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  • Jaleey 9:31 am on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dolphins, tangalooma,   

    HULLOOO yes hi there i am backkkk with… 

    HULLOOO

    yes hi there i am backkkk! with good and bad news! so good news is im posting! bahhaha bad news is im going to be a hermit & not update this until i get back to the US!!! so next time i post i’ll be back home & wll upload all my fabulous (i hope) pictures from the Whitsundays & Sydney & Melbourne! :) my schedule is:

    11/20-22: Whitsunday Islands
    11/22: Brisbane
    11/23: Sydney
    11/24-27: Melbourne
    11/28: Sydney
    12/2: back home to San Francisco!
    12/7: LA
    12/12: San Jose

    hurray! but not hurray are my finals that are happening before all that fun begins. must work hard & be in isolation from all mankind. ahahahha. ok i just ate nutella so i am hyper yet once again. SO. DELICIOUS. MMMMMMMMMM!! im officially addicted :O)

    so getting back to my trip to tangalooma! Tangalooma is an area on Moreton island, which is about 75 minutes from the wharf we left from in Brisbane. since we’re at Uni and not exactly near the wharf, we ended up waking up at 5 am to catch a 5:30 ferry to the ferry stop near the wharf, then took a taxi to the wharf itself and finally boarded for a 7:30 am boat ride. i never knew the sun rose at like 4am here, but it does! it was entirely bright and sunny when i woke up. and to my dismay there were people ON CAMPUS. what madness! it was a sunday! who in their right mind chills on the grass at 5 am? heh

    when we finally got to the island, we saw tons of people gathered by the jetty watching people feed the pelicans! so being the curious people we are we made our way to the crowd and omg! they were so cute! i did not expect them to be so adorable but they were (hm, that beanie baby pelican i used to have was so ugly compared to this. how deceiving!) and their heads were FURRY. :O

    pelican feeding. they're adorable! & their beaks are translucent!

    pelican feeding at the jetty! theyre so adorable & their beaks are translucent! and they have blue feet!

    so cute so cute so cute. so people threw fish at them and they would catch it with their beaks like a net and then swallow the fish and run back and wait for more. hehehe and then after that was over, the pelicans stayed on the beach and just sat down and all looked really funny

    HAHA afterwards we hung around the beach & explored the resort while waiting for the next activity to begin. there were lots of people staying overnight so already people were out & about swimming & snorkeling & what not. on the beach we saw jellyfish & tons of sea stars at the shallow places in the water. the water was beautiful…even more pretty than the water at the great barrier reef and hawaii!! except it wasnt as warm.

    hiii U_U

    hi U_U

    hello mister jellyfish

    hello mister jellyfish!

    seastar

    seastar! there were so many & they were all orange & purple!!

    we went to this mini outdoor aquarium and watched this guy introduce the fish & sea/marine life to us. (LOL he reminded me of lady gaga because of his sunglasses. hahah) it was sad though because just a few weeks before, some crazy person poured bleach into the aquarium and most of the animals died!! but we did get to see a nudibranch & the sea stars & a few other fish. he told us about the whales & dugongs that swim by and hang out on the sand banks in the middle of the ocean. we werent so lucky though and didnt see any that day :( the same tour guide later took us bushwalking (hiking basically, but here they call it bushwalking since the forest=bush) & after a 2km walk we got to the top of the mountain and saw this view..

    at the top of the mountain! we hiked up here and saw this amazing vieww

    WOW!! amazing view at the top of the mountain!

    along the way he was pointing out trees & berries that were edible & what the old Aboriginal inhabitants of the islands used to do to relieve themselves of thirst & which plants to pick & chew on if you were hungry. pretty coolll! (along the way we saw a bunch of people on their ATVs too) right after the walk we decided to make our way to the desert, which is more inland (about 5 km, which is really far!  we didnt know it was going to be that hot & so far away & steep so we were hiking up and down the mountain in flip flops and no water. killer :( we finally got to the desert (i never thought id be that happy to the desert in my life) & saw a bus there full of people who had just arrived & were going sandboarding & sand tobagganing. i wanted to go but it was just too hot! it was probably almost 95 degrees out & already past 12 noon so it was only going to get hotter. you cant tell in the picture but there was like no wind up there & weird heat spots when you stood at certain places

    the desert

    the desert. way too hot! see the little bus? & the people?? they're tiny!!

    we walked back another trail that led us to the beach again and decided to take a swim. it was awesome because there was no one on this side of the island so it felt like our own private beach!

    beach

    the beach :)

    after getting a delicious lunch we made our way to the shipwrecks, where tours go snorkeling, and went swimming again. the water on this side was freaking cold especially since there were hot & cold currents so it’d be cold for a few seconds but as soon as you move it got hotter. we tried swimming to the wrecks but since we didnt bring goggles (& didnt want to get the super salty water in our eyes) we couldnt see anything below us & decided against it. hahaha i kept thinking black patches below me were sharks or stingrays and was freaking out! LOL :P well it was really windy at this time but we wanted to make our 30 min walk worth while so we stayed a bit & laid around enjoying the sun :) there were so many families there who were driving on the beach so i think lots of people buy houses there on the island. prretty interesting place to live!

    visited the shipwrecks

    visited the shipwrecks

    made our way back after trudging in the sand back to the lodge area (it’s so tiring walking in sand with the wind blowing you in the opposite direction) -_____- and laid around like lazy people :)

    loved the umbrellas

    loved the umbrellas!

    those are the trees' branches & roots!!

    those are the trees' branches & roots

    then went to a kookaburra feeding! they’re carnivores so people feed them meat that’s from their natural habitat (aka mice & snake).

    feeding kookaburras snake!

    watching them feeding kookaburras

    well the birds decided to fly away after 10 minutes because a little kid kept running towards them and then they never came back :( so the feeding was over early..we walked around on the beach & at this time the sky was so beautiful bc the sun was setting.

    the sand & wind & water together made this bizarre but beautiful pattern that was alll over the beach! on the other side of the water was more sand, then the beach! coolest thing ever

    the sand & wind & water together made this bizarre but beautiful pattern that was alll over the beach! on the other side of the water was more sand, then the ocean! coolest thing ever

    so stunning. yeah?

    so stunning.

    sand was so soft. look! there's a coconut :)

    sand was so soft. look! there's a coconut :)

    since we love swimming but the sun was going down we ended up swimming at the resort pool during sunset. then made our way to the dolphin feeding area where there were already a bunch of people waiting! the dolphins came earlier that night since it was so windy so the waves were crazy.

    swimming at the pool at sunset.

    swimming at the pool

    see the people at the jetty?? they're taking pictures of...

    see the people at the jetty?? they're taking pictures of...

    the dolphins!

    the dolphins! they were swimming in really shallow water

    cant see them too clearly..

    cant see them too clearly :(

    there were about 7 or 8 dolphns total, so we got in lines and first dipped our hands in some sort of antibacterial cleaner & then went to the next pail that was the dead fish. they told us to grab the fish like it was an ice cream cone and stick it in the water and the dolphins would eat it from your hand!! they were wild so they werent trained & sometimes theyd swim away when the waves crashed in or go to another group. we waded into the water about chest deep and fed them & the dolphin we fed had 2 little dolphin babies with it!!!!!!!! sooo cuteeee. and they’re so playful—they were doing turns and stuff ahhaha :O) i wish someone took pictures for us feeding them since we werent allowed to bring cameras down there with us.. the professional photog took a few so i’ll post them up soon, but even the quality of those arent too great.
    by then it was already almost 8 pm and we had to catch the last boat back to Brisbane. the waves were crazy so we had to stay docked for an additional 30 min to wait for the wind to die down. i took my seasick pills and slept the whole trip back (btw random fact: here, when you want to buy medicine you can’t go to the supermarket & just get it @ the pharmacy or off the shelves. you need to go to a chemist..basically a store that sells cosmetics + any type of medicine you need. the markets dont sell any medicine at all!!!). what a longggg dayy but it was soo amazing. if any of you ever go to Brisbane you must make a trip to Tangalooma part of your itinerary!! even if you don’t stay overnight it’s totally worth it :) thank you fay for telling me about it, i had a GREAT TIME!! :O)

    lalala and yes, i had a very chill but fun 20th birthday here :) nothing crazy, just went to the city & had a birthday dinner with close friends & a few of my apartmentmates & had cake & visited the manmade beach in the city!

     

    28layercake

    28 layer cake. no i didnt eat THIS cake but doesnt this cake look amazing?!! ahhh so creative!!

    the next day my apartmentmates made me a homecooked pasta dinner w/tiramisu she made! on the 25th, it was my other apartmentmates bday so i made green onion pancakes and we had a cute dinner together along w/tom yum soup & a few side dishes. yay!!

     

     

    tiramisu

    tiramisu! freaking amazinggg

     

    and then the other day out of nowhere my apartmntmate & i decided to take funny photobooth pictures!!! LOL they’re hilariouss so i here i am sharing a few!

    LOL

    hahahahah LOL i look like a kangaroooo

    LOL I look like a MACHU PICHI STATUEEE

    ahhahahah

    ahhahaha that’s all folksssss!

    i miss you all!!! and i cant believe in 1 mo & 2 days ILL BE BACK IN THE US!!!!!! heres to hoping i have many safe flights & take care everyone :)

    signing off now~

    j

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    • amyc 7:41 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yay! that was a huge update! can’t believe you’re gonna be traveling all over australia! im so jealous! and omg i dont think i’ve ever seen a pelican in real life. they’re so funny looking!!! haha you def have to post pictures or spring semester i’ll just have to raid your apartment (where are you gonna live?!) and like spend hours looking through all your pictures! im excited and can’t believe this semester has passed so fast. SEE YOU SOON!

    • Lauren 2:57 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      beautiful pictures! australia looks sooo nice! must go one day :) anyways good luck with finals! and that cake looks SOOO GOOOD :D

    • Marmar 8:53 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      so so pretty!! and now I know what pelicans look like..hahah. Why didn’t you try the 28-layer cake? I’d have gobbled it up! and the tiramisu…..I WANT. your food pictures kill me . :)

  • Jaleey 6:37 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    10/12/09 

    yipeeeee!!!!

    including this week, class ends in 3 weeks, then 3 finals + a hellish research essay and it’ll be over for this year! im so excited! ive been looking up plans for sydney & melbourne and its getting me reallyyy anxious for the holidays to come :) australia’s really missing out with no halloween or thanksgiving, and how unlucky of me to miss them bothhh!

    i think we’ll be in Sydney on the 28th of november, so i definitely will make sure we dont miss the lighting of the christmas tree in darling harbour! its going to be so beautiful, i just cant wait for christmas to come!!

    o christmas tree o christmas tree!

    o christmas tree o christmas tree!

    i havent been taking many pictures lately…the trees have been blooming here, and so there are rich purple coloured  flowers in the trees everywhere, including the ones lining the river. its so beautiful, i just have to make a trip to our school field where both sides are surrounded by them and take photos before they wilt!! its so cool, some trees are half blooming so a side is green while the other is this bright purple! i love how it looks when the sky is perfectly blue. it rained a few days ago so now there are no clouds in the sky!!

    anyway last friday we went to watch Julie & Julia, which i absolutely loved!!! amy adams & meryl streep are such amazing actors, and i love that meryl streep nails every role that she plays. and then we watched Couples Resort which was okay. i think the funny scenes are pretty much the ones they highlighted in the trailer so it was pretty predictable. then besides running the usual errands of heading to Toowong for groceries, going to the city and  Sunnybank, we ate at this really delicious singapore/malaysian restaurant downtown. the food is the best asian food ive had here so far, and everyone in the restaurant was from malaysia or taiwan or china, i think. i felt like i was in hong kong or something. or finally in asia. ahhaha and i had pearl milk tea after not drinking it for at least 4 months!! now i just have to eat froyo..which surprisingly i havent really started craving yet. there’s a Yogen FRÜZ downtown but i havent been there when its hot enough to get it!

    planning on going to tangaloomba or heron bay to dolphin/pelican feed soon, and maybe to the eagle street crafts/fair thing they have every sunday. i still havent bought too many souvenirs to take home yet…but already im wondering how the hell my mom and i are going to lug 4 large suitcases from brisbane to sydney to melbourne back to sydney, and finally back home to sf. going to be a veryyy long journey!! help help, any ideas? i looked into luggage storage at the airport & thats a possibility but questionable for the time we need, which is about 7 days. i dont want to carry it around during our tours, but leaving it in brisbane’s out of the question as we’re flying back from sydney!  :P

    anyway, enough about me, how are you all doing?? i really wish all of you had blogs so i dont have to rely on signing on skype & aim & seeing if anyone’s on… i only have 8 GB of quota left, which will probably last until the end of october. i want to cut down on my usage but then again i have to do travel research and i definitely want to continue video chatting w/people back home…  im probably going to end up using my apartmentmates :D

    ok im going to yoga soon so i have to finish hw. im so tempted to climb into my bed and sleep! my sleeping schedules pretty screwed up again.. goodnight? hehee

    i ♥ these photos:

    sleep

    so dreamy.

     
    • Marmar 4:46 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I want to watch that movie too! and yeah, both actresses are amazing. I’ll be in Singapore from nov 17-28 so I’ll have better internet!
      My internet in Indo is so damn slow…..

      also, Yogen fruz was here way way way before pinkberry became a household name. i love it! and yups, I havent eaten a single cup of froyo for the past few months either…no cravings whatsoever

  • Jaleey 2:07 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    not doing work lalala 

    its 11:53 pm 12:11 am and im sick and i still have tons of work i could be doing but nooooooo… twitter and google reader sucked me in and obviously, i gave in :)

    i finally chose my favorite pictures from my time abroad here & made an album in iphoto that is titled “FB Uploads”…meaning i will be uploading my photos up to fb soon!! it was hard bc i have ~1000 photos, but i only wanted to put up an album which is 200(?). i hope it doesnt take too long to upload and doesnt suck up my quota. i have 10 GB left for the next 2 months. i started with 34 GB here in july when i got here. you do the math. yeah, dont think ill be going online in november then! but its ok, i have finals then anyway, so i wont(?) be onlinee

    yes so ive been updating twitter a lot lately. i totally see how people find it incredibly addicting. im starting to be the person who sees something interesting online, something funny, or helpful and ill automatically go to twitter & tweet about it. so follow me! @jaleey or for those of you who dont have a twitter, GET ONE!! you’re out of the loop! haah

    ok my goal of the night is not to finish my work, as it should be, but to finish a whole pitcher of hot water so hopefully my cold/flu will go away by thurs. i have a presentation and i dont wanna croak like a frog and have to blow my nose every 10 seconds. oh joy! thats A plus work right there :)

    ok goodnight, and HAPPY BDAY HELEN. YOU OLD 20 YR OLD!!! hahaha :O) have fun today! eat your dessert box thing or something fattierrrrrr. youre still as skinny as a stick. o wait, i mean, you’re still so obese ;)

    ps-my finals schedule comes out this friday. thats when i find out what days what finals are on.. lets hope my finals end early, although ill have less time to study, but i want to get it over with and travel afterwards!!! hard work deserves a reward right?!! im so excited for my mom to come mid november. im getting so used to australia & brisbane that im just whatever about brisbane scenery now. but yes i cant wait to see her reaction to the city. its really actually very beautifulll and the river is so picturesque! not to mention the skyline which is stunning at night. brisbane has ~12 bridges bc the river is so long & windy, so as you go along the river the buildings & everything along the shore changes too. its a different feel at every turn in the river. loveee itt

    AND I WANT TO GO TO FIJI (only 3.5 hrs away). AND KOREA (12 hrs away)…

     
  • Jaleey 4:45 am on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    back from a crazy tiring trip. 

    finally back from a 24+ hr drive to & from cairns! we saw soo many kangaroos (dead & alive) on the side of the highway, at least 100 dead ones & probably 150+ alive. SO SADDDDDD AND BLOODY! AHHH!

    and i saw 2 koalas on trees :O) and TREE KANGAROOS!!! that i never knew existed! bahahhaa it was so weirdd

    and driving on the opposite side of the road was so bizarre & unnatural. especially turning right & making U-turns (U-eys) & intersections. woww i hope i wont get confused when im back driving in the states. HAHAHA

    cant wait to post details & pictures of Daintree, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, and everything else..

    my next post’ll probably be next friday. im going into a crazy week of essays, presentations, and online debates so its gonna be a loong week. i cant wait to SKYPE WITH YOU ALL!!!! :)

    & holy shit. as of 1 month & 29/30 days, ILL BE FLYING BACK TO THE STATES.

    :)

    :(

    ??

     
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