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Hobart, Tasmania

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My initial reaction as soon as we arrived in Hobart was ‘Where are all the people?”

This photo was taken around 11am. Doesn’t it look like a deserted  place? Here in Singapore, downtime only starts at 12midnight and the rest of the day is just pure hustle and bustle! So seeing this really surprised me. Or maybe because I’ve been living here long enough that I’m not used to being in a relaxed place anymore? 

Hobart's CBD
Hobart’s CBD. Notice how the modern are the buildings here? Completely different from the buildings on the above photo.

Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth Street. One of Hobart’s shopping district.

Most, if not all, shops in Hobart closes at 5pm or 6pm (while malls here malls here in SG closes at 9pm, ugh!). We obviously came too late. Look no people! Good thing there’s Woolworths Supermarket at Campbell St. which is open till 10pm, we were able to buy food the next day’s long drive.

Taken around 9pm, on our way to Salamanca Place for dinner. I think Hobart has done a good job in preserving that modern Town look.

I took this while crossing the street. The weather was just so good to us on first day in Tassie. Clear sky, no rain. We took it as a good sign for the rest of the trip and it was indeed :)

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January 27th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Salamanca Market

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Our first stop upon arriving in Hobart was at Salamanca Market. Although we were exhausted and had little sleep during the flight we could not pass on the chance of visiting this place.


First thing I saw as we enter the crowded street. This would have been so creepy at night.

The market is open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. We arrived there around 1:00pm and it was pretty crowded. So if you want to beat the crowd be there as early as possible. (Do you see the red-headed girl?)

Fresh produce of the locals. The carrots looked deliciously sweet and fresh. I wish we had this here in Singapore. It would be more fun to cook using fresh ingredients.

These two talented guys juggling a small ball using their feet.

the balls

We saw a lot of wood crafts being sold. I also saw a peppermill made of wood and I really wanted to buy it for myself but it costs a whopping $60 a piece.  I was really disappointed. Too expensive.

homemade jams and preserves


Salamanca Fruit Market

Salamanca Place
Hobart Tasmania 7000

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January 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

We’re coming Tasmania!

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A few more days and we are off to Tasmania! This will be our very first trip outside Asia and will be sort of our second honeymoon :) Where is Tasmania you say? I’ve never heard of this place until a colleague of mine from Australia asked another colleague whether he’s ever been to the Island. The answer was ‘nope! never been there’ and my colleague’s response was ‘Ugh! you’re missing half of your life!’. I wasn’t eavesdropping okay? Its just that they were talking from a hearing distance (like beside me) so naturally i will hear everything  they say. Okay, okay, chismosa na kung chismosa! hahaha…. So anyway, i thought hmmm… what’s in Tasmania? And so that night, all I did was googled Tasmania and understood why. We’re so looking forward to see and experience the island for ourselves.

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We decided to plan the trip without the help of a travel agency. Rudel did all the plane, hotel, car (yes, he’s driving!) bookings while I helped with creating the itinerary. We are flying by Qantas to Melbourne and Jetstar from Melbourne to Tasmania.

Here are the sites that helped us with our planning:

Please watch out for my next posts about this trip. It will surely be filled with lots and lots of photos!

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December 9th, 2011 at 2:56 pm


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Just received this in my Inbox and I’ll all I can say is THANK GOODNESS! You see, we booked a flight with Qantas for our trip this December so when we heard the news about their fleets being grounded that really got us worried. No flight would only mean cancelled trip. We had already booked and fully paid all hotels we will be staying in and we’re not even sure whether the payment is refundable or whether they allow rebooking. But I guess we should leave all our worries behind now since it ‘seems’ that the airline is already in control of the situation.

Here’s the full text of Qantas’ letter to its frequent flyers…


Now that Qantas has resumed normal operations I would like to update you on what the recent decision by Fair Work Australia means for you.
I apologise sincerely for any inconvenience that you or your family experienced during the grounding of the Qantas fleet between Saturday evening and Monday afternoon.
The decision to lock out some of our employees was an immensely difficult one and one that I did not want to have to make. But it was a decision that we were driven to by the industrial action of three unions, together representing less than 20 percent of Qantas employees.
As of last Friday, industrial action by those unions had forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, disrupted 70,000 passengers and cost Qantas $68 million. Two union leaders had warned that industrial action could continue into next year.
This would have had a devastating effect on our customers, on all Qantas employees and on the businesses which depend on Qantas services.
On Saturday, I came to the conclusion that this crisis had to end. I made the decision to proceed with a lock-out, the only form of protected industrial action available to Qantas under the Fair Work Act, so that agreement could be reached quickly.
Unfortunately, it was necessary as a precautionary measure to ground the fleet immediately after the announcement that a lock-out would take place. While I deeply regret the short-term impact of the fleet being grounded, following the Fair Work Australia decision we now have absolute certainty for our customers. No further industrial action can take place. No more aircraft will be grounded and no services cancelled as a result of industrial action.
You can now book Qantas flights with complete confidence. This is an immeasurably better situation than last Friday, when Qantas faced the prospect of ongoing disruptions, perhaps for another 12 months.
We have now moved into 21 days of negotiations with each of the unions with the assistance of Fair Work Australia. All parties will be treated equally in order to reach reasonable agreements. If this cannot happen, binding arbitration will take place to secure an outcome. We will respect whatever decisions are reached.
Regardless of how and when the agreements are reached, the period of uncertainty and instability for Qantas is over. We are moving forward and putting this dispute behind us.
Our focus now is on our customers. We want to restore your faith by returning our on-time performance to its normal high levels, continuing to invest in new aircraft and lounges and ensuring the best possible in-flight experience.
The end of industrial action means we can concentrate on what matters – getting you to your destination on time and in comfort, offering the best network and frequency of any Australian airline and rewarding your loyalty as a Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Thank you for your patience and for your continued support of Qantas.

Alan Joyce
CEO Qantas Airways

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