Like I said in my earlier post, we planned a visit to Rottnest Island. So we did get there (yay), through a half-hour ferry ride from Fremantle operated by Rottnest Express.

Rottnest Express!

We were all extremely excited. Not just Abba.

Yup, that's us.

And this is how clear Rottnest's water is!

Since the water was so nice I decided to take another photo.

And another.

That's enough photos of the water from afar. It's now time to get closer to the beach!

Down this flight of old wooden stairs...

...and you're at the beach!

Turn back, and you'll see Bathurst Lighthouse. To the right is aforesaid stairs.

Caution, waves can be strong near the cliffs.

So stay away from the cliffs and enjoy the water =D

Rottnest isn't only about beaches and nice scenery. The island has a history of being an aboriginal prison, and  shipwrecks have been common in the past due to the surrounding reefs and rocks.

Joined a tour to learn about Rottnest's history.

We also learned about the past adventures of daring sailors.

Hello, Captain Whatever's-your-name.

History and beaches aside, Rottnest has Quokkas. They look like a cross between a kangaroo and a huge mouse. Well, that's how everybody describes them. They're marsupials and are related to kangaroos (not mice, I'm certain). In fact, they hop around on 2 legs just like the kangaroos. Only difference is Quokkas are smaller and have mouse-like faces.

Get moving, it's Quokka walk time!

And there we have it. A Quokka.

They don't like the sun very much.

When they come out from the bushes, they're extremely cute!

Quokkas are curious marsupials indeed. If you hold up a camera (or anything else) in their face, they'll hop up to investigate it. That's how my friend got that amazing photo up there. The Quokkas were not scared of humans, although they were a bit shy.

There were of course many other things else to do there, but we only had that few hours on the island. Too bad. I hope to return there someday. It's really worth a go if you haven't been there. Great place to relax, get some fresh air and talk to friendly marsupials.

Vege Garden

"Let's ignore the assignments and mid-sems due after the holiday*

It's the tuition free week next week, my first ever in Australia. We have an upcoming trip to Rottnest Island. Yeehaw!

To make this post more interesting, I will post a few random photos of the Curtin Students' Vegetable Garden. We go there to plant and get free veggies, from curry leaves to tomatoes to broccoli. The only thing we don't have is durians.

Not a big garden, but lots of stuff in it.

See those poles up there? I think they're for grapes in spring.

Little broccoli, still growing.

Cauliflower, nearing harvest time.

Lime from the garden.

Though there really isn't much to do in the garden, I find that it's an excellent place for me to get some much needed exercise. I go there to water plants every Thursday with the master chef Zhong Yang. The deal gets better when you have free veggies to help loosen your meal budgets!

Lavender Sky

I lift my head
and release my mind
onto the revelry above
it’s one of a kind
sky and stream
lost in my thought
awaking every part of you
that I brought .

The blue and the purple
smile at the dawn light
they dance and they swirl
the sky is alight
I wish I could hold them
the sky and the stream
to put under your pillow
so they’ll colour your dream.

The clouds tell a story
in the heavens they see
beyond the continents
beyond the turquoise sea
two paths converge
somewhere in time
you’ll get what is yours
I’ll get what is mine.

So when the breeze greets you
ride it and find
your fears have left
the past is behind
and when the stars sleep
and the storm bids goodbye
I’ll meet you at the edge
of this lavender sky.

Food in Perth

This is a series of photos of food Zhong Yang and I made in Perth. He cooked. I did the basic things like chopping veggies and slicing beef. Baby steps to becoming a competent cook someday!

Bolognese pasta.

This one's a close-up of Carbonara.

This was a great joke. Fried ONIONS! (and onions only)

Roti Bakar.

Pan fried unknown fish.

Home made burger!

Pumpkin, Kimchi soup and Teriyaki beef.

Close-up of Teriyaki beef.

Aglio Olio (first attempt!)

Mixed rice?

Very pretty pan fried fish version 2.

Beef fried with oats. This was an experiment.

The best part about staying beside a master chef? You never starve!!! Hehehe...