Sydney 2

It is our second day in Sydney, and I am already impressed by the landmarks and environment. There are some memorial places never to be found in Melbourne, that is why I favour Sydney so much.

Today, we went to the Maritime Museum, located just 15 minutes walk away from the hotel. Dad parted with us at 8:30AM for work and wished farewell. Mum and I crossed a pedestrian bridge decorated with colourful flags bearing advertisements and posters, most of them about animals and history.

When we arrived, we showed the receptionist our ticket (Dad had bought online yesterday), but she said that the tickets were invalid and only for use after school holidays (22nd of July). So, we had no other choice but to buy the tickets now, or return to the hotel. Returning to the hotel wasn’t very appealing, so we bought the tickets anyway, as we can refund them online.

Mum and I went through the 3D cinemas watching a documentary on marine life. We then proceeded on to watch VR experience on Antartica (which made me dizzy), explore the HMB Endeavour (Captain Cook’s Ship), HMS Vampire (a army ship), HMS Outlook (a submarine) and the James Craig (a cargo ship)

Sydney

It was the 7th of July when I boarded the airline Jetstar, on a journey to Sydney. My father was on a business trip, bringing my mother and I, together. We caught the plane at 8:30PM, at Avalon airport, Geelong and quickly descended upon Sydney at approximately 10:00PM. Avalon was a small side airport and arriving on the Sydney airport was a huge change.

By the time we arrived at the hotel, it was already 10:40PM, well past my bed time limits. The hotel was rated 5 stars and I quickly realised why that was so. Great marble pillars stood up to three storeys high on the entry and rich velvet blanketed the Hotel’s floor. Our room was on level 5, Room 520. On the way upon the elevator, I noticed 2 different levels marked “Fitness and Indoor Pool centre”. So Posh. Our room didn’t have much of a view, but the rich facilities made up for that. Two well groomed twin beds stood proudly, facing a large, living room TV. The bathroom consists of a bathtub and a shower, plus a polished marble sink that was surrounded by a 1×1 metre mirror.

Snow Mountain 2

It’s 2019 and my second time to the trip to the mountains. My family is going with Gary’s Family (again) to the same place we went in 2018. I could remember the scenes clearly in my head. Rolling out of bed. Forgetting that I was going to the snow mountains. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. So I made a sticky note saying: “SNOW MOUNTAINS -TODAY” in bold. And stuck it on the ceiling. That is what I did last night.

It actually worked pretty well. I awoke and saw the note almost straight away. I pulled on 3 layers and hurriedly ate breakfast. At 8:30am, Gary arrived, so we took off. Dad, silly as he is, forgot to bring his snow gear. He was too busy preparing ours.

When we arrived, it was 11am, and figuring it will be handier, we ate lunch at the cafe. It was decent, with rolls and sandwiches, but dad wouldn’t let us buy chips. After lunch, we pulled on out snow gear, tobagons, ski masks, mittens, jackets and pants and set off for the snow slope which we will be sliding down. It was really fun, riding out boards, and it was more fun, when we capsized and landed, sliding on the ice.

It was a brilliant day, but it was 3, so by time we will get home, it will be 5:30. So, sadly we had to go, otherwise risking a very late dinner. We sasid out goodbyes and parted for home.

Regional Cross Country

After proceeding District and Division, I came to Region Cross Country.

I was in pretty down spirits as I knew I wouldn’t make it in. I was already in the top 100 distance runners in Victoria and there was no way I was going to be the top 100 runners in Australia. No way. So reluctantly, I still trudged my way to the Bus headed for the Place held for the competition.

The bus was spacious as It only contained 1/4 of it’s whole capacity. I previously thought that lots of the Multi-Class students would pass through, however, they didn’t. It was a whole 1 hour drive, but I didn’t talk, nor did I sleep.

After the boresome journey, we made it to the Race Track. It was all muddy and wet due to previous rains and the run itself was no better. My race was the 2nd out of the Primary Students, but we had to wait for the High schoolers to finish. Meaning that we had about 1 hour of free time. Me and my friend (only two in the 12/13 made it to the Regionals) went ahead and simply chatted. My race drew nearer. My tummy started getting butterflies.

Finally, it was my race. There was many puddles and obstacles. Like someone pushing other people out of the way, for instance. That wasn’t great fun. He pushed me out forcefully and I nearly tripped. Sweaty try hard.

At the end, I came 71st out of about 100. Terrible score, but ok for a guy who is sick and had a terrible head start.

Division Cross Country

After succeeding District, I proceeded to Division Cross-Country.

I awoke to the sound of a loud kettle going off. “This was it. This was the day.” I said to myself. I got dressed and hands trembling, went to the kitchen. The sudden brightness of the lights gave me no reassurance, for I was already considering the fact that I may not proceed to the next level of Regionals. But I knew that there is always hope within the dark, so I set on a growth-mindset and ate breakfast.

At last, The clock hit 8:50. It was time to get on the bus. There was only about 50 of us, out of the 800 students who participated. Single filed, we marched onto the bus, and took off. We were off to Jells Park.

The first race, the 12/13 girls were running at 10:00am. I watched them get on their marks, and with the long, piercing whistle, they were off. There were 6 participants in that race, 2 made it to the next round. The 12/13 boys race was next. About 5 minutes after the last girl made it to the finish line, the participants of the 12/13 race were summoned to the starting line. It was District all over again, and I knew that it will be harder than just passing a few nutshells. I was a representative of my school, one of the 2 boys selected to run in the race. A loud, long whistle jolted my mind, and I was running.

The first obstacle was an enormous hill, I estimated to be about 700 meters, from the bottom of the track, to the top. I went full try-hard mode, racing up the hill, I was placing 5th. When I came over the top, I was already puffed out. It was getting increasingly harder and harder to breathe. By the time I descended down another hill, I wanted to stop. Every muscular part of my legs threatened on the verge of collapsing. I looked down and saw the 2500 meters mark. 500 more meters to go. I could do it. I went onto 4th gear, gaining on the 11th runner. Another mark. 100 meters to go. Passed the 11th runner. The 10th runner and I was neck to neck, 50 meters. 40 meters. 20 meters. 5 meters. 1 meter. I lept over the finish line, just squeezing into 10th position. The reason I had tried so hard, only the top 10 could make it to the next level. I was blessed.

First Defeat

It was Sunday and our 6th match in the Tennis Tournament. We were versing Legend Park with high spirits. We have never lost a single match before and I thought that this was no exception. One of our teammates have suffered a Car Crash incident and was brought to hospital, it was clear that he isn’t well enough to play tennis. So, we brought in a old friend of mine who also plays tennis.

The first match was Number 2 player and Number 3 player doubles, they get to play on court 6, I had to wait for them to finish first, then I could play. This was because the tennis club had too many different clubs playing competition at once, so it was lacking courts.

Unfortunately, my teammates lost the first round, 6 – 4. Determined to bring the scores even, I battled my hardest against the Number one player on their team. He was incredibly tall, so he got many smashes. Despite this, I managed to pull a win, 7 – 6. We were losing by one game, so I tried my best to gain that extra point.

After many struggles, at the end, we were beaten. 33 – 30. If only we won extra 3 points…

District Cross-Country

After coming 2nd in school cross-country, I proceeded to District Cross-Country. Today, we were racing in Jells Park, 6 schools competed, with about 50 competitors in every school group. Thus, resulting with approximately 300 students who participated. I was especially nervous because in the last 2 years,  had missed division by the edge of the cliff. In Year 5, I had placed 11th (You had to be 10+ to make it to the next level) and in Year 4, I had come 12th.

My race was the second, the 12/13 year old girls go first. As I warmed up for my race, I ate a banana. I know it may sound weird, but I thought I needed the energy.

At 10:15, it was finally my race. I was aiming for a 3rd, but I kind of felt that I won’t achieve that. Tension built as the coach explained the rules. No punching, no pushing, no cutting corners that sort of thing. And BANG! The gun went off. I sprinted full on ahead, leading. At a huge hill, I started slowing down. A guy passed me, then a teammate. I then settled into a good position, coming 3rd. At about 300 metres before the finish line, a guy sprinted pass me and gained distance. I was so exhausted, I couldn’t keep up. In the end, I finished fourth after having a big centre stitch.

My dad bought me a delicious meat pie loaded with tomato sauce. That’s his way of saying well done!

Cross-Country

On the 26th of May, our school had a whole school run, Year 6 and 5 running for 3km, Year 2,3 and 4 running for 2.5km. And Year 1/Prep running for 1.5km. This yearly activity has been the districts 20th year.

Our run was happening just before lunch, but we to “encourage” the year 4s and 5s. When it was our turn to run, I felt jittery and nervous. What if I don’t make it to the District Team? I haven’t practiced for this moment so I felt butterflies flopping in my stomach. One…Two…Three! The race was on! We ran through the carpark, up a hill, around a corner, I was leading! But on my 2nd kilometre, I was overtake by a really fast runner. I was so puffed out (I was sprint running) that I just let him go ahead. Then, another person came behind me. Determined, I ran full sprint ahead, putting a good 30 metres between us. At that time, I blundered. Seeing that he was so far behind, I started relaxing. Seeing this opportunity, he started speeding up. At out final kilometre, we ran neck to neck, until I finally pulled ahead, placing me 2nd out of over 100 students

Mountain Climbing

 

Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and a tourist spot in the Dandenong Ranges. Many tracks intertwine within and they are all connected in one way or another.

One of the tracks was called Memorial Track which went for 1.4K. This track was narrow, steep and slippery with a lot of bends and curves. The other track called Burnetts track was also 1.4K, but wide. This track was a lot easier to climb than the Memorial Track because it was straighter and wider.

We started out hike at 10 in the morning and made it to the top in 1 hour. It was a small hike compared to other mountains but didn’t have a satisfying view because the trees blocked the sun out. We hiked through Burnetts track because it was easier than the other track but it lacked stairs so we had to climb up a slope. I brought runners, so the grip on the ground wasn’t great, meaning that I slipped many times. On the trail back down, the terrain evolved to slightly narrower and more slippery on the steps. On the way down, we encountered a strange creature. It was about half a metre tall, shaped like a oversized black bird with a long peacock tail. But it was the head that intrigued me the most. The head was a blend of a cockatoo’s and phoenix.

We hiked about 3 kilometres and rose about 300 metres about sea level. After the hike, we went to Mcdonalds to buy chips and ice-cream.

 

Dinosaur World

On Sunday, our family went on a trip to a place called Dinosaur World. It is located in Frankston. The name sure sounds cool, like Jurassic World… but trust me, it’s not as fun as it sounds. Fore a person nearly reaching 12, the statues are really boring. They just bark and move their heads around. Plus, they are not even the right size! The Brachiosaurus is literally 4 metres high in the Dinosaur World, but it should be about 15 metres tall in reality!

After “sightseeing” the dinosaurs, we arrived at the playground. My sisters played for about a minute but soon went bored. Then, we went to dig up some dinosaur bones hidden in the Dinosaur World sandpit. I thought it’ll be fun, digging up bones to bring home, but they were made up of plastic and we were only allowed to dig up one. We had to pay 8 dollars for each person just to do that. Then we saw a raptor come out of the playground door. There was definitely a person inside. How do I know? The legs of the person was poking out of the dinosaur’s butt.

We left early due to the constant whining of my sisters, so we went to Hungry Jacks to eat an early lunch. It was 12:00PM. We spent about $86 on that trip.