Easter Break in Down Under

July 4, 2010

Easter holidays are huge in Ozzy. Supermarkets stock chocolate eggs in all sizes and colours, bunnies with bells and bunnies without bells. And we got a whole week worth of holiday (more so exam study week thinly-disguised as a much deserved break).

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But with proper time management (I did study hor!) we found some time in between to head out for a little R&R.

FYI, all this happened in April before the weather turned chilly.

First couple of days, we headed to touristy attractions because the housemate’s boyfriend was in town. :) visited the over-hyped Australian Zoo down at Beerwah. Its over-hyped because it really looks just like any other zoo only it belongs to the late Steve Irwin’s family.

Steve Irwin is the world famous crocodile hunter who passed away in 2006 whilst on a wildlife mission in the Great Barrier Reef. He also helped found the crocodile division within the Singapore Zoo. :) but since his unfortunate accident, tourists like me, have been paying inflated prices to help fund his kids very expensive private education. Boo boo boo~

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We rented a car for the day because the zoo was a 2 hour drive up Sunshine Coast. We started getting unusually excited after seeing roads named after the legendary Steve Irwin. What?! We spent hours on the neverending highway!

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We reached the “Home of The Crocodile Hunter”.

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We were back to the childhood days where a trip to the zoo meant alot of oohing and ahhing. Hehe!

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The zoo was practically more than half dominated by crocodile enclosures and reptile houses.

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We were riding the model of the largest ever crocodile (30 ft.) caught personally by Stevie. :P

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And there were scary snakes which freaked Cheeleng out badly…

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Of course, Australia’s most famous animal….

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Cute Koalas all huddled on top gum trees. :)

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Saw some skinny pigs at the Kids Corner (or petting zoo). They probably will grow up to be shipped to Singapore in cling wrapped boxes labelled Air Pork. Okay, that wasn’t funny.

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Lucky Australia isn’t as hot as Singapore so I wasn’t grouchy and melting all over the place.

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At the hottest point in the day, we took shelter in the center arena where we viewed a museum on Steve Irwin’s very eventful life and saw amazing photos of his children’s exposure to dangerous critters at tender ages. Eek!

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AUD 2 per souvenier coin. :D

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1, 2, 3, YAYYYS! ^^

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Gift shop where I bought postcards for the siblings for cheap cheap AUD 1.

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Just before the start of the crocodile show at the nearby Crocoseum, we took away burgers and fries in cutesy ‘happy meal’ boxes.

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Now here it startsssss!

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Our next stop was Australia’s national animal roaming freely on the grounds. Hundreds of Kangaroos to be pet and fed.

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Saw a lazy bum Kangaroo… Really left us in stitches. :P we spent a longgg time here just playing with these friendly creatures.

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As the zoo was closing, we had to rush to my favourite section of the zoo! The South East Asia Habitat where huge pieces of land was home to Giraffes, Elephants and Tigers!

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The sign says, “No entry, Elephants only”. You think I can pass off as one if I try really hard?

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The exhibit I was most looking forward to as there are no orange tigers in Singapore. Only white ones. Really!!! So when my camera ran out of battery at this last stop, I was very very very very very disappointed. :(

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Dinner was at La Dolce Vita in Milton. Its a pretty eatery I have been wanting to try out for a while now.. The pizza was delish but there isn’t any photos because stupid camera ran out of battery. Sobs… Came home after a long tiring day but thankfully because each unit has 3 private lots, there was ample secured parking to go around.

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One of the weekdays, we went to the city to pick up some necessities and because it was a wet weather day, we went crazy with rainboots in hot pink and cheerful polka dots!

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Travelling to the suburbs take alot of effort because the buses are not regular and the routes are long. :(

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But home-cooked curry is always good motivation to travel..

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We brought over creampuffs for dessert while Huiping prepared curry beehoon. *yums*

Australians like to drink energy drinks like Red Bull, Mother and V. So we tried it in shots. It was so so so strong lah! Then we saw the energy content at the back of the tiny can (3800mg) that is nearly double of what a normal adult needs for one whole day?!

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On the next weekend, we woke up bright and early for our weekly dose of Vitamin D (sunshine).

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Taking the hour long train ride into Gold Coast I saw what I usually miss out on when I fall asleep. The scenery was beautiful!!! Plus we took the express train so it was just an hour of all these sights straight on to our destination without stopping.

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Seeing that the weather was pleasant, we visited Wet ‘N’ Wild the water themepark. It is one of the amusement parks included in the annual passes we bought.

This is making me feel that Singapore’s Universal Studios really sucks. In Aussieland, AUD 99 and I get 1 year unlimited entry into 3 world-standard themeparks. But in Singapore, I have to pay SGD 318 for only 1 park and a smaller park at that. Pooey~

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Being peer-pressured teenagers, we spent nearly 50 bucks each on bikini tops (just the top) because no one at the attraction wore swimming costumes. The one I brought was the super conservative Arena black with green stripes costume. Really out of place. :(

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Dinner was back in the city with Madtongsan 2. Kimchi fried rice is love~

Signing off here to go the airport to support my sister who is working the night shift at Starbucks tonight! Byee!!! :)

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2 Responses to “Easter Break in Down Under”

  1. mz Says:

    Aww~~~ So nice!!!
    I wanna hug them all(the mammals, I meant… hahaz). The koala bears, the pigs, the dead roo and tiger… seems so nice!

    Btw, your bikini, I think it’s worth! Can see that the prints r well done up and it’s the above average kind. =)And your figure, not bad~ >_<

    • Joy Says:

      when you go near, they chou chou one. i dont think you will wanna hug them. haha! and hugging the tiger?! u brave wor~ the tiger attitude prob de… refused to turn around to look at us one! sobs!

      the bikini feels comfy but i feel cheated coz price dont include the bottom. :( :( :(

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