Bonjour. Good morning (day). Guten Tag. 早晨. Hyvää huomenta. Buongiorno. おはようございます. Selamat Pagi. And the list goes on. If your language is not in this sentence it just means that we’ve come to a stop with the last one that is in Malay. That’s all.
Oh wow. So much has happened in just 6 short months.
The last time we said that time flies. Heheh. We now think that time has warped! Just like Star Trek heroes warping through space and time, it seems like the lunar new year was just over, wallet freshly recovering from the wounds of giving out a plenty of red packets.. 满江红…
So what’s Mel and Suan been up to in these last three months? Work! That’s what we did. After depleting the bank accounts (rather emptying it) late last year and in the first 3 months of the year, it was time to let little ‘bankie’ to recover. But work also brought us places May through to June so Bankie might need a little more time to recuperate. Yes we name our bank account too just like the car we used to drive (we are car-lite now yeah!). We thought using money as part of the naming would be fun but “monkie” doesn’t quite appeal phoentically. LOL.
Not being in Singapore meant we did not receive any visitors either….sigh. But we did catch up with friends in the big Apple though… Our latest newsletter is here: The Long Journey Q3-2017! Take a peek.
Sometime in September if we get the slot, we’d finally touch Hua Hin through the use of the timeshare apartment instead of heading to Phuket or Chiang Mai. And we shall road trip there too! Heheh, we have also just placed bookings for a journey to the land of the prophets at the end of the year. Yes – Jordan here we come, although Israel is included too. Bankie will surely be exhausted by then. Again.
What are your plans for the 2nd half of this year?
When we read about how travelers search and find the best deals to make their journeys around the world thee days, it really reminded us about how similar it was to how we had done so in the past. As young folks with far more limited budgeted, it took a fair amount of creativity, ingenuity and effort and be rewarded with the opportunity to go on a journey.
Cheapest flights, motels, hostels etc. Everything that would cost money was carefully considered, weighed and prioritized. Just as some write about budgeting monetary resources into the experiences we want to obtain, Mel and Suan did the same while getting to the South Island of New Zealand. Don’t you do the same? Now you need to know that it takes just as long and far to fly from Singapore to New Zealand as it is to the UK. So this was not a short hop by any imagination.
If we were to do the journey today, it would probably be a road trip.
But as budget constrained younglings, we did not want to send money to the rental companies though that would have made life a lot more palatable. Find out in this essay how we made full use of what is publicly available transportation to make a roundtrip, without the driving! And in a surprising twist, it is cheaper now to do so, much cheaper!
Have you been to the South island of New Zealand? Did you enjoy the combination of nature and adventure?
Now that was a quick one for New Zealand, just two handprint stories. Coming up next, watch this space for our China stories – home for four years!
Did you know that the Apostles of the Great Ocean road fame could have been named “the sow and her piglets”?? Yep. Interesting ways the Aussies come up with names of places. Would that have made the road less “great”? You tell us.
Yippee! We are now onto our Australian series.
Not quite the “The flying doctors” or “Home and away”…heheh, but six (yes 6) handprint stories about the traipsing we have made in the land down under. How do we know about these Aussie drama serials? Well, they did broadcast some of them here in the little red dot long ago. Or as we’d say it here, when policemen wore shorts (they really did – khakis in the 50s & 60s). Heheh, that makes us sound vintage…but we digress. By the way, it was our grandfathers who watched them and we, as children sneaked in for peek.
So back to the road.
Why is it that they call it the Great Ocean Road. Because for us it seems strange when it is mostly single lane all along its 243km (well quote Wiki). At least that was the impression when we first got on the B100, aka – the road. What can you see along this great road? What can you do? Will you find anything nice to eat?
Our little adventure (here) along this stretch of coastal road left us wishing to come back. Wouldn’t you?
It has been almost a month since we did the fantastic road trip in Phuket. Well, more like daily drive excursions, cos’ we were not moving from one location to another. Oh how time flies!
We’ve been on the road since that time as well, thus the journalog has been slow in being completed. As you know, Mel does not like to cut up the journey into separate posts by the day! Besides, we do have a life aside from blogging which we can say is far from not exciting!
So in hindsight, would we have done our road trip any differently?
Yes indeed!! We would have rented the car from day one that we arived in Phuket and expanded our range well outside of the island to Phang-Nga and possibly even towards Krabi! Because all in, it’s within a 100km radius. Perhaps when we return to Phuket in a few years, we could consider that.
And now, we present out road trip to Phuket: here.
Enjoy! And give us your comments. May you have exceedingly good ideas on how to squeeze the most out of your time on this island that some may consider paradise!