#MyTravelokaEscapade: To The Vibrant City - MELBOURNE! ✈8:55 pm
Hey! What's good?
Good day, mate! It's one lovely day to turn our travel dreams into reality! Traveloka is having this amazing contest and I am super eager to participate! 😍 A wonderful chance like this; who would wanna let it go? Let's see what we gotta do!
|Oh yes, I'm certainly ready! | source: Tumblr|
|Lots of love for this city 💗 | source: Tumblr|
I hope all this will be WORTH IT (Fifth Harmony) as I am truly joining this contest with determination;
I'm UP ALL NIGHT (One Direction) thinking of Melbourne and how happy I will be to go there for a vacation;
I am trying to make my WILDEST DREAM (Taylor Swift) come true with my effort and trying anything smart;
ALL I ASK (Adele) from Traveloka is to turn this boy's dream into reality and I hope this entry will win your heart! 🤞
(Okay, now let the story begins..)
Doubtlessly, Melbourne has been on the top of my list literally since I was 10. This big smoke awed me ever since I was just a reckless 10-year-old kid who's friend bought a key-chain for. True story. He bought me a key-chain from his family trip to Melbourne and from that day onward, I never stopped asking him questions about that city for months. I was just an excited kid who has never stepped foot onto that big city, who actually has never been to any other places other than our own hometown.. who has a best friend who was just as excited to tell me every single thing that he did in Melbourne. We even promised to go there together one day when we get older (sad story: we don't keep contact with each other anymore, huhu). But, ever since that unforgettable kind gesture, I never stopped thinking of Melbourne. Oh, that city; so dreamy!
Melbourne remains my number one choice of destination to date and I knew I just had to join this contest the moment I saw that Melbourne was in the list! Gotta do anything for your dreams, yknow. My mood went from Buuhuu 🙁 to Woohoo 😄 so quickly.. all thanks to Traveloka for this contest!
→ 1. A foodie gotta do what a foodie gotta do: FOOD HUNTING!
Did someone said food hunting? IM IN! Oh yes, my love for food and drinks is inevitable. Melbourne is very well-known with it's many cafes and restaurants that serve plenty of good choices. Well, I've not been there but when you have been living for a decade wanting to go to Melbourne, you know for a fact that it's true. My #1 ultimate plan? Waking up in Melbourne feeling hungry and getting myself a hearty mouth-watering Aussie breakfast to devour!
The Hardware Société is a place I aimed to have my very first Australian breakfast. I mean... just look at this....
|I can already imagine the egg yolks oozing down the plate! | source: mademoiselle|
Romulus & Remus...Sparrow's Philly Cheesesteaks..Meat Market..
Dead Man Espresso..Father's Office..
Grub Food Van....
(and many more..)
Honestly speaking, I am currently trying to finish a plate of Nasi Ayam but I kept imagining myself having a solo lunch in Melbourne. I'm not even joking, help me. I'm going nuts! (Oh btw, I can take really good food pictures, so that would be perfect for the blog, hihi)
→ 2. Gotta love the animals too: MEET THE ANIMALS!
I've been wanting to do this for so long. So far I am only able to see them in videos and pictures, or get stuffed toys of them.. so I wouldn't want to miss a chance to meet some adorable Aussie animals! Where my bros Koala and Kangaroo hidin' at?! Well, they're not exactly hiding because they're just there in the Melbourne Zoo waiting for me to meet them! I'm surely not going to miss the chance to get myself as close as I can be with these incredibly cute animals.
I won't forget to meet the others too, such as the wombats, zebras, elephants, lemurs, seals, etc. Countless selfies with them will be taken to cherish the wonderful moments. I've always loved animals and what better place rather than the Melbourne Zoo (awarded RACV Victorian Tourism Awards) to go to show my love for all these amazing animals. I'm super supportive of animals conservation as I believe it's a significant effort to ensure environmental sustainability which is truly crucial for the future.
|"Where are the leaves from Malaysia you promised me?! I'm watching you, Joel!" | source: Melbourne Zoo|
|Eat, pose, sleep, repeat. | source: Viator|
|Haters will say it's edited (too bad it is, buuhuu) | original photo/source: Skydive Melbourne|
|Hey, that's me swimming in the Melbourne Aquarium with sharks! (I wish) | original photo/source: giftsthatthrill|
|Day or night, the view would definitely be breath-taking. | source: Melbourne Star|
|So picturesque, it hurts to only be able to see it in a photo. | source: Flickr.com|
→ 5. Can't forget this important "duty": SOUVENIRS SHOPPING!
Typical holidays with few souvenirs shopping sessions in between. Other than making others happy cos' it shows that you still think of them while you're on a holiday, it would also be a fun experience discovering unique souvenirs to bring back (alongside the mainstream key chains and fridge magnets). Melbourne has a lot of famous spots to get souvenirs for everybody back at home! (psst, I usually get some for myself too)
|"Local" is the word we look for! | source: thatsmelbourne.com|
Next up, Queen Victoria Market!
|Best place to shop at while you eat! | source: visitvictoria.com|
|Real opals?! Perfect gift for my lecturers! | source: realaustraliatravel.com|
There are many more local shops selling souvenirs in Melbourne, thus I don't think it will be a problem to get everyone a piece of Melbourne.
|Me if I get the chance to go to Melbourne 😆 | source: Popkey|
💔 resembles my heart when I compared the price with my budget and financial limitation,
😭 is all I wanted to do as a holiday seems impossible which is an unfortunate realization,
👮 are the people I hope my neighbors didn’t called cos' I may had screamed due to frustration!!!
😊 is on my face when I discovered Traveloka that made me jumped with high exhilaration,
Thank you for this amazing contest, Traveloka! I did my very best and all I can do now is hope that I'll be packing my bags soon! I'm hoping and praying one of my future blog post will be about my awesome trip in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 💗
To learn more, click HERE. Good luck!
That's all for now. Thanks for reading! 😎