A Travellerspoint blog

September 2019

Gnaala Mia wildflower walk

Trying to find Kenny and Rodgers, maybe even Dolly, but no luck this time. But we had a very pleasant walk through the bush, and saw a few wildflowers.

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Trip to the Kulin races

We headed off Saturday with our flask full of hot water for our cuppa stop along the way.
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We stopped at one of our farmers stalls between Donnybrook & Mumbellup to pick up some fresh apples and I couldn't resist the small pumpkin also. We like to support our local farmers.

We passed one of our favourite free camping stops Glen Mervyn Dam. There were plenty of campers along the banks & the water was high enough for the ski boats also.

We stopped at Collie for morning tea. Clean flushing toilet & even had a coin operated shower should you ever need one when passing.

On the roadside heading towards Williams there were plenty of sprays of red kangaroo paws & many array of wildflowers.

We arrived at Gnaala Mia, about 20km past Williams in the Dryandra Forrest. A quick set up was had and it was right into relaxing mode. A beer o'clock walk around the 2 ring roads to chat to fellow campers.
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We took off down the dirt roads, ( yes dirt roads) into the Barna Mia Nocturnal Animal Sanctuary for a Wildlife Experience. Ian pre booked through Department of Wildlife for us to attend the tour. Costs were $22 each. Adult Concession is $16. Family (2Adults + 2 children $55)
https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/barna-mia-nocturnal-wildlife-experience
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We were privileged to walk through the sanctuary & we got to see Woylie, Mala, Boodie, Quenda, Brushtail possum & baby & a male & pregnant Bilby. They used a red filtered spotlights for night vision which doesn't hurt the animals eyes.
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We are on the lookout for Kenny & Rogers ( see our previous Kulin Race & Gnaala Mia blog entry) & possibly Dolly.

Today, Lazy Sunday, Ian noticed our camping neighbour had left the campsite leaving behind 2 big lumps of wood beside the firepit. Ian gloved up and walked spritely across to the vacant campsite as he reached the wood another two gentlemen had also arrive from a neighbouring campsite with the same objective. There was a stand off at 5 paces, sanity prevailed, a gentleman's discussion & an agreement had been made. Each campsite got a cut of the takings. Here's Ian hard at it.
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As the sun started to swing over the yard arm it was time to open our awning for its first outing. The washing line attached and the towels were dancing to the music in the sunshine.
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Farewell Singapore

Our last full day and night in Singapore this time around. Leisurely start to the day, remember we are on holidays.
First stop, one of Deborah's interests, a tea shop. We had looked at this shop, Yixing Xuan Teahouse, on a previous day, www.yixingxuan-teahouse.com . This time we sat down and partook of a couple of teas.
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We took our tea purchases back to the hotel and headed off again pounding the pavement.
Enjoyed another Green Tea Mango Refresher.
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Popped across the road for some reflexology.

Passed some pram doggos.
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On our walk to tonight's "Chang E Cabut to the moon: A.Mid-Autumn Jubilation of Music, Food and Fun we passed some street art at Armenian Street Botanical Gardens.
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We also passed over the river and posed with the Marina Bay Sands in the background.
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Something else Ian spied on our walk.
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Here's a message from Mr Shoosh about Library etiquette.
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Stopped to enjoy some local food at Food Republic, a more upmarket street food Hall. Finished off at Starbucks next door for a cuppa & wifi top up to keep you updated.

Here are some pictures of the "Festival of the moon" walk with lanterns and festivities of the night. We even attended a tea ceremony and tasted Moon cake. The Mid Autumn Moon Festival dates back thousands of years. The official date is on the 15th August on the lunar calendar each year.
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Deborah was really concentrating when doing her Chinese calligraphy.
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It was a fabulous last night in Singapore for this trip, it has been relaxing & great fun.

We have picked up our last minute shopping & juice, walked back thru the local market, and showered & checking out of our hotel, before our trip to Changi airport. Flying home today.
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Signing off for now, see you on the next trip.

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Singapore

We arrived at our accommodation, The Keong Saik Hotel & left our bags to go off exploring as we do.
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Whilst walking into China Town we came across a Michelin Star restaurant named Hawker Chan..... & as we were taking a photo Ian noticed one of the Pommy couples from our Hoi An excursion. Turns out they are even staying at the same Hotel as us for a few nights before flying to Bali before flying home.
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We continued further into Chinatown for a juice & to change some money.
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Deborah loves the tea shops and sampling tea. The tea pots are amazing and so much fun.

Picked up some dinner at The Maxwell Food Court.
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On the way back to the hotel we heard some traditional Chinese drumming & saw the Lion dance.
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It is mid Autumn Moon cake festival, so music, dancing and lanterns.
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Day 2 in Singapore
Ofcourse we headed off into town to do some shopping as you do. Another 2 distinctive Singaporean dress shirts and a pair of joggers for Ian to fit into the suitcase. Deborah found some gifts to add to her suitcase. We had some of the local foods & fruit for lunch in the shade of a pagoda.

We tried some refreshing Mango tea today in Chinatown and loved it..
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Guess what we found in Chinatown, yes a Library.
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Ian just couldn't find his way up to sit on this chair sitting on the Marina waterfront across from the Merlion.
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We visited The Red Dot Design Museum, what an amazing place.
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Artize Tailwater basin mixer - Love it
The flowing appearance mirrors the flow of water. A reflective surface underscores the natural graceful appearance & makes the metal appear almost liquid. Toward the base, the mixer widens & arches distinctively to balance the design & consistently conceals all technical details.
Red Dot Award - Manufacturer Jaquar & Co Pty Ltd
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Safety gloves
The black pair: Granberg 5501
The work glove has flexible impact protection system on the back of the hand that guards against crushing forces & other impacts, directing it away from the hand.
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The coloured glove: Granberg 9000 series.
The glove features protective elements to absorb impact. The crease lines on the palms follow anthropometric hand points to prevent fatigue during work. The materials are cut resistant, breathable,with bright colours that are highly visible.
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Helmet Technology
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Lumos: The bicycle helmet features lights, brake lights & indicators. The flashlight signals of the helmet can be controlled on the handlebar, while the brake lights are activated via a motion sensor.

Copenhagen Wheel
This is a self contained rear wheel electric bicycle system, which transforms a traditional bike into a hybrid e-bike. The app connected wheel is equipped with an electric motor, battery, and suite of sensors that work together to seamlessly amplify a riders pedal power.
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Ring technology
By simply pressing the panic button which concealed in this smart ring, previously entered numbers can be dialled. Vibration gives the user the feedback that the alarm signal has been sent successfully.
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Which one of these is not like the other?
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Off to visit the Selangor Pewter store at the Marina Bay and picked up a couple of goodies.

We walked past this store. No yelling could be heard from inside. We just kept walking ofcourse.
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We saw the Marina Bay Water & Light show which was a sight indeed.
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Took a taxi home then ventured out to the Maxwell Foodcourt for a late dinner & walked back home.
Another amazing day in Singapore.

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Cruising into Singapore

We had a restful last day crusing. Deborah managed to finally get to the beginners Tai Chi lesson on the pool deck. We had a game of mini golf which Ian won. It was quite windy on deck 13.
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We caught up with our fellow suite members for our final happy hour before dinner. Ruth, Fay, Joanne (daughter of Fay), and another Ian (hubby of Ruth), all from New Zealand.
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We met up with some fellow cruisers & enjoyed a wonderful dinner onboard.
And as usual at the end of a cruise we listened to the crew sing farewell to us. Then off to see a fantastic show of two brothers who displayed precision coordination in a light filled juggling act.
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We departed the ship as it heads for the dry dock for 40 days of labour intensive work. As we all left the ship the labourers were arriving. We will see the work in November 2020 as we plan to sail from Singapore to Brisbane.

And now for 3 days in Singapore to finish off our holiday before we head home to WA.

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