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A trip to Down Under Australia in the multicultural city of Perth!

I was awed by the beautiful city of Perth with some of its awesome tourist attractions. The Swan Bell Tower is Perth’s dynamic landmark, with a height of 82.5 metres and an outdoor observation deck.

This attraction is located on Riverside Drive, overlooking the picturesque Swan River. This icon of Perth with a stunning view of the river and the city is a popular destination for holding functions.

City of Perth – See, Eat & a Hummer Ride by

Swan Bell Tower

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*This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 9th October 2010.

A trip to Perth will never be quite complete without a visit to the legendary Italian restaurant located in a quiet neighborhood of South Perth  in Western Australia. The locals are very proud to recommend Ciao Italia, a quaint little place which serves up typical and authentic home style Italian cuisine!

This restaurant owned by an Italian started off as a takeaway diner, however its popularity grew over the years and it slowly expanded from five to fifteen tables, all holed within the small shop!

Italian Indulgence at Ciao Italia in Mill Point Road, Perth by

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The Spaniards started it, the Aussies are enjoying it and so did myself. It was a day full of fun and food in my Perth holiday. After half a day of shopping in Fremantle, I met a few of my relatives and headed down to Chocolateria San Churro on Freo’s cafe strip.

Chocolateria San Churro in Fremantle, Perth by

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It has been a while since I update my previous trip to Perth, Australia. Among one of my outing was in fascinating Fremantle and its surroundings.

Fremantle in Perth is popular for its eateries, market and heritage buildings. Many would make trips to Fremantle, patronizing the Fremantle Market. Located on the corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street, this market is open for business every Friday night and on weekends.

Fremantle Market & Surroundings in Perth, Australia by

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A meal with great view!

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour located in Fremantle, Perth is a picturesque place with all the yacht, fishing boats and the long line of seafood restaurants.

One such seafood restaurant is Kailis Fish Market Cafe. It is famously known for the Best Fish ‘N’ Chips in Perth. With a fresh seafood market and indoor and alfresco dining areas, this seafront restaurant is a favorite dining place with the locals and visitors alike.

Kailis Fish Market Cafe, Waterfront Fremantle by

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*This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 10th April 2010.

Recently I and hubby took a trip Down Under to visit my eldest son! It was a really exciting journey as it has been a while since we went there. We visited and dined in many places in Perth which I will be sharing with everyone in time to come.

On this particular day, we started out early in the morning, heading to the countryside of Swan Valley to experience the nature and surroundings. We took a stopover at The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Sandalford Wines, Caversham Wildlife Park and the AQWA.

CK Lam in an eventful day exploring the suburbs of Perth
My eventful day in Perth was documented in the New Straits Times on Saturday, 10th of April!

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These are some nice and unusual shots that we took while strolling in the city during our trip in Melbourne, Australia.

Cast iron chair.

Work of Art…

Large coin purse – wish it was mine.

Beautiful lavendar flowers.

Set of knives on display in a shop in Melbourne Central – “death by the knives“.

Flowers blooming in spring.

Designer’s toilet...
Antique weighing machine.

Fancy lamp post.

Staircase leading to ………????

These are the buildings and surroundings of University of Melbourne.

Photo of myself in the South Lawn with the Old Arts Clocktower in the background.
Hubby standing in the Union Lawn with the Old Commerce Building in the background.
This magnificient porch was formerly the entrance of the Colonial Bank of Australasia. It was presented to the university when the building was demolished.
Buildings of Trinity College which is located on the grounds of the university.
The Block Arcade runs between Collins Street and Elizabeth Street. It features huge ceiling murals and very beautiful mosaic floors.
Royal Arcade in Bourke Street is the city’s oldest shopping arcade. There are statues that toll the hour on either side of the clock.
Australia On Collins….with beautiful mosaic logo on its entrance – a place of indulgence.

Melbourne Central – a modern shopping arcade with an old building inside it. The roof is in a shape of a cone which is made of steel and glass.

State Library of Victoria.

Public Bath (nice public swimming pool).

Parliament House.

More of Victorian architecture buildings is in Melbourne Landmarks & Historical Buildings (1).


There are many beautifully preserved Victorian architecture as you can see from many of Melbourne’s historical buildings. One of them which caught our attention is the ANZ Gothic Bank and also known as ANZ Banking Museum. Anyone who passes through Collins Street will fall in love with this building. Here are some exterior and interior shots of this lovely building.

This is also part of the ANZ Bank – safe deposit purposes…

This whole stretch of Victorian buildings were well preserved and look majestic. Rialto Hotel is on the far right.

More photos on Melbourne Landmarks & Historical Buildings (2).

Melbourne is known of having a rich diversity of food outlets with different ethnic cuisines. We took this opportunity to try out some food from the following places. Everything was simply marvellous.

In Victoria Market (QVM), we had nanchos served in an edible basket with tomatoes, salsa, melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole from Pide Bread Bakery. The nanchos are warmed in the oven before being served.

Had Vietnamese food in Mekong at Swanston Street. Ate the pho (beef noodle soup with fresh raw beansprout and selasih leaves) and the rice paper roll. It’s good value for money. This restaurant is usually crowded with students most of the day.

Restaurants and cafes serving great Greek food are located in Lonsdale Street. Stalactites Restaurant which has a cave decor was our choice. You can see the chicken and lamb being grilled the minute you walk-in. This place is very popular with the locals. Try out their famous Lamb Souvlaki – the Greek version kebab with lots of meat. For dessert, we had Greek coffee and Baklava. The taste of this coffee is new to us and the mixed nuts filling in the Baklava was very sweet.

Teatime at Greco European Grill @ Crown after a long walk exploring the Southbank and waterfront. The vast selection of cakes displayed here are so tempting. Had the coffee toffee cake (you must come and try the cakes). This outlet serve Giancarlo coffee. Prices here are higher as it reflect the fact that you are at The Crown.

As for simple and tasty Chinese food, we had it at Rice Bar with our son and his uni-mates. Hot chinese tea is provided free and is served in a thermos flask. Food served in Chinese restaurants in Australia comes in a rather huge portion.

Had roast beef sandwich in Grind In The City which is located on one of Melbourne’s cutest alleys. Manage to grab a small table on the pavement. We got to savour Lavazza coffee here. The whole alley is dotted with other small food outlets and one can find all sorts of snacks here.

Here are two more pictures showing other cafes in the alley.

At David Jones Departmental Store Food Hall, we try out their fresh yogurt. Hubby chose the yogurt with mixed berries. The yogurt turn out to be very creamy.

Lygon Street, Carlton is the place where a lot of Italians resided. There are dozens of restaurants offering fine pasta, steaks, wine and delicious cakes. Many of them have outdoor terraces with tables and chairs set on the walkway. We ate at several cafes located on this street :

Lunch at Threshermans Bakehouse.

Teatime at Cafe Notturno – Italian Apricot Cake with ice-cream and Dilmah Tea.

Dinner at Cafe Trevi – calzones, woodfired pizzas and many types of pasta…

Having tea at Brunetti. This lovely place is popular all day for coffee, cakes, snacks and meals. They serve Victtoria coffee. Another photo of hubby having COOOL gelato (Italian ice-cream) at IL Dolce Freddo.

Dinner at Papa Gino’s. Outdoor dining can be cold at times but they do provide overhead heaters. The food here is GREAT…. and value for money.

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