Archive for February, 2014

Vegemite at Manly Beach

Today was Manly Beach day. We drove out there mid-morning and stopped off for brunch before anything else.

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And I decided that today was the day I would try Vegemite. It was time.

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It was quite tasty actually. I mean, I’m not going to buy the country’s supply to take home with me, but it was alright.

Then we pottered on to the beach and it was lovely. Look.

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Photos blurry, sorry. Anyway, it’s pretty. But while sitting on this beautiful beach, looking around, seeing everyone having fun, I realised something about myself.

I don’t like sunbathing.

God, I know! I’m sorry! I’ve tried! But I’m almost thirty and I’m not pretending anymore. Sorry. I’m not a beach girl.

I did find this lovely little rocky corner when I went off for a walk though, so I was happy. Even if I am the odd one out.

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Then we barbecued some chicken and dressed some salad and it was way tasty. A game of football was next on the agenda….

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…until the sky darkened and there was violent thunder and lightning so we ran inside and are currently sheltering in the front room watching the storm through the window.

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Pumpkin salad and the beach

Today is Yaya’s dad’s birthday! Woop woop! The order of the day was as follows;

Open presents while Danda, dressed as a monkey, observed the proceedings,

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Take Yaya to school,
Head to the beach near Sydney,

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Take Yaya to his golf lesson and kill time on the driving range,

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Go to dinner at a nearby restaurant and eat a lovely pumpkin and spinach salad with chicken,

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Have a little bit of mess-around time before bed.

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Australia has been fabulous to us today, yet again. There’s a rumour flying around that tomorrow is going to be another beach day, with the possibility of a barbecue in the evening.

I’ll let you know.

Spring rolls at Darling Harbour

Today was Darling Harbour day. After walking Yaya to school, we headed into Sydney to check out Darling Harbour. You can go around different boats and a submarine and it is really interesting.

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One of the main things I found interesting was that, on the replica 16th century sailing ship, at the front of the ship, there was a little wooden seat thing where the sailors would go to the toilet. No privacy, nothing really to hold on to, a bit on display at the very front of the ship, very high risk of falling over board. I just don’t know who approved this madness.

One of the things we noticed that we very much approved of was the attention paid to making sure the tea equipment was safe.

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The submarine was cool too. Very cramped. You’d have to really get along with your submarine friends.

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After exploring the boats etc, we sat down to a tasty lunch of duck spring rolls overlooking the harbour….

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…then we came back and built a barbecue…

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….and watched the sun set.

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Day two complete.

Dumplings at the Sydney Opera House

Ok, lots has happened. Mostly jetlag. I’ve lost track of what’s going on but it looks something like this….

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Market shopping in Singapore

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Breakfast in the hotel

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Midday swim while waiting to go to airport

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Morning landing in Sydney

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Destination Yaya’s house!

Remember this little lot, who left last year? Well, look who it is!

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Yaya and his little sister!

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A boat trip to Sydney Opera House

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Way tasty dumplings near the Sydney Opera House

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Kangaroo icecream on the boat

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Danda and Yaya walking to Yaya’s school

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Learning new words – today’s is ‘hungrythirsty’

We are now watching The Cat In The Hat with Yaya’s little sister and discussing buying a barbecue to cook dinner on tonight.

The verdict on Australia so far – fabulous!

Sunrise in Singapore

After a looooong time with no sleep, I found myself still on British time, but watching the sunrise in Singapore at 6am. Check it out.

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Fried calamari in Singapore

This morning, after the smoothest 12 hour flight ever (sleeping and reading, easy), we landed in Singapore…

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… were given a brief warning on our immigration forms….

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…and got ourselves a taxi to the hotel. The 11th floor room offers lovely views along the Singapore river.

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First impressions are good. Singapore seems efficient, clean and polite. There are even water bowls for dogs at various points along the river path.

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After a walk to the nearby shopping mall, we caught sight of the local Singaporean shops…

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Yep, that’s Marks & Spencer on the left and McDonald’s on the right. We wandered about a bit then headed to Clarke Quay for some dinner as it was about half seven by then.

Looking for local Singaporean food proved to be quite difficult. Either Singaporean food is anyway a fusion of many different cultures or we weren’t in the right place to get local food. We ended up at Little Saigon, ordered a platter of different fried things and soaked up the atmosphere.

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After a potter about in another shopping mall, on the search for chocolate orange biscuits (don’t ask), we found this shop that seemed only to sell things in madly illuminous plastic packaging…

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…including this ‘banana no omelette’, a sweet treat apparently…

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…and a restaurant selling pig’s organ congee…

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…and longevity buns…

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We were running out of energy by this point so headed back to the hotel to try and sleep at the right time and sort out our body clocks.

More tomorrow. Until then, it’s longevity buns from me. I might head to the hotel swimming pool for a night time dip.

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Up and away!

Suitcases packed. Electricity turned off. Leftover food made into soup and frozen. Holiday reading carefully chosen and packed in flight bag. Spare toothbrush in coat pocket. Sunglasses at the ready.

I’m off to Australia!

Who knows what will happen with Internet connection/blogging!? Maybe I’ll throw a beach pic or two your way.

Watch this space.