Kev (abr. Kevin)
Irish, Gaelic orgin. Caoimhin.
1. adorable. 2. gentle one

Walkabout (walk-a-bout)
1 (in Oz) - a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time. 2 (chiefly British) - an informal stroll among a crowd conducted by an important visitor e.g. a monarch. 3 a walking trip.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Day 2 of the Great Walkabout - Sublime point, Kiama Blowhole & Jervis Bay

And so, let me relive the days when Limin and I were enjoying ourselves in the second day of the Great Walkabout! Hmm... our plan for that day was to use the hotel pickup provided by APT in Gemini Hotel (which is just opposite our home)at 6.45am. And oh gosh, it was so freaking early but somehow we managed to wake up early and made it to the hotel entrance on time. And guess what? We waited till 6.55am and no coach was in sight! argh... A call to the APT office revealed that the bus had somewhat arrived earlier than expected. Seeing that no one was waiting, the driver drove off after 5 minutes! argh... So, not much of a choice left - we had to take a taxi to the APT office/bus terminal in the Star City to catch our tour coach. Oh well, luckily the tour coach was scheduled to start the tour at 8.30am, leaving us ample time to travel from Randwick to Star City, and have Subway breakkie in Star City... but still.. how can the drive came early and just drove off? We were not even late! Oh well...

Oh just to back track abit, we were on this APT tour (S36) where the highlight of the day was the Jervis Bay Dolphins and the Southern Highlands. So, and there we go - first stop was the Sublime point which is like 415m above sea level. So from there we can see the whole city far away and far beyond the horizon. It's quite a cool and pretty sight, but the longer you look at it, the awe disappears too. LOL... But it feels great to have most of the houses/town under your feet.

Next stop - Kiama blowhole. Well... one word - disappointing. We are expecting it to spray plumes of water high up into the air, but all we see were water that barely made it out of the blowhole! LOL... and if I didn't remember wrongly, the driver cum guide was telling us that the fish & chip in Kiama is one of the best in Sydney! Too bad we couldn't try it then... But we did try some billy tea and ANZAC biscuits though, compliment of APT! And it's so cool to see the driver swirl the whole tin of tea (without lids)! LOL...

And so we proceeded onto our next stop - Jervis Bay for our dolphins! And so we eagerly boarded Tekin III with our lunch coupons to see dolphins!! Lunch which was served on board was great, especially the cheese... yum yum... and so after lunch, we quickly head to the front of the ship hoping to catch a glimpse of the wild Jervis Bay dolphins. 15 minutes past. 30 minutes past. An hour past. Finally we have to head back to the pier, and we didn't even see a single dolphin! It was really disappointing... and as we head our way back, the engine of the ship broke down! Argh... The crew tried to rectify it, but to no avail. And so we (the passengers) waited and waited for it to be fix - and we must have waited for at least 2 hours I reckoned! And ironically, it was during this period of waiting that we saw a couple of dolphins jumping out of the water! Yeah! Finally dolphins at last! LOL... But it sure made us wait for what it felt like eternity!

Eventually, the boat has to inch its way towards the nearest beach and let us off the boat so that we wouldn't be kept behind on whatever schedule that we have for the day. And so, we walked down the metal stairs (it was so painful walking down the stairs!) into the clear pristine water and the sand are so soft and fine! It's definitely unlike anything you see in Singapore or Sentosa!! Sadly, by the time the boat let us alight, it was close to 5pm. It was impossible for the tour to continue as it was supposed to be a day tour. Oh well... it wasn't the driver's or APT's fault... just plain unlucky. Oh well... but it is such unexpected twist of event that make a trip so memorable, isn't it? =)

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Jus another entry

well.. first of all, thanks to those fellow bloggers who left a comment on my previous entry. I'm getting used to living alone in Sydney again - the marvel of time as the perfect medicine to wash away sadness, or for that matter any emotions be it good or bad.

And also, thanks bokjae for the award! I'm totally awesome?! Hahaha.. I really beg to differ. My flaws are way too un-awesome! LOL... but anyway, thanks for the award!

Hmm.. it seems that my blog has reverted back to a PR status of zero! It used to be 4 though. Oh well, guess it's quite expected isn't it? Since there isn't any activity for the pass month. I don't mind having a PR0 blog, just that the amount of PPP opps that I can do is very much limited then. Oh well, these are just bonus cash anyway. I should be happy as long as I get opps anyway. It's not as though I'm relying on PPP for a living!

Hmm.. now, let me see... shall I continue my Great walkabout pictures and commentary? Hmm... maybe in the next post, so stay tune for that.

But now, I shall blog about my dinner today. Yup, hasn't been blogging about the food I ate for dinner for a long long time - which is precisely why my fiancee's grandma commented about when I went back Singapore. So for dinner, I cooked dark sauce marinated pork stirred fried with bean sprouts. LOL.. such a long name yah... but at least it's as tasty as it sounds. And I put the whole dish on top of my rice, to make it look those you get from the 'chi chao' stalls! Haha... and add a big piece of fish cake on it - there you go - $5 please. As if anyone will wanna buy it for $5!

Anyway, saw a rainbow from my place today... let's hope all those who sees it, or this picture will have good luck in the weeks to come! =)

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Back in Australia, Sydney with a heavy heart

Finally after a long hiatus on my blog.. it is going to be reactived in days to come.

I'm back in Sydney, Australia once again. Touched down in the Sydney Airport like 3 hours ago. And I'm feeling terrible the moment I reached home (my Sydney home). Seeing those softtoys left behind by my darling Limin when she came over for holidays a month ago - a catalyst to rows of tears. I really miss her. It's so different without her around. And I guess, me coming over to Australia for my studies is a good thing - made me realise lots, e.g. what's important to me, and helped me grow mentally as well.

Whatever it is, my nose is still feeling sour once in a while, even as I typed this email. Prolly I need to sleep through it to get pass this stage of sadness, and move on...

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