Melbourne: Phillip Island – Koala Conservation Centre & Penguin Parade

The 3rd day of the Melbourne trip was to visit the koalas and penguins. We had an awesome breakfast just next to our hotel.

First stop was at the Koala Conservation Centre, which we got to know that there are only 5 koalas in the area upon arriving. It wasn’t that difficult to spot them though.

Spotted one afar! smile

Nibbling on the leaves.

Managed to get up close! heart

Up next was Penguin Parade which was along the same stretch of road, barely a 10mins drive. We were there pretty early and managed to get some seats. We were not allowed to take photos as it may distress the penguins, so I have none to share.

Tips to enjoy your time at Penguin Parade:

  • Go earlier, around 5pm to reserve the best seats. I’ve seen other people even sitting on the beach where they will get to see the penguins first when they come offshore.
  • Once the penguins are out, proceed to go uphill as they will be moving up as well.
  • Bring along a jacket as it can get really really cold there.

Ended the day with dinner at a Chinese restaurant cos the guys were craving for it.

Check out my other posts on Melbourne:
heart Melbourne: Road Trip along Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: Johanna River Farm and Cottages at Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: The Twelve Apostles at Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: Traveling to Melbourne City
heart Melbourne: Hopetoun Tea Rooms in The Block Arcade
heart Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Railway
heart Melbourne: Top Paddock and 400 Gradi
heart Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
heart Melbourne: Coldstream Brewery
heart Melbourne: Domaine Chandon & Sky High Mount Dandenong
heart Melbourne: Phillip Island – Koala Conservation Centre & Penguin Parade

Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

Comprising of an upscale, modern looking seafood market, sushi bar, restaurants and gourmet grocery, Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 (AAD) is definitely the place to go to if you are looking for good quality and affordable sushi.

Being a seafood fanatic, I knew I had to add this place to our itinerary during our stay in Taipei, and I didn’t regret doing so. We took the metro and alighted at Xingtian Temple station, which was a 10-15 mins walk from there. Plan your itinerary properly as it can get really crowded, especially during meal times.

So what was the hype about AAD?

Live Aquamarine Area

What first greeted us was this massive live aquamarine area with king crabs, abalones, scallops, clams, you name it, they have it. You can select your seafood and the staff will cook it for you on the spot. How cool is that?

Ready-to-eat Food

If you are pressed for time, you can simply grab a bento or ready-to-eat food like snow crabs, unagi, seafood, sashimi and do takeaways. It’s that convenient.

Grocery Section

Their grocery section is massive! They have everything – meats, fruits, frozen seafood, ice cream, mentaiko, chips, sauces and the list goes on. It reminds me of Emporium but on a larger scale.


There’s even a florist here, with some merchandises on sale.

Dining Area

The Sushi Bar is the most popular eatery here, we were lucky that we didn’t have to wait for long before we get seats. Uh no, we had to literally stand throughout the whole meal though. Other areas are the Hot Pot, Charcoal Grill and Seafood Bar, which are not as popular.

Chefs in preparation.

We were given a complimentary miso soup with salmon bits. Super yums!

Fresh sashimi set with salmon, tuna, prawn and sea bream.

The Deluxe Sushi set is totally worth the calories and is an affordable indulgence priced at NT$600 (S$28) which is worth repeated orders. They have other sushi sets ranging from NT$210-NT$980, which nothing in Singapore comes close to this kind of pricing and quality.

Happily tucking in! smile I’ll definitely revisit if I’m ever in Taiwan again.

Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
Address: No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Opening hours: 6am – 12am
Tel: (886) 2 2508 1268

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
heart Taiwan: 你好 from Taiwan!
heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產