Day 15: Singapore, pt 2

Welcome

Yesterday we enjoyed another day in Singapore. In the afternoon we did a promo video for Bandwagon Media and in the evening we explored Little India.


I started my day with a a French toast set.

Tristan and I went for a walk in the morning intending to visit the Singapore National Gallery. Instead we looked around an old shopping mall. The real achievement of our trip though was getting to see the Peninsula Plaza building.

Completed in 1980 this 32 storey tower is designed with a system of perimeter columns which together with a framed internal structure create an interior that is almost column free, allowing for easy internal reconfiguration.

While we were out and about I was also trying to see how many security cameras I could get into one photograph. Here is my first attempt with nine.

Nick took us out to lunch at a great vegetarian restaurant near our hotel and afterwards we went to UNIQLO. Again.

Next we headed to the Whampoa Food Centre for our promo video. We played three songs in the middle off the dining area while all the diners enjoyed the delicous-looking food. There were no drums and bass so Tristan played an old biscuit tin and I played a small glass mug with a teaspoon, which I quickly mastered.

📸 cyrusomgee

The Bandwagon team took us around the market afterwards, treating us to some of their favourite local foods. We tried cane juice, fresh jack fruit, dragon fruit, longan, and egg tart.

It was back to the hotel for us next, where we took a couple of hours to rest and freshen up. Tristan walked to pick up some photos he had dropped off at a developer earlier. Please take a minute to enjoy a small and pleasant selection that Tristan was kind enough to throw together at the last second.

To get to Little India we rode aboard Singapore’s glorious metro, specifically the brand new Downtown Line, the longest line in the world to use fully automated, driverless trains.

Arriving there we were met with bustling shops and spectacular lights hung across the main street in preparation for next week’s Diwali festival.

Tristan risked his life to capture this dynamic shot.

And also a street corner hung with twelve security cameras.

We explored for a while and eventually found a restaurant we all agreed on where we sat down for a hearty round of curries.

After dinner we went out for drinks with Nick before returning to the hotel for a classic wind-down game of Mariocart. I’m pleased to announce that I beat reining champion Liz, but I’m also sad to announce that after a short and brilliant career I have decided to retire from Mariocart to pursue other interests.

Beth of the day goes to Liz for graciously losing at Mariocart.

Day 14: Singapore

Welcome

Yesterday we woke up at an ungodly hour to catch our flight to Singapore. We did some light sightseeing in the afternoon and then headed to Decline for our show.


Our flight was at 6.30am so we left the hotel at 3.30 to allow for a relaxing check-in and plenty of time to get through security.

It was lucky we did because on this day Tristan was the only person to make it through unscathed. Jonathan even lost a additional point for also getting pulled up at the automated passport control.

For breakfast I ate a toasted poppy seed roll filled with spinach, sweet potato, brie, and sundried tomato.

Jonathan earned a point for ordering a glass of bubbles with breakfast, and getting the day started.

Liz earned a point for using the massage chair in the departure lounge.

The flight was short and comfortable. I slept most of the way aside from spending a few minutes attempting to play ‘Siberia‘, one of the puzzle games on the in-flight entertainment system.

We were met at the airport by Nick from Bandwagon Media, who was nice enough to take us to our hotel and then immediately out to a superb local restaurant for lunch.

Nick.

He then took us to Marina Bay where we caught a glimpse of the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

We headed to Decline early in the evening and after a breezy soundcheck watched Bad Dod play a fiery opening set.

Our set was fun. The audience were amazing and knew the lyrics to all the songs.

After the show Liz earned a strong point for making friends with one of the younger audience members.

Soon after she earned another extremely strong point with a round of surprise drinks for everyone.

Chrysanthemum tea.

Bandung Rose.

Milo.

Beth of the day goes to Liz. She organised the baggage so we came to within one kg of our weight allowance, used the massage chair, formally met a child, and curated a fabulous round of surprise drinks.

A clean sweep Liz, fabulous stuff.

Day 13: Perth, pt 4

Welcome

Yesterday was our last day in Perth. Tristan and I walked to King’s Park and checked out the botanical gardens. Liz and Jon did their square best to make us look bad, spending the day doing band admin and other productive pastimes.


Tristan and I started our day with a run along the Swan River and then into town, finishing at Saigon Pastry House where we ate breakfast.

I had a Mohingar (Burmese noodle soup).

We went back to the hotel and after refreshing ourselves set off towards King’s Park, stopping at UNIQLO along the way so Tristan could buy a new pair of jeans.

We reached the park in the early afternoon and spent a couple of hours looking around the gardens. The wildflower pavilion was especially stunning and as much as I wanted to pick a plant of the day it was simply beyond me.

I have collected a few of my favourites and I would love to collate your votes if you be so kind as to leave them in the comments below.

Anigozanthos manglesii – red and green kangaroo paw.

Anigozanthos rufus – red kangaroo paw.

Macropidia fuliginosa – black kangaroo paw.

Adansonia gregorii – Boab tree

Eremophila splendens

Anigozanthos pulcherrimus – golden kangaroo paw.

Banksia ashbyi

Granite kunzea

Eucalyptus rhodantha – Rose Mallee.

Conospermum stoechadis – common smokebush.

Dried flower arrangement from the bathroom at Petition Beer Garden.


Another highlight of King’s Park was the DNA tower, a 15m high double helix staircase with 101 steps. The was built in 1966 and stands at the highest point in the park atop paving stones sent from eleven towns and eighty shires in western Australia.

Beth of the day goes to Liz for eating instant ramen for breakfast, navigating a foreign postal service to send vinyl records overseas, and for borrowing the hotel weigh scales to make sure we could take all of our luggage on the flight the next morning.

Excellent behind the scenes work Liz, a solid win.

Day 12: Perth, pt 3

Welcome

Yesterday we ventured out to Rottnest island for a day spent cycling, whale watching, and Quokka viewing.


I started my day at the hotel cafe where I ate a fast breakfast of scrambled egg on toast, garnished with pea shoots.

Our trip got off to a great start when we were driven to the train station by a 4.97 star uber driver. While maintaining a 4.97 star rating from 10,000 journeys sound impossible it was soon obvious that his impeccable safety protocols, local knowledge, easy-going conversational tone, and useful public transport suggestions were some of the things that delivered such high levels of satisfaction.

We rode the Freemantle line from Perth station all the way to O’Connor landing where we were fortunate enough to spot an exquisite example of post-war international architecture.

The Freemantle Port Authority building was completed in 1964 and stands eleven storeys high including the three storey observation tower. It has a number of innovative features such as:

  • The windows all have anodised aluminium frames, an anti-glare coating, and are reversible for cleaning.
  • Windows on the ground floor and north side of the building are fitted with fixed vertical and horizontal sun baffles.
  • White tiling for the exterior gives protection against heat and corrosion.
  • Oriented to obtain controlled natural lighting from the north and south while the east and west walls are blanked off.

The ferry ride was a bumpy thirty minute affair but we were soon on Rottnest island where we picked up our rental bikes and set out along the road to the west. It was a stunning ride with beautiful beaches, luscious lakes, and rumpled rocks.

On the far side of the island we stopped for lunch and were fortunate enough to observe a pod of whales cruising by on their great southern migration.

We spent a fair bit of time on the return journey stopping to watch the island’s most abundant mammal, the Quokka. These marsupials are found only in a few areas in western Australia and are famous for having little fear of humans. Quokkas grow up to around 50cm long and look like a small kangaroo, but can climb small trees and shrubs up to 1.5m in height.

Sadly we had to drag ourselves away from these majestic creatures to catch the last ferry home. We enjoyed a reasonably priced Japanese meal for dinner and then retired to the hotel room for a nightcap and a few games of mariocart.

Beth of the day goes to Tristan. He was the first person to add potato crisps to his sandwhich, he took the best quokka photo, and he bought a round of beers for us all on the ferry home.

Well done Tristan. You tried really hard and ya brought this one home.

📸 Tristan Deck

Day 11: Perth, pt 2

Welcome

Yesterday we had a rest day in Perth. Liz and Jon spent the day productively working on projects of their own, while Tristan and I awoke very late and spent the afternoon and evening exploring Freemantle.


I went to Breadtop bakery for breakfast and ate a vege curry hash brown and a honey cheese roll.

Tristan and I then rode the train out to ‘Freo’ and went for a walk along the waterfront, ending up at the historic submarine slipways where we saw the HMAS Ovens, a cold war era submarine that is now part of the maritime museum.

We then headed to the beach and enjoyed reading our books accompanied by a cold beer and a splendid sunset.

As the light faded and the temperature began to drop I scored an easy point for lending a chilly Tristan my jumper.

We left the beach and walked down to South Freemantle where we ate a delightful Italian meal at Ruocco’s Pizzeria.

Jonathan’s day was spent working on edits for the new Hans Pucket record which we are all extremely excited about.

Hans Pucket

Liz did some songwriting and acquired four new animals on Stardew Valley.

Beth of the day goes to Liz for productivity, good gaming, buying shin ramen, and going shopping for lunch ingredients in preparation for our day trip today.

Solid work Liz, a diverse array of achievements.

Day 10: Perth

Welcome

Yesterday we arrived in Perth, Liz’s spiritual hometown. In the afternoon we spent a few hours relaxing (chillin’) before heading to Badlands Bar to play our final Australian show of the year.


We had a strong start to the day yesterday when thanks to a really good pack we managed to fit all of us plus our gear into a single uber xl on the way to the airport.

Sadly I soon let the team down at airport security by getting singled out for an explosives check.

For breakfast I ate a spinach and mushroom toastie and a duffin filled with hazelnut spread.

Tristan made the most of our free afternoon going for a 5.8km run and crossing the Swan River on his favourite Perth structure, the Matagarup Bridge.

Completed in 2018 the Matagarup is a pedestrian suspension bridge with a total length of 370m and a longest span of 160m. The structural shape is built to resemble two flying swans, with the bridge arches representing the wishbones, but it can also be seen as a swimming dolphin, a Wagyl serpent or a ribbon.

Badlands Bar is described by Google as ‘unpretentious bar & live music venue featuring rock bands, a large beer garden & food trucks’. Sadly there was only one food truck on the premises but there were some great rock bands including the two bands who supported us, Teen Angst, and Tether, the latter of which you can see a clip of below.

This was the first venue we have played that features stalactites as part of the decor. Apparently there used to also be a volcano too but unfortunately it was removed to create standing room in front of the stage.

Beth of the day goes to Jonathan. He made everyone soda and limes during soundcheck, and then he and Liz took all the gear back to the hotel after the show so Tristan and I could stay for a drink.

Soundcheck drinks is an easy point but you still won this one fair and square Jon, keep it up.

Day 9: Adelaide

Welcome

Yesterday we woke up at 3am to catch an early flight to Adelaide. We slept through the afternoon and then in the evening played a show at Jive.


Most of us managed a couple of hours sleep before we dragged ourselves out of bed and into a taxi bound for the airport. This time it was Jon and Tristan who fell prey to the magic bomb sniffing wands.

For breakfast I ate a spinach and feta roll. Liz also had one and observed that it likely had potato in it too.

When we landed in Adelaide Tristan headed off to visit renowned cymbal maker Craig Lauritsen and pick up his brand new 55.88cm ride as well as a 48.26cm crash for Callum Passells.

Liz, Jon, and I headed to the hotel and slept until we had to wake up for soundcheck.

The show at Jive was pretty good. There were a couple of severe hecklers but Liz is a pro and kept things moving. Oscar the Wild opened up the show and did an amazing job. Here is a clip of them in action.

Beth of the day goes to Ben for borrowing the hotel luggage trolley to cart our gear half a kilometre down the road to the venue.

Nice one Ben, I’m glad someone had the courage to stand up and fight back against Jono.