Jan's adventures in Oz

So sorry to all my “followers” for dropping the blog ball for over a month!  I have been pretty busy since returning to work.  It was interesting that most of my Australian colleagues trickled back to work over the month of January…some did not return until Feb. 1!  It’s kind of an Aussie thing to take off a lot in January, as it is their summer holiday time with kids out of school.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.  Most of January was cool and rainy.  We are still waiting for hot, sunny days!

Some of the holidays, outside of Christmas, that are celebrated include Boxers Day, Chinese New Year (2 weeks worth) and Australia Day.  I have taken some pictures of some of the events on these days.  See pics here

Jan at the Pagoda

Last week I had to go to Singapore for business.  We flew about 40 top customers there and put them up at the Singapore Four Seasons.  What an awesome hotel!  I was waited on hand and foot.  Every time I came back to my room someone had been in there cleaning and filling up the ice bucket!  Singapore was a delight.  Very multi-cultural, very clean, more western than eastern.  The buildings were amazing…almost as good as Dubai. I didn’t get much time to go sight seeing, so definitely hope to go back!

Taking it easy this weekend.  Travelling wears you out…the plane flight itself was 8 hours!  That’s one thing about living in Oz…nothing is close!


Comments on: "A New Year in Sydney…and Singapore" (4)

  1. Thanks for the blog update mom! Your pictures from Singapore are fantastic.

  2. Great pictures– I went to Singapore in 1985 so I’m sure it’s changed tremendously. But the modernity, efficiency and cleanliness stick in my mind (plus the huge variety of restaurants and shopping areas). I was a little paranoid about jaywalking or absent-mindedly littering since they were so strict about those laws at that time.

  3. Steve Hesson said:

    Great pictures– the ones of Singapore take me back to my brief visit there in 1985 though it’s changed greatly since then, I’m sure. The cleanliness, efficiency and modernity you describe sticks in my mind, too, along with the hugh variety of restaurants and shopping areas. I was a little paranoid and absent-mindedly jaywalking or littering, though, because the laws were so strict about offenses like that then– it’s impressive, but quite the Nanny State. Seems to work for them, though.

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