Perth Trip Day 7

Sorry that it took a tad long to write this for there’s a lot of things brewing! Nonetheless, here’s what happened on the last day of our trip!

And so, since it was our last day in Perth, we were rushing to buy what we haven’t and visit the places that we’ve missed. But first, we have to clear those leftovers ingredients that we bought!

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But first of all, let’s just show you a nicer and not so messy picture of the Airbnb that we stayed for the past 2 days.

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This place was actually a spa but they changed it to rent out for people to stay. I wasn’t too sure of they still operate though because the signboard was still there.

Anyway, the place was enough to squeeze the whole group of us together although some were actually sofa beds in an open area. The above was one of the living rooms that was still rather neat after 2 nights.

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And then we’ve got our 2 chefs who woke up earlier than the rest to cook breakfast for us using whatever food that we bought to cook for previous days. Here’s a really big THANK YOU to them for the nice yummy food! ^^ It is always good to hang out with people who can cook nice food!

Shopping – Fremantle Market

We went out slightly later on the last day as everyone was feeling tired from all the travelling for the past few days. Nevertheless we left before 10am and arrived at the Fremantle Market which we had planned to go on the day of arrival.

Today is the day to catch up!

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It was a relatively hot and sunny day but that definitely doesn’t affect our mood.

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Little milkie saw this and when I told her that it was a phone, she was so surprise! Guess it happens when you live in a country and era where payphones are hardly seen already.

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Well, the moment we stepped into the market, the little girl nudged at me and said that she wanted a doughnut since she hadn’t took her breakfast yet.

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It was, to me, a very interesting place with tons of handmade crafts. It wasn’t as big as I had thought though.

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This was one of my favourite stall. The aroma of the soap was so nice that I couldn’t resist the temptation to buy a few!

There were a lot of other stalls, such as the one that sells pictures of cartoon characters and famous artists, and the one that sells watches with handmade leather straps etc.

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Cafe – Gabriel’s Chocolate

It took us a while to finish walking before we took a short rest at this cafe. The first moment I stepped in, I wondered if this really a chocolate fountain!

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It was quite a small cafe.

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But the ambience was nice…

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… and so is the food! I had an eclair and till now, I still can vividly remember the taste!

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Attraction – The Blue House

With that, we continued our journey to the Blue House!

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We didn’t really know what that place is except that it looks really nice in photo. It was a long walk from the place where we parked our car.

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Indeed, it was worth the walk!

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In case if you are wondering why little milkie wasn’t in these pictures. Well, she was so tired that she dozed off just before we reached.

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We didn’t manage to take too many photos for there was a queue behind us. Nice thing about here, people don’t cut queues! They simply patiently wait! I guess it’s always nice when you are in a country where people ain’t always rushing for time…

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I managed to take a nice jump shot of the dad. The mom failed to jump high despite a few tries. Oops.

We went shopping at Belmont Forum thereafter. This was a last minute decision and we definitely never regret it! There were so many things to shop! This is definitely a must-go the next time we come to Perth again.

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And so after all the last minute shopping, and squeezing the goodies into the luggage, we bid farewell to Perth and headed for the airport at night.

It definitely was a great trip, to be travelling with the relatives in such a big group. I doubt we would be able to have another one that is as big, and to be able to spend time with the young as well as the old. I guess a lot of times, in the midst of our busy schedule, we tend to neglect the ones around us.

Maybe, just maybe, once in a not so long while, take some time out to spend quality time with your loved ones.

With that, it’s time to celebrate the up and coming National Day!

Perth Trip Day 6 @ Pickering & Swan Valley

Finally, we are at our Day 6! And honestly speaking, I have no intention of going back home. It’s been so nice holidaying in Perth!

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Attractions – The Fruit Corner

Day 6. We had big plans and so we left early in the morning. Where to? Pickering Brook. I had no idea why are the aunties so interested in picking fruits but since they requested for it, they got it!

I would say that we were quite lucky though. For it was almost the end of the season and it wasn’t really that easy to find one (any kind of fruits) that is in the area that we are. But somehow with some luck, I managed to find this place – The Fruit Corner.

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We were definitely at the outskirts. Driving in the cold and the temperature just seems to get lower and lower as we drove into the woods.

We even slowed the car down at certain point when we saw that the road in front was foggy (afraid that it was the trees burning). Luckily it really was just the fog! Of course, it was 7°C! Little milo had to even use my scarf because it was so cold and he was trembling. We definitely weren’t expecting such low temperature!

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We arrived at the fruit corner after a 45 minutes drive from near the city. It was a really simple place with very friendly bosses!

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They kindly gave each of us an apple to try. Oh gosh. I am seriously telling you that I had never tasted such fresh, juicy and SWEET green apple!

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I guess the happiest one was little milo for he was chewing on it for the longest time. And will scream at anyone who attempted to take it away or adjust for him.

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And then we proceeded to pick the fruits. As I’ve mentioned, it was almost the end of the season so the trees weren’t full of apples. Nonetheless the sight was still beautiful! And the fruits are still as fresh!

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Little milkie and milo sure had fun picking the apples! But a word of caution. Daddies and mommies, remember not to wear anything white. Do not be too ambitious and let the kids pick the fruits at the top. The dad ended up with a dirty white jacket when little milkie tried to pick the apple at the top and kicked her dad.

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So after picking and picking, we got a whole lot in a pail, and so did our little milo!

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The best thing of all, it wasn’t costly at all for such delicious apples. The aunties were of course really happy. It’s a nice place and must place to go if you want to try!

Restaurant – Red Rooster

With that, we proceeded for our next destination – Food. By then, the sun had already came up and it was getting rather hot.

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We decided to go for the Red Rooster which happened to be on the way.

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How was the food? Not too bad!

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Except that I wasn’t a fan of green peas but otherwise, it was nice!

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There’s quite a lot of branches so I think it would be quite easy to try it out if you want.

Attractions – Caversham Wildlife Park

We quickly drove and came to the Caversham Wildlife Park. The park where everyone says – You just need to go for this. If you need some information, you can look it up at their website.

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Despite its winter, today, it’s a little hot in the afternoon.

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We didn’t spend a lot of time on other animals for the main thing we came here for were the kangaroos and koala bears. And so we wasted no time on that!

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It was an open area with kangaroos hopping around. I was glad that both of them weren’t scare and love to feed them. But at the same time, I was so afraid that they will accidentally fell or step on one of them!

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There’s even a point where little milo was only inches from stepping onto its tail!

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Overall, they had fun here and were so reluctant to go out. It’s a little smelly though. Otherwise you could spend a long time feeding the kangaroos with the food provided.

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And then we also went to the section where they showcase some of their animals such as the wombat etc.

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Do take note of the timing if you decided to visit this section. You can take photos with the wombat as well as the snake. Little milo seems more interested in the lady then the snake though. *LOL*

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The koala bears were situated in another section of the park. There’s also a timing for photography section.

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And after seeing all the animals, it’s time for a snack! Feeding time!

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Shopping – The House of Honey

By the time we left the park, it was almost 4pm and so we hurried to the House of Honey at Swan Valley. There’s actually quite a number of shops in Swan Valley but as we were running out of time, we decided to only go for the honey which we didn’t get to go at Margaret River.

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A small place with a nice resting area.

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We managed to but quite a bit of items from there, from honey to sweets, to umbrella, and lastly, an ice cream with honey.

Happiest person? Little milkie.

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Shopping – Watertown

This was our last stop for today and we didn’t have a lot of time left since most of the shops closed rather early. Here we are, at Watertown with all the outlets.

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We had a quick dinner at Chinese Canton @ Watertown, and to my amazement, it actually tasted quite nice! I do wonder though, if its due to my hunger, or that I haven’t been eating normal chinese food, or that the food really tasted good.

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Whatever the case, we had fun shopping till our legs break. And that marks the end of our Day 6 in Perth…

Perth Trip Day 5 @ Busselton

Okay, I might be taking a tad too long to update but there simply are TOO many photos, and it really took a while to sort it out!

So let’s pick up from where we left off and we are now at Day 5! The day we leave Margaret River for Perth City while enjoying quite a bit at Busselton…

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It was a bright and sunny morning, unlike day 4 where it rained almost for the whole day.

Accommodation – Acacia Chalets (cont’d)

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I sneaked out from the house leaving some of the things unpacked and quickly took some photos before we leave this place. Honestly, I haven’t really taken a good look since our arrival because it was either dark or we were rushing out!

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And guess what, just beside the house, there actually is a shed where they chops and cuts the logs!

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This is the entrance to the chalets where it was split. Chalet 1 and 2 are smaller. Chalet 3 has one more bedroom. And chalet 4 is the biggest of all!

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Can you see those vapours or mist coming out from the bushes? And we were all breathing ‘smoke’ out! You can imagine how amaze those kids are!

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Here’s our one and only family photo in Perth. And see those new jackets that little milkie and milo were wearing? We bought it at Target @ Margaret River, at a very good price! And thats the hats that I bought from Daiso with added pom pom balls to make it cuter.

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And here’s a shot of Chalet 4, where the garage cannot be opened. So the car is to be parked outside. The only downside to that only happens when it rains and there’s no shelter.

Lastly, if I haven’t mentioned in my previous blog, bring a torch. Otherwise it is a really nice place to stay!

Attractions – Busselton Jetty

Wow! That was little milkie’s first reaction when she saw the big playground.

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And she immediately went to sit on her favourite – the swing.

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And not only do they have that, they have the one where a group of children can sit on it! Just one look at them and you’ll know how much they are enjoying themselves! Especially little milo who hardly sit on swings. Little milkie did mention that she don’t see a lot of swings back at home. I agreed too and I wondered why…

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It took a while before we finally convinced the kids to leave the playground.

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And what awaits us was the really blue skies and the really blue sea!

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There’s also the extremely bright sun so remember to wear your sunglasses!

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We then proceeded to walk to the Busselton Jetty where we realised that we actually had to take a train out. And the whole to-and-fro journey will take about 45 minutes!

It’s too bad that we just missed the train and will have to wait quite a while. But time doesn’t allow us since we will be travelling up north today and wouldn’t want to reach that place after dark.

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And so we took a few nice photos…

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From this angle…

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Before we went for our early lunch…

Restaurant – The Goose

We did our homework and lots of people gave a very good comment for this. And since we’ve travelled that far, of course we are going to try it!

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The interior was nice and simple and the staffs were really friendly. It seriously wasn’t that easy to accommodate 22 of us but so far throughout our holiday, all those restaurants that we went, left a rather good impression (for me at least).

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Here’s little milkie and milo, while waiting for their food. I guess for a holiday as such, the children would probably be more cranky. That is definitely true for little milo, who didn’t get enough sleep at times.

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Anyway, presenting the dishes!

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Delicious salmon and beautiful cake(s) which I can’t resist.

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Little milkie had fun cutting her pizza too!

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And that was the amount of food that we ordered, with the portion so big, the fish so fresh, and I missed the food there!

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THUMBS UP! But oh yes, just FYI too, the price is slightly, just slightly more pricey than the norms. For that quality, I think it’s perfectly alright.

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And then after a nice meal, we took a walk down at the beach.

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It was noon by then and the sun was quite scorching. Would be good to wear shades and cap so that you can see the beautiful sea instead of trying hard to keep your eyes open! Well, naughty little milo simply refused to wear his…

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It definitely was nice to walk on this beach, with the sand so fine and filled with seashells! I remember only seeing it when I was a child. Nowadays if I go to East Coast Park, sadly, I can hardly find much.

Shopping – Kmart Eaton Fair

This was a last minute stopover as we decided to go for a shorter drive for now to change to the 2nd driver. It’s really tiring, I guess, for that few drivers so it’s really kudos to them!

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This place wasn’t that far from Busselton. Just a small little shopping area but their Kmart was still huge.

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We even had to lengthen our stay because we couldn’t finished buying the things we want!

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By the time we left, it was only an hour plus before the sun started to set.

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Well, we managed to reach our destination after dark. Though there was a hiccup where one car went missing, all was fine eventually! *Phew*

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And I simply couldn’t help but mention the yummy kfc that we had for dinner! I wonder if you realised it, but the sauce for the whip potato doesn’t taste like those found 20 years ago. Today, I found it here, in Perth. *Happy*

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We stayed in an Airbnb for the next 2 days. All of us in one place. A bit squeezy but definitely fun and an experience for the kids.

And just before they slept, they had a round of story- cum role-playing on my newly bought storybook (Snow White) that cost $4 only at Kmart.

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Make a guess. Who is the poisonous apple?

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Little milo!

Perth Trip Day 4 @ Margaret River

On the 4th day of our trip, we are going to tour around Margaret River!

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It was early in the morning at around 7am, we took a walk outside to see the surroundings after only reaching the Acacia Chalets in the late evening yesterday.

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Goodness! It was freezing cold, as we quickly ran back into the chalet to grab our jackets. Nonetheless the surrounding was really nice and quiet!

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There’s also a bucket of wood for the fireplace!

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We also got to see the lake behind the chalets. It was pitch dark yesterday and so was totally impossible to see anything.

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Little milo, who is more of a morning person, also woke up to join us in our morning exploration! We didn’t spend too much on that and proceeded to prepare to go out for the day. After all, the day is short!

Shopping – Margaret River Dairy Company

Our first visit was to the Margaret River Dairy Company. It just opened for the day and we were their first customers!

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There were quite a varities of cheese for tasting. I personally find the one with chilli rather nice.

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The children were of course really happy and eventually, requested for yogurt. There wasn’t any tasting for ice cream nor yogurt though. But it was alright.

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We stayed for a while, bought our cheeses and proceeded to the next place, which wasn’t planned. But since it was on the way, we stopped over and took a look.

Shopping – Margaret River Nuts & Cereal

It was the nuts and cereal company. But oops, I was so attracted by the big field outside where they all started playing football! While the elders stay inside and bought tons of nuts. It wasn’t very big either.

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It was indeed really nice to run with such nice weather. We didn’t even perspire!

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And what’s more? They’ve got a playground beside too! I particularly love the idea of having something for the children to play at almost every restaurant or shopping area!

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And I also realised something. It was totally not suitable to let young children wear light coloured clothing when one will expect playgrounds. And non-waterproof shoes, or should I say, velvet furry shoes. We had to clean milo’s shoes up after that as it got wet due to the morning dew and dirty when the sand from the playground stick to it.

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And looked what we found…

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Shopping – Margaret River Chocolate Factory

By far, the chocolate factory was the biggest of all. It even had a cafe inside too!

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There were some samples available and of course, would little milkie ever gave up that chance? It was the first place she ran to (again and again) after knowing it.

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There were a lot of different kinds of chocolates. I bought the one in gold packaging, which is 70% dark chocolate. NICE!

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It sure was party for little milkie as she knew that we were less strict on her when we are holidaying.

Restaurant – Cheeky Monkey

Then it was time for lunch. And we planned to eat at Cheeky Monkey!

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It was in the least bit, cheeky but WOW… we were all so attracted to the garden area right behind the restaurant.

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But firstly, let’s proceed to eat something!

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It was very spacious with 2 different dining area though one seems more like for drinking.

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We ordered a pork…

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… and fish and chips (for kids meal), which came with some colouring books and crayons.

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There’s also a varieties of pizzas, which tasted delicious!

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I like this one but I don’t really know the name of it for all the names look so complicated.

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And this is my FAVOURITE!

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After our lunch, we proceeded outside and I tooked some amazing photos.

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But it started to drizzle and we had to quickly make our way in and out to our car.

Shopping – Cullen Winery & Vasse Felix

We then proceeded to taste some wines! The first was Cullen Winery.

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And the other one was Vasse Felix.

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There were some nice wines at both wineries. And we were greeted by friendly staff. But since there were only a few drinkers (minus away the drivers), we only went for 2 wineries and went for our last food adventure!

Shopping – The Berry Farm

Our last destination, The Berry Farm, was situated quite a distance from the rest. We planned for this place as the grannies all love jams!

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It was a big place with different areas. There was a playground too but since it was wet (still drizzling), I didn’t tell the kids about it.

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There’s also a small corner for the children to play tic-tac-toe!

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Finally, we ended our food shopping at 4.30pm. That’s the time where The Berry Farm closes. Tiring? You bet! But I still needed my dinner!

Restaurant – Sushi Master & DancinWok

This place wasn’t planned. We had wanted to try out at Settlers Tavern. But after surveying the place, it doesn’t seem suitable and so we crossed the road and popped into this small restaurant.

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It was a restaurant selling different kinds of asian cuisine.

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I took the bento, not too bad a choice. Remember, try not to choose noodle-related if you are not a risk taker!

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And we’ve got little milo looking dearly at his godmum… because of her handphone… -.-”’

Nonethess I thought this photo looks nice.

Shopping – Coles Supermarket

Marketing is quite fun in Perth. Other than the delicious looking fruits and vegetables, there’s a lot of other food which you won’t find it in Singapore.

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And little milkie loves this supermarket because there is a trolley for children! Do you have any idea if there is such small ones in the supermarket in Singapore?

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This boy loooooves it too! As he spent the whole night pushing and running around while I ran behind him. It’s quite a workout I would say.

And that was the end of the day as we all went back and drove really carefully back to the chalets. Thankfully we did for a kangaroo suddenly appeared at the side. Then for the rest of the night, we began to pack for the next day…

Perth Trip Day 3 @ Bunbury

After staying for 2 nights at the very nice serviced apartments, it’s time to check out and go SOUTH!

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The check out time was around 10am, and so we all woke up early to a bright blue sky again. It was really cold, probably around 12°C or maybe it’s because we still haven’t gotten used to such wonderful weather yet.

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So bit by bit, we loaded our luggage into the car and then we are off to our next destination – Margaret River but for today, we will stopover at Bunbury for a short while!

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It was a little cloudy today with the clouds looking like cotton balls. I thought it looks quite nice.

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The journey to the south required an hour or so but thankfully there are public toilets along the freeway. Do look out for the signs along the road though, otherwise if you missed it, it might be a distance before there is another one.

I was rather surprise for one thing, that the public toilet seems rather clean with no smell. Was it because of the people? Or is there some cleaners whom I don’t see? Or has it got to do with the weather?

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Anyway, we didn’t waste much time and continued our journey, finally reaching the Bunbury town where we were greeted by rows of houses along the river. Nice!

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And then we parked our cars…

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… before we started walking around, exploring. It seems like a smaller town, I would say. There wasn’t much people walking around. Or maybe not in this part of the town at this time of the day. We were at Blair Street.

Restaurant – Wah Sing Chinese Restaurant

After walking for a while, we decided to eat some chinese food, after all, the older generations are more used to that. So we decided and enter this restaurant that doesn’t look appealing at all.

It wasn’t some fanciful restaurant, just a small one with red doors. We were greeted by a friendly waitress and she kindly took our orders.

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I wouldn’t say that the food was delicious but neither was it awful. Nonetheless if you ever want to try it, I would suggest that you go for their rice instead of noodle. I took their honey chicken with fried rice and it tasted really nice. Feedback from my aunties and uncles was the same!

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After having our lunch, we took a walk around. I especially love all those drawings that the people did on the power box, walls etc. Aren’t they creative? And isn’t it beautiful??

Shopping – Bunbury Farmers Market

We proceeded to the next place which is about 10 minutes drive from where we were – the Bunbury Farmers Market. Well, we had planned for a BBQ at night so it was time to buy some ingredients. And wow… that was when I realised that was where all the people were!

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And its a double WOW when I saw the vibrant colours of the vegetables and fruits!!

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Each piece of vegetable/fruit looks flawlessly beautiful, a sight which you can’t see in Singapore.

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Milkie managed to grab her favourites – the Mushroom!

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While Milo was happily drinking his milk.

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We left the market after having a wonderful time shopping for the ingredients. It was drizzling by then. Thankfully it wasn’t that heavy!

Accommodation – Acacia Chalets

By the time we reached our accommodation, it was dark, and that was around 6pm. What makes it worse was that it was raining still and these chalets were in the middle of the forests.

There were 4 chalets and we booked them all. You can check it out here. We followed the instructions, via email sent from the owner, and proceeded to open the 3 chalets that were nearer to each other. It was rather difficult to navigate as there wasn’t any lights except from the headlights of the cars.

Something to take note when you are travelling here as its not advisable to reach so late. The sky turns dark around 5.30pm (we were late because of the shopping, oops).

Well, it took us a while before we managed to got into Chalet 4, which was the biggest of all! But… there’s no covered porch and we had to quickly dashed through the rain in the cold!

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And what awaited us was a big living room and nice cosy beds!

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I managed to take some photos before we unloaded our stuffs. We checked through the drawers and was surprised that a lot of things are available!

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And they even had a fireplace! For REAL!!

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Initially we thought that there wasn’t any heater and we will have to really burn the woods. Luckily we found out later that they did have the electric blanket!

It would be a very nice experience though, if you don’t have any young children.

Just FYI, the other chalets were equally nice too!

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A few of us proceeded out to the supermarket to get some wine after that. If you love to drink, you will love this place…

Anyway, it was pitch dark by the time we went back. We drove a little slower than usual as there wasn’t any street lights. We wouldn’t want to accidentally hit anyone or any animals! Did I mention, sadly, that we saw dead animals along the freeway? 🙁

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So then, it was time for BBQ! While the aunties were whipping up some carbo food…

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The 3 children were having tons of fun running around outside in the cold…

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And the “chefs” were busy barbequing! The food? FRESH AND DELICIOUS! Thanks to the hard work of our chefs! And also the farmers who tirelessly grow the vegetables and raise the animals!

It really was a very great experience, to BBQ in the cold where you actually don’t feel that cold around the BBQ pit.

It was pitch dark outside and we had no idea how the surroundings of the chalets looked like. It also took a while for the others to walk back in the dark so remember to bring torch lights or install an app in your phone.

Anyway, after we had all taken our fill, we packed up and went to sleep. Can’t wait for the sun to come up…