Holiyear™ 2010

February 22, 2010 in Commercial Break

I have just confirmed going for my April Sakura Homestay @Nagoya!!!

:D :D :D

Anyway, i am cutting down traveling a bit this year, because i wanna spend more time with my dogs. And also my friends here. So far i have got Japan in April,  Bali in May, Hongkong in July. That’s all for now. But the one country i would really love to go back again and explore more is Australia!!!

I have only been to Perth, and i miss the apple strudel, and Italian food, and mussels, and SHOPPING and the people there!!!

Australia is soooo huge and i don’t even know where to begin for my travel. Since almost everyone has been to places like Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast before, (and i have seen like a zillion photos on a zillion blogs already), i think i’d love to opt for the less-traveled and the extraordinary.

Think Western Australia!

There are many, many interesting places in WA, and i have heard of NONE, except Perth.

After some research, these are some of the highlights in WA, which i would really really love to visit.

Tree Top Walk, Walpole

Have you walked on top of trees before? The height of these forests inspired a world first. A sky-high walkway is the first walk trail of its kind was created to allow people to experience the majesty of these incredible trees.



Cable Beach, Broome

I didn’t know that Australia has camels! O.o

Here you can sit on a train and enjoy the most amazing ocean sunset in the world. There aren’t too many places on the planet where you can watch the sun setting over the ocean whilst catching a ride on a camel train.

Perth

I wanna go back again!!!! My Perth entries are here.

Antony Gormley Statues, Lake Ballard

It’s the largest outdoor gallery on earth. Well, on salt lake, to be precise. On the flat salt lake of Lake Ballard, one of the world’s most famous sculptors, Antony Gormley, has created his vision of an Australian community. Over an area of 10 square kilometres, 51 statues modeled on real locals from nearby Menzies, stand majestically for all to see.

South West Region

Do you want to go to the Top 10 places on the planet? Each year Lonely Planet chooses 10 regions they believe to be the world’s most incredible to visit. And this year, they’ve selected Western Australia’s South West.

WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING OUT ALL THESE WHILE???

I wanna go NOW.

Staircase to the Moon, Broome

Have you ever dreamt of climbing up to the moon? From March until October, an extremely low tide on the ocean’s mudflats, creates the perfect opportunity for a unique optical illusion. As the full moon rises, it creates a staircase effect that makes for a truly original scene. So romantic!

Monkey Mia

I ♥ dolphins! I heard that for 40 years now, wild dolphins have been swimming into the shoreline at Monkey Mia (why is it not called Dolphin Mia i don’tnow) every day. If you are a dolphin lover, this is the place for you. I miss swimming together with them!


Bungle Bungle Range, The Kimberley

One of the world’s best kept secrets is around 350 million years old. It is a wonderful range of multi-coloured cone shaped sandstone rocks that was given World Heritage status.

Whale Sharks, Ningaloo Reef

This is one of only a few places on the planet where you can swim with the world’s biggest fish. And i didn’t know they have spots all over. So noob T_T.


Horizontal Waterfalls, The Kimberley

Do you know that here are two waterfalls on earth which fall sideways. These are both of them. Rather than i explaining it (i haven’t even figured out how that works), it’s better that you see it for yourself! And the truly incredible thing is, you can travel over the waterfall by boat to observe this marvel up close.

Lucky Bay, Esperance


The sand on this beach is Australia’s whitest. Lolol so beautiful a beach even kangaroos love to chill on it.

The Pinnacles

So after you have “climbed”  the staircase to the moon, would you like to walk on it too? For some, the experience of walking among the Pinnacles is like taking steps on the surface of the moon. I have no idea how it feels like!

And i wanna go to each and every place! There are more than i can finish mentioning in this post.


All these amazing places!

If you are already tempted, now it is the chance for you to ACTUALLY travel to these places, IN A TAXI!

Tourism Western Australia is looking for passengers to embark on an extraordinary 4 to 8 days taxi ride on a record-breaking journey of a lifetime in WA.

You get to enjoy this truly epic journey without paying a cent!

You and your companion will be personally driven by Western Australia’s most talented taxi driver around Western Australia, travelling through some extraordinary places, taking in some of the most extraordinary sights and experiences on earth!

Now. How to become a PASSENGER?

  1. You are funny or interesting.
  2. You enjoy adventure, road trips, experiencing nature at its finest and playing up for the camera.
  3. You can rough it one minute or be pampered the next, all the while experiencing the extraordinary sites of Western Australia.
  4. you write and speak English well.
  5. You are available for travel for a period of 4 to 8 days between 9 April to early June 2010.
  6. You are available for a personal audition with your traveling companion on 11 March 2010 .
  7. you possess a valid international passport and are in good health, fit for travel.
  8. Claim to fame: You are willing to be on video and camera, have your conversations on the journey recorded and are expect to be trained for media interviews.
  9. you and your companion will grant Tourism Western Australia exclusive exclusive rights to use your pictures, videos, taped conversations, blog contents and other materials arising from the journey for our publicity, advertising & other promotional activities.

Log on to  www.bethepassenger.com for more info.

I can’t wait to be a PASSENGER!

76 people cheesed “Holiyear™ 2010”

  1. Come to Brisbane for a tea party with me haha XD

  2. the kimberley got a lot of nice places to explore lor!!! i wanna go hehe

  3. my gosh, what a great idea!!!! this must be really difficult and competitive lo. i bet half of the blogging community will register for it! xD u gonna register too?

  4. Common!!! Let’s go!!! Australia in October!!! It’ll be fun…. but we’re heading to Gold Coast & Sydney only….

  5. I wanna dive with whale sharks!

  6. i is going back to perth i think. HUHUHU

  7. yes yes yes!! come to perth!!
    i thought u wouldn’t wanna come back here since perth is quite boring compare to those places u’ve been to.

  8. Wow! Is this for real?
    I can’t believe my eyes!
    Are they holding it every year? Hehe
    Coz dunno if I can go this year lar

  9. Oh this sounds like a really fun contest to join. Holidays and travel always appeal to me! :)

  10. Wow this seems like an awesome opportunity, but unfortunately I’ve got school during that time. Thanks for sharing :]

  11. envy ur life..non stop holiday! and it seem all sponsor or what? how you get this alllllllll holiday!!!!!!!!!!! FMLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    jealous u!!!!! :twisted:

  12. You should visit Mandurah. They’ve got cruise ships to bring you around to see the beautiful houses there. WA’s oldest post office is also around the area. There are many orchards on the way to Mandurah and if you manage to find yourself a local kind soul to bring you around, you could go pick apples and persimmons for free. Their apples there are AMAZING. There’s even a town named after the Granny Smith apple. Whole town’s obsessed with apples wan. Right left center all apples. Even street lamps. Haha. Kinda cute but… totally bonkers, if you ask me.

    Go to Albany. It’s a quaint town where you can see whales and dolphins from a distance. (If you wanna see them up close, you can take the day cruise to Freemantle. The boat captains are nice. They even let you steer. =p) Albany is also weird in the sense that there isn’t a single traffic light in the whole town. They have MANY MANY mini roundabouts. Haha.

    And if you’re into gardens, aside from King’s Park, you can visit Queen’s Park. The Cat takes you there for free. If your timing’s right, you get to see black swans. It’s also the park where Notting Hill’s couch is. The one they used in the movie or something. Can’t really remember. If I’m not mistaken, that’s also the park with lots of statues of Peter Pan and all that. Quite random.

    If you go to WA in the peak of Spring, you can go see wildflowers. Very pretty but… they’re not really open fields. They are at a garden closer up north. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the place but it’s about 2 hrs drive from Perth City.

    Lunch time.

    If I think of anything else, I’ll write again.

    p/s: WA is a nice place. =)

    • omg u totally should be the ambassador :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      thanks for long long comment. really makes me wannago there NAO

      • Haha. I just like it a lot a lot and I spent some time there on a few holidays. =p

        There are loads of things to see if you’ve the time (and money) to drive up and down. =) Don’t forget to buy the flower-flavoured honey from Freo. Damn nice. Sweet sweet wan. Just mix with warm water and you’ll go straight to heaven. HAHA.

        Whatever you do, take my advice and forget Perth Zoo. *rolls eyes* Our Malaysian Zoo also better. Even Taiping Zoo can kick their arse hard.

  13. dammit.. i’m going next month.
    no annual leave anymore to go :cry:

  14. and then after that take a flight to Melbourne!!!! you can stay with me hahaha. you just have to cook for me :)

  15. Come to Perth if you like fishing! and crabbing :)

    Coral Bay is awesome, you should go the next time you come.

  16. nice :twisted:
    aus is a nice place to travel

  17. your holiyear sounds fun but honestly the places you go to are kinda like normal (maybe because all your holidays are sponsored or homestay la. can’t really blame you) but good thing you’re choosing something different. :grin: coz like all the places you blog about are so normal, i’ve been to most of the places, so, i just don’t bother reading your travel posts anymore.

  18. wooahh.. I’m Indonesian so i cant register ):
    where do you get these free holidays from for all this time?
    I always want to join but its limited to only singaporean and malaysian only ><

  19. Wah, wanted to join the contest and bring my wife along too. But baby how, leave at home ah?

  20. Hello! I am going perth for grad trip in May.(winter bleah) Got any places to recommend to me? =D

  21. I’m so glad you love Perth, because I live in Perth :)

  22. Hey Cheesie, I was watching Jay Chou’s drama Pandamen that he directed himself and there’s this guy who looks SUPER ALIKE to TK.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2755/4381009396_4822d9afe6_o.jpg

    It’s even more alike in video! For a moment I thought Tk is in it lolol. :p

  23. :lol: Hello cheesie! Can i know how you find homestay in japan because i will be going to japan soon and I don’t really have place to stay. ^^

  24. omg! come to perth! i wanna meet you hahaha. u’ll be like, ‘who’s this highschooler who wants to be my bestfriend?! ew.’ and i’ll be like, *starstruck* ahah.
    anyways, come come :)

  25. Come to New York cheesie!

  26. hi there, i’ve got a question.

    i’m going to osaka in april too. to work actually. and my dad is coming along with me. how long will the application of visa to enter japan normally takes for tourist (for my dad actually)?? do we have to go to the japan embassy to apply for the tourist visa??

    as for myself, i will have a letter from the company and will be going to the japan embassy to get my passport endorsement (hopefully it wouldn’t take too long).

    if its not convenient to answer me in your blog, please do me a favour and tell me through my email: catcindy85@hotmail.com

    i have no one to turn to right now and you are my only hope (as a follower of your blog, i do know that you make frequent trips to japan) and have the most experience in this japan visa thing.

    please.. help me…

    pretty please…

    although i’ve no idea what to give u back in return, sorry X(

  27. Come to Qatar cheesie!

    (bet ur expression will be like WTF) :grin:

  28. You are lucky!! :grin:
    My friend lived two years in Australia and she liked, enjoy well during this travel.
    I am a little bit sad because it does not accept French, I would have liked well making it. Well I would have a vision of the country thanks to your photos, it consoles me a little. :mrgreen:

    For me, my travels 2010 it is a weekend in London for April (for my birthday), in July 3 weeks in Tunisia and I would like to make a circuit in October or November to make Japan, thailande and Malaysia, yes yes all this, I have to save up for that and it is not easy!! :razz:

  29. Ever thought of popping by New Zealand? You will love it I swear! (^_^)

  30. there is more to Australia then just Western Australia..

    haha. there is… Queensland – Brisbane + Gold coast LOL.

  31. Monkey mia is awesome! ^^ Very touristy area. not super hot, and doesnt rain much at all :D Yes the dolpins do go to the shoreline.. but the rangers wont let anyone touch them! And the lines of people surrounding the dolphins make it harder to get near them. Unless you go super early! XD hehe.

  32. tomatosheryl says:

    i live in syd. tho~~~~~

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