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Nepean Dam

Let the photos do the talking..

 

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Another Wollongong Trip

Initially, we wanted to go to Lake Illawarra, near the city of Wollongong. But we didn’t manage to find our way there and decided to spend an afternoon in Wollongong city.

The name Wollongong is believed to mean “sound of the sea” in the local Aboriginal language, although other explanations have been offered, such as “great feast of fish”. It is a city near sea and also a great source of fish because the city is also a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry.

We had some nice fish & chips in a cafe near the sea.  

haha.. only me in the photo because the fish and chips were already in my stomach..

The city was so quiet on the day we went.. because it was a Sunday and everything was closed..However, the weather was quite cool and we quite enjoyed walking in this small city that have little things to offer us.. (more…)

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Autumn is here..

Beautiful autumn, isn’t it?

When my friends in UK are welcoming spring and sunshine, I am surrounded by yellowish leaves.. I usher in my first Autumn in Australia. It is awesome scenaries for me.. the leafless tree, the yellowish leaves, the fallen leaves… 

The weather is also getting colder by days.. It had been raining continously for last 2 weeks. and finally the rain halted on Monday this week..

Sitting in my living room without a heater (it is 13 degrees celcius now), I am feeling a little bit weird.. One of my colleagues left for UK (she is from UK and spent her last 8 years here in Australia)..She bought a house here.. got a car here.. but in the end she chose to return to UK.. of couse I don’t know her real reason for leaving.. but this makes me ponder..Am I going to be here for long? How long would it be?

Anyway, I try to not to care or be bothered about this.. I should enjoy my life here, shouldn’t I?

 

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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..

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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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