…….so Sydney’s been great. It was chilly yet lovely. Today (back in Oct 2012), we woke up at 4 to head straight for the airport to catch our flight back to Gold Coast. Initially our plan was to rent a car and drive from Gold Coast to Sydney and back again, after we list the possibilities of doing so (monitoring expenses (petrol (rough est of $500++) and time (9 hours one way)), we decided “lets not waste time” and catch a flight instead. Our flight to and fro Sydney is – $162 per person! We save time + money! I bet it would have been a nice drive, since many of my friends have done so but looking on the bright side, there’s always a next time
Upon reaching Gold Coast airport, we head down to HERTZ booth to grab our cars and go. But we faced a pretty hard time with them (even after booking online with NO FEES (thank god!)) – so we took our bags and walked to AVIS. I think my kiasu-ness comes in handy at this point of time, I booked both just incase one was giving us problems and ta-da I was right. The travel instinct I suppose? LOL. Avis was so efficient, took us barely ten minutes and they’ve got our car ready (complete with a complimentary upgrade) and we’re all set. 5-seater for 3 days – $373.92 and one time petrol refill – $89.97. Yes unbelievable, we only had to refill our petrol ONCE even after travelling up to Brisbane and back.
First on our itinerary was – Byron Bay. We were buying time since check in was only a little after 5-ish? We arrive Sydney at 0900 – so road trip it is. Driving down the highway was really nice, it was probably the blue skies and good company that made everything complete I was too busy singing and video-ing a whole load of crap while Lynn was driving which made everything look more annoying now when I replay the videos. Haha I am still very surprised how much patience she’s got in her to entertain the energy that I was carrying throughout the trip. Amazing, I’ve never met someone who can actually carry on that long, tho I bet there’s got to be one or two incidents where she feels like punching the hell out of me but too nice to say anything :p Love you lynn for being so patient with me!
Back to where we were, Byron’s like a little town off the highway. With a beach that’s just bey0nd “WOW”! The weather was perfect, so sunny yet the humidity level was low so it was very shiok! Not till I step out of the car and I’m like “HOW DO THESE PEOPLE WEAR SHORTS!!!!?!” – I ran back to the car to grab my cardigan because even with the heat I was still very cold! Lynn is as she is, shivering yet cool only. I sometimes wonder how on earth she can stand that much cold without being noisy :/
We watch the locals as they unpack their picnic baskets, having a good time by the beach and we’re like – LETS DO THIS! So we went to grab our take-aways and head straight for the beach. We had a pretty decent meal, had a good time people watching and just enjoying the moment. It was blissful I really loved this part – so very relaxing!
I reckon lunch would have been perfect if it weren’t for this incident – a guy in his mid-twenties was trying to be funny by feeding ONE of these, some chips and the whole flock came RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! Thank God we were already finishing up our lunch, these guys were just eyeing us like they’re going to eat us or something! 0.0
Laughing away from where we sat, we found ourselves walking down the little streets. So many cute cafes and interesting shops but we got nothing for ourselves – shopping we saved for last (or more like, everything was well for the beach and we didn’t need any of it anyway :p) But if we had more time, I wouldn’t mind staying a night over here at Byron, doing nothing but walk by the beach and being lazy! It seems like the perfect location to get away from the city, really.
After plenty of sightseeing we decided to head for the lighthouse. Whats a trip to Byron without visiting the lighthouse mate? Haha *fail i know! :p But yes we made it and from a distance we were already so awed. I was, definitely. I got more and more excited as we drove closer to the beautiful man-made structure. Wish we could have gone close to sunset, I bet the view would be AMAZING!
The view was just tooo beautiful. We’re so lucky that the weather was perfect really, imagine if it was pouring! But it didn’t and we had one of the best memory here. This just makes me want to migrate to Australia even more. Kept telling Lynn, “I’m sooo going to migrate here, I’m so going to work here I tell you” and we discussed things like “yeah, we can migrate over, have our kids grow up here, and die here even” – ya ya only, but never know eh?
Byron’s really nice, if I could visit again, I would and perhaps put on more weight so I can tackle the cold! Heh watching the locals jump right into the water makes me so jealous! I can barely walk 5 minutes without going “omg so cold la so cooolddd” think what if I get in the water, it’d be HILARIOUS!!!
This is definitely one of the BEST memory of our Aussie trip. I wish I have the video convertor so I can upload our crazy videos up here so you guys can have a sneak peek of what its like travelling with two “minah tudung“! Clearly we don’t act nor sound like one cause for one – I’m not typical melayu (can’t speak without laughing and always end up just speaking in english anyway!) and I rub off alot of my craziness on Lynn which made her more outspoken and confident after the trip so that leaves with just uniquely US There’s a couple more posts and I can hear Lynn screaming at me to update and since this week’s probably one of the free-est, I will draft a few more up and schedule updates right after I post this one up. 2013′s been really busy from day one so pardon my lack of updates but thank you for visiting each time (tho leave disappointed!). I’ll try my best to keep this site up and running – and not wait till WP kicks me out!
Till then, happy weekends