Monday, June 22, 2009

Melbourne Trip 22 - 27 May 2009

Now I have the feeling that mom is reading my blog. Especially this post. Hence she took the whole family for a trip to Melbourne from the 22nd to the 27th of May 2009. Yes I know it is a very delayed post but it's still year 2009 right??

There are a few hundreds pictures taken during the trip, mostly by my brother using the 350D. This time I'm just going to post the pictures taken using Wifey's IXUS camera.

On the 22nd afternoon we departed KLIA LCCT boarding Air Asia X flight. During this time the H1N1 virus is still a hot issue globally. In Malaysia we haven't heard of any case yet but there are a few in Australia especially Victoria. Its a 8 hours flight and Alhamdulillah Wildan behaved very well during the flight. The first flying experience in his life. How lucky huh? First flight dah pegi Melbourne!

How was AirAsiaX ? The seat is small for me. The reclining feature is so funny. Instead of the back of the seat recline backwards, the base of the seat slides forward. So you do get the reclining feeling at the expense of your back being slouched forward. So not good for my back. Hence I did not sleep much during the flight.

On the way to Melbourne, our plane has screen in front of each individual seats for in flight entertainment. It is chargeable at the price of RM30. Once paid, we can watch movies, tv series, cartoons and play games.

I wonder why on our way back to KL, the seats don't have the screens.

My parents did pay a lot for the flight. In total they paid around RM8k for the eight of us. Seven adults + 1 infant. Each of us got 1 meal and we purchased 4 comfort kits.

We reached Melbourne on time. 10.50pm our time but 12.50am Melbourne time. We had to wake up someone to give us the keys to our apartment. While waiting Wifey and the kids took some pictures around the harbour.

Eventhough the trip is fully sponsored, I had to swipe a few credit cards to get the winter wear for the kids. Plus Wifey conviniently left her sweater at home. There's another swipe in Melbourne to get her winter jacket. It's end of autumn when we got there. Betul ke ni? Lupa dah laa.... So its about 15 degrees celcius during the day and about 6 degrees at night.

We spent the whole trip around Melbourne City only. Initially we thought of going for the Great Ocean Road trip, but the weather is not that promising. I think 5 days to cover Melbourne City is just the right duration. We could have covered more places of interest if we could spend less time getting the kids to get ready. But I'm happy enough with what we've experienced there.

Eight people is a crowd for us to use the cab to get around, hence we took the tram. It is said that Melboune has the most comprehensive tram routes in the world. We save a lot since we moved quite a lot while we were there. Thanks to my sister with all her research before the trip.

But I have to tell you it is not easy to manage 1 kid and 1 baby with the tram. Imagine that we have to fold the stroller, carry Wildan, shopping bags and hold Arianna to get up to the tram. If only 4 of us were in the trip, we would have taken the cab for sure.

I have to admit that most of the time during the trip, my mind is more focused on getting the kids stuffs ready, washing their bottles, make sure they eat and sleep well. Some would say it's not the best way to enjoy a holiday. Then the best way would be to leave the kids behind and have the trip just for me and Wifey. If that is to happen, I'm sure my mind will be busy missing them and thinking how are they doing while we are gone. I am thinking too much!

So how would I remember Melbourne? 1) The nice weather. 2) The tram rides with the family. 3) The nice apartment 4) The first oversea trip for the 4 of us... plus another 4 :)

How I wish I have lots of money to have more of this kind of trips. Will be posting more pictures in the next post.


headsteadi said...

awat hang tak sewa kereta jer?

esahlicious said...

aku pun suke melbourne.. byk kedai best2 n lg2 lak bole mkn nandos kat situ.. and did u try max brennan hot chocolate? max brennan ke ek? aku pun dah lupe..

next trip dtg sini weihhh.. b4 kiteorg balik..which is very soon laa kan haha.. sure dah lagi sng bwk budak2 tu.. ull definately be a pro dah by then

tp korg lak jd terbalik dr kiteorg.. dulu korg sng travel sane sini.. kiteorg yg susah.. nih skang korg lak pk lagi best adre extra hand to take care of the kids ihhiihhi.. now u noe why i like travelling with the whole entourage :p

rumet said...

headsteadi: kiterang tak adventurous enuff kot.. takut sesat!

esahlicious: hot choc tak tahu pon... next trip tak dapat la.. unless ade mak ke pak mane2 lagi yang nak sponsor...

travel kali ni mmg senang ade family join.. will blog about our trip to PD... gagal!

A y i L said...

ala.. ni ok la naik tram plus ramai entourage.. ko tatau lg kitorg kalo g euro trip camne kehkeh bayangkan kitorg bwk 2 luggage, 1 bagpack, 1 twin stroller (yg macam train tu), 2 budak kecik turun naik metro/tube yg tade escalator or lift perghhhh naik bas fr/to airport lagik

stakat melbourne tu gua pejam mata jek kahkah

A y i L said...

geram lak aku tgh Wildan ni.. ckp kat Arianna, Papa Ayil n Mami Esah miss die sgt2!!

rumet said...

hah Ayil.. sempat lagi nak produce baby boy! best weyy... mmg kamcing gile wildan ngan aku skang!

p!nkerton said...

bestnye travel ;) tu la kids & babies ni bawak susah tak bawak pun susah kan hehe..
err boleh share tak camne nak handle babies (or wildan in this case) on flight? masa travel tu he's 7mths++ ek? ok tak? rase cam nak travel jugak nih ;p

nurulqz said...

hrmmm.... kalau nak bawak babies nih... kene byk tricks...

1. have milk and water on standby.. takut telinga sakit due to change in air pressure.

2. Have some baby biscuits in case he feel like nibbling.

3. Have his toys ready to entertain him throughout the flight. It was an 8 hour flight... die pon dah boring nak main..

4. Bring some blankets n baju sejuk. Blankets to useful when you want to lapik and let him sleep on the seat. Baju sejuk, when the air conditioning gets a bit too cold.

5. Or else fail.. hehe.. dukung jer laa.

6. Stroller jgn masuk dlm luggage for fear of damage... tolak baby dlm stroller sampai plane. They will keep it for you and give you when you touch down.

p!nkerton said...

hi kak nurul ;)
tq for the tips & tricks :)
very useful.

nurulqz said...

no problem miss pinky.. :)

enjoy ur jln2 nanti !

Julie said...

aku penah naik flight balik kampung dengan aisya & faris & me only.. paling stress bile aku nak kena gi toilet.. bayangkan how to keep the 2 kids busy & not touching the dirty floor/wall while me doing business.. bising gile dlm toilet.. hehe

in the flight plak, aisya kept asking me a lot of questions & asked me to explain everything on the emergency guide card.. while faris dok asyik buang magazine and apa tah lagi kat isle.. stress jer mamat yg dok tepi tingkap, dahla mcm baru kawen, konfem tanak anak awal.. hehe..

aku rasa, kalau travelling wif kids, the key success is stay calm & be patient.. budak muntah ke, poo poo ke, cool man.. just do what u should do and stay calm.. or else, there'll be no feeling of vacation sampaila korang berenti making babies.. he he.. ayil & esah ada baby uk ke? he he

rumet said...

Haha Julie.. congrats! ko mmg power.

On the way back memang Wildan super cranky... die berak aku yang bawak pegi cuci.. punya la buas die atas changing area tu... abes najis berselerak satu toilet!

mmg berbaloi la bayar tiket kapalterbang.. tambang murah!

Julie said...

hehe.. kids are so cute no matter what..

Melbourne Travel said...

Thanks for sharing such a nice photo, very nice trip. Melbourne which are effectively highlighted in the hundreds of museums and art galleries that span the city. multi-specie Melbourne Zoo to explore the rainforest setup, butterfly paradise and follow the paths of elephants. Enjoy the Werribee’s Open Range Zoo. Don't miss safari expeditions or the wildlife haven at the Healesville Sanctuary.

Seafrost ~ Nina said...

I'm planning to go to melbourne soon, tu yang dok search for blog posts...thanks for the info... we'll be heading to melbourne naik AA tambang murah + 5 kids. Cekonon nak bagi kids merasa 1st time naik planelah. But Me & hubby will be taking 5 kids, age 10, 7, 5, 2 & 4 bulan...oh, dear...wish us all the luck in the world to have an enjoyable trip :)
And yeah...b4 trip dah rabak poket beli sweaters for the kiddos, huhuhu!!!

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