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Gardens by the Bay

9th month – March Video Blog on You Tube

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

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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

Sunrise

Week 32 – Two Beautiful Harbour Cities – Sydney & Auckland

‘Reach for the sky.’

[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).]

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

We are halfway through and safely ‘down under’ in Australia and New Zealand this week.

We started this week with our last few days in Sydney and, after a 12 hour sleep, no real jet lag! Awesome!

We went to Manly Beach,

Manly Bay

Manly Bay

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach

and a walk around the North Heads,

North Heads Park

North Heads Park

affording us excellent views of the Sydney Harbour on the ferry ride to Manly.

Downtown Sydney

Downtown Sydney

Then, we had a short flight over to John’s home town of Auckland, New Zealand where we are staying at John’s brother.

On this trip, I asked to see more of this beautiful city and, so far, I’ve not been disappointed with this stellar and green city.

Auckland Downtown

Auckland Downtown

Our first day, we went to the viaduct area

Viaduct

Viaduct Auckland

in the downtown which houses many restaurants and is the launching point for most of the ferry’s to the out lying islands.  We were, also, lucky to be here on Waitangi Day – the New Zealand national holiday.

Waitangi Day Celebrations

Waitangi Day Celebrations

So, we saw some traditional music and ate Maori food – excellent!

Then, we headed over to the North Head Park and explored the tunnels

North Head Tunnels Park

North Head Tunnels Park – Auckland

and excellent views of the downtown area.

Auckland

Yvonne and Neil at North Heads Park in Auckland

That evening, we went to see ‘Empire’ at the Spiegeltent – good fun!

Empire

Empire at the Spiegel Tent – Viaduct Auckland

Next day, I really got a feel for the city on the newly developed  16km Coast to Coast walk – beautiful!

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast – 16 km from harbour to harbour in Auckland

Our final day this week found us fishing, where I caught the biggest of 21 fish – great day out!

I’m a keen one for doing exercise, do you do any sport/exercise and what tricks do you have for keeping it up on holiday?

Fish

The big catch and my big fish!

Love

Debx

Santa Monica Pier

Week 31 – Crossing Continents – California to Australia

‘Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.’ – Corrie Ten Boom

[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).]

Air Mattress

Our air mattress for the last 5 months which has been our bed – will NOT be missed!

This was our last few days in the U.S.A. and our first few in Austral-Asia.  We lost one day this week, due to time changes, which has made this letter seem like it’s come too soon!

We started this week having a lovely meal, with my parents, at the Jackalope – the horned jackrabbit

Jackalope

Jackalope

or, in our case, a really lovely restaurant.

Jackalope Restaurant

The Family at the Jackalope Restaurant

Later, that same evening, I saw my only pink flamingos on this trip.  Normally, they are in Florida, but I had to see them in Palm Springs, California.

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

Just before we flew out, my Dad, John and I did a hike my Father has spoken of often – Ladder Canyon.  This really was a hike that requires all fours at times, but it was worth it for the experience of viewing this beautiful and, at times, very narrow canyon.

Ladder Canyon

Ladder Canyon

Just before our flight, we made it to Santa Monica Beach, L.A. – the end of the Route 66.  I tried Bubba Gump’s Restaurant for the first time

Bubba Gump

Bubba Gump

and toasted a glass of sparkling wine to North America and to Austral-Asia.

Air Lounge

Toasting to endings and new beginnings in Qantas Air Lounge

14 hours later, we reached Sydney, Australia – a very green and livable city.  After a friends suggestion, we decided to spend a day walking from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

It takes about 3 hours to walk there and back with spectacular views of the coast,

Rugged Coast Line

Rugged Coast Line

Waverly Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery

and coved beaches.  What is your favourite spot in Australia?

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach

Time to rest before we head off to New Zealand.

Debx