Monday, January 21, 2008

Melbourne Memories

Melbourne Adventure 2002 brings back many fond memories as the trip was a many first moments for me. It was the first time B and I visited Australia, and it was the first time we celebrated New Year overseas. More importantly however, it was our first vacation in a foreign country as newlyweds. :)

Squeezing in a hug!

We spent an entire 2 weeks in Melbourne at our buddy Zeff's beautiful home. I really have to thank Zeff again, for being gracious enough to accommodate our room and board throughout our entire stay. Despite his busy schedule, he made sure we saw and experienced everything of significance in Melbourne!

Sunday at Queen Victoria Market

B, Me & Zeff

Fun Fair Luna Park, St. Kilda

The 2 weeks in Melbourne was truly one of the best times for me. We bought a new digital camera just for the occasion and ended up bringing home more than 600 photos back home with us! Zeff was our photographer for that trip and he made full use of his photography skills to come up with such awesome pictures; everyone who saw them was very impressed!

City Centre

Lost in Melbourne Zoo

Found the Park Rangers!

South Bank, Yarra River

What I loved most about this trip was the fact that Zeff, B and I got to rekindle our friendship after a long time apart. I dare say the trip brought all three of us even closer than before. We ended the trip on a sombre note; all three of us were teary-eyed when saying goodbye on that last day. Our favourite picture from this Melbourne adventure is unanimously the one below. Aptly captioned, it serves to remind us of the moments we spent in Melbourne and our respective chosen drinks throughout that trip. What's great about this picture was that it was a candid shot taken by another mutual friend (in the picture above). We were exhausted after a day out in Melbourne and were definitely in no mood to smile...and yet the picture came out perfectly somehow!

Coffee, Iced Choc and a Latte later...

Our next destination in Australia, one that we'd love to visit is Gold Coast! From the theme parks and attractions to the shopping and dining available there, Gold Coast has all the makings of a fun vacation for us and one of our goals this year is to make that trip happen.

Since Zeff is already back home in Malaysia, we'd need to find a reasonably priced hotel to stay when we visit Australia again so I've already started my research on the best available hotels in Gold Coast. If you're interested to visit other parts of Australia, you can also check out these great deals on hotels in Surfer's Paradise, hotels in Adelaide and Perth hotels as well. In the mean time, enjoy the pictures of my Melbourne Adventure 2002. If all goes well, you'll get to feast your eyes on more great pictures from our Gold Coast Adventure soon! :)


MakeTraffic January 21, 2008 11:46 PM

Hi Marzie, i live Melbourne. I was there in year 2000 with my good friends.

Sorry for the few updates. My son is sick, cough and fever. Spending more time with him. I need more rest too. Take care.

Nessa January 21, 2008 11:51 PM

Oh, lovely photos! Thanks for sharing :D

Australia is really clean!

Bobby Revell January 22, 2008 12:06 AM

Wow!!! Looks like you guys had a fun trip. I've never been to Australia, but have always wanted to...hehe:)

Very cool pictures! I can't wait to see the new ones you take on your next vacation. I felt like I went too..there for a minute, it ended so soon...hahaha! I'm so glad you're seems like a long time since I heard from you. Yay Marzie!!!

LadyJava January 22, 2008 1:05 AM

GP! I love the pictures and patutler berseri2... pengantin baru rupanyer...:)

I love the picture of the two of you.. so candid and romantic lahh..

Mariuca January 22, 2008 5:50 AM

Hi MT, how nice to be staying there for a while, lucky you!

Sorry to hear ur son isn't feeling well, hope both of u get well soon. As always, it's nice to see u here today MT. :):):)

Mariuca January 22, 2008 5:52 AM

Nessa, it is really clean, buat malu kita je he he he... glad u enjoyed the pics! ;)

Mariuca January 22, 2008 5:54 AM

Yay! Hope u enjoyed ur little trip to Melbourne here Bobby lol... And you must visit Australia one day, it's really a wonderful place for a fun vacation!

Mariuca January 22, 2008 5:57 AM

LJ, he he he... hmmm yeah la, that time less than a year after we got hitched, berseri it seems lolz... Hey, which picture u're referring to? The hugging one or the lost in the zoo? ;)

Rolando January 22, 2008 6:38 AM

Wow, looks like a great place to visit. Those are some nice pictures too! Any plans on going back?

Anonymous,  January 22, 2008 9:29 AM

Really nice photos.. A great trip you have !

J@n!ce January 22, 2008 11:48 AM

Hola, I can see the box today !!
Faster faster.... click before it is gone again...haha :)
Those Aussie photos are really good memories. I can see how much weight B has loss over the years.

You are still as pretty ever.

Take good care of him, ok?

Hugs & love to you :)

Mariuca January 22, 2008 1:19 PM

Hi Rolando! Oh yeah, we went back there again 2 years later but I have to say the first visit was more fun! ;) Planning to go to Gold Coast next! :):):)

Mariuca January 22, 2008 1:21 PM

Yay, thanks Cheerful Day, we did have a great time on this trip! :):):)

Mariuca January 22, 2008 1:24 PM

YAY! So happy you can finally see my comment box today Jan!

These are some of my fave pics from the trip, it was truly a wonderful vakasi for us la! Will try my best to fatten B up but u know la how difficult that has been! Thanks for ur concern woman, love ya! :):):)

LadyJava January 22, 2008 1:40 PM

hahah.. dua2 pun cute... but i love the one yg hugging tu.... B very huggable then eh....

Mariuca January 22, 2008 1:56 PM

Ohhh he he..yeah I love that pic too, in fact I love all the pics! Don't remind me abt B being all "fluffy" back then la, now so skinny, heartpain to see! :(

Adrian January 22, 2008 3:08 PM

Marzie!! Those pictures look like they are from postcards! So clear and really clean!! You and B look really happy as newlyweds too!! :)

Hope you enjoy your trip to the Gold Coast and make sure there are more picture perfect postings!

Cheers GP!!

Mariuca January 22, 2008 3:50 PM

Hola Adrian! Yeah, I agree...the pics turned out really great, Zeff took some really great pics didn't he? When we sent them for developing at the photo shop, the guy there was so impressed and even asked if Zeff was keen to take pics for them! :):):)

Working on GC now la, might have to postpone for a bit though due to work commitments! :(

WaterLearner January 22, 2008 4:34 PM

Great pics!!

I am sure you had a good time!!!

Mariuca January 22, 2008 4:43 PM

Thanks Karen and yes, it was one memorable vacation indeed! :):):)

kimfei January 22, 2008 5:49 PM

so nice.i wonder when i will have the chance to go gf already been to there at her age of 16..aiks aiks..

Mariuca January 22, 2008 6:18 PM

Kim Fei!! You should go there for ur honeymoon, best! Then you and gf can make wonderful memories there too, I hope u get to visit Melbourne one day! :):):)

Odysseus January 22, 2008 6:45 PM

Melbourne does bring back great memories to me too. I have been there twice with my wife :) Never get bored of this place. So much to do and the countryside is so nice.

Mariuca January 22, 2008 7:35 PM

Hey Leslie, oh us too...we've been there twice. B has been to Sydney but not me. That's why we're considering Gold Coast now, somewhere both of us have yet to visit! :):):)

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) January 22, 2008 10:57 PM

Wow, 600 pictures? That's an awful lot isn't it? LOL!

But on a serious note (like when have I ever been serious?) the pictures are excellent! :D

Mariuca January 23, 2008 12:36 AM

Yeah Nick, crazy right? 14 days mah, so many pics to take! Had to burn them on disc all lolz... anyway, happy they turned out really great! :)

Speedcat Hollydale January 23, 2008 7:16 AM

This is a stunning and beautiful post! Well written and the pictures are amazing. WOW!! is what I have to say :-)


Hazel January 23, 2008 12:16 PM

hi, all the picture are beautiful..thanks

NafaSg January 23, 2008 12:18 PM

Wow love those pics! Gold Coast is an awesome place if u wanna have the most unforgettable vacation ever. Plan your vacation again soon and we all can see more of the lovely sights of Gold Coast here! Ya lah...if we can't go there for now, at least can see the pics right? Hehehe! =)

FL Sam January 23, 2008 12:34 PM

Nice pictures and sweet memories. I have been to a number of cities in Australia but somehow I still have not visited Melbourne.

Very soon probably if my son is going to study in Melbourne. :)

Mariuca January 23, 2008 3:40 PM

Eric!! And WOW is what I have to say to ur lovely comment here, thanks Speedy, glad u enjoyed the pics! Have a great day to you! :):):)

Mariuca January 23, 2008 3:47 PM

Thanks Hazel! Thanks for dropping by today yeah! :):):)

Mariuca January 23, 2008 3:50 PM

Yay! Nafa is here!! You've been to GC before? We're really hoping to make this vakasi come true, so we're definitely working towards it. I too can't wait to post GC pics here, hopefully can go soon yay!!

Mariuca January 23, 2008 3:57 PM

Uncle Sam! So nice la ur son going to study there soon, you should definitely send him off and take a couple of days to vacation there as well! Then can take more nice pics like ur last Nepal trip! :):):)

emilayusof January 24, 2008 11:25 AM

I remember these nice pictures! Remember I printed some of them in the office? Lol!

Choc Mint Girl January 24, 2008 2:52 PM

Awww... Very nice pictures and memorable moments indeed. :) Thanks for sharing.

Okay, tagging time he he he...


Mariuca January 24, 2008 5:07 PM

Emila, of course I remember...banyak pulak tu! And remember how AA came in to ur room when we were happily printing it out and I could only smile at him innocently ha ha ha ha!!! :):):)

Mariuca January 24, 2008 5:09 PM

Thanks Crystal, I love the pics and the memories even more! Another tag for me? Okies, hopefully this one won't take me so long to post like the cartoon character meme lolz... ;)

emilayusof September 28, 2008 2:04 PM

actually kan gambar pink bus tu menarik sangat!

emilayusof September 29, 2008 9:34 AM

Ala...AA tak boleh cakap apa, dia pun selalu print banyak hehe!

LadyJava September 30, 2008 11:51 PM

I love the b&w picture as well GP.. so nostalgic gitu! Nape masam tu??

Elara October 16, 2008 8:32 PM

Marzie, B nampak lain sangat here! :) But now he nampak muda! Hehe..

Mariuca October 16, 2008 8:43 PM

Hi ladies! :)

Emila, betul tu, dia pun pakai byk benda opis he he! ;)

LJ, mana ad masam, dat was a candid shot actually and it's all three of us punya fave for this trip! :)

Debbs, perhaps cause he was chubbs time ni, now skinny! :(

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:21 PM

Great vacation post, Marzie. Sigh, now I regret never going to Melbourne for vacation when it was so close by. I was always going to Gold Coast dulu. Surfers Paradise was nice. Dang, I miss Australia. Brings back memories. >:o >:o >:o >:o

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Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:39 PM

Bem!!! I wan to go to gold coast, don care!!!! Waaaaatch me write more pbs, so can save money and then I wanna go gold coast! Melboune dah gi 2 kali dah! :)

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:44 PM

Gold coast is great! I pegi sampai muak dah all the theme parks hahah but I
want to go Melbourne la pulak ishhh

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:52 PM

Oh Melbourne mmg best sangat sangat!!! U dah tgk my Melbourne adventure video kat MPG? First time pi Melbourne, we stayed for 2 weeks!! Then next round we stayed for 10 days fuyooo and so many things to shop there of coz! :)

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:56 PM

Wow, sampai dua kali tu pergi melbourne, enjoy sakan betul tu, shopping pun
sakan la, good thing no injuries there heheheh

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:01 PM

Hmmmm lets see…. Yeah Melbourne takde injury! We stayed with our good fren, so saved on akomodasi, dats why leh lepak2 sampai 2 minggu! U studied in Aussie ke?

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:03 PM

Yeah I studied in Brisbane for 3 1/2 years, it was great lah, I was really
overweight there though hahahaha

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:07 PM

Oh speaking of Japanese, have you tried that place in Pavilion? Pepper
Lunch, I ate there once, not bad, different concept la

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:10 PM

Wah 3.5 years in Aussie bestnye! I was in USA oso best gila! Best kan duduk obersea Bem??

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:13 PM

Yes best, and call me weird but I stayed away from malaysians as much as I
can to get the authentic experience of living overseas hahah. Even malays
didn't recognise I'm malay pasal ada la sikit sikit cam korea or jepun my
face hahaha (that time la, now malay balik dah)

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:13 PM

Ohhhhh I haven tried!!!! Nice ye??? My fave jap bistro is the talk, u dah pernah try? YUMMERS!!!!

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:17 PM

Oh me too la Bem! My geng international students mostly, tak byk sgt melayu, yelah u know la melayu ni kan suka cakap pasal org and all that, but the good thing was that there were less than 30 malay students at my place.

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:20 PM

Yeah, I avoided the melayus because of, you know what? Politics, orang kuat
ni geng ni lah orang kuat tu geng tu, aiya please la its australia for god's
sake hahahaha. Of course my closest buddies from here yang dah lama kenal I
hang out with la heheh

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:45 PM

I faham Bem, laik they got nothing better to do that to berpolitik sesame sendiri kat obersea, so rather than wasting time and effort getting angry later, we just hung out with international students mostly. My area banyak blacks lagi lol!

Caroline Ng May Ling,  December 20, 2010 4:23 PM

waaaa!!! nice la!! uiseh! u hugging B leh!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  December 20, 2010 4:27 PM

alamak! lost in the zoo??? hahaha!!

Mariuca,  December 20, 2010 4:32 PM

Ha ha thanks for visiting my ancient post Caroline! Sure la must huggy-wuggy, love mah…. LOL!! :)

Mariuca,  December 20, 2010 4:47 PM

He he lucky tak tersesat into a cage or something right? :)

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