With e-tickets, luggage, babies, prams and carseats, the ten of us (Yaby, Ummi, Insyirah, myself, Shidah, Yati, Rayyan, Lina, Wid and Mimin) heads to the Virg*nBlue counter. We were behind schedule. Our original maxi cab couldn't find 46 Gailey Rd. By the time we finished checked in our luggages, it was only 20 minutes before our flight takes off. If you might remember the initial scene of Home Alone, where the whole family scramble their way to the boarding gate., knocking bags and other bystanders... yup, we were pretty much that way. Hohohoho... Lucky, all of us made it.. in one piece. :P
The flight was kinda empty.The pilot even joked about it saying "feel free to move to the window seats so that Qantas might think we have a full load" and that is not the last of his funny announcements.
Upon reaching the Canberra airport, we rented two cars with Yaby and Lina as the main drivers. With that, our road trip officially began.
Except for the hot weather and different company, Canberra is pretty much the same from my last visit. Nothing new. We stop over a couple of mountains, the national museum, the parliament house, the shopping mall... hmm... where else... a'ha.. the Malaysian and Bruneian 'embassy' before heading to our next stop for the night - Wolonggong. (Why so fast concluded Canberra? Ohoho.. well, except for the many time Yaby failed to follow the GPS while getting use to using it, there wasn't any interesting point to share :P)
This part of the road trip adventure, was the most scary of all! Mana tak nya. One - you are not familiar with the place; Two - it was night time and dark. No street light; Three - there were fogs; and finally Four - there were 3Km of hairpin corners!!! I thought they only exist in anime where the characters in the anime doing drifts all over the place! Adoi~~ After three hours of driving, we reached our destination. We stayed over Shikin's and Malik's place. They were indeed a lovely and generous couple. Thank you for letting us stay! :)
The next morning after having enough sleep and stomach filled (yup.. with breakfast ready... they are really2 baik one), we drive to Sydney which only one and a half hour from our stop.
Upon reaching Sydney, we checked in into Malaysian Hall and after prayer we headed to Circular Quay where the Sydney Opera house located. (Ohoho.. yes, I remember my first time meeting the word 'quay' in Southampton and pronounce it as 'kuey' instead of 'key'). From Circular Quay, we walked to QVB before galloping KFC halal next to Town Hall then walked to Darling Harbour (after shopping for baby nappies) and finally walked back to Sydney Opera house. We stayed until it was dark enough to see Sydney at night before making it a call.
The thing about roadtrip is, we could not expect what to expect until we reach our destination. When we drive through Albury, in my heart and mind, I could only think of one thing - it's an old Cowboy town. You can imagine Albury just like one of the Clint Eastwood films except that it has electricity, the road has been tarred, cars replaces horses and there were rock band songs played - fullstop. The room wasn't anything like it was described in their webpage - as Yaby has put it. One of the room (which we asked to be replaced), if I must describe, looks pretty much like a school dorm room that has been wrecked by naughty students. Hohoho... But.. we survived. :P
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