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“Welcome Home” said the mushroom

“Welcome Home” said the mushroom

Jul 24, 2018

Our trip back to Australia turned out to be an eventful affair. It all started with a stay at the Royale Chulan Penang. When we arrived, they announced that we had been upgraded to a suite. We had a lovely time wallowing in a bit of luxury and looking forward to our business class flight

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Choosing a restaurant for our final dinner in Georgetown

Choosing a restaurant for our final dinner in Georgetown

Jul 21, 2018

Choosing a restaurant for dinner has become a bit of a ritual over the last few months. Suzannah tends to search through Tripadvisor. I tend to walk around and look for inspiration. We both have the right of Vito. So it can be a fairly exhausting process. You would have thought that, with all the

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Getting the price right at the cinema

Getting the price right at the cinema

Jul 19, 2018

It all started when Suzannah said she really, really wanted to see the new Mama Mia film. We went online to find out when, where and how much. Normally, here in Penang most things are really cheap when you compare them to Australian prices. We have, however been caught out a couple of times, for

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Where ever we hang our hats………that’s our home.

Where ever we hang our hats………that’s our home.

Jul 18, 2018

As we come to the end of our Penang housesit, it occurred to us that this has been our longest time in one place since we left Gympie last September. We have been asking ourselves questions like ” What does “our home” actually mean?” and “Where would we like “our home” to be?”. We love

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Our Croatian Itinerary is booked!

Our Croatian Itinerary is booked!

Jul 16, 2018

“We are only going there once. Can’t we do it nicely!” At each stage of the development of our Croatian Itinerary, this was Suzannah’s battle cry to persuade me to spend more money. Sometimes she won. Sometimes I managed to keep the budget vaguely under control. There are 16 places to stay, 8 ferries, 4

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Laska on Special!

Laska on Special!

Jul 14, 2018

The dogs that we are looking after just love to go digging up crabs on the beach. They have absolutely no idea what to do with them once they find one. All the fun is in the dig. For us a walk on the beach and lunch at Frandy’s beach side restaurant is a pretty

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New Sunglasses

New Sunglasses

Jul 13, 2018

For months now, the lens of my prescription sunglasses has been falling out at random times in our travels. It has been a real pain but I have been too mean to spend hundreds of dollars on some new sunglasses. The short term answer was a pair of cheap ones from a beach vendor in

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Every man should have his very own Spag Bol Recipe.

Every man should have his very own Spag Bol Recipe.

Jul 11, 2018

As one grows up, there are countless people who will happily give you advice. From how to behave, what to wear what to do and what to expect. There is always someone who will tell you. Perhaps my most terrifying example, was when I was at school. Grown-ups, would look me in the eye and

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Sometimes it is the small things that matter.

Sometimes it is the small things that matter.

Jul 10, 2018

When you travel for months on end with just a suitcase, and the ever generous airlines give you just 20kg luggage allowance, small things become surprisingly important. Back in January I was watching Suzannah pack her bag. She carefully strapped a teaspoon to the outside of a bottle. “Really ?” I said “you are taking

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Going Paperless

Going Paperless

Jul 9, 2018

9th July 2018 We all know that technology has had a huge impact on the way we travel today but the biggest change for us on this trip around Asia is going paperless. We have been to several countries and we have been on planes, buses, boats and trains. We have stayed in a lot

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Recommendations – we love them!

Recommendations – we love them!

Jul 7, 2018

7th July 2018 Recommendations are always such fun. Sometimes you agree with them, sometimes you beg to differ but they always take you in a new direction. Today we started on the planning phase of our Croatia trip in September. Our starting point was the itinerary that some friends had used last year. It really

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The quiet side of Penang Island

The quiet side of Penang Island

Jul 4, 2018

It was time for an explore. We had been loving our little bit of settling-in time during the first week of our housesit but now it was time to explore the quiet side of Penang Island further. Penang is an island of two parts. There is the built up side that is centred on Georgetown

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