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Countdown to Retirement!

With just a few weeks to go until we finish our jobs, it’s starting to get real! Our furniture has been sold or given to charity. Our clothes and personal belongings have been boxed and shipped. We left our rental apartment and moved into the Comfort Inn Robert Towns. Townsville

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Malacca, Melacca or Melaka?

I’ve been reading up on it and the state is now officially to be known as Melaka. Apparently there was a public poll and the English spelling of the name Malacca will no longer be used. In any case, Melaka is a strange city. It’s in south east Asia but

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Travelling from Singapore to Malaysia

The last time we went from Singapore to Malaysia we went by taxi. It was straightforward and easy. At the border we gave our passports to the driver who showed them to the guards and did all the talking for us. He dropped us at the train station in Johor

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How to make the most of your time in Singapore

Singapore is quite a compact city. It is clean and well organised. We used the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and taxis which were both surprisingly cheap for what is known as an expensive part of south east Asia. We like the eclectic mix of cultures living next to each other.

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Marina Bay Sands

We had always wanted to stay here but didn’t know if it would be worth the large price tag. Like a lot of tourists, we had previously wandered in, ‘just to have a look.’ But now we were staying here we weren’t sure what to expect. It was a bit

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A little street in Singapore

We’d been to Singapore a few times and always ended up in Little India so decided to initially base ourselves there. HUGE MISTAKE! We had booked a little hotel overlooking a busy street. As soon as we arrived we knew we had made the wrong choice. We had to carry

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What to see at Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Well we didn’t get off to a good start! Forty minutes into our 6am flight the pilot announced there was an ‘issue’ with the air conditioning which in turn would affect the oxygen supply and that for safety reasons the plane would have to turn back to Brisbane. Things were

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