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As per the Monash website, Euroa is a substantial township and rural district on the route between Melbourne and Albury. It is 130 km. north-north-east of
Euroa is situated on Seven Creeks, a tributary of the
Below are the Motel details:
Ph: +61 3 5795 2211
Hosts: Humphreys Family
Location: 2 minutes North end of Euroa CBD off the Hume Freeway
Rating : 3-Star
Room Features and Amenities:
After a half day of working on this site, I have successfully added the shoutbox. I am not very good on computers, (esp software) but I have managed to do it after a lot of tinkering. Whew!
At first I thought it was easy, as was mentioned in the shoutbox website. But when I got to pasting the code to the website template, there goes the problem. On preview, I can see the shout box come up in my website but after saving the template and republishing the site, no shout box. What the!
At any rate however, I’m happy that I have resolved the issues without having to ask for help from computer geeks :-).
Labels: The Geek Wannabe in Me
We have been following the 2006 Australian Open Tennis in the past fortnight. It finally concluded yesterday with the Swiss Master Roger Federer winning the Men's Singles against the Magican Marcus Baghdatis.
World No. 1 Federer outclassed the unseeded 20-year old Cypriot Baghdatis in four sets 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 here in Rod Laver Arena at the Melbourne Park.
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2005 was my second Christmas and New year here in Australia. Boy, was I homesick on Christmas Eve.
We went to Shane's dad's place in Euroa. He owns and runs Euroa Motel, on the Hume Highway. He was alone (I just learned that he usually spends his Christmas day by himself). We had dinner while watching the annual Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight on Channel 9. When dad asked me if I was homesick, I just burst into tears. How I miss Christmas back home. Christmas here in Oz feels a bit different than at home. It's just too quiet here for me. I'm not saying it's quiet because my husband's family is to0 small, but because the mood is just different. In the Philippines, it seems everyone is just pumped, simply happy. I guess I just miss the exuberant pinoy attitude especially on Christmas time.
For Christmas lunch, dad prepared for us roast turkey.Yummy.We gave dad a trivia book for Christmas as he would have a use for it on his radio show at One FM in Shepparton. He like reading trivias to his listeners.
At about 2 PM, we headed back to Melbourne to catch up with Mum for Christmas dinner.We had our exchange gifts before eating.
On the 26th, Boxing Day, Shane took me to MCG to watch cricket, Australia vs South Africa. It was my first time to watch cricket live. The game was a bit slow but what was fun was watching other spectators making fun during the game. Aussie sports fans are just loud. Rowdy at times, if I may say.
On other days, we either just stayed home or saw friends.
New years eve was hot, it was about 42 degrees C. So off we went to the beach in Mornington Peninsula. The sun was scorching hot but the water was so cool, cold even for Shane. It felt very refreshing when you are in the water. As usual, I have gone from dark to darker in a few minutes. My tan lines from our Gold Coast holidays was covered with another set of tan lines. :) We later went to a park in Mornington and spent a bit more time there resting and enjoying the cool breeze.
Later in the night, we went to Shane's friend's place in Endeavor Hills where we waited for the new year to come.
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Day Two: Seaworld Day (Sunday, 11th December 2005)
We woke up to a beautiful morning. The sun was up before 5:00 o'clock! Had a cup of coffee, then went down to the beach for a walk, a loooong walk. Shane loves to walk in the beach. Me? Well....
Back to the hotel, we had a swim in the pool for a few minutes then back to the room again to have breaky and prepare for our Seaworld trip. I was looking forward to see the seals, dolphins, and the new residents of Seaworld, a pair of orphaned Polar Bears. Wonder how they survive in a subtropical place.
Time to catch the bus to Seaworld. It's not very far from Surfers Paradise at all. When we get there, it was already hot.
Below are some of the photos we have taken.
At the entrance.
The Flume ride.
The Polar bear. This is only six months old and it's already massive.
The dolphins in the Dolphins Show.
One of the many rides.
One of the many species of starfish.
A view from the chairlift.
This is a lion fish. Another interesting specie.
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We have been invited to the wedding of my friends Janine and Ramille on the 17th of December 2005 in Brisbane, Queensland. Since we haven't had a time off work since I got here in August lastyear, we turned this trip into a holiday too.
We went to Gold Coast, Queensland a week before the wedding. Gold Coast is only about an hour travel (to the south) by train from Brisbane.
Below is my travel journal. This is just day one. I will be posting my other journals in separate blogs.
Day One : 10th December 2005
The Drive : We left home (Cheltenham) at about eight-thirty-ish in the morning for the airport with me on the wheels. We used my car and left it in the long term open car park at the airport. It costed us $75. It was more economical than taking a cab as we would have to pay at least $140 for the cab in coming to and from the airport.
We arrived alive !
The Flight : Check-in was a breeze (Virgin Blue) and the flight to Coolangatta, Gold Coast wasn't much of a drama. I didnt' notice the time passing by as I was busy squeezing my brain with Soduku puzzles. The travel time was about two hours.
The Bus Trip : We decided to take the airport shuttle bus instead of hailing a cab from Coolangatta to get to Surfers Paradise where we have booked a hotel. The bus trip was a bit of a nightmare. No, actually, just hilarious :). The 30-minute or so ride turned out to be two hours! First, one tire at the left rear side of the bus blew. We had to disembark and move to another bus. That is after looong minutes of waiting. The second bus arrived, thought we'd already be ok. Alas! the bus has its own problems- transmission. Apparently, it has troubles on its second gear. D'oh ! Ah well, we'll get there one day.
The Hotel : After a few phone calls by the driver, we moved yet again to another bus. The third one! Thankfully, no more dramas. We finally got to our hotel, the gorgeous Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise. (It is actually located in the border of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.) We were given an ocean view room in the 21st floor as was requested during booking. Cool.
The view from our hotel room was spectacular. We were able to see the ocean, (hence, the ocean view) and all other sights around us. The beach looked so inviting.
The Beach : After af ew moments of rest, we changed and headed for the beach. The long stretch of creamy white sand was simply beautiful. The surf though was always up (at least for me) so it is difficult to just float and play in the water. You could always get slapped by the big waves.
The Weather : Reportedly, it was 26 degrees C. It was just fine except for the high humidity. It was not as humid as Manila but you can certainly feel the change especially if you came from Melbourne where the weather maybe a bit unpredictable, but it seldom gets humid.
T'was a very good day. We were exhausted when we finally retired to bed.
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We saw Russel Crowe's latest movie, Cinderella Man, last night. It is the life story of a boxer from New Jersey named James J. Braddock. The movie is heavy drama with some actions provided by the fight at the ring in boxing matches.
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I went to my first snow adventure in Mt. Bawbaw on Saturday, the 20th of August 2005 with my friend Janine, her fiancé Ramille and Ramille’s cousin Jun. Shane was supposed to drive us up there but unfortunately he caught a flu on Friday night. He was sick as a dog. So Ramille ended up driving.
Mt. Bawbaw is about 2.5 hours drive to the east from Melbourne CBD . It is the closest downhill ski resort from the city.
We took the Princes Highway route as it seemed easier. We left our house in Cheltenham at about 7:00 in the morning. Took Nepean Highway, then Lower Dandenong Road en route to Princes Highway. As Shane mentioned before we left, there is tricky part in Dandenong and we might get lost in there. Alas! He was right. Instead of going straight to Foster Street to get into Princes Highway, we turned right and ended up in Stud Road. I am bad in directions and I can’t read maps so I wasn’t any help at all. Ramille has to pull over to check the Melway with Janine helping him.
After a few Melway pages and u-turns, we managed to get to t highway. From there, the trip went on smoothly.
Janine was a revelation, she can read maps and she doesn’t get carsick!
We got to the top (Mt. Bawbaw Alpine Ski Resort & Village) at around 10:30ish after stopping a few minutes to hire snow chains. The place was already starting to get busy it took us a while to rent walking boots, waterproof pants (which turned out to be not so waterproof) and toboggans.
I expected to see everything in white but this did not happen. The snow was not that much to cover the entire area in white. I wasn’t really overwhelmed or anything but was still happy to finally experience snow. You see, I came from the Philippines where it is always 30 degrees any day of the year.
We rented two toboggans. A toboggan is a long, narrow, runnerless sled constructed of thin boards curled upward at the front end. What we had was made of plastic and there were strings attached in front and at the sides which you can hold when you are sliding.
The tobogganing area was already busy with kids and adults alike enjoying sliding in the snow with their toboggans. After a few minutes of playing with the snow, I had my first toboggan ride or should I say slide. Whoa! I didn’t fall. I made it all the way down. Ang saya-saya! LOL..
We later moved and explored other areas and took lots of photos, went to the café for some chips and tea ( tamang pares ba ‘to? ) and finally headed home at 5:00 PM.
We had a great time.
I have been following Aussie Rules footy since 2003. It's only now though that I have decided which team to back. I used to like Western Bulldogs for the reason that the first ever live game I saw was their game against Shane’s (my then fiancé, hubby now) team, Essendon. I just thought it would be more exciting and interesting if I cheered for the other team. I can't remember now who won that game.
I am a person who loves sport, being a participant or just a spectator. I was an avid follower the Philippine Basketball Association back in Manila. Been rooting for Alaska team for many years. I reckon their coach, Tim Cone is the best PBA coach there is. It’s great watching the team execute the triangle offense popularised by NBA's Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was still with them. If Phil Jackson is to NBA, then Tim Cone is to the PBA.
I played softball, volleyball, basketball and badminton in my college and high school days. I love the high you get from winning in a sport competition.
Back to footy, I have decided to follow Essendon now. I didn’t make any research and gathered facts about which team to follow. I just based my decision on how I feel when I watch games. I have noticed that I was getting so involved in the game when watching Essendon play. I am happy when they win and get upset when they lose. This is probably influenced by my hubby as he is an Essendon supporter and also because I like Essendon's player No. 18, Matthew Lloyd. Love his legs. He he he… babaw ko ano.
I remember when I was in Manila, I would watch delayed broadcast of footy games on ABC Asia Pacific Channel. I would entice my dorm mates to watch the game with me by telling them, “never mind the game, just look at those powerful legs of the players”. He he he.....almost always they would watch the game with me.
We (me, Shane and people from work) have been in the Agilent Technologies’footy tipping competition for two years now. We didn’t finish top 3 but I could say that I did well for a newbie. At the present competition, Shane is equal leader with two other tipsters after 20 rounds. I am somewhere in the middle.
Sport in general is big in Australia. Here, people take their sports seriously. Melbourne, being the sports capital of Australia has so much to offer for sports lover like me. There’s the Australia Tennis Open, F1 Grand Prix, Footy, netball, golf and the not-so-popular (now) basketball. And of course, cricket. I almost forgot to mention it.
Weekends are never boring even if you just stay home. TV will always have some sport for me.
Update : Matthew Llyod is now the captain of Essendon Bombers. 07/02/06