Archive for ‘Travel’

April 27, 2014

Fort Nepean

Took a day trip exploring the Fort Nepean – Mornington Peninsula yesterday. It was the former defensive facility occupying part of Point Nepean,Victoria. We had to park our car at the parking area and walked approx. 2km one way to the engine house. It was pouring earlier in the day and then the wind was freakishly strong that we struggled to walk a straight line. 

To this date, this place is called “Victoria’s Gibraltar”, and here are some photos taken after the rain.

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May 30, 2013

New Zealand – Part Tres

Before leaving for Melbourne, we actually stopped over for one day in Christchurch, South Island of New Zealand. This city reminded me a lot of Melbourne.

Sadly the disastrous earthquake back in 2011 has caused some serious damage to the buildings and infrastructure, especially in the  central city and the eastern suburbs. The city is still recovering from this incident. We took a day tour around the city and were shown the remains of some of the buildings and infrastructure that were severely affected by the quake. Some of the people left their home and never came back, some still stayed to rebuild their home.

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I’m looking forward to going back to visit this city again in a couple of years to see the development.

 

May 26, 2013

New Zealand – Part Dos

So, y’all knew there was gonna be a part two, didn’t ya?

I also travelled to Waiheke Island during our stay in Auckland. This island is popular as a tourist attraction and also known for its winery. The island was very clean and the scenery was amazing, though I wasn’t a fan of its narrow and winding roads.

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And of course, my trip to NZ wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t visit their sheep and animal farm, would it?

 

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May 25, 2013

New Zealand – Part Uno

Recently I had a short vacation to New Zealand for the first time in my life. Though living so close to NZ, it actually took me almost 9 years before I finally decided to travel there. There’s only one word to describe NZ: Awesome. Even though it was a short 5-day trip, I really enjoyed the scenery, the people, the food and the weather to name a few.

We took a red-eye flight from Melbourne and arrived in Auckland early in the morning. Here are some photos from our stay in Auckland & the surrounding.

P.S. my dad made a cameo.

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April 25, 2013

Easter Day Trip

Oopps, looks like I’ve neglected this blog for a while… Anyway better late than never!

A and I went to Daylesford for a daytrip during the Easter long weekend. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were initially hoping to see some autumn colours but it seemed that this year’s autumn has slight delay. Nevertheless, Daylesford is a beautiful town to visit in every season. Here are a few photos which I finally got back from the photo lab. Hope you’ll enjoy Daylesford as much as I do.

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July 13, 2012

Williamstown Beach – Outing with MPC

Last weekend, a bunch of us from the Monash Photography Club went to Williamstown Beach for a photowalk. I usually shoot with my Nikon DSLR, but I decided on that day that I would try using my old Yashica TLR which I have bought a while back but never had the chance to try it out. Because of its old age, the light meter has not been working and thankfully I have the Sekonic Light Meter L308S Flashmate to use with it.

I shot with Kodak Portra 160, overexposed at 100. I had the film developed and scanned by Vanbar, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how awesome the overall quality of the photos. For those who are unfamiliar, the size of these photos is 6×6 square.

Okay, I think I’ve found a camera which is going to help me drain my bank account. Stay tune, I might shoot more of this bad boy in the near future.

July 11, 2012

Day trip to Ballarat

About a month ago during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, me and a couple of mates ventured to the west; Ballarat Wildlife Park for a bit of a day trip. It was about one and half hour drive from Melbourne. For those who have never been to this park, it’s basically a small zoo which holds mostly Australian animals such as the famous Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats, as well as Tasmanian Devils. You can even pet some of these animals, especially the Kangaroos because they are all set free in this park (check out the mischievous joey in one of the photos below).

Anyway, here are some of the photos to show what our day was like.

And then on the way back, we stopped by a beautiful barn yard with sheep and a horse. It was a private property, but Dessy was bravely enough to knock on their door and requested for permission for us to take photos of their sheep and horse. The owner’s reaction was ‘You guys must be really bored to want to take photos of our sheep’. They have the cutest, most active pup I’ve ever seen. Wish I could have one of those too someday.

After leaving the farm, my GPS took a detour to a very obscure small country road on our way back to Melbourne. Interestingly, the road became really foggy and we pulled over and started taking more photos. It was probably the highlight of the day for me for that trip.