Our first stop in Thailand today was Koh Samui, a small island towards the South of the country. It is a prime vacation spot, with kilometer-long beaches and the hotel-chains to match. Tourism is the biggest industry here, followed by coconuts.
As this island does not have a pier to dock cruise ships, this was to be our first (and only) tender port on this trip, meaning that the ship would anchor in the harbour and the guests (and some of the crew) would be brought to shore in smaller boats. In this case, the boats were provided by a local company, as they were bigger than the ones carried by the Mein Schiff 1.
Continue reading “Cruise Port – Koh Samui on a rainy day”
The last stop of our cruise in Malaysia was Kuala Lumpur, the capitol and largest city of this country.
Well, I say Kuala Lumpur, but what I actually mean is that we docked in Port Klang, roughly 50km away from the center of KL. And even that is misleading, as the cruise terminal in Port Klang is located in the middle of nowhere. The only chance to get away from there is either one of the pre-arranged tours from the boat, or taking one of the numerous taxis waiting there for you. Continue reading “Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves by train”
Our second stop was a known destination for us: George Town the island of Punau Pinang (also called Penang). We had been to this world heritage site a few years ago and were looking forward to exploring the charming city with its small side streets once again. Continue reading “George Town – Penang”
The first stop of our Christmas Cruise after leaving Singapore was Pulau Langkawi – largest of a group of about 100 small islands off the coast of Malaysia and the first of three stops in that country. Continue reading “Exploring Langkawi by car”
After about three months of competition play in a round robin format, Kai’s team in the Associations Junior League made it to the finals as second on the ladder in the 12B division. To determine the actual winner for this season, the first two teams play a finals of four singles and two doubles. And that finals match was happening today.
…at least that was the plan.
Continue reading “Junior League Finals”
Last Sunday was a very sportive day for us. Kai was playing his last round of Junior League tennis (they won and are now in the finals!) and Luka and I got ready for the happiest 5km in Melbourne: this year’s Color Run.
Continue reading “The happiest 5km in Melbourne”
This weekend is a long weekend in Melbourne – because of a horse race. And while that still sounds weird, it is reason enough for a lot of tennis tournaments to be scheduled in and around Melbourne, most of them across three days.
Since Kai made some big improvements in the last few weeks and months, we decided it was time we try this tournament thing again: the 2017 Better Tennis Frankston Cup. And for the doubles we enlisted the help of Seba, one of his classmates and previous doubles partner.
Continue reading “Runners up”
A few months ago, while on another expensive trip to the mall, Willemijn bought a book with walks within Melbourne, in an attempt to let us explore our city of residence a bit more. Since then, the book has been sitting on the shelf, gathering dust.
But a couple of weekends ago we decided that we would need to remedy that situation. We took the great weather as a sign, flipped through the book, decided on a trail, invited some friends, packed our stuff (including our new drone) and off we went to the Red Bluff beach walk.
Continue reading “Walking in Melbourne: Red Bluff beachwalk”
With the new drone in out hand luggage, we managed to take a few impressions home with us…
…about 16GB of them…
I have cut them down just a bit and created this little montage. Enjoy.
We’ve just come back from two weeks of camping in New Zealand, and it was a blast. But before we go into more detail about the different places we have visited, I thought I’d do a short introduction about the general things we have learned and encountered in this islands country.
So, if you are planning on spending some time among the Kiwi’s and thinking of hiring a camper-van, read on for some handy tips and tricks. Continue reading “Camping in New Zealand”