'There's nothing like being surprised and consumed by the great expanse of this beautiful land, where even a running kid stops in his tracks.'
Malaysian businesswoman Tiat Yen found both memories and surprises when she returned to Victoria with her godson and godson’s family. She rediscovered her former home town of Melbourne, and had the new joy of exploring the Great Ocean Road with an “active two year old”.
“It was a great holiday to catch up since I was back in Melbourne only for a short stint,” explained Tiat Yen, who had previously lived in Melbourne for almost a decade.
“To be ‘home’ and enjoying Melbourne but also to see this great place through the eyes of a tourist was very refreshing” she said.
The family also spent a weekend on a working farm not far from the city, where they could interact with animals and experience the rituals of rural life.
“We saw how cows today are milked with huge machines. It was mind blowing! Though I was sad I couldn’t get to milk a cow the traditional way. I also experienced how sneaky a goat can be when Billy snuck up on my godson and head butted him,” Tiat Yen said.
From the farm, the family did day trips along the Great Ocean Road, visiting seaside towns and soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. At Port Campbell, near the iconic Twelve Apostles, Tat Yen captured this photo of her godson, momentarily stilled by the landscape.
“It was amazing that a running two year old could stop to stare at the great vastness of Australia, and it gave me this beautiful photo,” Tiat Yen said.
Photography enthusiast Tiat Yen is “always snapping mental images”. Luckily her job with the family business also allows her to travel extensively and capture diverse moments with her camera. She’s also looking forward to documenting her next Australian holidays – she has two in the pipeline.
The first is a road trip from Melbourne all the way to tropical Darwin, following the Explorers Way route past Uluru and Alice Springs in Central Australia.
“I also want to do a road trip across Tasmania, stopping to do a course at Lachlan, near Hobart, where an award-winning chef from Sydney has set up his cooking school,” Tiat Yen said.
She’s undoubtedly in for more surprises, and perhaps a few memories, when she visits Australia again.