Rise and Shine!!!!
Today we’re going to see some WHALES WOOHOHOHOHOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Whale-watching FTW!! I feel like such an animal person now haha. Only hardcore animal enthusiasts go on whale-watching tours… they’re expensive + not guaranteed contact + very challenging boat trip that makes everyone puke on board.
Like, REAL WHALES IN THE REAL OCEAN!!
I’m hardly ever on the ocean, since boating is not that common for Singaporeans, so the only time I’m ever out at sea is when I’m on holidays… but I’ve never seen a dolphin in open waters before!!!
I’ve been on a number of boat trips, taken cruises, been to snorkeling islands and all that shit but I’ve never even seen a whale, or a dolphin, or a turtle, or.. JUST ANYTHING LAH!!
I only see all these beautiful creatures in captivity, and as much as I love Sea World and their animals, seeing wild animals is a different kind of thrill altogether..
Getting onto the boat!!!!
I was mad excited but kinda skeptical at the same time.
I’ve never had any luck with animals. They all seem to hate me, even my very own hamster.. Well all except these two killer whales!! They’re my best friends.
I wasn’t convinced that we were gonna see any this trip…
I wanted to be optimistic, but hey, the last time I went on a dolphin-spotting boat trip that offered 100% sighting rate, I got completely soaked and the boat almost capsized but no effing dolphins.
I kept bugging Sammy boy by asking him every few minutes, “OMG are you sure we’re gonna see whales?!?” and he’s like, “Of course we will!”
Leaving Albany’s dock. Great weather to start the morning with! ♥ Such blueeee waters
Me and Sam ran to the front of the boat and sat down right at the tip!!
Hehe they have these nets that you can sit on, let your feet dangle freely and look RIGHT down into the ocean!! The feeling is like being suspended right above the ocean… Awesome, but scary.
I was hoping to see some fishes and stuff but obviously we didn’t -_-
Or at least, it started out gorgeous... Weather turned pretty shitty after awhile and it was rocking harder than a roller coaster.
I’m not scared of roller coasters at all, but being on boats fucking shit me… When conditions get rough, you HAVE to hold on really tight when the boat dips otherwise you’re sure to fly out of the boat and into the ocean.
We had to hold onto the hand rails with all our might… I’ve never been on a rougher boat and I wasn’t expecting it to be so bad since there were kids on board!!
They were mostly inside the cabin puking though.
Sam feeling miserably cold…
LOL why do we always go on boat rides when it’s winter?! Fucking cold as shit then you get icy sea water all over your body!! Like 60% soaked, no kidding.
G + B!!!
Open your eyes boy!!!
Why do guys never keep their eyes open long enough for photographs? They’re always either squinting or blinking! Girls don’t seem to have this problem! (probably cuz we’re professional camwhores)
Hehehe that’s better ♥
We had loads of time to soak up the sun and take in the view, because we had to travel out quite a bit to see the whales… they don’t come that near to shore! I was desperately looking all over for the sight of misty air coming out of their blowholes (first sign when spotting a whale!)
Hahahaha Sam is sooo awkward in pictures, he makes me awkward too because he’s leaning over and I’m like wtf am I supposed to lean on Blake?
Extreme whale lover on board!!!!!!
When the tour guide asked us questions about the whales, I was like “OH OH I KNOW!!!” *raises hand* like the annoying smarty pants in school who knows all the answers to questions people don’t care about hahaha
If you squint really hard, you can see some baby sea lions!
They’re so chill and cute, lying on the rocks basking in the sun and sometimes playfully waving at us and jumping into the water to cool off ♥
By this time, we had already seen some whales!!!!
I couldn’t take any pictures because they appear for like ONE SECOND and then they’re gone..
Even though the encounter was extremely brief, I was really happy that I could see them anyway…
THEY’RE FUCKING HUGE!!!!!!!!!
Like 16m ish long? Can you even IMAGINE being in presence of something that huge? (They were southern right whales)
How disposable and insignificant would you feel?
And you thought elephants were big!!!
Fun Fact: Southern Right Whales have the biggest testicles of all animals, weighing 500kg each. Woohoooo
Thank goodness whales are extremely gentle creatures, so you never have to worry about being attacked or harmed by them if you see one in the ocean!
In fact, many whales and dolphins are known to have SAVED human lives and seek out affectionate interaction… what lovely creatures :’)
So graceful, gentle, intelligent and awe-inspiring!!!
I was hoping to see the whales come close to the boat, or perhaps even see them breaching, but the best we all got was seeing its dorsal fin and tail fluke poke out of the water when it surfaced for a breath before diving again…
They seemed disinterested in interacting, so we didn’t chase them for very long
It was a really cool joint experience though, it’s like 40 strangers embarked on a journey and a mission together – to seek out whales in the ocean!!!
Whenever someone shouted, “LOOK!!!! THERE!!!” everyone will gasp and run to the side of the boat pointed at… really fun trying to balance ourselves on the super rocky boat + run around trying to spot whales at the same time!
The anticipation is INTENSE and people are just looking everywhere because they are very hard to predict..
When they take deep dives into the ocean, you have to guess where they’re gonna pop up next and it’s really confusing but thrilling at the same time!!
But also frustrating when you didn’t see what others saw just because you were looking at the other direction at that very second.
I won’t forget my first whale watching experience... because my most vivid image of the whole experience is this:
pic credit: komar.org
An enormous tail fluke against the bright sun… it was glistening as if it was magical, like Edward Cullen lol.
BUT NOW I CAN SAY I’VE SEEN A WHALE!!!!… ‘s tail fluke.
Now, I need to go seek out wild killer whales, and swim in the water with them… only then can I die in peace!!! I wanna see wild killer whales SO badly. Me and Sam have already planned how we’re going to do it.. We’re gonna save up enough money to go on a VIP trip with an Orca researcher!!!
I mean it’s such a brilliant idea right.. what other way to see whales is better than going with a researcher with a PhD related to orcas?
She takes you around different New Zealand islands to swim with dolphins, see other porpoises, sea lions, and of course killer whales….
THAT’S SO BLOODY AWESOME OMG I cannot wait.. I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it now.
(notice what I said about guys never opening their eyes in pics?)
Chinese food for lunch!!!!
After being on the water for 5 hours, we were absolutely starving…
Yes, FIVE HOURS because the weather was so bad that we had to go extremely slow. We all wanted to puke, Sam and about 70% of the other passengers actually did hahaha I’m so proud of myself for not puking because I get motion sickness so easily…
I even managed to fall asleep WTF. My mind is win. When it knows I’m going to spew everywhere, it orders me to sleep immediately!
Thinking about what to eat that’s actually worth my money…
Chinese food is so ridiculously expensive here!! It’s like 15 AUD for a bowl of fishball noodles or something -_-
I should open a restaurant in aus!! Super expensive food everywhere and people are willing to pay the money.
Gwen and Blake kept draining our iphone batteries because they were hooked onto angry birds.. that game is so viral!!!
Random unflattering pic of me and Sam leaving the restaurant
We decided to drive out to the coastline to get more scenic photographs taken… which was a fantastic idea because it was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen!!!
On our way there (driving in Aus is so fun!), I made them stop the car by the road side to snap some pics!! Everything is sooo vibrant I love it. Happy photos make me happy.
We drove to the famous rock formation called “The Gap”, and The Gap is pretty much located in the middle of NOWHERE and unfortunately for me, I felt a desperate urge to pee the moment we got there but there was no toilets anywhere near because we were right by the coastline!!!!
I couldn’t just pee on the side of the road either, since it’s a tourist spot and lots of people come and go… no secluded or hidden area!!
Sam told me to go do my business here. Who would pee in a place like this?!? What if insects or worms or some creature flies up my ass or something omg or a snake will bite my butt cheeks!!! *wild imagination*
I was seriously freaking out, feeling very miserable that I’m always caught in unlucky-nowhere-to-pee situations and then I spot THIS!
A family caravan!!!!!!!!!!
I was crossing my fingers and hoping really badly that whichever family who owns this caravan would return to their vehicle soon and allow me to use their bathroom… but Sam said I should just pee on the grass since they may not return for another hour.
Very thankfully, it was only a couple more minutes before I saw a family walking towards the caravan and I ran up to them asking if I could pee in it LOLOL well I didn’t phrase it like that exactly, but yeah, basically I went like, “Hi, I really need to pee and there’s nowhere for me to go here, can I use your caravan’s bathroom?”
Thank goodness they were really kind and allowed me! They said they’d hate to have to pee in the middle of nowhere too. Yay for kind Aussies!!!! ♥
(well not like they could reject me right… so poor thing)
Bashfully coming out of their caravan, feeling very pai seh about my situation…
And OF COURSE Sam is waiting outside to take a photo of my unglamorous moment!!!
It’s different for a girl man.. we can’t just whip our penis out and pee into a drain. We have to full on remove our clothes and everything and aiya I don’t wanna go into full details but girls will understand how helpless we feel without proper bathrooms.
Lol delirious that I didn’t need to flash everyone while peeing on grass
With an exploding bladder finally out of my mind, now I could properly appreciate the full beauty of The Gap…
At first I didn’t think it would be impressive at all, but when I saw it for myself I was BLOWN AWAY!!!
I should’ve taken off my headband and let the wind blow my hair in all sorts of directions.. Lol I love that feeling! It was supa windy up there, could probably blow an infant right off the cliffs wtf
Looking down at massive crashing waves!!! They are SO powerful that you get water on your face if you look downwards.
This picture doesn’t really do it justice, but The Gap is basically a really deep and narrow hole inbetween what was supposed to be the edge of a cliff…
So it’s like a gash that people can look down into and see waves coming up so high at them, you feel some water droplets splashed onto your face!!
Despite the ruggard coastline and heavy, destructive waves.. it was actually a very relaxing spot to be in
WE LOVE AUSTRALIA!!!
And they do too!
It’s just crazily beautiful.. you gotta be there in person yourself to appreciate its true beauty.
Sam’s a happy munchkin!!! (as you can see the weather was getting pretty bad at that time)
Gwen and Jess are two very HAPPY munchkins!!! Oh how I adore this piccy. ♥
And I never knew I could jump that high wtf
Hahahaha another supa cute jump shot but my hair’s always in my face FML. Gotta love Gwen’s over the top expressions!!!!
A natural “bridge”… weird rock formation!!!!
Last picture of G and B, and then we took a long 5 hour drive back home!
Even though the trip was pretty short, it was jam packed with activities and so much fun.
The real fun stuff was the smallest things that didn’t have to be grand like scenic cliffs or whale watching trips..
I find myself missing our karaoke singing in the car, off-beat finger snapping, blasting songs and driving at 140 along endless highways the most!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
The most epic part of the whole journey was when we were driving back home, and we were the only car on the seemingly endless road, in the middle of fucking nowhere…
We’ve been driving for about 3 hours straight and we were all tired but trying to keep our spirits up by blasting loud, awesome music to keep our energy pumping.
Then, Sam suddenly asks loudly and in a very anxious tone, “What the hell is that?!?” *points to his right*
We all looked and saw some red lights glowing in the distance, everything else was pitch black.
I immediately knew it was one of those communication towers (like telephone lines or something), but I jokingly said, “Geez, I don’t know, they could be red eyes that are watching you, Sam..”
(they kinda looked like those evil eyes in movies. like y’know, wolves in the woods or something!!)
…I thought he genuinely wanted to know what that was, but instead of laughing it off, he full on FREAKED OUT and stepped on the brakes and he was like,
“OI, DON’T SAY THAT!! Fuck you, selfish bitch, I’ll throw a moth in your face!!!
You guys tell me WHAT THE FUCK THAT IS RIGHT NOW!!
Right now or I’m fucking stopping the car or I’ll turn back, I swear! I don’t wanna drive any nearer to it!”
He kept shouting and freaking out and we were kinda like “WTF” for a moment.
Gwen was the first one to regain her composure (she’s the most motherly and calm!) and she reassured Sam by saying, “Don’t worry, it’s just one of those towers they use for communication”
I was still quite taken aback by his behaviour and the moth comment that I kept quiet for awhile….
….Silence fell for a few seconds……. before we all started cracking up BIG TIME.
I was like “LOL!!!!!!!! WTF was that Sam?!?”
and he replied in a very sad puppy voice, “I thought they were aliens!!!” and we all burst out laughing and didn’t stop for a good 5 minutes!
It was soooooooo funny…
Sam is dead scared of aliens (like motherfucking scared, like how scared I am of moths) and he’s convinced that one day they’re gonna come and abduct him!!!
I guess the red lights did look kinda creepy, since they were glowing bright red in the middle of nowhere and you could kinda see it was attached to some building.
I guess it DID look like a UFO in a certain way… *pats Sam’s head*
I think my baby was just too tired from driving for 3 hours straight, after a very long day lol.
But that was definitely the most EPIC 5 minutes of our journey!!!! ♥ Love it! Silly boy.
And we’ve come to the end of my Albany trip!!!
This is only the 1st of 3 road trips that I took during this holiday, so stay tuned for more, coming up real soon!!!
I’ll try to blog as often as I can.
Lots of awesome pics and events to blog about… I’m so excited
Sam’s coming down in a couple of days to celebrate his birthday and our 1 year anniversary soon. OMG can you believe it’s been a year, guys?
SEE YOU ALL SOON, AND HAPPY NATIONAL DAY SINGAPORE!!!!
Lots of love!