Melbourne: United Backpackers

Date of travels: 22 Dec 2013 – 2 Jan 2014

So… I’ve always wanted to see Australia and do a roadtrip, when the chance materialised, I knew I had to do it. It was a quite a sum for me to put in for the remaining 2013 consideringĀ  I had just done a big trip in March 2013 to USA. Thankfully, we’re at this point of time where AUD has dropped considerably, making SGD way stronger before. It wasn’t an easy decision to go but I’m so glad I did it.

I’ve always enjoyed my NUS life but the one big regret that I had was not being smarter at my module choices and beingĀ  too strong headed about wanting to do psychology. If I had just gone with Comms in the first place, I would have done way better and qualified for exchange. Oh well, I can’t turn back time now and so I’ve gotta make things happen now. Which brings me back to my point of going to Australia!

We spent three days exploring the city area before retreating to the suburbs. If you’re a couple staying in Melbourne, you got it easy because the choices are more varied (and cheaper) than triple shares. My friends and I are used to communal living and we’re at that age when we’re still okay to rough it out, it was an easy decision to go with hostels.

I was in charge of booking accommodation during this trip and my pick for our stay in the city was United Backpackers!

In a nutshell, I enjoyed our stay there and I would stay there again. Read on for a short visual tour and the goods and bads of this hostel.

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Punny affairs in office

I’ve got a lovable desk neighbour at work.

N is a design intern who’s been with us since early this year. At first sight and her introductory mail (our office policy is that every newcomer has to send an introductory mail about himself/herself when they first joined) you’ll think that she’s kind of a wild child. She has permed hair, dresses funky, cool image, a couple of tattoos and used to work for fashion shows.

Like everyone else, she started out quiet but now, I’m happy to share that she has opened up to the pod and yaks my ear off. No I’m just kidding, but she has such puns that I have to share.

SY: Why don’t you pick up the ukulele and join me at jamming! (Forever looking for someone to join me at jams btw)
N: Uku leave me out of this (You can leave me out of this)

SY: Can I have a McNuggets meal with the new Yuzu drink?
N: Yuzu drink more

SY: Oh, it’s so quiet without Curren (an ex-colleague of ours)
N: It’s Curren-ly so quiet here. So how are you keeping up with Curren affairs?

N:Do you know what Curren pays with?
SY: No what?
N: Curren-cy duh.

N: Oh you know Jes (our other colleague)? She Jes left in time for lunch.

N: When S went to Dubai she forgot Dubai back indian snacks for us!

Did I mention that N can eat char kway teow three times a week and still stay size XS? The amount of food she inhales is probably more than our colleague who plays competitive rugby.