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Blog 167 HOLIDAY 2013 Part 2✅USE MENU✅ Australia cont., Singapore recreated 21 ❤

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

By keef and annie hellinger, Dec 6 2021 17.43 pm

This is a retrospective Blog, we were away between 22nd January and 23rd April 2013.

Suggestion use the BIG TRIP maps to scale in and out if you wish

Use the MENU please

Another big trip featuring hired motorhomes but this time including the fabulous wedding of our son Doug and his beautiful bride Phoenix plus in Australia we stayed with our niece Hannah and her hubby in Sydney as well as visiting lifelong friend Chris's daughter Laura who likewise lived in Sydney and rather coincidentally already knew Hannah and David from travels. We went back in 2017 with our dear pals Chris & Allyson (see Blog 168)

This blog continues where we left off on Blog 167 HOLIDAY2013 replacement, sadly that blog was just too large for WIX, so its the last 2 parts of Australia i.e Geraldton and back to Perth to hand back the Motorhome to Britz and fly onto Singapore and family.

If you wish to listen to the Audio book of Annie's diary visit the main HOLIDAY 2013 web site HERE

man cooking on gas bbq at back of motorhome
a real joy to BBQ outdoor, just so easy in the hired van


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Geraldton, Western Australia, 2-4 April

Albany to Geraldton via Perth to fix cracked wheel rim, Indian Ocean Drive

And the FAB Peel Zoo at Pinjarra, Pinnacles Nat. Park

Australia, Albany to Geraldton,2-4 apr 2013, albany, bunbury, ledge point, geraldton, perth, covering amongst others 150 selective slideshow images, albany, bunbury, ledge point, geraldton, perth, getting the tyre/ cracked rim fixed in perth, the wonderful peel zoo, pinjarra, big 4 campsites,snakes, carpet, black,cervantes, indian ocean drive, coral coast, animals galore, possum, birds, koalas, dingos, koombana bay, roos, dolphin boat tours, never saw one despite trying, blackwood river & park, bridgetown, kangaroos, indian ocean, jurien bay, pinnacles national park, desert, lorikeets, parrots, sunsets, inland waters, manta ray, dolphin discovery centre,dunes, sunsets, tasmanian devils, rusty the koala, photoshoots, the wedge, warrengaren nature reserve, bunbury wildlife park, collie river, patrick joseph usher obe, mayor of bunbury, places to shop, coles, woolies, iga, bottlenose dolphins, evening swim, ibis, gouldian finch, red rumped parakeet, golden pheasant, eclectus parrots, lovebirds, annie in the feeding pen (smile), white cockatoo, peacock, owls, potoroo, skink, wedge island, whitlock island.

gallery of delights coming up

and now the final slideshows of this part of our Australian journey

Back to Perth , Western Australia, 5-6 April 2013

Geraldton to Perth then Singapore, via Port Denison & Burns Beach, Australia, Geraldton to Perth to Singapore,5-6 apr 2013, geraldton, burns beach & perth, covering amongst others 78 selective slideshow images, geraldton, sand dunes, burns beach, perth, 3810 miles in motorhome in Australia, victoria house, rubic’s cube changing rooms, wreck of the Batavia, Viking longship replica, marina, beach, Sydney naval memorial, old station, foreshore street, museums, Victoria hospital, tourist info, penal prison, town hall, court house, memorial gardens, hibiscus, marina, harbour, surf rescue, greenough, leaning gum, brand highway, banksias, sunsets, dongera, port denison, lobster, beach side lunch, city of joondalup, board walk, marmion marine park, trigg island, burns rock, early morning joggers, wanneroo, welshpool, wattle hotel, forest fields shopping mall, leaving oz for family and Singapore, meeting up with the newly weds. We drove 3810 miles in our hired Britz motorhome from Adelaide to Perth across the Nullarbor

final aussie slideshows

SINGAPORE Overall, 7-21st April 2013

Included spending time with family , Jurong Bird Park, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by The Bay, Raffles ,one visit 7th-21st April, 14 days in total

Arrived slightly earlier than expected due to a time change in our Qantas flight into Singapore that everyone knew about apart from us. Absolutely lovely to meet up with the newest Mr.& Mrs. Hellinger again and spend 2 weeks with them. So we have a much better feel for life in Singapore and it makes you feel closer to folk if you have seen where they live, eat and hang out. Singapore is a very modern country / city with fabulous architecture and eateries to die for. Someone coined the phrase that Singaporeans eat 24/7. Whilst staying with Doug & Phoenix in the lovely Geylang East we had the opportunity to see many of the tourist highlights whilst they were at work and see them in the evening for some lovely food. They looked after us so well. In the middle weekend we had a great family trip away across the border back into Malaysia & Melaka. See our diary and pictures both here and under Malaysia. Big love to Doug &Phoenix. We have been through Singapore many times in the past , 1995 & 2008 but never stayed so it was lovely to do so this time. After 2013 we have revisited in 2014 & 2019 SINGAPORE HIGHLIGHTS:-

Spending time with Doug & Phoenix Geylang swimming pool & library Food, MRT, MBS..... oh and TLAs Gardens by the Bay, Botanic Gardens Clarke Quay & 2 river cruises (day & night) Jurong Bird Park The long bar @ Raffles Hotel & Singapore Slings Durian

LOWLIGHTS:- Bad tummy on last night Saying goodbye

and now the Singapore slideshows

and the Singapore talkies overall

SINGAPORE, Geylang 7-9 Apr 2013

Visiting family in Geylang and being tourists on the Hop On Hop Off bus ,Singapore 7-9 Apr 2013, Geylang area & HOHO bus, family fun, covering amongst others 178 selective slideshow images, Geylang, arriving 2 hours early from Perth, catching taxi to family, east avenue, foo hai chan monastery, the protector dharma, dharma = truth or reality, MRT = mass rapid transport system, sri shriven temple, paya lebar, dhoby ghout, markets, suntec city, cross street, raffles place, raffles, club street, old hill police station, yachts, merlion, marina bay sands, Clarke quay, fort canning, shop houses, old colonial buildings, F1 grand prix, art and science, Singapore flyer, gardens by the bay (GBTB)

local info, very useful we found #humour #hintsandtips

Kopi-C-kosong = Coffee with evaporated milk but no sugar. The “kosong” means “nothing” in Malay. 6) Kopi-O = Coffee with sugar only which is “black coffee” in layman's term. 7) Kopi-O-kosong = Coffee without sugar or milk, note the "C" stands for carnation milk

wet lady drinking coffee in suntec city singapore
rain drenched kopi time

Now the Geylang slideshows

SINGAPORE, Sentosa Island, 10-12 Apr 2013

Hop On Hop Off bus day2, Raffles, Sentosa Island & Botanic Gardens, Singapore 10-12 Apr 2013, HOHO bus day2 Raffles & Sentosa, plus MRT to Botanic Gardens, covering amongst others 172 selective slideshow images, Raffles hotel, long bar, courtyard, peanuts, tiffin, billiard room, Singapore slings, palm valley, sentosa island, resort world, hard rock café, mist house, botanic gardens, ginger area, shaw foundation symphony stage, lakes, water lilies, orchids, cannon ball tree, ancient closck, silosa beach, cable cars, buses, trams, sun, rain, humidity, bananas, geylang, prep for trip to Malacca, use menu on associate blog 167 for Malaysia to see details of that lovely weekend trip

couple posing in front of orchids, orchid house , singapore
gardens by the bay orchid house, hot hot hot

slideshow time, folks, see all of our photos shot on the old canon G7 powershot , now sadly defunct 2021

map of the area

map of sentosa island area singapore
the lovely sentosa island, holiday time

SINGAPORE, Jurong, 15-17 Apr 2013

Post Malacca, Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park (by 2021 shifted to Singapore Zoo site and renamed as part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve) #allchange , Geylang Swimming, Singapore 15-17 Apr 2013, Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, covering amongst others 172 selective slideshow images, gardens by the bay, marina bay MRT, south African gardens, baobab & bottle trees, easter eggs, pollen café, marina bay sands hotel, Buddhist monks, Singapore flyer, Geylang swimming pool, supermarket fun, multiple tropical flowers, Jurong bird park, pool amphitheater, hornbills, toucans, Lori (lorikeets) loft & walkway, waterfalls, cloud forest, trams, model railways, sunsets, Singapore at night, funnels at night, boardwalk

gardens by the bay (GBTB) etc slideshows

SINGAPORE. Little India, 18-21 Apr 2013

Bugis, Little India, Nighttime at Harbourside and sadly leaving for UK, Singapore 18-21 Apr 2013, Bugis, Little India, Night meal at Harbourside, Leaving 4 UK ,covering amongst others 57 selective slideshow images, bugis centre, ironman movie plugs, indoor craft markets, Sir Stamford Raffles, Raffles Hotel, governor, history boards, MRT Mass Rapid Transport, little India, strange fruits, exotic vegetables, best samosa in the world, back streets, Sentosa, Harbourside, Singapore at night time, shabu shabu restaurant, wagyu beef, hot pot, durian, king fruit, jack fruit, sadly having to leave family to return to UK

and now the final final final slideshow of 2013 #sad


a lovely 92 days away on our 3rd holiday of a lifetime as we coined it and monikered the original website with

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Keef Hellinger
Keef Hellinger
Dec 07, 2021

my last one being constructed i can tell you its been a long job i never thought i would have to undertake #crazy #thxYELLnot

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