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Perth: King’s Park!

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State War Memorial

In our 6 short days in Perth, we went to King’s Park twice. The first time was with the tour guide, who only gave us 1 hour to explore the place. Oh, come on, just 1 hour to walk around a park that is larger than Central Park in New York? To be honest the whole walk around the trails and scenery watching thing thing was HECTIC. And it’s not supposed to be! That made me so fed up. The skies were so clear and the warm sun beating on my face accompanied by gentle winds blew and I thought to myself, I can actually stay here the whole freaking day taking my own sweet time to walk around and ENJOY the place instead of consistently checking my watch to make sure we’ll go back to the meeting place on time.

The mere thought of not being able to do things at my own pace just drives me crazy.

And so my aunts decided to make it up to me by going to that place again on Day 5, which is our free day. No guides, no itinerary, nothing. So, yeah, although a part of me thinks we could be going somewhere else instead of visiting the park AGAIN, the weather’s kind of nice and the ducks took their ducklings out to play, so the ungrateful bastard side of me decided to go away and just enjoy the peace and serenity. It was lovely, laying on the grass and seeing ducklings walk pass you occasionally.

I love King’s Park. I love how the birds and the bees and the ducks can roam around the place freely and safely and be around people, who doesn’t seem to be dishevelled or disturbed by the sight of them at all. This environment is shared and every single living or non-living thing belongs here. I love how the spacious fields are so clean and green, and you can just lie down on the soft grass and not worry if you’ll land on something gross and nasty. Surprisingly, given this environment, I don’t even see any cleaners around to for this place to be the way it is. I guess people just have the responsibility in themselves to clean up before they go, because they like how it is and want to maintain the cleanliness. Because it’s their park. Because it’s everyone’s park.

Dear King’s Park, I’ll see you again soon! Wait for me!

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Written by GekTeng

October 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Perth: Food

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Well, Perth has been kind. To my stomach, but not my pocket, sadly. Initially we were actually worried about getting our vegetarian needs met in Perth, but we settled in and the people were kind enough to make special arrangements for us.

Apparently McDonald’s wasn’t the top-selling burgers in Australia, according to my Hongkong guide. It was this name-that-just-slipped-off-my-mind-and-i-can’t-remember-it-suddenly. And a pack of underpacked large macdonald’s fries actually cost me AUS$3! That’s S$3++! But believe me, it’s 100 times crispier and tastier compared to fries in Singapore, I SWEAR.

I love the atmostphere and the people working in the restaurants and eateries there. There’s once we were walking for already more than 30 minutes to find somewhere which sells vegetarian food and we stopped by to ask a waiter if there’s any food suitable for vegetarians and I absolutely love his response; “No, we don’t have that in the menu but I suppose I can do a little magic in the kitchens just for you!” And there you go, dinner supper settled. It turns out that the one running that Italian restaurant married someone who’s a Singaporean and upon knowing that we were tourists from Singapore, he even came up and took our orders himself, gave us complementary dishes and extra large servings! And the food was DELISH I tell you!

Some highlights:

*Note: This is not the fries from MacDonald's I mentioned;)

 

My 1st plate of yummy Gnocchi

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October 5, 2011 at 6:34 PM

the thing with travelling and vacations

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I FREAKING WANNA GO FOR A DAMN HOLIDAY OUT OF SINGAPORE!

It’s so frustrating. I just want to make a random out-of-the-spur decision to book the latest flight to somewhere. ANYWHERE. And just roam about. With my camera. Enough food. And of course MONEY.

I’ve been wanting to holiday for a really long time now, and please, not tours. I hate tours, to be very honest. I want to explore based on what I am interested in, and without any plans, routines, datelines and irritating morning calls to stress about when I’m vacationing. I want to shop when I want to, and stop whenever I want to. I don’t want a damn timetable to follow. Imagine if you’re given 1 hour to shop vivo city? INSANE.

I want to just see and feel the real life of living in the environment with natives, and not to go to tourist spots and attractions. That’s all so fake. I wanna see the real thing. How people live. What do they do after work. Do shops close at 5PM everyday or 24/7? Where do locals go frequently? What do they do? Do they hang their clothes outside in bamboo sticks?

I want to just go somewhere, take a public transport, listen to what people talk about, alight at some random stops, see a random diner and get food, see a random decent looking hotel/motel and stay a night. Then go out to explore again. I want a free, no boundaries, no expectations or limits, I WANT THE REAL THING.

Going/planning with aunts. Conservative aunts who ALWAYS go on tour and throw their money to agencies to have them settle everything. NOT GOOD. I don’t feel very encouraged, or even excited to go out anymore. They keep saying, “You think it’s that easy?” Oh, come on, try and I’ll know! I want a life with risks, and opportunities. To get lost. And find my way again. and get lost again. And maybe find some friends and get to know new people.

Am I really sounding over-confident about this whole go-with-the-flow approach to travelling?

I don’t know, maybe I will one day, when I pick up enough guts to leave and also enough money to spend and support my travelling plans. But it’s really frustrating that they are holding me back and belittling my plans? I mean, hello, people are doing this everywhere, get on a plane to anywhere in the world and just EXPLORE FREELY.

The world has so much to offer. I have so much to learn and know. I want to experience and see things from different perspectives and appreciate what the world has to offer. And most importantly, I’m so young, I wanna do all these when I still have the energy and ability to do so.

And I feel so held back by my family’s need to protect and reluctance to a laidback kind of trip where you just go last minute.

But then again.

Oh well.

I just wanna travel the world. Freely. Go wherever I want, Wherever anything takes me to.

I don’t know, but it’s not a good feeling when you know you can do and experience much more, but you’re just tied to something that refuses to let go.

You understand?

Written by GekTeng

August 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

A Chinatown New Year

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3/2/2011.

A post for the first day of the Lunar Calendar – okay, I was late, but still!

Chinatown was still regarded as the most happening and lively place during the CNY. To be honest, as a Singaporean this was my first time here during the CNY period. And the long queues for Bak Kwas is seriously a cultural shock for me. I wonder how long they took to buy their food! I would NEVER do something like this. NEVER EVER!

Super long queue for Bak Kwas. It's more than a cultural shock for me.

Written by GekTeng

February 4, 2011 at 8:57 PM

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