I WISH I WERE a sponge!
I’d been locked in my room for four days, glued on my study desk dealing with piles and files of review materials... hoping that I could cope with the course’s coverage before our final exam. Honestly, I have started taking capsules of concentrated fish oil and some natural ‘memory recall’ formulas to help my ageing brain. I am very optimistic that these supplements (which I haven’t taken before) are 100% effective so I could smash every exam in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, my cooking breaks, in-house dining, and brain supplements possess no power to turn my brain into a hard disk or a sponge. This morning I had the desire to review and absorb all the necessary information from the course handouts, but I started to feel nauseated and my head seemed a bit heavy and numb. So I gave up; took a quick shower and prepared for a holiday!
I drove and drove, headed up north... and ended up in Bali!
It was an unplanned trip and without itinerary. After checking all the services offered by the Bali Spa, I decided to enjoy the relaxation massage for one hour.
The massage was excellent! I enjoyed it!
The spa was actually in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley region of South Australia. It's a 20-minute drive from my place. The region is famous for it's world-class wine, but there's actually more than just a fermented drink there. I've been to Barossa for so many times, but every visit is different! Each of the four seasons brings a characteristic colour and reveals the unique beauty of the landscape.
|The young vineyard. It's wintertime but the autumn leaves are still there!|
|The leafless vineyard. Tanunda, South, Australia.|
|The abandoned cellar door and its fountain.|
|The detail of the sculpture.|
|Tree-lined road somewhere between Tanunda and Lyndoch, South Australia.|
For my lunch, I headed to Jacob's Creek Restaurant in Tanunda.
|ENTREE. Honey-glazed Keyneton free-range pork belly with a sesame crusted South Australian King Prawn served with Chinese Master Stock.|
|DESSERT. Caramel parfait, chocolate mousse, salted peanut toffee and caramel sauce.|
I didn't order a main dish, I waited until I got home because I had some boiled beef spare ribs and tripe in lemon grass, tamarind, onions and ginger with some green mustard cabbage. I had it with steamed rice, of course!
|The pine trees somewhere in Tanunda, South Australia.|
...enough for this post, it's now time to review.