The Flight to Melbourne

I am finally dipping my toes into my trip to Melbourne!
Can I just start out by telling you how little I packed (by my standards) for my nine-day trip to Melbourne and Singapore? I don’t even know how I pulled this off but my suitcase was so small that I could actually bring it on to the plane with me as a carry-on (although I didn’t). My first time using this packing method and it really worked! Yay me!
Also, have you ever taken an international flight out of Haneda International Airport?
I’ve landed here before but this was my first time flying out of Haneda’s International terminal (as opposed to Narita International Airport). Because there aren’t as many flights scheduled there, the whole process of checking-in your luggage and going through immigration is over before you know it. It’s the smoothest and quickest process ever!
But on the other hand…because people are so scarce, the inside of the terminal is quiet as a tomb. No hustle and bustle of people heading to various gates. No attendants calling out for people late to board. At times it was like a deserted airport or a very large library.
I’m not exactly sure which I like better, busy Narita or quiet Haneda.
Well, all that aside. I made it to my gate with plenty of time to spare, which is rare for me. I had time to charge my phone in preparation for the 7+ hour flight to Singapore and then the next 7+ hour flight to Melbourne, which was great. I slept through most of it and before I knew it, I was in Melbourne!
Here are some airport and airplane photos:
I’m still patting myself on the back for my small luggage (especially compared to before).
What do you usually eat as your last meal before travelling overseas?
My dinner at the airport. I usually miss rice while travelling so I got the ocha-zuke set.
This was delicious! I love ume-boshi with a passion!
My first time flying on Singapore Airlines….loved the wide seats!
Cold rainy days are the perfect time to travel miles and miles away.
Why I will always fly with Singapore Airlines when travelling in Asia Pacific…Haagen-Dazs for dessert!
I slept through the entire flight but woke up 30 minutes before landing to see this view.
Australia is HUGE!
I am always in awe of the view from an airplane window.
My hobby is to identifying the places I see…this is parts of the Greater Bendigo National  Park.
Google Map tells me the dark patches are part of the Pilchers Bridge Flora and Fauna Reserve.
This is Lake Eppalock, a man-made lake and dam built in the early 60s on Campaspe River.
I was really fascinated with this lake…I mean, look at that beautiful shape!
As much as I love to sleep on flights, I’m starting to enjoy the view from my window!
More (actual) Melbourne posts to come! x
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13 thoughts on “The Flight to Melbourne”

  1. Wow. I was patting myself on the back and here you are travelling with practically just the clothes on your back! I'm striving to become a minimalist but it's taking some effort…haha.

    Bundling looks interesting. I did a couple of rolls with multiple articles of clothing so my shirts could be on the outside and have minimum wrinkles. But more than anything, I love that your link directed me to Real Simple (do you really read it or just that article?)! ;D

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  2. Me and the Saviour can share a carry on bag when going on vacation for about 5 days max. We do have to bring a second bag for all the things we bring back… 🙂

    When I go home to Canada, I need a huge suitcase, but it is actually too big now. I never fill it up. I actually went over weight one time. When I go home, I need to be ready for a lot of different things from semi-formal dinners to just keeping up and doing my exercise. When I go somewhere, I walk so much I don't worry about exercise. 🙂

    Never read Real Simple. Just found it on Google… …

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  3. A second bag coming back? Are you two travel shoppers? ;D

    My trips always tend to be over a week so maybe that's why I tend to pack more. But now that I understand the beauty of light packing, I'm going to stick to it!

    When I come back from the states though, it's a whole different story and my luggage is always over the weight limit. It's a given, seeing as I have a 5 pound bag of oats, books and magazines, and whatnot squeezed into my suitcase. Rolling my suitcase around is all the exercise I need…especially because I live on top of a hill!

    Are you going back to Canada for christmas this year? The way families tend to over feed you, I understand your need to exercise. I turn into a slob everytime I go back to my parents place.

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  4. We aren't big travel shoppers but sometimes we have to. She needs gifts for the office.

    I think our last trip to Singapore was over a week and we were good with 2 pieces only. Hand carry size.

    Have you tried takyubin from the airport? It is pretty good from what I hear but I never used it.

    Christmas and New Years will be here. No money or time right now. Haven't been home for the holidays since I first left.

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  5. Are you kidding? I live on top of a hill and trying to drag my huge suitcase back home is not an option. So yes, I always use Takkyubin. If I'm at my parents place, I actually send off my luggage from a combini there before heading to the airport. Makes it even more conveninet!

    Flying home for the holidays is so expensive. My family trip to Okinawa is breaking my bank but then again, when you have a college student, kindergarten teacher, and a salary-woman in the family…this is about the only time we can all get together! Hope you get to go home for the holidays sometime in the following years. I sometimes miss non-commercial Christmas 🙂

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  6. I should have figured you'd takyubin it. I'm a guy, so we have to puff our chests and say we can do it ourselves. 😉

    As for going home, maybe in 2 years. If I have money and time, I might go home then. Really depends. I'm not much for the holidays though. I'm happy to just go home when I can. I prefer going home in the summer as it isn't so hot, but I miss the fireworks and such. 😦

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