Mixed Emotions in the City of Gold Coast

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable… But that’s okay.” – Anthony Bourdain.

Gold Coast is more similar to Sydney than Hobart. It’s a big city with a lot of people and options. You can do it cheaply or lavishly. The city is both challenging and pleasant for my cousin and me. (more…)

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Three Slow Days in Hobart, Tasmania

After spending close to two weeks in Sydney, a big city where convenience is everywhere, my cousin and I took an early morning flight from Sydney to Hobart with Jetstar. Hobart is like a world away from Sydney. As we landed, we could feel the real winter. It was cooler than Sydney, for sure.

As budget travellers, we tried to ask the information counter whether there are any public buses that connect the airport and city. Unfortunately, there wasn’t. Thus, we decided to take the airport shuttle and paid 25 bucks for the return trip (one-way trip cost 15 bucks). The airport shuttle is a 24-seater minivan. The driver dropped us right in front of our hostel. Yay, no need to drag our luggage. (more…)

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Canberra in a Day

Not even 12 hours after we alighted from the bus that brought us back to Sydney from Snowy Mountains, we jumped into a minivan at 7.15 am, eager to start our journey from Sydney to Canberra, the capital of Australia.

Thanks to the lucky stars for letting us sit right behind the driver, we had an unobstructed view along the journey. I captured hundreds of photos that I really love. I mean, these views are rare in my country, I didn’t care if I was acting like a lunatic from a small village, snapping every few seconds like there’s no next time. In this post, let me show you Canberra in thirty or so photos. (more…)

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Seeing Snow for the First Time in Snowy Mountains

For 23 years, I have always wondered how snow looks and feels like. As a girl living in the tropical paradise, snow and winter were foreign concepts for me.

When I finally got the chance to visit Australia in the winter, I knew I had to see snow. I thought I would see snow in Sydney, but nope. It was a wishful thinking in 2011. Luckily, my cousin and I shared the same vision. (more…)

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Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong

When my cousin who stays in Australia recommended that we visit Wollongong, we were stunned for a moment.

We hadn’t heard about Wollongong before, had no idea how to spell it and were contemplating if it was worth visiting a city whose name we do not know how to pronounce correctly. But we decided to go for it anyway. Afterall, we didn’t know when we would return to Sydney again. (more…)

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Exploring the Chilly Sydney in Photos

Once upon a time, I was young and naive. I wanted to quit my job and travel the world. I bought an air ticket to India, followed by Australia. It was a life-changing milestone in my life. I spent 1 month in each country. I fell in love with both countries.

I wrote long essays about my trip to India (if you’re keen to read about it, here’s the start of the India series). However, I have never written about my trip to Australia at all. It’s been 7 years since my first visit to Australia, and I figured it’s about time I write about it. Else, it’ll slip away from my memory for good.

Since I took literally thousands of photos, a photo essay is the best way for me to present my travel stories, isn’t it? So, brace yourself for lots and lots of photos from the land down under, ok? I’ll start it off with photos from Sydney, the city where I spent almost 2 weeks in. (more…)

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I Ran the Gold Coast Airport Marathon!

Yeah, I did it! 42.195 km! Four weeks ago, on 2 July 2017!

I seldom talk about running on this blog, because, well, this is a travel blog. But I do have a burning passion for running. And I honestly can’t decide whether I have a bigger passion for travel or running. I love both of them dearly. (more…)

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