Saturday, July 14, 2007

It's Winter, It's snow time!

B4 the winter break begun, my classmates n i already planned to go for skiing. Since we are already here in Melb, we don't wanna miss our chance. Check out all the pricing, compare here n there. Little did we know, the package for skiing is not cheap at all! We need to hire everything ourselves from jacket, pants, boots n to skiing gears. Not only tat, wat abt transportation, entrance fee n ski training fees?? Fuhh.... All add together sure expensive lorr. Initially, we planned to overnite on the mountain, but after much counting, we decided to go for a day trip. Cheaper lorr...

B4 we could plan the trip, Yumeko, Jeremy & 1 got a chance to go for a free excrusion to another mountain, Lake Mountain. Why u ask? haha.. Bcoz we are kind hearted lor. kekeke... We volunteered to become the host for our uni's orientation. This free excrusion is actually for new students only, but we as host oso can join but of coz privilege goes to the new students 1st lah. But too bad Yumeko can't join us as she'll be leaving for Auckland on tat week too. So, only both of us went.

The trip was on 11th July. Throughout the days in Melbourne, we woke up the earliest on that day! We need to be on the bus at 6 in d morning. By 5.45am, we left the house. Which means we woke up at 4.45am! Aiyo... Now winter samo, it was so damn cold tat morning. Both of us wore 4 layers of top plus a jacket n 2 pairs of socks as we knew it's gonna be very cold on the mountain. We packed our breakfast, lunch n even dinner there. haha.. Sandwiches only lah. We worried the food there will b expensive.

We were on d bus at 6am sharp, but there were still quite a number of ppl still weren't there. Sigh. Waited till 6.30am then only we begin our journey. But still have to drop by to other Swinburne's campuses then only to Lake Mountain.

Us, in the bus looking tired n sleepy. Saw my puffy eyes? I think it was only 6am when the pic was taken. The sky still dark dark wan.. *yawn

We dropped by another campus of our uni in Lilydale. Their campus is 10 times bigger than our tiny mini campus lorrr... n their view is soooo nice with all the greenie grass n magnificent sights. My campus is d top one. Plus our view is.... a whole stretch of shops with trams here n there. Unfair lor. We oso fr Swinburne ma, y theirs wan so nice?? grr....

Haha. enuff of tat. I got carried away d. Back to my snow story. keke.. Yeah, so when we were reach the mountain, we saw snow on the road. Oh my! Our 1st time seeing real snow. So excited n happy abt it. B4 we went up the mountain, we hired snow pants, boots n toboggan! Not too expensive. $6.50 each item. Lake Mountain, here we come!

Finally reached the mountain. Unbelievable.... Snow everywhere. muahahaha... We met another orientation volunteer there, Khamkha from Laos. The rest of the orientation host who signed up din show up. Wonder y they din go. We straight away went tobogganing. The mountain was crowded with humans as it was a school holiday. aiks. wrong timing..

The toboggan was quite fun indeed but it hurt my buttocks coz it was too bumpy when i slide down. Woo hoo...!! Luckily we din ski, or else lagi lah.. i saw those ppl who skied fell till so charm. 360 degrees oso got. *Ouch...

Saw this plant covered with snow. So nice.

After tobogganing for almost 2 hrs, we begun to feel bored d. haha. Ntg much to do there bcoz the mountain is quite small. Kesian nye... So we went for our lunch with our pre-packed sandwiches. At that moment, really feel like drinking hot coffee. I saw ppl had chips on the mountain earlier on n we went looking where they bought it. YAY! Found it but the queue was damn long. Eventually we bought ourselves a pack of hot, tasty n delicious chips, according to the packing. But once we had our 1st bite it was NOT the taste as wat it stated on the packing. Cheh..

After our lunch, toboggan again for a while n headed to another side of the mountain. We are going to the mountain summit!

The snow on this side of mountain was so much nicer than the one we went tobogganing. At least it looks real lor, not like man-made-snow. All of sudden, i felt like I'm in a studio filled with snow... haha..

It took us abt 30 mins to reach the summit. We almost gave up as we were fatigued n exhausted to climb up d. But after we asked ppl tat coming down the mountain when we were on the way up, most of them complimented the view is superbly nice and saying tat we'll love it. haha. So i tought it will be very nice. That gave us courage to continue our journey. haha.

Walk, walk n walk.... Then we saw a sign showing "The Mountain Summit". Muahaha.. Sudah sampai. Finally.. But, but, but..... this is the summit ah?

Like that only ah? Nothing much to see oso wan. *Sigh...... Balik lorr since it's almost time to go ady.

We slided down with our toboggan... Within mins, we reached down d mountain d. So fast! haha.. but on our way down, accidents happened. haha. We nearly bang on d tree coz the toboggan moved too fast, n we cant control the direction. Luckily we manage to avoid it or else.. hahaha.. cannot blog here ady.

On our way down oso, we saw one cute snowman stood there so cute. Got carrot sommore. Geng ah... Since i din make snowman oso, took a pic with it, pretend i made it one.. kekeke..

Dunno who so free, made a rest stop with a tiny mini bench. I think is for ppl tat tak larat go up, to rest there a while.. LOL. But how come i din see tat when i was on my way up? hmm..

One last pic of part of the mountain. That was where we toboggan. Small area horr...

Now, planning for the next mountain trip b4 our new semester commences. This time to Mt. Buller d, higher n bigger mountain. Of coz, more money to be spent oso ler. Till then, cheerio!

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