墨爾本印象

films / 電影travel / 出行

看棧主介紹康泰旅行社在墨爾本拍攝的廣告短片(或作「微電影」),確是有把墨爾本的風光拍攝下來,值得一看。

 

我的觀後感(有雷):

  • 喜歡旅行的人(而不是「放假時想離開香港一下」的人)真的會想跟旅行團嗎?
  • 就算歌曲好聽,也切忌在片中不分場景不斷播放
  • 導演是有心引導觀眾以為女主角跟導遊是會有感情發展的。但如YouTube上的留言者所說,若導遊追走了女主角,會給人有欠專業的感覺吧?(男生們可能不會讓女朋友獨自參加這旅行社的團了 XD)
  • 時下好像很流行製造這種「期望管理」的驚喜(即是讓對方失望,然後再突然送上喜訊或禮物)。從心理學角度來說,這種相對的心情反差確是會讓對方感到更加難忘,但這是建立長久互信關係的方法嗎?當片中女主角跟男朋友說「你以後不用再找我了」,男朋友還不立即現身或說明真相,膽子還不小。難道他不會怕她心死了,哄不回來?
  • 飾演女主角的王敏奕蠻漂亮的。 :p 但在旅行的場景中,她的妝化得略嫌太濃了,減少了在旅行中的感覺
  • 至於片中那古董相機的問題,請看棧主的分析

 

因為參加學術會議的關係,我六年前曾到過墨爾本,逗留了幾天。我對那地方頗有好感。它是個多元,悠閒的城市(後者可能與旅行者的心情有關XD),天氣好的時候的風景很漂亮。這些特點都跟溫哥華有點相像。所以2011年墨爾本代替了溫哥華成為世界最宜居城市,讓我一點也不意外。

片中介紹過的Flinders Street Station
St. Kilda Beach
Melborne Tower上的晚霞

看著短片中那些我到過的地標和名勝,我只是想,甚麼時候有機會再去澳洲呢?

 

當年的旅程總結:http://blog.deepmist.net/archives/183



The Way Late Melbourne Trip Summary

travel / 出行

A trip summary that is written a month after the trip. Great…

I was in Melbourne, Australia for a conference (again) durng April 9th to April 14th, and stopped over in Hong Kong briefly. It was actually my first time to anywhere below the Equator.

The conference itself was excellent. There were several pretty interesting talks and most presenters are pretty good speakers. I presented on the first session of the second day. Attendance was quite good (maybe they were there to listen to the presentation before mine, which was made by a lady from Sun Microsystems). Thankfully, nobody seems to be asleep during my presentation, and I got a couple of questions in the question sessions and afterwards during the break.

So anyway, a brief summary of places that I’ve been to in Melbourne:

University of Melbourne: one of the best universities in Australia, the campus is mid-sized and not as big as UBC’s. The campus is made up of a mix of old and new buildings, and seems to be a pleasant place to study in general.

Various gardens and parks: been to Flagstaff Gardens, Carlton Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens. The parks in Melbourne are similar to those in Vancouver.

Yarra Riverside: walked along the Yarra River and took in some of the sceneries on both banks of the river. A good place to have a walk.

Albert Park: a large park in South Melbourne which features a large lake.

St. Kilda: the “beach” part of “beaches and sunshine” of Melbourne. The sky and the sea were gorgeous when viewed from there.

(on a side note, I made scheduling mistakes on the trip. I went to the University of Melbourne on Easter Monday, and went to St. Kilda beach the next day. As a result, both places were almost deserted when I was there… What was I thinking… orz)

Victoria State Library: just like what Wiki-travel said, a good place to be if you like books.

Melbourne Observation Deck: it turned out that my conference registration did not include the conference dinner, so I ended up going up to the observation deck on Rialto Towers that evening. The AUS $9 (concession) price is worth the money I think. The night scenery of Melbourne is better than I expected. The observation deck was on the 59th floor of the building, so it is quite a bit closer to the ground than, say, Taipei 101. I actually like the deck to be closer to the ground. Taipei 101 was a bit too tall.

Melbourne Docklands: A large scale community regeneration project, kind of like Yaletown in Vancouver. Lots of new apartment buildings and niche restaurants there.

And some additional comments:

Weather: even though it was officially autumn in Southern Australia, it was still quite hot (about 25 degrees according to weather forecasts at the time), and the sun is quite strong (I almost got a sun stroke while I was walking around St. Kilda). But overall the weather is very pleasant and reminds me of California.

Prices: the Australia dollar is about on-par with Canadian dollars nowadays, but I think the local prices in Melbourne had yet to reflect that. Prices are generally 20% to 30% higher than that of Vancouver. However, it can be due to the fact that I mostly buy food and etc. in the Downtown-ish areas.

Food: being the lazy person that I am when it comes to eating, I had McDonald’s for a couple of nights (sigh). I did manage to find Japanese curry rice though, and it was good. 😀

People: from the outlook, Melbourne seems to be a multi-cultural city just like Vancouver, probably because of the large number of overseas students. I didn’t stay long enough to comment on how the locals treat Asian foreigners though (which is a often-brought-up concern when people talk about Australia).

Didn’t do: perhaps I should’ve gone visiting Sydney too, but I just didn’t want too many stopovers, which is too bad because I don’t know when is the next time I am going to visit Australia.