Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hello Sydneysiders (Part VII)

We woke up early to catch up the bus somewhere in Macquire Street near Circular Quay. Risau jugak kalau tertinggal. Since we had limited time to complete our sightseeing, I woke up at 6 a.m, catch the bus to the city from Malaysia Hall at 7 a.m (bus No. 737, Randwick- Coogee) and arrived at 7.30 a.m. Cekap tak? Happened that we were so early which also made me worried since no sign of the coach, takut plak salah spot. Alhamdulillah, the small coach took us right in front Continental Hotel, memang posh la tempat ni, segan den nak lepak lama lama tunggu, sebab tau tak mampu nak dok hatta semalam, The bell boy dok pandang macam kita nak pegi serbu plak.... 

For the second day tour, the areas covered lies in southern part of Sydney. 

Since many tourist has booked this early morning tour to Bondi, we were transported to AAT Kings office somewhere near the Rocks. Macam Bust Terminal Putra la sikit sikit, tapi tak sure kat mana... There were so many buses going out from the terminal, some heading to Blue Mountains, some to Jenolan Caves, some to Wineyard Valley and we have to changed our coach into bigger bus. There are also other travel companies beside AAT Kings, so do not get mistaken because they are also offering the same kind of tour, luckily the rival of AAT Kings gave direction to refer to me when I almost took their buses instead, malu den.... To double check whether you are making into the right bus, just check with people who wait next to the buses who hold these list of names if you already book with them.

Enough of tersalah masuk bas experience, it commenced right after we took the last pasenger from Hilton... haish pasal depa ni kekwat wat lambat plak, sampai nak kene Bell boy menjemput dari Lobi Hotel, so you know you are with a bunch of poshy people along, they were quite picky... sabor jerla... Happened that we were the only Malaysian on the bus.. huhu, seb bek cina indon tu boleh berborak sakan ngan aku dalam bahasa melayu, lega mak... hahahahhahahha. we were the only asian presence, semua dari France, Canada and America, agak kekwat la jugak, muahhahahahhaha.

The tour start somewhere near the Rocks. As the bus moved along, the tour guide will inform us the origin how the Rocks got its name. Interesting fact when the Rocks is the early part of establishment, labour of convicts from England were being utilised to build many structures. In the area, many of these laborers needed to do manual hacking of the existing rocks that lies on the ground itself, yeah that is how they got the name when buildings were made of these. The tour guide mentioned these formation of rock was easy to be transformed into blocks, takderla kene letup bagai. Memang hebat mat salih zaman dulu, tak payah la nak wat kilang bricks, cari tanah liat dan membakar. They found the most easiest sources around, jimat masa, sumber dan tenaga, chewah!

The Rocks also known for its terrace residential areas which during those time, land is scarce (konon la)  and they have to utilized it optimum way. Ingat kek Mesia jer ada rumah teres, rupanya dari zaman abad ke 18 dah ada rumah macam ni ehehhehehehhe

As the Rocks area is a hilly kind of place, luckily we have our tour on the bus, yes we can have option to have Walking Tour tapi tak der larat mak nak mendaki bersama si kecik, hazab jugak nak menapak. Unless you are really keen to learn about the place, silakan, tapi mak lebih rela menapak panjat gunung dari menatap dalam bandar... penat seh....

One of the examples, how the rock blocks from the places being utilized to build buildings, sangat estatik kekdah penggunaan, timeless, lasak, dan senang,  mak suka... 
After the Rocks we headed to other part of Sydney which was Mrs. Macquaries Chair at Royal Botanic Garden. Again, who was this lady? Way back when Australia was ruled by the Governor system, macam kita kita dulu kek Tanah Malaya under British Colonial, the wife of the Governor, Madam Elizabeth Macquairies suka la satu spot dia duduk, chillex chillex... kira the best view of Sydney la.. so to appreciate the Governor's contribution towards developing Sydney, they made the spot for her. Wah untung ko, macam queen of England plak punya layanan... dok imagine how was the lady, with her costume, with payung, meronda ronda dalam taman sendiri...kalau ada filem, sah sah dalam kepala otak, sapa la pegang watak, tak lain tak bukan Nicole Kidman dan heronya sapa lagi? ehehhehehhehe

many tourist will come to this spot for the view... same goes to us, we did our shots and one of the best wooo...

Since it was early morning, there was a van selling coffees and simple breakfast for visitors. We brought our loaf of bread and of course these two paraqeet suka la kan datang dekat-dekat... yeah bringing roti semasa travel akan menjadi kering sangat sangat sesuai la untuk dijadikan makanan binatang pun... tapi kami telan cicah ngan hot coffee and hot choc, belasah! dah kebulur. Indon kat sebelah senyum senyum tengok sebuku roti mak bawak!

After we made a visit to this Botanic Garden, we proceed to continue our journey passing some areas. The map below tells which places we did.

view while being on the bus, i managed to capture a few, the bus is not the slow kind, so better to main main aperture setting....kalau tak sayang gambar blur.....

penempatan orang orang kaya, kat sini rumah bernilai jutaan, haish, tak mampu nak beli, hanya mampu melihat, so tour ni macam menunjukkan betapa lokasi sangat penting... As the bus moving, we approached hilly area, yeah tak der menapak la kalau nak tengok... Even the tour guide kata, ke"posh"an sangat penting area ni, sampai cermin kedai runcit Wools pun ditampal ngan sticker penutup, sebab penghuni area ni akan rasa malu shopping tempat bargain, diskaun macam tu, malu kat jenjiran sebab mampu membeli kat situ, haish, macam tu sekali... anyhow kalau tak silap, area ni dekat dekat ngan Surry Hills......

One of the view from the site as we were making towards Watsons Bay. memang terbaek la kalau dapat tinggal area ni, sebab dah macam Bangsar tepi laut.
As you can see from this picture, many buses will stop at this area. Why? Because this is the best spot for observing the other side of the northern coast, which we were already in Watsons Bay. If you notice there was a house in the left side with Aussie flag, you must be wondering why the residence got only one flag while the rest got none? According to the guide, the authority of Sydney requested the owner to put a flag in front of the house. Why? Because this spot particular,  a favorite spot to commit suicide among Sydneysiders, choish, wah seram mak dengar.. so before any fellow Aussie mau commit suicide, they can have a look at the flag to remind themselves how they should love the country before losing their life for not so important reasons. ahahhahahahahha, lawak jugak mendengar... haish tak leh lelama nak lepak, tempat ni kan keras la kot.....agak tu rumah sebelah berbendera kosong jer tader penghuni muahahahhahahah
Looking at Sydney National Harbour Park....Watsons Bay.

Cuba tengok cliff kat sebelah mak tu, lebih kurang jer nak selari dengan cliff di hujung sana, dan itulah spot tempat orang terjun bunuh diri, hehehehhehe. end of the world, end of the life, sangat cliche eh.
Sambil recce tempat ni terjumpa satu structure. A memorial built for late Lieutenant G.J Grieve, who died in a war in South Africa, way back in 1900.. muda lagi masa tu dia, umur 36... 3 tahun tua dari den la,  dah lebih seabad pun dia punya tarikh kematian,  ni kalau kat Mesia ni  dah ramai orang amik nombor dah jadinya, lagi season, lagi kaw kaw ong punya ehhehehehhe
After spending 10 minutes in Watsons Bay, we made our way to this place.  Where we were going? ehehehehehhehehe

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