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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Friday, 16 December 2005

Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai, Thailand 2005 - The Golden Triangle...



"When someone is nasty or treats you poorly, don't take it personally. It says nothing about you but a lot about them..." - Michael Josephson

16 December 2005
Day-1 : Rose of the North
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Chiang Mai is the second-largest city in Thailand, with cool mountain climate. This small city offers a much more pleasant atmosphere than Bangkok, but still has all the modern amenities. The location of the city lends itself to excellent trekking and exploration of the lush surrounding nature areas. The heart of Chiang Mai is its old city, circled by ancient walls and moats and offers an old-world feel, despite the heavy traffic circling it. We checked-in the Empress Hotel and have some time to freshen up before we took a van to the Handiraft Centre where we visited the Shinawatra Silk factory, Lacquer ware factory, Gems gallery and the Bo Sang Paper and Parasol factory. Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise, simply because there is such a wide range of unusual goods at knock down prices. the quality is variable but the value for money undeniable.

(The GoldenTriangle of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos)


A Chinese couple, Bobby and Liz, from Australia joined us for dinner at a Muslim Restaurant. After dinner, the van sent the four of us to Chan Klan Road. The centre of shopping is undoubtedly the Night Bazaar, which takes up several blocks. At this place you can wander among the countless pavement stalls, shops and arcades admiring the beautifully crafted Northern Thai handicrafts. On the way back to the hotel, we took the Tuk-tuk and stopped at one of the many massage centres for an hour of relaxing foot massage.

17 December 2005
Day-2 : Union of the Hill Tribes'

We had early breakfast as today we are going for a full-day tour to Chiang Rai. We started at 7 a.m. Passing through scenic hills and jungles, our first stop was at the San Kamphaeng Hot Spring. The Hot spring water has a high sulphur content that allegedly possesses curative and restorative properties. Separate male and female bathing facilities are available. We bought some t-shirts and silks from the souvenir shops.We reached Chiang Rai at about noon. The province average elevation is 580 meters above sea level, Myanmar borders on the north, and Laos on the north and northeast. From Chiang Rai town, we stopped at the Union of the Hill Tribe Villages where we visited the various hill tribes of Thailand. They are from the Akha. Yao, Lisu, Lahu, Palong, Karen and many other tribes.

(The Karen Long-neck Village)


We reached Chiang Rai at about noon. The province average elevation is 580 meters above sea level, Myanmar borders on the north, and Laos on the north and northeast. From Chiang Rai town, we stopped at the Union of the Hill Tribe Villages where we visited the various hill tribes of Thailand. They are from the Akha. Yao, Lisu, Lahu, Palong, Karen and many other tribes. What attracted us most were the long necked Karen girls in colorful dresses. Legend claims that the brass rings protect the women from tiger bites as well as maintaining individual and tribal identity.

(The twin dragons at an old temple)


Thailand's northernmost point is at Mae Sai which is well known for its crisp mountain scenery, and hill tribes. At Mae Sai, we stopped at a Muslim Restaurant for lunch. At Mae Sai border, we walked through the local market and enjoyed an image of a frontier town which is populated and studded with shop houses and souvenir shops along the way .We visited a Gem factory and he bought me a white gold ring with ruby, a belated present for my birthday. To the north, falls within the region known as the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge at the confluence of the Mekong River. Our trip continued to an archaeological site of Chiang Saen. Where we stopped at the oldest pagoda.We slept all the way back to Chiang Mai. Tonight we had dinner at Al-Farouk Hotel, a popular hotel for the locals as well as foreign muslim tourists. We saw the sign ‘Jalan-jalan Cari Makan’ posted on the wall. We ended the day pampering ourselves with an hour long full body massage.

(Pretty hill tribe girls)

18 December 2005
Day-2 : Maesa Elephant Camp

Woke up late and had a quick breakfast. The two Australian couples left for Bangkok and today we are on our own. We started the day’s tour visiting a famous temple the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The old temple dated from the 16th Century. A flight of over 300 steps bordered by a Naga balustrade leads up to beautifully decorated buildings and a Lanna-styled chedi covered with engraved gold plates.

(A pilgrimage site for the Buddhists)


We had early lunch then headed to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand, the Maesa Elephant Camp. They have over 70 happy elephants with many talented elephant artists. We have a chance to observe the elephants bathing at the two bathing areas on Maesa River before the elephant show. The shows demonstrated performances by the elephants and their experienced mahouts.

(The huge golden Buddha)

They have musical performance, dancing and football matches. And most amazing moment was to watch the talented elephants painting abstract arts and beautiful pictures. Maesa Elephant Camp created a painting by a group of the eight artist elephants which became of interest on Ripley's Believe It. They are also awarded by the Guinness World Records as the largest and most expensive painting by a group of elephants.

(A ride on the elephant)

At the elephant camp, the most delightful experience for us was to ride on the back of an elephant. Here at Maesa the experience is as authentic as they come as we trudged through the mountains, streams and jungle. To me, an adventure of a lifetime.

Later we visited the butterfly and orchid farm and had an early dinner before we proceeded to the night bazaar. Tonight, again we indulged in a luxurious foot massage before we retired to have a restful deep sleep.

19 December 2005
Day-4 : Mae Ping River Cruise

As our flight to Bangkok is in the afternoon, we have a lot of free time in the morning. so we decided to leave the city behind and relax on a river cruise along the Ping River.The boat cruised slowly and we enjoyed the changing scenes along the river. The boat ride took us two hours to complete.

(A bamboo hammock)

We made a stop at a fruit and herbal farm where we enjoyed a snack of seasonal fresh fruits and savored the refreshing taste of herb and longan juices. We even have time to relax a while on the comfortable hammock made from a piece of bamboo!

After the boat ride, we checked out of the hotel and headed for the airport. We stopped at the Central Airport Plaza for a delicious murtabak, roti canai and kuew teow goreng for lunch. Our flight was a 3 p.m. and we have time for another round of foot massage at the boarding lounge. We transit in Bangkok for 2 hours and had our last minute shopping there to finish our baht.

We reached KLIA late and we reached our apartment way after midnight...

Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Singapore 2005: On-site approval...

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” - Dr. Seuss

(A souvenir coin pack from the Singapore Mint)
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The alarm woke me up at 5 a.m. but it took me a long time to depart from the cozy comforter. By the time I rushed out of the house and took the highway, it way already busy with traffic. I reached KLIA at 6.30 a.m. and had ample time to check-in and had light breakfast at the McD. Linda had booked me the 0805 flight to Singapore. The journey was uneventful and I slept all the way.

TJK was already waiting for me at the arrival hall of Changi Airport. His company car took us to the Mint and I was supposed to meet up with Miss C, the CEO and Dan T but they had to rush for a very important board meeting. TJK ended up giving me a tour around the Coin Shoppe and the exhibition gallery before we start on business.

I was introduced to the Production Manager and Technical Manager who later assisted me in checking the specifications of the samples. Some improvements on the relief of the design and the depth of the edge lettering have to be done before they proceed with production.

Later we met up with Miss C and Dan T at Desa Kartika for a hearty lunch. She had a bagful of souvenirs for me to bring home and distribute and some will add to my collections. TJK sent me back to the airport and I took the 17:25 flight to KL.

From KLIA I drove straight to Masjid Negara for my class.

Sunday, 27 February 2005

Stockholm, Sweden 2005 - The Land of the Vikings...

"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do..." - Henry Ford

27 February 2005
Day 1 - Our Winter Sonata

(The town is covered with snow)

The plane landed at Arlanda Airport, 40km north of Stockholm late noon. The whether was chilly, the air was frosty. The temperature was –6 C. The snow was heavy and visibility was poor. We took the shuttle bus to Central Station but could see little of this Royal Capital of Sweden. We booked our hotel at the tourist information counter. The hotel was near the Central Station and only a few blocks away but the snow made it difficult for us to locate the hotel. Hubby had to go out to look for direction before we ventured out in the snow dragging our luggage. Half way to the hotel, we stopped at Mc D for filet-o-fish and a cup of steaming hot coffee.

While resting in bed we made plan on what to do and where to visit in Stockholm before we retired for the night and slept soundly.

28 February 2005
Day 2 - A City of contrast

(A day tour around Stockholm)

We had early breakfast and got ready for the city tour. The sightseeing tour bus departed from the Royal Opera House every hour. The tour took us round the different islands and gave us some idea of the city’s history. We could see well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture. Stockholm is built on 14 islands and a city of culture and there are lots of exciting places of interest to visit. Unfortunate for us, during this time of the year, the river cruise is not operational as some part of the rivers and lakes are frozen!

In the afternoon we visited the Vasa Museum which houses the royal warship Vasa that sank in Stockholm harbour and was salvaged some 300 years later in remarkably good condition. We spent time in Galleria shopping Mall and later had Tom yam dinner at My Thai Restaurant.

1 March 2006
Day 3 - Between the Baltic Sea

(The replica of the sunk Vasa warship)

Stockholm is a home of Nobel Prize and the world’s biggest IKEA is just outside the city. Today we decided to visit a few more museums. Our first stop was the Skansen Open-air Museet. The museum has buildings from different part of Sweden, dated from different centuries. The museum includes a zoo where you could see Nordic animals, including the elk. Our next stop was the National Museum of Fine Arts, which owns Sweden’s largest collection of classical art. There were exhibition on furniture, glass, textile and industrial designs from the last 100 years.

From the National Museum we walked through the children’s park and had prawn chillies for lunch at Cheng’s Restaurant. The owner is a Malaysian Chinese who has been in Stockholm for almost 30 years. We took the train to Kista Galleria for some shopping. And later watch the movie ‘Hide and Seek’ starring Robert De Nero, a widowed father desperately tries to break through to his nine year old daughter (Dakota Fanning) when she creates a creepy, maniacal imaginary friend, Charlie, with a terrifying vendetta…

2 March 2005
Day 4 - Footsteps of the Vikings

(A wooden house in the open Museum)

This morning we visited the Historiska Museet which is next to the Vasa Museet. The museum building is impressive and an attraction in itself. From the Historiska Musseet we walked quite a distance to the Nordiska Museet, a museum of national antiquities where we could see historical gold treasures and the Viking exhibition. Later we took the bus to one of the shopping mall. There is plenty of opportunity to shop in Stockholm and most shops are situated in big department stores in the city center. After spending the whole day visiting museums and window-shopping, we came back to the hotel to rest and later dragged ourselves to My Thai Restaurant next door for a hot Tom Yam dinner.

3 March 2005
Day 5 - Snowflakes Dance

(The Moose soft toy)

Today is our last day in Stockholm and we haven’t got enough souvenirs for everyone. We took the bus to Gamlastan, a part of the old town. We crossed the bridge and passed the Sveriges Riskbank on the way. The narrow, winding coble-stoned streets of the old town lead us to ochre-colored buildings where they sell a good selection of arts and crafts, antiques and souvenirs. The area is a shopping heaven to tourists. After spending most of our kroners in the old town, we walked to the Dance musset, where they exhibits traditional dances from countries all over the world. We had Tom yam Lunch at My Thai Restaurant again. In the evening we went for last shopping spree at Hamgattan.

Tonight we slept very late, feeling happy that we have had a wonderful holiday and also feeling a little bit sad that our winter holiday is coming to an end.

4 March 2005
Day 6 – Locked in Time

We had breakfast and checked out from the hotel early. Took the 9 o’clock train to Arlanda Airport and stayed in the lounge for a while waiting for the final call for boarding. On the plane we met with Ismail Lajim, my old classmate during my diploma years in ITM and exchanged news of old friends from School of Applied Science.

We were tired and sleepy. During most of the journey, we slept while holding each other’s hands...

5 March 2005
Day 6 – Stray snowflakes

The plane landed at KLIA at 7.30 a.m. After buying lots of chocolates, we took the ERL and later a cab to my office to take the car. We stopped for a hearty breakfast of roti chanai at the Mamak restaurant. We skipped lunch and the whole afternoon was spent catching up with sleep. Later we had dinner at Victoria Station with Sara and Saufi.

Thursday, 24 February 2005

Richmond, USA 2005 - The Federal Reserves...

"Know when to cry, know when to laugh, know when to be silent..." - Mark Crow

Thursday, February 24, 2005
Policies and Strategies

(The city of Richmond)

We had a leisure breakfast at the Barlowe's Terrace restaurant. Took the hotel shuttle bus to FRB Richmond. The whether was very cold. It was snowing and raining at the same time. I was subjected to tight and thorough security checks. Andrew was already waiting for me at the lobby. Met with Roland at the 23rd floor meeting room and we had serious discussion till noon. Lunch was at the Executive Dining room with Marvin, an interesting young man with lots of ideas, who is also the economic adviser to Greenspan. The vegetarian lunch was delicious and filling. We continued discussion at Roland’s office and had the opportunity to visit the processing room and their workshop where the engineers were in the middle of upgrading the BPS machines. My attachment program ended with a visit to their money museum. They should come and visit our money museum in KL, which, I think is bigger and more interesting. The shuttle bus fetched me after 5 p.m. and later we took a cab to Chesterfield Town to window-shop and later to Sam Miller Restaurant for a lobster dinner, which cost us a fortune. Only tonight, after 5 days of my official duties, we started to plan what we want to do for our holiday and felt so excited about it.

Friday, February 25, 2005
A glimpse of The West Wing


(An Art Exhibition in Richmond)

We checked out of Omni Hotel right after breakfast and took a cab to the train station. The train was delayed for an hour and it was late noon when we reached Washington D.C. After checking in at Capital Hilton Hotel again, we took the Old Town Trolley city tour. As it was the last bus for the day we didn’t have time to hop on and off. At least hubby had the opportunity to visit a few museums including the Air & Space Museum when I was busy with my seminar. During the tour we passed by Washington and Jefferson's monuments and Lincoln Memorial and also the Library of the Congress and Federal Supreme Court and the US Capitol where elected Senators and representatives meet. We ended the tour by viewing from far the world famous White House, home to the American Presidents. We had Japanese dinner at the Union Station and later watched Cursed, a B-grade movie about werewolves, starring Christina Ricci.

(Admiring paintings by local artists)

Saturday, February 26, 2005
A Tale of Winter


(The Washington D.C. Train Station)

We had breakfast in the hotel before we checked out. The snow was still heavy outside but the sun was shining brightly. We took a cab to Washington Dulles Airport. Out flight was delayed. Our plane was made to wait at the runway for almost an hour. But we had ample time to spare at Newark International Airport before our flight to Stockholm. We spent time in the lounge and had light meal. The flight to Stockholm was also delayed but the journey was pleasant as we had the opportunity to taste Malaysian food again on MAS. It was the beginning of our winter holiday. And we were all excited about it. We watched a few in-flight movies and listened to music and catnapped in between meals.

Saturday, 19 February 2005

Washington DC, USA 2005 - A Banknote Conference...

"You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward..."

America's capital is a heady mix of politics, history, culture and entertainment. Visit the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian and the Lincoln Memorial, then unwind in Georgetown. Lodging ranges from five-star hotels to historic inns.

Saturday, February 19, 2005
Long Haul Flight

(A dark and gloomy sky)

Our flight was delayed for an hour but we reached Stockholm on time. Although the journey took almost 11 hours, traveling on business class was comfortable especially with the new seats of the 777. Thanks to our frequent flyer points, hubby's ticket was upgraded to business class too. We transit in Stockholm for 1½ hour. The whether was cold and it was snowing in Stockholm. We could see workers clearing the snow from the runway and pavement. Temperature was –3 C.We reached Newark International Airport quite late at night. Next connecting flight to Washington D.C. is tomorrow morning. We stayed the night at Wyndham Hotel, a cozy transit hotel, 5 minutes drive from the airport.

Sunday, February 20, 2005
A Definitive Forum


(The imposing Egyptian obelisk)

We had a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Our flight to Washington D.C. was at 10 a.m. We reached Washington Dulles Airport almost noon. We rushed to take the shuttle bus to Capital Hilton Hotel. I need to be at the hotel before 2 p.m. as I wouldn’t want to miss the keynote address by John F. Moore, the COO of the US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. I hurried with the registration and managed to get my name tag processed. Without the tag, the Secret Service in-charge would not allow me to enter the Conference Hall. They even made us register our thumbprints to track our attendance! At the end of the day’s session, we adjourned into the Exhibition Hall for cocktail reception. I met a few colleagues from other institutions and exchange latest news.We were still having jet lag and spent half the night sleeping. The whether was chilly outside for us to go for a walk so we decided to order room service of seafood tempura and onion soup. Tonight, trying to catch-up with some sleep we stretched our tired muscles and soothed our aching bones.

Monday, February 21, 2005
Emerging Trends


(A glimpse of the White House)

I joined the other delegates for continental breakfast in the Exhibition Hall although I already had breakfast with hubby in the room. While I was attending the conference hubby will have time to go for sight seeing around Washington D.C. and hopefully snap lots of pictures. After the first session, we were transported by bus to the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing for presentation and later tour the printing plants. Bought some key-chains for souvenirs. Earlier, I promised Andrew McAllister of FRB Richmond to join him for lunch with his boss Roland Costa and Barbara Bennet and Anthony Dazzo from FRB LA. Met the Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia and his delegations. I met Bapak Maulana several times before this, during Currency Seminar in Rome last year and in Shanghai the year before. Tonight I skipped the cocktail reception again to spend the rest of the evening with hubby. Again, tonight we ordered room service and felt contented to be close to each other and watched late night movies.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Leading Technologies


(The first Astronaut)

The panel discussions were thought provoking and a timely insights into the latest developments in the industry. Today I had Lunch with G&D delegates from China and through our discussions, we compared notes on the latest processing and sorting machines. I met up with Dr. Marco of Crane, Dr. Gesteiger of G&D and Gary of PolyteQ after the last session. I skipped the cocktail reception and we took a cab to a Pakistani Restaurant for Nasi Bryani and Tandoori dinner. Later we watched a play ‘The Graduate’ at Warners Theatre. The leading role was lead played by Morgan Fairchild. Although inspired by the film and original novel, the play was definitely its own entity, and added new dimensions to the story of Benjamin's seduction by Mrs Robinson and his later love for her daughter, Elaine. The inevitable Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack brought back sweet memories of the 70’s…

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Trends and Innovation


(It was still snowing)

The Banknote Seminar ended with closing remarks by the organizer thanking delegates for their active participation and sponsors for their exhibits of latest products and technologies. Later we took a 45 minutes bus ride to FRB Baltimore for lunch, tour and presentation. Over there they organized a lucky draw and I won a watercolor painting for a prize. We traveled back to Washington and reached the hotel at 5.30 p.m. Hubby checked out at noon and was already waiting for me at the lobby when we arrived. We stored our luggage at the Capital Hilton Hotel and brought with us one overnight bag enough to pack our clothing for 2 days. Took the subway to Union Station and bought tickets for the 7 o’clock train to Richmond. The train ride took almost 2 hours, enough time for us to nap. From the train station we took a cab to central Richmond and checked in Omni Hotel.

(Warm and cozy in the hotel room)

Wednesday, 5 January 2005

Perth, Australia 2005 - Swan River Colony...

"Needs and struggle aare what excite and inspire us..." - William James

Day 1 - The best of Western Australia

Our flight to Perth which was supposed to depart at 9.40 a.m. was delayed for an hour. We have to wait for some connecting passengers from Amsterdam. When we arrived at the Perth Airport, the Australian Pinnacle Tours coach driver met us outside the arrival terminal. We checked in the Goodearth Hotel and we were free at our own leisure after that.

Our hotel room was cozy, equipped with kitchenette and microwave oven, if we want to indulge in simple cooking.As the hotel is located less than 1 km from Perth city, we strolled along the Swan River to the center of the city for some dinner at on Indonesian Restaurant. There are a lot of food outlets serving Muslim meals. As most of the shops in Perth close at 5.30 p.m. we spent first night in Perth watching Blade 3. Later, at the hotel reception, we booked several tours for tomorrow and the day after. Tonight we slept soundly.

(At a bistro for a cup of coffee and scones)

Day 2 - Pinnacles and sand-boarding
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(White sand dunes)

We left the city and headed north to Yanchep National Park where we stopped to view koalas and kangaroos. I spotted one miserable kangaroo on the way. Most probably the rest were hiding in the bushes avoiding the scorching sun. We took a break at the Shipwreck Café at the small fishing settlement of Lancelin before going for the thrilling experience of 4-wheel driving over massive sand dunes. Our bus got stuck on top of the sand dunes for more than an hour.

(The Pinnacles Desert)

It took some strong men to shovel the sand to put the bus into motion again. Some of us got the chance to try sand boarding while waiting.The journey passed through wildflower country and along beautiful white sandy beaches. We stopped at the Rock Lobster town of Cervantes for lobster picnic lunch. Afterwards we visited Nambung National Park, home of the amazing Pinnacles Desert. Here we walked through parts of fascinating landscape covering over 400 hectares and have a lot of photo shots.

(A boat ride in the Blue Lake)

Day 3 - Valley of the Giants and Tree-top walk

We headed south through the towns of Rockingham and Mandurah. We stopped at Donnybrook for morning tea and ample time to purchase some apples and stone fruits. We continued our journey through the rolling farmlands of the Blackwood River Valley. We stopped at the Diamond Tree, one of the three towering trees used as a bush fire tower. We had another round of lobster picnic lunch. Some attempted to climb to the wooden watch cabin at the top of the 51 meter tall tree.

We continued our trip through stunning section of Karri forest before reaching the Valley of the Giants. Here we experienced the Tree Top Walk, a 400 meter elevated walkway constructed through the canopy reaching up to 40 meters above ground. The view of the forest was sensational. Later we walked through the Ancient Empire, where wide girthed trees, goblin like in appearance grow up to 5 meters in diameter at the base. Later, we enjoyed our afternoon tea in the forest before heading back to Perth via different route.

(The Valley of the Giant)

On the way, we visited William Bay then seaside town of Denmark. Then we headed inland via Mt Barker and Kojonuo where we stopped for dinner at The Kodja Place Visitors Centre, a contemporary tourist complex combining aboriginal culture and rural heritage. We arrived Perth around 10.30 p.m. exhausted and famished.

(The Giant Tree)

On the way, we visited William Bay then seaside town of Denmark. Then we headed inland via Mt Barker and Kojonuo where we stopped for dinner at The Kodja Place Visitors Centre, a contemporary tourist complex combining aboriginal culture and rural heritage.

Day 4 - Free and Easy City Tour

Today’s tour is free with the two tours we took yesterday and the day before. Starting in Perth city, the tour includes all key attractions and historical point of interest, starting with Kings Park botanical garden, where we have time to experience the new tree top walk through the trees canopies. Later we continued to Cottesloe Beach before arriving at historic Fremantle.

We were free to venture into Fremantle town but we decided to spend more time in the Fremantle Market where we bought some souvenirs. I bought a pair of beautifully embroidered cushion covers at a discount. We had kebab for lunch then returned to Perth with the coach, spending most of the journey catching up with our sleep.The afternoon was spent in the room to cool off and nap till late afternoon. Went for a stroll along the Swan River and had late dinner at Mc Donalds.
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(A painting by the aborigines)

Day 5 - Perth Mint & CATS


(The gold miners at the Perth Mint)
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We had to drag ourselves out of bed. If not because we want to visit The Perth Mint this morning, we would have continued sleeping until check-out time. The Perth Mint is Australia’s leading precious metals house, as well as being the oldest operating mint. We had the opportunity to watch the gold pouring session and later visited the coin museum where a wide range of coins produced were on display. Here we minted our own medallion for souvenirs. We spent the rest of the morning travelling on the CAT, Perth’s free bus service. Bus services depart every ten minutes or so and you can ride the full round of the journey. We checked out at 1.00 p.m. then took the shuttle bus to the airport. Have some time for lunch and last minute shopping before we boarded the plane.

Argghh... Feeling so very tired but happy.