Melbourne, a city which will always hold a special place in my heart.
A friend asked why I would revisit Melbourne over and over again, why not spend the money and time exploring another country? There is only so much I can see and do this lifetime, and I am contented revisiting this beautiful place which I once called home.
I understand the whole idea of a holiday is to travel to places unseen, discover and revel in all that it has to offer, but sometimes I just want to get away and enjoy the familiar things I have come to love. It's like when people who live in the city travel back to their hometowns for some relaxation; a little extravagant but Melbourne is that special happy place for me.
I am forever thankful that my parents gave me the best they could, and gave me their support when I decided to spend those years abroad. The essential years I spent growing up between 18 - 23, discovering who I am and moulding myself were all spent in Melbourne. So many memories I hold dear, places which have stories to tell, experiences which can never be bought.. perhaps it is nostalgia which keeps me going back.. but as long as I have the time and finances for my yearly trips, and as long as it still makes me happy, I will go.
Months overdue, but here are some snippets of what I did my last visit...
|I always miss the convenience of trams and trains..|
|Shopping for a friend..|
|Can never leave Melbourne without eating one of these bratwursts|
|Max Brenner!!! Waffles and White Chocolate Chai|
|Huxtaburger!! Forgot to snap pics but they were the BEST burgers I've had|
|My friends' Japanese spitzes, Chiyo and Yoji|
|Such a pretty boy..|
|It was sooooooo good!|
I had one of the best steaks in my life prepared by my gracious friend who's a chef, and the other who's a baking enthusiast gave me the recipe for the Earl Grey Tea Crumble Butter Cake. Looking at that slab of meat now is making me hungry.
|They took me to their fave pho joint.. /slurp|
|Took away banh mi for later..|
|Best red velvet cupcake from Little Cupcakes.. I always pick up a box when I visit|
|Went for a wash&blow just because I was on holiday LOL|
|LOVE these ice-cream sandwiches!!|
|Another old favourite- I Carusi for their pizzas, I *must* have the Salmon and the Potato pizza|
Spent my last day by St Kilda beach just enjoying the breeze and people watching. I used to come here with different groups of friends, so many different memories..
Every time when my trip ends, I ask myself if I really want to return again, to do the same things.. to eat at the same restaurants, walk the same streets.. and the answer is yes (as long as time and finances permit).
Besides these colourful gems below, I didn't do much shopping this time around. Had them sent to my friend's home before I arrived and picked up one at the airport. My little pleasures in life...
Until my next trip, dear Melbourne!