Philip Island Natural Parks

Philip Island Natural Parks 

May 2013


This award is presented Amess House Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Philip Island Nature Parks In Recognition of the contribution it has made to restoration and conservation of a Heritage Place through specialist heritage trade skills 


Welcome to our Kitchen Garden 

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Too many kolas. There are not enough trees in this area for the number of koalas that live her. Rangers have to cut extra leaf (browse) from out plantation to ensure there is plenty of food for all the koalas. Please do not touch or disturb me. 



Please check under your car Before driving away 


Welcome to Penguin Parade. We hope you enjoy this award winning natural wildlife experience

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This is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by Little Penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing.

Sydney With My New Toy, Fujifilm X100S!

Sydney, Australia 



I am blogging in my hotel’s room and Hilton Sydney is one of my favorite stay! There is this big king size bed that I have all to myself and I can surround myself with many pillows. It is so hard to get out of the bed. Anyway… Coming back to the topic… As the title says, I just bought a new toy Fujifilm X100S!


I cannot afford Leica so this is my poor man’s Leica. It is such a classic beauty and I have a lot of fun with my new camera. It was love at first sight! I know I have to get X100S because I am so in love with its vintage design. I always have a thing for vintage stuff. I love vespa sprint, VW classic beetle, gramophone, etc. I still love my Nikon D5100 cos it is the first camera that I bought with my first full time job salary.


I really want to change the skin but it means voiding the warranty too. My boy says he can cut his gucci leather and make it into a new skin for my camera. But den… He is so busy with his job. I doubt he has the time to do it but if he does, I have a limited edition gucci X100S. One and only in the world! Hohoho… And I really can’t wait to pimp my camera with some cool accessories!


I had a really strong cravings for pancakes so I went to Pancakes On The Rocks. I love their pancakes with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. These three go so well together! After lunch/dinner, I roamed around and had fun exploring my new love. Here are some random shots…



Vivid Mode. 


Dynamic Tone. 


Panorama 120degree.


Panorama 180degree.


Partial Red Mode. 


Partial Red Mode. 



Partial Red Mode. 


Partial Yellow Mode.


Multiple Exposure. 

Can’t wait to bring my baby out for my next trip! Till then… 🙂

Sydney with 3 Batchmates!

Sydney, Australia 

I just came back from Sydney and I gonna make this a short and quick post. I have been to Sydney countless time and I have lost count on the number of times I have been here. It is winter now and winter in Australia isn’t as harsh as the winter in Europe. The weather makes it so pleasant to go out in Sydney as compared to Singapore. It is the hottest month in Singapore right now and the high humidity level is so unbearable. Cant stand it!

Pancakes On The Rocks

When I am in Sydney, I always dine at Pancakes On The Rocks. They serve the best pancakes in the world! You will think Strictly Pancakes in Singapore is simply crap after you have tried this.  Another good place to eat at is Chat Thai. Oh yes, they serve amazingly good Thai cuisine in huge portion.


Alright… Back to this trip… I have been hearing from fellow colleagues/friends about this Korean joint in Sydney but I have never tried it until yesterday. This is my first time eating Korean BBQ and I love it so much! It is SO SHIOK having Korean BBQ in this cooling weather. And eating with a big group also means you can order more varieties! I think I always sounds so excited when I talk about good food! Heehee…

Sliced Pork Belly

Sliced pork belly that look so cute and yummylicious!!

Me, Althea, Sophia & Eddie

Back to the point, this is my first time flying with 3 batch mates on the same flight together. It is really rare and coincidentally, we marked our first year flying anniversary not too long ago. *Happy One Year Flying*! 🙂

And of cos not forgetting, the rest of the company that have made this lunch a pleasant one. KOREAN BBQ, I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK FOR YOU AGAIN!!! 😀

How I Spent Chinese New Year Away from Home..

Adelaide, Australia 

I had to fly off to Adelaide on CNY Day One and this was my first time being away from home during CNY. I felt a little sad because I had to rush off to the airport after the reunion steamboat at my aunt’s home. She made the best steamboat and I knew I could not miss it even if I had to pull my luggage around to bai nian. I guess this is the only time I get envious being an officer worker as they can enjoy an extended weekend break during this CNY period.

Arrived in Adelaide on CNY Day Two and we went to the Chinese restaurant which is nearby to our hotel.

Fish Ball Soup with Seaweed

This fish ball soup with seaweed was surprisingly good! Yummylicious! 🙂

We orded a table full of food but we managed to finish it all because we were famished.

I am pretty glad that I spend my CNY with a nice group of people. 🙂


After our lunch, we walked around the Chinatown.

As usual, there isn’t any distinctive Chinese characteristic that can be found in this Chinatown.

Glenelg Beach

We also went to Glenelg Beach which is about 30 minutes bus ride from our hotel.

It was a very hot summer in Adelaide and the temperature can reach up to 40 degree Celsius here. I prefer summer to winter though and I really think Singapore has the best weather all year round! 😀

Caught a glimpse of the sunset. 🙂

I had this pretty expensive Beer Battered Fish & Chips for dinner but it was really good. This was how I spent my CNY away from home and it makes me appreciate the chance to have a reunion gathering every year. Today is the last day of CNY and I wish everyone a prosperous Dragon year! Huat ah! 🙂

Seeing Koala Bears and Kangaroos for the First Time!

Tangora Zoo Sydney, Australia 

I just came back from Sydney which was my 7th time to this lovely city! When I think of Australia, I will think of koala bears and kangaroos. I have been to Australia for 11th time and I really want to see these Australian animals so I decided to pay a visit to the Zoo! 🙂

I took the free shuttle bus 555 from the bus stop in front of Queen Victoria Building and alighted at Circular Quay.  From Circular Quay, you can buy the Zoo Pass for AUD50.50 which include the ferry transport and entry to Tangora Zoo.

On the ferry to Tangora Zoo and passed by attractions like Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

Welcome to Tangora Zoo“. Reached Tangora Zoo after a short 12 minutes ferry ride from Circular Quay.

I took the Sky Safari located near the ferry wharf to the top entrance of the zoo’s plaza.

Scenic view from the top entrance of zoo’s plaza. It is important to plan your visit well and follow the green dots on the path to explore the 9 trails. I didn’t follow the path and I had to walk uphill which was very tiring to see the other trails that I have missed.

My first stop was the Koala Walkabouts.

Weee!! Finally see an Australian koala bear after my 11th time to Australia!!

These are REAL koala bears but they look fake, don’t they?

Not Drunk – Just Digesting

Some interesting facts about koala bears… According to a bush legend, koalas are permanently drunk on fermented gum leaves. In fact, eucalyptus leaves are low in energy and difficult to break down, which is why koalas sleep as much as 20 hours a day. Their laid-back pose also keeps them cool. It exposes the soft white belly fur which reflects the heat and is easily ruffled by the breeze.

Next stop – Giraffe Encounters.

World’s Tallest Baby! – Giraffes are about 2m tall at birth”.

I missed the 1st trail which is the Reptile World and went to the 2nd trail African Safari instead.

Sun Bear.

Pygmy Hippopotamus. They have the cutest ears in the world! Their ears will start twitching after they come out of the water. You can just stare blindly at them, look at them playing with the water and twitching their ears. So cute!


“Just  as no two humans have the same fingerprints, no two zebras have the same stripe pattern.”

As I was snapping the zebra, this lil cutie flew by and stopped to eat the honey from the flowers.


Barbary Sheep.

Himalayan Tahr.

End of Trail 2. I should have proceeded to Trail 3 and 4 which is the Australian Walkabout but I went to Trail 7 (Big Cats Trail) instead. This proved to be a tiring mistake later on because I have to walk uphill to go back to Trail 3.

Snow Leopard. So fierce looking!

*Blinking eyes* Alright…You look cute in this photo! 🙂

On the roof of the world” – The Snow Leopard spends summer in the high alpine pastures, moving down to lower altitude forests during winter in search of wild goats and sheep. Increasing human settlement in this once remote area is forcing the Snow Leopard towards extinction.


Lion. You can see me but you can’t eat me. :-p


Tigress and her cub.

End of Trail 7 and I proceeded to Trail 6 (Rainforest Trail).

Malayan Tapir.


Gibbon. I don’t have a zoom lens to snap the Gibbon from far. 😦

End of Trail 6. I walked uphill to Trail 3 back to see the Ring-tailed Lemur and Gorillas.

Ring-tailed Lemur.

Gorillas. So human-life.. Here’s a question, did we really evolve from Apes?

Saw this Peacock on my way to Trail 3 (Australian Walkabout).

Tadah! Kangaroo! Yipppeee! I finally see an Australian Kangaroo.


Saw these Crocodiles on my way to the last trail which is Trail 9 (Seal Walk).

Seal. So big and fat!

Pelican. Please do not discard fish hooks into the sea cos it will get caught onto these seabirds causing injuries or even a slow agonizing death.

Say hello to my cute friend Sea Lion! She looked amused with all the cameras that kept snapping at her. Aaahhh.. So adorable! 😀

Swimming freely in their world. 🙂

I gonna end this post with my favorite photo from the album.

Mother and daughter enjoying a day out to the Zoo! Motherly’s love.. So sweet, isn’t it?

6 Ways to Enjoy Your Stay in Sydney!

Sydney, Australia

I have visited Sydney for 6 times in the last five months. Just in the month of November, I went there for 3 times! Even though it was a short stay on my each visit, it gets boring to see the same place and eat the same food again, again and again. I know I will dread coming to this place if I do not find ways to enjoy myself.

So…I have come up with a compilation of ways to enjoy my stay and here goes.. 😉


YUM YUM!! I love pancakes! If you are a pancake lover, you got to visit this restaurant named ‘Pancakes on The Rocks‘ when you are in Sydney! They serve the BEST pancakes in the world!

I had tried the pancakes for 4 times out of my 6 visits to Sydney. The two outlets that I have been to are located in Darling Harbor and The Rocks (24 Hours) which is near to Harbor Bridge.

I heard a good place to eat pancakes in Singapore is Strictly Pancakes which is in Dhoby Ghaut area. Gonna try it soon! Heehee..





Hehehe…I am so strong!

Trying to show that I am bigger than the Opera House but failed terribly. Lol! -.-

I JUMP~ but block the Opera House. Epic fail!

This is the result of coming to the same place for so many times and you start to get a little crazy and crappy. Lol!





The Blues Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales and you can take a 2 hours train ride from Sydney Central Station and alight at Katoomba. The weather was really bad and all we can see is mist and rain! Kena con by hotel’s concierge again cos he told us the weather was only going to be cloudy.

You can buy the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus ticket from any CityRail Station in Sydney. It costs about AUD45 for the return train ride and bus ride around Blue Mountains. The hop-on hop-off bus will stop at 29 stops around Leura and Kamtooba.

Inside the Skyway. I am very scared of heights and I cannot cross an overhead bridge alone. However, the skyway ride wasn’t scary to me at all cos it was so misty and I can’t see anything below/around me at all.

The Railway, which is the steepest passenger railway in the world. Very fun but the ride was too short.

Three Sisters. Photo credits to

Hawkesbury Heights Lookout. Photo credits to

Valley of the Waters. Photo credits to

Wentworth Falls. Photo credits to

We were supposed to see all of these and not just mist and rain! Blue Mountains is so beautiful and it is also listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site. I will definitely come back again!





Children are so cute and they always give you the biggest smile in the world. You can be yourself in their world. No pretense. No faking. No wayang. Life is just so simple with them. 😉

Fatherly love. Awww..

Handsome boy! Love the hair and eyes!

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  ~Rachel Carson

Let’s all be great man who does not lose our child’s heart and treat every fellow human beings with compassion and respect. 😉





What is nicer than spending a lovely afternoon sitting by the bay and having a nice chilled beer? 🙂

We had Beez Neez, a specialty honey wheat beer. It is an amazingly smooth beer with nice honey taste and not overpowering at all. I like to try the different kinds of beer around the world and some of my favorites include Corona, Kirin and Pure Blonde.

Chill out @ Opera Bar..

Artistic shot of the wine glasses.

You can also enjoy the view of Harbor Bridge and birds flying around the bay from the bar.




6. And…Last but not least, awesome company to hang out with! 😀

With my batch boy who came to Sydney with me twice!

@ Opera Bar.

With my batch boy again!

@ Pancakes on the rocks.

With another group of kaki @ Pancakes on the rocks.

@ Blue Mountains. My super steady bom pi pi friend who chiong Blue Mountains together with me! We are so awesome!! 😀

With my batch girl who bunk in with me! Crazy night together! Hahah!

And of cos, not forgetting those peeps I did not manage to take pictures with who went makan and jalan together in Sydney. You guys make my stay in Sydney a pleasant one too! 😀 😀 😀

My 3rd time to Melbourne!

Melbourne, Australia

I am going to sidetrack from posting about my graduation trip and blog about my recent trip to Melbourne. 😉

I have been to Melbourne for 3 times. The first time when I was here, we were gambling around with beer in our hands. Getting a little tipsy in the casino. Met a stranger who gave us money to bet. Loitered around the streets to find more alcohol. Bunked in with the other two girls. Lol! This sounds so UNLIKE ME but nonetheless, we had a pretty fun and crazy night!!

I hibernated in my room the second time I was here cos all the shops were closed when I woke up. It was S.O…B.O.R.I.N.G!

And….I finally went out to explore in this city on my third time here! 

It was S.O…B.E.A..U.T.I.F.U.L! So happy that I managed to take such a nice photo that made the whole trip was so worth it! 😀

I rented a bike from one of the Bike Share stations which is easily found in Melbourne.

The Bike Share station will look like the photo on the left. I took this photo from the internet cos I forgot to take a photo of it. The Bike Share is designed for short trips across the city. I paid AUD2.50 with my credit card for the daily access fee. There is also a AUD50 security deposit for each bike which will be returned to you. The trip is free if is within 0-30 minutes and you will have to pay extra subsequently according to the trip duration.

@ Swanston Street. Nice clouds! 🙂

Flinder Street Station. Sunny weather always make the photos look much better. 🙂

“Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.”

A pleasant surprise after a heavy downpour in the evening. 🙂

An interesting sight is that the other side of the sky was very gloomy.

This is the bridge that links to the Crown Entertainment Complex.

Interesting street performance.

The Melbourne Skyline at night with reflections on the Yarra River. Enjoying inner peace while cycling along the Yarra River. I love to cycle and the other country that I enjoyed cycling at is Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Art Centre Tower from afar and it reminds of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  I wanna go Paris very badly!!

Interesting building structure.

Flinder Street Station at night.

Captivating night view.

Bought my fav Jacobs Creek sparkling wine and enjoyed my lonely drinking session in the hotel’s room. I am definitely not feeling emo but just a little alcoholic.

I finished the whole bottle by myself. Tadah! This is not the way to enjoy wine but heck, I just want to get drunk.

And…Aha! I really got drunk and start taking stupid self-shots.

Australia feels like a second home to me now cos I visit this country more often than I go to town in Singapore. I am starting to enjoy my stay here cos there are a lot of hidden gems in this country.

I wanna go to Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park, Ayers Rock and Phillip Island in Victoria. I gonna conquer all these places one by one and I really hope that I will have kaki to travel with me to all these places.

Australia, I am seeing you again tomorrow! 5th time to Sydney, here I come! Hahah! 😉