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30 June 2008

Australia Trip - Part11

still at Hunters Valley...

Rosemount Estate is the name

a barrel full of discarded bottles..

Rosemount O 2007 is good, sadly I didn't have enough local currencies..

Another stopover for pictures of the beautiful countryside...

Coin-operated BBQ pit just like the one we have in school...

Surprisingly, lunch wasn't included in the very expensive day tour! The last time I came, we had a

wonderful beef steak lunch @ a local winery.

Eventually, we found ourselves at some expensive tourist-cafeteria with a so-call 25% discount for

YHA members. This piece of overcooked chicken + fries above cost ~A$12.50 (S$17.50).

An archaeologist would appreciate this because the meat is tough as fossil

probably the biggest bottle in the world!

3rd winery. I was here 6-years ago, it was harvest season back then. The foreground you see in the

photo was filled with tanks of freshly plugged grapes & busy forklifts.

4,500 litres barrel.

I read that celebrities would purchase the whole barrel in advance. When they need a drink, the

winery would bottle some & ship it to them.

Our guide call this winery HOPE-less

cheese tasting @ the Smelly Cheese Shop

Very mouth watering but no thanks, it's cold here...

Despite the tourist-price, I really wanted to buy the cheese. Unfortunately, they have to be kept

refrigerated. =(

In the end I picked a very tasty mild blue cheese for Bao as gift...

Here's our last yet haunted winery... not!

The abandoned house reminds me of the fully destructible physics in

Family run winery, this is what people refer to as "boutique

, small & limited quantities, not exported.

It is like we are entering somebody's home...

We had wines (which are pretty bad in my opinion) while the

owner talks about horse psychology & stuff...

I was "trapped" in this living room & had no choice but

to swallow this generous yet horrible vintage...

With my hands empty, we were sent back to the Hunters Valley YHA...

Vegetable garden @ the back of the hostel.

The sky turns purple as the sun sets, you don't see it in Singapore...
I know it doesn't looks purple in the

pic, damn N80

Dinner @ a small Japanese restaurants run by Japanese & local Jap students

28 June 2008

Australia Trip - Part10

Next day, Hunters Valley wine tour!!!

I swear our driver looks exactly like Lincoln Burrows of Prison Break!!!

We are not playing Amazing Race, it's a real road block

The driver spent 1-hour going around Sydney picking up passengers... Zzz

Hunters Valley, hunt or be hunted!

Hunters Valley YHA

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Perfect countryside getaway location!

This mini-bus is on strike, we had to move to a bigger & better bus =P

People naturally throw coins into water..

Our first stop, dunno what winery...

1st~6th generation wine makers

Don't buy these, almost every winery sells them...

Staff promoting the most expensive option to us..

My recommendation: the short bottle in the middle, but its a little expensive @ A$35

Wish I can bring that much back to Singapore without getting caught

Second winery where they taught us how to sample the wine..

I'm starting to feel the effects after 8~9 glasses of these...

26 June 2008

Australia Trip - Part9

Next day, we booked the other hostel @ Glebe

Google Maps: Glebe Point YHA Sydney

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The smell of fresh paint is unmistakable

What a big twin room!

For the same price you only get a bed in a shared dorm back in Sydney Central YHA!

Moreover, it even comes with hot+cold water sink, electric boiler & complementary beverages..

Head down to the nearby Glebe Markets

Google Maps: Glebe Markets

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Long queue for this delicacy, even other neighbouring store owners came complaining that the queue is obstructing their business..

It turned out to be roti prata with a slap of meat & vege

It's you-know-what-it-is again

My phone's camera fails horribly @ night...

Google Maps: Sydney Harbour Bridge

Had dinner @ a Italian restaurant not too far away from Gucci & LV

A$11 (S$15.4) plate of spaghetti

I know it looks like sh*t but it turned out to be the best pasta I ever had!

Millions come to take photos of you-know-what-it-is every years, but

how many stay & enjoyed a real concert? =D

Singapore should impose this too!!

Store owner: "Hey mate, no pictures please!"


Back to the hostel, where the girl next door almost... you know =X

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