I’m in Melbourne with Ling!

hb ling melbourne

Greetings everyone! I’m in Melbourne right now for a couple of days with Ling. That’s her right there.

rydges on swanston

The photo was taken right in front of the tram stop at Rydges on Swanston, where we’re staying. It’s AUD 680 (about RM 2,100) per night!

victoria public library

This is the Victoria Public Library in front of Melbourne Central Station. I haven’t been back in about 10 years!


A lot has changed since then – MyKi is required for trams and trains. It’s a pre-loaded card that allows you to travel by just scanning it on public transport. It was still old school plain cardboard tickets when I was in Melbourne in 2003.

candy bars

Candy! These are variants that only Australia has.

no doz

No-Doz caffeine pills! For all your wakefulness needs. πŸ˜‰


Big M milk! There’s all sorts of flavors and 1% fat versions now. I remember blogging about this when I was living on campus in 2002 – there was a Big M Banana Flavoured milk giveaway on the campus shop the same month I *started blogging* due to the expiry date coming up.

photo bomb

Best photo bomb ever! Haha! It’s our first overseas vacation together. In a sense, this was how we met. The HIMYM story is actually slightly longer than that but how we started our relationship was due to this Melbourne trip. πŸ™‚

Posted: 6:08 pm Melbourne time (GMT +11)

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68 thoughts on “I’m in Melbourne with Ling!”

    • Me too!

      It’s good to drink it again. I also miss No-Doz. Haha.

      I used to take the 100 mg caffeine pills to stay up. Equivalent of one cup of coffee per tablet. There’s a 200 mg version too. Can’t really get this easily in Malaysia, while it’s sold at 7 Eleven here. πŸ™‚

    • Yup, she’s the one! πŸ™‚

      I’m really lucky to have her and we’re happy together.

      Thanks! It’s our first vacation together.

    • Haha! Well, for reasons you know, that won’t happen this year.

      I’m aiming for early next year after CNY if she wants to. πŸ™‚

    • Well, that’s why I said it’s a given you’ll be our wedding singer, buddy! πŸ™‚

      Haha! Those little hints, we *both* thought you knew dy. We also thought Merryn knows.

      I will mate, and she’s coming back to Sibu with me for elections. I want my dad to get to know her.

      • I knew. Too much ‘bombs’ in the blog post that I recognized since I know Ling personally. Anyhow, I’m following your love story with immense interest. πŸ˜€ God bless you both. Yu both deserves all the happiness you can get.

  1. Ahh…this is the lady who has been capturing your fuzzy heart first and and then your stomach. Luckily captured your heart first cuz stomach not important. ;-D

    I read her blog too and she has two beautiful girls.

    Lucky chap you! All the best to you both πŸ˜‰

    • Haha! It was definitely the heart first. I read her cute account in her (offline, written) diary that she planned to give me as a birthday present, with illustrations. She’s awesome!

      Yeah, she does. πŸ™‚

      She accepts me for who I am, the entire past, wholesale. I totally accept her and love her unconditionally too. Everyone deserves second chances.

      Thanks! I want to make her happy, we’re happy together.

      • Sobs…*so touched* she loves you for who you are and what you’re not, and you love her unconditionally too. *wipe tears*

        Yes, everyone deserves a second chance at happiness. Naysayers can all rot in Hell.

        • Amen to that! πŸ™‚

          There’s a lot of naysayers and green eyed monsters out there but we don’t care.

          Haha! We’re all good, happy with each other and in our lives together.

          Thanks for the support Eli!

  2. Oh that milk! They were giving away at my university (Curtin) when i was at Perth too! Didn’t bother to try as i am not a fan of chocolate milk LOL, no Tim Tam? πŸ˜›

    • I’m a huge fan of milk. πŸ™‚

      I’ll usually drink Coles store brand 5 liter monsters though. Big M is the stuff I drink for fun.

      Yup, just got Tim Tam + 1.25l Coke for AUD 5. Added AUD 1 for a candy bar. They always have great deal combos – it’s cheap if you don’t convert.

    • Thanks Sue! <3

      Only my family and you knew about her on my end, she told her closest friends but we decided not to hide or deny it anymore.

      We're happy together and that's a lot for love. (waah livin' on a prayer)

      We'll give it a shot! πŸ˜‰

      Cheers for all the support Sue! Much love from the both of us.

  3. The third photo, are you taking the Victoria Public Library or you are taking the white shirt guy doing “something” with his girlfriend on the lawn?

    • Haha! There’s always a lot of people displaying affection at the lawn in front of Victoria Public Library. πŸ™‚

      It’s just across the road from Melbourne Central Station where I get off usually. You’ll be hard pressed to take a photo without people making out, or at least some form of PDA, unless it’s winter.

    • Mine too mate! πŸ™‚

      I like Australia coz it’s a huge test bed for new limited edition candy flavors. Always used to blog about it.

      Thanks bro!

    • Yup, it’s where I studied for 4 years and now exactly 10 years later, I’m back! πŸ™‚

      It’s even better that now I’m with my love.

  4. Again massive congrats to you, HB. You two look super compatible and also super happy together. Am so pleased for you both.

    Also! Melbourne CBD is where I live and lurk. Would be awesome if I manage to bump into you. I’ll be sure to say hi if I do.


    • Thanks Jyannis! πŸ˜€

      Yup, she’s very nice and understanding and I try my very best to make her happy and give her little surprises.

      Oh! Too bad we didn’t bump into each other, would be nice to hang out together over lunch!

    • Thanks for reading Chris! πŸ™‚

      We had an awesome trip! It’s our first one together and it’s kinda how we met also, have to give credit to Melbourne for that. Haha. Cheers!

  5. Haven’t checked your blog in a while so it’s nice to come here and see that happy photo of you two πŸ™‚ I have a good eye for ppl with good aura and I can tell she’s a keeper. You guys look good together! Enjoy Melbourne…possibly the city I’ll be moving into soon πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Cas! πŸ™‚

      That’s great – she is a very nice person in real life, not just looking good, but is essentially good too. She’s a keeper alright.

      Nice! I love Melbourne and we’re going back again (as one of the destinations on our honeymoon maybe). See ya then! πŸ˜€

  6. woo nice. Looks like you’re having heaps of fun. I miss melbourne! Was there 2 years ago and Myki was already introduced, I kinda prefer those old skool cards where you had to validate, and it made that “kaching” sound..haha.. anyway, lovely photos!

    • Hello Alycia! πŸ™‚

      It’s great to hear from you again! I still remember the sea kayaking trip and skydiving we did in Byron Bay in Australia in 2011. Haha!

      I didn’t know Myki was out that early! I thought it was new. Heh. I do miss the old cards too but I guess the new ones are more environmentally friendly (no paper) and user friendly (easy to keep in wallet and just use it instead of the old cardboard monthly passes). πŸ˜€

      Thanks! We had a lot of fun in Melbourne!

  7. Oh My God! That place cost RM2100 a night!!! I will be in Shanghai for 6 nights next week and the total cost of hotel rooms is just that sum of your one night. LOL

    I am a chocolates fan too! Yum! yum!

    • Yeah, it was Formula 1 season during that particular weekend so hotels were at full occupancy!

      It could have been worse – the others was over AUD 1,000. Oh well.

      You’ll love Australia then – there’s always a limited edition or new candy coming out. It’s a test bed for stuff like that – the demand is there. πŸ™‚

    • Yup, we decided not to hide it, but didn’t want to intentionally reveal either but it was time. I love her and she loves me. πŸ™‚

      That’s the most important thing.

      Thanks for the well wishes Sherrie!

    • Haha! Yeah, I thought the guy was really funny too. πŸ™‚

      We didn’t even notice the photobomb until we went back and saw the photo.

      I think we brought one back but ate it dy. I saw this too late or would have gotten one for you. It’s only available in Australia.

  8. I’m so happy see how u reply your fans comment, I can feel that you really treasure and cherish every moment with her, holiday can bring both of u more closer, going with your loves one to any corner of the world you will happy as long as she with you……

    • Thanks Winnie! πŸ™‚

      We just celebrated our anniversary. I really do love her and I’m lucky to have her.

      I’m glad we’re together and this trip really brought us closer. It was fun to go back to Melbourne again and have her along with me.


    • Thanks Mei! πŸ™‚

      We had a lot of fun in Melbourne. It was awesome to go back to Victoria again, drive to Phillip Island, walk around the CBD, take a tram and see all the differences that it has undergone in 10 years.


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