Anyway....winter is here and it has only been 24 days of cold, wet & windy weather in Perth. Unlike other seasonal countries, we do not have snowflakes & extreme drop of temperature (minus 0 degrees) to really experience the winter season (thank goodness for that), otherwise I would have moved up to Queensland, the sunshine state, almost tropical as my hometown in Kuching.
This is my 2nd winter experience since I have migrated to Australia for good (maybe). But my heart still aches for the comfort & familiarity of my hometown; the food, culture & people. Life is all about taking chances/risk and making things happen for yourselves. It is a pedestal to stand high on your tippy-toes, look beyond the brick walls and climb over it. Besides, I have always wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and experience new things & places.
I recalled my 1st winter was quite unexpected for someone like me, who gets easily excited with the coming seasons. It was last year winter, when at one frosty morning around 630AM, as I was about to get into my car, I'd noticed the roof of my car was fully covered with shaved-crusted looking ice. Of course, I took a picture of it with my phone camera and posted in my facebook. I just stood, stared & touched it for seconds only to realise it was freakin' cold outside. Silly me!!
Despite the awesome discovery of frost on my car roof (for the first time in my life), winter is my least favourite seasons in Perth. It is always wet & windy during the winter, and the sudden downpour of rain that lasted only a few minutes, just enough to wet the grass lawn.
There was this one time when I had to depend on the public transportation to get to work and of course, winter was my biggest hurdle. Even the strongest & biggest umbrella could not saved you from getting wet from top to bottom and your perfect hair & attire all messed up from the fierce wind. It was an unforgettable experience.
But the best part of winter is the squid season, which is the best time to catch some fresh squids at the foreshore beach. My uncle would normally go squidding with his 16 year old son, on their small boat and caught at least 30 decent size fresh squids, ready to be deep-fried or stir-fry with dried chilli & soy sauce. Delicious!!
There you go...that is my winter experience in Perth. This year winter, I am fully prepared for it.