Totally not in the mood for work when the flight is right at night, but I still had a half-day slot to go~ Doesn’t help that I was rushing the residents’ video till 3am the previous night, so really mad shagged!!! 😪
And finally, I survived the other half of the day and could officially go on holiday mode!!!!!!!!! Waited so damn long for this day to come! Mad excited but first, I had to go home to rush some changes for the residents’ video~ Really a super express edit! Hahaha! Managed to finish everything and upload before I chiong for the airport…phew! 🚀
It was a 8.5 hours flight and as much as I had been hoping to catch some sleep during this overnight flight, I can never quite sleep well in planes or coaches. Still managed to catch a couple of hours I think, since it didn’t feel quite like 8 hours have passed 😅
No flight entertainment for the long flight but luckily Mr Chan has loaded some movies in his tablet! Still did not manage to finish my Brooklyn because the plane chose to land at the saddest part! Imagine you are on the verge of crying liao then you heard, “Please switch off all mobile and electronic devices.” 😐
Arrived in Aussie at a quarter past 11 in the morning~ Surprisingly, the queue at the custom was pretty short and we cleared it in no time! Thought we would be stuck at the food declaration part since Aussie is well-know for it’s super strict food regulations, but neither! I did not even manage to declare my mooncake and pong piah that I brought for Mommeyyyyyy! I just happily followed behind Eric, as instructed by the staff, and ta-duh~! We are out from the gates! 😅
So while I was still in the shock mode, discussing with Eric about how we passed the custom so easily while the rest are still stuck inside, I kinda saw a lady holding a piece of paper and walking towards us. I ignored it and even thought that we booked Airbnb for our accommodation, so it can’t be someone picking us up lah. But the woman kept walking nearer and nearer to us till I felt something was wrong and turned around. GUESS WHICH SIAO CHAR BOH I SAW?!
Seriously surprised to the max! I mean I did give her our flight details, but I never expected that she would fly all the way from Gold Coast for us!!! Wah it’s the kind of surprise I love – people flying miles away for you 😍
Spent a longggg time (almost an hour!) at the airport because the rest were getting the SIM cards~ So glad that I switched to M1 and can use the data-roaming for only 10 bucks! Wouldn’t have known it too if my colleague did not mention 😀 So convenient and 划算!!!
Finally settled the SIM card as well as our OPAL aka EZ-link card! Luckily we have Mommeyyyy to guide us through where to buy and etc! You can get it from the convenience store at the airport by the way~
A pity we missed the train and gotta wait 20 minutes for the next! Guess we have been taking our MRT frequency for granted 😐 If only we managed to find the correct platform earlier, but the train station is quite confusing here! There’s no proper indication or directory to show us which platform to take which line and we gotta walk around to find each time we wanna transit. And I thought Japan‘s train system is confusing enough…..Zzzzz.
Took us about 15-20 minutes walk from Kings Cross station to finally get to our Airbnb apartment! Didn’t expect it to be so far actually, but also because we had our luggage and all so it took us a bit longer~
There was no host to welcome us so we had to solve our own “secret code” to find our key! Felt like an Escape room game 😛 And jiang jiang~! Mr Chan has successfully gotten the key to let us “escape” into the apartment!
Although the apartment is just nice to accomodate the 7 of us + June, there were only 2 bathrooms, so we had to take turns every morning and night~ This is the level 1 bathroom where I showered the first few days but refused to use it later after Mommeyyyyy said someone peed on the floor while showering cause there’s a smell 😖😖😖
This is why I need my own bathroom!!! My no.1 pet peeve is having to share bathroom with people who might have different bathroom habit or habit that I can’t accept. But in the first place, I don’t understand why would anyone wanna pee ON THE FLOOR when the toilet bowl is just right behind 😷😷😷
Here’s the cursed stairs where Mr Chan injured his toe after a fall 😐 As much as I like multi-storey house because I get to climb up and down and exercise, it can cause much inconvenience to some, especially when we gotta lug our heavy luggage up (and down on last day)!
And at level 2 is my room! I insisted on having my own room because pet peeve #2, I prefer not to share my bed or sleep with air-con at 21°C and have to go through the blanket-fight at night 😐 I want my own cozy room with heater on and I can roll around the bed without being afraid that I might wake my roommate up…hahaha!
But in the end of course I shared my bed with Mommeyyyyy for the first 3 nights that she was with us. I am glad that she doesn’t like to sleep with air-con too and there was also no blanket-fight because she couldn’t stand the heat of the heater + blanket in the end…LOL! I think it’s so nice to sleep in the warmth! 😅
I wanted to choose this room because of the fireplace! I never stayed in a house with fireplace before and I thought it was quite cool~ But Eric kept trying to convince me that it’s fake and etc so just let them have the room instead 😒
Done with the room arrangements and everyone was famished, since it was already around 4pm. I did plan some places for day 1, but because Mommeyyyyy wanted to meet her friend – Alana, she suggested that we join for lunch as well. So off we go~!
Met up with Alana and she brought us to her workplace, which is a clubhouse that only members can bring their friends in!
I actually wasn’t that hungry – in fact I don’t think there was any point when I was hungry during the trip 😐 I think gluttons who travel with me might really starve to death…hahaha! Ordered a seafood basket in the end, since everything else looks too big for me to finish~
After the meal, Alana brought us around the clubhouse to take a look before we ended up in our favourite place – the supermarket!!! Hahaha! Mommeyyyyy was so amazed that we could actually spend up to hours there, and continue again at another supermarket nearby! 😆 Well, I don’t deny that I loveeee supermarkets in all countries! That’s where you get most of the goodies from…hehe!
Alana even got her tenant to come and send us back, since we need 2 cars to fit us all! So we ended up spending even more time at the supermarket, while waiting for the tenant to come…hahaha! Mommeyyyyy said we bought the whole Coles and Woolworth – the 2 major supermarket in Aussie 😆
Slept throughout the ride back to the apartment in the tenant’s car~ Mad shagged! Haven’t had a good 8-hour sleep for 2 nights!!! 😣 Gonna recharge for a full day 2! Till then~!