It’s been close to 5 years from the last time I was in Melbourne. I’ve seen quite a bit that time but I’m quite certain I’d be seeing tonnes of changes. When the opportunity came up to take this trip (huge thanks to my sis and kuya J), I have to admit I had agreed halfheartedly but as the time grew nearer — of course, as I spent my time there — I felt grateful for the nudge since I had a fabulous time! Sure, I spent most of my time wandering the streets alone and saw little of my sister (who’s there for business anyway) but I really didn’t mind. I love how Melbourne seemed to have had found a fresh way of re-introducing itself to a not-so-newcomer.
Waking up extremely early on the day of my trip, I lay there with thoughts of traveling domestic by myself (a new thing for me), trying to picture what’s in store for me for the next 4 days. With C still fast asleep on my bed, I was careful not to wake him as I made my last minute preparations.
I appreciate how efficient my check-in was at the Adelaide Airport, at the Virgin Australia counter in particular. At the last minute, I had switched from a carry-on only to a check-in baggage over the internet right before going to the airport. I expected questions and such but when I got there, all they asked was my name and I was in the clear.
I can’t really say that I’m impressed with the service once having boarded the craft. I had hoped I’d have a better experience with them than when I flew Qantas esp after experiencing a pleasant check-in but — ah, well. Nevermind. Singapore Air still has my vote.
It only takes an hour on plane to get to Melbourne from Adelaide. I should’ve done this 5 years ago. I took a 10-hour road trip on a bus then, you see. I reckon the latter allowed me to experience something different, see Australia in a different way. However, never a good idea to do that when you’re sick (yes, that’s how brilliant I was back then, heh).
Day 1 in Melbourne. Best to drop my luggage off at the hotel where I was staying at before doing anything else. I’d like to free up my hands for all the shopping I plan to do, haha. It’s quite fantastic that Crown Metropol is in the city.
Decided to take quick snaps of the outfit I decided to travel in before heading out again.
Coat Borrowed from my sis
Hosiery Warehouse, Sportsgirl, Valleygirl
Rings Mango, Flea Market
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
Bag Aldo (not in photos)
I was actually tired — was even tempted to sleep esp after having seen the gorgeous big bed at the hotel — but I really didn’t want to waste half of my first day staying in. I pushed myself to get off the bed and start exploring. Armed with a simple city map and a little knowledge of Australian public transportation, i.e. trams, trains and buses, I ventured further into the city. Knowing that there’s a free tram that can take me around the city, I decided to wait at the nearest station as soon as I crossed the Yarra River.
When I was new to Australia, the idea of commuting on my own was scary. Now, I’m sort of used to it. I know I can sort of get around Adelaide but since it’ll be my first time going around Melbourne on my own, commute and all (last time, I had my friend J to drive me around), it was a bit intimidating at the beginning. All you need is common sense, anyway. Just spend a bit of time researching stuff on the internet, know how to use a map, and there’s no harm in asking for directions. Just make sure to choose who you talk to, though!
On top of doing the City Circle tram route, I was able to go to Harbour Town for a bit of outlet shopping and was able to walk the stretch of Bourke Street where the street mall is. Yes, more shopping involved. After 4 hours in stilts (one of my not-so-brilliant ideas), I was about ready to sever my feet from the rest of my body so I hauled my arse, along with my shopping bags, inside a cab and asked him to take me back to my hotel.
It’s amazing how I worried about how cold Melbourne will be on my trip only to find out that I can actually deal with temp between 12 and 17 just fine. But that’s just me and more on that in later posts. For the rest of you folks, if you’re planning to take a trip to a cold country, make sure to dress warmly. I wouldn’t want you ruining your wanderings just because you’re cold. Believe me, you’ll have a miserable time if you can’t take it. Always get a feel of things and plan your outfit accordingly.