Hitch hiking @ Moreton Island, Queensland

20 Apr

A friend of mine from Townsville was in Brisbane for the weekend. We wanted to do something fun so we decided to visit the island that is nearest to Brisbane city – Moreton Island!

It was a 90 minute ferry ride from the Port of Brisbane to The Wrecks, Moreton Island. It costs $60 for two-ways. Our initial plan was to camp at the campsite and join a day tour. However, all tours were either not operating, fully booked or too expensive. We wanted to bail out on this whole trip because it is technically impossible to get around the island without a 4 wheel drive (which is very expensive to rent). Moreover, we can’t possibly walk around the whole island , because 1) it is about 20-30km to get to the northern part of the island (lighthouse) from where we live. 2) The whole island is made of SAND, there are no proper road. In the end, we didn’t bail because we’ve paid $6/night for the campsite and we thought that this would be a GREAT ADVENTURE! We could just hitch-hike or something eh? YOLO.


Map of moreton island

We arrived on the island and the ‘the wrecks campsite’ was just a minute walk from where the ferry stopped us! We only saw a tent set up in the whole area, I’m pretty sure it was some Spanish men, and oops, we saw them nude because they thought they were the only ones at the campsite. Apparently, most of the avid campers camp at Bulwer or North Point. We set up our tent pretty quickly, got changed and was ready for an adventure! We didn’t know what to do next! We see no cars, and even if we see one, it’s probably full with no seats available. We see no roads too, so where how and where do we hitch-hike? “We’re screwed!”, we thought.

We walked all the way to Tangalooma Resort, it was about 1-2km walk by the beach. Before we enter the Resort, there were signs everywhere saying ‘non-resort members are not allowed on the property. Trespassers will be prosecuted!’. We didn’t care, we just walked all the way into the tour desk and  enquired about the tours available. An asian lady attended to us and explained about the tour packages available, she was very nice until she found out that we were not guests of the resort. She literally snatched the flyer away from our hands and asked us to get lost. At this point of time, we really didn’t know what to do. We were thirsty for water and we see no cars for us to hitch-hike.

We walked all the way back to the campsite, and followed the trails of the 4WDs. We walked on this trail for about 3km.


We stopped to have eat our packed lunch. Soon, a car passed us! Unfortunately, it was full.

Hitch-hike no. 1

Moments later, another car passed, and it was a couple. We asked them where are they heading, they were heading all the way up north of the island. It’s such a great timing, cause there’s where we wanted to checkout! It’s about 20km away. But, we would have to find our way back later. We hopped into the car without thinking much. The view on the way there was AMAZING.


The lovely couple who gave us a ride  – Valarie and Mark

They were extremely nice! Mark gave us tips and tricks about the paths we should be taking and whatnot . They dropped us at the cape, where the lighthouse is located.


From there, we walked all the way to North Point’s campsite to fill up our bottles with water. Even though there were signs saying to boil the water for 10 minutes before drinking, we couldn’t be bothered. We drank it and we were fine!  From there, we planned to head off to Bulwer, as that’s a busier area with restaurants and shops. We figured we could hitch a ride there. The walk to Bulwer seemed impossible, it was a 12km walk.

Hitch-hike no. 2

It was a long walk, we were tired. Few cars have passed, but they were all full. Finally, a car with a family of three kids stopped for us. They were so kind to give us a ride even though the car was full. The small boy went in front and sat on his mother’s lap. 4 of us squeezed at the back of the car. It was about a 30 minutes ride, and we reached Bulwer. We bought the  kids ice cream as a token of appreciation. We also ordered take-out burgers as our dinner. We approached a few cars at the restaurant, asking if we could hitch a ride, but the cars were all full. No luck, so we continued walking.


Hitch-hike no. 3

As we were walking along Craven’s creek, we hitched a 4WD. The lady wound down the window, and we heard loud barking noises of dogs. She apologised for not being able to give us a ride and moved along. Surprisingly, there was a car behind that car and they offered to give us a lift a few kilo down the beach all the way to Cowan Cowan (vehicles are not allowed beyond this point). Only a few Kilos more till we reach back to our campsite! We were chasing the sun as it was already 4pm +, we will be losing daylight very very soon.


Hitch-hike no. 4

We walked and walked.. There were no cars in sight. A car with 3 male teenagers drove past us, we asked for a ride and they screamed out ‘ I don’t think so!’. We continued walking till we walked out to the beach. We could finally see the wrecks! It looks so close, but it is actually a few KM away. We hailed another random 4WD with no passenger in it. He was a tradie who had not been having a shower because he had been working for 2 days straight. He was nice enough to drive us all the way back to our campsite. We finally made it back, safe and sound. We walked a total of 21km.


We ate our dinner by the beach as the sun set. We sat at the beach thinking about the crazy experience we’ve just had till the sky turned dark. It was indeed a really fun and adventurous day out.


We spent the next day snorkelling, sand boarding and sun-bathing by the beach. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to snorkel around the wrecks as it was pretty damn far and the depth of the ocean terrifies me.




We packed everything up by 2pm and boarded the 3.30pm ferry back to Brisbane. Ahoy!


View from the ferry deck



First day of University

28 Jun

The first day was roughly three weeks ago, it was hell for me. I hated it so much. The place was terrible, the people were unfriendly and I was not in the mood for something new. Eventually, things got better on the second week. I decided not to live in denial and carry on a positive mindset. I even had the thought of switching universities, and it was a decision purely based on emotions. Thank God I did not make such a hasty decision in the end. I guess the real problem was me not having the ability to adapt to new surroundings. The same feeling was there a year ago when I first entered college. But I ended up meeting some of the most amazing people that helped me change my life. All I can do now is to patiently hope and wait for things to turn out even better than before!

near the end

30 Mar

Saying Goodbye is probably one of the things I dislike most in life. It sucks more knowing that you will not be close to someone whom you are very close to right now and not seeing the same people you now see everyday. College is coming to an end for me, 1 week to be exact and I have seriously learned a lot from this whole 1 year, knowing who to trust, knowing how to use photoshop, knowing how to draw a freaking 3D floor plan, knowing what to do when you are hungover, knowing what is life, knowing how to drive better, knowing how to do a damned pepakura and knowing how to socialise better.  There isn’t a day without a laughter and there isn’t a day to not look forward to. Walking down the shit long corridor, having to wave and say hi, without fail, every day. Running to classes and rushing assignments. Classes are actually fun for once, with weird classmates and funny lecturers encouraging everyone to participate in class.  I will definitely miss all of these! 

Weird Day

30 Jan

This mini flow chart illustrates my typical night before an exam/test.

Motivated -> Panic -> Rush -> Demotivated —–> Motivated -> Panic -> Rush 

and the cycle could go on and on till 4am in the morning. 

My motivation hardly remains till 4am in the morning, they usually disappear by 12am and I would be at bed sleeping like a baby by 12.10am. However, this is not the case for me yesterday night. It has been 5 weeks since the semester started and I still have absolutely no freaking clue of what my finance lecture has been teaching all these while. For the sake of achieving a distinction, I slept at 3am.

Then, the day just got weird.

1. Received some drunk text from a lecturer which did not make any sense! 

– Holeeeeeee



-Heritage Hotel

-mu secre eternity

-are u on a jetplane now


2. Had my lunch 3 times in 4 hours.

3. Saying random phrases like ‘update the latest version’ and ‘otak brain’ at random moments without realizing.

4. Saying ‘Silicon Bras’ when we intend to say ‘Silicon wristbands’ to two male lecturers. The laughter we got was louder than thunder. 

5. Overheard a lecturer’s conversation in which he said ‘fuck valentines’ to another lecturer and gave me the oh shit face when he noticed my presence.

6. Was invited to a bonding party and we promised to attend, but we bailed it instead.

and lots other more.

Sleep is important !



Now Is Good

29 Dec

This is a film based on a book written by Jenny Downham – “Before I Die”. It has a very predictable storyline. A 17 year old girl named Tessa is diagnosed with leukemia 4 years ago and decides not to undergo chemotherapy because she is determined to enjoy life to the fullness before she dies. Tessa has also made up a bucket list, topping the list would be sex, drugs, shoplifting etc.

Nonetheless, Tessa who is played by the young and talented Ms. Dakota Fanning, speaks in a British accent! It sounded weird at times but she definitely pulled it off. Her short haircut reminds me so much of Carey Mulligan too.

However, one day while Tessa was burning her letters and dress at a bonfire, she bumped into a hot, young and charming guy named Adam(Jeremy Irvine). That chap is good looking and everything but his acting is a little stiff and unnatural at times.

Soon, Tessa and Adam fell in love, but did not have sex.

A very cliche Nicholas Sparks kind of movie. I expected something more than this. Also, I kept forgetting the fact that Tessa is going to die soon. I didn’t even feel sad when she died. But it is a good movie to pass time.

28 Dec

First off, this is a great movie! It is literally about AN education.  The settings of the story is set in the early 1960’s with 16 year old (Mulligan) who is in the midst of completing her final year of high school. She then meets an older man named Jack (Sarsgaad) who appears to be filthy rich and properly educated. He drives a sports car, wears good clothes, has luxurious stuff etc. As they spent more time together, they were eventually romantically linked. Jack does not like talking about his work, but it did not take long for Jenny to find out what his job really is. With the influence of Jack and his friends, Jenny soon realizes that it is more important to enjoy her life aka seize the moment than to further pursue her studies in Oxford. Here comes the twist, Jack is a playboy and he steals for a living and he is still married, by law.

The meaning of ‘education’ this movie is trying to bring forth is that an educated mind does not necessarily mean an open one. Jenny may be really successful in the academic world, but she soon realizes that there are lots more life lessons out there that she has yet to learn.

Carey Mulligan’s performance was superb! No wonder they called her the ‘new Audrey Hepburn’. She is just great to watch. Though she is 24 then, but sure did she convince our minds that she’s 16!


27 Dec


Let me just start off by saying, I really like Robert Pattinson, but this movie? It was a big no no for me. They say the first 5-10 minute of a movie is very important, as it affects the mood of the audience. At the 10th minute of Cosmopolis, I still had no absolute freaking clue  of what this whole movie is about. It is so boring that 5 minutes felt like 20 minutes. This movie basically revolves around Eric, his assistant, a couple of whores and a limousine. The dialogues that took place are so pointless, meaningless and robotic. Robert Pattinson talks like he is reading a book or a script. I even think he is trying to give out the ‘mysterious’ and ‘cool’ kind of vibe through out the movie by talking and staring in a certain manner. Sadly, it did not work out well for him!

On the other hand, there are many positive reviews for this movie too. Some even say that this is David Cronenberg’s best film. Sad to say, but this is definitely not my cup of of tea.