Food Crawl in Penang with Samsung ST600 Camera

As a continuation of my camera review for the Samsung ST600 model, the following are pictures that I have taken with this camera. All of them were not Photoshopped/modified but only resized to ease loading. Most of the pictures were taken during my recent trip to Penang, and as you could see, mostly revolved around food. *LOL*

1. Breakfast in Restoran Mawar Gembira, Taman Kinrara

This was taken from our usual breakfast place, very close to where we stay. It has the biggest portion of chicken rice I’ve ever had in Klang Valley, for only RM4 (plain chicken). The portion of chicken given was also large and the rice very fragrant. :) Saucer’s pick would be the bitter gourd noodles, also with plenty of bitter gourd and pork for only RM4.50.

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Roasted chicken and pork (RM5)

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Big plate of chicken rice

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Bitter gourd mee suah

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Delicious soup

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Restoran Mawar Gembira

2. Lunch at Canton-i, Queensbay Mall

Had lunch with my friend Chiao Ju here, since I was craving for roasted goose. But sadly, they don’t sell individual portion of roasted goose with noodles. :( So I had to change my order to Roasted Pork wantan noodles.

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Warm pot of tea

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Roasted pork noodles

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Black Pepper Udon noodles

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Pork ribs dim sum

Of course, one should not miss having their famous egg tarts here. Flaky pastry and smooth egg, not runny enough though.

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Egg tarts

3. Dinner at Lang Sae Lee Thai Food, Tan Jetty Penang

We had dinner at the Tan Jetty Thai Food, situated just by the sea. The view at dusk was pretty amazing, save for the slightly unpleasant smell from the sea. :) Pictures below taken with Auto mode, no modifications done.

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Penang bridge in the distance

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The jetty #1

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The jetty #2

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View of the sea

Some random people shots. :)

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witch and Saucer

I absolutely loved the Claypot crab with Glass noodles here. The gravy was really flavourful and the crab was huge and fleshy. Yum!

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Claypot crab with glass noodles

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Seafood tom yam

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Seafood tom yam

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Pandan chicken

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Fried squid rings (taken with flash)

For the shot below, I had to use very steady hands since the shutter speed was longer to capture picture in dim condition. This was the best that I managed, at least the lights were not blurry. And yes, the moon that night was THAT huge!

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Night view with the full moon

Lang Sae Lee Thai Food
97A, Tan Jetty, Weld Quay,
10300 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 014-907 1808 (Madam Lee)

4. Supper at Haagen Dazs

I know, I know, we really can eat huh! *LOL* I told you, we stayed at Eastin Hotel, which was just walking distance to Queensbay Mall. So we couldn’t stop our legs from bringing us there when we had cravings for ice-cream! *LOL*

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Ice-cream fondue at Haagen Dazs

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Side dishes of chocolate chip cookies, sponge cake, love letters and fruits

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16 mini scoops of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream

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Dip into hot chocolate and almond flakes – Heavenly!

5. Next day Lunch at Chou Shun Kan, Krystal Point Penang

Lunch was with ex-colleagues again, this time heading for Korean food. Since their lunch was only limited to one hour, I didn’t opt for BBQ set. Instead, I ordered Bibimbap!

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Bibimbap set (taken with flash)

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with Kwai Lee

Chou Shun Kan Restaurant
Krystal Point, B303-01-06,
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact number: 012-4941161/04-6441161

6. Dinner at Victoria Station, Bayan Baru Penang

We visited this restaurant once before when I was still working in Penang. I couldn’t forget the taste of their sizzling steak! So that was what I ordered the second time around. :)

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Self-portrait no flash

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Garlic bread (taken with flash)

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Complimentary salad with steak (taken with flash)

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Minestrone soup

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Sizzling steak (taken with flash)

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Seafood Au Gratin (taken with flash)

7. Dinner at Soon Lai Seafood Restaurant, Greenlane Penang

This was dinner on another day in Penang, with our good friend Wai Lian. He brought us to this hidden gem at Greenlane called Soon Lai, famous for its seafood. My favourite dish here though, was the Roasted Pork Knuckles! It was simply amazing! The skin was crispy, but the layer of fat underneath was melt-in-your-mouth smooth, plus the juicy meat at the bottom – perfect combination!

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Roasted pork knuckles – must order (taken with flash)

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Kam Heong crabs (taken with flash)

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Steamed clams (lala)

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Restoran Soon Lai Seafood, Greenlane

Soon Lai Seafood Restaurant
15, Lintang Batu, Greenlane
11600, Penang
Tel: 04-6589799/012-4773063/ 016-441366
Business hours: 6 pm -12 am (open daily)

8. Dinner at Bella Italia Restaurant, Bellisa Row Pulau Tikus, Penang

This is easily my favourite Italian restaurant in Penang! It’s also the place that I usually chose to go during special occasions (Valentine’s, birthdays), so a trip to Penang would never be complete without stopping by here!

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Interior of Ristorante Bella Italia

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Tired Saucer (taken with flash)

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Fresh Garlic Bread (taken with flash)

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Minestrone soup (taken with flash)

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Grilled seabass – fabulous! (taken with flash)

I never fail to order seafood marinara pasta whenever I dine here. It’s simply a must to me! The gorgeous sauce, the giant and succulent prawns and a variety of other seafood – they just captured my heart from the very first time. :)

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Seafood Linguine – my all-time favourite (taken with flash)

Ristorante Bella Italia
368-1-7 Jalan Burma,
Bellisa Row, 10350 Penang
Malaysia
Tel no: 04 227 2195

9. Pan Mee at Cha Cha Restaurant, Aman Suria

This was the last batch of pictures taken with the Samsung ST600, when we have returned to KL. We visited Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria, which is Saucer’s favourite pan mee. :)

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Fried dumplings

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Traditional thin pan mee

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Traditional pinched pan mee

Restoran Cha-Cha Pan Mee Original
K-G-1 & K-G-3, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor
Telephone: 016-660 0971 (Lily)

There you go, 9 sessions of food outings, all taken with the Samsung ST600. How would you judge its performance? :)

My Experience at Eastin Hotel Penang

A few weeks ago, I followed Saucer to Penang for his company trip. It was about 3 months since my last visit there so I was really looking forward to it! Not to mention, this round we would be staying in the relatively new Eastin Hotel, just next to the Queensbay Mall of Penang! *shopping* :)

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Eastin Hotel Penang

We initially wanted a Standard Sea view room with a King-sized bed but they only had twin beds available. So they suggested that we take the Club Deluxe Seaview room instead, which had whatever we wanted. :) I think the Club Deluxe room is pretty similar to a Standard room just that it’s situated on the Club level and we had Club lounge benefit. :)

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The comfortable king-sized bed

The bed and duvet were so very comfortable! The sheets were smooth and crisp white, and the pillows were made from down and were most heavenly. It was a delight to sleep on it every night. ;)

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View from the room

The room had all the amenities that we need. A flat screen LCD TV, a study desk, coffee-making facilities, bath robes, toiletries and complimentary internet access (broadband and wireless).

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The study desk and TV

Each room is given a passcode for internet access which is unique to one device only. So if you have more than one device to be connected to the wireless internet, you’ll need to request for extra passcode.

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Bathrobes

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Toiletries

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Toilet and bathroom

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Coffee-making facilities

All of the facilities above are actually pretty standard for a hotel room, but we had one extra benefit staying in a Club Deluxe room. We had access to the Club Lounge all day long until 10pm! Also, if we go there between 5-7pm, they also had some finger food and drinks available. On other hours, we could always go there for fruit juices or to read the papers.

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Saucer reading papers at the Club Lounge

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Table by the window

We ordered a few glasses of drinks during the 5-7pm cocktail period. Yes, you could also have beer, white or red wine!

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Orange juice and white wine

The variety of finger food was quite decent too. There were sushi, plenty of cute canapes made from fish, mussels, cheese and vegetables. I particularly loved the seafood canapes with cheese on top. Yum!

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Mini tuna burger, mussels and more

There was also a section with lots of different cheese. We could cut the cheese according to our own choice and have it with crackers.

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Cheese, crackers and scone with jam

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Sushi platter

Of course, some fruits to balance the diet. :)

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Fruits

By the time we had all those finger food, we were actually pretty full already! But we had an appointment with a friend for dinner! How were we going to have dinner?? *LOL*

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Club Lounge at Eastin Hotel Penang

By the way, all the photos here were taken with the Samsung ST600 Dual Screen camera that I had it on loan previously. That’s why we could not stop ourselves from camwhoring. The front LCD is a gem really! It also has a smile detector, so it only captures the picture when we smile.

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Say cheese!

The following was a shot taken at night, where the only lighting was the orange lights in the room. I would say it’s relatively dim, and I took the self-portrait without any flash.

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Self-portrait taken without flash in dim condition

The next morning, we had the buffet breakfast provided by the hotel, which had the standard breakfast selection such as toast, eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, porridge, fried noodles, dim sum, nasi lemak, cereals, yogurt and fruits among others.

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My breakfast

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Eastin Hotel Penang very much. The staff were courteous and there was always someone opening the door for you at the lobby entrance, with a smile! Oh, did I also mention it’s walking distance to Queensbay Mall? Only 5 minutes! So you have access to anything you need easily. Especially shopping! *LOL!*

Eastin Hotel Penang
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-612 1111
Fax: +604-612 1199
Email us : info.pg@eastin.com

Food Hunt at Asia Cafe, Tune Hotel

After being away for quite a while, I craved for some Malaysian street food. Hearing that Asia Cafe is newly opened at Kota Damansara was great news for me! Saucer and I went there with a group of friends to try out some of their specialties. The cafe is located just next to Tune Hotels Kota Damansara, at Persiaran Mahogani. Parking is currently free so I suggest you visit it now to take advantage of this! :)

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Asia Cafe Kota Damansara

When I reached, I was glad to know that Asia Cafe was not the typical street food place you find here in KL, where the streets are packed with people, tables are cramped and environment is warm. No, this Asia Cafe is nothing like that. The area was spacious with nicely spaced tables, the environment was clean and best of all, there were plenty of ceiling fans and coolers to keep the place at a comfortable temperature. It’s definitely my type of place to hang out for late night dinners. Oh, did I also mention that Asia Cafe is open 24 hours a day? Now you know where to go for that midnight cravings eh? ;)

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Loong’s Grill Fish and Fried Seafood

We tried several stalls that night, the first one being Loong’s Grill Fish. It’s simply difficult to miss this stall with it’s huge and bright red banner from their Ho Chiak fame. The spread of seafood was laid out for customers to choose and they looked fresh and clean!

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The fresh seafood

One of us placed some orders while I waited at the table, drinking a giant-sized Melon Cooler. It was a concoction of water melon and lychee and it was oh-so-refreshing!

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Melon Cooler – Large (RM8)

Our food soon arrived, beginning with the Fried Balitong, which is always a delight to eat! It was done ‘kam heong’ style and very aromatic, not to mention addictive! I couldn’t stop myself from sucking out these little things! Most people think that Balitong meat is bland, but I say the fun is all in the sucking! *LOL*

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Fried Balitong

The Chilli Crabs arrived next, which was a signature dish from Loong’s stall. The crabs were huge and meaty, and the sauce was hot and spicy. Very appetizing!

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Chilli Crabs

The Lala in Superior Soup was one of my favourite that night! The dish looked quite plain and innocent really, but a sip of the soup sent shivers down my spine. It was unexpectedly and amazingly good! Very rich with the goodness of lala and a  hint of Chinese rice wine.

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What’s in the foil?

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Lala in Superior soup

Of course, how could we forget the Grilled Fish from Loong’s Grilled Fish? :) To me, the importance of Grilled Fish or Ikan Bakar lies in the chilli sauce (sambal) itself. The thing is, anyone can grill a fish but not anyone can make great sambal. It has to be thick, spicy and flavourful but not overpowering the taste of fish. And I daresay Loong managed to grasp the balance well and presented the fish really well.

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Grilled Fish

The last dish from Loong’s was the Kam Heong Squid, which tasted quite similar to the Fried Balitong sauce actually. It was spicy and savoury, very appetizing.

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Kam Heong Squid

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Bright red Ho Chiak banner

Next up was the ‘Siu Chau’ Food Corner, where all kinds of noodles can be requested and cooked by the owner here.

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‘Siu Chau’ Food Corner

I thought the Fried Yin Yong noodles (flat noodles and vermicelli) arrived drenching in wet goodness, with large-sized prawns to boot.

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Fried Yin Yong (Flat noodles and vermicelli)

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‘Dai Luk Meen’ or Fried Thick Noodles

While everyone was busy enjoying noodles, I found the Fried Rice to be quite good too. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that I was busy eating the Chilli Crabs, and hence coupling it with rice seemed to make more sense. :)

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Fried Rice

Another we tried was the one selling Wan Tan Mee, located at the far end at the back of Asia Cafe.

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Wan Tan Mee Stall

The stall served roasted pork, roasted chicken and BBQ pork as accompaniment to the wan tan noodles.

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Roasted Pork Belly and Chicken

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BBQ pork with thick wan tan noodles

Last but not least, a stall worth recommending is the Steam Rice and Soup stall, not really for the rice, but for the soups!

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Steam Rice and Soup Stall

I really fell in love with their soups! We ordered 3 to try that night and all of them were fabulous! Very home-cooked, flavourful and tasted like they were boiled for hours. The Old Cucumber Soup was supposed to bring cooling effect to one’s body, so it was perfect after I ate so much grilled seafood!

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Old Cucumber Soup

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Lotus Root Soup

I half-expected the Chicken Ginseng Soup to be bitter and difficult to drink but this was not! It was very pleasant and fragrant from the chicken that was boiled for hours, making the soup taste sweet and delicious.

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Chicken Ginseng Soup

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Steamed Pork and Salted Fish Rice (Ham Yu Far Lam fan)

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Kung Po Chicken Rice

Overall, I loved the seafood from Loong’s Grilled Fish and the amazing soups from the Steamed Rice and Soup corner. Oh, don’t forget their giant glasses of juice! Saucer and I loved them so much we ordered a second glass! :)

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witch and Saucer sharing a Dragon Heart (RM8/large)

Asia Cafe is definitely a place to hang out for some local street food without the discomfort. I applaud the fact that it is built next to the Tune Hotel, making our Malaysian street food literally foot steps away from the tourists who stay in the hotel!

Getting there (source)

Asia Cafe (Next to Tune Hotel Kota Damansara)
Persiaran Mahogani,
Kota Damansara PJU5,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor,
Malaysia.
Business Hours: Opens 24 Hours
GPS Coordinates: 3.154208, 101.590339

London Bridge has Fallen Down *updated with Video*

Remember the song, “London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady”? Of course, the London Bridge in London didn’t really fall down, but the London Bridge in Great Ocean Road actually collapsed! It happened circa 1990 and after the collapse, it has been renamed to London Arch instead. If you drive along the Great Ocean Road, you would see it after the Twelve Apostles. This was the new that welcomed us near the London Arch.

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View from London Arch

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London Bridge before it collapsed

According to the information board, there were actually tourists trapped on the London Arch when it collapsed! They had to be rescued with a helicopter! So fortunate that they were actually on the surviving portion of the bridge eh?

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London Arch #1

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London Arch #2

Just look at the powerful waves. It’s no wonder the bridge even collapsed. Such is the power of water. Never underestimate it.

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London Arch #3

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London Arch #4

Just further up from the London Arch, there’s another attraction called the Grotto, which we stopped by to take a look as well. The Grotto is a sinkhole formed by erosion from the coast.

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Shaping a Grotto

The view from the top of the Grotto was breathtaking! It was too bad that we were running out of time or we would have taken the stairs and gone down for a better view.

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View of Grotto from the top

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The Grotto

And that was the last stop we had before reaching the end of the Great Ocean Road and returning to Melbourne via the freeway. It was without a doubt one of the best drive ever. If you ever go to Melbourne for holiday, do spend at least 2 days to drive along the Great Ocean Road for an unforgettable experience.

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The Great Ocean

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Strong waves pounding on the cliffs

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The London Arch

Pounding waves at London Arch, Great Ocean Road

Thunder Cave and Blowhole at Great Ocean Road *updated with videos*

Second last post on our Great Ocean Road adventure, I promise! After the Loch Ard Gorge visit, we followed the signboard and walked towards the Thunder Cave. This was the information board regarding the Thunder Cave. As you can see from the information below, there used to be an arch over the ocean but the continuous force of wind, sea and rain water narrowed the arch until it gave way to what it is today.

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Thunder Cave information board

This was the picture of Thunder Cave as of 2010. Look at the strong currents from the ocean. It’s no wonder the arch collapsed over time.

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Thunder Cave

Just next to the Thunder Cave was another cave. I initially thought this was the Thunder Cave, for the strong waves that hit the cave gave a resounding boom not unlike the thunder. A very angry and loud sound indeed. You could almost feel that the waves were trying very hard to eat into the cave walls.

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Cave near the Thunder Cave – observe the strong currents

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Receding waves from the walls of the cave #1

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Receding waves from the walls of the cave #2

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Thunder Cave top view

Video of strong pounding waves at Thunder Cave

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Saucer and witch at Thunder Cave

From Thunder Cave, there was a path that led inwards, going through a vast green field and ending up with more magnificent views of the ocean.

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A view of the great ocean

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Another view of the ocean

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Observing the angry and strong waves

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An isolated arch

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Magnificent view of great ocean

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The angry ocean

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The green field that we passed by

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Amazing isn’t it?

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The path that we walked

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Great Ocean Road view #1

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Clear turquoise water


Video of the Great Ocean Road

Even though the waters were rough and the waves were strong, one could not help but be amazed by the crystal clear and turquoise ocean. This was definitely a must-visit view of the Great Ocean Road. Final part will be coming up shortly! :)

Loch Ard Gorge of the Great Ocean Road

Another attraction that one should not miss while driving along the Great Ocean Road is the Loch Ard Gorge. Situated just 10 minutes from the Twelve Apostles, this place was named after a clipper ship Loch Ard which was wrecked on a nearby Muttonbird Island after a 3-month journey from England to Melbourne. The amazing thing was only 2 survivors made it out of the 51 people on board, thanks to the gorge that protected them from the very strong and fatal waves of the ocean.

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Loch Ard Gorge information board

If you just stand in front of the Loch Ard Gorge, you would feel so very close to the waves. There was a staircase that led down towards the beach, where the two survivors were washed ashore hundreds of years ago. The waves hitting against the limestone hills were humongous and very strong. It was as if the waves were in a constant anger, trying to knock down the limestone barriers.

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View of the shore with receding waves

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View of the shore with oncoming waves

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Loch Ard Gorge from the top

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Us at the Loch Ard Gorge

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witch with the strong waves taken at the shore

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Warning of unstable cliffs

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Inscriptions on the limestone

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So close to the waves

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The Island Archway (closer look)

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The Island Archway

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View of the cliffs

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Strong and angry waves

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Limestone hill by the Loch Ard Gorge

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Clear turquoise waters

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Beautiful Loch Ard Gorge

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Limestone hill by the beach

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Saucer posing *LOL*

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The protective barriers of the ocean

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A cave behind the beach at Loch Ard Gorge

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Look at the strong waves – imagine if the hills were not that to break them

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Saucer and witch at Loch Ard Gorge

PS: Apologize for the lack of words in this post. The fact is we’re now traveling in China and the connection here is pretty slow. Loading the pictures took me almost an hour! Do bear with me for we’ll be back in a couple of days! :)