Melbourne 3rd Revisit : The 35 things i did last spring

It is not actually a travel guide. 

Just a summary of the things i did last spring in Melbourne. It was my 3rd visit to Melbourne last year. Still the same old Melbourne I visited in the year 2009 and 2013. But this time, i decided to review my most preferred Airlines and Hotel to stay. 

Airlines Review:

Qantas vs Emirates

I used Qantas to go Melbourne and back with Emirates. I would say I totally in love with Emirates. Emirates will be my top preferred airlines until someday some other airlines impressed me more than Emirates did. 

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My favourite airlines, Emirates. With stunning big screen and spacious legroom and of coz the spot on airline meals. The cheesecake is most probably the best I had throughout the entire trip. The ticket for a return trip from SG to MEL costed about SGD 700.

Place to Stay:

Adara Collins (collins street)

One of the best I had. The location is right at the center of Melbourne. Service is good and most importantly, it is impressively comfortable. 

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However, my last visit with Punthill Flinders Lane is a good one as well. Both compatible. Check the link here : Punthill Aparthotel Flinders Lane

Welcome to Melbourne

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Instead of bring my ahzui (the cutest brown bear on earth) My brother made me to bring along this small milky bear XBB this time. Hello Xbb! 

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A shuttle bus from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD gives you utterly beautiful sunset, together with in bus wifi of coz!

The 35 Things to do in Melbourne

Day One:
1. Lune Croissanterie

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One of the most discussed croissant in Melbourne. It was good. The flowery pancake is out of the expectation good as well!

2. Melbourne CBD  ♥♥♥

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When you visit Melbourne. The first things is to walk around the CBD, no matter how many times you have been here as a tourist. 

3. Melbourne Central  ♥

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The signature tower, yes. Melbourne Central. I went to have a peak at the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, its a pub that we had the famous ABC shots 9 years back with nana, ahleng, simon and hungsia. Fond memories. 

4. Rare Steakhouse

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Wanted to try a nice steak in Melbourne. Googled the most popular one and its kinda disappointing. Or maybe the locals prefer firm steak than the melt in the mouth type. Medium rare and its still way too firm for me.

5. Flagstaff Gardens for the Possums  ♥

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6. Yarra River  ♥♥♥

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Day Two:
7. Homecook Breakfast  ♥

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With cheap and fresh ingredients from Queen Victoria, Woolsworth and Coles. Its hard not to cook your own breakfast

8. Queen Victoria Market Must Eat   ♥♥♥

a.) American Doughnut Kitchen

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b.) The Bratwurst Shop

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c.) The Borek Shop

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9. South Melbourne  ♥

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Get away from the stunning CBD and explore the quiet side of South Melbourne. So chill. They also have a worth visit market called South Melbourne Market where you can buy everything you need. Apart from that, kitchenware lovers paradise it is. At the south melbourne area, they have these 3 storey kitchenware hall for you. 

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10. Visit a friend’s place at St Kilda Area

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11. Homecook with friends

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12. St Kilda Beach

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St Kilda beach at night is a beautiful one as well. Not to worry, the beach at night is filled with tourists as well. 

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Day Three :
13. Brighton Beach Bath Boxes  ♥

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pageI guess it is the most popular place to visit? 

14. Yo-Chi Self Service Yogurt Ice Cream at Balaclava

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15. Queen Victoria’s Garden

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16. Korean Food 

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17. Favourite Sweet Potatoes Chips  ♥♥

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18. Buy the Milk  ♥

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Just drink the milk. It cost either AUD 1 or 2 for a very good quality milk!

Day Four:
19. Maru Koala Park

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20. The Nobbies  ♥♥♥

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Its my second time to the Nobbies. I still think its beautiful. Definately one of my favourite and recommended place to visit

21. Sichuan Food

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Day Five
22. Yum Cha @ Gold Leaf, Springvale

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We queued for almost one hour for these. Nothing to shout about. 

23. Dandenongs Range

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Ok. A park with lotsa trees. Quite boring for me tho

24. Serendipity Fig Honey & Pistachio Ice cream  ♥

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25. Lorne Pier

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26. Tofu Burger ♥♥♥

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We randomly go to a shop on the way from Lorne Pier to Great Ocean Road, ive check and its most probably called The bottle of Milk. Cant quite remember but this is the BEST Tofu Burger i’ve tasted so far. Tofu Burger with kimchi and mushroom relish! Pack a punch!

27. Great Ocean Road ♥

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28. Twelve Apostles ♥

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Its my third time to the twelve apostles. The Twelves Apostles were formed by erosion. They have 8 left with one collapse dramatically in the year 2005. Still very majestic

29. Squueze with chinese tourists 

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I think the only different of me visiting the two apostles in 2009 and 2013 VS 2017 is that, there was not that much human beings that time. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! We were shocked by the amount of people. You cant even grab a proper pictures as it was crowded! SCARY!!! The calm and harmonious feelings instantly gone!

30. Loch Ard Gorge ♥

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My second time here. But this time, we have plenty of time to scroll around. I finally explored ever inch of this place. Nice!

31. Rent a car

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There’s good and bad. Good thing, you can go and stop at anywhere you want during a road trip. Bad thing is, you need to pay for the freaking expensive parking in town after you are back from the road trip. Melbourne parking system is kinda complicated. First 15 mins free and it goes expensive after that. Not too recommended

Day Six :
32. State Library  ♥♥

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IMG_20170418_133205One of the most beautiful State Library I’ve visited. Do come for first comers

33. Vegemite

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34. Try the beer

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Of coz you might wanna try VB and all others Melbourne’s local beer but I’ve tried so many from the previous two trips. I wanted to find my favourite Stone Wood but end up with this. 

35. Buy some premium Quality Quilt

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This trip is most probably the least interesting and enjoyable trip. Thats y i would just do a summary instead of a proper travel guide. I should be the planner. I am proud to ensure that I am really a very good trip planner. This is the first time I had so many average food in a trip. So disappointing. However, not to complain because I really just come along to relax. Anyway, please read my other posts for Melbourne for Good Food! Oh those with lotsa ♥ is the one i love

Scroll to Melbourne Section HERE for more interesting post and food!

 

 

Ramadhan Buffet @ Pullman Kuching

Selamat Berbuka Puasa to all my muslim friends! In the holy month of Ramadhan, Pullman Kuching will be having a series of sumptous buffet at 2 locations, the usual Puzzle Restaurant and the Pre-Function area on level 2 leading to the Swimming Pool Deck. Yes, here!

bba719e3-563a-4c05-a867-a2f65ec5f972This year, Pullman Ramadhan Buffet showcasing a long line of buffet choices from the best of Kampung flavours to our local delicacies to international delights. If you want to be spoil during this holy month of Ramadhan, this is the place for you. 

Every Ramadhan starts of with fresh sweet kurmas. I don’t always crave for Kurmas but definitely will go for one every time I’m at the ramadhan buffet. Maybe its the environment factor, anyone of you have the same habit as mine?

6b53b958-1779-4cf4-8b3d-fa487ec8cc38Alright, cut the introduction, lets go straight for FOOD! The buffet spread come with several sections starting with the starter station also known as the Aneka Kerabu offering dishes  like Jantung Pisang, daging dengan belimbing, paku pakis, otak otak ikan, umai ikan, salai lumek, umai sotong and marinated mussel. I was there way too early so all the dishes are covered. However, on the plate, yes!

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c24c8295-50ef-400d-9345-4627f563f586Not only that, everyone’s favourite corner of Ulam-ulaman serving terung bakar, tempe goreng, petai, buah jering, daum selom, ulam raja and many many more!

2772a562-4c78-437d-8899-b50424fa60e5There a series of international dishes but I will not be covering that because I bet you guys only want to know the main highlight of the Ramadhan Buffet right? 

One of the very popular area will be the claypot area with dishes like ayam percik, daging gulai rebung, kurma kambing, pajeri nenas wangian minyak bijan and many more. Heating lamp counter festures sotong goreng, ketam bunga masala, hati lembu berempah and badal ayam berempah! sweet goreng stuff as well! Oh my, I had a few rounds of that.

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If you miss Kuching specialty food, there have kolo mee and laksa station too! 

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Walking to the pool deck, they have this giant woks or kawah serving gulai daging, gulai kari kepala ikan, gulai ayam berkhantan and sup tulang rawan. There are these BBQ seafood available too! 

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Oh, not to forget the two main highlights of the Buffet Line! My giant roasted whole lamb and Giant Tandoori Giant Garupa.

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And my favourite of all, roasted whole lamb!! Look how juicy and shinning the meat is… 

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They said, there’s always room for dessert.
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Wanna know more? Or cant wait to feast d? Welcome all to get the ramadhan vouchers by calling +6082 222 888 ext 2000/2100 or visit Pullman Kuching Facebook and Instagram for more promotion updates! Price is RM 89nett for Puzzle Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet and RM 68 nett at the pre-function foyer. Half price for all children aged 12 and below. Happy Berbuka Puasa everyone!

 

Seoul Travel Day 1 : Myeongdong Must Eat! Top 5 Must try Restaurant in Myeongdong

It was a spontaneous decision to go to Seoul. We decided like 1 week before departure, stroll all the reliable airlines because I do not want to go long haul flight with Airasia my backbone will suffer if flying long haul with airasia. China Eastern Airlines and Cathay Pacific. I absolutely love Cathay but the timing is a bit off so we took CEA instead. BIG REGRET! Please read here. So yea, we flew with CEA using code sharing plane with Shanghai Airlines.

IMG_20171018_214657_mr1508334898731Oh bonus! Met Jacky Wu at the KLIA buying pretzel together 😀

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So we stopped by Shanghai Airport for a transit. 

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do you even understand what they are trying to say?

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and finally HELLO SEOUL!!!

Not doubt there’s a lot more places with cheaper korea street food all over Seoul and significantly Myeongdong is one of the most overpriced place to have all of these. They are more like cater for tourists market. However, if you have limited time in Seoul or you just wanna cut short the hassle and settle both shopping and food at Myeongdong, you can always read the must try street food here; or you can settle down for some of the worth trying restaurant in Myeongdong! Lets get started! P/S : My hand drawn map will be attached at the end of the post for easy hunting

So whats the must try restaurant in Myeongdong? Just in case you cant find the restaurant as they are mostly in Korean words, you can show the restaurant images and ask around. Somehow someone will be nice enough to show you the way. At least this works for me! 🙂

  1. Myeongdong Kyoja

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This is probably the most common restaurant to visit in Myeongdong! They have a lot of branches there and do not be frightened by the queue, its very fast! 

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You can try out their bibim guksu (spicy noodles) and kongguksu (noodles in cold soybean broth) too in the summer time! 

2. Sinseon Seolleongtang 

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images from Danielfooddiary

A 24-hours popular ox-bone soup in Myeongdong. This is highly recommended by me. The restaurant started their operations since 1981, serving ox bone soup with a heart. In order to get a perfect bowl of seolleongtang, ox bone need to be simmer for hours before it turned milky white. It was not salty at all, just a pot of natural goodness topped with sliced brisket and green onion. I can only say, simplicity is the best. I am overwhelmed by the soup, it is thick and flavorful, but smooth enough to make you keep drinking until the last drop. And the most incredible part is, the seolleongtang actually conquer my brother, who hate soup stuff his whole life. Powerful enough.

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edfApart from that, we order mandu. I am guessing they are addicted to mandu ever since we had our mandu from Myeongdong Kyoja! They are delicious as well

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AND lets put our hands together for the sides! They sides are incredibly addictive especially the kimchi! I think we had like around 7 or 8 rounds of hand cut kimchi. Soo good just soooo good!

And this conclude our happy meal in Sinseon Seolleongtang! Just in case you cant find the shop like i do, simple show this image to them and they will somehow lead you there! HAHAHAHA.

3. Yoogane (Dak Galbi)

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Yoogane is a restaurant specialized in spicy stir fried chicken. Sad to say that as we don’t really take spicy stuff, we opt for the non spicy one. Still as good

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Another dish that I sincerely love is the Naengmyeon (cold noodles). Naengmyeon is a very thin and chewy noodles made with buckwheat and other ingredients; served icy cold to give it a extra el Dante texture. The soup is somewhat refreshing and a bit sourish. Very good dish i must say! Oh, they gave you scissors to cut up the noodles for easy munching! Love it!

IMG_20171020_203729_mr1508501360216But.. be prepared to smell like BBQ or spicy chicken if you dine in Yoogane! Your bedroom definitely hate it!

4. Gaehwa Jajangmyeon

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Hidden somewhere across the china embassy at Myeongdong for over 50 years, this chinese restaurant served Jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) and Tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork).

I had very very very good Jajangmyeon and Tangsuyuk at Busan back in the 2014 and it really took my heart. I think jajangmyeon and tangsuyuk are one of the most lovely pairs in the whole universe. Ever since then, I have been craving for them.

However, they did not fulfill my craving. They are good enough but I still think Busan had the best Jajangmyeon. But those who have not tried your best bowl of Jajangmyeon, this one is good enough to make a place in your heart.

Jajangmyeon!

Jajangmyeon!

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Tangsuyuk!! OMG these are really good. The sweet and sour pork is just tender. The thin layer of batter is very crispy and the amount of the sauce is just good enough to cover the meat. Very good proportion.

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5.  Organic Farming Ice Cream and Yogurt

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This is probably the best soft serve i had in Seoul. Tips; if you see any soft serve with this shape, its gotta be good! We were so addicted by this soft serve we had it almost everyday ever since we discovered it!

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They have one at the underground shopping street of Myeongdong Station and they have one just outside the main gate of the China Embassy!

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What we love about the soft serve, it is so milky! Its like eating frozen creamy milk! I don’t know how to express my addiction to this but, ya! you must try!

IMG_20171020_220750_1_mh1508512520818Oh, if you get it at the one opposite China Embassy, its very instagram friendly! hahahahah! OK stop talking, go eat <3

And so I’ve attached my hand drawn map for your reference. I hope it helps you to get to the place you want 😀

Click and right click open in other tab for better viewing 😀

Myeongdong Street MapHappy Eating Peeps!

 

 

 

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