Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Perth Trip Oct 2009: Day 4

Day 4: 18 Oct 2009
our 21-month anniversary! couldn’t asked for more than what i’ve now. alhamdulillah. frankly, i didn’t realized that day was our month-versary until i wrote this entry haha. anyhow, let’s move on with the full-day journey.

Rottnest Island, an A Class Reserve premier island in Western Australia. please spare at least a full-day here or you will miss all the excitement. to get here, please board on the fast ferries that operates at either Fremantle Port area or Hillary’s Boat Harbour area. the journey will take about 30-45mins.tickets can be purchased from agents at Barrack Square, Fremantle or Hillary’s Boat Harbour itself. ferries normally depart as early as 8:00AM. there are a lot of activities that we can do here at the island. i would say hire a bicycle is a must for a visitor. Rottnest Island is best experienced by bicycle. bicycle can be hired from the agent or at the island itself. we chose the 10km trail and was flat-tired once we got back to our start point. be sure to bring drink water with you along the journey. in the middle of cycling up and down the hills, we stop for breakfast and swimming. lucky i had the greatest idea to pack some food from home for the trip hehe. we had a very close encounter with the quokka, the rat-alike animal that resides on the island. the seagulls, the penguins, and the crows are common here at the island. oh if you wish to spend more time on the island, do check out their accommodation. our fish & chips lunch tasted super yummy! maybe because we were so damn tired from the cycling hehe.

OK here are the list of must see and do at Rottnest Island:

Discover the Island’s 63 beaches
Indulge your senses and take a relaxing dip in the sparkling turquoise water of Rottnest Island - home to some of Australia's finest swimming, surfing, snorkelling and diving spots.

Rottnest Island scenic flights
Rottnest Scenic Flights depart from the Rottnest Airport a mere 800 metres from the main settlement. See Rottnest, Kings Park, the Swan River and Fremantle like never before.
Encounter the Island’s flora and fauna
Rottnest Island is an A Class Nature Reserve, a region of natural beauty and wonder with spectacular flora and abundant marine life and wildlife. Join a tour or guided walk to learn more.

Experience Rottnest Island's Underwater Explorer
See amazing reef formations, 100 year old shipwrecks, an array of temperature and tropical fish - maybe even spot a dolphin or turtle, all without getting wet!

Explore Rottnest Island on two wheels
Hire a bike from Rottnest Bike Hire and experience the beauty and isolation of the Island - travel over 50 kilometres of road and cycle ways or enjoy a leisurely cycle to see the quokkas and birdlife.

Dive or snorkel Rottnest’s reefs
Clear turquoise blue waters, abundant marine life, spectacular reef formations and shipwrecks make Rottnest Island a ‘must’ for divers and snorkellers!

Enjoy delicious food in stunning surroundings
After a long day exploring the Island, relax and treat yourself to lunch, dinner or a snack, good coffee, cold beer or a sparkling glass of wine.

Revitalise at the NEW Wellness Centre
Taking indulgence to a new level this new addition to the Island will help revitalise your body and refresh your soul with new massage and beauty treatments.

Experience 6,500 years of history
Join the dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer guides on a journey through the Island's rich history and learn about Aboriginal, European, colonial, maritime, military, recreational and social heritage.

Play golf at the Country Club
Rottnest's golf course is one of the most interesting nine hole courses in Western Australia. It can be played as an eighteen hole course with alternate tee blocks for the back nine.

See a movie at the Island's picture hall
Enjoy the latest cinematic release at the Rottnest Island Picture Hall. Open all year round, it's a great way to escape from the winter chill or relax after a day at the beach.

Entertain the family at the Fun Park
Bring along a healthy competitive spirit and challenge your family or friends to a contest at Brett Heady's Family Fun Park. There are many exciting amusements, including an 18 hole mini putt-putt course.

if i were to be in Perth again someday, i would definitely come to Rottnest Island again. For shizzle my nizzle!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Once a Buckeye, Forever a Buckeye

had a small potluck gathering among us at qwer's crib at shah alam last Saturday. initial plan was to invite everyone that we know. but only my batch yang turn up. well, it did went very well with everybody catching up with everyone else. percaya tak we were there from 12PM til almost 5PM? yup, that long. macam zaman muda2 dulu :) it is good to see everyone doing great with works and families.

next gathering will be at matju's place inshaallah. oh so looking forward to it hehe...

Rehat sekejap dari gambar2 Perth

asyik mengadap gambar Perth aje pon bosan gak kadang-kadang. so jom layan this picture that we took last Saturday.
we had grilled lamb rib with mashed potato & garden salad for dinner. lamb rib brought back from Perth. de.li.ci.ous!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Perth Trip Oct 2009: Day 3

Day 3: 17 Oct 2009

1st stop: Fremantle Markets. the market is divided into 2 sections, the fresh items sections where you can find different types of fruits & foods, and the art & culture section where you can find souvenirs and items from different background and culture. but please do check out the market’s trading hours before you come.

2nd stop: we stroll along the Fremantle area and came upon San Churro’s. my sis suggested that we tried San Churro’s yummy churros (spanish doughnuts) with caramel & chocolate dip. oh so yummy! why la everything has to be yummy in Perth?
the churros

3rd stop: then off we went to E-Shed to buy some souvenirs & gifts. here you can find a large variety of market products and souvenirs, a selection of local fine art work and crafts. the international food court provides fine Australian and Asian foods, including a licensed bar, coffee shops, juice bars, ice-cream parlours, bakery, fresh produce stalls and restaurants. my sis had earlier advised me to which shop we should do our shopping as these 2 shops are the only one that provides good price. they situated next to each other. shop #1 is owned by Indonesian and shop #2 is owned by Singaporean. opss I really forgot the name of the shops. btw E-Shed is only open from Friday – Sunday.

4th stop: for lunch, we had the option to either dine-in at Kaili’s or Cicerello’s. Kaili’s is dubt as the multi-award winning tourist restaurant while Cicerello’s claims they are the original and still the best :) We chose Cicerello’s instead as the price is lower than Kaili’s. the best thing about restaurants in Australia is that after you have placed your order, the cashier will give you a food pager. you are required to take a seat first until the pager rings which indicates your food is ready to be collected at the service counter. isn’t that great? malaysia should copy this style i tell u!
the pager

5th stop: we went to pick up abah at the airport. then to Barrack Square Jetty to buy the ferry tickets to Rottnest Island. after settled all the payment, we went to Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe at Albany Hwy for dinner. we had the oh-so-delicious lamb rib and cream potato that hubby has been craving for years (ok exaggerate!). we even brought back 3 packs of the lamb rib to Malaysia haha. tak tipu ok! the lamb rib is to die for!! *slurpp* oh this is another restaurant that provides halal meats.
Barrack Square Jetty

end of day 3.