Beautifully relaxing Stockton Beach + Shipwreck Walk.

Australia, Travel

We woke up in our cold damp cheap tent in Stockton Holiday Beach Park, but the good thing is, it stopped raining! Since the kitchen is finally open, cooked up some breakfast. Note that cooking utensils is not provided for your cooking. I think it was an area that is not so common to have non aussies, cause I was getting some attention (people tend to look longer than usual) and people felt like ‘hey why is this asian girl here?’ Hopefully is just my mind playing games.

So, this place has a nice beach! The Shipwreck Walk is really nice too, just feels relaxing.  Oh there was some wicked campers campervan arrived, my first time seeing it like wow, some pretty hipsters painting their whole van. Then Hauke told me it was just a rented van, oh okay.

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Newcastle Ocean Bath – dramatic strong wind in April!

Australia, Travel

Oh man, don’t play a fool, don’t mess with the wind and waves.

At Nobby’s, the wind was already strong and continuous. From Nobby’s beach we drove a little further up to reach the ocean bath, well actually wasn’t part of the plan but it was beautiful and i wanted to go to it. So I changed my wet jeans to a shorts, and looking outside the car, it doenst seem so suitable cause people are either wearing yoga pants or jeans. Once I step out of the car, I totally understand because the WIND WAS CRAZILY STRONG. There is not a second without wind, literally! I had to changed to a knee length pants, and of course, borrow his windbreaker!

Looking at the pictures, nope , swimming at the ocean bath is definitely out of the question. Funny thing is, there is some trying-to-be-macho aussie dad and son still attempt to swim…

Since swimming is out of the question, we just explore the ocean bath and yay! we found a place to shower! free showers! but it was too damn cold to shower there yikes , so in the night we did end up camping for a price.

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Wentworth Falls – wind attack!

Australia, Travel

Day 2 after Grand Canyon walking trail and Evan’s Lookout, he decided to drive us to Wentworth Falls as I kept mentioning to go there as recommended. THe moment we stepped out of our car , BOOM. Wind attack, it just keeps slapping you over and over. So we only hang around like 10-15 mins walk around, didn’t go to camp at some place near the beautiful waterfall, which requires you to take at least an hour of hiking to get there first.

At night we spent at someone’s porch like 5 mins away from Wentworth Falls, since there’s no free camping there. It was rather dark and also rather cold (well of course we were freezing). I actually found the houses rather interesting since its quite big and spacious compare to asia countries, well i

 

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Perry’s Lookout, Blue Mountains: A serene hidden beauty of Australia’s nature

Australia, Travel

My first night in Aus we drove to the blue mountains, and boy, it was rainy and getting colder when we are going there. I didn’t know it’s 2 hours away, and apparently that’s not so far in Aus distance.

Perry’s Lookout is so cool when you arrive, even the road there was like bumpy and all dark (ooo spoooky). There were a few other cars (i.e campers) already camping there, we DEFINITELY did not prepare proper clothing it was 8 degrees at night. Since Hauke only told me to pack summore clothes, thats what I did lol. Thank goodness we went to Aldi to get our food supply and he decide to get a fleece blanket. It was still shivering cold, but well we didnt freeze (amen to that).

Funny thing is, I had my window slightly opened , because I was enjoying the breeze when he was driving there. SO it was left open all night since we camped in the car and I thought we needed some air.

Next morning he told me he didn’t realised the window was opened (“No wonder it was so cold!”). That misunderstanding that got us freezing and difficulty sleeping properly under the beautiful sky of stars and bright moonlight. We wanted to see the sunrise, we did woke up in time but was like, ‘nah fuck it its too cold. Sunrise is beautiful, seeing a hint of it from the car.

A beautiful piece of nature that’s romantic as there’s not many hikers and tourists there. We actually didn’t get to take the hike as it would take (4-5hours), we chose another place to hike instead. There’s a toilet there but we arrived at night and we chose real nature as our toilet instead lol. We couldnt see what’s at the proper toilet ()_(), don’t wanna take the risk of seeing something ew. It’s a beautiful and place of privacy for free camping, there is limited space for campers.

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Yes we are feeling cold at the moment due to the wind.

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Why I hated my first day in Sydney, Australia

Australia, Life, Travel

Well i’m not gonna lie. I had an awful first impression of Australia thanks to going through their immigration customs officer/experience.

I have this cheerful excited mood when I was about to reach Australia for the very first time, going to see a guy that is more than just a friend again after a few months. That wasn’t the only reason, it was also my first solo trip (youth exchange excluded), to being independent and travelling by myself, to go to a foreign country to meet my current boyfriend (more on the love story next time).

I wasn’t impatient at all when our plane landed early and we had to wait 40 minutes in the plane because our dock was occupied by other planes (so it was a crowded airport). There were some impatient guests that the cabin crew have to ask them to sit down, but I was just patiently waiting since i’m early to the airport, about 920am when our flight was estimated to arrive at 940am.

When we got out finally it’s about 10am, I was all smile and excited when I was going through the crowded customs, then the lady processing my passport told me that just need me to go to a side and a visa officer will come to me. I ask why? No answer. Ok so I follow this officer to the side, he was going around so I thought I should follow (otherwise they be wondering why aren’t i cooperating right?) because he gave instructions that’s so vague, and when I thought I should follow to a room to be question he had to speak so loudly to ask me to stand there. Ok fine.

So a few of us Malaysian passports were being stopped, so when I was being interrogated, he asked:
What company do I work for?
What’s my profession?
How long am I here?
He wants to see my offer letter.
It was already confusing enough because I’m only there for a normal holiday visa, NOT A WORK VISA.

I didnt get wi-fi there, so I had problems accessing my phone. AND dude, if you have worked in your company for say, 5 years. Would you have thought about bringing your offer letter to a country where you’re just going for a vacation? and it would be the back of your treasure of emails isn’t it?

When I was taking a long time to search for the email, the visa officer (named Rajeev, yes i remember) took my phone, and open up my emails, one by one, without my consent. I was dumbstruck. This is how Australian immigration works.
He did not allow me to take back my phone, and until he’s satisfied with opening up the emails, he gave back my phone and just said, ‘You can go now.’
of course, I asked, why he did that, he totally ignore me and repeated ‘You can go now’. 

I was on the verge of tears, my first horrible experience with the customs, a girl alone. I couldn’t use my phone to contact my guy, there was no wifi and i wasnt allowed to, it was already holding up my time. At one point I thought about, are they being racist or countrycist (no this word don’t exist but you get the picture)?

And while he asked me to wait just now, I talked to another Malaysian Indian who was stopped by the customs, along with her mom using a wheelchair. So, we both found out we are first timers to come to Australia, and we have the thought probably our country has a bad reputation already.
Out of politeness, when the visa officer said I could go, I told her ‘Have a nice trip’, immediately the visa officer went ‘paranoid’ and fiercely asked her, ‘ You know her?! How do you know her?!’ 

The last scenario just sounded, oh my god, how is this so stupid? To know that so many asians want to live in australia, after going through such an unpleasant process, nope, i wouldnt wanna stay in a country where i’m being interrogated like a illegal immigrant. Instantly in my mind, all I can think of is, this country sucks and i’m not gonna come back unless I have to (I think my next job have to , fuck).

This whole incident totally ruined my mood for the next 3 days in Australia, I could barely forked up a smile. I didn’t even feel like taking pictures, everything felt disturbed, I didnt even smile when I first greet him, more on that for the next post.

This piece is my personal opinion, my personal experience, if you love australia then too bad I offended you, but this is MY first experience and impression of Australia.

 

Well, I’m just gonna chuck in some photo to see the good side of it.

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Trying very hard to break a smile here