Christmas in a Bus

The jolly season is here in full force . I have been in Perth for eight years now , and so far Christmas has been rather quiet in terms of things like decorations . By quiet I mean in comparison to places like Singapore ( Orchard Street ) or even Colombo , where the buildings get strung up with lights , and you find some sort of decoration nearly every corner you turn. Which is why I was pleasantly ( understatement of the century there , I will go with ” jaw dropping “) surprised when I got into a Transperth Bus on Thursday evening , to go home , and nearly got smacked in the face with all sorts of tinsel , bright shiny Christmas décor . Had the bus driver been dressed as Santa , then that would have totally completed the look.

I put these up on Facebook , and the Bestie summed it up in one gorgeous , smart aleck description . And I quote below :

 –            ” It’s like Christmas threw up in a bus ”         –

 

 

 

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Through the City Square on a Friday Eve

 

Summer seems to be here for Perth already , although we are officially still in Spring .Since today was a balmy temperature of around 28C , I decided to walk through the city square to catch my train home , and found myself in the middle of a city bustling with people and food stalls which were filling the air with mouth-watering aromas. In other words, Perth City’s Twilight Hawkers Markets have arrived, to keep our Friday evenings well occupied. The markets starts at 4:30 pm, ending at 9:30 pm, and run over the periods of 16th October 2015 until 29th April 2016, on Fridays. There were so many stalls selling food from cuisines ranging from Mexican , Asian favourites such as Indian , Singaporean , to those with vegetarian , gluten free and halal options. By the time I got there at around 6:30 pm, the markets were in full swing, and there were long queues in front of the stalls. Although my sensory perceptions were in overload, I did not venture to brave the crowds in the queues, as I had already had dinner before I left work, and boy, was I regretting that decision fully. But as the markets will be running until April, there will be many other Fridays. (Note to self: come early to avoid the crowds and lines)

On a side note, I also got extremely distracted by a street artist, who was painting some beautiful canvasses, and I must have spent about half an hour just watching her create beauty.

I am looking forward to my Fridays more than ever now!

Open House Perth: St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, WA

The second place I visited on my Open House Perth weekend was the St. George’s Cathedral situated right in the heart of Perth City, on St. George Terrace. To be honest , it is one place that I always pass by when travelling in and out of the city , even catching the bus home from the stop right on the doorsteps of the Church . But I had never been inside to have a look until this weekend.

Being one of the few cathedrals to have been constructed of handmade bricks, the Gothic architectural look of the building is very impressive, and even though it is situated right next to modern bustling city thoroughfare, once you enter the building, you are immediately transported in time into a peaceful and calming atmosphere.

Inside the Cathedral itself are beautiful stained glass windows, icons, and memorials to WA’s pioneering leaders.

St. George’s Cathedral is steeped in history, and was restored to its heritage conditions during a restoration project carried out within the last few years.

Open House Perth : Como The Treasury

When I heard that the Singaporean Luxury Hotel Brand “ Como “ was set to make its entry into Australia by opening their first hotel in Perth at the Heritage listed Treasury Buildings , which were being renovated at that time , I could not wait to get a glimpse . And Open House Perth certainly provided the opportunity during last weekend, after the Hotel opened at end of October this year. All though only certain areas were accessible for the Open House visitors, from what I could see the 48 room hotel will certainly be beyond expectations in terms of décor and luxuriousness. Designed by architect Kerry Hill , the property has understated elegance , and dare I say so , a hint of old world charm , which gives it an aura which is totally compatible with the heritage inherited with the building itself.

I spent some time in the bar, and it is an idyllic setting to relax and catch up with a friend or two after an afternoon of shopping in the city. The service was impeccable and the hot chocolate was to die for.

Woman on a bench : Fremantle , WA

Sitting on a bench , by the beach , all by her lonesome self .Who is she waiting for ?

Rain, wind or shine, she waits

Sitting by the beach

Waiting for her ship to sail by

The ship that carries her dreams

To bring her captain home

Safe from his seafaring

Regretting the day she let him go

In search of coin and fame

Being Selfless, she let him go

So that he could build his castles

Never letting him know

He was taking her dreams, her soul

On that maiden voyage

Leaving her to be

The Iron Maid that awaits …and awaits …

( my friend asked for a poem ..of a sort ..to accompany the photo ..so I obliged )

 

Tourist for a day: Shipwreck Galleries, Fremantle ,Western Australia

Ever since Bonnie Blue came roaring into my life, I have been waiting for exams to finish and a free weekend to do some touristy things. Well, this Saturday was perfect weather and off we went to Fremantle, fondly referred to as Freo by the Perthians. On a side note, since I was still getting used to Bonnie, I had the Bestie’s hubby as a passenger to boost up my confidence. Having dropped him off to slave away at work, I went off to be a tourist for a day, after all, I had lots of hours to kill until he finished. What I did with Bonnie Blue, you may ask. Well , we left Bonnie Blue safely tucked away under the shade of a tree on a side street .Yes , Bonnie is of the four wheel variety that guzzles gas when she is hungry .

My destination for the day was the WA museum, housing the Shipwreck Galleries. The museum is home to hundreds of relics salvaged from ships wrecked along WA‘s coastline, including the original timbers from The Batavia, a ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company (VOC). There are also artefacts from the Dutch Shipwrecks Zuytdorp , Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck. Even though being wrecked due to striking a reef, the Batavia has a story of mutiny and murder. You can read more about it here

Entry to the museum is by donation and photography is allowed. Which is why I am not going to write too much about what I saw, but instead I will let your eyes feast on the pictorial presentation. Make sure you have lots of time on hand, because there are quite a lot of displays and galleries. I think I spent about 3 – 4 totally captivated hours looking at the exhibits and reading about them.

After the Shipwreck Galleries , I spent my day gallivanting about the town , as Freo is full of things to see such as the markets , the Maritime Museum and of course , the Beach . And if you get hungry, there are numerous places to choose from. Freo is a great place to be a tourist for a day.

How to get to the Shipwreck Galleries:

The Blue Cat (not the four legged kind, but a free bus service around the city), will get you there, get off at stop number 17 which is almost at the doorstep of the museum.

.(Toured on 17/10/2015)

Picture Story : London Court – Perth WA

London Court is a little piece of England tucked away in the heart of Perth City , that I stumbled upon by accident .Built in 1937 , this quaint shopping arcade has of course been there for close to 80 years , however yours truly ended up there one sunny day after taking a wrong turn on St.Georges Terrace . and yes , I did forget all the errands I was on that day , as I was so captivated by the Elizabethan /Tudor architecture , the gargoyles , shields , crests and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee . The most interesting thing for me was the clock at the Hay Street end , showcasing mechanised knights appearing to joust with each other , when the clock chimes. Nothing makes a girl’s day like finding a knight in shining armour , even if it’s a mechanised one . There are quite a few specialty retail shops in the arcade , selling items such as chocolates , souvenirs , jewellery to Ugg Boots and you can very easily find that unique gift you may sometime end up searching for. The cafes have outdoor as well as indoor seating , so you can relax and enjoy some delicious food and beverage whilst you gaze on the fellow travellers passing by. So if you are ever in Perth , London court is a must see city attraction , even if you are from England . For those who love to Instagram , it is a picture perfect location , so please do come armed with a camera .