Where the heck is Gingin????
Answer: 114 km north of Perth.
Short drive today getting out of town and provisioning.
Nice road leading us in the bush....so quiet already!
A lot of organizing to do in our new house on wheel.
All good and still cold
Friday, July 31, 2009
Where the heck is Gingin????
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Jeff had not changed and we had great conversations about the good old time and present!
Big thanks to Jeff and Family for their hospitabity and frendship......we had a great evening and hope to see you sooner than 20 years from now! The Leisk and Peronnard families having fun together in Fremantle
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Made it after eventless trip.(Once airborne)
Little mood killer is the weather! It is cold here and dark by 6pm....this is the middle of winter after all....( A winter like california or florida but still winter)
The heater is cranked up in room!
Now for info' this the farthest point of our journey: we are 12000 miles away from home either way we look at it....east or west it would be 24 h flying time to go home!
Fortunately no flying for us for 1 month.
RV ing Australia will start in couple days.
Tomorrow we will discover Perth!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Closest call ever
Just in plane and they closed the gate behind us....
Carol visa had an inverted number between visa and passport and we had to wait for australian clearance from Canberra
We loved malaysia but were ready to move on
For a long hour we were looking forward to the sweet sight of the 777.....
On our way mates....
As Luca would sum it up: Japan is the most awesome country but Malaysia is so cool!
First we drove to the Singapore border 250 miles from Kuala lumpur toJohor Baru.
Bordertown like no other,over 100,000 people cross the causeway every day to go work to singapore (Kind of Asian Switzerland) and come back.
Malaysia and Singapore in some kind of a contest built some unbelievable forts (no other name for border stations) as big as the biggest casino on earth and built to a higher standard than any US airport I have ever seen.
Crossing the border back and forth was an unbelievable experience, we were the only westerners (lost) but the quality and effieciency was unreal...(we have to bring those people to Tijuana/chula vista border)
otherwise we enjoyed little India in Singapore where Carol got a well neededThai massage that was not a real one but enjoyed it anyway
Then we went to modern Singapore which was to Tokyo's standard.....very very nice as Borat would say.
On our way we stopped in Maleka (oldest Malaysian town) and liked it so much that we went back on way back to Kuala Lumpur.
Best for last, we lived like kings and spent in Malyasia in 4 days what we spent in Tokyo for 1!....Indian dinner for 4...$10
Carol here on Food and Fashion, my favorite!! The food is spectacular, especially Malaysian breakfast which is hard boiled spicy eggs, nuts, tiny dried fish and a red spicy sauce to top it off.
Its different but so so good!!
Fashion, not as fun as Tokyo but what we did see is long colorful dresses beautifully adorned and scarfs to mix or match. What was funny was to see women dressed head to toe in this fashion and zooming around on scooters!! We also saw a woman in the swimming pool with her long dress and scarf. Women observe the Muslim customs but are schooled and free to work.
nice cars in front of Palace in Singapore
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Just taking morning walk in JB border town between singapore and malaysia
Admiring the local motorcyle dealership!
Everything is so simple and basic around here....kind of like mexico a little!
Yesterday was the first time driving on other side of road and all went well untill it got dark and challenging!
That said we still made it and enjoyed later on a south indiam dinner with excellent Ratatouille!
Today we will bus to singapore since we are not allowed to cross border with rent a car!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Today we are chilling by hotel pool after grueling 20 hours travel yesterday.
Way too long, long layover in bangkok and final flight delayed made the day trip exhausting
also, the fact of leaving Japan s efficiency and cleanliness was a shock to us.we will miss that for sure
Later on today we will travel to Singapore in our newly rented Proton (v8 turbo all options)
Friday, July 24, 2009
long day ! we better sleep well!
biggest TV ? 103 inches, 50k???
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We took Metro to Ueno to check out couple temples.The Subway is great and we are now expert eventhough I got busted by police for not paying enough..not on purpose.
Ueno is famous for its temples and Motorcycle dealerships center of Tokyo.
After 1 temples Alec and I had better things to do.....Sadly the downturn of economy had a lot of store closed or not looking good......could not find a dirt bike!
Tried new foods for dinner in a very live and noisy restaurant......kind of like beer fest in Tokyo
If you eat the shell I will eat 1 too!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Cleanliness: not even a cigarette butt in the street of tokyo, how can they do it and not even trashcan anywhere...We carried a coke can for miles yesterday untill we find a recycle center!
Efficiency: from the elevator for car parking to the electric taxi door everything s here to be efficient.
Detail Oriented: from the space age toilets (we will be buying some when we come back home) to every aspect of life no details get ignored...
Courteous: despite a clear lack of english people are willing to help with a smile and even little kids bow at you! awesome.kids bowing?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wow! Wow! Wow! This is everything I was dreaming of!! At 6am the Fish Market was a brutal place of business and we were clearly out of place!! The fisherman were not shy to knock us out of the way with meat clevers in hand if we didn't jump out of the way in time. This place was high action with forklifts flying everywhere and dangerously close!! It was the best, RAW experience I've ever had!! The kids were in shock!!
We visited the biggest fish market in the world at Tokio Harbor!
No words could describe the chaos created by thousands of workers chainsawing tunas and slicing fishes with their Samourai type swords....not good sights for vegetarians
We had our breakfast with a pound of Sashimi raw tuna (at 6am) and we were happy to see our boys enjoy the experience.
Luca was treated like an alien in this madhouse....not too many 6 years old blondies running around this environment! Luca love s octopus