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.
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.
It was my friend, Dulan’s party at Inflatable world today! At the beginning, my mother won’t allow me to go because she thought it will be “unhelpful” for Dulan because dad forgot to tell his parents that I can go. But apparently, my name had already gone on the list, meaning that they had already paid for me to go. So in the end grandpa sent me to the Inflatable world warehouse. Unlucky for us, we arrived there 1 hour early. (at 9:30am on accident “ahem grandpa?”).
Anyways I played on the slides and toys, but it was really boring without any friends to play with. Finally, my friends came, Dulan first, then Yuxiang, Harry and Micheal. We played hide and seek tag, which honestly was really fun since the warehouse was the size of 4 one storey houses. At 12, we had lunch and cake, then played tigy until 2:00pm. At the end when there was only Dulan and me left, we just sat down and talked about the latest gossip, like games and best flavour lollies.
At last, it was time for me to return home. It was a really fabulous party that brightened my spirits and I wish I can go back in time to do it again.
Sunday, 8th of April, 2019
First Day of Holidays! I was super pumped about this day because I can finally play games! But dad had a different idea in mind. We were going to a chestnut farm (me: “dammit”). It may sound like a bad idea at first glance, but it actually was pretty fun…
Shake, Shake, Shake. One by one, the chestnuts fell like raindrops from the tree. Albert and I found a brand new way to harvest chestnuts. Instead of scavenging or picking them, we shook the tree until the chestnuts fell. This can also separate the raw chestnuts and the ripe ones because only (most) the ripe ones will fall. Meanwhile, mum and dad were still scavenging the ground and picking them one by one off a tree.
After we shook the tree, we would pick the chestnut shells off the ground and nest them to a different spot. Then, we took Albert’s Hammer and hit the chestnut shells until they crack. Up until that stage, we separated the shell and the chestnuts until only chestnuts remain.
At the end, my bucket of chestnuts was equal to mum, dad’s and sisters bucket of chestnuts. “How did you get so many?”, mum asked. I shrugged and didn’t reply.
It was the last day of term 1. Never had a term pass so quickly! Maybe because of my awesome teacher that was so entertaining and fun made it, as the saying goes “Time passes when you are having fun”. As a Year Level, we accomplished so many activities, it is hard to count. Some highlights are: Year 6 camp, Athletics, going to the Port of Melbourne and the Drumming incursion that included African Drumming.
School only lasted for 5 and a half hours, including lunch and recess. We had a great celebration of Easter eggs that was scattered on the floor for all of Year 6’s to pick up. I only managed to pick up 4 (which is a small amount if compared to others) but was instructed to eat them at home (Year 6’s :”oh mannnn”).
After that we had lunch. I had Pizza from the canteen within our school. Then, we had a whole school assembly where we can reflect of what we have done this Term. Our principle also announced some winners for the raffle, for the Easter.
The Bell Rang.
Whole School: “YYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS