Melbourne Day 2 – Travelling Alone

Good morning. Took a sunrise view from my hotel room.

It’s my first day to self-roam at Melbourne, not too bad an experience.

I had some small bite at a cafe called Hunger Game located at Southern Cross Station since I’ve missed my Puffing Billy tour. (The tour agency was nice enough to slot me into the Thursday tour group)

Hot chocolate with Passionfruit tart.

Hunger Game Cafe
Southern Cross Railway Station
Docklands Victoria 3008
Australia

Melbourne’s History Water Clock. Installed since 1883. Original location at Flinders Street Station. Shifted 5 times. Finally fixed here.

And I started walking my own tour from here.

 While navigating around myself, I enjoyed looking at the historical buildings, the fresh air and the chilling weather.

Walked a longggggg distance to Flinders Station. Beautiful building!

I didn’t want to take the City Circle tram as I wanted to check out the shops along the streets.

Took a selfie using my selfie stick so as to capture the tower clock! I didn’t feel shy about taking selfie even though there were passerby looking at me, and at the selfie stick. Seemed to me selfie stick wasn’t common and popular with the Caucasians?

Thanks to the sponsorship from selfiesticksg.com. If you are looking for one too, they are now having a buy 3 get 1 free promo, SGD14 each, inclusive of tripod stand and phone bracket.

By the time I was done with Flinders St Station, that was like half the CBD perimeter walk, I decided to take the free tram.

The free tram wasn’t crowded on a weekday.

While on the tram, I got to see horse-carriage! Wish I had a chance to sit on it!

The City Circle tram travelled around the CBD perimeter, free for all, and I got to passby some magnificent buildings like the Parliament and Winsor Hotel which used to be a favorite for quite a few celebrities.

Winsor Hotel, still looking grand from its architure structure.

When the tram reached the Parliament place, I realised there were quite a few historical buildings worth checking out, and so I alighted and started my walk again.

The Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.

The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

Parliament House in Melbourne, located at Spring Street in East Melbourne at the edge of the Melbourne city centre, has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, since 1855 (except for the years 1901 to 1927, when it was the seat of the Federal Parliament of Australia).

Spring Street reminded me of our City Hall and Raffles Place where our historical buildings are in Singapore.

I didn’t realize this building until I noticed groups of students were touring there.

Stanford Fountain (1867-1870)

Took a snap of the withered tree.

Kept walking and saw a gothic-looking church from far, and decided to walk towards its direction.

And turned out it’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. Quite a well-known cathedral in Melbourne.

Made me think of Europe! Ah, I miss Europe!

I’m not a Cathlolic but I found peace when I stepped into the church. May peace be with you.

Took a last shot of the church architecture before I left.

Took the same route from where I came from, it was drizzling, luckily I brought my umbrella.

Caught the free tram  along Flinders Street and passby St Paul’s Cathedral, another magnificent-looking building.

I alighted at Collins/Elizabeth Street to dropby The Block Arcade, and guessed what I saw along the way?

It’s Daiso!! It was quite a big store, very much more spacious than SG’s, but there was not more than 10 customers including myself! LOL! My first time to see a not-crowded Daiso store.

It’s so empty than I could even pull out my selfie stick and take a selfie!

I didn’t buy anything from Melbourne Daiso, too expensive for me, they had more or less the same things as SG, perhaps a little more variety.

Daiso
QV Melbourne
221 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000
Level 3, Near Fitness First

More Daiso outlets can be found here.

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria. Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade.

I actually wondered is it buildings with the name, arcade, will have those Victorian architecture style? Our SG The Arcade at Raffles Place have similar style, especially the lamps on the wall and the railings.

Selfie-time! Hehe!

Anyway inside Block Arcade lies a popular tea room, Hopetoun Tearooms.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms is my greatest find in this building! It’s one of the highly popular cafe in Melbourne.

It was long queue when I reached, I didn’t want to waste the time, so I decided to leave and bring hubby here during the second last day to try the cakes before returning home.

Pardon the blur photo here. Will upload a clearer photo in my Day 6 blogpost! But here’s one more shot on the cakes!!

So tempting right?

Hopetoun Tearooms
282 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

I left the Block Arcade, continued walking towards one of my shortlisted cafe, Workshop along Elizabeth Street.

It wasn’t easy to find Workshop cafe. I actually missed it and overshot walking. The entrance wasn’t infront of the building but it’s at the side and gota turn in to really see the door. It’s a hidden gem.

What attracted me to this cafe was to see its graffiti. To my disappointment, there wasn’t any graffiti except a wall at the rooftop area. I guessed the cafe had repainted recently. Only the staircase up to the cafe had what I called vandalism.

I was very disappointed with the miserable menu. I ended up eating greens. Oh well, a healthy meal once in awhile won’t kill me.

I believe the cafe has been reformed into a bar for chillax.

This was the only graffiti I saw.

The Australians were pretty enjoying the cold weather, the “free aircon” by having beer on a rainy afternoon! I was very cold and as usual, ordered hot choc.

Gosh, this was by far the largest glass of hot chocolate I ever had. And it’s very thick and “solid” (in Singlish)!

Smoked Salmon salad. The greens look dull to me, only one kind of leaf?? But hey, the salad tasted fresh and tasty, especially the spiciness from the fresh onion rings!

I’m not a fan of salad, so when I say it’s nice, it is really nice!

Ok lah, though the menu was disappointing, the food compensated for it.

Workshop Bar Cafe
Level 1, 413 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Went for some shopping at Bourke Street before heading to another cafe for dinner, alone.

Commercial Bakery, the place where I had my most expensive dinner, but worth it lah, since it’s only once here.

It’s quite a spacious cafe and restaurant. When I reached at about 7.45am, the cafe section was already closed, while the dining area was opened. It was raining heavily outside, and so I took a long dinner enjoying my food while waiting for the rain to stop (though it didn’t stop).

I had Pan Roasted Barramundi fillet, the most tastiest fillet I’ve tried.

Service was excellent here. I was served with complimentary water and bread. The bread, so soft!

The only regret I had was I didn’t have the chance to go back for their breakfast.

Sad.

Commerical Bakery & Gills Diner
360 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

And I returned to my hotel walking all the way from Lt Collins St to Southern Cross station at Spencer St.

It was a very cold evening to end my day.

 

Melbourne Day 1 – Getting Around

Flew to Melbourne lately. It was an impromptu trip. Hubby was assigned to work in Melbourne for a week, I just tagged along to save on accommodation and a few meals which were claimed to his company (sssh~)! While he’s at work, I toured around myself, and I had fun traveling alone!

Before flying off, I had a few concerns,

Checking in my breastmilk
Pumping on plane and in public
Freezing my breastmilk
Phototaking (Selfie)

I must be lucky that everything turned on pretty smooth! Shall blog about me pumping in Melbourne in a separate blogpost. I’m just going to emphasize on taking selfie!

Thanks to sponsorship from selfiesticksg.com. My selfie stick came just in time for me to explore its convenience in Melbourne!

Okay so I book the same flight as hubby to Melbourne.

While crossing the airport custom, my handcarry bag was scanned to contain suspicious item, which turned out to be my selfie stick! Oopsie! But no issue, I was still allowed to pass with my selfie stick, just that it caused a delay in the queue.

Just before landing at Tullamarine airport, my camera was spoilt! Ho sey la! I could only survive my trip using my phone (Samsaung S4) camera. Luckily I brought along a spare battery! You’ll be surprised how terrific the phone camera is! Of course, the surrounding lighting play apart in the photography.

Sunrise shot taken before landing. The fluffy clouds below me looked like a pot of steam with volcano lava boiling inside.

There’s nothing much at Tullamarine airport. The most important counter was the mobile service provider counter. LOL! Being a social media platform user, I would want to have access to the internet all the time, especially when travelling overseas! And of course to stay in touch with hubby since we would be apart most of the times, just to make sure I would not be lost elsewhere~

And so we bought the AUD$2/day SIM card. The minimum number of days to buy was 5 days, which we bought, but surprisingly, the usage was extended to the 8-9th day! *Happy max*

Anyway, there was free wifi at the airport and was very easy to login, unlike SG, still need to register. Tsk!

There were free phone booths to call for shuttle service from a few hotels. Ours was complimentary.

There’s also an information counter at the airport, just outside the arrival hall. That’s where I booked my day tours to Philip Island, Great Ocean Road, and Puffing Billy train ride. The staff was very helpful and assisted to plan my itinerary for the day tours.

To get to the city (Southern Cross Railway Station) will need to take the Sky Bus, which cost AUD$30/pax for a round trip. Tickets can be bought from the airport information counter, the departure terminal at the airport, or Southern Cross Railway Station. The ride takes 30 mins, with no stops during the journey.

Once alighting at Southern Cross, follow this Hungry Jacks signage to exit the station, before getting into the main street.

Staircase at Southern Cross Railway Station. I’m quite impressed with the staircase, it’s like one of the perfect shot for Instagram.

From Southern Cross, it’s pretty easy to walk into the bustling street like Bourke Street where the malls are.

We didn’t bought their Myki-card (instead of MRT, their is Yarra Tram on the road). Haha, we (even when I was alone) walked throughout the whole trip!

The good thing is, there’s a City Circle tram, free for everyone including tourists! Interval for the City Circle tram was very short, maybe like 5 minutes only! Each station is very near another station, so no worries if you overshot, it’s a short distance to walk back ya. But this free tram can be very crowded on a working day evening where everyone knocks off from work.

The free tram covers most of the tourist attraction places in Melbourne City. For places outside city, good to rent a car and self-drive, or join a day tour where pick-up locations are in the city.

As I stayed outside the city and had to get to Southern Cross whenever I headed to the city, I chose a pick-up location at Vibe Savoy Hotel which is less than a 5-minute walk from Southern Cross.

It was almost end of Winter in Melbourne. I thought deciduous trees looked very pretty.

And so Hubby and I just navigate using the maps gotten at the airport. We thought of checking out the GPO where the H&M hype was. It’s at Bourke Street and we found it very easily.

And then we realized Bourke Street was the most happening street, where most shopping could be done here.

The public purse.

I was carrying my trusty backpack bought from Taobao. You’ll be surprised what I put inside. Will share it in a separate blogpost.

I didn’t know what’s special about it, hubby just told me take a photo with it. It’s prolly some art piece at Bourke Street. Anyway, there were lotsa graffiti (arts?) in Melbourne streets.

And here we were, taking photo using my sponsored selfie stick! Thanks to selfiesticksg.com! If not for the selfie stick, there’s no way I could take a photo with hubby together with the graffiti as backdrop!

This photo isn’t about arts. I was just trying to take an artistic photo of this alley. LOL!

We were late for lunch and decided to head for my first cafe-to-try, Brunetti.

It was about 3pm on a Sunday, and the cafe was fully packed. Needed awhile to grab two seats, and another short while to queue for the food.

Brunetti served alot of cakes! I had a hard time deciding what to order!

We had pizza, cakes and macarons.

We didn’t feel very full, but it’s late lunch and we still had to go for dinner later on. So we (or rather it’s me, hubby would usually follow what I wanted to eat) just made do with these.

We went to the Royal Arcade.

The Royal Arcade is a significant Victorian era building and is a part of the Victorian Heritage Register.

Look what we found!

The Little Royal Macarons!

Hubby told me these macarons had been tried by the Running Man! So it must be good!

Before we left, another selfie!

Sky turned dark at 6pm and it’s our first day at Melbourne. Hubby didn’t want to stay out too late, especially he had to get up for work the next day. So we left the city.

Back at the hotel room,

I applied body lotion vigorously. The weather’s cold and dry in Melbourne.  I could feel my skin was getting dry and might crack anytime.

Dirty Works body lotion helped!

A Brief Blogpost On my Babymoon at Bangkok!

Still didn’t manage to see the gender during April’s check up! Why oh why! We would have bought alot of baby clothes if the little one had not tried to hide the gender from us.

Hubby was saying, ” Must be you lor, keep saying want to buy many things from BKK if the gender is a girl. The baby must have been jealous and scared you won’t buy if the gender is a boy, so the baby tries to hide before the BKK trip!”

:O

Nevertheless, during our babymoon at BKK Platinum Mall, which was out first stop, mum already picked tonnes of clothes and accessories for the little one, but mostly in neutral colours. We didn’t mind about the neutral colours. Come to think of it, the clothes can be passed on for my no.2 (already included in our family planning) and also for my future sister-in-law whom I think if everything is to go smoothly, she may have her first kid around the time when my no.1 is 1 year old.

So it’s like our baby stuff can used for 3-4 babies, why not stock up new ones? Then again, I don’t mind 2nd-hand clothes along the way, I believe that kids will grow up obediently if they wear used clothes since young.

Shopping at BKK is like our yearly affair, except last year which we were planning for the wedding. I will buy alot of of my stuff, sweeps away lotsa clothes and many shopaholics’ must-have! But this year, my little one shopping buys were so much more than mine! I was so sad and jealous!

Guess what I had for myself, 3 sets of long-sleeved pyjamas for confinement, 3 maternity dresses, and a set of family t-shirts (printed Papa, Mama, Daughter, Son) for hubs, myself and our little one. So towards the end of the babymoon, I die die went to buy 2 necklaces from Platinum Mall, a pair of pump shoes from Terminal 21, body scrub from Boots, for myself! These were prolly one of my pathetic shopping buys from an overseas trip.

As for my hubs, he managed to get himself a decent shirt and 3/4 pants, a few pieces of t-shirts.

And of course both of us each bought a pair of imitated Havanias slippers. Heh! We ever bought from our previous trip, quite long-lasting for us and we decided to buy another pair from the same shop. Darling still remembered which shop! Reason because, he would never forget how his legs were going to break during our previous shopping exercise. He didn’t plan to buy back then, but his feet were so tired that he could not take it anymore! It was one of his unforgettable moments in BKK! LOL

This time the shopping excercise wasn’t as fierce as the last trip’s, partly because we were travelling with my family and aunts, quite a big group like about 10 pax, quite restricted to walk too much as the elders would need some rest, somemore I am having a baby bump, walking like a duck these day!

While waiting for my family to finish shopping, I went to have a classic pedi at Take Care located at Terminal 21. I didn’t plan to go for a pedi because of worrying the place hygiene is not good, tools are not clean etc. But when I saw Take Care beauty salon, the place looks white and clean and seemed to have good business from the Caucasians. Other than the classic pedi services, foot mask/wrap are also included and prices are definitely cheaper than SG. But because it’s inside Terminal 21, prices are a tad pricier if compared with other normal beauty salons. Take Care is just like our Jean Yip where haircare services are also available. Service was good and I recommend Take Care for anyone who wants to go for a good pedi in Bangkok.

In this babymoon, I suggested to go to the sky bar at Lebuar’s hotel, Bangkok State Tower. Woah! It’s a very atas place for chillax. I will want to go back there again for SURE! Anyway, when my baby is born, high chances are we will go back to the Land of Smiles to buy toddler clothes. Toddler clothes at BKK are wayyyyyy cheaper than in SG. The designs and quality are not bad too! Worth a trip for stocking up, provided we buy the airtix at great deals.

In this trip, it’s my first time to fly on SQ. Though economy class, I am still a happy girl! I don’t feel bored during the flight as each of us get to enjoy the entertainment facilities. I am impressed that the movies shown on SQ are quite up-to-date, new movies like Ah Boys To Men II is also available! And of course we get to have our meals and drinks on plane, with cushions and blankets for our own comfort. The best part is, our tix only cost about $250 nett/pax for the 2-way trip, inclusive of 7Kg handcarry and 20Kg check-in luggage, and we get to choose our seats during online booking! Cheap right?! After sitting on SQ and Emirates recently, I really don’t feel like taking Jetstar and Tigerairways anymore. I heard Scoots are not bad, maybe I will take it into my consideration.

After returning from BKK, I realised mum didn’t go for any massage during the trip, am thinking of bringing her to Batam for one. Hubby was saying, “Wah, now that you’ve felt much better than 1st trimester, you really want to make full use of this honeymoon period to travel even if it’s only a one-day trip to Batam!”

Arh-bo-den! My first trimester was an agony period for me, kept vomitting and feeling sleepy, too tired to go anyway! Now that I am feeling so much better, I can’t wait to enjoy before the 3rd trimester, where my bump gets bigger, and backaches become a daily agony. Better don’t think about it yet.

Oh ya, Hubby and I have signed up for our weekly antenatal class, learning more about pregnancy. He would be taught on how to give the baby and myself a good massage, and guide on the prenatal exercises for a smooth labour. Shiok leh!

I can’t remember how many weeks I am now, maybe 20-22? My detailed scan will be next week, hubs and I are hoping to know the gender! I have already decided,

  • To buy a mini cute bikini set if it’s a princess, and a pair of black sunglasses if it’s a prince-charming!

I think it’s so sexy and cutie for the little girl to wear bikini while smart-looking and suave for the little boy to wear specs, cool boy!

I’ll be back to post the gender of my baby soon! Till then, ciao!

Beautiful Staycation at Oasia Hotel Singapore!

Keen for a staycation? Read on!

Let me share with you why Oasia Hotel should be one of your choices!

It was my first time to join in for a tour at a hotel. Usually, I only get to tour a hotel when I have a staycation or during travel. Having exploring the different types of rooms at Oasia Hotel, I’m very impressed with its interior design, thoughtfulness, respect and cares the hotel brings to out every guest.

Location of Oasia Hotel is at Novena, next to Novena Square/Square shopping malls. It’s also a few MRT stops away from Orchard and the city!

Oasia Hotel has been exquisitely designed by award-winning Japanese architect-cum-designer, Takashi Sugimoto from Super Potato, famous for their cutting-edge designs that are based on natural elements.

Check out the cozy corridor (to the rooms) that’s designed!

There are a total of 428 rooms available at Oasia Hotel.

  • 88 Superior rooms
  • 224 Deluxe rooms
  • 100 Club rooms
  • 4 Club suites
  • 12 rooms for special needs

Superior and Deluxe rooms look almost the same to me, the difference lies on the designs and furniture layout in the rooms.

Superior and Deluxe rooms

Despite there’s no bathtub in Deluxe (and Superior) rooms, the bathroom is still spacious enough to enjoy a good shower after a long tiring day.

In every room, there’s safe box to keep laptops, charging is also available inside safe box!

Beverages and snacks are daily topped up.

All bathrooms are equipped with rain shower and bath amenities

What I love in every of the rooms at Oasia Hotel is what I call the “R&R” corner by the windows. Feels awesome to have some quiet moment in this corner, reading a book and with soothing music playing from the iPod compatible sound system in the room!

Club room

There’s bath tub! I don’t know why, when comes to staycation, bathtub is like one of the must-have in the room. To me, without soaking oneself in the bathtub for just an hour is NOT consider a staycation at all! ^_^

Club suite

This is the most luxurious room in Oasia Hotel! My first sight when I entered Club Suite was the spacious living room with the spectacular panoramic view of the city!

The living room is already very bright without switching on the lights, it’s just like at our own living room at home!

In this living room there’s also an additional toilet for guests!

The cozy corners in the room are designed to create a homely-stay for the every guests who stay at the Club Suites.

On one of the walls, there’s this sculpture design from Super Potato. Love this woody feel in the room!

Bedroom at Club Suite! This bedroom has the best view of the city in my opinion. It also has this “see-through” window into the bathroom where the bathtub is. Imagine you are looking the scenery while your spouse is soaking at the bathtub, then on and off you peep at each other? LOL!

When comes to recreational facilities, there are:

  • Spa pool at level 8
  • Roof terrace at level 8
  • Fitness Centre at level 8
  • The Oasia Club at level 22 (There’s a sheltered pool with sunset view and a lounge area for chill. Only for Club floor guests)

For guests who come over for a business stay, Oasia Hotel provides meeting rooms and the necessary equipments every businessman will need during the stay.

My small findings when I toured the meeting rooms!

There’s a dining restaurant (Zaffron) at level 1. A la Carte and international buffet is available daily for the guests. Japanese, Chinese and Italian restaurants are located on level 1 & 2.

Oasia Club at level 22 is an awesome place to chill! This is where the executive lounge, The Living Room, locates. It can be accessed by Oasia Club guests at 24 hours a day.

Overhere, there’s breakfast, complimentary cocktails and canapes served daily from 6pm to 8pm. Yep, it’s free flow!

There are also a private 20-metre lap pool and jacuzzi, surrounded by a spectacular panoramic skyline views,

The private pool at The Living Room is one of the highest hotel pools in Singapore!

Be sure to catch the sunset while relaxing in the pool or resting at the available seats at the sunset deck.

How about a massage while enjoying a sunset view at the Club pool?

Does the photos itch your heart to get a staycation at Oasia Hotel?

Here’s a promotion for you!

Sassyd0ll’s readers and friends will get to enjoy 10% off Oasia Hotel’s Special Weekend  Staycation Package if they book the Deluxe Room (S$240++) or Club Room (S$300++) through the form below.

Watch this video clip (from Oasia Hotel SG and Dice Studio) to check out more about Oasia Hotel!

Enjoy!

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Much thanks to Dice Studio for inviting me to this Bloggers Tour at Oasia Hotel! It was a fruitful experience!

Batam – Nagoya Hill

Batam – Nagoya Hill

Here’s what i have to share about my trip to Batam!
JW and I didn’t really had an idea exactly where we wanted to go, which terminal we should arrive.
I only know abount Nagoya Shopping Mall and 2 or 3 spa salons shortlisted by me.
We reached at Harbourfront, finding which ferry we should take.
Based on the batam map, we decided to arrive at Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal.
Ferry tix to and fro cost each of us SGD48, from Wavemaster.
How i wish the tix can be cheaper than that! hee


 

I feel rich when in Batam!

Batam – Nagoya Hill

Batam – Nagoya Hill

Here’s what i have to share about my trip to Batam!
JW and I didn’t really had an idea exactly where we wanted to go, which terminal we should arrive.
I only know abount Nagoya Shopping Mall and 2 or 3 spa salons shortlisted by me.
We reached at Harbourfront, finding which ferry we should take.
Based on the batam map, we decided to arrive at Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal.
Ferry tix to and fro cost each of us SGD48, from Wavemaster.
How i wish the tix can be cheaper than that! hee


 

I feel rich when in Batam!

Moi First Alone Trip To Johor Bahru

Moi First Alone Trip To Johor Bahru


i was very bored today and decided to go JB to rebond my hair.
intended to go Jean Yip at City Square.
felt hungry upon reaching City Square and saw this new Bakery beside Old Town White Coffee, it is called Mr Baoz!
so i thought of buying one piece to try and would buy more pcs home if it’s yummy!
true enough, it is tasty!
before i left City Square, i returned to the Mr Baoz to buy another 9pcs home!
if you are to buy 12 pcs, you will be entitled to RM2 discount~ 0_0

Moi shopping at City Square!