Family Trip to Victoria, Australia 2016

We spent 2 weeks in Australia (Victoria) in September.

Our itinerary:

15 – 17 Sep 2016: Phillip Island
17-19 Sep 2016: Great Ocean Road
19-21 Sep 2016: Grampians
21-23 Sep 2016: Farmstay near Ballarat
23-24 Sep 2016: Healesvilles
24-26 Sep 2016: Snowtime at Mt Hotham
26-29 Sep 2016: Melbourne city

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Our 8-seater rented car from Apex
Our 8-seater rented car from Apex
At Churchill Heritage Farm, Phillip Island
At Churchill Heritage Farm, Phillip Island
At the Noobies, Phillip Island
At the Noobies, Phillip Island
We took the helicopter
View from the helicopter, Phillip Island
View from the helicopter, Phillip Island
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
Werribee Mansion
Werribee Mansion
Lorne Beach, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls Lorne, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls Lorne, Great Ocean Road
At Gibson Step, Great Ocean Road
At Gibson Step, Great Ocean Road
Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road
Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Reserve, Warrnambool
Tower Hill Reserve, Warrnambool
At the Grampians
At the Grampians
Hallsgap, Grampians
Hallsgap, Grampians
View of Hallsgap from the top
View of Hallsgap from the top
Coolas Ice Cream (Salted Caramel)
Coolas Ice Cream (Salted Caramel)
At Lake Wandouree, Ballarat
At Lake Wandouree, Ballarat
The old tram at Ballarat
The old tram at Ballarat
Black swans with their baby cygnet
Black swans with their baby cygnet
Farmstay
Farmstay
Farmstay at Mount Emu
Farmstay at Mount Emu
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
At Ballarat Wildlife Park
Scenic view on our way to Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
At Mt Hotham
Still snow at the end of September
Still snow at the end of September
Melbourne city
Melbourne city
In Melbourne city
In Melbourne city

Family getaway

My parents just came to Singapore and we just came back from a big family getway to Port Dickson, Malaysia.

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Our car isn’t in a good condition to drive for 4 hours, so we hired a driver from “Let’s Jalan Jalan”.

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We stayed at Lexis Hibiscus

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The private 1.2m pool next to the bathroom was superb. Kids took it as a huge bathtub — swimming first thing when they woke up and at 10pm before bedtime was the norm ;)

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View from the bed

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The resort has an indoor and an outdoor playgound. Their indoor playground is chargeable (Rm20 per kid per hour). Brought the kids there everyday to play for an hour.

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Their outdoor playground was fun too!

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Their gymnasium wasn’t impressive though — small with very few equipment!

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It rained very early in the morning and at night

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Some of the rooms will face other water chalets, like the one below.

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At the sky lounge after dinner

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So tired after lots of playing

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Relaxing in the pool

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Christmas 2015

Christmas 2014 (left) vs Christmas 2015 (right). Yep, we recycled their red dress :)

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Decorating the tree

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We went to Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay

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Christmas Day with cousins. They couldn’t wait to open those gifts!

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I bought a gingerbread house and candies from Ikea and the kids had fun decorating it.

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Their gingerbread house. The whole house collapse after an hour! Too many heavy candies on top haha.

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Messy but fun!

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C&C 3rd Birthday

The girls’ 3rd birthday was last November. Did not have a chance to blog about it. Better late than never!

So they had 4 birthday celebrations on different days.

On their actual birthday, we were on a short getaway in Johor. Stayed at Hotel Jen and the hotel gave us a complimentary birthday cake.

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Egg surprises! Yeap, this was their birthday present from me. They loved opening each and every one of them!

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Then we celebrated in school. This was actually the first time celebrating their birthday in school.

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Then it was among my family side with their cousins

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And their final cake was a month later!

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Most of the family members are born in the second half of the year, so we are always celebrating a birthday and eating cakes from June to December!