Monday, March 21, 2005

[ p e r t h ]

i miss perth.

i can't believe the long awaited trip to Perth is now over and gone with the wind! *stomps feet* i wanna migrate to Perth! I really love the lifestyle there man. I know it's super boring n all...and some of you will be like "You haven't seen Melbourne/Sydney yet!" but I don't have to. Perth's fine with me...=)

so the journey started on Wednesday, 9th March. Left in the afternoon, skipped Law lecture *yay*....=) Main reason of travel? This:

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Big bro was graduating! haha he looked pretty darn smart in that robe. Too bad he wasn't allowed to wear the mortar board. Apparently degree holders aren't fit too wear 'em. Heck! Even if you are an honours graduate you still don't get to wear 'em. It takes a person with Masters qualification to get to wear that piece of square board on your head, then shift the lock of strings from your right to your left as you shake hands with the Chancellor. I suppose that's what they call priceless moments. haha...

I'm in love with his uni too! it's huge! It's landscaping is...well like it was right out of a picture! soo darn nice! Huge trees everywhere, perfectly maintained grass fields that spreads far and wide. The buildings are majestic if i should say so myself! It's just such a breathtaking sight!

My dad rented a Hyundai Elantra and we went ridin' all over Perth and down south. First we were at Busselton where we walked along the Busselton Jetty. That was about 3 km long. The wind was uber strong and it was just magnificent watching the sunset along the horizons of the literally blue sea. We took a train down the next day along the Busselton Jetty again and went into the Underwater Observatory which was very educational i guess. haha enjoyed it...=)

Went to Magaret River as well and was surprised to see a little creek they had the pride to call a river. haha had some nice fast food at Chooks which is like KFC but nicer hehe...went into NgILGI Cave which i think had the best stalagtites and stalagmites and many other stuff. the ceiling of the cave was so full of those pointy stuff that they told us to lie flat on the ground and look up, and you know what? it had the effect of a starry night! no kidding! and as they say it, it had very good acoustics too! ahah i was singing together with some ang mohs inside that cave! haha

Also drove to Albany which was a super long drive. My poor dad had to stay awake with a whole pack of Ricola sugar free mints while all of us took turns sleeping and entertaining him. hehe...Driving down a country road is soo cool. We passed by acres and acres of farmland, with cows, sheep, deers, horses galore! Albany was just lovely. The weather was really cool! It was about 15 degrees? but the wind was darn strong so it felt like i was gonna freeze! We stayed in this cottage, which i think is privately owned, and it was the best accomodation i ever lived in! It had 3 rooms, all very neatly furnished! It's over a hundred years old too! haha i had a slight eerie feeling about it at night though. But anyway, it was really cool since we had the whole cottage to ourselves and the kitchen was fully equipped so my mum whipped up quite a satisfying dinner! haha not to mention there was PS2 which came along with a stack of DVDs...haha

we also went on some canopy walks, which they call tree top walk, but i'm proud to say that the one in Kota Kinabalu is better by far! hehe

We headed to Denmark where we saw gigantic windmills! There were 12 of them altogether and, from a far distance, they were just so serene and tranquil to look at, but once we got upclose they were HUGE! the sight of it scared me too coz the mills looked like sharp fingers of martians from another planet and it made the freakiest sounds with the wind! Then as we headed to Walpole we stopped by The Gap and The Natural Bridge. These 2 really are just geographical features and basically goes by their own names. The Gap was a trench with 2 rocky walls and in the "valley" we could see water gushing in and out. The Natural Bridge was just as cool, with a rock structure that's like a bridge, water gushing beneath it.

The funniest was The Blowholes which was another stop before Walpole. Also a geographical feature when there is a slight gap between 2 rock walls, probably 20 cm in width. As waves slam on the bottom of the rocks it has no where to go but to go up through this gap. So this causes waves (if the tide is high enough) to splash through the gap, or wind (if there's a low tide). But in both cases, the sound is comparable with a lion's roar. Serious! So i was filming it with my video cam and all of a sudden this super huge gust of wind blew up in my face! i ran helter skelter, tumbling over my own feet as i tried to get away from those blowholes! And as u guessed, the camera was rolling! ahah the video was hilarious! haha hey the sound was thunderous ok! my dad almost tripped himself!

In Pemberton, we went to this gigantic tree, The Glaucestor Tree. It's 61 m in height and firemen used to use it to watch out for bushfire. Now it has become a tourist attraction and they fixed some big nail-looking things to act as a ladder where people can climb all the way up. It was then that my dad admitted he has height fright, as do my little brother. hehe so I was the only one to reach the top! the sight was magnificent! If only i could climb with my video cam! haha though i have to admit, i was kinda jittery as i go higher n higher. And believe me when i say descending is much harder than going up. =)

Back at Perth, in the last few days before i left, i called up Hsueh Yie n Chung Yeung...or should i say Mandy n Josh. haha good to see a familiar face all the way in the land down under! haha They brought my out for lunch, Josh drove. We had vietnamese and it was on Josh! haha nice fella...Then Mandy and I went shopping around in the city, coz Josh had to get to work. i didn't buy anything since i already bought several stuff before with my mum. Mandy was on a shopping spree though to get gifts for her friends which i offered to pass to the. She's so sweet la...buying her friends gifts on no special occassion. We were in this shop, where she asked my opinion about something, apparently for Emily. Then she asked me to try it on. And the next thing i knew she bought it for me! I was speechless and downright shy wei! haha...the next time i go there i'll belanja her Gelare! We went to visit Josh at Mckkers (which is McDs) and guess what? Our friend Chung Yeung, the guy who sleeps in class every day, the playful chap i knew from sec school was Manager of that branch! No kidding! haha not bad ey?

so yea...that pretty much wraps up my Perth Escapade. And i'm missing Perth right now. I love that place! I can give u 10 reasons why i'm considering permanent residency there:

1. the weather rocks! low humidity makes walking around so much more pleasant!
2. the bike lanes! You have GOT to love those bike lanes! the pavements, the bike parking and all...who wouldn't wanna cycle? It's WAY cheaper than driving and definitely more fun!
3. the scenary is just great. and i'm saying this not just coz i'm a visitor. seriously, it just rocks!
4. the public toilets are super clean! it's true! every single toilet i went into, be it in the shopping complex, or in a farm, or a restaurant or anywhere at all, every single toilet has toilet paper, is 100% clean and the flush works! now why can't Malasian public toilets be like that?
5. the people there are super friendly! you can say hello to ANYBODY on the street and you're sure to get a smile and a warm greeting in return. They just do that...the whole "hey, how you going?" thing. I love it! i know there are cases of anti-asianness but we're second class citizens here also if you get what i mean, so what's the diff! at least there it's not a legislation for university entrances n such. (no offense...just the naked truth)
6. the trusting society. like my bro said, they're not out to cheat on you. they trust you. we don't have them grabbing all the free sugar packs from a restaurant, or taking stuff that are priced less by mistake, or whatever. they just don't have that kiasuness! I love that too! there was this incident in Crazy Clarks, where my mum took a shirt from a rack that says $2 but when the cashier scanned it, it was $9 and so my mum was a bit surprised and explained where she got it from. Now if this were to happen in Giant, i'll tell u what will happen. The cashier will walkie-talkie to some advisor, or shout over the counter to the next cashier, and enquire about the truths and they will wait n wait, delaying everyone in queue till they get to know the actual price and charge you for it. In Crazy Clarks, that guy just - $9 and +$2. simple as that. problem solved! so nice!! and he gave me free Minties! haha
7. the respect they give to pedestrians, i tell u! cars stop for you. You don't get that in Malaysia, u either wait for a clear coast or be run over to death.
8. the respect they give to each other as drivers. driving in perth is such a joy, no rushing into junctions, no honking, no speeding. they simply...give way!
9. working there reaps rewards! an apple picker working part time there can earn just as much as an accountant here, if not more.
10. chocolates there taste a gazillion times better! haha...don't tell me this isn't a good enough reason!!

though there are some drawbacks about perth. some things which i definitely don't miss:

1. the water is salty. i don't know why. their water is just plain salty. my bro says it's coz of its iodin content. Iodin? why iodin?
2. the exchange rate. nuff said.
3......there's no number 3!!

i wanna stay, live, reside in perth!

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