Family Trip To Perth Australia
This is a LONG OVERDUE post on our Family Trip To Perth Australia but I took sooooooooo many winning pictures (thick-skin can), I just had to post them! So there we were, at Perth, from the sixteenth to the twenty fifth of February twenty fifteen.
We didn’t visit many places but our core mission there was to help hubby’s baby brother settle down. Among the few agenda on our list were to find him a place to stay, fix his transportation issues, buy all necessary household items and get him properly enrolled in school. And we were glad everything fell right in place without much hiccups. We even had an awesome reunion dinner (two reunion dinners actually) there with the WHOLE family intact. Of course, some logistics needed to be planned etc, but it was all worth the time and money. You will find out more about our trip as you follow our ‘story’ below.
Enjoy the pictures!
DAY ONE – 16 FEB 2015
The five hours plane ride to Perth was a breeze. I was preparing for the worst but was pleasantly surprised at how well my kids behaved. Sonia was so excited about the plane ride and insisted on taking the window seat. A week before flying to Perth, we pre-educated her about plane etiquette, and I thought it worked because she was more willing to sit still, fasten her seat belt and wait for her meals to be served. There was something about the foldable table that made her felt like a grown up kid. She liked the fact that she was able to eat at the table like all of us, have her own set of food and cutleries, and a choice of fruit juice. She could call the shot, and that was a BIG deal to her. It also helped that she slept through three hours of the entire journey.
Arnold didn’t like being constrained but we had to fasten his seat belt when we took off. That was a little rough but after a while he calmed down and fell asleep. Like his sister, he slept through most of the time, and played with random people passing by his seat when he was awake. He’s a sociable boy. Like a magnet, he attracts people from all walks of life.
Above all, I was really grateful to my parents-in-law who helped looked after the kids throughout the entire trip.
So five hours passed by peacefully. We arrived at Perth early in the morning and was ready to drive to this really BIG rented house at Boulter Street, Willagee. If you are interested in renting the same property when you visit Perth, click here.
We were greeted with a very ordinary looking house (not what I expected). Initially, I was a little disappointed, but when I walked into the house… WOW! I changed my mind. It was a fabulous house! The kitchen was huge and clean; there were four spacious bedrooms, a large cavernous living room, a pool table just beside the dining area and a sizable backyard. Did I mentioned they had aplenty of toys for the kids to play with too?!? Brownie points for that!
While we got busy unpacking our luggage, the kids helped themselves with the toys and kept themselves busy until we were ready to leave the house to the University of Western Australia (UWA).
The hubby searching on google map on how-to-get-to-our-next-destination.
Now that we were all filled and burping (opss), we had the energy to go house hunting! One week was all we had to find an apartment for Kirby. The property regulations for renting apartments in Perth had changed, so it was almost impossible to rent a place without being physically in the country to ‘inspect’ the property. Saying so, you can still do your homework in Singapore before flying to Perth. Hubby and I went through heaps of properties on the Real Estate site, filtered those that fit the bill, contacted the property agent and made viewing appointments.
After viewing some apartments, we headed back to the BIG house. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would love to because WATCHING OVER TWO ACTIVE KIDS ON THE MOVE WAS NO JOKE.
After thirty minutes at the playground, the kids were soaking wet! We ended our day bathing the kids, and reading the Mr & Little Miss books we brought from home.
DAY TWO – 17 FEB 2015
If you want to head to a sizeable mall, try Claremont Quarter. We didn’t shop much because the kids weren’t interested in shopping but in running, jumping and playing. I wished I had taken more pictures but some times, it is almost impossible to hold a camera while chasing after two imps.
DAY THREE – 18 FEB 2015
Happy CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE!
We may not be home in SUNNY SINGAPORE, but the entire family is here and we brought a hotpot from home! Even Ed’s brother took a plane from Adelaide to meet us for reunion dinner. It was a pity that I didn’t manage to capture the moment when Nelson surprised my MIL at the doorstep. You know, the dramatic effect of an open jaw and tears streaming down the cheeks?!? Hub and I planned this hush hush surprise trip. No one else should know but hub let the cat out of the bag and told my FIL. Never mind that, for the least my MIL didn’t know. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
If we were to have steamboat dinner tonight, we needed FOOD! My resourceful hub had gotten a list of Chinese and Korean supermarkets on his mobile phone and it was our duty was to buy food and more food. My favourite place was the Seafresh Myaree!
Address: 488 Marmion St Myaree WA 6154
Contact: +61 8 9330 3494
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm
While my FIL and hub were busy in the kitchen (yea, we have the men behind the counter today), MIL and I looked after the kids.
AFTER ONE HOUR…
We had an awesome reunion dinner. It really doesn’t matter where you are as long as the family is intact. So much LOVE!!!
DAY FOUR – 19 FEB 2015
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
I must really thank my parents-in-law who faithfully cooked Sonia and Arnold’s porridge every morning. I can’t say enough “thank you”! While my FIL cooked their porridge, the kids created a mess in the living room.
After the young and old were done with breakfast, it’s our turn!
We spent our afternoon viewing more apartments and finally settled on a brand new apartment, but unfortunately not furnished. So we had to do furniture shopping. And we always find fun in whatever we do! Yeah!
Sometimes having too many choices isn’t a good thing. We spent one afternoon walking around mattress stores and bought nothing. Tomorrow, round two!
DAY FIVE – 20 FEB 2015
Every morning, we faced the same kind of first-world-problem. WHERE TO EAT?
After much googling, we decided upon the ZUCCHERO ESPRESSO BAR. It was promising to see that an espresso bar had opened at this end of Victoria Park which had never been renowned for anything but endless car yards. Whilst the food was good, the coffee was average. It really depends on what you are after.
So what’s on the itinerary for today? I had it all planned out. First, collect the apartment keys from the agent. Second, get the electricity running. Third, buy a bed and mattress. Fourth, drive to IKEA for household items. Fifth, go to The Good Guy store to buy a fridge and washing machine. There were so much to buy!
Guess what the kids were doing while hub and his dad walked about the apartment taking measurements?
As dusk came, everyone were drained. We had a quick dinner before heading back to the BIG house.
DAY SIX – 21 FEB 2015
With more time on hand, we get to spend the entire morning at Fremantle while Kirby went to uni for his orientation programmes. If you ever drive down to the Fremantle, you got to visit the Chalkys Espresso Bar. I love the relax vibe and of course the good hot beverage!
Passersby thought she was Japanese. Some thought she was Korean. Kawaii!
We spent our afternoon at the DFO (Duty Free Outlet). Along the way, we picked up some toys for the kids, while rewarding ourselves with new clothes and shoes. When the sun set, we headed back to the BIG house for dinner. Tonight, we are going to have another reunion dinner since gugu missed the previous one.
DAY SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN – 22 to 25 FEB 2015
I’m going to lump day seven to ten under one section because I didn’t take many pictures and we didn’t do much through the four days anyway. We were either eating or at Kirby’s rented apartment fixing something. That’s not to say we were bored, the kids knew how to find fun no matter where they were! And we managed to do some shopping too!
FOOD FOR ME Cafe, a MUST TRY cafe. They are located at 877 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park, WA 6101.
And now we come to the end of our vacation. It wasn’t as exciting or eventful as our previous trips to Australia but we all had fun!
Next we will travel to Adelaide to visit Nelson, perhaps some time during Winter. Summer was unbearable! Too HOT!