Since for this trip we had Ayah & Mak tagging with us along with baby Raess to Down Under, we decided to tone-down the “intensity” of vacation. Usually, we would try to cover most of the tourist attractions by all means – to make most of us being there – but for this time, it is more of a relaxing one.
The Sydney Sea Life Aquarium!
Our next destination was to visit the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium or formerly known as Sydney Aquarium. It is situated circa Darling Harbour as well but we decided not to chart the ferry. So, we boarded down at Wynyard train station and then walked to Aquarium; using Kakak’s navigation route of which she already planned-out (she is good in planning out everything. I should learn from her; doing all the schedules and all!). It was quite a walk especially when you were in a place you’ve never been; but we made it anyway.
The long-necked turtle!
Subhanallah. Look at the beautiful marine creatures created by ALLAH SWT. So serene-looking, no?
If you are there, you actually can purchase 5 tourist attractions (Sydney tower, Madame Tussauds, Wildlife Sydney Zoo, Sea Life Sydney and Manly Sea Life) within 1 purchase and getting discount for that but we skipped that option since we already went to Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds and we were planning to visit Taronga Zoo as Kakak already arranged for 3 free passes with our rent house owner; so Wildlife Sydney Zoo wasn’t an appealing choice. If you guys curious about it, you can always visit this page : http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/news/special-offer-last-few-days/. We also bumped into a Malaysian family visiting Sydney as well; a Kedahan no less; though they now residing in Kajang. It was a brethren feeling to meet other Malaysians especially of Northern people! Hahaha!
A ray; swimming graceful by flapping the “gills” or…? I don’t know what you call them.
Scaly-skinned fishes. I like to take this kind of angle because it depicts what lies on the surface and underneath the surface. Feels like mermaid-ish. Hahaha!
Love the blue sea. I guess part of being a Penangite makes me so intact with sea… though I don’t know how to swim??! How bizarre is that? Hahaha!
Basically, Sydney Aquarium is for people who love to see fauna/animals. Some people might find it boring since all you see are aquatic animals; for me, it was OK but I enjoyed the Melbourne Aquarium more than the Sydney’s. Still, it was a fun one seeing those aquatic animals. We then headed to benches along the pier alleys of Darling Harbour to have our luncheon (yes, the packed home-cooked meals). We literally didn’t give a damn about people eating at the restaurants next to us (and they didn’t give a damn as well! LOL!) and just simply be comfortable being the economical/budget traveler typical Asian Family – with rice, eggs and the Halal Charcoal Roasted Chicken, yummy! Gallant seagulls were not afraid of us and dared to come near in hope to get some food! Hahahaha! We then took ferry to Circular Quay and then boarded the Sydney Train back to Campsie.
The white shark swimming on top of our heads! Haha!
You can familiarize with the sounds made by penguins at certain stages of their lives and also the Hologram depicting scene when baby penguins hatched from the eggs.
The usual home-cooked meals. It’s all budgeting, folks!
On the next day, 22nd November 2013 which was on Friday, we (minus Mak; she was tired) decided to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park (you guys can check the website at (http://www.featherdale.com.au/) which situated at Doonside; 34.5 km from Campsie (according to Google Map). How to go there from Campsie? We boarded the Sydney train to Lidcombe and then change train to Blacktown. The journey took us approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with 21 stops in between! But after that, we had to board a bus to Featherdale from Blacktown which was merely around 10 minutes.
The Afghan community mosque in Blacktown that is still under construction. With its completion, it is set to be one of the biggest mosques in Australia with estimation of AUD 3 millions spent. Allah Hu Akbar!
Anyway, since we pushed off from Campsie around 10.30 a.m.; we arrived at Blacktown circa noon at it was already time to perform Friday Prayer. Kakak & Abang Zam had a mussolla (prayer room) located via their cellphones but now the problem was to get there by WALKING! So, what we did was asking few people around to get the direction right and then off we went. Like usual, the journey of GOING was really a killing-far journey in comparison to the journey of COMING back, isn’t it?
Ayah to take ablution (wudhu’) while Abang Zam, Rifqi & Ayah hearing the Khutbah (sermon).
After performing Friday Prayer. Amazing to see how the ummah/Moslem brothers come together under one Tauhid! I felt blessed to be given opportunity to experience such an eye-opener.
It was quite a tiresome journey; and as Abang Zam’s cellphone navigated a further en route rather than the short-cut, it was quite daunting! But at last we made to the Blacktown Mosque a.ka. Musolla which situated at the corner of Forth Avenue and Prince Street; not far from Blacktown Girls’ High School as the new bigger mosque reported to be AUD 3 million cost is under construction (http://www.acsansw.org/index.php/78-main-cat/106-blacktown-mosque-project.html) opposite the musolla. These mosques are owned by the Afghan community and you can refer to this for the musolla (http://www.muslimdirectory.com.au/directory/detail.php?id=27). It was nice seeing and having experience to feel Islam far away from your own backyard. Seeing people from different races come together for one faith; it was therapeutic. Subhanallah! After the prayer, we hanged around for a while at the musolla and had a chat with an Indonesia Muslim who now is an Australian permanent resident; we also bumped into a Terengganu-born Malaysian who already migrated for 20 years. It was cool.
Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside, Sydney! !0 minutes from Blacktown train station (,”)
After that, we resumed the journey albeit the sky was now cloudy pregnant with rains BUT the journey had to go on! We waited for a about 35 minutes for the bus “Doonside via Featherdale Wildlife Park” to arrive when actually the journey would only took us around 10 minutes! LOL! When we arrived at Featherdale Wildlife Park, it was already raining cats and dogs as Australia was experiencing unpredictable rainy days although it was supposed to be summer. Nevertheless, we could see tourists buses thronging at the compound.
Beautiful exuberant-coloured birds in Australia!
The black-beaked storks?
It was fun to see the animals there. Wallabies and kangaroos roamed freely. Kakak said she insisted of coming to Featherdale due to this “roaming freely” feature. Yeah, it was more or less like any zoos you can find in Australia except that this “free-roaming” concept is unique. I could even pat and touched a wallaby while Ayah was enjoying himself feeding them (Rifqi was scared!). And then there was the shy Koala Bear of which I got to photographed with (thanks to the officer who managed to get great picture of mine!) and of course, the rare Tasmanian Devil! Always saw the character Tasmanian Devil from the Looney Tunes’ slots when I was little but seeing it with my own eyes was somewhat an exciting experience.
Awww…come here wallaby! Hahahaha! I was actually scared if it used its powerful hind leg to knock me off! Hahhaa!
Ayah trying to brave Rifqi to touch the wallabies!
Anyway, we rested for a while at the eating area where we unpacked our home-cooked meals (like usual! Budgeting is really important when you are an economic traveler!); rain poured down violently!! Oh, shit! And the time was already 4.30 p.m. (The Wildlife Park closed at 5.00 p.m.) and the park still had more area to cover! In the end we thought that the best way was to go back as we already saw the wallabies and koalas and we could see no one in the park already except us! Furthermore, we didn’t know the schedule of the bus (will there be any buses coming to Featherdale after 5 p.m.?) and baby Raess was with us; we wouldn’t want him to catch cold or fever, no?; so, off we went out.
The real Tasmanian Devil! Hhahaha!
By the way, while we were waiting for the bus to arrive at the bus station in front of Featherdale Wilidlife Park, there were around 5 Asian girls came by as well. Obviously, we as a typical Northern Malay family; we talked in Northern dialect in Malay Language when we conversed with each other. Well, now; with BITCHY attitudes that exude “we-are-better-because-we-study-or-live-in-Australia-and-you-are-just-Malaysian-visitors” attitude, they started to converse in THEIR OWN Language (which is not English; and by the way, their English SUCKS TO THE CORE; no difference than Manglish or Singlish!) ridiculing Bahasa Malaysia in SARCASTIC tone.
With a real-life Koala Bear. Isn’t he/she cute or what??!
I may not understand the words, but I know when bitchy attitude took place because I am good in being a bitchy talker as well! They were ridiculing Bahasa Melayu words like “Big Bear” into “Beruang Besar” and “Throwback” which was supposed to be a terminology for flash back as “Buang Ke Belakang”. And then keep emphasizing the word “Malay-sia” and gave some downgrading snigger towards us – HELLO???? Isn’t it obvious that they started to conversation just because they see and listened to us speaking Bahasa Malaysia, right? Well, you know me. I hate bitchy attitudes and I can fight bitch like no other! With arrogant and fake Aussie/British accent (I don’t know if it is right or wrong but it sounded impressive; more than the fake Malaysian bitches! Hahaha!), I purposely TALKED SO LOUD to my sister and to Rifqi (although he didn’t know or understand English! LOL!). And you know what, that fake Aussie English accent really SHUT THEM UP!!!!
It was raining cats and dogs. Heading towards bus station in front of Featherdale Wildlife Park; the place where the dramas with the ungrateful Malaysian-born bitches took place! Haha!
Hahahah! Now you know the lesson learned here? They thought they were superior but when they heard my fake Aussie slang which I purposely put out to give an illusion to these pathetic bitches that I am already residing in Australia longer than they do; they were stupefied!! Hahaha! After all, their accents were so Manglish and Singlish (the result of being so cooped within their communities even in Australia. *Yawn*). Sheesh, talked about stuck-up ungrateful Malaysians! Harrrkkk Ptuih! Anyway, Kakak also noticed that sarcasm….so… I am not being “touchy”!
Baby Raess smiling!
We boarded the bus to Blacktown Town Centre area; took the train and had to change train at Central and then off back to Campsie. It was rainig heavily but we enjoyed it. What a tiring day!
Taken by using my Samsung Ace Plus – by a German tourist that I just grabbed to take my photo since Kakak and everyone gone! Haha!
Using my NIKON camera taken by Abang Zam. I wish to buy a DSLR one day; just for the sake of cam-whoring; and appreciate nature as well! Hahaha!