Great Ocean Road

First of all, I’d like to begin this post with my heartfelt thanks, with regards to my previous post “Overcoming Obstacles”.

I would like to sincerely thank every single one of you who have sent me emails, left me messages in MSN or comments on my blog, etc…

It is extremely heartwarming to know that when I feel like I cannot talk to anybody I know in real life, I always have my blog to fall back onto. It also helps that I have such wonderful readers who may not comment all that often, but they are here when I really need them!!

I’m amazed at the willingless of people sharing their very personal stories and offering me first-hand advice. I read every single message sent to me word for word and I really do think about what message you are trying to bring across, and it has helped and supported me more than you know.

To be honest, this has been more encouraging and productive than talking to ANYONE else about my problems..

It’s really cool how people are trying to view the situation from my perspective, putting my individual characteristics into consideration while dishing out advice, (instead of people always telling me what they think they would do) because after all I’m the one going through this situation right now!

I have not made up my mind 100% yet, but for now, I’m more confident of taking the risk of going to Australia to study as I really just needed that extra push from people to remind me how much I genuinely want this opportunity.

Not just for my relationship, but for me to grow and experience as a person too! While I continue to ponder about this tricky situation..

Thanks for being incredibly supportive, and those who are not supportive, at least you are honest. I welcome all sorts of opinions on this issue, in fact I need to consider as many factors as possible to make a well-informed decision. I am really glad that people can relate to my blog in a certain way, and I feel extremely fortunate to have received this much concern from “strangers online”.

I always knew I had awesome readers but I never knew just how awesome they truly were.

Much love!!!! ♥

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“The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and is the world’s largest war memorial; dedicated to casualties of World War I.” - Image and information from Wikipedia

….I first heard about the Great Ocean Road when I was google-ing “most beautiful places in the world”. I arrived at this website that did a feature on the Great Ocean Road, dubbing it as one of the most scenic roads in the entire world.

I knew then it HAD to be at the top of my “To-Do list” during my first trip to Melbourne, I even remember tweeting about wishing I could have a drive down that road one day… And voila!!


My wish came true a few months later. ♥

Ok I don’t have any pics at the start of the day, because me and Sam planned to wake up at 6am for our grand road trip but failed miserable and overslept till 12pm. LOL #suckers

But we immediately got up and packed our stuff (gosh why we didn’t plan this properly I don’t know) and we were out of the house by afternoon…

We passed by some really gorgeous places on our way to the Great Ocean Road (it’s quite far out), but the sun was going down soon and we didn’t stop to take pictures >:(

Obviously badly edited pic but too lazy to make changes so this will do la.

Don’t judge my weird outfit. We were in a rush and I just wanted something warm and comfortable, so I grabbed Sam’s shirt that was lying on his bedroom floor LOL. It’s a 6 hour drive yo!!!

I didn’t even comb my hair so I just threw on a beret hahaha

For a road that’s named “Great Ocean Road”, you’d expect to be driving along beaches the whole time… However most of the time spent driving is actually on deserted weird roads through small towns LOL.

It took about 3-4 hours before we finally saw the coast line -_-

The good thing is when you finally DO see the coastline, it’s pretty much the only thing you see… it’s great and all, if you ignore the nauseating winding small roads!

YAY!! Ocean…. Finally ^.^

I wish the lighting was better in pictures…

Need to learn how to use my camera better. Swear to god it was beautiful in real life though. There was like nobody around the area (well goodness knows why, we were practically in the middle of nowhere ) so it was very romantic.

Sam giving his trademark sultry stare… Oh yeah you work it baby. Lol

We were both really happy because this is a road trip that we’ve been looking forward to and talking about for months!!

Oh ya I did mention that this is in the other part of Australia, right? It’s near Melbourne, which means that this is a 5 hour flight from Western Australia..

I’m gonna be alternating my future travel posts between Melbourne and Perth so don’t get confused!

Spent some time admiring the views before hopping back into the car.. Coming to think of it, it’s a real shame we didn’t take more pictures that day!!

I forgot the names of the small towns we were in, but I tried an incredible potato spud that had caramelized onions, tuna, spring onions, bacon, cheese and basically EVERYTHING on it! I’ve never had potato like that before.

Giving you a rough idea of what it’s like..

Driving on the edge of cliffs, looking down at a seemingly endless coastline.


Nothing but blue skies and the horizon surrounds you!!!

It was a full moon. Pretty, isn’t it?

By the time we drove past Lorne and all the other towns to get to Apollo Bay (where we were staying along the Great Ocean Road for the night) it was already like 8pm, so we picked Sandpiper at the very last minute as all the others were completely booked out!

I was kinda skeptical at first, as I’ve always had weird impressions of “motels”, I assume they’re shabby and people only go there to have sex while their spouses are at work (thanks to the movies)... I guess I’m rather sheltered and snobbish that way because I’ve only ever stayed in luxury hotels.

But I was proven wrong. They’re not as posh of course, but something about the small scale apartments make the whole experience more personal! I liked it.

I think I may just stay at more holiday homes and motels than hotels now :]

Apollo Bay is really photogenic.. We had breakfast early in the morning at this cute cafe by the road. Been eyeing it since last night, I love the little potted flowers by the window sill, such a nice touch!!!

We dined Al Fresco because the morning air is really fresh and we don’t wake up early often enough to appreciate it more lol!

Such beautiful days in winter…. C’mon Aussies, Winter is not that bad!!! Many days with cheery bright sun. (Although it’s freezing at night

Waiting for breakfast! Erm and yea, I still didn’t have time to comb my hair… :3

The sun was crazy bright, so much that I didn’t even need to adjust the contrast of this photo to be this vibrant.

Great experience at this cafe compared to the restaurant we dined at the previous night for dinner.. Some people were surprisingly racist there.

I’ve always thought of Australia to be a very advanced and culturally diverse country, so the last place I’d expect racism from is a popular tourist destination! Doesn’t bother me that much as long as those pricks don’t get in my faces, but it’s kinda hard to eat when half the restaurant is staring at you.

OJ = My fav brekkie drink

I ♥ bright coloured coats..

Winter wear is so simple yet fashionable and you don’t even have to try!

Breakfast fit for a king!!

Bacon, sunny side up, boiled spinach, sausages, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes… Win.

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A great start to our day, and we’re back on the road again!!!


I L♥VE driving in the country side,
especially with the window down. I’m not the one driving of course, but I reckon riding in the passenger seat is even more awesome.

Feels like I got all the time in the world to appreciate the goodness in life, while looking out of the window and taking in all the sights the country side has to offer!

I still get a kick every time we pass by cows or sheep, even though we must’ve passed by possibly thousands.

I climbed onto an empty house’s porch just to take this picture!!

The house was perched on top of this hill, looking down at MAGNIFICENT views.. Albeit a bit in the middle of nowhere, I would love to own a house like that.

Judging by its emptiness I reckon its a holiday home.. would’ve loved to stay there!!

Speaking of hills and slopey lush greenery, every time I see something like that, a voice inside my head goes “Over the hills and far away.. TELETUBBIES come out to play!!!”

..Is this normal? -__-

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We take some time to frolick around the beach…

Test shot to see how bright the sun is!

I wanna take a dipppppppppppppppppppppppp OMG why did we have to go during winter?!?

Can you tell?

Red’s my new favourite colour.

Haahahaha MAJOR AWWWWWWs!!! ♥

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine… You make me happy when skies are grey!!! :>


I can’t wait to see where this path takes us.

Me being Bollywood around some statues that’s meant to represent something – what, I have no idea.

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Back on the road again!!!
This time literally.

Check out the larger than life backgroundSoooo pretty!! Undisturbed countryside natural awesomeness.

I think this look out was called Castle Cove!

By this time, we’d been on the road for a couple of hours and it was already noon so the lighting was much better to be taking landscape pictures – as a result, these following shots turned out fantastic!

How can I resist camwhoring with such a spectacular backdrop!!!!


Yes, I know… Woah!!!!

It’s a double rainbow ;)

Looks like Paradise to me!

I’ve never seen as many rainbows in such a short time span as I did in Australia :)

Squinty picture of Sam and I!!!

I probably blog about and post pictures of the beach more than any other blogger out there… but I just can’t get enough of them :’)

Every single one is beautiful in their own way!!!

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“Country road… Take me home… To the place… I belong!!!!”

Mooooooooooooooooooooooooo

The next few hours was quite a mad rush…

As a last minute decision (we had no idea what we were gonna do that very morning) we spontaneously popped by Otway National Park to go for a tree top walk!!

We were in the middle of a forest and this was pretty high up!!!

I’m not scared of roller coasters or even heights when I’m doing stuff like para sailing and hot air ballooning, but when I’m on some shaky bridge that looks like it may collapse any moment… I start to shit my pants.

The “bridge” had many intended holes in them so you can LOOK DIRECTLY DOWN to the ground…

I did not like that at all.

LOL @ my face.

That’s my “Omg is this metal structure safe? Omg why are you taking a picture of me in this situation? So cruel! OMG WHY ARE WE SWAYING!!! I feel like I’m falling over!! AAAHHH SAVE ME, RAILING!! *clutches onto for dear life*” face.

I swear the motherfucking tower swayed like a bitch when the strong winds blew. The trees around us were not swaying but the metal structure we were on was!! WTF.

Sam was not very forgiving > :(

He kept laughing at me… You can laugh all you want, but at least I kept my bad hair under a beret!

I tried to mask my fear with a fake smile but you can totally tell how awkward I was lol. To make things worse, we had to climb 5 flights of stairs up (then down) this twirly swirly staircase that made me have a headache, so didn’t help the swaying motions at all!!

I guess it still was pretty cool in its own way, being in the forest high amongst the trees, listening to leaves swishing in the wind and birds calling.. (so many exotic birds in forests!!!)

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We drive for another hour to get to this rainforest / waterfall place..

Much more willing to take photos now!! Yay for SOLID GROUND!

And woah the forest looks enchanted in this photo.

You know what I absolutely ADORE about Winter?

…All the bugs are DEAD!!!

Not a single butterfly or moth was seen throughout my entire trip, even in rainforests and gardens!!! How awesome?

No mosquitoes, no houseflies.. basically nothing. ♥

I told Sam I really wanted to see some waterfalls, so we took a short hike into this rainforest that was recommended by the visitors centre and when we got there, we realized… WTF WE HAD TO HIKE / TREK FOR LIKE AN HOUR before we could even see the waterfall.

Bitch!!!! Why nobody told me!

I thought I’d just have to take a 10 or 15 minutes walk and it will be right before my eyes.

Mad fucking tiring, most of the trekking was uphill T____T

We had already trekked for about an hour before this as well, in the previous tree top walk place!

I seem to be interested in this super low tree, but really, I was just dying for an opportunity to take a rest (Sam wouldn’t let me!) so I squat down beside a tree pretending to wanna take a photo. Lol

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After what seemed like an eternity of pure torture, and lots of whining and panting….


Ta-dah!!!
We reach the waterfall place.

I took one look at it and went, “WTF? This is what our whole hour of pure hard trekking was for?”

We came all the way here just to look at this?!?!?!

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I got quite pissed off, but thankfully on our way back we saw even more waterfalls!!

There were 3 cascading waterfalls in total (so that’s what all the uphill hike was about) and even though it looks quite small in the photos, it was relatively big!

Pity we couldn’t hang around the base of it and that the plants was blocking quite a bit of the view.

Now we know why it’s called the Triplet Falls!

I’ve come to realize that I love the sound of trickling water and water rushing down from above and the splashing of water and anything water related ^.^

(the only one I don’t like is continuous dripping from taps.. creepy)

Sam was exhausted… not as much as me, but tired enough, mostly because he had to drive for hours AND drag my unfit ass up and down several rainforests @_@

Random creepy branch that looks like a hand that wants to cup your boobies hahaha!!!

And random pretty yellow flowers!!!

Sam took this shot, so it’s not really in focus but I do like the colours and composition.

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Here comes my favourite part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So exciting :DD

Our last main activity for the day was going on a HELICOPTER RIDE!! ♥

Wooohooo so psyched, I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be in a helicopter but never got the chance to, NOW I CAN SAY I HAVE!!

Been on an aeroplane plane, been parasailing, been hot air ballooning, been on a helicopter,.. what other sky / air-related activities can I do?

I’m DYING to try out hang gliding, it looks wicked!!!!!

I am exceptionally pleased because my first helicopter ride was over a magnificently scenic place – the Twelve Apostles!!!

One of Australia’s most famous natural marks, along with the Great Barrier Reef…

It’s funny though, they’re actually limestone formations so apparently many have corroded and been washed away / broke into pieces since they were first named “Twelve Apostles” and right now I think there are only five or six “Apotles” left, instead of 12.


Go see them before they are all gone!!

It was another spontaneous decision that we made on the spot, I didn’t know they offered flights over the Twelve Apostles until we got there and saw a crowd outside this building!!

I looked at Sam with big twinkling eyes saying, “OMG DO YOU WANNA GO ON A HELICOPTER RIDE??”

he was like, “Hell yeah!!!”

…And that’s why I love you, hehe!!!

Helicopter lifting off!! Extremely noisy, but not quite as windy as I thought (you see them making mini tornados in movies lol)

OUR TURN NEXT!!!

Ours was the special red copter instead of the yellow one, for a higher price, they’ll fly you much closer to the water (200m) instead of the usual 500m for much better views!

I half-ran over to the helicopter in excitement, heart racing and eyes still squinting in the blinding sun…

I had a little bit of trouble climbing into the front seats (very high!) but before I knew it, I was strapped in and we were lifting off!!! MAD!

Hello handsome pilot of the day!!! Hehe.

The moment you enter the copter, you’re given these headphones to put on and it instantly drowns out the loud noise the chopper blades are making!

And you get to converse with your other passengers through the microphones.


Taking offfffffffffff!!!

It was surprisingly unstable (that’s what it felt like at least) like the chopper was swaying left and right for quite a bit before it stabilized and increased height steadily. Super exciting!

As with all flying experiences, this one was really unique.

It was in no way like flying in a plane, because in a chopper you can feel EVERY single movement the pilot makes, like when he turns left, you entire body is tilted left and you can actually feel it because you see it and the chopper is much smaller than a commercial plane!!

Love it!! I always let out a lil squeal whenever there’s a change of direction hahaha

Behold, THE TWELVE APOSTLES!!! (well they’re somewhere there haha)

Aren’t they maaaaaaarvelous?

Trying to take photos of something 200m below you while in a swaying chopper with manual focus in harsh sunlight proves to be a bigger challenge than it sounds!!

I’m sold – there is no better way to look at a coastline than from above :)

I WANTED TO SEE WHALES!!! Apparently they’d spotted 2 earlier in the noon.

Mad jealous!

Me: Mr Pilot, can I take a shot of you?”

Mr Pilot: If you want, but I wouldn’t see why… the coastline down on your left is much more attractive.

*feels like I’m falling over*

And now we’re officially flying OVER WATER!

I’m sorry that the photos don’t do it very much justice, but this was honestly one of the most breathtaking moment in my life.

I remember my heart beating really fast and trying to catch my breath while screaming in my head, “OMG THIS IS SO SURREAL!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!”


You HAVE to see this for yourself… :’)

Sam in the back!!! He let me have the front seat :)

OMG do you see what I see??

………It’s an island shaped like a SEAHORSE.

It even has an eye, wtf! The head and body and everything looks completely like a sea horse. What are the odds…

Tell me I’m not crazy and that you see it too!

Last picture of the Twelve Apostles!!!!

Simply put – Majestic would be an understatement.

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Thanks for the recommendation, random website and google!

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What an experience!!
Feel like jumping for joy just by blogging about it :)

My post is coming to an end soon, here’s ending off with some last few pictures of more beautiful coastline!

It’s not called the Great OCEAN road for nothing!


Great Ocean Road, you’ve been great indeed.

We had such an incredible time traveling down your winding coastal roads…. Thank you.

I don’t know why I always say thank you at the end of such posts, even when there’s nobody in particular to thank.

I just feel the need to give thanks, because I feel so damn fortunate, I’m afraid that by not being appreciative, my opportunities to see more of the world and have more of such inspiring experiences would be limited.

Sounds silly, I know… but it’s always a good thing to count your blessings :’)

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P.S – Missing you baby.

You are mostly the one I should give thanks to for all the sheer happiness you’ve given me.