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Back on the High Seas

Pampering

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We are now back on the high seas the sea is a little rougher than we are used to having visited the ports of call.
We are now in pamering mode with a day of masage, facials and pedicures. One of the girls has also been in spending mode - having purchased a lovely piece of art at $1300.
We are now enjoying the ship again and the sunshine and warm temperatures before it gets cold.
We have a Western theme tonight and none of us think our jeans will fit us.
We only have a few days left on the ship to enjoy the delights offered so our next blog will be once we hit land in Perth.

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Singapore

Breakfast at the Zoo

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We began the day with breakfast with the Orangutan. They were very gentle creatures and happy to have their photos taken with us. What an amazing clean zoo with every animal very well looked after. We could have spent all day at the zoo, but couldn't. We then went on the MRT (underground train) to China town and "Yes" you guessed it we went shopping - had to spend the remainder of our money as this is the last port. With many parcels we took the cable car trip which took us once around over to Sentosa Island and the highest point of the Island of Singapore. The trip took us over the top of the Sun Princess - great birds eye view of the ship. We finished the day off with more shopping at the Mall by the Port.
The day finished with a cocktail, dinner and a well earned sleep.

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Kula Lumpur

Personal Guide

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We were lucky enough to have our own personal tourist guide to spend the day with us at KL. Eapen (an ex student of Lincoln University) was happy to escort us around his city. We started the day with curry for breakfast and different sort of beverages in Little India, he then showed us around a few local shops explaining the different fruits, vegs, hardware store, accessories etc. We moved onto the Mosque where we had to be robed up to look around - good photos to come. The Mosque was located in the Administrative capital of KL where the Prime Minister lived and many of the Ministry buildings. The streets, bridges, buildings and street lights were decorative and we found this area very clean. From there we moved into KL to the city centre - petronas towers (Twin Towers) and had a look around before taking the subway to China Town markets. Eapen was a great help with the bartering at the markets and we experienced new foods and drinks again at the market - some of which we will never experience again. Eapen warned us at the market to keep hold of our bags as pick-pockets are well-known in this area. A cramped train ride back to KL City Centre and then a drive back to the ship via the Batu Caves. We had an amazing day and was great to have no time restrictions as our other excursions.
Again finished the evening with a cocktail, dinner and a show.

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Penang

Butterfly Farm and Pewtering

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At Penang we split the group so we could cover as much as possible of the city. Anne and Susan went to the largest Buddist Temple in Penang which had heaps of steps for them to test their fitness (still haven't used the lift on the ship). After the Temple they went to the Botanical Gardens which were very busy, the gardens were set in a tropical rainforest and was lovely. From there they went to the Pewter shop and had to find their Visa cards - oopps not sure if I should have said that!!. On the way back to the ship they called into the Fort for some photos and then shopping - which consisted of sampling Penang Cocktails - some passangers just can't wait until the 6.30 cocktail ritual.
Laura and Aileen went to the Butterfly farm via the Reclining Budda Temples, we had our photos taken and light candles so time will tell if our "Good Luck" will happen sooner or later!! From the Temples we visited the Batik Factory which was just lovely, very very tempted, but time just didn't allow the Visa card to be shown., what beautiful fabric and garments. The butterfly farm was amazing - we also saw other exotic animals eg snakes, reptiles, lizards, etc. We experienced a few showers of rain, but didn't dampen spirits. We were planning to shop in the afternoon at the mall, but instead we had the most exciting time and wouldn't swap the experience for the world. We hired a tuk-tuk or trishaw for 2 and half hours and had the most amazing time travelling around the city, visiting the mansion, temples, museum, fishing village and many other sights of the City - we got a great taste of Malaysian culture. Our tuk-tuk driver was fantasitc, very knowledgable, good English and thankfully fit. He was wiping his brow throughout the trip, but the entertainment was when we had to get off the tuk-tuk for our visits to the sights. Too many experiences and laughs to go into detail, but would have it on the top of our list when we visit again.
Cocktail evening finished off an amazing day as we recounted our different experiences during the day.

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Langkawi

Cable Caring and Adreline Junkie

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Today the group split with three of us doing the highlights tour and the one being an adreline junkie - flying through trees and jumping off cliffs.
The Highlights girls enjoyed time on the Langkawi cable car - could have spent at least another hour on this but time limited and we were rushing to get to the bus. We visited a rice paddy field and rubber plantation. We finished the day with a look around the shops and updated our wine stock.
The adreniline junkie got to climb 700+ steps then walk thru the forest. Then the fun began, we walked across wires strung high in thr trees, then up the cargo net wrapped around the tree, more cables & cable ladders. Then we did a small abseil, the we had to leap head first off the cliff & fly along the cable, wasn't sure I could do that, but really had no choice, a bit more abseil, 20min walk out & back to ship for a well earned lunch.
We have all now met up, time to freshen up & head down for our daily cocktail or two & then 4 course dinner.

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