WA Diaries: Flying off to Perth

I’ll blog about the Perth trip that I recently came back from in a series of blog entries starting off with the first day and it’s mostly just so all the pictures I took using my DSLR (as well as my iPhone 4) can go somewhere since I’m not much of a travel writer. Our trip was from May 14-21 and our flight was super early in the morning so all I could vaguely recall was eating a plate of 6-dollar wanton noodles at the airport at six in the morning (I wouldn’t recommend it). I also remember forgoing sleep the night before since I knew I could have six hours of uninterrupted sleep on the plane anyway (and I did).

My face with zero sleep and at an ungodly hour of the morning u_u

On the plane right before I fell into a 6-hour slumber orz

I always feel like maaaaybe I might be missing out on something if I slept throughout a plane ride, but the desire to sleep always wins out and once again, all I could remember was waving off the lady who wanted to serve me breakfast just so I could continue sleeping (I woke up starving). I travelled with my parents and my brother and we flew by Singapore Airlines (at about $6XX per ticket if I remember right) and it was a pretty smooth 5-hour plus flight even though none of the inflight movie choices caught my eye.

The view right after stepping out of the airport

We spent the first day in Western Australia in Perth before driving to Margaret River the next morning. We arrived at about two in the afternoon and had to get a cab from the international airport to Bayswater Car Rental to rent the car that we’d be using throughout our eight days there because when you’re in Australia, it’s better to drive from place to place instead of forking out money on public transport, or so I hear. The cab ride came down to about 30AUD for a 20-minute ride and I was so apalled as I monitored the meter. We were at a traffic light and I remember it jumped almost 2AUD during the time the car was stalled there waiting for the light to turn green. *insert money flying away emoji*

Anyway, I just looooove how blue the sky is over there and how you can see so much of it because it’s such a rare sight in Singapore where there’s pollution and skyscrapers everywhere. So I did what any other girl would do (okay maybe not)… I took a ton of selcas. The sky makes everything look so gorgeous (even though of course the subject does help ahem ahem)…

Inspecting the boot space because we needed lots of room to fit all four of our suitcases since we’d be driving from place to place and switching apartments
Me being of absolutely no help while everyone tried to figure out how to work the GPS

Minusing the time taken to travel to our apartment and check in, we weren’t left with a whole lot of daylight hours. The first night, we stayed at a place called City Stay Apartment Hotel which is literally a road across from Harbour Town, a shopping mall consisting mainly of factory outlets and some food places. Our apartment was pretty small but it was cosy and best of all, it had wi-fi!

After arriving and settling in, all we really had time for was a late lunch at Subway and now, our expectations were sky high because my brother had spent a year in Australia studying and came home raving about how it was a thousand times better than the Subway we get here because of the variety. We ended up splitting a chicken parmagiatta foot-long which was… not amazing, but pretty yummy.

I think I actually have a ton of pictures of my parents (but mostly my dad) from this trip because they’re the most willing subjects ever

We wanted to find a supermarket because we’d all agreed that we’d buy groceries so that we could have homecooked meals as far as possible in order to minimise our spending (everything there is so expensive!!!). The receptionist at City Stay had mentioned there was one nearby so after dinner, we got walking… and walking and walking… I swear we walked at least 3km before we finally got to a supermarket that basically had nothing because it was already 5pm by the time we got there (keep in mind that everything pretty much closes by 5.30pm over there).

A very very posed obligatory touristy shot that my dad insisted I took – I think this was the third try

My parents were pretty much always at least 20 paces ahead during the walk… while my brother and I trudged after them reluctantly

What we really needed was bread but they’d run out of it already so all we could do was buy things here and there in order to make up some semblance of a meal – which mainly consisted of some crackers and dip as well as readymade pasta. We also got some yoghurt and cake for breakfast the next morning but worst of all, everything added up to almost 50AUD!!!! …This was obviously gonna take some getting used to.

Our not-so-pretty hastily thrown together dinner

As you can see, the first day in Perth wasn’t particularly eventful since we essentially only had a couple of hours but I have to say that the weather was a much-needed getaway from the scorching Singapore sun. Since it was winter when I arrived, the weather was about 18-20 degrees during the day, which was honestly a little chilly (especially when you’re so used to summer all year round) but still pretty perfect. Till my next entry xx

If you look carefully, you can kinda make out my parents at the traffic light somewhere… in the distance
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