The last time our family was together was about 3 years ago when we celebrated Eid in Adelaide. For most of Eid there would be one or two of the children missing... So for this year's Eid I wanted all of us to be together again and the likeliest place to converge was Adelaide again where our eldest resides. It was quite difficult to plan at first because the youngest was still in Egypt and his date for the flight home was quite late into Ramadhan and at times uncertain as he had to wait for exam results to make sure he didn't miss any resits... Anyway, Alhamdulillah he was finally home 24th July half way through the fasting month. Then when we started booking flights for the 4 of us (hubby, Kak Lang, Adik and I), we discovered that most flights to Adelaide and Melbourne were already full. Unfortunately for us, the Eid holidays coincided with the school holidays and apparently, Malaysians just love visiting Australia! We secured Adik his ticket to Adelaide since he was being paid in full (thanks to the two big brothers who sponsored...) while the rest of us would have to be on standby (*sigh*). The hubby finally found a few seats still available but going to Sydney... an idea dawned upon us to travel on a motor-home and Bang Long (who is always on the look-out for a great deal) found one which needed to be relocated back to Adelaide ($5 a day) and fitted exactly to our dates of travel! So, Bang Long would fly to Sydney (and so would Adik who already had a ticket to Adelaide - that was a bit of a glitch but he wouldn't want to miss all the fun) and drive all of us to Adelaide (all of us had to drive the monster actually - except Adik who doesn't have a driving license yet). So, sit back and relax (...
an irritating cliche from MAS pilots..*groan*) and enjoy the pics!
Adik had never seen snow before, (Kak Lang had experienced dustings when we passed through East Turkey in our journey from Tehran to Egypt in 2008) and since it was and still is I think, winter, we headed towards Melbourne so that the kids could frolic in the snow at Mount Buller... And we were not disappointed, the youngsters had a great time while we, somewhat 'elderly people' thought we were going to freeze to death... By the way, the second son, Bang Ngah managed to leave his restaurant in Melbourne for the day to join us having err...fun. Here are some interesting pics:
Next part of the journey was the Great Ocean Road, stopping to view some spectacular sights. Even though we've been through this road many times but it would be the first for Adik and the stops were mostly first time for some of us, too.