Sunday, February 26, 2012

Melbourne-ing Around (Day 2)

"I'm feeling out of bounds, out of bounds," Adolescents by Incubus.

20 Feb

So we woke up early the next day and set off to the local DFO for the girls to indulge in a little shoppage. As for me, well..

I went surfing.

Spent about 3 hours there, since the lure of wall-climbing was too enticing for them to pass up. Unfortunately, I wasn't wearing shoes, so I couldn't join the climb. I had to settle with just surfing.

Then we took off to our real destination for the day, Phillip Island. After a little less than two hours of driving, alhamdulillah, we got there in one piece.

Yep, I was there.

So after a quick stop at the information centre (both to acquire information and to excrete excrements), we proceeded to Churchill Island (a smaller island near the island) to catch some farming action at the heritage farm.

 Sheep shearing.

 Water extraction was hard in the old days. Making faces was necessary.

 The views are good too.

Then we proceeded to the Koala Conservation Centre. We were fortunate enough to arrive forty minutes before the centre closed.
Koala conversation centre.

 Where koalas, well, sleep.

 That, ladies and gentlemen, is a wallaby.

 It's pretty rare that you meet koalas that are so down to earth.

 Shooting koalas.

Then we proceeded to see the penguin parade (this is what Phillip Island was primarily famous for). Cameras weren't allowed inside, so we settled with pictures outside the parade centre.

(Get it? Manikins? Penguin.. Oh nevermind)

The price chart outside the centre.

Then we drove back to the Metro YHA, rested up for the adventures that still lay ahead.

That will be updated next time. I don't like reading long-posts, especially if they're of the low-quality-that-is-me kind. 2 more days to blog about. Just bear with me for two more posts. Please?

May peace be upon you.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Melbourne-ing Around (Day 1)

"How did we get here?" Decode by Paramore.

So from the 19th till the 22nd of February, I went on a trip to Melbourne with some friends of mine. This post will show some evidence of that, so that I wouldn't just be conversing lies (sembang muhong).

19 Feb

Took off from Sydney at 11.20am on a Tiger Airways plane. Landed at 12.45pm.

Got scolded for using a camera on the tarmac. Apparently it's not allowed. -_-"

Went to get our rented car and drove to the city to check-into the place we were staying for the next two nights, the Melbourne Metro Youth Hostel Accomodation (YHA).

It has an awesome rooftop view. Ideal lepak-spot.

After a little rest, we set off to get a bite. Met up with a friend in Melbourne at a restaurant called Bali Bagus (Bagus ke?) No good pictures there unfortunately.

Then we went for a walk around the city and visited the University of Melbourne.

Cantik sebenarnya. Saya ja kurang cantik.

Then we walked along the Yarra River. Beauty, mashaAllah.

Yarra River at sunset.

After walking and walking around, watching to buskers among other things, we headed back to the hostel to catch some shut eye.

And at this very moment in real time, I'm getting sleepy. Looks like I'll just have to continue with days 2, 3 and 4 tomorrow. Watch out for 'em. Or not. Your call.

May peace be upon you. 


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sampaikanlah Nota Hati

"Memberi lebih baik dari menerima," Sampaikanlah Salam 2012 rap version by SifarFaris.

Allow me to preface this post with a video that, albeit irrelevant, is very the awesome. And please excuse my bad grammar. Oh yeah, the video's in Malay.

Now on to the real post.

I have finally just finished reading "Nota Hati Seorang Lelaki" by Ustaz Pahrol Mohd. Juoi. And it is a very beneficial book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone, especially Muslims. 

Le cover.

I have been reading it on and off for almost a year. Not because the book is uninteresting. Au contraire, the book that is written in Malay is a very engaging read. It's just that my failure to manage my time well has resulted in me not being able to finish the book in one sitting. But enough about me. 

The book offers an insight into the musings of the author, much like us reading a person's compiled blogposts in book-form. And the musings of Ustaz Pahrol will have to be labelled as nothing less than powerful. There were a few chapters that even made me shed manly tears (during a public train ride with me exposed to all the other passenger's judgement).

It has definitely left a mark on my heart. If I could, I would read the book all over again, but other books on my "to-read" list await, so it is with great reluctance that I return this book to its owner (yes, I borrowed it for almost a year. Don't judge me.)

May peace and blessings be upon all of you.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Picture Post: December & January 2012

"Pejamkan matamu untukku," Sungai Lui by Aizat Amdan.

So this is the picture post I promised. CHECK IT!!


So on the 26th of December it was my first and possibly only Boxing Day in Sydney, Australia. Google it if you don't know what that is. 

Shot bajet stai.

 The line outside Louis Vuitton. Pretty much sums it up.

It was also my first and possibly only new year's celebration here.

 Some have waited at their spot overnight just to get a good sight of the firework display.

 Le watermark.

Le me and le friends. (Pic courtesy of Bagan)

(Courtesy of Bagan)

Boy came over for a 3-week visit, so I took him to a few places.

He got me a present. Awww.

 He wanted to go to a skatepark, but didn't have a helmet, so picture only.

 Boy being better looking than me in front of the Opera House.

 Me floating for no apparent reason.

 Le Bondi Beach.

 Le La Perouse blowing me away.

Le pose.


So I guess that's all for now. Don't want to get draggy now, do we?

May peace be upon you.


Hey, There's a Blogger App!

"You're not the only one," That's Where You're Wrong by Arctic Monkeys.

So I'm just trying it out.

And I can post pictures too! Woots!

Last week was a disappointing month here on the blog. Just one post. Sorry readers (if you're out there), been busy. Really disappointed with myself.

Hopefully with this app, that'll change.

Honestly, I thought that the summer break would be filled with boredom, but it has proven me wrong, and with less than a month still to go, I hope time will be available to me to read recreationally and blog more often. We'll see, inshaAllah.

I still have a picture post to do here, so that's number one on the list. I might even do it tonight, but we'll see.

Till then, may peace be upon you.


P/s- I find myself using cheers in real life more often now. Don't know if it's a good thing or not. Peace!