Melbourne Central – One stop shopping, dining & entertainment complex

If you like your shopping under the one roof, make Melbourne Central your first port of call. Melbourne Central is easily accessed via the city loop station beneath it, or the many trams in Swanston Street. It is on the free city circle tram route.

The centre also boasts several unique architectural features such as the giant marionette watch hanging in Shot Tower Square – famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’ – as well as a number of art installations throughout.

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Inside the second floor of the tower, Melbourne Central’s Shot Tower Museum has the low-down on the history of shot manufacture. All the lead used at the Coop’s Shot Tower came from Port Pirie in South Australia, where it was mined from the ground and carted by train to Melbourne.

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Shot towers were built for the production of shot balls by free falling lumps of molten lead, which was then caught in a water basin. The shot was used for projectiles in firearms.

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Federation Square – Unique cultural precinct in the heart of Melbourne

Since opening in 2002, more than 100 millions visitors had mark it as must visited place in Melbourne. It recently also been named the 6th Best Public Square of the World in a list of 10 international icons including Naghsh-e Jahaan Square in Iran and Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) in Moscow, Russia.

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After You – Sumptuous & Decadent Dessert

At After You Dessert Cafe, expect to have your taste bud delighted.

The Strawberry Cheesecake Kakigōri

Don’t worry about the hot read of the sauce. It is tasted like fresh strawberries that have been sweetened . Enveloped in the shaved ice made of milk which is so soft & light. Melt in your mouth within second. The cheesecake was fluffy and not overly dense – perfect texture for soaking up the melted milky dribbles from above.

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Ferrero Rocher Toast

One of the best & shall consider must order item. Soft fluffy thick toast was spread and infused with melted butter, topped with scoops of vanilla and served with whipped cream on the side. Drizzle over the honey syrup for extra sweetness. Every pieces of crispy toast were evenly soaked with the fragrant salted butter. Never had such a strong craving for this super norm flavour ever before!

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After You CentralWorld เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์ (Level 7)
4,4/ 1-2, 4/ 4, Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan,
Bangkok,Thailand

Open Daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

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Pork Leg Rice – Hidden gem in busiest street

Their signage said, “Thailand no. 1 braised pork leg rice”, which i have to agreed with. It hidden in a relatively quiet alley  near to the famous chicken rice shop (Go Ang, pink shirt).   IMG_20171113_100111.jpgIMG_20171113_100139.jpg

The set-up of the place was simple, we took a seat under the extended canopy in front of the shop

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The well-braised meat was tender and almost melts-in-your-mouth. It come together with appetizing pickled.

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The bitter melon soup also very tasty. Kind of complement to braised pork.

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Besides, also never forget to order bean curd and egg.

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I’m sure will pay my next visit when I go Bangkok again. It is the shop that once you eaten, you will never forget.

How to go there? Walk toward the alley just next to the famous chicken rice shop, crossing the river and check on your left. You will find the shop under the huge tree. Just in case you don’t know the exact location, I attached a photo which I snap at the front of the store.

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Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ – Eating Korean in Melburone

This is the 3rd day we were in town. After venturing Western cuisine (Greek food –  Stalactites, fish & chip, burgers – Grill D), it is time to try some Asia cuisine in Melbourne. Then we decided for Korean BBQ at Dae Jang Geum.

It is easy to locate the restaurant, near to the entrance of Chinatown.  The restaurant is huge. However, I do not like the interior – simple & traditional (anyway, this is my personal comment).

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We ordered a set which cost a about AUD 100. The set offer variety of beef including the premium beef,  chicken and pork. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a cheap meat by all means.

y.jpgThe meat is so tender and juicy and literally melted in my month. I was so happy to just eat it by itself without the sauce. It was that good.

I love the side dishes at Korean restaurants, they’re always quite different but would usually include kimchi (chilli pickled Chinese cabbage). It is free flow, so you can ask to to top up when you’ve finished them.

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Although Dae Jang Geum is a little on the expensive side, it was well worth it I thought. It’s a restaurant I would return to time and time again.

Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ
Phone: (03) 9662 9445
235 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Princes Bridge – Walk across like a Melbournians

Princes Bridge is marvelous by itself. A historical bridge was built in 1888 and it can lead you to the iconic Federal Square and Flinders Street Railway Station at north bank and also National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Royal Botanic Garden and Shrine of Remembrance at south bank.

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The bridge is around 120 metres (yards) long. You can cross Princes Bridge on foot. Thousands of people do it every day.

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At the middle of the Princes Bridge

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View to the north bank (sorry, no photo taken to show the south bank from the bridge).

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The bridge is is part of Melbourne. You can’t avoid on walking your way across to NGV to see a show or catching your train at Flinders Street Railway Station. Its a good place to take photos and look at the broader city from the other side of the bridge. A lovely place to walk.

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Flinders Street Railway Station – Meet me under the clocks

Flinders Street railway station is Australia’s oldest train station. It is Melbourne city icon with its distinctive yellow facade and green copper dome. Before Federation Square took the honours, Flinders Street Station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase ‘meet me under the clocks’.

Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, its 708-metre main platform is the fourth longest railway platform in the world, covers 2 whole city blocks and extend from Swanston Street to Queen Street.

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It is the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere, with over 1500 trains and 110,000 commuters passing through each day.

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One of the must visit landmark if you are in Melbourne. It wont consume you much time and within walking distance, you can reach Federation Square & St Paul’s Cathedral.

Federation Square – view of Flinders Railway Station

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St Paul’s Cathedral – view of Flinders Railway Station

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Queen Victoria Market – Kitchen for every Melbournians

The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The first shop we went – Market Lane Coffee. The coffee taste is sophisticated and keeps you wanting more. Although it is a bit pricey (AUD 5 / cup) but it’s worth trying. The staff is super friendly too.

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Koko Black – for their signature hot chocolate. Click here for details 

 

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Boreks – It is kind of Turkish dish (the word ‘börek’ derives from ‘börbör’ meaning cover, wrap or enfold).

Ask for a borek with cheese and spinach, one with lamb or order one with potato and vegetables. Just need to have your money ready as they’re always super busy and go through orders quickly. One of the cheapest, most popular and best lunches in Melbourne. Price per pieces, around AUD 3.50

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The Bratwurst Shop & Co’s. The sausages made here are both crispy and juicy with variety of choice, from mild, spicy, cheese, weisswurst, black pepper, chorizo or chicken & mushroom with your selection of mustards, sauces or sauerkraut. You also could choice either to serve with white / wholemeal roll.

A great snack or meal when you’re at queen Victoria market. After a few bites, this delight does get a little heavy but with the addition of pickles and sauerkraut the balance is right!

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American Doughnut Kitchen. Your best bet is to eat them hot right there and make sure the warm jelly does not drop on your shirt, but since it is hot maybe give them a few minutes to cool down.

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Opening hours

Tue: 6am – 2pm
Thu: 6am – 2pm
Fri: 6am – 5pm
Sat: 6am – 3pm
Sun: 9am – 4pm

* Closed Monday, Wednesday and some public holidays.

How to get there

By Tram: The Market is located within the free tram zone. Take the 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 58 to Stop 9, Peel St.

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Rochford Wines – Established in year 1997

We followed local trip to visit Rochford Wines after our ride from Puffing Billy.  Rochford Wines is a family owned business & established in year 1997.

It is a must visit destination in the picturesque Yarra Valley. The vineyard and winery incorporates an acclaimed restaurant, cellar door and shop, together with other purpose built facilities – a pavilion, amphitheatre and lakeside deck – to service fabulous outdoor concerts, summer food and wine festivals, and a host of other functions and events.

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It’s offer a variety of wines during the tasting session, from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and etc. I could say that it is one of the best wine tasting experiences in the valley. Staff were great, knowledgeable and enthusiastic but not pushy or assuming you know very little or a lot. Wines were obviously fantastic and stunning.

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The Winery is set among rolling hills and as the weather was perfect – sunny with a slight chill- the walk around the property was a lovely way to finish the visit.

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The restaurant area is very modern, open and pleasant with views across the vineyards and quite conducive to a relaxing meal (with wine). Due to time constraint, I do not take any meal there. So no comment on the food.

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The Souvenir Shop

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I bought 2 bottle of red wine before leave. 🙂

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Rochford Wines Yarra Valley

Address: 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia

Phone: +61 3 5957 3333

Open everyday, from 9am – 5pm

 

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Puffing Billy – The world oldest surviving steam railway

Puffing Billy is the world oldest surviving steam railway and it is also one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

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We ride the train from Menzies Creek to Belgrave. I guess it is about 30 minutes journey. Not a long trip. But we got lots of fun from there.

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Kids are very enjoyed and we thought we are back to young again, with hang our legs outside the carriage (This is the fun part and most of the rider did as well).

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Puffing Billy trip offers you a wonderful views of the countryside and close ups of the wonderful foliage. Bring your kids to explore together. It is a very good family outing trip.

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