In mid February, we went for a short trip not too far from home, about 2 hours drive. As usual, my bags were heavier than me – not only that I brought my laptop along (was hoping I could complete downloading my new MMO game), I also carried with me a couple of books, as if I’m not going to return. We checked in at Corus Paradise, Port Dickson.
My 9-day trip to WA was well-spent. Aside from the travelling period, there were those days where I was occupied with the art festival, writer’s workshop, and some other activities while at the same time getting familiar with the surroundings. There were also days when I did absolutely nothing but just lounging around the coffee bars with my book. The remaining were spent on hitting the road to endure the phenomenal nature of WA.
I drafted this third series of travelogue on 26th Jan, and coincidentally it was on the National Day of Australia. Anyway, here the journey continues. After I gained more self-reliant, felt comfortable and familiar with Perth surroundings, I decided to beat my curiosity and explore different parts of Western Australia (just so you know, WA is the largest state of Australia).
Before I came to WA, I had actually received an email for winning a prize in participation of the 2015 Digital Writer’s Festival. The postage from Brisbane was supposed to arrive at the hotel I stayed, but unfortunately it didn’t (the parcel must have gotten lost in between). Another unlucky circumstances for me was the event from Elizabeth Gilbert that I missed (yes, she was in Australia during the summer festival, launching her ‘The Signature of All Things’ book).
I traveled via Malaysia Airlines using my accumulated enrich miles point (it was also a promotional period that month) and landed at Perth on 19th Feb 2015. After all the hassles at the airport, I began my first easygoing exploration of food, stay, and activity on 20th Feb in Perth Central Business District (CBD). The weather was great – sunny, but still breezy. Initially, I had pre-booked a stay at Murdoch University Village, but decided to change to Sullivans Hotel at the very last minute due to its central location that makes it easier to commute to multiple places and closer to the writer’s workshop that I’m going. I arrived in Australia for the very first time with no plans, no special itinerary or whatsoever. Everything happened on the fly.
I met with several travel buddies at random, but most of the time I was all by myself. It’s a safe bet to say that Perth, or Australia in general, is a safe place to travel alone; everyone were very friendly and you wouldn’t face any difficulties especially on the language barrier – their native language is English, and every signboards were written in English. One thing that I love is the accent – it may seemed hard to understand Australian’s accent at first (more like a UK accent), but it wasn’t a problem for me after a couple of conversation with the locals.