jimat oi, simcard dia mahal noks.

So with the help of our GPS, we searched for the place. It was dark outside. The streetlights were super dimmed. And and and and the speed limit was no joke; 60 kmh the maximum? Untuk kita2 yang dah biasa tak tengok speed limit nih, dia macam wei wei giler kentang nak slow macam nih. It was really tough guys. Since I was the one who drove the car first; macam makcik lah akak drive time tuh

We safely arrived at Water Lily Garden and I bet everyone's already sleeping. It was dark. It was really dark guys. I think we've notified them that we're gonna be late so yeah. Upon entering the place, we saw our cute cottage with my name on the door. That was nice. Yup that's it. The room was super cute for the three of us. My bad I didn't snap a picture inside cause I was dead tired and we needed to get up early tomorrow. We would be having a long trip for the next day. 

This was our cute little cottage.

We were running out of time actually. Cause before we started our journey for the day, we'd like to go to the grocery first. So we headed out, packed up our stuff into the car and the owner saw us. We greeted each other, she was really sweet but I totally forgotten her name. She asked us to have breakfast first. Ktorg pon tak makan apa lagi, yela dah lambat so layankan aja.

I super love the dining area! You could see a little pond outside. Feeling2 ompotih pagi2.

The little pond.

I wish to have a house like this. So cantik and menenangkan.

We settled the payment and we're ready to go!

The first driver of the day.

Dah masuk highway. Highway depa macam jenis jalan kampung. Mostly memang satu lane sahaja. Speed limit paling tinggi adalah 100kmh. Good luck ye kawan-kawan yang terasa nak memandu di sini. Bayangkan jalan lengang gitu, kental lah drive. Hahaha.

We got a little bit excited when we saw a Caravan.

The famous NZ cows.

At one point, speed limit dia 70kmh sahaja. Sila patuh ye kawan kawan.

Just then we were mesmerized by the beautiful view. Subhanallah. Memang cantik sangat so we decided to stop. And ambil gambar! I didn't know what was the name of this place cause we randomly stopped. Trust me, just stop whenever you rasa the view is lawa. Kiri kanan toleh memang lawa sangat. Kawasan gunung ganang dia memang cantik lah buat album kahwin. Tak tipu punya. But be safe. Park your car properly at the road side. Kita nih dekat negara orang, so elok eloklah.

Selamba je tak tutup pintu macam tuh uolls. Jangan tiru aksi kami.

The same caravan just now.

We finally arrived at Lake Tekapo. As we parked our car, kami kinda berkira-kira untuk keluar cause it started to drizzle. Macam alahai dah hujan pulak. Tapi lantak pi lah kan, dah datang jauh2 takkan nak patah semangat disebabkan hujan? Kahkahkah. So gigih lah kami bertiga melawan angin dan hujan. Gigil bhai, tapi persetankan aja semua itu. Hahahaha

Model of the day.

Taknak pergi dekat dengan air sebab lagi sejuk. Barai

We continued our journey to Lake Pukaki. Dekat sini you could see banyak caravan so I guess it's one of the places that you stay for a night, I mean for a camping/caravan? The view for me was kinda creepy. I mean, it looked like macam horror movie omputih, you know. It just gave me chill looking at the area, so we didn't stay that long. But the view was still amazing! Seriously.

Feeling2 Twilight. HAHAHAHAHA

The drizzling rain was getting harder. We managed to find Twizel Holiday Park. We already booked a room there before hand. Well, we've booked everything in advance actually. Mudah kerja di sana kan?

Semua stock kebulur bila dah sampai bilik. The good thing was our room just located beside the common area. There two girls inside, one with her laptop while another was doing something else. So what did we have that night? Nasi impit with sardine. We used the Holiday Park's pots to boil the nasi impit while my own Korean periuk for the sardine. 

Alhamdulillah kenyang. Janji dapat nasi uolls. Dasar Melayu. Kahkahkahkah.

Flatlay yang gagal.

I shall continue with the next part. I hope very soon for it. Thanks for reading guys!

Nota kaki: Gambar sangat banyak actually untuk share semua dekat sini. So ini hanyalah gambar-gambar yang terpilih.

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