Alhamdulillah, we are finally here in Campsie, Sydney suburb in Australia. Our journey to Australia from Malaysia took approximately 8 hours – with the Air Asia got delayed for an hour due to “fuel problem”- we took off around 1.00 a.m. in the morning (much after goosebumps arose and a few questions from Mak & Ayah as this is their virgin trip with us!). It is both exciting and quite daunting to bring Mak & Ayah abroad with us – Kakak & I; we feel that it is the ripe time as we are financially stable to sponsor them & I have to say with my meagre capacity as a “Malaysian teacher” (you know about the negative impression Malaysian society has for its teachers – always the bad ones!), I sponsored their tickets to Australia & I somewhat felt glad and proud that I am able to do that before it is too late!
Ayah, Mak & I. Amin, hopefully all goes well with this trip.
Kakak & Raess Nafiz.
Anyway, fresh from Penang Bridge International Marathon Fun Run on Sunday 17th morning; I flew back to KL around 1.55 p.m. Ayah & Mak were already in Putrajaya; they flew from Alor Star on Friday. I chose the Quiet Zone for Ayah, Mak & I while Kakak and her family were seated at the back segment of the plane due to Raess being an infant. The journey was quite a “dormant volcanic” state as I was trying so hard to confine my mouth from snapping back to Ayah who was known for his provocative words (Kakak & Mak can testify that – but with other people, he could be quite a demure angel!). In the end, we arrived safely in Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia.
The Australian sky from Air Asia X plane.
The novel I am contemplating to finish! Hopefully. I always bring novels when I travel.
By this time, my ankle and right foot palm was (and still is!) already in pain due to the Fun Run – and I haven’t been resting or stop walking since the Fun Run (been walking from a far carpark costing RM16 per day at LCCT with Abang Zam; and all). Still, I accompanied Kakak to scout for transport from the Kingsford Airport to our residence in Campsie. We went to the train counter and was told that the MyMulti Card (something like Touch ‘N’ Go card in Malaysia. You top-up the card with certain amount and then you use it). Hmmmm… AUD81 per person. We then went to the Information Centre and was greeted by a hospitable customer officer who told us that the MyMulti Card will cost around AUD 65 (Hmmm…) and the taxi will cost around AUD 128.
On the way to Campsie. It was raining! Coincidentally, 9 News reports that Hornsby which is situated 29 km from Campsie experienced a “mini” typhoon which caused damages!
The Maxi Taxi that cost us AUD85 from Sydney Airport to Campsie. Ala van, more like.
BUT, the Information Centre officer of The Concierge was very helpful. He suggested us to scout for Maxi Taxi as it will only cost us for AUD85 as opposed to AUD 128. So, off we went and managed to arrive at our residence at Campsie Street for affordable AUD85 with 7 people in it. The driver was a Pakistani (in fact, most of the taxi drivers are Asian-descent) and I was sitting in front so talked with him on several topics pertaining Asian community in Australia and Malaysia. At last amidst the rain, we finally arrived at the double storeys. It is quite comfortable ala English style (although we are in predominantly Asian community but hey, it’s Australia!); near to the Police Station with AUD 3,500 for 10-days (well if you convert it into Ringgit…hmmmm… (,”). Haha!). Kakak scouted for this ala homestay named Cottage Storeys (http://rooholidays.com/new-south-wales/sydney-west/campsie/cottage-storeys-campsie). Not bad, spacious and good one for a family; but quite pricey for us, Malaysians. Still, comfortable.
The house we are renting. AUD 3,500 for 10 days. Malaysian ringgit? You do the math! (,”)
The flower in front of the house! Beautiful after-rain effect. Subhanallah!
So, for yesterday (18th November 2013) & today 19th November 2013; we just laid back around Campsie Town. I went out with Kakak scouting for grocery shops and the train which is quite a walking distance circa 700 meter from our residence. The Asian immigrants presence is so eminent here. You can see various billboards written in Korean and Chinese over here and there. The ambiance with Korea is similarly uncanny! There are a few Halal restaurants such as Kebab restaurant, charcoal chickens and also Thai restaurant. The largest mall here is Campsie Centre which is situated at Beamish Street & there is a clock tower at Anzac Mall at Anglo Road. This clock tower is erected as a memorial tribute for Aussie soldiers who died in a battle of World War 2 – “Malaya” & “Malaysia” are included in the etch of the wall!
Asian shops at the alley of Campsie town.
The Clock Tower at Anzac Mall, Campsie. Erected to commemorate the demise of soldiers in World War 2; including to Malaya, Malaysia & Borneo. (,”)
So far, we are still lazing around here; feasting on Asian food we bought here and what we brought to here. Hopefully, everything will be all right. Hopefully, Ayah & Mak enjoy this trip as well. Amin.
At the balcony. The after rain weather was 17 celsius. Just wear my Long John with nothing underneath (,”)