Scorpion King


Scorpion King

Have kids, will travel. 14 weeks, 11 countries, patience of a gnat. As I travel I will give a Care Factor rating to my day and activities. A Care Factor of Zero is not good. A Care Factor of Ten is awesome. Time to nut up or shut up.
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City October 8th 2010

So our 14 week, 11 country world trip has come to an end. It is nice to be home, back in familiar surroundings with family and friends. But what an experience it has been. We have seen so many wonderful sights, meet many wonderful and interesting people and seen the best and worst that much of the world has to offer. We have also seen the best and worst of ourselves. It is great to know how far we can be pushed and still come out the other side, still together as a family, definitely stronger for the experience. So what have I learned from our little jaunt. Firstly, and this I truly believe, Australia is a great place to live, with many opportunities for those who wish to take them. Secondly, you can fit anything ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Sentosa Island October 5th 2010

After flying out of Vietnam we landed in Singapore and made our way to Sentosa Island. We are staying at the Festive Hotel which is a part of the 'Resorts World' complex. Basically there are 4 hotels, a casino, a theatre, lots of eating establishments and high end shops all in the one place. When I was here about 16 years ago there was none of it. Basically there was the giant Merlion, an old building dedicated to the history of Singapore and a pretty lamme luge. Now it is completly different and is a tourist mecca. It is not yet complete and there is still alot of building going on. The main idea of staying here is to relax and go to Universal Studios. We settled in on Sunday and took the kids to the ... read more
Family reunited
Water apparently makes you wet
Bloody Cylons

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 October 2nd 2010

We have been in Saigon for the last four days, which unfortunately means our time is also up in Vietnam. Vietnam is defiantly a rating of 10 on the CF scale but we really could have spent another month here. But because we have decided to stick with the Education Department we are only 5 short years away from some more long service leave (yes, generation Y and generation Me there are benefits to sticking at a job for more than a year or two). We have spent the last month making our way from Ha Noi down to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). It has been fantastic and has lived up to all of my expectations, which is great considering I have wanted to come here for nearly 20 years. Before I get into my ... read more
Donuts in Saigon
Cu Chi tunnels
Into the Cu Chi tunnels

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne September 30th 2010

We spent 4 days at Mui Ne as our last stop on the coast before we headed to Saigon. It was a 4 hour trip from Dalat by bus and what a punishing 4 hours it was. Our bus driver decided to take the scenic route and went along the twistiest, narrowest and bumpiest road possible. He also decided that doing it as quickly as possible was also a great idea. Even though we went over some exquisite mountains with spectacular views we were unable to enjoy it too much. Basically we were in for the most spine jarring and arse punishing ride of our trip so far. Because we were on a back road it was in a bit of an avaerage condition. This is not really a problem except for when the driver decided ... read more
Hello is anyone there?
Dividing the catch
Repairing the nets

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat September 27th 2010

We are still making our way down the coast to Saigon, but we decided we needed a bit of a cooler change so we headed inland to Dalat. Not only is Dalat inland, it is high up in the mountains. In fact it is 1500m above sea level. This has given us such a nice change in temperature. The temperatures here hover around the mid to high twenties, all year round. Before we got into Dalat we had to go up and over the most brilliant mountains. As we nearly reached the summit the driver pulled over so we could get out, take in the view and snap off a few shots. We were at such a height that as we were looking around some clouds came rushing up the mountain and for about 5 minutes ... read more
In the clouds
Dalat City
The French influence

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat September 25th 2010

What a game the 2010 Grand Final in the Australian Football League was, well the first game any way. I thought it would be pretty easy to find a place to watch the game in Vietnam because of all the Aussie ex-pats over here. What I did find was that once you were outside of Ha Noi or Saigon it was hard to track down a venue that would be showing the game live. Fortunately our hotel had the Australia Network (even though it was very fuzzy and there was a lot of static and I had to keep adjusting the arial) so we decided to stay an extra day in Dalat so I could watch the game. Now as any good Aussie knows, the Grand Final just isn't a Grand Final unless you have a ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang September 21st 2010

We have spent the last four days in the beach side town of Nha Trang. It is much busier than Quy Nhon but nice all the same. We did have an interesting trip via mini-bus to get here. We have found travelling around Vietnam to be quite easy and safe but this time our trip lived up to some of the stuff that we have read in Lonely Planet. It didn’t start off too well when we were dropped off at the bus station. Before we could turn around and get our stuff out of the back of the car the driver had taken off. Fortunately the bus station was also the main area for our car so we found the driver easily out the back and got him to drive around to our bus. Then ... read more
Morning exercise
Morning peak hour traffic
Of course the cable car is safe

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Dinh » Qui Nhon September 17th 2010

We have made a little side detour on our trip south down the Vietnamese coast. The trip from Hoi An to Nha Trang would have been 11 hours and we thought that it would be too much for the kids in one hit. So we decided to stop over in Quy Nhon for a couple of days. We hired a car to take us as the only other way would have been to get 3 buses, all of them local non air-conditioned ones, included a couple of waits on the side of the road for drop-offs and pick-ups (now that would have been very low on the old CF scale I can tell you). Although it was only 300km it took almost 6 hours. No-one tends to speed in Vietnam (we did see one crazy local ... read more
These piggies go to market
Quy Nhon harbour
Fish baskets

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An September 15th 2010

We have spent four days in the coastal town of Hoi An after our ‘sleeper bus’ ride from Hue. This has turned out to be a great little place to stay and visit. Hoi An is about 30km south of Danang (the 3rd largest city in Vietnam) and is famous for its clothes making and lanterns. It is also famous for it heritage listed old town. The old town over looks the river and parts of the ocean. Although it physically is not very big, it contains a lot of history. Inside many of the old buildings are now businesses such as restaurants, cafes, accommodation, souvenir shops and many other types of activities. There are many buildings that have been kept as there were just for tourists to enter (once you have a ticket of course) ... read more
Japanese covered bridge
Hoi An boat lady
Market ladies

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An September 15th 2010

We decided that the best way to get from Hue to Hoi An was by bus. We had read in the Lonely Planet that you could get a ticket fairly cheap and that it would only take a few hours. Jo and I thought that it would be alright so we decided to give it a go. I went to the Sinh Café to book the tickets. Of course the lady at the desk was insistent on trying to get me to book a private car for ‘Just US$65’. I of course had other ideas. In between discussing whether the direct bus or the non-direct bus was better she kept on pushing the virtues of the private car. If we used the car we could stop as many times as we wanted on the way to ... read more
Alex dead to the world.
Phoebe relaxing on the bus.

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