An Update About Jill

It’s been a very busy few days and I haven’t posted any news since the day that Jill had her accident – at about 11.00 am on Thursday (the day before we were due to come home). It was a result of her being distracted and accidentally driving her scooter over a step and falling…

A Fateful Visit to Jurong Bird Park

My blogging has been disrupted by an unfortunate accident, so let me pick up the thread and get back to our days in Singapore. On Thursday, we took a taxi to the world famous bird park at Jurong, to the west of Singapore. I wanted to see their see their incredible bird aviaries and displays.…

Walking Along Singapore River

No matter where you go in Singapore, there seems to be something that is interesting.  At the moment, it’s a little hard to get around parts of the city as barricades and caging are being erected for the F1 street circuit race that will be held at night starting on September 23. The streets around…

War Time Memories in Singapore

Singapore was significantly impacted by Japanese invasion in 1942 during WW2. At that time, the British Empire was so extensive around the world that the sun never set on it. Singapore was the jewell in the crown of the Empire.  Today, we hired a car and driver tø take us on a tour of three…

Exploring Some of Colonial Singapore

Today, we were planning to go to the splendid Jurong Bird Park but we found the it is not open until Thursday, Instead, we visited the National Singapore Museum and took a walk around the old civic area of Colonial Singapore. The modern history of Singapore began in 1819 when Englishman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles…

Our Day at Marina Bay Park.

We left our hotel this morning by descending down four floors (storeys) to the main entrance. . Throughout the lower floors a number of bird cages are placed each morning  by the hotel’s “bird keeper”.. These contain a variety of songbirds that can be heard all through the breakfast area and beyond. They make you…

Singapore’s Botanical Gardens

We decided to take it easy and even if we get to see only one major sight each day while we are in Singapore, we will be happy. It wasn’t raining this morning so, after breakfast, we set off in a taxi to Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. These are not the new gardens at Marina Bay,…

Travelling to Singapore

We are now in Singapore, for a delayed celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. I was interested to see just you easy air travel has now become to here after Covid. We checked in (Singapore Airlines) about 2 1/2 hours before our flight and had some pleasant time in their lounge at Melbourne before boarding.…

A Reunion With My Old Mates

I spent most of last week in Bendigo attending a reunion of my Army unit from Vietnam. We originally planned it for last year but the borders being closed due to Covid beat us and we had to defer it until this year. In 1987, the then Prime Minister (Bob Hawke) declared that August 18…

We Are Celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was the date in 1972 that Jill and I were married at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Box Hill. The Vicar, a crusty old time priest said, when he found out that I was a Methodist and Jill an Anglican, “Mixed marriages don’t really work”. Well, here we are still together (very happily) after…

WW1 Battle of Fromelles Commemoration

(Reminder – if you are reading an email version of this post on an Apple device, click on the title to see the image(s). For some reason, Apple Mail does not download the images from the website.) Today was the 106th anniversary of the World War 1 Battle of Fromelles. Its commemoration is a significant…

Lightscape 2022 in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens

There’s another amazing attraction in. Melbourne at the moment. Postponed from last year because of Covid, the Lightscape Event at the Royal Botanic Gardens is spectacular. It’s also very popular – so popular in fact that we had to park a long way away from the gardens in St Kilda Road and walk a considerable…