Saturday, March 30, 2013

Around Fremantle 03, Perth 2013

Perth Journal, Day 02 (cont)

We traipsed across Bathers Beach, in the hopes of losing some calories after our fried fish lunch. While Singapore is an island with quite a few beaches, the shore isn't as pretty as Fremantle's. Such a treat to walk on the lovely (scorching) white sand.

We stopped at the Round House, built in 1830, this is the oldest building in Western Australia. I peeped in a little and it seems to be based on the panopticon concept. It's also a great spot to look over the city. I really like how low the city's skyline is, subtle and unassuming.

I am so glad that our apartment in Fremantle was the only place that responded positively when we were searching for places to stay in Perth. Fremantle is the perfect place for a holiday. It's dynamic, atmospheric but yet manages to remain laid-back. Our landlady remarked at the end of the trip, that we all seems so much more relaxed after the holiday. I wonder how stressed we looked upon arrival. -__-

Friday, March 29, 2013

Around Fremantle 02, Perth 2013

Perth Journal, Day 02 (cont...)

We hopped onto the Blue Cat bus on Cappucino Strip for a round trip around South Fremantle. South Beach looked gorgeous, I wish we had the time to stop and dip our toes in the surf. We stopped at Victoria Quay to visit the WA Museums, Shipwreck Galleries. This is one museum not to be missed! And since it's free to the public, you have no excuse! From the outside, with the huge anchors, balls & chains displayed, I knew this would be an interesting place. The Shipwreck Galleries tells the stories of the various shipwrecks and shipwreck recovery expeditions off the shores of Fremantle. The highlight of the galleries was the reconstructed hull from the wreck of the Batavia and portico from the wreck. It takes one's breath away the first time you see it. Unfortunately, lighting was really dim and my photos of the hull were terribly blur.

After our visit to the museum, we decided to lunch at Kailis', just a few steps away at the Fishing Boat Harbour. Personally, I preferred Sweetlips' fish & chips but my brother liked Kailis' better. Still, no complaints. The fish was incredibly fresh, I fancy it was probably caught just that morning!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Link-Ups, 27 March 2013

3 more days to Bali! To celebrate, this week's edition of Link-Ups will be travel themed!

x Europe | Civilization: The Rise of Europe by Dominic Boudreault. (via Double Takes)

x Tuscany | Listen to the Heart of Tuscany by Gunther Machu (via Double Takes)

x Brisbane | Gary Pepper Girl visits the Great Barrier Reef.

x Tokyo | HEY KUMO just made travelling to Tokyo a little easier by writing A Guide to a First Tokyo Trip.

x Cuba | Mr and Mrs Globetrot recap their trip to Cuba! I never thought Cuba would be so beautiful. The happy couple is currently on another trip to ethereal Iceland. I am really enjoying their instagram feeds at the moment. Here's Yuriy's and here's Julia's.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Just A Minute, March 2013

Watching | The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube.

Reading | Sudden Genius by Andrew Robinson

Listening | I Want You Back / Bye Bye Bye (Glee Mashup)

Enjoying | The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube. It's so awesome! If you are a Jane Austen-ite and have yet to watch this. I advise that you try to find a free 8-hour stretch, then start to watch it!

Trying | My best to tamp down on my excitement about flying to Bali this coming Sunday! Pool time! Massages!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Around Fremantle 01, Perth 2013

Perth Journal, Day 02

We woke up refreshed from an early night to explore our temporary home, Fremantle. Being the weekend, our top priority was to visit the Fremantle Markets. Predictably, we got lost. But getting lost had its rewards because we stumbled across Hush Espresso Bar. I promptly stepped in to remind myself of the awesomeness that is Australian coffee.

A few steps more, we finally managed to find the Fremantle Markets. While the selection of stalls were eclectic, ranging from fresh produce, coffee beans, paella (check out that humongous pan!), sushi, candles, home decorations, I expected the markets to be bigger, somewhere along the scale of the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne. I wish we could also have sat down at one of the small eateries for a meal, there was a little Japanese ramen stall that were bursting from the seams of ramen-slurping people. It must have been pretty good.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Link-Ups, 20 March 2013

A walk through Singapore's central district of Telok Ayer, October 2012.

x Follow along with Katie & Evelyn as they simultaneously post their film photographs of their adventures in Taiwan. Such a treat to see two different perspectives of the same place from these two friends.

x Exasperated at Google for discontinuing Google Reader (arguably one of the most essential tools for bloggers and their readers)? Not sure which RSS reader to use? I suggest Feedly (as suggested to me by Katie). Feedly syncs with your existing Google Reader and will do a seamless transfer of your feeds when Google Reader passes on. It's taking me some time to get used to it but it has to be said that Feedly is gorgeous to look at.

x I am still working on putting together an editorial calendar for this blog, and this post by Shauna Haider (Nubby Twiglet) was extremely timely and helpful.

x Still on the topic of editorial calendars, A Beautiful Mess' editorial calendar is a great physical reminder of what needs to be done. Also, they spill the beans on how they do it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunset in Fremantle, Perth 2013

More than a month after arriving and departing Perth, Australia, I am finally ready to share my photos and memories of Perth. I am going to be recapping my trip, journal style. 

Perth Journal, Day 01

We caught an early morning flight from Singapore to Perth, and after your usual travel procedures, we got on the road to Fremantle, reaching in time to catch our first Australian sunset. It was possibly the most lovely sunset we have ever seen. With the other families at Bathers Beach, we watched the sun sink heavily over the horizon, casting a golden glow over the harbour and its surrounds.

After that spectacular first sunset to welcome us to Fremantle, we met my friend L for dinner at Sweetlips seafood cafe next to Bathers Beach. It's a smaller affair than Cicerello's or Kailis but it's a place where locals are more likely to congregate. It's also slightly harder to find, tucked around the corner of Kailis, facing Bathers Beach and adjacent to the WA Museum, Shipwreck Galleries but once you have found it, your tastebuds are in for a treat. Even now, more than a month after I have been back, I can't bring myself to eat any fish & chips because I know none will be able to top the amazingly fresh and tasty seafood we had in Fremantle.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Link-Ups, 13 March 2013

One of my blog resolutions for this year is to get a few columns up and running, and actively source for material to maintain them. SO I am dusting off Day of Discovery, where I posted my favourite internet finds, and re-christening it as Link-Ups. Posts will be up every Wednesday!

x Freelancing intrigues me, while I don't think I will ever be a freelancer nor do I have the skill sets to be one, I like reading about their lives and how they try to balance the freedom of doing what they like and yet make sure ends are meeting. While advice columns such as the ones on Design Love Fest and Nubby Twiglet are great, they pertain to a more American context. What about the locals? With Jean Lu's article The Poetics of Freelancing about creative freelancers in Singapore, I now know a little more. Also, one of my favourite photography blogger Melly is featured!

x Previously you had All The Buildings In New York, Jose Guizar observes a little closer with Windows of New York.

x While I help to manage my company's twitter account, we don't quite have Four Million Followers.

x I think Anna of Door Sixteen's dog is adorable! I love her little ode to Bruno for his 10th birthday!
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