It would be my last FULL day in Melbourne and there would be a few more places to go. As an afterthought, I decided to walk instead of taking a tram.
My first stop was at the Old Treasury Building which was once home to the Treasury Department but is now a museum of Melbourne History known as the City Museum.
Knowing that there’d be more museums right on my track in my days to come, I was actually more interested in checking out the architectural design of the exterior of the building than what there were inside.
Earlier on, I bumped into this and I really didn’t know what to say about it. :-D
There are probably dozens of statues like this scattered all over Melbourne.
They are like everywhere I’d probably have to allocate at least a couple of days to check out what they are all about. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that much time.
It wasn’t long before I found myself standing right in front of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
And what kind of God would keep the people out of His house with something like this?
Kidding. It was on the other side of the road. In fact, you are most welcome to join in any of their services. I was actually there for the Sunday Mass.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the INSIDE is just so amazing I was instantly captivated by its beauty and elegance. It was so beautiful I had to remind myself over and over again that I was there for the mass or rather God and not for the church. LOL!
But then, I just couldn’t help it.
For a moment, I felt like crying. How I wished my mom was there with me. I knew how much she would have liked it there. She would have been happy.
And when could be a more perfect time to make your mom happy than on a Mother’s Day?
May be I should start (seriously) planning my trip to the Vatican City with her. It’s been like her lifelong dream. Amen? AMENNNNN!! :-D
Coming to church means you have to be ready to surrender at least fifty bucks out of your wallet to give out during a session called ‘collection’. So you now know why many people don’t come to church on Sundays – because they don’t have money!
Hehe. The Pope is gonna kill me for this. Of course it was a joke. You can give whatever amount that you’d feel like you can afford giving, or you can just pretend not to notice the collection sacks being passed around. The choice is yours.
Oh well, since Mr. Gov for some reason hasn’t been kind enough to allocate money for the construction of any houses of worship other than the one that begins with M, it is quite understandable that churches in Malaysia are left with no choice but asking for the generosity from the church-goers as a source of financial support. I didn’t know they also do it here in Australia.
I only got to check out the EXTERIOR of the building when the mass was over.
Noticing the existence of so many roses in the landscape, I didn’t know that roses could get this big.
And they come in many different colors.
And what is a church without statues?
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is probably best viewed from here.
Since a group of Japanese tourists were all over the place taking photos like the church was gonna blow up in an hour, I had to wait for at least half-hour before I could this photo taken. *look at how clear the sky is!
Ohh, and I was partly inspired by this guy here. Somehow he gave me some idea on what to do if I ran out of money in any of my travel trips in the future. Errrkkk! Palis2 though.. LOL! *Knocking on the wooden table.
Getting into the only shop that I found at the church of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, I was quite happy to see what a variety of religious items they had had to offer to its visitors.
But my excitement died almost instantly the moment the prices registered into my auto-currency-converting mind. Seriously, I could easily get a tiny piece of metal like this for less than RM1.50 in Sabah.
Buying this for my mom, I knew it would be the most expensive rosary in my mom’s collection of rosaries so far to date. Phew!
Walking away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, I made my way off across the adjacent Fitzroy Garden. It knew it would be the beginning of a VERY long walk across a series of gardens that dominate most of Melbourne City’s landscape.
The combination of all the gardens in Melbourne is actually so huge I was convinced that it is like 10 times bigger than the Hyde Park in London or probably 50 times the park at the Suria KLCC. You see, it is so huge it was impossible to cover it all in half a day without turning my long walk into, err, a camwhoring spree.. ? :-P
A little bit of asking around had led me to this little building here.
Located in the Fitzroy Garden, it was actually the Cooks’ Cottage.
Captain James Cook has brought such a huge significance to the history of Australia for being the very first mat salleh to have found and did the very first RECORDED landing on the Australian land.
Oh well, I actually didn’t expect there would be an entrance fee to enter such a small cottage whose existence might never even been known to Mr. Cook himself. The cottage, which was dismantled to bricks, is said to have been shipped all the way over from Captain Cook’s kampung in England and it was actually done AFTER his slaying on the Hawaiian island back in 1779.
I decided to skip it but not before taking another camwhored picture right in front of its entrance. You know, just as a proof that I was there. *coughing
Fitzroy Garden had turned out to be much bigger than I had expected I was actually having some difficulty in deciding which way to go next when a city council personnel came up to my rescue with a big map in his hand.
You see, Melbournians can get quite too friendly and overly helpful than you probably want them to be. The problem with having a map in your hand is, every time you make a stop to check your map out, it is more likely than not that somebody will come up to you to offer some help! How sweet you say? Not really. If fact, I found it quite irritating after quite awhile. I mean, I need some adventure at times. :-P
Looking so modern and futuristic, it was probably one of the most beautiful stadiums that I had ever seen.
Then problem came in the form of this.
I happened to know more about jade here.
Paintings, fridge magnets (ehem!), coloring tools, drawing pads, portraits, etc. But then, you know how they put the prices on things that are related in one way or another to arts. For sure, they are not cheap la..
Avalon Airport was nothing like how I had expected it to be. For one thing, it was in the middle of nowhere.
Thumps up to our airports here in Malaysia, Avalon airport offers no free internet, let alone free foods. LOL!