As we travelled around Perth, we were quite surprised at the proliferation of Dome cafes all over, with nary a Starbucks or Coffee Bean in sight. Until I realized that Dome was a Perth establishment. (Always thought it’s a European thing, guess that’s the power of marketing!) So even though Dome is not a novelty, we still had to give it a try in its home ground. After all, the throngs of crowds that constantly occupy Dome should be an indication that the food/drinks served were pretty good, right? (Typical Singaporean attitude )
Wrong. I mean, the food and drinks at the Victoria Park outlet we visited for breakfast weren’t all bad, but we’ve definitely tasted better, whether in Perth or elsewhere. So while we were greeted by beautiful presentations (coffee art, anyone?), their tastes didn’t live up to their looks: My cappuccino foam was too flat for my liking, and the bacon on the big breakfast was on the rubbery side while the mushrooms were rather bland. The pancake stack fared better, fluffy enough and served with a generous helping of mascarpone cheese and berries. And the little one could never go wrong with a babycino, especially when it came served with 2 marshmallow and a lavish sprinkling of cocoa powder. Continue reading
After a lethargic (codeword for lazy) month, followed by international tragedies in the headlines, I really needed to get my spirits up to blog again. And a trip to Albany was the perfect balm for my soul. After a more than 4-hours drive south of Perth (you know you’re approaching when you start to see animals grazing in lush green pastures), we emerged in this peaceful place with a charming small-town feel yet having enough touristy stuff to do to keep the little one happily occupied. So even when the rain hampered our full appreciation of the scenery, we still ended up spending a very enjoyable few days down south.
As mentioned earlier, we didn’t get to really see much of the natural elements, like the Gap or Natural Bridge or Blowholes since it was raining so much; I wasn’t keen on having nightmares of the little one falling over as he tried to navigate the slippery paths. However, the skies always miraculously cleared up in time when we visited the various attractions, which also turned out to be much more fun than we anticipated. Continue reading
Even before the diapered darling and I boarded the plane, I had known that our most recent flight would be a challenge, since it was:
- a red-eye flight
- on a budget airline
- where we got assigned the non-reclining seats right at the end
But what I didn’t count on was barely getting a wink of sleep at all throughout the 5 hour flight! Since it was an overnighter, I had assumed the ‘budget-ness’ of the flight would not have been an issue. After all, if we were sleeping through most of it, meals and entertainment would not have featured prominently anyway.
The first sign things were going downhill was when we were assigned the end seats which were non-reclinable. This meant that I had to sit up ramrod straight throughout the whole torturous process. In addition, being seated just in front of the washroom treated us to regular reverberations of toilet being flushed. Definitely not conducive for a good snooze! Continue reading
Gotta love the wind in my hair!
Summer in Perth is officially over, but since I’m such a procrastinator, this post that was meant for weeks ago has finally emerged from the shadows. But better late than never right?
Anyways, my clip-on fan has always been useful back home in sunny Singapore, but for summertime Perth, especially when it starts to hit insane temperatures, the clip-on fan serves to prevent melt-downs, both literally and figuratively (for son and therefore the mother as well). In fact, sometimes when we are out for a walk, and I see the little one enjoying the cool breeze courtesy of the fan, I’m tempted to turn it towards myself instead!
One of the things I actually like about the weather Down Under, even in the midst of the crazy summer, is the fact that the air is rather dry, because this means that my face which tends to secrete sebum like an oil rig, is somewhat brought under control. That would be the vainpot in me talking. The mommy in me however, is not so thrilled by the arid conditions, because the diapered darling has really dry skin that falls on the other end of the oiliness spectrum coupled with a sensitive condition.
Even under the normal humid conditions of Singapore, I have to religiously apply moisturizer onto him twice a day (I’m not even so disciplined on my own skincare!); just one missed session or even a spot and the little one would be scratching up a storm. So imagine how it’s like over here in Perth, where humidity levels are less than half that back home. Yup, at certain times he resembles all too closely our primate cousins, scratching away non-stop. This leads to disastrous results as you may imagine, especially on his legs which seems to bear the brunt of it – splotches of skin scrubbed raw, sometimes to the point of bleeding, certainly not a pretty sight for the faint-hearted. Continue reading
Last Saturday, Australia Day was celebrated Down Under, and Perth literally did it with a bang. Or more accurately, a great number of them as fireworks lit up the Perth skyline as part of the Australia Day celebrations.
Australia Day Skyworks!
I remember going to an outdoor movie screening back home ages ago, way back when the hubby and I were dating. But the diapered darling had yet to experience a movie under the stars. So since there really isn’t that much to do in Perth after 5, we decided to give it a shot. And it turned out to be pretty enjoyable for the whole family.
Getting comfy before the movie starts!
Australia’s weather is so hot, new colors added to weather map | The Lookout – Yahoo! News Singapore.
It’s been a while since I last blogged, and part of the reason is the insane weather here in Perth. (It’s hard to think when your brains are roasting!) Coming from sunny Singapore, I used to think I was pretty used to hot weather. Until now. Temperatures here commonly hit 40 degrees Celcius or higher. Seriously. I feel like I can fry an egg on my head as I walk to the car at times.
Still, I can be thankful that I’m not over at Central Australia where the mercury soars to its highest point! In fact, today Perth is registering a positively balmy 26 degrees today, courtesy of a cold front. But the weather can switch in the blink of an eye, and when it gets scorching, I’ll just hide indoors where the air conditioner reigns supreme. All the more reason to hit the (air-conditioned) malls !
Our very first Christmas as a trio!
For me Christmas is about family; it’s the one time of the year during which my wanderlust is curbed and I look forward to sitting down with the people nearest and dearest to me as we feast and exchange gifts.
Why then, am I furiously packing my bags with a plane ticket out of Singapore for 25th December? For those not in the know, the hubby has been based in Perth for quite a while now, while the diapered darling and myself stayed behind in Singapore, visiting him from time to time. Our last visit was a few months back, and we had originally not planned to meet up with him again till at least summer had past. (The soaring temperatures and pestering flies Down Under are significant deterrents.) But things happened, and to cut the long story short, we changed our minds and decided to head over in time for Christmas. Continue reading