Thursday, July 06, 2006 ______________________________________________________________________________
Most trans-Pacific flights are not continuous because that would just be cruel and unusual. So the first stop on our journey was Seoul, Korea (where we had a Traditional Experience Korea!). Our stopover was little over an hour long - you know, just enough time for the airplane staff to air out the plane and the terrorists to realise that hijacking this particular jet would be too much trouble, better to just make traditional Korean kites at the conveniently located area in the airport. If not for the huge sign reading: "Traditional Experience Korea - Free Crafts!" I would've mistaken the area for one of those places where they try and convince you that a time share is really a damn good idea as well as a sound investment for the future. Luckily it wasn't though and Jim and I walked away with bamboo and rice paper kites with characters on them certifying us "Kite Masters" - or something like that. It might well say "Stupid Tourist" but it's not like we'd know any better.
this time headed to Singapore for our second stopover (this time overnight). It was a 7 or 8 hour stop and we had a free hotel room courtesy of Singapore Airlines (which just happens to be the #1 airlines in the world, btw). So what do Singaporeans do the second they touch down? Go eat something of course! (Frigging hobbits...) So I met up with Joshua for prata - which before that date I had not had for 6 years - hence the following big grin.
After that, off to Australia, our first official vacation destination.
I can't believe that short of one new ride (the Superman Escape, the latter picture above, which proves that Superman is really a sadist at heart), the theme parks haven't changed since I visted them when I was 12. In fact, the animal shows are still using the same script and the same tricks. It was fun in a nostalgic kinda way, but truth be told, I was expecting alot more from the theme park circuit.
Are you wondering about my expression? Well, recall that I have a serious phobia of crocodiles, alligators, caimans, you know, those things. What I was holding, was a three-year old saltwater croc. You know, the kind that can GROW UP TO 7 METRES IN LENGTH?! Yah, those kinds. The next day we got to see what those damn things were like when they are almost fully grown, here's a 5m croc - yeah, he still has TWO METRES TO GO.
There were other, more agreeable animals at the sanctuary, like the Kangaroos, which we were able to hand feed:
I guess, not that particular kangaroo, seeing as how it was otherwise indisposed...
At least cooler than this free-ranging and rather belligerent emu (EMU EMU!):
Going back to the whole nocturnal tour though, here is something I've never seen before, despite having seen Tasmanian Devils many times before (albeit during the day):
A Tazzy Devil feeding! Those things have vicious teeth beneath their cute and furry exterior. Who knew?
This toad was brought over to Australia way back when to help control populations of pests that were plaguing the cash crop at the time - sugar canes. With no natural predators, and plenty of natural prey these things took over. These damn toads have resulted in the near-extinction of many local species. Damn white men and their meddling! If I had my way I'd have nothing to do with those white devils -
-Part I: First Week...or so...yeah...