My Sub-Antarctic Islands Odyssey

Today I am starting a new adventure – one that takes in a number of sub-Antarctic Islands in the Southern Ocean. I will board a ship that departs from the port of Bluff at the southernmost point in New Zealand on a tour that will take 12 days to visit some remarkably scenic places that…

Another Few Days in Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is one of my favourite places to visit. Last week, I managed to spend three days there in the company of 22 other members of my Probus club. Jill’s mobility has increased enough for me to leave her for a few days, although I was careful to stock the fridge and do the…

Rain Problems but Sunny Days at the Zoo

We are in some trouble here in Victoria. The weather forecast for the next day or so is for up to 100 mm (4 inches) of rain. It will cause extensive flooding. I searched the DIY stores and even Amazon to see if I could find some Gopher Wood to build an ark, as Noah…

We’re Glad to be Back Home

It was an arduous and long trip home from Singapore yesterday and we are very happy to be back in our own home again. Jill was discharged from the Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore on Saturday, after we started planning a week ago for her to be ready to come home. She had her…

Preparing to Get Home and Seeing More of Singapore

It’s raining again this morning so I’m staying in my hotel room catching up with some emails and the events of the last few days. (Same scenery from my hotel window  in this photo, but a different atmosphere). This afternoon, as usual, I’ll catch a taxii to the hospital and spend the afternoon with Jill.…

Spending my Days in Singapore

I have found a pattern that I use for my daily activities here in Singapore. It’s convenient and keeps me active. In the mornings, I wash some socks and undies while I shower. They take days to dry in this humid weather and I have even resorted to ironing them so that they dry. I…

Arab Street and the Muslim Area of Singapore

Yesterday, I had a much shorter walk around Arab Street (the Muslim section of Singapore) than my previous day’s walk around China Town. I took a taxi to the Malay Heritage Centre, where I started my walk. Built in 1840 by Sultan Ali, this palace, named Istana Kampong Gelam, was once the royal seat of…

Walking Around China Town

After a relatively quiet weekend and a late morning today, I decided that I had better get out and see some of the local sights. My choice was to go to Singapore’s China Town. Google Maps said that it just under 2 km walk from my hotel so I decided to walk there and back.…

More News From Singapore

I was feeling a bit dejected this morning because we have now been in Singapore for over a week since Jill’s accident and not much seemed to have changed. We expected this trip to be a simple one-week long celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary and then go home and get on with other things.…

It’s Jill’s Birthday

We’ve both had a busy day today – Jill in hospital and me out in Singapore City. I moved hotels today. Perhaps, I should have done this a few days ago but I was enjoying the luxury of the 5-Star Parkroyal Collection Hotel at Marina Bay. The problem was that it was not a good…

Can’t See My Blog Images?

Some of you who receive subscription emails from my blog, report that they cannot see the images in the updates that they receive by email. This is a problem unique to Apple devices – iPhones. iPads, and Mac computers. I have raised this issue with Apple’s technical people but it has never been resolved. For…

I’m Filling In Time in Singapore

This afternoon, I visited Jill in hospital and found her sitting in a reclining chair, looking much better after her first shower.  She had her dressing inspected today ( day five) and will have her stitches removed on day fourteen. The Physio had her up and walking again today, so we are making progress. It…