Australian & Oceania Travel

Trip #1 - August-September 1996

I wanted to see Hong Kong before it reverted to Chinese control so I planned a trip to Hong Kong and other parts of South-East Asia. I knew a number of people in Asia at the time and when I mentioned coming out they invited me to stay with them. Another friend of mine was going home to Singapore to see her parents and I decided to plan my trip to coincide with her being there.

Dates Country Activities
8/17-8/21 Hong Kong Stayed at the Regent (1 night)
Stayed at Mark's apartment (3 nights)
Landed in Kai Tak
Took the Star Ferry
Ate Dim Sum
Went to top of Victoria Peak
Went to Science Museum
Ordered suits
Went to Lantau - Saw big Buddha
Crossed the International Date Line
8/21-8/23 Jakarta, Indonesia Stayed at Paul's Apartment (2 nights)
Hiked at Chibodas
Got a massage...ouch.
Lived through the traffic
Crossed the equator
8/23-8/26 Bali, Indonesia Stayed at Bali Mandira with Paige (3 nights)
Whitewater rafting through the rain forest
Saw the monkey forest - fed monkeys
Saw rice paddies
Shopped for wood carvings in Ubud
Ate satte...Mmmm, meat on a stick
8/26-8/27 Singapore Stayed at Phebe's House (1 night)
Ate at Raffles Hotel
8/27-8/29 Malaysia Stayed in Port Hudson (2 nights)
Swam in the Indian Ocean
Went waterskiing
Went to Malacca
8/29-8/30 Singapore Stayed at Phebe's House (1 night)
Went to Sentosa Island
Met Paige for lunch
8/30-9/2 Hong Kong Stayed at Mark's apartment (2 nights)
Stayed at the Regent (1 night)
Hiked up Dragon back
Shopped at Stanley Market
Barbeque on Lantau
Shopped at Night and Jade Markets

Trip #2 - August 1998

I took a Business trip to Asia to visit our Businesses there and talk to them about Security. My manager and I visited five countries with a stop-over in a sixth. I planned the trip and managed to spend weekends in the three countries I hadn't seen before. What luck!

Dates Country Activities
8/14-8/19 Tokyo, Japan Stayed at the Tokyo Hilton (5 nights)
Went to a driving range
Got mildly lost in Shinjuku Station
Went to a temple and drove around the Palace
Went to Ginza
Looked, in vain, for places selling woodblock prints
8/19-8/20 Hong Kong, China Stayed at Conrad International Hong Kong (1 night)
Met Karen's friend for Dinner
Did some shopping, got lighter for Eddie
8/20-8/23 Bangkok, Thailand Stayed at Bangkok Marriott (3 nights)
Went to Chatuchak Market...bought many things
Went to Narayaphan...government crafts store
Went to Patpong...'nuff said
Toured Wat Phra Kaow - Grand Palace
Went to Floating Market
8/24 Singapore Stop-over on flight to Jakarta
8/24-8/25 Jakarta, Indonesia Stayed at Jakarta Hilton (1 night)
Camera Stolen :(
Went shopping, Karen got a large model boat
8/25 Singapore Stop-over on flight to Melbourne
Bought new camera
8/25-8/27 Melbourne, Australia Stayed at Hilton on the Park (2 nights)
Took tour of Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles
Saw kangaroos and penguins
8/27-8/30 Sydney, Australia Stayed at the Sydney Hilton (3 nights)
Met up with Evan,
Went to Symphony at Town Hall
Went to Opera at Opera House
Went to top of Spire
Went over the Harbour Bridge
Went to IMax theatre

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