Hawaii – Day 3 of 43

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Aloha, and welcome to Day 2.

We had a full day today but in a good way. We went to the buffet breakfast and got our money’s worth. After breakfast we walked a few blocks to catch the bus to the Al Moana Shopping Centre. It’s hot here – 27-32 degrees due to the hurricane in the north east and this is creating “Vog” – not sure what it is but it comes from the Big Island and sweeps west. It looks like thick cloud or fog. But I dont know why it is Vog yet. Have investigated but not answer yet.

Took a few pics today around the hotel and found a few patterns in the buildings. imageimage
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We went to the Al Moana Shopping Centre – and found a huge range of shops and label shops. Beautiful stuff.
Then it was lunch in the food hall and a bus back to our hotel. Sleeps in the afternoon overrode the need for a swim. Its Monday – Labour Day and the hotel is not full but there are a large number of guests. About one third of them will leave tomorrow so I expect the pool will be less crowded. We are visiting the Pearl Harbour memorial park tomorrow.
Saw the site of where the boat left from in the Gilligan’s Island series.
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Beginning to unwind more now. The jet lag is subsiding and I am getting used to the heat. Didn’t bring enough T-shirts – oh, dear, I may have to buy a couple of tops – such a shame. hahaha. Not a bad place to visit, Hawaii. Mohala for reading my blog. Feel free to comment.

Had a laundry day today and also went to the gym

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Hawaii – Day 1 of 43


This drink bottle was in the foyer of our Hotel, The Embassy Suites, with ice cold fruit flavoured water, waiting for us.

imageWe have arrived.  It really is a long way from Perth to Honolulu.  However, the tropical delights that await us are wonderful. We can see the Pink Palace Hotel on the beach from our window. After some more sleeping – we will venture out.  Our poor bodies think it is 4:30in the morning, however local time is 10:30am.

Thankfully we had an early check in, and we will have a late checkout when we leave. Its hot and sunny and humid, as one would expect. Staff on the flight were wonderful and the flying experience in Business Class is worth a look.  I don’t care if I dont fly Business again, but if I dont I will be spending money on a hotel room in a hotel somewhere on the way somewhere else.

We were very thirsty on arrival and so we able to have a drink of the fruit water. We were then presented with beautifully chilled, guava juice. So lovely.

Below Left – Diamond Head overlooking Waikiki Beach.

Below Right – Hula dancers outside our hotel.  Beautiful, gentle rhythmic moves.  Lovely to watch, quite moving.

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These girls Hula-ed with a mile on their faces the whole time. Just a delight to watch.

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After we had walked around for a while we went down to the beach to get some happy snaps and enjoy the whole tropical experience. Palm trees, water lapping, bronzed/ pink people and Here we are on Waikiki Beach, our first day in Honolulu. We went out for dinner at Roy’s tonight and had a tasting plate. It was fantastic. We walked down to the beach – all of about 500 metres.
We had the obligatory beach shot and then headed out for tea.

Well we are on our way!

imageThis is the new Business Lounge for Qantas in Perth

My first time in Business Class.  Not bad, quite enjoyable in fact.

I had time for two movies and roasted almonds and a beer before lunch.

The lunch was a beautiful steak with wasabi sauce and asparagus, accompanied by a rosemary and parmesan stuffed mushroom. Beautiful.

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The Business Lounge in Perth

Arriving in Sydney

Bussing to the International Terminal

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Dunsborough, Western Australia

We spend a quite a few days a year in Dunsborough, Western Australia. A beautifully calm environment.  It is close to great eateries and wineries.  There are great little shops and places to find interesting things. The best markets around, being my favourite Vasse Markets on the first, third and fifth Saturdays each month.  Full of locally grown and made items.

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Little Fishes Restaurant, Yallingup, Western Australia The lake next to the restaurant with sculpture
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Sunset over still water
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Sunset
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Footprints
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Lone seagull on seaweed
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Beach plants at sunset
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Singapore 2015

Another few days in Singapore.  It is a wonderful place to stay in, and shop.  The food is cheap and so delicious.  We have stayed here before and found the Food Hall at the top of the arcade to have amazing food. Its all made to order and as fresh as! Cheap and extremely tasty.

However, after our initial sojourn to eatery, the next visit was confusing. We had only been in “Singas” for a day  when we went back for another meal.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I get reoriented to my new surroundings reasonably quickly,  sometimes, but had been a little lost in the large arcade this time.  So, when we arrived at the food hall, or where we thought we had last seen it, it was very unnerving to walk around for quite some time looking for it, only to discover that is was closed for renos.   All we saw were lovely white board. Yes, those white boards were covering the entrance.  No warning signs – no yes, you are right, but its not here now signs.  Very sad.  So our food hall had been up and running one day and closed the next. Sigh

Singapore, 2014

Hadn’t been to Singapore since 1985 on my way overseas for two years.  I stayed with my friend Nancy on that trip and saw her on our long weekend there in February 2014. Four of us went to Singapore.  Didi, Anne, Dad and me. It seemed like a great way of giving my father a trip after the death of Mum last year.  He says he is never going away again, but he did enjoy his trip to ‘Singas’.Image Continue reading Singapore, 2014

Past Travels

I hope you will enjoy our past travels and the ones to come. Image

Welcome to Totnes, Devon, England

This was part of our first overseas trip together in 2009.  We went to England for two weeks and Paris for one.  The time in England included a trip across to Devon to see our friend ALison who used to run a B & B in Totnes. She is a blue Badge guide and does tours around the Lakes District and other surrounding areas.

The town is a lovely spot and has the largest collection of 17th Century buildings in Britain  The streets are crazily skinny and when a car passes you, there is only a thin kerb to stand on to avoid being squished.  But that is generally only in the centre of the village not so much on the roads out of town.

Where have you been?