Monthly Archives: March 2015

Week 39 – ‘Adjusting Sails’ – Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia

‘She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.’ – Elizabeth Edwards

[How this works is. each week. I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

This week’s quote really reflects my life at this time.

John and I are continuing our explorations of Malaysia. We’ve had some incredible experiences since arriving – things you just can’t plan.

Seat

300 year old seat at Settlement Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia

We love Malaysia, the food is great, the people are friendly and there are lots of interesting cultures all mixed together to make up the modern-day Malaysia.

We started this week in Kuala Lumpur (KL). We’ve fallen in love with the city and its delights, so we are extending our stay.

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square – lots of different architecture all in one square

So far, we’ve tasted excellent food from all over the world, gone to an historical musical show – MUD,

MUD

MUD – Musical about Kuala Lumpur

been to the beautiful Batu Caves/Temples with the monkeys (more photos at end),

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

went to a Japanese magic show

J & P Magic Show

J & P Magic Show

and went to the Islamic Arts Museum.

Islamic Arts Museum

Islamic Arts Museum – throne

Then we skirted off for a few days to Melaka – an old coastal town – over 700 years old.

Melaka

Melaka – Dutch Square

Our hotel happened to be celebrating its first year anniversary and we were kindly included in the celebrations.

1st Anniversary

1st Anniversary at the Settlement Hotel Celebrations

To get a very good feel for Malaysia’s multi-cultural history, Melaka is a great place to be, as it’s been occupied by the Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, British and Chinese. So it’s seen in the food and architecture. It was once known as the Venice of the East

River Boat Tour

River Boat Tour

and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. We’ve seen many of the old sites and joined in on one of the river boat tours.

Love & hugs! Debx

Photos from Batu Caves:

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Singapore

Week 38 – Now for a bit of the Exotic – Singapore and Malaysia

‘Success is a journey, not a destination’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Singapore

Singapore Hotel by Gardens by the Bay which has a nightly light show

Currently, I’m in transit to our second destination in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, but this week started in Melbourne, flew to Singapore and ended in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  At least the week has not felt rushed, despite so much movement.

So Melbourne – our friend, Kat took me to see some local gardens and, then, the next day we flew to Singapore.

Arab Quarter

Arab Quarter

This is my third trip to this city and each time I like it more and more.  The temperature is a pretty steady 30 degrees its just the humidity which changes.  Still, I find it very nice and I look to avoid the afternoon heat by taking a siesta.

Flower

Flower at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

This trip we went to the beautiful botanic gardens and walked around. (some extra photos are at the bottom of the post!)  We, also, made it to my first ‘cat cafe’ – something I’ve tried to get to in other cities, but, finally, managed here.

Cat Cafe

The Cat Cafe – Singapore

Gardens

Gardens by the Bay – night

Finally, we went to the Gardens by the Bay – well worth a visit both at night and during the day.  Will definitely go back to the later, as there is lots to see and do.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay – morning sunrise

Then, we headed across the causeway to Johor Bahru – not the most beautiful or interesting of cities, but we were lucky to be here during the coronation of the Sultan.  An event which last took place in Malaysia 55 years ago.

Band

Band playing before the Sultan’s car drives by

Asia is off to a good start, so look forward to our next place.  Where is your favourite place in South East Asia?

Love

Debx

Botanic Garden photos:

Echidna

Week 37 – Mellowing in Melbourne

‘There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Well, this is our last week in Western civilization, after this, we head to Asia.

Launceston Gorge

Launceston Gorge

Last Monday, I was in Launceston, Tasmania where we flew into Melbourne, Australia for a week.

Before I left Launceston, I had time for a morning walk in the Gorge. Absolutely beautiful, so glad I made it to this stunning area.

Kings Road

Kings Road – Launceston Gorge

Most of our time in Tasmania we stayed at people’s homes on Air bnb – an online accommodation service where people let out their spare rooms, we’ve done both: let our space and stayed at others. It’s a great way to get to know the local area from someone who lives there.

Then, when we arrived here in Melbourne – well, John and I have just crashed – seems all the travel is tiring us out, so we’ve mainly just been taking it easy, hanging out with friends and preparing for our last quarter of our trip – Asia!

Friends

Dinner with Friends!

Saying that, we have seen a few gardens – Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne

and the Rhododendron Gardens – Dandenong. (Some photos below of the flowers)

Rhododendron Gardens – Dandenong

Rhododendron Gardens – Dandenong

I, also, made it to the local Art House Cinema – Cameo to enjoy the film – ‘Birdman’.

So tomorrow we head off for more new adventures, tastes and sounds. Plus the heat will go up a lot as we head to Singapore for a few days, then off to Malaysia.

Happy travels!  What are some of your ideas on how to deal with high heat and humidity?

Love
Debx

Some beautiful flowers which are here as their Autumn/Fall starts:

Week 36 – the land of Devils and more – Tasmania!

‘Don’t let the year of striking out hold you back.’ – Babe Ruth

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Hobart

Hobart

What an awesome time we’ve had in the beautiful island state of Tasmania! Once again, we feel there’s not been enough time, but I can definitely say I’ve fallen in love with this place and it’s a real high-light for me.

Our week started with a short flight back to Melbourne for one night and the even shorter flight to Hobart. What a gorgeous city, with very friendly people, excellent food, drink and beautiful views.

Hobart

Hobart

Hobart

Old house on Battery Point in Hobart

We were lucky to stay near Elizabeth Street for our first 2 nights, as nothing seems very far away – not only in Hobart, but all of Tasmania. The real problem is, there is so much to see and do! We got lucky, as the Fringe Festival was starting, so we went to their opening evening,

Hobart Fringe Festival

Hobart Fringe Festival – opening night act

which is in the heart of the Salamanca Market – a great place for food and drink.

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Here we learned about the new and quickly growing industry of whiskey – very tasty.

Whiskey Tasting

Whiskey Tasting

Our first day out of Hobart got us to the Tahune AirWalk

Tahune AirWalk

Tahune Air Walk

and learning about the Huon trees – they are no longer logged – a beautiful spot. Then we had an awesome day on Bruny Island

Wallabey

Wallabey on Bruny Island

– we walked the fluted Cape,

Fluted Cape Walk

Fluted Cape Walk

tasted oysters and finished with an award-winning whiskey.

Trappers Hut

Trappers Hut

Then it was off to the penal colony of Port Arthur,

Port Arthur

Port Arthur

but first we hiked Mount Nelson,

Mount Nelson Lookout

Mount Nelson Lookout

went to the look out at Mount Wellington,

Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington

tasted Cascade beer (Darwin tasted it, too!) and more oysters.

Cascade Beer

Cascade Beer

Now, its our last day and I saw the Tessellated Pavement,

Tessellated Pavement

Tessellated Pavement

went to the Unzoo to see the Tasmanian Devils up close

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

and the beautiful Tasmanian Arch.

Tasmanian Arch

Tasmanian Arch

Running out of room and time!  What places have you missed and really want to get back to?

Love
Debx

Wellington

Week 35 – Going to the windy City – Wellington, New Zealand

‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be.’ – Douglas Adams

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Neil and Yvonne

Bye Neil and Yvonne!

This week started with good-byes, again, to the Kiwi rellies and to Auckland, which, I can now say, I’ve formed a very good opinion of, as beautiful. So this week has mainly centred on the city of Wellington – the windy city and, also, the middle of Middle Earth for Hobbit fans.

Te Papa

Ork at Te Papa museum, Wellington

This was John’s last city of habitation, so we’ve been able to catch up with a lot of friends

Joanne's

Party at Joanne’s

and I’ve got to know this beautiful capital city that little bit better.

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

It’s great to walk around, but be prepared to go up a lot of hills. Last time I was here, I wanted to walk the Trelissick Park Gorge, so I managed to do it this trip – really nice walk to or from the downtown –

Trelissick Park

Trelissick Park

just remember your sun lotion, as weather changes quickly and, needless to say, I got very burnt! (New Zealand and Australia sun is much stronger than the Northern hemisphere countries, due to less ozone layer here) A place I can recommend highly for a visit is Zealandia

Zealandia

Zealandia

– great trails, lovely birds and a good cause all rolled into one. Our ticket allowed us to come back the next day, so we did and weren’t disappointed.

We had a quick stop at the Otari Native Botanic Gardens. Next time, I hope to spend more time here, as it’s another beautiful urban park with trails.

Otari Native Gardens

Otari Native Gardens

Due to its many hills, Wellington affords some pretty stunning vistas

Wellington

Wellington

and the food and culture are tops here.

Embassy Cinema

Embassy Cinema – Lounge, just a beautiful building and still intact!

People even say thank-you to the bus drivers!

I love going to cinemas all over the world, where are some of your favourite places to watch a movie, besides your living-room?

Love Debx

Saguaro Cactus

7th month – January Video Blog on You Tube

Below is the link to my video blog on you-tube from January: