Archive for March, 2008

Thanks to Ethan’s colleague and wife (They are from Singapore).. who kindly brought us the the largest buddhist temple, 南天寺 in Trans-tasman..(I think there are like two countries or maybe three on trans-tasman?)

Anyway.. the temple is really grand and feels very “home” (家乡的味道) when we were there..

We bought some fruits and some sandalwood incense to pray to 菩萨.

Then we have lunch in a cafe inside the temple.. I ordered tom yam udon.. It was really good.. (more…)

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Another scenic drive along the Bells Line of Road and it brought us to our first visit of Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. This is a cool climate garden as it is situated at an altitude of over 1000 metres in the northern Blue Mountain of NSW.

It was another sunny day but it was an enjoyable tour after all.. The entrance fee is AUD4.40 per adult.

We stopped by the road to have the “best meat pies” – as advertised.. it was quite nice.. but i m not sure whether it is the best:P

There was an exhibition about carnivorous insects in the garden. More photos after the jump.. (more…)

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It was an extremely sunny day when we went to Hunter Valley, which is reknown for its numerous vineyard! Went in to this Hunter Valley Gardens (not sure if i got the name right!) I almost pengsan (fainted) because of the enormous heat and sunshine! We didn’t enjoy Hunter Valley as much as we thought we would.. Probably we went to the place during the wrong season. We should go there during autumn or winter when the weather is more cooling..

Hunter Valley Gardens

This is the iconic photo of Hunter Valley Gardens..



More photos after the jump.. (more…)

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Spent my first oversea chinese new year at Goldcoast Queensland!

There are miles and miles of pearly white beaches along Goldcoast!! A lot of tourists enjoying the sunshine and wavy sea…

Ths is me, enjoying the beaches!!

I bought this jumpsuit for AUD10 in Goldcoast!! My new year new clothes.. hahaha.. nice?

The central of Goldcoast – Surfer Paradise! The place is really lively, even at night! The shops there open until 9pm almost everyday! This is a rare thing in Australia! A lot of people on the street and at the beach! (more…)

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This is an over-due photo post..

We went to Newcastle, which is about one-hour drive towards north of Sydney. We went there on the Australian Day (National Day of Australia). There were not much activities in Newcastle city itself. There were some youngster wearing flags walking around in the city area. It was a hot & sunny day. Newcastle just made us feel more sleepy. We were told that it is the 2nd largest city in New South Wales. We really could not see why!? The day we went there… .the city center was really quiet.. there were some people gathering near the sea, celebrating the Australian day but.. we still felt that the city was a little bit bored!

The only bonus was to get on a free boat trip, sponsored by Newcastle Port Authority!! Anyway, nothing special!

After spending few hours in Newcastle and had a rather long lunch (becoz it was so hot out there), we decided to drive to Port Steven, which is about 40 minutes drive from Newcastle. It was a wise decision.


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Our company is having a LifeStyle Challenge for us!! What is this LifeStyle Challenge about? Basically is a campaign to let us challenge ourselves to lead a better and healthier life!!

This is the starter pack we got!!


We got a skipping rope that can keep track of how many hops you skip and calories burnt. There is also a new pedometer (step-counter) to keep track of how many steps we walk every day!! My goal is to reduce 3 kg off my body and keep myself healthy and toned!!

We need to log down our daily calories intake and daily activities!! 

To reach my goal, I will join the lunch-hour exercise classes regularly and go jogging with Ethan more!! I would like to go play badminton also.. but it is a bit far from my place!!

I will also try to eat less.. and eat healthier (this is simpler than eat less!!)

🙂 Hopefully I can reach my goal by the end of 12 weeks!!!

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