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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Hello Ha Noi!

Ha Noi!  Welcome to another beautiful part of Vietnam!  We arrived in the evening and had a not very pleasurable start to our journey.  Our pick up driver from the airport drove very slowly as he was so busy on the mobile!  He was not just chatting, screaming would be a more apt description.  We had to remind him to tone it down a bit before we damage some ear hairs!  Then he took us to a wrong hotel…as he was busy with other chores aside from driving.  We found our destination at last.  This was a typical Groupon booking, you get what you paid for, type of transaction.  Our hotel is very basic.  But, I must say, very ideal.  We are smack bang in the middle of the Old Quarter, very central.

Early the next morning I walked out on the street and already people were busy with their morning deliveries.

Half-way into our 5-hour drive to Ha Long Bay we had a pit stop at a strategically located toilets/cafe/art shop place.  This was one of the ladies working on threading a poster sized artwork.  Very intricately done and very expensive as well.  And some of the silk art available for sale.

Ha Long Bay…one word, Magical!

This is an absolute Must See! destination.  We had lunch on our way out into the bay, then climb up the hill to get into the most beautiful cave.  Inside they put coloured lights amongst the stalagmites and it made the quiet cave into an orchestra of lights.  Beautiful!  Later on as we went closer into some of the limestone formations we were taken on small row boats to go even closer into the bay.  We got to see the floating village closer as well.  It was so worth the long bus trip.

When you’re within the formations it was very serene.  You only hear yourself gasp at the beauty of this place.  God is good, indeed!

Farewell Singapore

So we begin our journey into the new chapter.  We have left Singapore and on our way to our first leg of our journey, Ha Noi in Vietnam.

There goes our stuff on its way to Australia.  And here are a few final glimpses of Singapore.


And a shy bunny from the MINT Museum walking around (scaring children.)

We are so looking forward to this venture.

Journey into the Unknown

“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change.  Change is defined as to transfer something into another; to convert or transform; to become different; or to make a change.  This will become a journal about my new adventure into the unknown, really, as we do not know what the end result will be.  As any of you might have experienced in the past, we come to a fork on the road or hit a brick wall in the course of our lives.  What do we do when we get to that point?  Do we leap into an unknown abyss or, for those who are planners among us, make a grand plan of ‘to do’s’ and ‘plan a’s or b’s.’  Others consider it a new chapter.  As one ends another starts.

My husband and I experienced a similar journey about ten years ago.  We gave up our jobs and ventured back to where we used to lived then found other jobs and life went on.  This time we gave up our jobs to ‘have a break’ whatever that entailed we are filled with mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety.  We have lived and worked in Singapore for the past four years and felt it was time to move on.  We were meant to go back to Australia but rather than fly back straightway we thought we would take the rough way back.  So we are traveling for a bit around Southeast Asia and this page will record that journey…

So what happened in the world ten years ago?  2001

But, we don’t dwell on the past, we move on.  Happy thoughts, this journey will be filled with happy thoughts.  Fast forward to ten years on.   What’s happened this year, so far.  2011

Steve Jobs passed on.  Both events made changes to our lives, one in a good way and the other not so good.

2012.  It’s just around the corner.  I wonder what it will be about.  The Mayans prophesied that it will be the end of the world.  But maybe not.  Some researchers said that the ‘end of the world’ theory was not imminent.  The Mayan calendar goes through a cycle which ends as 2012 finishes.  This also coincides with winter solstice, a galactic alignment wherein the sun aligns with the center of the milky way.  When this happens major changes such as natural disasters are expected.  On the flip side it also means a beginning of a new cycle which could be great advancement in our civilisation.  A shift.  I am looking forward to the future.

So, if you are interested on how our journey will conclude, come and follow us.  It should be fun.