| Macau

Macau is split into two halves, in more than one way.

Geographically the ex-Portuguese colony is about 40 miles south-west of Hong Kong, and is made up of the Macau peninsular to the north and the islands of Taipa and Coloane to the south. Early in the millennium,

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 | Cairns

Cairns was a big change from Sydney. The seaside area is peacefully thriving with tourists and locals alike. A few tower blocks, but most of these are the larger hotels. Walk for a few minutes and you’re in to the suburbs. In most of the areas we walked though the houses are wooden and raised up above street level, as was the B&B we stayed in. I got the feeling change is coming though: some of the wooden houses look a little dishevelled, later to be bought up and converted in to concrete built apartments?

There are bats, big bats, flying

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 | Sydney

So warm and bright after the bitter cold of humid winter; alive city but relaxed; we took our first walk from Circular Quay up to the Rocks, where we’d be staying in the YHA with a view of the Opera House. There are large bats roosting in the trees but just a few compared to later in Cairns.

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 | Saigon

Busy Saigon… noisy, hot, and very wet in a monsoon downpour. Everyone here was welcoming and seemed happy. I’m looking forward to visiting Vietnam again!

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 | Sabah

Our first time to visit Malaysia: A great week in Sabah (Borneo). There was lovely bright weather as we explored Kota Kinabalu City, hiking around in the mountain forest and diving at the many small islands.

The most magical time was at Weston Wetlands, floating down the river amongst the thousands of dancing fireflies after a lovely dinner.

The giant Rafflesia flower is amazing, although we got soaked by tropical rain storms on the way.

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Beautiful Coffee

One of the few happinesses in each work day is a brief escape to the ground floor coffee shop. It’s good to stop thinking about work-work for a second; have a nice drink and happy chat. When time permits, the wonderful cafe team create more smiles with a picture in the cup ^___^

You can see more of Noodle’s great drawings at 力量咖啡 - Strength Coffee.

Lovely Cat Bus by 力量咖啡 - Strength Coffee
Happy Growling Totoro