Melbourne Day 61: Exploring Tesselaar Tulip Festival

It’s Monday! First day of mid-semester break. Woke up at 7am, prepared meal for lunch and I hit the station to catch a train to Lilydale. Tesselaar Tulip Festival is held yearly in a tulip farm in Monbulk Road. The journey took place around 80 minutes from Caulfield. I need to change train in Richmond and step off at Lilydale to eventually hop on a bus to go the farm. The transportation costs around A$14.

Lilydale Bus Stop

Special on Monday, the general admission is A$10. The weather is good. The sun is not shy to shine. The sky was so gorgeous, it’s so blue and the cloud makes it more perfect. It was another perfect day in Spring. My friends and I walked around the farm and took some pictures. We admire how beautiful the flowers are. So colorful, so beautiful and magnificent. I never know that they can grow Tulip in Australia, so it saves a lot of money to go here instead of Netherland just to see Tulip.

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival: Flower Power

There were also miniature of windmills, cafe, sculpture exhibition and gift shop. I bought myself a mini snowball and keychain. I also enjoyed a plate of poffertjes with icing sugar and strawberry sauce on top of it for A$6.50. It was yummy and I like it!

.my mini snowball and keychain.

Nom..nom..nom.. Poffertjes with icing sugar and strawberry sauce :)

The visitors are mostly family with kids, old&young couples, and group of students who are busy trying to capture themselves surrounded by tulip (including me:P).

Aku cantik kaaan :) hehe


Look at the sky!

The visitors are kept busy to find seven lost gnomes hidden in the garden. Once we track them and wrote down their names in the paper, we can receive ‘sweet’ prize. I followed the game, found all the seven gnomes and got my ‘sweet’ prize; candies :) The missing gnomes are Atilla Graffiti, Pallada, Falcon, Charmeur, Camargue, Rambo and Dordogne. Those gnomes are named after a tulip.

Meet Mr. Atilla Graffiti :)

I found this sculpture interesting :)


My (first) library experience :p

Just feel like writing a quick note. Weeks of issue summary has finally come to an end. Now here comes three major essays before the finals. I only wanna pass all these units. Story I heard from my flatmate who failed her unit in the previous semester is making me anxious. Sitting in the class with all this education standard and expectation is a burden. I was not that bad when I graduated from my university, but studying here is a whole different thing. Half of the time, I don’t understand what my professor are talking about, I can not keep up with the discussion flow, I stutter when I express my opinion or question, I got pretty beat up although no one can really see it. I manage to put my cool face on (or my face down so no one will notice me). I keep saying to myself that I can do this. Even if it means I need to put extra efforts, even if it means spending at least 14 hours straight just to write down a 300-word summary (which is not really satisfying because I am not fluent in expressing the ideas, particularly in academic writing); something that can be done by my classmates in only an hour or two.

Got so many things in mind now; school and personal issue. Maybe I am stressed out, maybe I am excited. It’s week 9 already! 3 meetings left and we’re all done for the semester. Well, it also means the deadline for the major essays are getting closer. Probably no one will believe it, but I finally go to the library and borrow the books for the very first time since I am studying here (oh well, I have a clean record of not borrowing any books from library during my undergraduate study, which was crazy! How can I finally graduate with such record?! *smh) I have this weird way when it comes to doing the assignments, I usually just lock myself up in my room -watching movies actually! I just realise how easy my mind got distracted because when I am looking up for journals or online books, I will end up downloading TV series, songs or browsing tumblr. It’s like everything else (other than books and journals) is MORE urgent at that time. “There’s never a perfect time to do assignments other than NOW.” I keep telling myself that, but it doesn’t work. Stupid procrastinator! Oh well, it should be a quick note, I just wanna say I am proud of msyelf for going to the library and finally borrow the books. The other thing I am proud of myself is having the courage to come and consult with my professor. It really takes a lot of guts to come and see him. I am pretty sure I looked dumb, I had difficulty explaining my project and there was time when I missed his inputs. Oh well, at least I come and ummm talk a bit haha

I am watching Glee’s first season now, I really love Lea Michele’s voice :p I have been watching old movies and series lately; Pretty Woman, Carrie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai :p haha. I was watching the first and second season of Grey’s Anatomy last weekend :p Some nights I just wake up and can not sleep anymore. My mind wanders to some familiar place, face and smell. Those are the moments when I hate myself for falling too hard.