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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Melbourne, A City Built of Gold - Part 2

September 1, 2013 
Melbourne CBD

Back to blogging about my Australian trip. :P

The Victorian Gold Rush between 1851 and the late 1860s transformed Melbourne into a major boomtown. The gold wealth caused a great many lavish architectures to be built around the city center, transforming Melbourne into a world-class city.

Before I stepped foot in Melbourne, I simply imagined it to be a plain city with many modern glass and stream-lined buildings, nothing more. So it is fair to say that I was simply awed by the many elegant and luxurious heritage buildings in the city center. As I walked around, I was dazzled by the gold buildings, their color reminiscent of their wealthy origins. 

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Railway Station at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets is the oldest station in Australia. The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks", refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is diagonally opposite Flinders Street Station. The location for St Paul's Cathedral marks the location of the first Christian service held in Melbourne in 1835.A distinguished English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated.

Princess Theater

The Princess Theatre is a 1488-seat theater. It was first erected in 1854 by actor-manager George Coppin, who would create Melbourne's theatre land. Many world-famous shows have opened there, including Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.

Hotel Windsor

The Hotel Windsor is a luxury hotel in Melbourne. The Windsor is notable for being Australia's only surviving grand 19th century city hotel and only official "grand" 5-star Victorian-era hotel. The Windsor is situated on Bourke Hill in the Parliament Precinct on Spring Street.

Now this is another elegant building which I don't know, but it is situated near the Stanford Fountain. Most of the heritage buildings are pretty well-preserved, maybe partly due to the favourable weather. There are also many statues of famous people and early pioneers erected around the city center.

The horse carriages also add a touch of old-world charm to this beautiful city.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Week 16, 2nd Trimester - Morning Sickness!

Boy or girl?

We had been waiting eagerly for this day to arrive cos there would be a good chance of us seeing the baby's gender on the fourth ultrasound scan. But baby was being playful again... despite facing forward each time during the previous ultrasounds, this time it decided to be mysterious and faced downwards! So doctor's conclusion... might be a boy because she saw a faint hint of something... but don't go shopping yet because she's still not too sure...

Argh now we have to wait one more month to know!

On the bright side, everything seems to be developing well for baby. I tend to get a little bit worried cos till now I still can't feel anything growing/kicking inside of me, so I'm always looking forward to the scans to get a glimpse of how baby's growing inside my womb. Since baby was facing downwards, we got to look at its very nice backbone (which reminds me of those dinosaur skeleton inside the museum), its thigh bone which gave us an indication of how heavy is the baby (half the weight of a Philadelphia cream cheese now!), and its little finger bones (open-shut-open-shut)!

Cute baby, be good next scan and Mommy will buy you more books from the Big Bad Wolf Sale!

Morning sickness

The weird thing is my morning sickness has only begun to reveal itself during my second trimester. My first bout of vomiting started near the end of my first trimester, and yesterday I threw up everything of my home-cooked lunch (4th time). There is a joke between me and my hubby that baby is acting up (causing mummy to vomit) whenever daddy is not around.

Anyway, I don't really know what triggers it since I am able to eat almost everything... perhaps I shouldn't eat too big of a portion during my meals. It also might be due to acid reflux as the uterus is pressing on my digestive tract. And I am yet to try out the pills that doctor gave me to relieve the acid reflux. 

I am also yet to have any real food cravings... just that most of the time I am susceptible to food pics people post on Facebook. Hmm I think I shall have my hubby make me that egg salad sandwich tomorrow morning...