Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Australia - Perth Day 6

Dad and myself got out of the apartment a little early, headed to the tourist info center to see what tours were available. We decided to go for the local wine tour, a company called Wine For Dudes. The tour started around 11:30am from the tourist center and stopped over in 4 winery's, cheese factory and a chocolate factory. By the end of the day we were tired from tasting all that wine. I had to stop tasting after the 3rd winery cause I was getting sick from the alcohol. But overall there were some local wines that were very nice. Sweetie loved the chocolate factory, cause it had free chocolates in small servings, eat all you can. We also had the chance to mix our own wine and I know now that I'm not cut out for that cause it tasted dry and horrible!

Finished the day just resting in the apartment.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Australia - Perth Day 5

Started the day early heading south towards Cohunu Park. We read about this park in a brochure and they have a lot of animals there and it's about 30-40 minutes from Perth. What really caught our attention about this park is that they have Koalas and sweetie really wanted to see them. We decided to pay a fee to carry them and take some photos. There was more to see around the park, as most of their livestock is allowed to roam around freely. Checked out some Kangaroos as they were laying down lazily in the shade, llamas roamed around too. There was this bird that could talk and do a trick by shoving its head into an empty can and walk around. After walking the entire park we continued our journey south.

We stopped to have lunch in Pinjarra, mum took this opportunity to check out the local bakery to inspect their bread. After anothe 3 hours of driving we arrived at our destination, a small town called Margaret River, Western Australia's Wine country. Picked up our keys to the apartment and did some shopping at the local grocer. I can understand why this part is wine country, it's cold at night, about 8-11 degrees Celsius is just nice for the vineyards. Town center is small, everything is just walking distance and across the road. Alot of surfers come here, the beach is just about 10 minutes drive, but during this time of the year the swells aren't big.

The apartment that dad booked was excellent! big and spacious with 2 rooms. It has everything, so we did our laundry and also cooked dinner here too. We did some research on what to check out here before heading to bed.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Australia - Perth Day 4

Day 4 started with a short trip to drop Edwin off at his apartment. We headed North East towards Whiteman Park hoping to get to see some wildlife at a reserve. But when we arrived it was near closing time so we decided to skip that and walk around the park.

With some time left we headed back to Perth and straight to Kings Park. Evening weather is cool and windy which was great! Took some nice photos around the park and managed to learn some good facts on plants.

After a good day driving and walking around we headed back to the apartment and started packing and got some good sleep for a long trip.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Australia - Perth Day 3

Started the day helping to prepare some half boiled eggs with toast as dad worked the frying pan and cooked sammor ham. Today we decided to head to Fremantle to check out some goodies at the local market. Thanks to the GPS phone that I brought along we managed to get there in about 30 minutes, parked the car and started taking photos as we headed to EShed Market. This is where we spent most of the afternoon as we checked out almost every store. We did spend more time checking out the souvenir shop and the hat shop. Had a late lunch in the cafeteria before hitting the road again, on the way we stopped at supermarket called IGA to get more stuff for dinner. The meat section looks so good, dad decided to get rolled rib roast that will be oven cooked.

Got back around 6ish, once again our chef started preparing dinner, smoking up the entire apartment. Oven cooked rib roast with salad, mushrooms, carrots...yummy.

Australia - Perth Day 2

Got a wake up call around 9am to go across the street to get breakfast. Dad cooks, so he and mum bought a whole lot of things. I was in charge of choosing all the junk foods and drinks. This Asian store was operated by a family of Vietnamese people, typical asian stuff, but I think you wouldn't find all these stuff in a local store. Frozen durian anyone?

After spending about 30-40 minutes purchasing stuff we went back to the apartment and dad started preparing breakfast. Eggs, toast, cherry tomatos and ham, yummy, not long after that cousin Lily came by with her family. We all went out for lunch at a Chinese restaurant for some Dim Sum and as expected everything there was exactly like what we have back home. Once lunch was over, we decided to walk to the mall. On the way we stopped to have a look around, stepped in the Western Australia Museum to take some photos. Kept on walking till we got to Murray St. Mall, this entire strip was full of shops and street performances. Spent most of our time in the Target store looking for some things to buy. There were lots of people in this area, no surprise since we were in the heart of the city.

We decided to head back after walking for about 3 hours, went to get additional supplies for dinner. Watched more TV before heading to bed.