Day 1: Weekend City Tour of Melbourne

I had a weekend in Melbourne which became my time to go around the city. I planned my Melbourne itinerary the night before and carefully thought of my route. Going around Melbourne is not that hard because there are tourist information centres around and streets are mostly parallel.

I was lucky to have stayed in a hotel that is very easy to find. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I stayed at the Seasons Botanical Gardens in St. Kilda Road. The hotel was opposite the tram station so it was very easy for me to go to anywhere I want to.

Tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens

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Falling in Love with Melbourne

Second day in Melbourne and I am beginning to love this place. I’m in the southern part of Melbourne and the place is very quiet. Not too many people and cars. There are mostly cafes here in my area and they close at around 4 – 5 pm. I just walk going to work wearing my comfortable rubber shoes. It’s nice to walk in a breezy sunny day.

Aside from my colleagues in the office, all the people here are generally very kind and friendly. I also see a lot of Asians and Indians here. It feels so good and makes me feel comfortable being alone with so many friendly people I deal with here.

At night, with the view of the Royal Botanical Garden and the city on my window, I don’t really see a lot cars and people either. It’s not like in Manila wherein you can go to a cafe during the wee hours of the morning.

After work, I walked passed at my hotel and decided to stroll for a while before coming home. I turned left to Walk St. and then ended up in Dorcas St. I’m actually looking for something to take away for dinner. I saw a small grocer and bought a frozen roasted lamb which I can heat in my oven at my hotel room. I thought of strolling some more and saw some more grocers and small restaurants. I decided to buy a zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) from a Japanese restaurant in Bank St. called DonDon.

I could live here for a long time. Probably I’ll decide to migrate here in the future.

Seasons Botanic Gardens – Melbourne, Australia

Living Room in my Hotel Room

Living Room at the Seaons Botanic Gardens

The Seasons Botanic Gardens is a 4-star hotel in South Melbourne that was chosen by my employer as my accommodation during my stay there for my training. So coming from my employer’s office in Stead Street, I took a cab going to 348 St. Kilda Road. It only took me 10 minutes going there and my taxi fare was around AUD $7.50 (Php 352 ). I had no choice but to take a cab because I still have my luggage with me. Their check in time is at 2:00 pm and since I arrived Melbourne at 7:30 am, I really couldn’t go straight to the hotel to check in.

I have seen their website and knew that they have apartment style hotel rooms but I did not expect it to be really big. I stayed in 2 rooms during my stay in South Melbourne. I transferred to my second room on my 6th day because the air-conditioner in my first room wasn’t working.

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On My Way to Melbourne

You’ll be reading some of the things I wrote when I was still in Melbourne (November 3-10). Internet access in my hotel is really expensive so I decided to just blog about it when I get back in Manila. So here it goes…


Melbourne at Night

When a rare opportunity comes, grab it.

Here I am in Melbourne, Australia being trained for my new role in my current company. I’ll only be here for a week and I’ll still be based in Manila. It’s my first time in Melbourne and it’s my first time to travel alone.

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