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Surface Pro 3

Recently I just bought the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for portability use. Bought the I5 128GB with 4GB RAM specification model as the next better spec version is more expensive and I find it no point to spend that much as the one that I bought is good enough for my usage. Why I bought this? For portability and the ability to install all software (like microsoft visual studio, Matlab, Lightroom, Photoshop etc), which I used them often for both hobby and study purpose. Its is light as it only weight 1.76lb. Size is 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 in. The operating system that is running on it is the Microsoft 8.1. I often bring it out to use at the cafe while drinking coffee πŸ™‚ The battery light is also quite good as it could last me at least 1 day of usage for my workflow. But sometimes just in case, I also brought out its power adapter, which is quite light too. It also has a USB point where I could use it to charge my iPhone too while charging my Surface Pro 3. The screen resolution is quite good as it has bright colours and the touchscreen is very responsive too. Although this has the ability to install games and play on it, I did not do that due to I prefer to play game on laptop instead. I also bought a blue keyboard, which is a must buy if you are going to buy Surface Pro so that you could easily type using that. Although it has the ability to use touchscreen to navigate everywhere, sometimes it will still need the touchpad to move the cursor around the place to do certain task. I also bought the VGA & Gigabit Ethernet multi-adaptor (by j5 create) so that I could link my big monitor, LAN cable and mouse to my Surface Pro 3.Β Β The pen that comes with it could be use for drawing and writing on notes on the screen itself. It is quite useful when I want to write down some notes or message and save it in soft copy so I could access it easily. Below are some picture of my Surface Pro 3

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Haha…. sorry for the messy background… Cant find a better place to take photo…. πŸ˜›

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August 9, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 8

Woke up slightly later today as it is our last day in Gold Coast. Tomorrow we have to catch an early flight back to Singapore. After breakfast in the serviced apartment, we get ready to get to the Broadbeach beachside for a beach walk in such a good weather. We walk to the beach as the beach is near where we stay. Before we reached the beach, we pass by a playground where a lot of parents and kids are playing in it.

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The beach and sea is beautiful there. Strolling along the beach slowly, my shoe suddenly gets wet due to the sudden raise in the waves and I could not escape in time…. The rest of them are lucky as they wear slipper….. I forgot to wear slipper instead…. :(. So I had to bear with the wet shoes and socks in it…. This beach does not had many people…. But it is connected to the Surface Paradise

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They seem like having fun with the waves… πŸ™‚

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The kids seem like ready for some surf activity….

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Some bikini girls on the beach….. πŸ˜›

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A man surfing in action….

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Walking towards famous Surfers Paradise beach along the beach…….. πŸ™‚ Its really along walk, but I did not feel tire as the beach walk is really cool and nice… Now I know why here is called Gold Coast. When the sun shine on the beach and water, its really gold in colour…. Really beautiful….

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Here we are at Surfers Paradise beach finally… πŸ™‚ Seem like there are more people over here.

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Seem like a life guard house to me….

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When we reached Surfers Paradise, its a noon time and we are hungry.. Thus we went to look for a restaurant for food. When I pass by this restaurant, I saw someone eating salmon fish which looks delicious. Thus asking the rest if we could eat here, all agreed… πŸ˜›

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There are a lot of birds around here, trying to have some lunch too when the guest left the restaurant….. πŸ˜›

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Finally group photo….. πŸ™‚

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This is the salmon dish that I had mentioned just now. My wife and me shared this…. The fish is well cooked, but I just don’t get use to that unknown rice that comes with he fish…

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4 of us shared this salad. It taste good….

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Michael and Janice shared this steak burger. The steak seem really tasty and juicy too…

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After lunch, we walk around this area and saw some street performances. We also bought some souvenir here to bring back to Singapore

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Hard Rock Cafe

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After the walk around here, we took a bus back to the Pacific Fair Shopping mall for some shopping before we head back to apartment to get ready for a good dinner since its our last night in Gold Coast.

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Near our apartment, there are a few restaurants that looks classy and nice. Thus we decided to go there and look for our dinner. When reached there, found a nice cosy looking restaurant for some steak and ribs. πŸ™‚

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The ribs are really huge as we order full size as we cut into half to be shared by 2 person.

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See, she eat till so happy… Β hehe…:P

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Cheers! for our 1st year anniversary…. πŸ™‚

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We walk around this place after dinner before head back to apartment for the night and start packing our stuffs as we are going to leave Gold Coast tomorrow. Thats it for our 8 days in Gold Coast trip. Hope to post more next time for our other trips…. seeya πŸ™‚

July 31, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 7

Woke up early morning again today and took the public bus to Sea World. When reached Sea World, we check in at the cruise counter and wait for the time to board the cruise boat.

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After a while, the staff announced for us to board the boat. Before boarding, they took a photo for each of the group.

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The boat is quite big and new. It has 3 deck, bottom, middle and top deck. The top deck is open air, while the bottom and middle deck has air condition room. There are also front seating areas in front of the captain control room to view from the front of the boat.

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After a while, the boat start to move off slowly. The view is really beautiful, so took a few photos while the boat is moving off.

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This boat ride seem exciting…. πŸ˜›

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Nice Yacht! How I hope I own one like this where I could relax at the sea during weekend and do some fishing……

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After a while, we were told to sit down as the boat is speeding off to the deeper sea to look for whales….. When the boat slow down again, we are allowed to walk around the boat again. This time, everyone is preparing to sight the whales. As the crew told us they did not use any special equipment to detect those whales, so the only equipment we use is all of our eyes to help each other find the whales. We were told to look for the Blow, which is caused by the whale. This allows us to know where the whale will surface. See, everyone is looking for the whales πŸ™‚

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After a while, we still can’t spot any whales. Then captain decided to move to another location. When reached there, we prepare to find the whales again. And not long after, the 1st whale is finally spotted some distance away form the front of the boat.

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And after some time, to our surprise, there is whales that came near to our boat. It is so near that we could see the whole body and hear the loud sound of its blow. The whales may be curious of our boat and decided to come near to investigate…. hehe πŸ˜›

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These whales are really huge. And the sight of it is really beautiful…… They shine under the sun…. And they leave behind the whale footprint on the water where looks like a layer of oil patch on where the whale came to the surface of the water. After some time of watching the whale, the boat return to shore.

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The whale watching is recommended as it is really good. After we reached the shore, our next destination is Sea World. We got the whale watching plus the Sea World as a package, which is much cheaper than getting it separately.

After we entered into the Sea World, we are so hungry as we skipped the breakfast. Thus we look for a place to have lunch. While eating, we saw there is some jet ski performance going on.

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After lunch, we went to see the penguin…. They are so cute, with their coat on…

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After watching the penguin, we walk around the place and see other animals. We also bought a refillable soft drink where we could just refill our cup anywhere in the Sea World within the day free

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Cheers! πŸ™‚

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Saw this bird below where it can store fish in its long big mouth

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We also saw staff feeding and helping the dolphin measuring their health condition

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After that, we went to the to watch the Sea lion known as Pet Detective show. The sea lion is so cute and really can perform very well with the Sea World staff. This show is quite nice. An audience is even invited up to the stage to perform with them. The sea lion are performing as detective, trying to find the bad guys who have been dealing with illegal stuffs….

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After the show end, we went over to the little penguin feeding show where the staff are feeding these little penguins. The penguins are so cute and little and they just swim around the water and walk over to the staff to receive a fish from them each. After received the fish, they just jump into the water again… πŸ™‚

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The last show that we went is theΒ dolphin show. This show has displayed how well the dolphin is trained and synchronise so well with the performers.

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These dolphins can really jump very high……

 

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After the show, we just walk around the Sea World until it close for the day.

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Came across this place where the sharks swim in. There are also some additional activity such as you could swim with the shark, but that you have to pay additional for this activity

 

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There are some rides in Sea World too such as the Storm Coaster, Jet Rescue, Viking Revenge Flame etc…… We did not take these rides as we are too old to take anything that are too excited for the heart…. πŸ˜› But these rides seem quite exciting… you may want to try it. πŸ™‚

 

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When it is time to go, we refill our cup for the last time and left this place to go back to our apartment. Before going back to the apartment, we took the bus to the Pacific Mall Shopping Centre Coles again to buy Butter Chicken Rice, Satay Chicken Rice, Thai Green Curry Chicken Rice and Thai Red Curry Chicken Rice and some snacks back to microwave them and eat…… πŸ™‚ And due to out 1st year wedding anniversary, Michael and Janice bought us a bottle of Champagne to celebrate. Thanks Michael and Janice! πŸ™‚ After that, we walk back to the apartment as it is quite nearby.

July 29, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 6

Today we permit ourselves to wake up a bit later as there are no activity in the morning due to we have to catch a flight back to Gold Coast. Linda & I made pan cake with maple syrup and butter and sunny side egg for breakfast. After breakfast, we went to Airlie Beach town area for a walk. Took some photos along the way. We rest at a cafe near the beach, having tea, coffee and chocolate fondu. πŸ™‚ The cafe is quite nice, and we enjoy our tea/coffee with chocolate fondu while relaxing under this great place

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After this, we went to a small Japanese food restaurant for lunch, which the chief are not Japanese. But the foods are still okie. I ate curry rice while the rest ate ramen and sushi.

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After dinner, we continue to walk around the beach area…. The life here is so peaceful and just right and how I wish I could stay here are a longer period. Relaxing on the beach without any worries, feel like a big stone is off my body every time I relax at the beach, watching the sea and boats….

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After we went back to the resort to prepare for check out and wait for the airport transfer bus to fetch us to the airport. While waiting, I took some more photos before leaving this great place. If I had a chance again, I would come back here.

 

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The lovely couples again, took at the resort. Hehe… πŸ˜›

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We reached Brisbane airport around 4.30pm. Then we took air train to Neegra. While at the Brisbane Β train station, we waiting for almost 1hr as the train is delayed due to dunno what reason…. We almost give up and want to take cab, but in the end still waited for that delayed train. While waiting, took some photos to entertain myself… Haha….

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When finally the train came, we quickly board the train and find empty seats to sit down as the trip to Neegra station is quite long. After we settle down on the seat, an funny old big man came in with a wheel chair and lots of stuffs on the wheel chairs covered with a very big blanket. I was curious of whats in the blanket, but can’t see whats in it. When we reached Neegra station, it is already very late. We took a bus straight to the Pacific Fair shopping mall, hoping to find some food as we did not had our dinner yet. But all restaurants are closed. Thus in the end, we bough roasted chicken, pizza, and Campbell soup from Coles and took a cab back to our service apartment for the 3 nights here. This is a two bedroom service apartment with open concept kitchen again and even a small study room. This is to best service apartment we had ever stay in our Gold Coast trip. By the way this service apartment is Meriton Serviced Apartment Broadbeach. And it has indoor and outdoor swimming pool too. πŸ™‚

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After we ate our dinner, we slept early as we need to wake up early for tomorrow activity, which is whale watching and Sea World….. Looking for for it… hehe πŸ˜›

July 28, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 5

Today woke up early morning as we had book a day cruise to Great Barrier Reef online. The cruise we booked is Cruise Whitsunday. As it is really early, we skip breakfast and went down to the reception to be picked up to Abe Point to board the cruise boat. After checked in at the Abe Point, we board the boat.

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The scenery here is beautiful with this sunny day. I took quite Β a lot of photos here using the compact canon waterproof camera.

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The scenery here is beautiful with this sunny day. I took quite Β a lot of photos here using the compact canon waterproof camera.

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There are some snacks and tea/coffee provided in the boat. The ride is initially quite smooth. But when the boat reached the middle of the sea, the water gets rougher. The boat keep rocking up down left right. Janice gets sea sick due to the rough water. After 2 hrs, we finally reached the ReefWorld platform where the water sports activities are located.

This is the Reef World Platform

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This is the place where the snorkelling, diving, glass bottom boat cruise, sun tanning Β activities held.

The glass bottom boat is where all the people sits in the boat bottom and view the underwater through the glass windows without getting wet. The cruise last around 20mins. Actually there is nothing much to see in this boat as the boat only cruise a small area of the sea. Although the glass windows are quite dirty to see clearly, i was still managed to see some coralsΒ and fishes

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After this, we went to tour around the Reel World platform for a while before Janice, Michael and me went for the snorkelling. There are a lot of people snorkelling over there. The water is quite cold initially when we go into it, but gets warmer after we stay in the water even its winter now. After we got the equipments and changed into wet suit, we jump into the water πŸ™‚

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There are some divers seen below the water where they are able to dive deeper into the sea with their equipment. If I want to dive too, I will need to take a crush course before I was able to dive.

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This is Michael with googles πŸ™‚

 

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This is the big fish that I saw just now through the platform glass windows, but unable to touch it.

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We snorkel for around 20mins and went back to the platform. Lunch is in the boat consists of cold chicken, salad, potato salad, pasta salad, cold prawn, bread, ham, corn salad. The food is actually not good, but still okie. After lunch, we tour around the platform before boarding the boat back to shore.

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This must be that legendary turtle that they had mentioned, which we can’t find it anywhere just now. Now it is swimming at the side of the platform….

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We left the the platform around 2.30pm. During our way back to shore, the water gets even more rough than before as the weather is turning bad. Although a lot of the guys on board gets dizzy and vomit, the crew on board gave them ice as they said that ice could help to prevent from feeling like vomiting. They also cheers us up by making us doing kallang wave and the boat fills with laughter. πŸ™‚ Β The crews are really helpful and nice….

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When the boat gets nearer to the shore, the water gets more smooth. The sun also came out again. πŸ™‚

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We reached the shore around 5 plus and took the coach back to town and went to the Woolsworth to get the groceries for dinner. After getting the groceries, we walk back to the resort, which need to climb that slope again….. 😦 After reached the resort, we cook our dinner which consists of maggie mee with hot dogs, cabbage and eggs. We also got some black label volka lime to goes with chips again. πŸ™‚ As we are tired after a whole day activities and the sea sick, we rest early.

 

July 28, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 4

Today I don’t have to wake up early as there is no plans in the morning. But Michael and Janice still woke up early to make breakfast for all of us. πŸ™‚ We had scramble egg, sunny side egg, muffin, beacon, bake beans and milk. Its is a great breakfast! πŸ™‚

After breakfast, we check out and continue to drive to our next stop in Airlie Beach. It is a 2hr journey, and we stop by Sabrina to tour the sugar mill. But when we reached there, we were told by the uncle at the information counter that it is closed for stock taking. Too bad…. Before we left this place, had a great chat with the locals here as he gave us a lot of informations on Airlie beach and some information booklet. Thanking the uncle, we continue on our drive to Airlie Beach.

When reached Airlie Beach, we check in at the Martinique Whitsunday Resort for 2 nights here. The room we booked is a 2 bedrooms apartment, where there is kitchen and washing machine too. It is quite big with queen size beds in each room. And our balcony is facing the swimming pool πŸ™‚

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After check in, we drove to the town area for lunch. It is a living town with full of peoples here in beach wear walking around and lots Β of cafe and pubs. While walking along the road, we saw lunch special price and we walked in. πŸ™‚ We ordered Ratatouille with rice, 2 sets of fish and chips and burger with chips. All comes with a glass of beer each. It is quite worth it, but the portion served here is smaller then any other places.

After lunch, we drove the car to hertz and returnΒ our rented car. After dropping the car at hertz, we stroll in the town before heading to the Woolworths to get our dinner.

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Everyone is sun tanning here under this beautiful blue sky and seasides

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Haiz…. People came out to tour also can’t forget to use handphone. Next time need restrict no handphone while touring…. πŸ˜›

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The good thing about our resort is that it is quiet and big. But the bad thing is that we need to climb this steep slope to reach the resort! 😦 By the time reached the resort, my lunch had already digested.

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This is the nice resort that we stay for 2 nights

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We saw lots of white parrots flying around the resort. Some even landed into the rooms. πŸ™‚ Saw some even went into a rooms and steal their chips, happily munching on these chips… hehe

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During the evening, we cooked tomato seafood spaghetti and beef pizza, which goes with white wine for dinner. After dinner, we sit down at the living room again to drink some Black label vodka mix with some peanuts and chips. And thats for the day. πŸ™‚

July 28, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 3

Woke up early in the morning before sunrise as I plan to take some photos during sunrise. But it is really early as the sunrise here is around 3am in Singapore…… Β Almost can’t wake up.. Getting all my equipment, I went outside. Its so freezing cold outside….. Braving against the cold wind, I setup my equipments and start taking photos

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After a while, all the rest woke up an start preparing breakfast. The breakfast ingredients are included in our accommodation too, which consists of bread, sausages, egg, milk, butter & jam. After breakfast, we called the owner to book a farm tour, where he will show us around in his car and introduced to us about his work here.

He drove his car here to fetch us and introduce us around his farm here. We saw some turkey, wallaby along the way. Then we bring us to the area where his cows are. The cows here are all for food, and non are for milk.

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This cow is really old. Can call him blacky.. πŸ˜›

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And this is whitely.. πŸ™‚

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See that are so loving….

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Next he show us to his horse, where he ride on them to chase the cows around the grassland as his land is so large that is from 1 mountain to another mountain…. This horse is so naughty that he munch on Michael’s jacket, maybe thinking is some kind of food… hahahaha…… πŸ™‚

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The tour last for about 45mins. After that we went back to our cabin to drive our car to the main counter to check out and start leaving here to our next stop in Mackey

Some photos before we leave this wonderful farm stay

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This is our rented car πŸ™‚

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After driving for about 4hrs again….tired….. we finally reached our accommodation for the night here – Quest Mackey Apartment. This apartment is very very big, nice and new! It is a 2 bedroom apartment with open concept kitchen. After checking in, we went to our rooms.

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There is balcony too where we could sit outside and drink

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As there are still some time before night time, we drove to the largest shopping centre in mackey called Caneland Shopping Centre. We ate our lunch here as we ordered some asian food, which does not taste good and only consists of meat. After meal, we shop around here. We also bought some Indo mee, lettuce, prawns and fish fingers to cook for dinner tonight. We also bought a bottle of white wine (really cheap!) and two bottles of beer. After that we went back to our apartment to cook the dinner.

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After dinner, we sit in the living room enjoying beer with peanuts and chips again…. hehe πŸ˜›

July 28, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 2

Woke up early morning and ate the cereal with milk that we brought from Coles for breakfast. After breakfast, we check out and drove to Bunderberg for lunch. Bunderberg is a nice, cosy and peaceful small town where the famous bunderberg rum are made. We stop by the central area to look for a place for a nice lunch πŸ™‚ We found a cosy cafe where we could dine along the road side under the nice sun and the cosy wind. Michael and Janice shared Bacon on Toast, Scramble egg on Toast and tea. While my wife had BLT sandwhich with chips and hot chocolate and I had Big breakfast with cappuccino.

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Michael & Janice. The lovely couples…. πŸ™‚

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My wife and her lovely smile…. πŸ˜›

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We took our own sweet time to eat the lunch as the weather is so good and relax that we simply can’t find any reason to rush ourselves. πŸ™‚ After lunch, we stroll around the area here before we make our way to our next stop, Rockhampton, which we will stay a night there at the farm stay.

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We continue to drive to Henderson Park Farm Retreat, which is our 1st farm stay in Australia for a night there. But before going there, we stop by Rockhampton town to get some groceries and food for the night. After a very long drive of 4hrs, we finally reached Rockhampton town with my tired head…… Its so refreshing to shop for groceries here as the supermarket here is very large with all sorts of food. After getting our groceries, we drove another 30mins to the Farm Retreat. By the time we reached there, the sun is going to set soon. The farm owner came out and lead us to our cabin and give us a quick introduction on how to make fire for our BBQ and how to use the equipment in the cabin. He told us we need to chop woods in order to start fire for the BBQ. Michael and I opened our mouth big big as we had never chop woods before. But without woods, we can’t start fire and cook our dinner. Thus no choice, we tried to chop the woods and it is indeed very difficult, but somehow still managed to chop some woods enough to start the fire. πŸ™‚ As the sun is setting down fast,Β by the time fire is started, the sky has turned dark.

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This is how Michael and Janice looks trying to cut the woods into smaller pieces πŸ˜› Looks pro like a wood cutter.

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This is our dinner, which consist of juicy tender steak, baby potato, salad, cookies (which are all included in the food provided by the farm) and sausages, sweet potato, creamy potato salad and corn (which bought at the Coles). The steak is so good and juicy.

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This is how our cabin looks like. It has 1 bedroom with a Queen size bed in it. There is another single bed and a sofa bed in the living room. A small kitchen with the necessary utensils. The stove is on top of the microwave oven. The cabin is very cold in the night as it is winter and the cabin does not have heater type of air-condition in it. Thus all of us tuck under our blanket. We had some red wine and soft drinks while eating peanuts and chips in the living room, watching TV. If there is enough time, I would like to stay out sitting on the chair enjoying the great scenery and great weather outside

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July 27, 2014
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Gold Coast Day 1

Took the budget airline Scoots to Gold Coast. The flight is actually not bad as the seats are not that cramp.

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Reached Gold Coast airport at 8am. After collected our bags, we proceed to the public toliet to brush our teeth as we took an overnight flight. After that, we proceed to collect our rented hertz car, which is Toyota 4 wheel drive large car. This car is the largest that I ever drive and need time to get use to it. We also proceed to the convenience store to get the $2 per day data sim card for our trip in here. We tried to put that card into the TP-link MIFI that I brought over there, but it is not supported. Thus in the end we use our friend’s android phone for this SIM card and use tethering to share that wifi among us. We also bought the GO card at the airport for our transport usage while in Gold Coast. Sunshine Coast is our 1st stop over for lunch. We drove all the way there non-stop and reached there in 2hrs 30mins. Walking around the shopping centre, we found a lot of nice restaurant serving western and Mexico foods. After much pounding on what to eat, we finally settle down for the western food.

We ordered Calamari with chips, Salad and Steak burger with chips. As the portion is very larger, we shared among 4 of us.

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This calamari is good as the sotong is very fresh and tender. πŸ™‚

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This steak burger is very nice. The steak is juicy.

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This salad is nice too as the veggie are very fresh and green that served with the salad sauce

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Took a group photo in this shopping centre πŸ™‚

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After lunch, we bought some roasted chicken (my favourite), pumpkin soup and some mineral water from the coles for our dinner. I take away an Ice-blended coffee to drink on the way to Maryborough, which is our stop over for a night stay for the day. After driving for another 2hrs, we reached our accommodation for tonight, which is the Comfort Inn Motel.

 

March 27, 2014
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My Birthday 2014

Thanks dear for giving me this wonderful birthday dinner at the Bedrock Bar n Grill restaurant at somerset 313. The steak is very nice. But I like the truffle mash potato and the mix mushroom best πŸ™‚ The truffle mash potato taste is really delicious and the mash potato is very soft.. The mushroom has a very tasty and nice wild mushroom smell. πŸ™‚

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