Game Arcades

I love game arcades. Especially when I travel to Australia, I go in search of Time Zone in the different cities. Now I am a proud owner of 2 VIPs game cards.

Hah. TOTALLY RANDOM.

Tata.

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Packing Chore

OMG. I am having trouble packing for New York!

I always find it easy to pack, especially when I am on a work trip. This is because all I have to do is look neat, tidy, professional and goody two shoes. LOL.

This time since it is a holiday, I want to look at least glam. 6 months of not meeting my husband, I must at least look good (to remind him why he married me) Heh.

Wow. I cannot imagine that my previous 4 posts were Travel Tales (though overdue) so this is really kind of a rambling post.

Here is a picture of me in Scottsdale, Arizona, enjoying the awesome winter 🙂

See you guys!

South Africa – The land of beauty

South Africa is so beautiful. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit this country last spring.

It was a 10 days tour and I went to various cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Sun City and Cape Town.

Here are my pictures and I hope you enjoy them!

 Flying direct from Singapore, it took about 11 hours before I arrived into Johannesburg. Upon arrival, we went to Gold Reef City, which is a theme park with underground gold mine tours. The mine was dark and there was minimal lighting there. I tried to be as brave as I could in the dark and I succeeded!

Watching a cultural dance and the same people performed various dances (in different costumes) on stage, depicting the different tribes in Africa! The dances were full of energy, a contrast to how I was feeling that morning (dead tired) after the long flight. I was glad to check into my hotel in Johannesburg and rest for the night before making our way to Pretoria, then to the game reserve the next day.

Before I could go to bed, something freaky happened. That night one of my customer had a heart attack and had to fly back the next day.

I had to make arrangements for the doctor and medics to come over to the hotel before I finally retired to bed at 12am. Then loud crazy thunder took me by surprise and I cowered in fear under the blanket, before giving in to weariness.


The next day, after sending my customer back home, I felt so much better and we visited Pretoria.
 

We went to a curio shop where they sold African handicrafts.

Then we went to a game reserve where we had a chance to be on a open top jeep! They call this a game drive. WILD! I saw wild animals like rhinos, buffalos, giraffes and even lions. It was exciting and made me feel like I was one of the explorers in National Geographic 🙂

She is so pretty. Note: Such a pretty animal must be a she 😉

We drove around the reserve till it got dark. Mmmmm. Lovely sunset.

I cannot get enough of sunsets.

Spent the night in a game lodge. Uber huge room. Wished I was on holiday with Guy, rather than being on a work trip in a work mode. I always do the best I can. One last picture of the game reserve before I leave for Sun City.

We went to Lion’s Park before Sun City.

This is me attempting to carry a baby lion. I did carry a baby lion in Egypt but when I showed my co-workers the pictures, they told me it was no longer a baby! GASP! So this is a real baby lion here.

The baby lion thought my lanyard (used for my tour guide pass) was interesting and it started nibbling on it. OMG.

Sun City is a man made city with hotels and casinos. I thought that Sun City was rather boring (if you don’t game) and ended up exploring The Palace Hotel (a 6 star property) No entrance is allowed to non residents of the hotel and you must book lunch, tea or dinner if you want to enter. I entered with my guide pass and had fun with Linda (my Johannesburg guide)

Linda and me

After spending 2 nights in Sun City, doing more rest and relax, we flew to Cape Town.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GORGEOUS PHOTOS? Not of me of course 😛 Of Cape Town which is breathtaking every second!

Top of Table Mountain. I was really lucky to have beautiful weather that day. I have heard stories of fog and strong wind and many times, people were unable to visit the mountain because the cable cars cannot operate. The cable car that we took is a revolving one, and there are 3 of these in the whole world. One is in Switzerland, another in Palm Springs, USA and one in Table Mountain!

 I love the blue sky! Lifts up your spirits instantly!

Cottage on Table Mountain

The next day, we went on a Cape Peninsular tour. This is the Cape of Good Hope, it was extremely windy that day. The wind could have blown a baby away!

My guide and driver 🙂

Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins, they were lying on the sand like everywhere. They are wildlife, so it is a totally different experience from seeing them at the zoo. Awesome!

 The magnificent ocean. WOW.

Too cold for swimming though.

Seal Island to see the seals! Wildlife again, how amazing is that?!

My awesome lunch at Fish Hoek 🙂

V&A Waterfront, a huge shopping complex by a wharf!

By the wharf!

The next day, we went to Green Square Flea Market for some shopping!

Bought a handmade bag from this person (from Zimbabwe) at 400 Rand (appx. USD60)!

Stellenbosch

Looking through the pictures makes me feel like going back again. I hope you enjoyed yourselves here!

See you next time!

Gold Coast Fun!

This is not a new post, just an update to my Gold Coast post because I just went 2 weeks ago and these are some fun pictures. By the way, I cut my hair and now I look like a boy. Yayy.

Gold Coast has always been a family destination and more than half the group are children and wow, you start to feel like a kid yourself 🙂

Ps: Hover over pictures for description

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Tata!

Australia – Melbourne, my favorite city

Yes, so Melbourne is my favorite city in Australia. Sometimes, I wonder why I like this place so much. I suspect it is the fond memories of tours there that make me smile. Without further ado, I am pleased to share my pictures with you 🙂

Once I stayed in a farm with a nice couple called Timmy & Suzanne and we did farm activities together. I fed the sheep, the horse and played with their dogs.

 This is my room in the farm.

Timmy starting a barbeque for dinner 🙂

Suzanne is in the kitchen preparing other dinner stuff, I love this kitchen, it is like my dream kitchen. 

The next morning, I went to a steam train station, choo-choo. This is the train conducter!

Then we went to Ballarat Wildlife Park. It is pretty fun feeding a kangaroo 🙂

Sleepy koala and me

Lavender Garden. Lovely sniffing!  


We went to Phillip Island in the evening and I snapped this spectacular scene before sunset.


Sunset then the fairy penguins came out to shore! Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take pictures of the penguins as they are extremely sensitive to flash photography.

The next day was spent at the Great Ocean Road. We had to drive for 5 hours from the city before arriving there! The Great Ocean Road is AMAZING. Love the blue sky and magnificent ocean! The whole journey there and back took 12 hours and it was a long day!


My nice customer and me

Next day, it was shopping time at Chadstone Shopping Centre! Wheee!

Had sushi for lunch! Yummyyy!


Back to the city, this is where I spent my nights – Citigate on Flinders Street.


Flinders Railway Station is an icon of Melbourne city and this is located across my hotel. The junction on the left leads me to Swanston Street, the heart of the city!
 

The lights are so beautiful.


Starbucks and the cabs in Melbourne! Don’t they look like NYC cabs? Heh.


Buskers in the chilly autumn night. Brrrrrr.

Walking along the Yarra River


The Yarra River. WOW. If you were standing there, taking this picture like me, you will feel what I mean by wow. I only wished I had a better camera for this.

Melbourne never bores me, even though I have been there thrice. I cannot wait to go back again, to create more memories there.

See you next time peeps!

Australia – Adelaide & the burning heat

Last January, I went to Adelaide and it was a summer never to be forgotten. All I remember was the heat wave and bush fire that took place while I was there.

Temperatures rose as high as 45 degrees Celcius (which is about 113 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun set at 8pm everyday, making the heat last longer.

I took so little pictures which is really unfortunate, because the heat was really making me very uncomfortable.

Living in Singapore, near the equator, where the amount of daylight I get a day, is approximately 12 hours, 365 days a year, the idea of having long daylight (sunset at 8.30pm in NY or 10pm in Norway) is indeed foreign.

Enough of talking, lets look at the pictures (roll over to see description) 

Hoped you enjoyed!

Cheers!

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