Aus-tralia Day

Realized today is Australia Day, I used to be enchanted by Australia, till the day I went to Melbourne in 2010, got abused on the public train, got bumped off Lt Bourke Street twice and heard a few racist remark made by the tour guide. There were some nice people along the way, but generally I’ve had enough of Australia and not keen at all to return for studies, work or holiday if possible.

Anyway, I was just wondering, how on Earth did they have the cheek, celebrating Independence Day or National Day of their own, when they actually stole the whole land stock barrel kangaroo koalas from the Aborigines without going to war legally or gaining independence.

So…what was Australia Day for? Surprise, surprise it was actually the celebration of the day the first fleet arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney Australia in 1788. They then went on killing 20 million Aborigines to make Australia white. It took those whites till like 2007 to acknowledge the Aborigines and dedicate them with a bridge.

I’ve got no issues with the history in 1788, but what disturbed me most was the attitude the current Australians are still having. The worst was coming from a tour guide, and there were a few Asians in the group.

As the mini-bus made its way past the Harbourtown on its way to the 12 Apostle, the tour guide made a remark.

“Guys, we are now reaching the western part of Melbourne City, as you can see this is the industrialization area, so crime rate is pretty high here due to the presence of immigrants and non-whites. Compare this to the main city, where crime rate is low and lower likelihood of getting robbed by these immigrant society.”

If this was mentioned at the end of the trip I’d have kicked up a big fuss. So does he think he is a native? The original Australian? I guessed, he must have thought he was, with ancestors that went all the way back to England and are most likely the descendants of criminals being expelled to Australia. Bloody racist Asstralian.


Melbourne Day 8: Harbourtown + Skydeck

We shopped at Harbourtown today. Some sort of factory outlet too. Good deals from Springfield, Levis and a few other stores, up to 70%.

Bought a few things including a luggage bag to haul back all her shopping items. Had lunch at Chillipadi Grill House. Good halal food.

Melbourne Day 5: Penguins

We took the Mornington Peninsula and Philips Island Tour today. It was just the 2 of us. Greg picked us up. We were joining another group later so, to pass time, he brought us the Gunnamatta Beach. (Gunnamatta means Sand Hill).

We joined the rest of tour group and proceeded with the tour.

They took us to the Moonlit Sanctuary.

G’day g’day, how ya goin’, what d’ya know, well strike a light
G’day g’day, and how ya go-o-o-in’
Just say g’day g’day g’day and you’ll be right

Melbourne Day 2: Queen Victoria Market

After the lengthy overnight journey from Singapore & Pearl Jam euphoric concert the previous night, naturally we had trouble waking up this morning. It was noon by the time we saw the light. We took the tram from Flinders this time around and head off to the famous Queen Victoria Market. The weather was slightly cold today. It looked like some Pasar Tani thing but it was damn clean. We walked the whole QVM, wet & dry, vintage, souvenirs, groceries, live chickens with their eggs, vegetables, pasta, cheese and more cheese and a variant of vegetables. They looked very fresh, and they even displayed the egg yolks. I had one thing in mind. The hot doughnuts.

It was OMG indeed. Suger coated with jam embedded in it. Blissful indeed. .