Shop at Melbourne Central! ...
Shop at Melbourne Central! Eat Vietnamese food! Shop at Smiths Street! Eat Vietnamese food! Shop at Chapel Street! Eat Vietnamese food! Just hanging out with my friends at cafes (by the Yarra River or just outside Crown Casino is good), sipping coffee and watching the world go by! I know I can do that in Singapore too, but somehow, the feeling is different here! Must be the weather!! :)
Although we like to experience backstreet scenes and so I dare say some backstreet scenes of this city are so much different in the way displaying, arranging, etc, I believe it was unique and unknown to tourism industry and others. Backstreet scene is undeniably a piece of rare infrequent work in our modern world, not only was I lucky to have the opportunity to witness it, the public too deserved it.
Best Snag in town!
The Australian Lingo is definitely something you will have to pick up on as you enjoy your time in Melbourne. One thing you need to make sure is to not turn down a man's snag, as it is his way of saying you are welcome here!
While at the MCG, you can enjoy snags from our own local vendor Jarrod! One of my co-workers bring his whole family to the footy, and therefore also needs to bring his own lunch, so he is not eaten out of house and home! A Thermos is the perfect heater for Australian Hot Dogs, or Snags as they are called here!
So get out there and enjoy a Snag!
Tennis: The Australian Open
The first of tennis's 4 Grand Slams and Melbourne starts it all every tennis calendar year in January downunder.
The tournament was first played in 1905 as The Australasian Championships, becoming the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) was constructed in time for the 1988 Open to meet the demands of the evolving tournament that had outgrown the previous site, Kooyong's capacity.
Till the 80s, many of tennis's big names refuse to make their way downunder, always citing distance as a deterrence. Odd names littered the champion's roll on both the women's and the men's side for decades. All this changed with the arrival of the 90s, and suddenly, this tournament bloomed to become the true Grand Slam that it is. All the modern day No.1s have won or at least reached the finals, bringing new meaning to the tournament's new tagging as "The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific".
On the women side, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo & Maria Sharapova all made their way onto the victory podium while 2 other No.1s Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters made the finals. On the men side, the see-saw dominance of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi gave way to the rise of Roger Federer in the new millennium. In between, 2 other No.1s, Yevgeny Kafelnikov & Marat Safin won here and another 3, Carlos Moya, Marcelo Rios and Australia's very own Lleyton Hewitt, made the finals.
Watch tennis big names slug it all out under the hot Aussie summer sun and see who survives the 2 weeks struggle to emerge queen and king. You can actually take a tour of Rod Laver Arena for A$13 per pax, circa 2008, via a guide.
You will get to check out the player's locker room (I know which one Andy Roddick prefers, knowledge courtesy of my guide, a big fan of his), take a shine to the trophies, walk down the path of champions and pretend you are answering journalist questions at the players conference room.
And then after, you can spend even more money at the shop selling memorabilia.
And oh for about A$20...you can book and play on the baby blue courts, the outside ones though...just to ham it up even more.
Healseville Wildlife Sanctuary...
Healseville Wildlife Sanctuary - 65 kilometres (41 miles) from the city, a pleasant drive through city, suburbs, country, vineyards, grazing area.
Definately a day trip to see everything - you'll see ALL of Australia's native animals, reptiles and birds here, up close and personal in natural bushland setting - maybe even REAL close !
At different times you can 'meet the keeper' with their charges during excellent presentations so bring plenty of film.
Full info at their own site -
Tel: +61-3-5957 2800 -
Fax: +61-3-5957 2870