Phuket to Kuala Lumpur for an extended stopover

Cathy/ March 12, 2018/ SE Asia/ 0 comments

Leaving Marriot’s Phuket Beach Club for Phuket Airport After a week at the Marriot’s Phuket Beach Club, it was time to head to Kuala Lumpur for a few days before returning to Perth. After reading about expensive transfers by the hotel and slightly cheaper, but still expensive transfers by taxi, I decided to download the Grab app to my smartphone.

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Marriot’s Phuket Beach Club review

Cathy/ March 11, 2018/ SE Asia/ 0 comments

This is my review of the Marriot’s Phuket Beach Club (MPBC) in Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand. We stayed here for one week at the end of November / start of December 2017. The MPBC is an impressive resort. It is co-located with the JW Marriot with the JW suites in the middle of the resort and the MPBC on the

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Flying from Perth to Phuket on Air Asia

Cathy/ December 31, 2017/ SE Asia/ 0 comments

This is a review of our flights on Air Asia, but also an Uber testimonial and what to do in Kuala Lumpur International Terminal 2 when you have a long transit. UBER For a long time, we tried to “do the right thing” and support the local taxi drivers, but after our last experience with them, we decided to give

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Fernie, BC – history, hiking and avoiding bears

Cathy/ October 16, 2017/ Canada/ 0 comments

We spent four days in the Fernie, British Columbia area in mid-June. This is what we got up to: Island Lake hiking Island lake lodge is located south of Fernie township and north of the Fernie ski hill where we were staying. Once leaving the highway, we drove through the campground and up the mountain along a gravel road with

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Video: Highlights of our trip to Seoul

Cathy/ October 8, 2017/ Seoul/ 0 comments

This video can be viewed here: See highlights from our trip to Seoul, including Changdeokgung Palace, Secret Garden, Insadong (Cha Iyagi BBQ, Ssamzigil, Dawon Tea House), the War Memorial, Tosokchon Samgyetang (ginseng chicken), Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Folk Museum, Bukchon Hanok Village and Myeongdong.

Road Trip – Calgary to Fernie, BC

Cathy/ August 23, 2017/ Canada, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

After a few days of catching up with family, we hit the road going south, then west to Fernie, British Columbia. The most direct route out of Calgary was to take Highway 2, also known as Deerfoot Trail as it crosses through Calgary. It was a bit like driving in a Formula One Grand Prix race — I swear one

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Fourth Day in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, Myeongdong

Cathy/ June 13, 2017/ Seoul/ 0 comments

Today is Monday, and on Mondays most of the palaces and museums are closed, except for Gyeongbokgung Palace (which closes on Tuesdays instead). We timed our arrival to coincide with the first English tour of the day along with 50 other English-speaking tourists. Luckily, our hanbok-clad tour guide came equipped with a microphone and speaker system so all could hear.

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First Day in Seoul, South Korea

Cathy/ June 10, 2017/ Seoul/ 0 comments

Upon entering the country, we got money out of the ATM. Although I’ve read about certain ATMs not charging a user fee, I couldn’t locate this mythical machine, and ended up paying 3,600 won (3.20 USD) for the privilege. We headed to Door 11 and took an immediate left once we exited to purchase Airport Bus tickets to Anguk-dong (10,000

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Review of Cathay Pacific Economy Class – Perth to Hong Kong to Seoul

Cathy/ June 10, 2017/ Seoul/ 0 comments

Ground Staff in Perth We arrived two hours prior to departure time. Having checked-in online, we joined the short Bag Drop queue. There were staff members in place to make sure you were in the correct queue and to hand out departure immigration forms. The staff member on the desk was very professional, but also friendly, and efficient. Immigration and

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Welcome to my travel blog

Cathy/ April 22, 2017/ Admin/ 0 comments

My name is Cathy and I live in Perth, Australia.  I’ve decided to take the plunge and graduate from Facebook posts to a more cohesive format. My next trip is in 45 days’ time — a brief trip to Seoul, South Korea, followed by a few weeks in Canada to see family.  Stay tuned …