Fun in NGV

If I recall correctly, I was onboard a flight back from Taipei last Valentines. It was rather uneventful, although this year is no different. My morning was spent editing footage from my visits to NGV last month.

As usual, the internet was giving me grief and I couldn’t upload it until Sunday afternoon.

On our first visit, we saw the popular Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit. Unfortunately the upper levels were closed during our first visit, so we returned again later during the week to see everything else.

I really enjoy visiting the National Gallery of Victoria. There’s just so much to see and many of the exhibits are interactive, not to mention free of charge!

Believe it or not, I was there four times in a span of one month. I’m not even that enthusiastic about art!

Don’t Hold Back!

Last Saturday E invited me to watch footy with her. Despite being born and raised in Australia, I haven’t been to a single match. Plus, I haven’t hung out with E in a while. So with these two reasons in mind, I gracefully accepted.

We arrived just in time for lunch. I had quite a late breakfast, so we decided the best option was to go yum cha for lunch. E hasn’t eaten at Oriental Teahouse before, so I recommended we go to the one in Little Collins St. There’s quite a variety of vegetarian options at Oriental Teahouse, my personal favourite is the vegetable dumplings. I also ordered the raspberry lime iced tea, although it was barely up to par with their franchise in Chadstone.

Once we finished stuffing our faces with soy sauce fried noodles and mushroom rolls, we swiftly made our way to MCG.

The station and road was packed with people, which is not surprising as Carlton and Richmond has two of the largest fan-base (or so I’ve been told). I found out later that day that over 60,800 people turned up for that match.

After picking up our ticket (and additional freebies), we headed towards the stadium. Our seats were located at Gate 1, which was in the opposite direction of where we were.

Our seats were beyond amazing, it was right up close to the action. E and I thought we would be placed pretty far back but we thought wrong. The location of our seats definitely influenced my decision to stay for the whole match.

As the game progressed, I began cheering along with the crowd. E is a fan of the Richmond Tigers, so naturally I barracked for the same team. It was an incredibly tight match that everyone on the edge of their seats. To our grave disappointment, Richmond lost. Many Tigers fan left just before the match ended, we followed suit – having to hear Carlton’s theme song just rubbed salt to our wounds.

To finish the night off, E and I dined at Gong de Lin. There weren’t many people when we arrived, so they waiters gave us a nice seat by the window.

The shop is a little hard to find, which is located on the third floor. To get there, you have to take a lift which is located inside ANOTHER store. Although there are large signs there, so I guess it isn’t that difficult. From my knowledge, Gong de Lin are one of the few vegetarian restaurants that serve Chinese dishes. So if you are vegetarian and you are craving for Chinese food, you know where to go.

Prices are a little beyond the reach of an unemployed university student, although the servings are quite large. It’s a good idea to bring some friends along, Chinese food were made to be shared anyways. If you do end up going, definitely try the bean curd dumpling. Unlike typical dumplings, this one uses thinly sliced tofu skin – it is both healthy and delicious. I also recommend their hot soy milk, it’s creamy and not overly sweet. Overall, this restaurant is a good option for vegetarians and vegans in the CBD area.

Now, back to that media essay I’ve been putting off…

E: If you are reading this, thank-you so much for this wonderful experience. You’ve definitely opened my eyes to the world of AFL. Go Tigers!

Visiting Walhalla

As voted by Hilary and Shen, this week’s post will be about my trip to Walhalla over Labour Day weekend. I haven’t been to Walhalla before, so I was really looking forward to sight seeing. Unfortunately I was preoccupied with a committee training, so my short visit was cut even shorter. However, we managed to make a stop at the main attractions.

You may be wondering where Walhalla is. Well, Walhalla is a peaceful little town near Mount Baw Baw – a tourist hot spot for skiing. It took us two hours to get there and luckily for me, I didn’t have to do any of the driving (phew!) To make the most of our time, we went for a little hike up along the hill to the gold mine in Walhalla.

The scenery along the way was incredibly serene, albeit too sunny for my liking. There aren’t many people or buildings in Walhalla, it felt like we were somewhere frozen in time.

We were exhausted by the time we arrived, so we all decided called it quits and make our way back along the other side of the hill. On our way, we took some time to look around and take in the beautiful sight. We also saw some interesting machineries that were (probably) used when the gold mine was still in operation.

The highlight of the trip for me was visiting the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel. The hike down was quite easy but it was a different story getting back to the car park. It took a day or so for my leg muscles to stop aching but it was well worth the pain and sweat.

We decided to have a picnic nearby the tunnel, unfortunately the only place that we could sit and have our lunch appeared to be on the other side of the river. Thankfully there was a large slab of rocks between the two riverbed. Feeling adventurous, we made our way across the river… barefooted*. It was really challenging and the heat wasn’t much help. Having said that, it was one of the most memorable thing we did during this trip. I think I’ve taken a liking to nature walks now – I just have to remember to wear the appropriate footwear!

A large majority of our time was spent in our lodge at Rawson Caravan Park. Their bar/bistro is pretty cool, definitely worth visiting if you are in need of something delicious. It seems pretty popular amongst bikies too.

The locals also seem quite found of alpacas. We saw two grazing across the street from the nearby nursery.

Before we left, we made a quick drive-by to Thomson Reservoir – the third largest reservoir in Australia. It was breathtaking, and the best possible sight to end our short but sweet visit.

* – It was so hot my mum and I decided to wear flats instead of sneakers. We’ll never learn.

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