Back From Singapore

My mother-in-law and party are back from their vacation in Singapore.  They arrived Wednesday afternoon and she stayed a couple of days at her son’s house before going home to Tyler.

While in Singapore, they send emails and photos updating us of their activities and the scenery.  They went on a city tour and they had a great time in Sentosa Island. I told my mother-in-law and my dear husband that what I look forward to experiencing in Singapore is the Sentosa Island.

Before heading home, mom and my sister-in-law stopped by at our house to see us (me and darling daughter) Friday afternoon.  I was excited to hear about their vacation and see pictures from their getaway.  Besides from being clean, they were amazed by Singapore’s outstanding architecture shown in the building structures.  One of them is the Marina Bay Sands Resort.

Marina Bay Sands. Photo credit to D. Sefcik (my sister-in-law)

This luxury hotel and resort offers an undeniably spectacular vacation experience while in Singapore.  There’s a shopping, casino, museum…and oh, the amazing skypark, too.  I would love to go here!  And see the skypark located on  that boat-shaped structure.  And I would be very happy to share the experiences.  Sponsor, please…

We are glad that mom and party got home safely.  They didn’t have problems with their flights.  They brought homecoming gifts from Singapore for me, DH, and DD.  DH got a new polo shirt and a lighter.  I got a new summer romper dress and new slippers.  DD got a new toothbrush holder, purple little kid mud, and slippers, too (smaller version of what I got).  🙂

My new slippers.
Wearing my new romper dress. I love the color! 

Cairns: The Best of Australia’s East Coast

Cairns is a tropical city located on the west coast of Australia, with millions of domestic and international travellers flooding the city every year. Tucked away against the coast next to Far North Queensland, Cairns overlooks the Great Barrier Reef, and is overlooked itself by the Atherton Tableland. Nearly 150,000 people live here, and thanks to its amazing wealth of natural tourist attractions, more and more Europeans are trying to emigrate.

No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday to Australia, Cairns has it all, from stunning and pristine beaches to white water rafting, bungee jumping and sky diving. There’s also a whole host of fantastic restaurants for you to enjoy too, most serving fresh sea food straight out of the water. Even if you just want to sit under a palm tree and watch the day go by as you relax with a cocktail, you’re more than welcome to indulge yourself in Cairns. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in this wonderful city this year.

Getting To Cairns

If you’re travelling from Europe, then getting to Cairns will be quite a journey – flights take around 19 hours in total. It’s understandable that you’ll want to save as much money as you can with your flight, so make sure you visit to ensure you get the best deal on your holiday.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip

Cairns is a wonderful place surrounded by amazing countryside and rainforest, so why not enjoy a tour of the city from the comfort of an old locomotive! The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway has been ferrying tourists around Cairns for many years, showing them the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape as well as other natural attractions.

There are also a number of places you can disembark too, including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – a cable cart that takes you high up into the tropical hills giving you an even greater view of the city. The final stop on your trip, Kuranda, is a small village hidden in the heart of the woodland, and is a far cry from the bustle and bustle of inner city Cairns life. Not only will you be able to check out the traditional heritage markets, but there are also loads of great cafés to grab a bite to eat at!

Cairns Pier

There’s nothing better than looking out over Cairns Pier on a beautiful summer’s morning, and it’s no wonder why house prices have sky rocketed here over the last few years. ‘The Pier’, the iconic bar that lights up this walkway with its huge wooden fires, is without doubt one of the best places to eat in the city, and it’s a funky establishment to say the least. With the perspex ice machine tubes running around the top of the bar, great music playing all day and a menu to die for, the in-house band will keep you playing until the early hours of the morning!

Great Barrier Reef Diving

If you’re visiting Cairns, then you’ll have to experience the Great Barrier Reef – there are no excuses. There are a number of tours that leave the city every day, most with open bottom boats meaning you can see the reef, and the amazing marine life, in their full glory. You can either take a half day tour or a full day, however the full day comes with a great lunch and even some evening snorkelling.


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3 Things to Try on a Crete Holiday

Holidays abroad are all about trying new experiences. Whilst you may try to convince yourself that lazing on the beach with a drink in hand is a new experience, the chances are you have already done this so it is a good idea to get up and try something new, something especially true if you happen to be on a holiday to the wonderful island of Crete. Stuck for ideas? Then take a look at our three suggestions below.

Learn to Scuba Dive

Thanks to its tranquil, warm waters and numerous dive sites, Crete is the ideal place to learn how to dive. Look out for centres who offer PADI diving courses to ensure you get the best tuition and that you leave with a qualification that you can use anywhere in the world. Head to Malia, Agia Pelagia or Amoudara for the most popular dive centres. Water temperatures are at their warmest in the summer months so make sure you stick to these times unless you want to learn in the cold!

Sample Delightful Local Fish

Thanks largely to overfishing, buying seafood in most restaurants is rather on the expensive side in Crete, however as you are on holiday it makes sense to splash out for one night at least. And if you are going to splash out, then you had better head to the best fish restaurant on the island – known as the Waves on the Rocks, which is run by fisherman Theodoris Falelakis. Not only do you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best and freshest fish on the island, but you can also stay in one of the five rooms upstairs above the restaurant.

Hike a Gorge

Crete is home to the longest and without doubt the most beautiful gorge in the whole of Europe, with the best thing being that you can actually hike through it and experience the best of Crete’s natural wildlife and scenery. The hike is 11km long and when undertaken on a pleasant spring or autumn day is a wonderful experience. You can hike in the summer too; just remember that it can get hot so take plenty of water with you. You will travel through the White Mountains as well as numerous settlements and you may even catch a glimpse of the wild goats which live along the route too.