Shrine of Remembrance – A building with a soul

The Shrine of Remembrance located in Kings Domain on St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmark, honouring  the service and sacrifice of Australian men  & women who served in armed combat and peacekeeping operation during the world war I.

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It is a place for sharing and preserving important stories about war, peace, service and lessons learned.

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Top of Shrine of Remembrance

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Interior

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View from top and face to city. Can you see the St. Paul Cathedral from far?

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Recommend to visit a few hour to explore, learnt, reflect and pay respect. You can join a guided group at 11am and 2pm (Always check for the update time before you go, just in case any changes of the timing).

Don’t ask me how to go there? I actually walked from the city, crossed the Princes bridge, passed the Queen Victoria Gardens, Sydney Myer Music Bowl and looked for Royal Botanic Gardens. It is actually just inside the Royal Botanic Gardens. All I could remembered is a long long walk.

 

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Koko Black – Sumptuous cafe & Chocolate shop

Sometimes it really luscious to go and spoil oneself at places like Koko Black, a sumptuous cafe and chocolate shop.

This location is nested inside the Royal Arcade with a decent amount of seats. They sell chocolate by the piece and the price is rather high. If you are touring the city, stop here for a break and sit in the halls of the Royal Arcade and enjoy one of their fine cups of hot chocolate and desserts. Just like what we do!

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My daughter with her heartpop chocolate  sdr

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The signature drink – Hot Chocolate. It is rich in flavour and the texture is so silky and creamy. It doesn’t have the bitterness of the chocolate. People always says chocolate can make you feel happy, I think it’s true. It actually brighten up our day.

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Address:

52 Collins St, Melbourne
VIC 3000

Trading Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30am til 6pm
Saturday: 10am til 6pm
Sunday: 11am til 6pm

Friday 29th : Closed

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Great Ocean Road – The world’s greatest drive

No trip to Melbourne would be the same without visiting the Great Ocean Road, one of the finest road in Australia and the world. This meandering road passes through stunning landscapes, from unspoiled beaches to rain forests towering limestone cliffs set against the clear sky.

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From Melbourne, we joined the local tour instead of self driving, by considering the kids are still young and also the road condition.

The Great Ocean Road was built by world war I veteran between 1919 and 1932 in memory of soldier who sacrificed their lives in the war. It is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford.

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Drop by at Anglesea – a town with less than 3,000 population.

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Lunch at Apollo Bay. Also a small town. Population is less than 2,000. Hard to believe.

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It is used to know as Island Archway (at the entrance of Loch Ard Gorge on the right). After the central section collapsed in June 2009, the two limestone stacks have thus renamed Tom and Eva, after the survivor of Loch Ard.

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Loch Ard Gorge – is one of the best-loved stop-off points along the Great Ocean Road. It’s situated in the Port Campbell National Park and is just three minutes from the world-famous formation of the Twelve Apostles.

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The picturesque gorge is home to a smooth, pearlescent bay and an inlet of clear, blue water. It’s flanked by two yellow-washed cliff faces and tufts of vibrant greenery. Though it looks like something out of a storybook, Loch Ard isn’t just a pretty face. In fact, it has an interesting and colourful history that spans back hundreds of years.

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Gibson Step – Take 86 steps down to the beach below to be dwarfed by the 70-metre high cliff line. Walk along the beach to the enormous offshore rock stacks.

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The Wreck

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Finally, Twelve Apostles

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It is consider a tire trip especially we need to visit so many places within a day. Departed in the early morning and back to Melbourne city around 9pm.

Nevertheless, I could say that this trip is something you never forget and the memories will stay with you for a long time to come.

 

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Melbourne 9 days 8 night

I had been planning for this Melbourne trip for quite some times and finally, we make it this round. It is such a long trip by looking at the subject. 🙂 As usual, i need to crack my head to work out the itinerary.

I will share the itinerary first and will share the details of the visiting place, thing to eat at the later posts.

Day 1 (30th May) – Landed at Tullamarine airport at 8pm – Took shuttle bus to Southern Cross Station – Checked in Airbnb, which is opposite to the station – Proceed to dinner at Stalactites (Greek Food).

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Day 2 (31st May) – Went to Chinatown to look for local tour. After done, started our self adventure.  Flinders Street Railway StationFederation SquaresPrinces Bridge Lunch @Grill D – Queen Victoria Garden – Royal Botanic Garden – Shrine of Remembrance – Dinner @ self cook.

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Day 3 (1st Jun) – Joined local trip – Dandenong – Puffing BillyRochford WinesDinner @ Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ

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Day 4 (2nd Jun) – Whole day trip, Great Ocean Road

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Day 5 (3rd Jun) – Queen Victoria Market (must eat) – Melbourne Central – State of Library – Carlton Garden – St Patrick’s Cathedral –  Princess’ Theatre – Old Treasury Building – Hotel Winsor –  Fitzroy Garden – Cook’s Cottage – Hosier Line (Graffiti art)

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Day 6 (4th Jun) – Breakfast@Hash – Royal Arcade – Block Arcade – Melbourne Exhibition Centre – DFO – Dinner@Grill Steak Seafood Restaurant

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Day 7 (5th Jun) – Maru (Koala & Animal Park) – Chocolate Factory – Penguin Parade@Philip Island

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Day 8 (6th Jun) – Touring at city, went through all the alley (it is amazing). Degraves street , Flinder Street, LIttile Collin Street, Russel Street  and etc. Also Chinatown. Teatime at Koko Black.

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Day 9 (7th Jun) – Took shuttle bus to Tullamarine airport – Catch up 9.35am flight.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phnom Penh, July 2017

I was in Phnom Penh last July for a business visit and that is my first trip. I having no idea about the city but everyone tell me that the city is under rapid development and full of business opportunity.

Once touched down from the airport, to my surprise, my customer is arranged a tuk-tuk (so called company car) to pick me up. I’m so excited at the first place. Later, after more than 5 hour on the tuk-tuk, I start to regret. The traffic is a mess, the air is polluted (by dust & rubbish) and I not dare to think how many mask & lotion I need to apply after my skin exposed to all these.

Despite of the un-cleaned air, overall the rest is OK. Cambodian are very friendly and you could easily see smiling face of everyone here.  The weather is not good during my visit and that’why the photo look a little bit dull.

At the left, it is very Khmer feel’s Independent Monument, being a large structure very reminiscent of the Angkor Wat temples. It is situated in the middle of a busy Phnom Penh roundabout.

The surrounded building at the Independent Monument.

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I went to Central Market as well.  You will be astonish with their interior design. It is a large market constructed in 1937, in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect, Louis Chauchon.

The aerial view, photo taken from the Phnom Penh tourist website.

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You will get everything you want from the market, from jewelry and dresses, to raw meat and vegetables.

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The city view from my hotel.

Overall, the streets are still made of dirt, and cars and motorbikes raced around you in all directions as you gained on an ox cart. People swarmed the streets. The buildings were a bit run down from years of neglect. It it just like 10 years ago Ho Chi Minh city.

 

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Spiderman + Spider baby

My son met his superhero – Spiderman last 2 years at one of our holiday trip and he was 4 years old that time.

Since then, he started to think, he must having some special fate with Spiderman and it explained the reason why he will meet “him” during his holiday. He even think that Spiderman is coming to him for the enrollment to Spiderman school. He then start to speak English with us. Start to do all the physical training, to make him strong and as muscular as Spiderman.

2 years, he found Spiderman costume and he thought he is Spiderbaby! Now, he is waiting for Spiderman come to take him! 🙂

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Chocolate Ville @ Bangkok

Once we talked about Bangkok, I bet everyone will think of the old time Bangkok, or they refer as Siam.

For the past 10 years, Bangkok having too much of the development and become one of the metropolitan. Besides, they are also good in building up one theme park after another with all kind of the world concept, such as Italian, Greece and etc.

Chocolate Ville is one of the theme park with Amsterdam concept (correct me if i’m wrong), popular among the tourist & local. You can have your dinner there with the nice view. Open daily, from 4pm to midnight, no entrance fee needed.

Anyway, I’m not going to write a long winded story here. While I will share more photos which I believe that photo say a thousand words.

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ps: There is no any public transport to get there. Suggest to get a cab. I paid 1000THB to book a cab from 4pm – 11pm. It is also include a trip to Lat Duan (according to them), the biggest night market in Bangkok.

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Grill’D

Read a high compliment about Grill D before, ” Once you tried it, You will never eat other burgers”. And this is how Grill’d have a special spot in my heart.

At the very 1st day in Melbourne, I start to look for Grill’D. We lastly found one at the Southbank during our way to Royal Botanical Garden.

We choose for the premium one, which cost us approx. AUD 15 for each.

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Premium wagyu pattie with Dijon mustard, pickle, aged cheddar, Spanish onion, smoked sea salt, tomato sauce & egg mayo.
Sir Truffle

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Premium wagyu pattie with truffle mayo, aged cheddar, smoked sea salt, cos lettuce & fresh basil.

After trying both, I highly recommend Sir Truffle if you can only choose one. The strong scent of the truffle just goes out once you cut into the burger. It is really delicious. The beef patty was grilled just right and when bite on it, it was so juicy and tender.

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Stalactites @ Greek Restaurant, Melbourne

So exciting to learn that it is open 24 hours. After checked in to hotel, i immediately start to look for my 1st meal in Melbourne during the winter night and Stalactites will be my 1st visit restaurant.

Stalactites, a restaurant where classic Greek dishes served in dining room with exposed stone walls and striking stalactite ceiling.

And yet, i’m too under-estimate the distance from my hotel to Stalactites, thought they locate at the same road, Lonsdale street, but at both end. My hubby and kids keep grumble at me for 45 minutes walking at winter night and i convinced them that their effort will pay off shortly. 🙂

We reached the restaurant about 11pm, still full of peoples.  Without waiting long, our foods are served.

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Mixed Giro platter with marinated spring lamb & chicken

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The lamb was very tender and juicy, and the chicken was really nicely marinated and seasoned. We also ordered some pita to go with. 

Lamb souvlaki – their famous & popular dish

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It come with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki rolled in warm pita bread. The pita was airy and thin – not chewy and thick.  The tzaziki is a homemade yoghurt, garlic and cucumber sauce .
 
If you not the lamb lover, you can look for chicken souvlaki.
We just order these 2 dishes and it is full enough. try to imagine more than 95% are meats. Quite a heavy meal for the late night.
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Overall, this place is a meat and fresh salad haven. Food is delicious and simple but authentically greek.  Open 24hours this place is a go-to for when the late night munchies strike.

It’s no frills greek food that you can get any time you wish – you can’t go wrong with that. Or, you could, but these guys have got it right. If you’re a visitor to Melbourne , you have to try this place.

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Stalactites

Classic Greek dishes served in dining room with exposed stone walls and striking stalactite ceiling.
Address177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Pablo Cheese Tart @ Malaysia

I tried Pablo cheese tart in Osaka before and I couldn’t miss it’s taste until date. It is hardly to describe by words,  but as I said in my earlier blog, PABLO 半熟起司蛋糕, you will immediately fallen in love once you tried it.

Finally, it had spread it’s wing to Malaysia and open the 1st outlet at One Utama on 6th Dec 2016.

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Pablo Cheese Tart is the only Japan based cheese tart chain to operate in Malaysia. If to compare with the 2 popular cheese tart brands, I would say Pablo Cheese Tart is the best. Anyway, the preference of taste is very personal from each individual, share me with your opinion if any.

Can you resist for not giving a try? Haha….

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It is extremely soft and delicate. The crust is crunchy. The cheese flavor is pleasantly light with strong lemon taste, which balance out the cheesy feeling. Actually, you can easily finish the whole cheese tart (RM45.90/pc) by your own.

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However, if you refer heavier and richer cheese taste, you must try their mini cheese tarts (RM8.90/pc). In term of taste, it is more dense & strong in cheese taste. It is very suitable for those cheese lover.

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This is their signature drink. I still yet to try. I will get one next time.

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The next I’m going to try is the Premium Cheese Tart. I guess the taste shall be good since it is premium. Haha…

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Pablo Cheese Tart

S130, Level 2, 1 Utama Old Wing
Business hours: 10am – 10pm

 

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