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S: RIORDAN FAMILY - The Royal Caribbean 2013

BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | 2 FEB 2012

FC: LETS CRUISE...Australia Radiance of the Seas 2013

1: SYDNEY and Beyond | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 4 March 2013

2: MERITON SERVICED APARTMENTS WORLD TOWER | Our room 6404 | <<<<<<<<< | "So thats room 64 floor 4... No madame that's room 4 floor 64"

3: Views from the 64th floor

4: NIGHT VIEWS

5: DON'T LOOK DOWN

7: SPLASH

8: Good | Times

9: LETS EXPLORE | LETS EXPLORE - 5 MARCH

10: DARLING HARBOUR | ---------------- | ---------------- | ----------------- | -----------------

12: SYDNEY AQUARIUM | SEALIFE | .

15: WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?

16: PEACE - QUIET - TRANQUIL - SCRENE

18: MADAME TUSSAUDS | WAX MUSEUM

19: ROCK ON!

21: EAT YOUR HEART OUT

23: ALL HEIRS AND GRACES

24: SUPER HERO

27: Peace... NOT

28: LETS EXPLORE | 6 MARCH | "I won't lose my I-pod on the monorail"

29: MONORAIL

30: "Sleeping Beauty" | Whats on the Menu... | FISH & CHIPS!!!

32: Park in the City

34: I'm coming to get you...

35: MICHELANGELO TEENAGE MUTANT NIJA TURTLE

37: POP! POP! POP!

38: JUST ONE LAST COFFEE | The day has finally arrived

39: Lets Cruise...

40: Welcome RIORDAN TAYLOR COPE | NO PICTURES. $5000 instant fine

41: LET THE CRUISE BEGIN

47: I am Sailing. . .away

49: . | BonVoyage | . | The Journey Begins

51: The Radiance | Length: 962' Beam: 105.6' Draft: 26.7' Passenger Capacity: 2501 Gross Tonnage: 90,090 tons Speed: 25 knots | .

53: . | Now that's my kind of bottle!!!

54: What a first impression

55: Don't Jump

56: Hey Jude | AHH...Time to relax

57: . | DECK: SWIMMING AREA AND BAR

58: . | ADULTS ONLY POOL AREA

60: TEA TIME

62: "Good morning" | . | "Hi". "I'm Bruce your state room attendant." | "Our room" | "i just saw a dolphin!" | "Where?" | ROOM | DECK

63: Drifting at sea 7th MARCH

64: FOUR!!!

65: LADIES OF LEASURE

66: . | Slip Sliding Away

67: .

68: SCORE

69: . | White men can't jump

71: COM...PU...PU...PU...PU...PUTER GAMES

72: LETS EXPLORE 8th MARCH | "I'm not sleeping

73: BRISBANE

74: Bus Tour | .

75: . | Sights | WATCH FOR LOOSE GUNMAN IN CITY | TODAYS CITY ATTRACTION

78: OH...SO CUDDLY

79: TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN

80: "I want that cuddly" | "What you looking at" | "The kid is mine"

81: "Can't catch me" | Ahhh!!!

83: November Rain oops...March

84: New Friends

85: JUST CRUISING 9th MARCH

86: "Snake... in the pool!!!" | Anyone for...PINA colada

87: BBQ POOLSIDE STYLE

88: and we're racing...WHO'S YOUR DADDY with HOOF HEARTED close behind! | Who do you want to win...#3 | Two out of three ain't bad

91: Movie before bed

92: . | AIRLIE BEACH | 10th MARCH

96: Nope... | no box jellyfish here

98: Twisting by the pool

100: Down...in the park

102: . | Meet Shere Khan | Making Pets at Sea

103: . | Meet Caper | 11 - 13 MARCH

106: What you can do with a melon

107: WHERE'S WALLY

108: Welcome to the Aurora Theater

110: NIGHT CLUB

111: . | SHIPSHAPE CENTRE,KIDS CLUB & OUTDOOR SPORTS AREA

112: . | FOOD AREAS, POOLS & BAR

113: . | STATE ROOMS & LIBUARY

114: . | EXPLORERS GAME LOUNGE & STATE ROOMS

115: . | BAR, RESTURANTS,CINEMA,& CASINO ROYAL

116: . | CENTRUM, COMPUTER ROOM, AURORA THEATRE, SHOPS, CAFE & STATE ROOMS

117: THOU ART OURS $5000

118: WHAT DAY IS IT? ALL THE DAYS MIX INTO ONE... THANK GOD FOR THE ELEVATORS

119: MY FAVOURITE THING...I'LL PUSH THE BUTTON!!! CAN WE GO AGAIN?

120: "NO YOU WON'T FALL"

122: WELCOME TO DARWIN 14 MARCH

124: Tourists at their best

127: NEVER SMILE AT A CROCODILE

128: . | THE REPTILES, THE BIRDS

129: . | AND THE MONKEYS

132: ABOUT TIME YOU GUY'S GOT BACK

133: HOPE THEY BOUGHT US PRESENTS | YA!!! LIAM'S BACK | I'M SICK OF FISH THEY BETTER HAVE BOUGHT ME TWEETY!!! | I LOVE ZOE | OUR PORTHOLE

135: ISLAND NIGHT

136: DRIFTING ALONG 15 - 16 MARCH

143: I'M THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD!!

147: Not sleeping... Just resting my eyes | AHY...AHY CAPTAIN LIAM

148: DINNER & | A SHOW

151: BALI-BENOA -INDONESIA 17 MARCH

152: W E L C OME

155: WHERE OFF TO UBID. OOPS...WRONG BUS!!! "LETS GO TO KUTA"

157: SCOOTERS, SCOOTERS AND MORE SCOOTERS. RUBBLE,RUBBISH,CHAOS AND BEAUTY.

158: BUILDING OF MOTORWAY IN PROGRESS | OLD, RUBBLE AND NEW TOGETHER IN THE CITY CENTRE

159: FUNCTIONING BUSINESS

164: BOSS...BOSS... COME WITH ME. WIFE DOES VERY GOOD HAIR, ANYTHING YOU WANT...

166: "STILL NOT SLEEPING"

167: LADY, BOSS, DARLING, BOY... YOU BUY...

168: THE TAYLOR, COPE EXPERIENCE

170: "IT'S TOO HOT" | BACK AT PORT. LETS GO BACK TO THE SHIP

171: WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! | HELLO - HALO YES - YA NO - TIDAK HOW MUCH - HARGA INI BERAPA

172: 18 MARCH...KAREN'S BIRTHDAY... FORMAL DINNER... A FEW QUIET DRINKS...

174: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU | OH...NO... YOU DIDN'T

176: IN HIS DREAMS | IN HER DREAMS | AHY AHY CAPTAIN

177: BAR TENDER... ANOTHER PINEAPPLE VODKA & REDBULL | CHEESE

178: 19 MARCH

180: DUSTY...RED...DRY...STINKING HOT...MACHINERY...

181: MINES...DIRT MOUNDS...SALT MOUNDS...AND US

185: SUN'S IN MY EYES

186: ADRIFT 20 MARCH

188: CREW V PASSANGERS

190: YOU CAUGHT ME

192: TOWEL CREATIONS

194: "GERALDTON" OUR LAST EXCERTION 21 MARCH

196: GIDDAY MATES NORMS THE NAME WE'RE IN FOR A BLODDY GOOD TOUR. BARREN LAND BUT... BUT WE'RE IN FOR SOME CRACKER SIGHTS AT THE SETTLEMENT AND WILDLIFE RESERVE

199: ANYONE NEED THE LOO

207: THANKS NORM THEY'RE JUST WHAT I WANTED | I THINK I BLINKED

208: LAST NIGHT AT SEA BEFORE HEADING TO PERTH

210: SELFY!!! | LAST NIGHT OF FORMAL DINING

211: NO WAY... HOW'D YOU DO THAT? | PUZZLES FROM OUR WAITER

212: . | GOODBYE

213: . | WE'LL MISS YOU

214: GOODBUY MY LUCKY BLOND HAIR BOY | PERTH 22 MARCH

216: AN HOURS DRIVE TO BRENDON AND KATE'S | THAT WAS A TIGHT CORNER

218: NZ WHITE TRASH LOWING THE STANDARDS OF FREMANTLE

220: LETS CHILL

222: KATE'S GARDEN WILDLIFE

224: PERTH LIFESTYLE

225: STARE OFF WITH A LOCAL

226: BBQ & BEVIES WITH THE BRO

227: KIDS... DON'T DRINK THIS IS WHAT A HANGOVER LOOKS LIKE

228: LETS EXPLORE 23 MARCH

238: GETTING IN PRACTICE

240: ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING

244: ON OUR WAY TO BRENDON'S 24 MARCH | BEST PIES IN AUSTRALIA | ARE WE THERE YET? | P

245: WELCOME TO BUSH MAN RIORDAN'S CABIN | THE DRIVING RANGE | THE PETS AHH!!!

246: DON'T LEAVE PETS HOME ALONE | THE MAN CAVE

247: OK...WE'VE LOOKED AROUND NOW LET'S GET OUTTA HERE!

250: "WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT WILLIS" | PIZZA FOR OUR LAST MEAL IN PERTH

251: QUICK GAME OF POOL BY THE PRO BEFORE LEAVING

252: WITH BAGGAGE OVER LOAD | AND ZOE'S BAGS AREN'T IN THIS PHOTO | "WE'RE HOME"

253: WHAT DID YOU BRING ME?

255: DAILY DIARY | 4TH MARCH THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. WE ARE ALL VERY EXCITED. UNFORTUNELTY IT WAS NANNY'S FUNERAL TODAY. LOVELY SERVICE. | GETTING READY TO TAKE OFF. LIAM SAYS "ARE WE FLYING YET?" "YOU WILL KNOW WHEN WE ARE TAKING OFF"...OH YES HE DID. EYES WIDE WITH A BIT OF PANIC. NOT LONG AFTER "ARE WE LANDING YET?" GETTING RESTLESS AND BORED. "DO YOU WANT TO GET THROWN OUT THE DOOR?" WHAT A GOOD BOY HE WAS AFTER THAT. | ZOE'S TURN "I'M HUNGRY, CAN YOU GET ME SOME FOOD?" LIKE IT'S MY PLANE AND I HAVE A KITCHEN TO GO TO. 7PM. WE'VE LANDED, WE'RE IN A TAXI, I LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND SEE A FLOCK OF BIRDS, NO WAIT...THEY'RE BATS. WOW... FREEKY. | WE ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT...EXCITED AGAIN. WAITING, WAITING, WAITING. BEING NEARLY TIME TO BOARD WE DO A TOILET RUN...THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE AIRPORT EXPERIENCE. THE TOILETS FLUSH BY THEMSELVES AS LIAM FOUND OUT WHEN HE MOVED ON THE SEAT AND IT FLUSHED. GOT THE FRIGHT OF HIS LIFE WITH WET BUM AND ALL. HILARIOUS...NOT, ACCORDING TO LIAM. | WE'RE ALMOST TO THE MOTEL AND I REMEMBER, I FORGOT THE PRAM. IT'S AT THE AIRPORT. $50 LATER FOR COURIER.

256: GET TO THE MERITON APPARTMENTS AND GO TO RECEPTION TO GET OUR KEY AND ROOM NUMBER. ROOM 64 FLOOR 4? "NO MAM, FLOOR 64 ROOM 4. MY EARS ACTUALLY POP GOING UP IN THE ELEVATOR. CATCH UP WITH THE TAYLOR, COPES. LOOK AT THE FANTASTIC VIEWS FROM OUR APPARTMENT THEN HEAD OUT FOR COFFEE. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. ASIANS EVERYWHERE. "ARE WE IN CHINA?" A LOT OF HOMELESS PEOPLE TOO, ASKING FOR MONEY. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. EXCITING DAY. | 5TH MARCH UP EARLY. HAD A COFFEE OUTSIDE MOTEL IN CAFE. A BULL DOG WALKS BY, NO OWNER THAT I COULD SEE. HE IS WEARING SUN GLASSES...CLASSIC. WENT TO AQUARIUM. VERY COOL. KIDS LOVED IT ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE TUNNELS WITH THE TANK ALL AROUND US. WAX MUSEUM WAS GREAT. ZOE POSING ALL THE WAY. MADE WAX HAND AND BURNT HER ARM, HANDLED IT WELL. SPOT OF SHOPPING, AS YOU DO. LIAM WAS GOING UP AND DOWN ESCALATOR, DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE. HOME FOR PIZZA AND A SWIM. MORE GREAT VIEWS FROM THE POOL WHILE SWIMMING. GOOD PLACE TO STAY. LIAM "ARE WE STAYING, I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME YET." EVENTFUL DAY. | THE PRAM DIDN'T EVEN COST THAT MUCH.

257: 6 MARCH WENT FOR A RIDE ON THE MONORAIL. IT HAS BEEN SOLD OVERSEAS SO THIS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY CHANCE TO RIDE IT. MET UP WITH PAUL AND SANDY AT DARLING HARBOUR FOR LUNCH. AS WE WERE LOOKING AT THE MENU ZOE FLEW INTO A PANIC. "I'VE LEFT MY IPOD ON THE MONORAIL!" "WELL YOU WON'T SEE THAT AGAIN." TEARS ARE FLOWING. SHAUN GOES BACK TWICE TO FIND IT, WAITS FOR THE CARRIAGE WE WERE IN AND AMAZINGLY ENOUGH IT WAS STILL THERE. I DON'T THINK I'VE SEEN ZOE LOOK SO HAPPY. PLAYED IN THE PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY. 2PM ARRIVE AT CRUISE TERMINAL. THE SHIP IS MASSIVE! GO THROUGH CUSTOMS, KAREN GETS INTERROGATED, TAKE SOME PHOTOS AND NEARLY GET FINED $5000 FOR IT, MADE ME DELETE THEM. LIAM DOESN'T WANT TO GO ON SHIP, TO BIG. WALK ABOARD, WOW...IT'S LIKE WALKING INTO A MOVIE. AMBIENCE MUSIC, LIGHTS, STAIRCASES, JUST AMAZING. "THE LOVE BOAT DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DAA" LIAM LOOKS AROUND "IT'S HUGE MUNGOUS", EXCITEMENT GALORE AND RUNS INTO A POLE. ZOE, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, TO MUCH TO TAKE IN. LIAM "ARE WE MOVING NOW". EXPLORATION BEGINS. FOUND CABIN, SHOPS AND COFFEE AREAS. AHH...RELAX TIME. DINNER AT 8PM, BACK TO CABIN, BREAK THE SAFE, TIME FOR BED. WHAT A SURREAL DAY.

258: 7 MARCH SAW THE SUN RISE THIS MORNING AT 5.30AM, BEAUTIFUL. ZOE LOOKED OUT THE PORTHOLE AND SAW A DOLPHIN. HORRIBLE COFFEE AS WELL AS BEING COLD. AMAZING BREAKFAST, STUFFED TO THE TOP. LIAM STILL WONT GO NEAR RAILS, THINKS HE'LL FALL OVERBOARD. HAND SANITISERS EVERYWHERE YOU ENTER. AN OLD MAN IN TNE LIFT TOLD ME ABOUT HIS ATHLETES FOOT...RANDOM. MET GREAT PEOPLE, SWIMMING, LOUNGING AROUND, IN THE SPA AND A SPOT OF SHOPPING...BLISS. HYDROSLIDING, SOCCER AND A ROUND OF GOLF. LIAM BOUGHT A LEGO WATCH "I JUST LOVE IT, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT." ZOE LOST JANDALS, FOUND JANDALS, BROKE JANDALS, GOT NEW JANDALS. ZOE WON FAMILY BINGO TWICE BEFORE WE WENT TO TEA...AGAIN STUFFED TO THE TOP. THEN VIDEO ARCADE TO TOP IT ALL OFF. AMAZING DAY. 8 MARCH LOOKED OUT PORTHOLE 4AM, A BRIGHT MOON SHINING ON THE SEA WITH LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE, STILL FEELS LIKE A SCENE FROM A CORNY MOVIE. BRISBANE TODAY. 6AM. YAY! HOT COFFEE...STILL BAD. 8.30AM MEET AT THE AUROA CENTRE READY FOR BRISBANE EXCURSION. SEE THE TOWN AND SIGHTS ON THE TOUR BUS, HEADING TO THE KOALA

259: SANCTUARY. 5MIN STOP AT THE LOOK OUT. GREAT TIME AT KOALA SANCTUARY. LIZARDS EVERYWHERE, TRIED TO EAT LIAM'S PRAM. KANGAROO WANTED LIAM'S CUDDLEY. LOTS OF ANIMALS TO LOOK AT. ZOE PHOTO WITH A KOALA, OH...SO CUTE AND CUDDLEY. LUNCH THEN AND MORE SIGHTS ON THE BUS. HELECOPTERS EVERYWHERE. "WHAT'S GOING ON?" ROADS BLOCKED OFF, POLICE, NEWS VANS, PEOPLE GALORE ON THE STREETS. MAD GUNMAN LOOSE IN MYERS MALL! IF WE HAD LEFT AN HOUR EARLIER FROM PARK WE COULD HAVE BEEN IN THERE...CHILLING. THROUGH CUSTOMS, BAGS CHECKED AND ID CARDS SCANNED. RELAX TIME AGAIN, THEN A COUPLE OF DRINKS WITH DINNER. THRILLING DAY 9 MARCH GOLF AT 9AM, GAME OF PING PONG AND ADMIRING THE VIEW OF THE SEA WHEN WE SAW MORE DOLPHINS AND FLYING FISH...AMAZING. ALL TO MUCH FOR LIAM. "CAN WE GO HOME NOW"...POOR BOY. ZOE ENJOYING HERSELF. SAT BY THE POOL AND JOINED IN THE HORSE RACING. KAREN AND I WERE TWO OF THE SIX HORSES RACING. ME 'WHO'S YOUR DADDY', KAREN 'HOOF HEARTED'. OUT OF THREE RACES I WON TWICE, NOT BAD FOR A PERSON WHO CAN'T RIDE HORSES. LOTS OF BANTER, LOTS OF FUN. ZOE AND LIAM WENT TO KIDS CLUB AND HAD A GREAT TIME.

260: SHAUN AND I CHECKED OUT THE CASINO ROYAL AND HAD SOME US TIME...LOVELY. TO THE ARCADE AGAIN, TEA AND BED. FUN FILLED DAY 10 MARCH AIRLIE BEACH TODAY. CATAMARAN ACCROSS TO PORT. WEREN'T ALLOWED TO SWIM AT BEACH BECAUSE OF BOX JELLYFISH...POISONOUS. HAD AN AMAZING TIME AT THE LAGOON, A MAN MADE BEACH AND POOL IN THE SMALL CITY CENTRE. ZOE AND HAYDEN HAD LOTS OF FUN SNORKELING. LIAM WOULDN'T SWIM BUT HAD FUN ALL THE SAME THROWING STONES. LOOKED AROUND THE MARKETS. LORIKEETS EVERYWHERE, BEAUTIFUL BIRDS. BACK ACROSS TO SHIP, SAT POOLSIDE WITH PINA COLADAS KIDS AND ALL, THE NON ALCOHOL VERSION. QUIET NIGHT FOR LIAM AND I, ZOE AT KIDS CLUB, SHAUN OUT ON THE TOWN...SHIP. IDYLLIC DAY. 11 MARCH AMBIANCE ON THE SHIP 24 HOURS A DAY. ON THE SHIP FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS. WHAT TO DO...BUT TO SHOP, RELAX, SWIM AND HAVE FUN. ZOE AND I SWIMMING BY 10AM. SHAUN AND LIAM LATE SLEEP IN. LIAM NEEDS IT!!! TANTIES GALORE. NEEDS TO SLEEP FOR 24 HOURS. WEATHER AMAZING. YOUR IN AIR CONDITION ONE MINUTE...FEELING

261: GREAT. THEN INSTANT SWEAT OUTSIDE, THANK GOD FOR THE POOLS. ZOE AT KIDS CLUB 2PM TO 5PM, LIAM WOULDN'T GO. IT WAS PIRATE NIGHT AND THEY TRUDGED AROUND ALL THE LEVELS CALLING OUT "AHOY." LOTS OF NOISY CRICKETS, MUST HAVE COME ABOARD IN BRISBANE. ALL IN ALL A RELAXING DAY. 12 MARCH RAIN, RAIN, GLORIOUS RAIN AND PELTING WITH WIND. AN INDOORS DAY SO WE WENT ON A DECK BY DECK TOUR. AMAZING SCULPTURES AND ART TO SEE, EVEN HAS AN ART GALLERY. THINK WE SAW A WHALE OUT THE PORTHOLE. ZOE KIDS CLUB, REALLY ENJOYING IT, PJ PARTY TODAY. LIAM NOT WELL. ZOE AND I WENT TO A NIGHT SHOW WITH THE TAYLOR, COPES...FANTASTIC. SHAUN WENT TO A LATER SHOW AND ALSO ENJOYED IT. GOT A HANGING BAT AS OUR TOWEL CREATION TONIGHT, IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A TOWEL, THE KIDS LOVE IT. QUIET DAY 13 MARCH SUN IS SHINING...YAY! MEETING LOTS OF AMAZING PEOPLE FROM AUSTRALIA TO IRELAND...GREAT LAUGH. ASIAN LADY GREETS US EVERY MORNING AT BREAKFAST, SHE IS THERE TO MAKE SURE THE PASSENGERS USE THE HAND SANITISER BEFORE ENTERING WINDJAMMERS...FOOD YUM.

262: SHE LIKES LIAM, MAYBE THE BLOND HAIR. HE GAVE HER A HUG AND HIGH 5 TODAY...A BREAK THROUGH. ZOE AND I SWIMMING, SUNBATHING AND WATCHING THE WORLDS SEXIEST MAN SHOW BY POOLSIDE. AN OLD LADY JUDGE PICKED A VERY YOUNG GUY TO WIN...NO SURPRISES THERE. LIAM AND SHAUN GOLFING AND SOCCER. A QUIET DAY FOR THEM, SHAUN REALLY LOVING THE CRUISE LIFE STYLE. WIND BROKE GLASSES TODAY...OH NO...I'LL HAVE TO BUY NEW ONES...SHAME...NOT. RESTFUL DAY. 14 MARCH LIAM'S NEW SAYINGS "JUST TRUST ME," "WHO PUSHED THAT NUMBER," "HOW MANY MINUTES TILL WE GET HOME." DARWIN TODAY. PUT TEDDIES IN WINDOW...SHAME THE DEPART AND BORDING RAMP IS RIGHT NEXT TO OUR CABIN. SO FAR EVERY PORT HAS HAD CONSTRUCTION, REMINDS YOU OF CHRISTCHURCH. BUS TRIP AROUND CITY, 1 HOUR AT MUSEUM WHERE WE SAW THE AFFECTS CYCLONE TRACY HAD ON DARWIN, 15MIN AT GARDENS WHERE SHAUN'S HIGHLIGHT WAS THE SPIDERS AND LIAM'S, STICKS AND STONES. THEN 1 HOUR AT THE CROCKODILE PARK WHERE ZOE GOT TO HOLD A CORCODILE AND LIAM TO SEE THE LIONS AND TIGERS. BUS BROKE DOWN ON THE WAY BACK. TOOK AWHILE TO GET HELP. SHAUN TOOK KIDS BACK TO SHIP WHILE MIKE, KAREN AND I HAD A LOOK AROUND...RUSH, RUSH, RUSH. TONIGHT IS ISLAND NIGHT, SHAUN'S

263: SHIRT A BIG HIT, ZOE STAYED IN SPA AND POOLS WATCHING THE SHOW WHILE LIAM AND I HAD TEA, OUR WAITER MADE LIAM A PAPER PLANE. BUSY DAY. 15 MARCH NEXT TWO DAYS AT SEA BEFORE WE GO TO BALI...YAY. ZOE AND LIAM AT KIDS CLUB IN THE MORNING, SWIMMING THEN THEY WANTED TO GO BACK IN AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. SHAUN AND I WENT TO CASCADES FOR TEA...NICE. WENT TO A BAR FOR A GAME OF DARTS BUT NOT ALLOWED BECAUSE THEY CONSIDER IT A HAZARD...WHAT...WHERE'S OSH? A LOVELY US DAY 16 MARCH BRENDON PROPOSED TO KATE TODAY...WOW, DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING. GOOD ON THEM!!! KIDS HAD A GOOD DAY. LOTS OF SWIMMING AND PLAYING GAMES, EVEN MANAGED TO GET LIAM ON THE HYDROSLIDE...WHAT A MISSION. WATCHED A PIANOIST SHOW, SHE WAS AMAZING ZOE WAS ENGROSSED, LIAM WAS ALSO VERY INTERESTED UNTIL THE FIDGETING STARTED...TIME TO LEAVE. GOT OUR 'KINGS OF THE WORLD' PHOTOS, HOTDOGS FOR TEA AND A MOVIE IN BED, WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR. HAPPY DAY.

264: 17 MARCH BALI TODAY, FEELING A BIT NERVOUS. GOT TOLD TO HOLD MONEY CLOSE, DON'T WEAR JEWELLERY, DON'T DO THIS OR THAT...OMG. FOG OVER CITY AND LITTER IN OCEAN COMING INTO BALI. FISHERMAN BOATS ALL READY FOR A DAYS WORK...BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. WE'RE GOING TO UBID, GOT GIVEN WRONG TICKETS AND ENDED UP IN KUTA. BUS DRIVER "WYN" GREAT GUY. WHAT AN EYE OPENER THIS PLACE IS, THEY ALL WAIT IN ANTICIPATION FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE CRUISE SHIPS...BIG MONEY TO BE MADE. COULDN'T LIVE HERE, THE PLACE IS MENTAL. NO ROAD RULES I THINK I ONLY SAW 2 SETS OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS, SCOOTERS EVERYWHERE WITH A WHOLE FAMILY ABOARD...CAN YOU IMAGINE THE RIORDANS ALL ON ONE SCOOTER? IT'S CHAOS. DRIVING PAST LOVELY BUILDINGS ONLY THEN TO SEE RUBBLE AND SHACKS NEXTDOOR THEN NICE BUILDINGS AGAIN. ROADS AND PATHS IN SHOCKING CONDITION. OSH WOULD HAVE A FIELD DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. ARRIVE IN KUTA, SCOUTS START AT YOU STRAIGHT AWAY TRYING TO GET YOUR BUSINESS ALL WITH CELL PHONES IN HAND TO LET THEIR PEOPLE KNOW. HEADED FOR THE CLOSEST MALL AND MADE PLAN OF ATTACK. BUSY SHOPS, NICK NAKS GALORE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE MIDDLE TO THE END. LOOKING EVERYWHERE...WHAT CAN I BUY CHEAP? NO BARTERING IN HERE, WOULDN'T EVEN DROP

265: THE BACK ENTRANCE OF MALL TAKES YOU TO CAFES AND THE BEACH FRONT. LOOKS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PLACE. THE DAY IS EXTREMELY HOT AND STICKY. HAD CHIPS AND CHEESE AND WONDERED ROUND. LOTS OF STRAY CATS AND POTTLES OF FLOWERS ON THE GROUND WITH INCENSE STICKS...FOR GOOD LUCK I THINK. BACK TO THE MAIN ROAD, POLICE STRATEGICALLY PLACED AROUND THE TOWN AND ROADS BLOCKED OFF. SECURITY IS STEPPED UP WHEN CRUISE SHIPS COME IN. APPROACHED BY A SCOUT AGAIN, FOLLOWED HIM TO HIS SHOP...OR OUR DEATHS. ZOE GOT HER HAIR BRAIDED BY HIS WIFE, NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT SHE DIDN'T LIKE THE LOOK OF HER. LIAM HAD A BLAST THEY GAVE HIM AN ANGRY BIRD SPINNING LIGHT AND THAT WAS HIM. THE MARKETS WERE NOISY, PEOPLE CALLING OUT BEHIND THE FENCES, "LADY, DARLING, BOSS, BOY YOU WANNA BUY?" "ONLY $2 DOLLAR." ZOE FELT SORRY FOR THEM AND WANTED TO BUY THINGS JUST TO GIVE THEM MONEY. YOU DO FEEL RUDE TRYING TO TALK THEM DOWN...BUT HEY THAT'S WHAT THE EXPERIENCE IS ALL ABOUT. SHAUN HAD A BALL, HE WAS IN HIS ELEMENT. WISH WE WERE STAYING LONGER. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! FELT GOOD TO BE BACK ON SHIP, BALI MADE YOU FEEL DIRTY AND THE WEATHER DIDN'T HELP. SHOWER...AHH. UNBELIEVABLE DAY. | 100,000 RUPI...$10 TO YOU GUYS NOT IN THE KNOW.

266: 18 MARCH AMBIANCE MUSIC THIS MORNING WAS THEME SONG TO THE TITANIC...WHAT THE??? KARENS BIRTHDAY TODAY AND ALSO FORMAL NIGHT, WORKED OUT WELL. KAREN AND I HAD A MANICURE AND PEDICURE, EXFOLIATE, OILS, HOT STONES, HOT TOWELS...LOVELY. HANDS AND FEET LOOK LIKE BRAND NEW EXCEPT FOR THE FILE BURN ON MY BIG TOE...OUCH! SHAUN SPENT THE AFTERNOON WITH ZOE AND LIAM. LOVELY MEAL AT FORMAL DINING AND ORGANISED FOR STAFF TO SING KAREN 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY'...LOL. OUR WAITER GAVE US TOOTHPICK PUZZLES TO SOLVE, SHAUN DID VERY WELL AT THESE. KIDS TO KIDS CLUB, ADULTS TO THE BAR...PINEAPPLE VODKA AND REDBULL THANKS...AND THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD COMPANY, GOOD LAUGHS, GREAT DAY. 19 MARCH PORT HEDLAND, HOW DID BRENDON LIVE HERE??? WHY DID WE PORT HERE??? LATER TO LEARN WE NEEDED TO REFUEL. MINING COMMUNITY OBVIOUSLY. STINKING HOT...UNDERSTATEMENT. WE LOOK AROUND IN A POST OFFICE JUST TO GET OUT OF THE HEAT...SMELTERING. POPPED INTO THE PUB FOR A COLD DRINK, BEHIND THE BAR THE WALL IS COVERED IN PHOTOS, MUG SHOTS OF ALL THE PEOPLE BANNED FOR LIFE.

267: LOOKED FOR BRENDON...LUCKY FOR HIM THEY MUST HAVE LOST HIS PHOTO. SHORT TRIP, PLAYED AT PARK THEN HEADED BACK. ZOE WENT TO KIDS CLUB AND WON A MEDAL AND PRIZE, NOW HOLDS THE SHIP RECORD FOR POLE HUGGING. LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING HOME AS IS LIAM. I THINK SHAUN COULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE ON A CRUISE. BLOBBY DAY. 20 MARCH LAST FULL DAY AT SEA BEFORE GERALDTON TOMORROW THEN PERTH. HYDROSLIDING, BINGO PRIZE POOL $7000 SHAUN 2 NUMBERS AWAY, QUIZZ, SHOPPING AND ART PREVIEW. FOUND ART WE LIKED BUT THOUGHT IT A BIT EXTRAVAGANT AT $5000. WATCHED WATER VOLLEY BALL PASSANGES VERSES CREW. WE WON. LIAM AND ZOE AT KIDS CLUB 2PM TILL 5PM AND 7PM TILL 10PM...OMG. THEY NEEDED TO BE OCCUPIED...MOAN, MOAN, MOAN. BIG FIGHT TODAY, HITTING SCRATCHING, YELLING, SLAPPING, SCREAMING AND FINALLY CRYING. WE JUST LET THEM GO FOR IT. ZOE CAME OFF SECOND BEST. US LAUGHING DIDN'T HELP. TIME TO GET OFF THE SHIP DAY. 20 MARCH GERALDTON TODAY. COOLER WEATHER WAS NICE. TENDERED ACROSS 10.30AM. LOOKED AROUND BEFORE HEADING ON OUR TOUR TO THE

268: WILDLIFE SANTUARY. OUR BUS DRIVERS, ED AND NORM. YOUR TYPICAL OZZY BLOKES, HARD CASE GUYS. 'KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS' MOMENT WITH LIAM ON THE BUS. "LOOK...THAT LADY HAS A BIG FAT BELLY!" OUT LOUD...I WAS RED FACED WITH SHAME. RESERVE WAS LOVELY, WE ALL HELD A SNAKE, SHAUN GOT THE HEBEE GEBEES, I THOUGHT IT WAS COOL AND ZOE GOT ALL GOALS NOW MARKED OFF HER LIST AND AN ADDED BONUS WAS HOLDING A RESCUED BABY KANGAROO. GOOD TIME. KIDS SENT TO KIDS CLUB..."I HAVE TO PACK!" WHERE DO I START, PANIC STATIONS...AHHH! DEFINATELY GOING TO BE OVER THE LIMIT ON THE WAY HOME. CASSADES FOR TEA, THE CREW ALL MARCHED AROUND AND SANG US A GOODBYE SONG. VERY UNEXPECTED. MORE PUZZLES, NICE NIGHT. FINAL DAY. 22 MARCH OFF THE BOAT...WE'RE IN PERTH! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? GOING TO MISS ALL THE LOVELY PEOPLE WE HAVE MET. MY GOD IT'S COLD THIS MORNING, ALL OUR JERSEYS ARE PACKED. AN HOURS DEIVE TO BRENDON AND KATE'S. $100 TAXI. GREAT HOUSE, POOL TABLE, DART BOARD, BBQ AND HAMMOCK ALL UNDER A FANTASTIC AWNING. SWIMMING POOL WITH WILDLIFE TO BOOT. UNFORTUNATELY KATE ISN'T HERE SHE IS AWAY WITH WORK. WALKED TROLLEY FULL OF GROCERIES

269: HOME...LOWERING THE STANDARDS OF THE SUBURB. CAUGHT UP AND RELAXED WHILE THE KIDS BLOBBED IN FRONT OF THE TV AND FELL ASLEEP, UP ALL NIGHT WITH US LAUGHING AT THE BOYS ANTICS WHILE THEY WERE HAVING A FEW DRINKS. LIAM WANTED TO SLEEP WITH ME. WE HAD A LONG DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TRIP SO FAR, WISH I HAD TAPED IT...LAUGH A MINUTE. A FEEL AT HOME DAY. 23 MARCH HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US. NICE TO WAKE UP IN A HOUSE, NO RUSH, RUSH, RUSH DID THINGS AT OUR LEISURE. STOPPED OFF AT A MASSIVE MALL BEFORE HEADING INTO PERTH. COULD HAVE STAYED THERE ALL DAY...MEN HUNGOVER BUT...GOT THE LOOK AND THEN WE WERE OFF. THE CAR PARKING AREA WAS SO BIG THAT BRENDON GOT LOST FINDING HIS WAY OUT...LOL. THE BOTANICAL GARDENS WERE BEAUTIFUL WITH GREAT VIEWS OF PERTH. OBVIOUSLY THE PLACE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING, SAW TWO WHILE WE WERE THERE. ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY. KIDS HAD A BALL ROLLING DOWN THE GRASS SLOPED AREAS. BACK HOME TO RELAX. KIDS WENT SWIMMING, DON'T HOW THEY DID IT, THE WATER WAS FREEZING. PIZZA FOR TEA. KIDS TO BED...AHH. ADULT TIME. BRILLIANT DAY.

270: 24 MARCH WENT TO SEE BUSH MAN RIORDAN'S HOUSE TODAY, AND HOUR AND HALF DRIVE. STOPPED OFF AT PIE SHOP ON THE WAY...BEST PIES I'VE TASTED. BRENDON'S PLACE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NO MANS LAND...BUSH EVERYWHERE, BULL ANTS, SPIDERS, CENTIPEDES, WORMS, DIRT, DIRT AND MORE DIRT, A MAN CANE FOR SURE...HAS ITS OWN DRIVING RANGE BUT. HOME AGAIN YAY! KIDS SWIMMING, BBQ TEA AND FROG HUNT AT NIGHT. CREEPY CRAWLY DAY. 25 MARCH SHAUN, BRENDAN AND MIKE AT GOLF TODAY. MIKE WON...BUT ONLY BY 8 SHOTS, SAID SHAHUN. KIDS, KAREN AND I WENT DOWN TO THE SHOPS. NOT MUCH MONEY TO BE SPENT IT'S A VERY SMALL COMPLEX. KAREN AND I TALKING ABOUT HOW WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PERTH ZOO TOMORROW THEN OUR LATE NIGHT FLIGHT HOME, WHEN THE QUESTION WAS RAISED, EXACTLY WHAT TIME IS FLIGHT? SO WE CHECKED...AND JUST AS WELL. OUR FLIGHT WAS TONIGHT...OMG. MAD RUSH AROUND TO GET ALL ORGANISED. BUMMED THAT WE WERE LEAVING A DAY EARLY BUT EXCITED TO BE GOING HOME. UNEXPECTED DAY.

271: WHAT A JOURNEY, WHAT AN EXPERIENCE. LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

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