Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Australia: The Pinnacles

On our attempt to explore the west coast Australia, we found ourselves driving more than 220km from Southern River WA all the way up to the Pinnacles Desert located in Nambung National Park for almost three hours.

Pinnacles Desert is world famous for its stromatolites and strombalites - the oldest living fossils on earth.

Ever wondered how this thousands of strange looking limestone pillars in different sizes were formed?

The coast of Western Australia, from Shark Bay nearly to Albany, has a near continuous belt of Tamala Limestone (probably more accurately called) aerolian calcarenite - ie. wind blown calcium carbonate - which has been produced by the combination of wind, rain and the cementing agent of calcium.
A set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles. Firstly the huge sand dunes stabilised. The rains which fell on the dunes leached down through the sand carrying the calcium. This resulted in the lower levels of the dune solidifying into a soft limestone. As this stabilisation occurred a layer of soil formed on top of the dune which allowed plants to grow and further cemented the limestone below. Gradually the lowest layer of soil, which lay between the surface and the limestone, formed into a hard cap which resulted in the old dunes having three levels - a soil and plant level near the surface, a hard cap below the surface, and a thick layer of soft limestone at the bottom of the dune.
Inevitably the roots from the plants on the top level found cracks and broke up the hard cap and the layer of soft limestone. The result was that under a surface covered with plants and soil the pinnacles developed. No one knows for sure how long ago this process occurred. It may have started as long ago as 500 000 years but equally it may only be a few thousand years old and it may still be continuing today. The Western Australian Museum has opted for some time in the last 80 000 years.
Anyway the advent of drier weather in the region resulted in the top layer of plants and soil being removed and gradually the pinnacles were exposed so that today they stand like strange sentinels on a plain of wind blown sand.
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Amazing as the nature, these phenomenal rock formations formed over million of years ago is not only educational but also a perfect backdrop for crazy pictorials.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

US: Seven Things I Learned in my First Long Haul Flight

The longest airplane flight I had till March, 2017 was 7hours, 15min Singapore-Dubai flight during my Holy Land tour in 2016. So my mind cannot comprehend how a person can stay inside an aircraft for more than 10 hours until I am left without choice as I have to travel to United States April this year. We have option for a direct flight from Singapore to San Francisco via Singapore Airlines but my heart was anxious imagining I will be up the air for 15 long hours. Instead we took Cathay Airlines with connecting flight from Singapore to Hong Kong(3 hours, 33 mins) then finally Hong Kong to San Francisco(12 hours, 45 mins). It may took us two more hours to reach San Francisco but at least I get to step my feet on the ground in between flights.

Flying up in the air for extended amount of time requires both physical and psychological preparations. At least for me, as I am not like the gifted travellers who can easily sleep through the entire flight, I am wide awake for the most of it. I do strive to have a pleasant and restful journey up there, but its a learning process. Here are some of the things I want to share with you on my first long-haul flight experience this year.

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1. Dress for comfort more than fashion.
This is not the time to impress as the clothes you're wearing will be your companion for the next 15 hours in an economy seat and you do want a comfortable trip. Choose breathable fabrics, loose attire like cotton t-shirts and drape pants. Heels are definitely a no no, you want comfy flats or flip flops. Reserve your contact lenses when you land, it's uncomfortable to wear them as your eyes tends to be dry during long flight.

2. Stay hydrated and moisturise.
Hydrate yourself night before the flight. Being inside an enclosed cabin for long hours without fresh air and little amount of oxygen easily dries your skin. It is essential to know the right skincare regime that will keep your skin fresh and glowing by the time you reach your destination.

3. Select the best seats for you.
If you're the kind of passenger who goes to toilet every now and then(like me), strategically select aisle seats which are accessible to the toilets. If you're a sleepy-head-kind-of-passenger, window seats will be the best choice.

4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Coffee and soft drinks which both contain caffeine are diuretic which means it increases the amount of urine produced in your body causing you to visit the toilet often and prevents good sleep.

5. Keep your blood flowing by occasionally moving.
Stretch you arms and legs every now and then, stand or walk if you need to.

6. Bring necessities with you.
Pen is a must when travelling. Have yourself an eye mask, noise cancelling ear plugs and travel pillow to promote sleep environment. Place your meds and supplements in your hand-carry in case you'll need them.

7. Pack your entertainment
Long flights tends to be boring as you are contained in a limited space. Make sure to bring any gadget that will keep your sanity while flying like book or kindle, your-kind-of-music, your favourite tv series or movies in your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Australia: Biking Rottnest Island

This getaway is a perfect escape to soft white-sand beach, glorious marine life, panoramic views, safari of wild animals and tranquil ambiance. Rottnest island is located 11 miles west of Perth, Australia facing the Indian Ocean.

We booked our day tour ferry tickets via Rottnest Express which have three accessible departure points -- B-Shed Fremantle, Northporth and Barrack St., Perth. We reached B-Shed Fremantle around 9AM for our 9:30AM boarding time via Rottnest ferrry and travelled 45 minutes.

We docked at the Rottnest arrival port at around 10:15AM and we are welcomed with radiant weather, crisp air and thin, wispy strands of clouds. We have to find the bike rental and explore a little bit of the port area to know where we can find things we need.

There is so much activity you can do in Rottnest Island Reserve so prepare yourself for fun and adventure. You can bike your heart out to tour this amazing island, until your legs hurt. But trust me its going to be worth it. There are three suggested bike routes in varying distances - 4km, 10km and 22km.  We did the second route which allowed us to sightsee almost half the island mostly the eastern part of it. The route was a bit tiring because of the uphill, downhill slopes but altogether it was an exciting adventure.

Don't forget to kiss the sun and savour the fresh air.

You also get to meet new friends in the wild who will amuse and entertain you for free. Remember not to feed them 😂😜 as you are not doing them any better if you do that.

You can also find two mighty lighthouse within the island. The Wadjemup lighthouse standing tall and strong in a mountain top and the Bathurst lighthouse lying beside the sea shore watching the bay.


The landscape views were breathtaking and spectacular. See the fine line where the light blue skies meets the aqua sea and the waves touches the sand. It tells me, we have an amazing Creator.

Aside from biking tourists can do swimming in some of the best beach bay locations around the island, have a closer encounter with marine life by snorkeling and diving, be refreshed as you surf your mind through the waves, enjoy whale watching, bring out your fishing rods to catch some seafood, hop in various shops for unique souvenirs, experience dinner or lunch by the sea with different cafe and restaurants options or simply grab any spot in the island to appreciate the view and people.

Oops did I mention doing pictorials in different spots and sides of Rottnest is also a great way to capture the best angles of this peninsula. Even the most rigid rocks by the beach can give your photo a different tone and emotion. With so many incredible backdrops, you will surely run out of poses. Remember to be creative and always have fun. Jump shots for sure. 😎😜

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Movie: Wonder Woman

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Hippolyta: Fighting does not make you a hero.

Diana Prince: If no one else will defend the world, then I must.

Queen Hippolyta: If you choose to leave, you may never return.
Diana Prince: How will I be if I stay?

Queen Hippolyta: You have been my greatest love. Today you become my greatest sadness.

Diana Prince: I will fight, for those who can not fight for themselves.

Steve Trevor: If you believe that this war should stop, help me stop it right now.

Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpse the darkness that lives within their light and learned that inside every one of them there will always be both. A choice each must make for themselves, something no hero will ever defeat.

Diana Prince: I stay, I fight and I gave for the world I know can be, this is my mission now, forever.

Diana Prince: It's about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.

Diana Prince: I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. In the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world is over!

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