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Eil & Jen DO Asia

The Adventures & Misadventures of two Gadabout Girls..

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Ahoy There, Sailors...

First of all..

It's been a long time coming! The last blog we wrote was in the middle of last year.. and there has been plenty of adventures had: an around Queensland road trip in September with dearly beloved friends (Facebookers would have seen the goings-in!), our very first cruise with more old, dear friends in a quad room on a P&O boat in November, then a quieter Summer season, mainly because it was too hot to breathe let alone travel. Which brings us to another Cruise!

Now, for those of you who 'poo hoo' cruises, I am here to give you such an insight that will cause you to be more alarmed than ever! For those of you who are addicted to cruising, my insights will probably not cause you any lack of sleep..

Why go Cruising?

To be quite candid, we had never even considered a cruise until our friends, Keith & Elizabeth suggested it. We are definitely more the adventure on land types. I had travelled to England over 40 years ago on the Fairstar. It took nearly six weeks and all I saw for the first three was the toilet bowl and the wild windy decks where I was safe from the poisonous smokers. Jen gets sick on a rowboat. But, we set off to Papua New Guinea for 10 days with Travel Calm tabs and wrist bands and vomit bags. We didn't experience any discomfort (except for 'stretched belly syndrome': a common complaint onboard apparently!) We travelled P&O that time.. the bottom rung of cruise lines we have found out.. we knew it wasn't the top of the pile.. but the bottom! The best part of that cruise? Seeing places we could never get to by land: Milne Bay, Kitiva and Kiriwana Islands as well as Rabaul as well as spending time with our dear friends.

How did we get to be on this cruise?? Welll, how do you resist an offer of a flight to Singapore, 10 nights cruising to Ho Chi Min City & Na Trang in Vietnam, then Hong Kong, Okinawa Islands and arriving in Shanghai 11 days later with a flight home to boot!! All for a low, low price of $2500 each with an upgrade to a balcony stateroom.. see what I mean?

First Leg

We are a little reticent to admit that, on the day before we flew out of Brisbane, we bought two new ports.. our "Travelling Light" originals were 35 litre capacity, we have doubled our volume to 70 litres and we are delighted. Knowing that we weren't going to be lugging our bags onto trains, buses and along crowded streets in search of our accommodation, we decided to splurge.. nothing more was added to the bags but everything now has room to breathe. Our flight from Brisbane to Singapore was superb. Qantas arranged for a new aircraft for us: more leg room, excellent inflight entertainment and the regular supply of food was ridiculous; 8 hours of flying pleasure.

Singapore: much more than sweating, shopping and slings

Singapore Zoo: a rare experience

It's not very often that you can get us to raving about the range of wildlife except in Africa. BUT, this Zoo is an exception. See if you can name these wonderful creatures:

Gardens by the Bay: a wonder of the natural and man made world

We wanted to come back to Singapore mainly to revisit this remarkable place. Photos just don't do it justice: millions of lush flowering plants in huge domes as big as a few football fields, incredible massive 'trees' adorned with more plants, hectares of walking tracks around lakes.. and the light show was... can't think of a word!!


So when do we talk about THE CRUISE??

Delayed gratification, it's called. just you wait for the GADABOUT GIRLS' GANGWAY GOSS..
.... there'll something for everyone!!

Posted by TravellingLight 02:48 Archived in Singapore

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Wow Jen and Eil, great start to your cruising adventure. Will look forward to the stories, pictures and hope you stay well, cheers Cynthia

Glad you are home safe and sound... we'll swap travel stories when we get back!!

by Cynthia

Thanks for the beautiful read and the beautiful photo's, have a safe and happy trip, (I'm quite sure you will.)
I can only agree on the positive feedback about the previous cruise. The one we had in Hawaii was fabulous. You didn't mention who you are cruising with, but the trip sounds too good to be true. Amazing, enjoy and look forward to the next post.
By the way, is that a photo of you 2 when you were kids...hahaha......... (I know it's the Love Boat) (that was a joke Joice!) haha

Can't believe you think that that photo is not us, NeilπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

by Neil

Enjoy ladies, thanks for the doco and just a tad jealous! Love your commentary!

Fun to do!

by Jenny Caesar

Oh so many memories.
Firstly because much to my delight I found myself on the same cruise and in the same shipboard choir aboard The Aria when we cruised to P.N.G. What a fabulous cruise it was.
Then the memories I have of spending 5 days in Singapore with Heather...
However, there the memories end and the envy takes over.Your next cruise just sounds fabulous. Have a great time ladies.

by Bev Ferrier

Hello from grey old London my dear friends! Glad to hear that your trip got off to such a good start. I know you will continue to savour every moment with awe and gratitude for this amazing world, prayers and love Kathxx

Thanks dear one...

by Kath Houston

Always great to read your blogs and travel in spirit with such intrepid adventurers. Have a superb time.

Thanks, Kate

by Kate

Have fun the two of you although that sounds to be quite gratuitous advice given the chirpy prose you have penned Eileen and the intriguing gallery of animal photos tempting the limited talents of this amateur zoologist!

If you click on the photo, the name will appear... amazing creatures

by Chris

Shortie you crack me up!! Thrilled you two are travelling to entertain yourselves and the rest of us as we follow your trip. Can't wait for the next instalment.

Thanks, Jude... love travel!!

by Judy Morgan

Your cruise looks amazing.Always love your posts and photos. You'll be hooked on cruising now and I'll be waiting for updates. xxx

Thanks, Vick.. great fun!!

by Vicki

At library as computer Kaput! Amazing journey and I want to go to the Singapore gardens!!! Safe journey home and hope Vietnam as fabulous.

by Jan

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