Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rundle Mall and the Northern Lights

For two consecutive days we went sightseeing and to tell you the truth, everyone was quite tired because theres too much to do and too little time.

So how do we continue to enjoy our stay in Adelaide?

Today we're supposed to take things easier and chill a little so I thought it might be nice to visit the universities in Adelaide to get a feel of how the studying environment feels like.

Sis and mom at the entrance to the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Only managed to visit two universities though which is the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide.

One of my choices I guess.

The Art Gallery of South Australia.

The universities were designed in a truly artistic way. Sometimes when I look back at my college and compare it with the universities in Australia in terms of design I felt as though my college looks like a block of cheese.

University of Adelaide - Graduation Hall.

Out of coincidence my sister met one of her close friends when they were studying. That fellar looks like a pretty boy... poor thing. Haha.

Pretty boy - Pick Juan

Trying to be sneaky?


University of South Australia.

I really suck at taking photos of the sceneries.. haha.

Thank god my sister is worst than me.

One of the coolest things I saw in Adelaide was the Northern Lights. No, this is not some Aurora North/South polar lights that can be observed in Alaska. During a certain festival, special projectors are deployed to give custom colors to the buildings at night. So in the daylight the building would look like what it used to be where as after the sun falls, the building would look very much different.

Northern Lights Festival!

Whoop! Changed color?!

I'm bad with words, I can't describe things well so let me use pictures instead since they're worth a thousand words.

Haunted house.

Weird ass color.

And this is how it originally looks like.

So after visiting the universities I got dragged along by my mom and my sister to go shopping. Once again shopping is not my sport, I don't have stamina for it. I'm a typical guy, if I ever need a pair of jeans or a t-shirt I would buy it and then walk out from the mall.

Smile! =)

If shopping was ever in the Olympics, it's gonna be a sport that puts even the gold medalist with the highest stamina to shame. Yes, it's that bad.

Why are there pigs everywhere around the mall??

Couldn't take much photos because I was the luggage carrier for the day.

I said to my mom "Eh, you think the stuff you two buy very light ah? I didn't come to Australia to do this!"

She replied "What makes you think I asked you to come Australia? I needed someone to carry my stuff."

Inside I was crying but thankfully I'm no good for nothing... at least. Fuck! =(


Starbucks here pretty much sucks, other coffee cafes totally dominated it. So yeah, the "Starbucks" here is Cibo. Pronounced as "Shee-bou". Kinda cool I guess.

Since we're cooking at home, might as well shop for some groceries in the supermarket.

Lookie what I found!

Wonder if mom fed me any of "these".

When I was looking at the meat section, I thought I saw.... RED MAGGI MEE?!


Guess not, but still yucky.

Then I guess we were done for the day. We were walking and I can't help to notice that some of the pavements have some weird ass dots on it. So being Detective Wong, I decided to investigate.


Turns out that people stuck coins onto it when the cement hasn't harden up yet. No idea what they did but it didn't look too bad.


How ya doin mite? =)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Barossa Valley, Jacob's Creek & Wolf Blass

March 30th

Well the day before was an exhausting day, me and my mom didn't had any time to rest or sleep before we headed to Victor Habour and worst of all, I didn't sleep a single hour ever since I landed in Australia.

God bless the bed for 6 hours.

After being briefed by Adrian of what we're going to do I was rather excited because the word "wine" was used and even better, the word "wine" and "tasting" were in the same phrase!

But before we pay a visit to the winery, we will be headed towards another tourism spot which is the Whispering Walls. It's a reservoir with a unique characteristic, it's called Whispering Walls for a reason. Don't worry, you'll know why soon enough.

Barossa Valley

As usual the journey is long and once again I fell asleep in the car due to the shitty speed limit. Problem is, police are dressed in plain clothes and they tend to use casual cars which means you won't know who's watching.... creepy.

So if you get caught speeding like umm... 50 but you're going 60 (yeah thats speeding, my goodness the word "speeding" seems so strong for such a low limit) Thats a ticket that costs you 200 $AUD. Not scary enough? Every day that you refuse to pay your ticket, it just accumulates higher and higher. Now would you still want to "speed"?


The weather today was rather cloudy but cold with a few shower that lasts no longer than 10 minutes.

Raining soon...

Adrian decided to use his feelings to guide his way to Whispering Walls instead of listening to the GPS because he suspects it's leading us to some other place.

Thanks Adrian, you got us to some other reservoir.

Finally we reached the Whispering Walls.

Sounds like some kotex brand.

It was pretty cold, just like the day before.

Karen and Adeline camwhoring.

Adeline and my sister camwhoring.

The unique thing about the Whispering Walls is that it's built in a way where if a person speaks at one end of the reservoir, the person at the other end could hear it perfectly. Exactly like a whisper. Cool huh? It's kinda scary too to hear the wall speaking to you of all sudden.

Thankfully I thought about my blog so I took a few snapshots so you guys who've haven't been there could have an idea how it looks like.

So you whisper to the walls from this end.

And the jokers at the other end can hear what you said. Nifty huh?

My sister and Adrian.

Sis, mom, son.

Bro and Sis.

Lone ranger.

Next stop?

Jacob's Creek


Happy me and stoner mom.


I've got a feeling I'm gonna love this place.


It's not packed but we've gotta wait for our turns to taste some wine.

Finally I get to taste some wine! Not like I know how to taste wine but at least it's something different from the usual hard liquor Chi Khan feeds me.

Since I don't know nuts about wine, I just bought the wine that tastes sweet which is the the desert wine.

Wolf Blass

Eagle Adrian.

Bonding session between me and my sis.


Rack 'o goods.

Debating which wine is the best.