Monday, October 25, 2010

Melbourne Moments : Part VI

More City Sightseeing

Sorry I'm late. Mari kita tour city lagi. Banyak sangat tempat untuk dilawati di sini memang tak cukup 1 minggu. Belum lagi kami ke area yang jauh-jauh macam St. Kilda, Toorak, dll. Bila aku baca balik macam best pula St. Kilda tu. Nda apa lah. Insya allah lain kali kalau ada rezeki datang lagi bawa anak-anak.

So let's see what we've got around the city.

Ini dekat Swanson St. Ada pemusik jalanan. That lady bought his CD and she got a rose.

That's me chased by paparazzi..NOT. Hurrying up for the mid-season sale at David Jones and Myers. Last day offer.

Flinders Street Station. The central train station, the oldest in Australia. A popular meeting place. When Melburnian say, "I'll meet you under the clocks", that refers to the clocks above the station's main entrance. Its the most recognisable landmark in the city.

And this is Yarra River. Its next to Flinders Street Station.

The Yarra is a hub icon in Melbourne and the focus for many events like Moomba Waterfest, rowing regattas , Food & Wine Festival and major exhibitions.

The Melbourne Aquarium is located here.

Below is the State Library of Victoria.

The main entrance is facing Swanson Street.

The grassy lawn on both sides the main entrance is a popular lunch-spot for city workers and students of RMIT University.

This is on another street. Along the way to Town Hall.

This is the Town Hall. Ini la dorang punya DBKK.

spring is here.

Seterusnya, gambar kedai-kedai yang kami keluar masuk, hanya untuk tujuan bergambar.

This is Federation Square. A popular hang out place.

It's a cultural precinct in the city. The square comprises of buildings that houses public broadcaster, art galleries, museum, cinemas and exhibition spaces.

There was a Melbourne Music Festival happening during our stay.

We got to catch a few local gigs.

This was on Friday night, people started crowding after office hour.

And soon the party began.

Another live entertainment at City Square.

She's the opening act. Macam orang nda pay attention kan. kesian. boring la tu.

An African band. Saturday night. The place is jam-packed.

It's our last night in town. Its also the finale of the Melbourne Music Festival here. Enjoying the live music before going home.

Yang bikin rancak adalah dancers cum back vocal nya. Everyone shook their booties along.

Selesai. That's all from Melbourne. See you next time.


Melbourne Moments : Part V

Melbourne Aquarium

Today it's Aquarium day.

The main attractions are penguin and the feeding time.

Penguins memang cantik up-close.

Should bring kids here.

Mencemaskan juga kerja divers ni. Kena kerumun habis oleh ikan-ikan. Yang paling rangka ialah penyu dan ikan pari. Balik-balik datang. Masa ni jam 11 pagi. First feeding time. Tu la terlampau lapar tu.

Biasa ada 2 divers. Satu tukang kasi makan, satu tolong jaga kawannya meleraikan pergelutan binatang2 . Stingrays are very heavy and can hurt the diver. Boleh patah goggle nya tu kalau kuat rempuhan.

Ok ini saja dulu. Nanti petang lagi ok.
Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Melbourne Moments : Part IV

Melbourne Museum

Let's go to the museum. From Victoria Street, it's a nice walk through Carlton Gardens.

You will see Royal Exhibition Building, which is adjacent to the museum.

We actually mistook it for the museum. We got to a ticket counter and without checking purchased entrance for a Craft Exhibition. Crafty things, you know, basically women's stuffs. Everthing in Better Homes & Gardens. There were booths like sew and show, stitch & bitch, sit & sew, make & take, bead boudoir, quilt boot camp, etc. It was exciting, I liked it. All the pretty cute stuffs, hand-made and fascinating. But for hubby it was torture.

You are not supposed to take photographs in events like this for intellectual property rights so I couldn't do close ups but it was real heaven for crafty projects.

I had to remind myself that I don't even own a sewing machine to not lose my head and buy stuffs I don't need and don't know how to use.

In the end I picked some scrapbooking stuffs for my daughter.

So now to the museum.

The reason we went here is because there was a special attraction that was ending this week. Titanic Artefact Exhibition was held from 14 May till 17 October. We could only catch it now during our stay. The entrance fee included museum tour.

Melbourne Museum is large. It has like 10 galleries, 3 theatres, a public research centre, cafe and souvenier shops.

No photography except in Touring Hall where temporary exhibits are held.

Entrance for Titanic Artefact.

The ship's interior is re-created here in the exhibition hall and it showcased almost 300 artefacts retrieved from the debris field of the sunken ship.

We all know the story but it was still a moving and emotional tour.
We got some photos taken as postcards but I couldn't scan them as our scanner cranked at the moment so I snapped the photos again.

Well, until next tour, bye now!