Jakarta’s skyline

DSC00022 wisma 46Jakarta’s tallest building, Wisma 46 is visible in the skyline of central Jakarta here.

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Indonesia celebrates Idul Adha peacefully

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Once a year animal stalls begin to pop up around Jakarta as animal vendors make their way into the city to sell cattle and goats for sacrifice. Last Sunday, Oct 5th, (or Saturday Oct 4th if you are a Muhammadiyah muslim, they can never quite agree on dates) was Idul Adha, one of the biggest Islamic holy days of the year in Indonesia, the Islamic Day of Sacrifice.  Continue reading

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Australian National Aviation Museum


The Fairey Gannet saw service for the RAN as an anti -submarine aircraft operating off the HMAS Melbourne in the 50s and 60s.

Fairey Gannet

Located in Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne is the Moorabbin Air Museum or Australian National Aviation Museum. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, it is very reasonably priced at $10 AUD for adults and $5 for kids it is staffed and run mainly by volunteers. It houses approximately 12 full sixed planes outside and a similar number inside a large hanger, with a bunch of other items such as uniforms, engines and books. Well sign posted you are free to wander around the items on display. They have a mix of military and non military aircraft and several hands on displays. Continue reading

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Elsternwick Golf Course

2014-07-08 15.07.42A public golf course of nine holes in suburban Elsternwick, Melbourne on the corner of Glenhuntly Road and Nepean Hwy. (not far from St Kilda and Brighton). It is quite pretty, with plenty of mature trees, some small rivers and duck filled ponds. It appears to be maintained in a fair condition, the prices are very reasonable, with some good deals. eg: $10 per adult after 12:00 midday Monday to Friday. They also serve beers, pies and other snacks.  Continue reading

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OzComicCon at Melbourne 2014

20140706_143158Held in the historic Melbourne Exhibition Buildings in Carlton this was truly a nerd’s paradise or a teenage kid’s playground. Book your tickets online, 15% discount and we skipped a two hour queue at the entrance of the exhibition. Kids under 13 were free with each adult ticket on Sunday.  Continue reading

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UNESCO listed Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia

???????????????????????????????The famous UNESCO listed Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap was originally built as a Hindu temple and then converted to a Buddhist, it functioned as the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. The tourist crowds get large here, but at the end of the day it is not too bad. It represents one of the largest archaeological sites in operation in the world and, to be fair, they do a pretty good job of managing the tourists. In places they have installed fences, and even wooden steps to protect the centuries old structure underneath. Continue reading

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Breakfast & activities at a local warung in Indonesia

horse riding, topend monyet, purchase DVDs, beggars, balloons etc

Typical Indonesian breakfast on a weekend

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