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My Cornish holiday

This week, I had a holiday in Cornwall. It was a great and unique experience which I really enjoyed. Cornwall is a very interesting place with some complex history linking back to the Celts, and I loved learning about it and experiencing Cornish life.

We stayed in a B&B near Par, a small village near the largest town, St Austell. On the first evening, the village seemed pretty lifeless and quite deserted, with no nightlife to speak of. This was probably because it was early evening when we arrived. We never spent much time in Par, as we went to other towns around Cornwall. Read the rest of this entry

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Summer Holiday Round-Up

Now I’m back in England, after 5 weeks of revisiting old places, visiting new places and going to a new country. Of course there are things to look forward to back home: Doctor Who, a bunch of awesome films, and the return of normality.

There’s something about this holiday that I have really enjoyed. So, without further ado, here are the 10 activities I enjoyed most this holiday, in no particular order – Read the rest of this entry

Singapore Part 4: Ubin Island – Singapore’s time portal

On Saturday, I went to Pulau Ubin, off the coast of Singapore. The island is almost entirely forest, and the only people there lived in traditional kampungs, which were once the main style of house in Singapore. The villages are very old fashioned and the people rent bikes to travellers.

We went there with a university student from Hong Kong, and Singapore’s local historian KL Lee, who also took us to the Changi museum a week before. We walked approximately 12 kilometres for five hours across a third of the whole of Ubin island, and saw many interesting features on the island. Read the rest of this entry

Singapore Part 3: Marina Bay Sands

Thanks to my uncle’s generosity, I’ve now spent the night in Singapore’s most famous building, Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We were lucky to have VIP Tower 1. The hotel had 57 floors, with the top floor being the Infinity Pool, the world’s largest rooftop pool which is 150-metre long. The hotel has three towels (I mean towers, whoops) and the top is in the shape of a boat, so it is a unique building to look at.
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Singapore Part 2: Diving into Singapore’s past

So here I am back in Singapore. Thankfully my multi-media system on Singapore Airlines worked again so I watched Skyfall for the THIRD time (I needed something to quench my James Bond fatigue).

Singapore Zoo

My first trip was the Singapore Zoo and the River Safari. The River Safari was the new exhibit which I had never been to before, but I was not disappointed. There was a massive tank with many animals, including manatees and arapaimas. There were many different sections from many rivers around the world, including the Ganges, the Amazon, the Nile and the Mekong. Read the rest of this entry

Australia Part 3- Fremantle Prison’s “Doing Time Tour”, and a trip to Mandurah

On Wednesday, we went to the Fremantle Prison in Western Australia.

The prison was used to contain many different types of prisoners, and the building itself was built by convicts sent over from England, as Fremantle was a convict camp. The prison was built between 1851 and 1859 and it was made from limestone.
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Australia part 2- Fremantle and Rottnest Island

So here I am in Fremantle, the port city of Western Australia. It’s classed as being part of Perth but also as a separate city.

We live in a terraced house with no Wi-fi. The lack of Wi-fi means my blog posts have to be uploaded in the library (and probably means an Ant-Man review will only be in my end of year movie sum up). Still, there has been a lot to do including quokkas and more quokkas.

We lived in this house (with no Wi-fi) in Fremantle.

We lived in this house (with no Wi-fi) in Fremantle.

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Australia Part 1: Close encounters of the KANGAROO kind – in Perth!

Here I am in Australia, or more precisely Perth, the most isolated big city in the world. For a city with this distinction, it seems pretty alive and it’s hard to believe that the city is surrounded by miles of water of Indian Ocean and miles of desert on all sides.

The flight from Singapore itself was eventful, as my multi-media console was severed for some strange reason. Thankfully I had a bunch of comics from Singapore to keep me entertained. I was given 75 dollars compensation to spend at the airline shop. My parents will probably buy something expensive with it to bring back

Perth itself is a very laid back city. The one downside is that it is in the middle of construction works, so there is noise everywhere, and we could hear them from our hotel room, and get woken up by the digging sound every morning (from about 7:00 clock). The city centre was mostly unaffected though, which is good as the shopping here is amazing!
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Singapore Part 1: Local food and a massive aquarium

Finally, after 13 hours on a plane, I have arrived at Singapore (well, I arrived on Wednesday, but I was too tired to write then). Several things are different, several things are the same.

The first thing worth noting is the huge amount of people at the airport customs. Normally when we arrive, the queue is very short, but here the queue was massive. Something must have boosted the tourism here. The flight itself felt quite short, though of course it was normal length. I spent my time watching James Bond in hype mode (incidentally, Spectre trailer= AWESOME!) and sleeping.

I decided this holiday to not have any Western food until Australia, so my food in Singapore has been completely Eastern. I have had noodles, teriyaki and roast pork. Most food comes from the hawker centres, which are the traditional Singapore dining and socialising areas.

The main thing achieved today was the S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa, one of the largest aquariums in the world. The last time I was here, the aquarium was pretty small. Good, but small. Now, the aquarium is gigantic. There is a huge tank with fish, sharks, groupers and three manta rays. There is a giant pacific octopus, spider crabs (does whatever a spider crab can), dolphins, jellyfish and more sharks. Every exhibit was great and there was a huge array of animals. Not since Singapore Zoo have I seen such a huge variety of animals.

We also went to Vivo City, the largest mall in Singapore. It’s huge, but not very interesting. I used to love it with the Toys’R’Us but now it just seems to be clothes shops. It is also very strangely laid out, at least to me. Thankfully there are other malls for me to explore. I have 400 Singapore dollars to spend (£200) so I have three options. Either find a perfect Singapore mall, spend all the money in Australia or wait until I get back to England and go on a Forbidden Planet shopping frenzy.

Whatever way it goes, my next post will be all about Australia and hopefully an Ant-Man review too.

5 places in the USA I would like to visit

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Today is the 4th of July, the day when the United States celebrate Independence Day from us Brits! Of course, if you live in the US, you would know that already. So to celebrate, I decided to list the 5 places in the States where I would like to visit. I have left out the Georgia Aquarium, as I have already mentioned that and don’t want to repeat myself. So, let’s go to the Land of the Free…

New York City

new-york

The most famous city in the world, New York City is a place high on my cities to visit list. I not only want to see the iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, but also see the history behind it. Ellis Island is where all the American immigrants arrived at between 1892-1954, where the US was the biggest place for immigrants around the world to go to.

As one of the most iconic places in the whole world, a place like New York is a must on any American trip.

Hollywood

hollywood

This is a place which as a film fan I consider an essential visiting place. It would be great to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the iconic Hollywood sign. There are also tours around the area, where I can see where famous actors live or used to live. There is the Hollywood Museum, the Dolby Theatre (where the Academy Awards are held) and a tour of Paramount Studios. There are a lot of places where I can learn about the history of film.

Hollywood is the number one place in California I would like to visit, though a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge is a close second. Read the rest of this entry