[Perth 2013] Our first day there

Hello friends!

As promised, here’s our blog entry about our recently trip to Perth! It seemed like just last week that we were happily enjoying ourselves, munching on chocolates from Margaret River and feasting on Cicerello’s fish and chips. But unfortunately, reality struck and here we are, back in Singapore and busying ourselves with work again FML.

I decided to bring Kai to Perth to show her around the place I used to call home for a year when I did my pre-university education there. So we decided to take a break from work and head over there earlier this month, considering that winter would be approaching and the weather cooler than scorching Singapore, and also as a pre-honeymoon trip after our ROM in March!

Our travelogue will be split into 7 parts, so here’s part 1:

Our boarding gate at Changi Terminal 3.

Our boarding gate at Changi Terminal 3.

Seemed like forever before we finally got to check in and head to our boarding gate. Yes, our flight, as you can see, was in theΒ unearthlyΒ hour of 1 am, we chose that specifically so that we could start off the morning in Perth right after we landed!

Singapore Airlines SQ225 flying us to Perth!

Singapore Airlines SQ225 flying us to Perth!

Because Kai never had the chance to fly on Singapore Airlines, I decided to book our tickets for SIA for this trip instead of other airlines like AirAsia X or Qantas. Well, it’s also partly because of my personal preference of flying SQ hahaha.

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Because we were on our honeymoon, Singapore Airlines was kind enough to block the seat next to us so that we have more privacy and leg room space! Less the limited leg room in front of us and the smaller KrisWorld screen, it does feel like Business Class!

And hey-ho, they were kind enough to present us with a chocolate mousse cake as a “honeymoon gift”, complete with two “cups” of champagne! Thank you Singapore Airlines!

Our "honeymoon cake" and champagne!

Our “honeymoon cake” and champagne!

Chocolate mousse, which really left us stuffed to the brim.

Chocolate mousse, which really left us stuffed to the brim.

6They served breakfast shortly before we commenced our descend into Perth’s airspace, but we were too full from the cake and too sleepy, so we skipped breakfast! Hahaha.

Sunrise from our window!

Sunrise from our window!

Landed in Perth!

Landed in Perth!

If there’s one thing I miss about Australia, or rather, seasonal weather overseas, it’s the cooling breeze that you feel immediately when you step out of the airport. The temperature that morning was hovering around 17 degrees, a huge difference compared to the usual humid 32 that we experience back in Singapore.

Cheryl and Herman were kind enough to pick us up from the airport, and we headed off for breakfast! It was indeed very nostalgic for me to travel on Perth’s roads all over again.

We headed for The Tuck Shop Cafe, going along with Cheryl and Herman’s recommendation. I must say it was quite a good breakfast, although the Beef, Bacon and Cheese pie we had proved too much for us hahaha.

The Tuck Shop Cafe along Northbridge

The Tuck Shop Cafe along Northbridge

Kai and I ordered the Beef, Bacon and Cheese pie, supposedly Herman's favourite :P

Kai and I ordered the Beef, Bacon and Cheese pie, supposedly Herman’s favourite :P

All the goodness inside the pie hahaha.

All the goodness inside the pie hahaha.

Our first meal in Perth!

Our first meal in Perth!

So after stuffing ourselves full and grabbing a SIM card for our stay there, Herman brought us back to the University of Western Australia.

University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia

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And I found my very own building there!

16Hahaha what rubbish right.

In case you’re wondering, UWA was first established in 1911 in the centre of Perth city along Irwin Street, before it was relocated to it’s current Crawley campus in 1932. So that explains the “Irwin Street Building”, the only structure left behind from the old campus, so I was told.

If only Singapore universities were so pretty right?

If only Singapore universities were so pretty right?

One of the arch gateway on UWA grounds.

One of the arch gateway on UWA grounds.

And what’s Perth without blue skies?

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Lunch time! They brought us back to Claremont Quarters for what was supposedly one of the better burgers in town – Grill’d Burgers! It really is quite good.

We ordered a Caesar's Palace to share.

We ordered a Caesar’s Palace to share.

At AUD$13.50, our Caesar’s Palace burger was packed with grilled chicken breast, crispy trim bacon, eggs, shaved parmesan, baby cos and Caesar dressing! Nice!

Cheryl and Herman shared a beef burger which I really forgot what was it. Hahaha.

Our burgers (or rather, half of each)

Our burgers (or rather, half of each)

You must be wondering why we shared burgers right?

Because we adjourned for chocolate desserts after that at Koko Black! A must try if you’re a chocolate fan like us!

Chocolate overload at Koko Black!

Chocolate overload at Koko Black!

Koko Black is known for its handmade chocolates and desserts (including ice cream). We ordered the Vanilla Brulee tart (top left in the photo), the hot chocolate (bottom left) and the shockingly huge Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Spectacular (right)! Really left the cafe with extremely high levels of sugar in our bloodstream hahaha.

Cheryl and Herman brought us back to our hotel to check in and freshen up, before heading to dinner at Beethoven, a German European restaurant just a minute away from our hotel at Canning Bridge Auto Lodge.

Beethoven - German and European Cuisine

Beethoven – German and European Cuisine

As the name of the restaurant suggests, they were playing classics from Beethoven!

As the name of the restaurant suggests, they were playing classics from Beethoven!

I’ve never dined in a German restaurant before, but I must say the food here is good (albeit it being very salty), or rather, maybe it’s good because it’s salty hahaha.

Cheryl ordered the Schweinebraten - pot roasted pork leg served in pepper corn gravy with creamy mash sauerkraut and cranberries.

Kai ordered the Camembert cheese wrapped in smoked salmon crumbed and oven baked on baby spinach, poached pear and walnut salad, with mushroom sauce.

Herman had some beef (was it?) fillet which was quite yummy too!

Herman had the Schweinebraten – pot roasted pork leg served in pepper corn gravy with creamy mash sauerkraut and cranberries.

Kai had her pan fried chicken breast wrapped in Black Forrest ham stuffed with camembert, served on spinach and sun-dried risotto and garlic sauce.

Cheryl had her pan fried chicken breast wrapped in Black Forrest ham stuffed with camembert, served on spinach and sun-dried risotto and garlic sauce.

I had the Munich platter - comprising of various types of meats and sausages!

I had the Munich platter – comprising of various types of meats and sausages!

Herman, Cheryl, Kai and myself at Beethoven. Thank you for bringing us around! :)

Herman, Cheryl, Kai and myself at Beethoven. Thank you for bringing us around! :)

Second post coming up, which will include exploring Fremantle and Perth City! Stay tuned! :)

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