Bought this koala soft toy from the flea market in Brisbane. And if you read the label on the koala, the fur is made from kangaroo fur !!! Kangaroo fur on a koala ... haha. And the koala is handmade, not factory made.
Kangaroo are abundant in Australia, and need to be culled. So there's where the kangaroo fur came from. No koala fur since koala are protected species.
With the haze, the best way to still enjoy ourselves is to spend our time in indoor playground. So on Sunday morning, 表妹 and I went to Kidz Amaze Toa Payoh. Spent almost half a day there till 330 pm, before we headed back home. In fact, after lunch, the place was so crowded .... think everyone was trying to escape from the bad weather.
On Friday, I started to vomit 3 times, and then had very high fever up to 40 degC. And few days back, I had a mosquito bite on my leg (swollen from the bite). And where we stayed, it happened to be a dengue hotspot. And so at night, Daddy and Mummy brought me to the hospital to see a doctor. Was given anti-vomiting and fever medicine. The doctor thought it might more be stomach flu, rather than dengue fever, but need monitoring for rashes, and then do blood count, if required.
On Saturday, fever came down to 38 degC, and further down to 37.6 degC. No rashes yet, and I remained active as ever.
So we decided to play safe, and bought some anti-mosquito repellent patches. Can you see where I placed my patches ???
Last day of vacation ... so we woke up early, had some milk, and then drove down to the airport to return the rental car, before we went for breakfast at the airport.
Did not manage to upgrade to Business Class on the return flight. Nevertheless, I spent most of my time on the plane watching cartoons, and playing computer games. Slept for a short while to recharge.
Upon arrival at Changi Airport, 姑姑 and 叔叔 came to fetch us. Had dinner with them at home before I went to bed.
Has been a wonderful vacation, especially going with Joel and family. Much more fun ... and in fact, planning for a short getaway to LEGOLAND in the last week of Jun with Joel and family and Breanna and family .... HOORAY !!!
On Saturday, we proceeded to the Eumundi Weekend Market (somewhat like a flea market) to take a look. Was told that the things that were sold there were not cheap so we were prepared to just take a look.
Daddy having a good time, surrounded by gals !!!
We were approached by a street artist to be his model so that he can upload the drawing to his facebook for advertisement. So Auntie Winnie volunteered ....
Looks like Auntie Winie ???
A tree dedicated to the warrior who died in the war ...
Due to SUNSTROKE ??? Haha
After the market tour, we went to the nearby Noosa National Park. And when we reached there, the view was indeed fantastic
Embarked on a walk through the park, until we met some locals, who was kind enough to check if we spotted a wild koala sitting at a gum tree ... and when they knew we missed that, they quickly described the location of the gum tree. And we decided to go and find the koala.
And with the clear description from the locals, we managed to find the wild koala !!! Hibernating again
Before we drove for lunch, we stopped by the designated scenic spot to take some photos
And the 3 of us picked up twigs from the ground and see who can throw the furthest
Had lunch at KFC. And the chicken tasted better than those in Singapore. No thick layer of fats underneath the skin. They used fresh chicken instead of frozen chicken. And the whipped photo gravy tasted much better.
After lunch, we went back to the hotel and headed out to the beach for some fun. Time to play some beach ball with Daddy
We played for almost 2 hours, before the sky turned dark. So we went back hotel for a good shower and prepared for dinner.
For dinner, we decided on seafood galore ... Daddy and Uncle Telang went to the seafood market to buy fresh salmon and barramundi back to grill. They also bought large cooked prawns and 2 dozens of oysters. For the kids, Uncle Telang and Daddy bought fried rice, and for the adults, they bought some Indian chicken curry and basmati rice. That dinner was really yummy .... fresh seafood does not need too much seasoning ... just salt, pepper and lemon would do the trick.
After dinner, we watched cartoon DVDs (The Magic School Bus and Ice Age), and ate popcorn ... just like watching the movie in the cinema. Haha
Day 7, we went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Took almost 1.5 hours drive to Brisbane
When we went in, we saw this emu walking around, and you can almost go as close to it if you wanted
Also cassowary everywhere .... just like pigeons everywhere in Singapore
Lorikeet feeding time .... and you can just feel the gush of wind when they flapped their wings near us
And sheep feeding time as well
I had this little chick in my hands !!! Very soft feel
And guinea pig as well
Mini pony in the sanctuary
And we paid A$16 to get a photo taken with the koala
How can we miss feeding the kangaroos ?? Saw many kangaroos and wallabies hopping around in this big patch of grass.
And they had the eucalyptus plantation (behind the kangaroo enclosure) to feed the koala
An fortunate moment to have this koala awake when it sleeps 20 hours out of 24 hours. The guide explained that their diet only consisted of eucalyptus leaves which had very little calories, so they had to conserve energy by sleeping most of the time. Picky eaters .... sounds familiar ???
Sheep guiding dog helping to 'herd' the sheep ....
Sheep shearing performance. And I managed to take a bit of the wool back home
Guess what this is ??? Tasmanian Devil !!! Apparently, they are near extinction due to contagious cancer spreading among the community
Platypus swimming around. The only mammal that can lay eggs !!!
Reptiles enclosure ...
Kookaburra in the sanctuary. And perfect song to sing along while watching the kookaburra
Left the sanctuary at about 4 pm, only to be caught in the Brisbane traffic jam. Was on the road for almost 2 hours ...
Had a quick dinner before we went back to the hotel room to rest and recharge for the next day