Seriously, road trips are loads fun but can be exhausting. First time to do something like it so the adrenalin produced by all the excitement plus all the amazing sights I encountered along the way made up for it. ‘Twas Day Four when we finally reached Melbourne CBD (crossed South Australia – Victoria state border on the 3rd day) and that’s where my story on this post begins.
You’d think that seeing I’ve been on the road for quite a bit, I’d be too knackered to even think of going out. But go out, I did. It’s been a good few years since I last saw my friend, J, who’s based in Melb. I knew I had to arrange a night out. First stop was this quaint club-slash-pub that surprisingly let you light up a pack indoors. Had it not been too crowded and too loud to hear myself think much less hold a decent amount of small talk over a pint — given that I have zero patience with it at all — we decided to ditch it and head off further into the city. Found myself descending on a flight of stairs in a place called Golden Monkey, deposited my arse with a bottle of Asahi on a chair while surveying its Chinese interiors and played catch up with my friend.
Capped the night off with a latte at one of them Pie Face shops littered across the city. Thanks again for taking me out, J! <3
A couple of tourist-y stops: Queen Victoria Market and Old Melbourne Gaol.
Makes me want to find the time to explore similar markets back in Manila
Temporarily incarcerated at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Now, out on parole for good behaviour. ;o)
Another spot I got to see during my stay is a relatively new place called QV. It ain’t much but it’s one of the more interesting malls I’ve seen in Australia.
A very colourful, metal cow. Price is pretty colourful, too.
And one place that had us hooked for seconds (2 nights in a row!) is Coconut House on Elizabeth Street.
Meal #1 – Nasi lemak with hot & spicy crispy chicken ribs with coconut rice; Meal #2 – Thai Red Curry *BURP*
Yes, back in Melbourne after only a year, I found an opportunity to walk around a portion of the CBD on my own once again.
Interesting art scattered around the CBD is <3
Uh-oh. I reckon someone dropped her purse — a massive one at that, haha.
Architecture I encounter here in Oz never ceases to amaze me <3
Graffiti love on Union Lane
Ah, yes. Went and checked out ZOMP Shoes with full intention of bringing me back a pair.
ZOMP Shoes, Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD
Would’ve loved to have bought that fabulous ZOMP pumps (really bummed out about it actually) BUT due to luggage constraints, I had to choose something more space friendly and that I want as well, of course.
Jeffrey Campbell, Marcy in Grey; retailed for AUD$ 140.00 (roughly around Php 6,020.00)
Strangely drawn to flat footwear lately so the choice was a no brainer. It’s a cross between a shoe and a sandal, sooo, win-win, haha. It’s my second pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes; another pair of leather JCShoes.
I’m still on leather mode. Lucky this pair is made out of them soft ones.
As much as I’d want to wear them straight-away, I only got to do so when I got back to Adelaide. One chilly 16degC morning, off to watch my niece and nephew on their first day at Tennis camp, I decided to take the new pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes for its maiden customary break-in journey.
Top – Mossimo; Jacket – Just Jeans; Jeans – Topshop; Sunnies – RayBan; Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell
Lucky it’s made out of soft leather. No blisters, raw skin, or chipped nail polish, haha.