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Jun 27, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 26 – photo of the week – the wonders of Singapore

We’re just over half way into our 52 challenge. Macca set off on his travels a few weeks ago and I thought that taking over for the remainder of the year and initiating our weekly photos may be a good little swap.

It was the second week of January in 2012 and after a blissful 3 months wandering around SE Asia we were heading back to the westernised life for a wee while and stopping over in Singapore for a few days before flying over the Equator to walk upside down for the remainder of our trip.

All I knew about The Little Red Dot was that the awesome nighttime F1 grand prix took place there in September and that it was a quite techy, funky kinda place. One of the first sights while we were in a taxi taking us from the Changi Airport to our super cool Wink Hostel  was this

week 26 - the architectural wonders of Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel – 57 floors high with over 2500 rooms and a boat on the roof with an insane infinity pool overlooking the city’s CBD. We were both pretty taken back by it but that was only the beginning.

They really know what funky means out there and not only come up with some ridiculous buildings such as the Marina Bay Sands or the Science Museum or a one off Louis Vuitton shop on the water but also the DNA shaped bridge or Durian like theatre on the Bay  – The Esplanade.

Durian is an Asian favourite (or the most hated) fruit by the way, something you just can’t compare to anything else in the world. The taste and smell are so specific and profound that you can either love it or hate it, there are no other ways about it!

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After dark Singapore changes from a fast paced business city into a light festival of modern and quirky nightlife. If you’re on a backpackers budget, you need to make sure however that there are some serious extra savings planned if you’d like to taste the original Singapore Sling at the Raffles hotel or even have a beer or a glass of wine at the Clarke Quay as in 2012 when we were there a beverage alone would set you off at least SG$15 plus cover charge, which pretty much equals your daily budget for places like Cambodia or Thailand.

Anyway, it’s definitely worth stopping over, admiring the views and quirkiness. Oh and see if you can spot bent escalators going round corners in one of the shopping malls in Singapore’s shopping district – Paragon. Bizarre!

M x

Jun 20, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 25 – photo of the week – watching the Sun rise in Auckland, New Zealand

Macca talks sunsets in the Philippines. We woke up to this every day for 8 weeks…

week 25 - sunrise in Auckland

Towards the end of our travels we stopped in Auckland, New Zealand and lived there for just over 2months. Our home between May and July 2012 was this little studio apartment right in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Right on top of the 18th floor, overlooking the harbour we woke up to the most amazing sunrises every day for those 8 weeks.

Settling in pretty quickly and having a routine again after 9 months of sleeping in a different bed every few days and a different country every few weeks we were in bed and asleep way before 10pm each day and wide awake and ready to rock just before sunrise, which allowed us to watch these stunning spectacles before we got on with our days.

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It was totally different each day. Sometimes fiery and blazing, another time a bit hazy and full of pastel yellows and pinks and oranges. I must say it was that time in Auckland that turned me around. A life long (well, until then) night owl that never ever got out of bed before 10am during weekends. I fell in love with how long my days were and how amazingly energised and rested I felt all the time having this new routine and habits.

Apart from the Thai Islands, these were for sure some of the most amazing sunrises I’ve ever seen.

Till next week

M x

Jun 13, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 24 – photo of the week – sand sculptures in Surfers Paradise

Apart from skydiving in Queenstown I must say I haven’t really rushed my adrenaline stores through my veins during our travels. I couldn’t bring myself to bungee jump off a cliff and speed boat ride round the Shotover Canyon was awesome but not really as scary as I thought It would be.

Macca takes us this week for a bird’s eye view trip over Surfers Paradise on the East Coast of Australia. Cliff and I have super fond memories of this place even though we only spent a couple of days there.

But wouldn’t you love it if one of the firs things you saw in the morning was this?

week 24 surfers pardise

We turned up in Surfers Paradise the day before our first Valentine’s day after we got engaged. Stopped our little camper on the outskirts in what seemed to be a place to be as there were several other vans parked there and everyone was cooking their dinners and having a drink. Wherever we could we stayed in free parking areas to make our shrinking backpackers budget last as long as we could. And trust me there aren’t many Down Under.

Only to our disappointment we got woken up by a policeman and a ranger telling us politely to bugger off and find somewhere else to stay as camping wasn’t allowed there. We apologised politely, packed up and went and so did others… The problem was thought that it was nearing 11pm and every single campsite was closed with no way of getting a camping space. We drove around for over an hour and eventually pulled up on the side of a petrol station behind a massive lorry and spent the night there thinking we were going to die as around 4 am a car pulled up behind us and another right on the side. We didn’t dare move and hoped this had nothing to do with us being there. We heard an exchange of whatever it could have been going from one boot to another and then they drove off…

With a huge sigh of relief we had enough adrenaline pumping that we decided to head back into Surfers Paradise to watch the Valentine’s Day sunrise.

And when we got there, we watched the sun rise, we had a lovely breakfast by the beach and ventured round the beach front finding out that there was a massive sand sculpture festival going and this week’s picture is only one of my favourites as there were many! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and wonder how did that stuff stuck together as it was boiling hot and dry… You’d think they’d fall apart!

Anyway, this was our adrenaline fuelled Surfers Paradise morning and we wouldn’t have it any other way as the memories are awesome.

M x

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