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I had a fantastic experience. What a great way to spend your day!

Live and learn!

I live in Perth for 27 years and just learn about this fantastic activity only this week and thought would be a good idea to share with my news readers.

Did you know about this?

My children did not know either!

 

A Full Day of Fun for just $10*

Hop aboard the Crown Bus and head to Crown Perth. It’s an easy and convenient way to enjoy all that we have to offer.

The $10 Fun Pack includes:

Transport to and from Crown Perth.
A delicious lunch at your choice of Carvers, 88 Noodle Bar or Snax.
Bonus vouchers for a bit of fun!
Crown Rewards members can enjoy a Crown Bus Fun Pack for just $10. Non members can sign up for free, once they arrive at Crown Perth, and start enjoying all the member benefits immediately.

Upgrade your Fun Pack for an additional $20*

Monday to Friday

Make the most of your day at Crown and upgrade to lunch at Atrium buffet for an additional $20*. Simply purchase your $10 fun pack at the bus podium, then purchase the $20 upgrade whilst at Atrium.

*Conditions Apply. Offer valid for lunch only Monday to Friday. Must arrive on the Crown Bus and purchase a Fun Pack. Must present Carvers Voucher from Fun Pack booklet to redeem offer whilst in Atrium. Valid on day of purchase only. Not valid with any other offer or discount, including during $5 Frenzy.

 

There are two ways to catch the Crown Bus:

Metro Service – runs just like a normal bus service. Hop on at your local stop and pay for your Fun Pack when you arrive at Crown Perth.
Group Booking – perfect for birthdays, social clubs or work functions. This option is available seven days a week, day or night.
For more information about the metro service or to make a group booking, call our friendly Bus Hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm or email crownbus@crownperth.com.au

Bookings
Let the Crown Bus take care of the driving

Jump aboard the Crown Bus and treat yourself and your guests to a private-party chauffer service. Ladies days, birthdays, Christmas parties, bucks and hens parties, social clubs or work functions all go better with a Crown Bus to take care of the driving. The Crown Bus service is available seven days a week, day or night and prices start from just $10*.
How to book your private Crown Bus service

Please take note of the following requirements before you book the Crown Bus:
A minimum of 25 guests are required for a Group Booking
Group bookings require a minimum of one week’s notice
Confirmation of group numbers must be made with the Crown Perth Bus Hosts seven days before your group’s visit
Cash payment is required for all bookings, the Crown Bus programme does not accept payment by cheque or credit card
Additional costs may be incurred outside the metropolitan area
To make your group booking, call the Crown Bus hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email the hosts at crownbus@crownperth.com.au or check out the website here.

Don’t forget to bring appropriate proof of identification with you to ensure entry into the Casino. Casino dress standards apply.

 

Most special visit I did while in Sydney

On my recent trip to Sydney I was picked up by my nephew Michele who took me to his flat to meet his partner Pearl. She is a most lovely young lady with good financial sense, and she and Michele plan to buy their own place.

We spent a bit of time talking about Real Estate in Sydney.
*more information about the real estate situation in Sydney? Read the second article of this newsletter.

They both took me to this lovely restaurant La Grappa, situated in “Little Italy” in Leichhardt. We had a fantastic dinner! That night at La Grappa was my first night of adventure in Sydney. They made my stay in Sydney most special.

Michele is one of 3 children of Joanna, my sister in law and Stefano, her husband, who split time between their current home in central Madrid, and their previous home in Lazio, Italy.

Michele’s parents are the most loving people, and I not only admire them, but their three beautiful children too. Michele in Sydney, Beatrice in Madrid and Pierfrancesco in Italy.

Looking forward to return the favour to Michele and Pearl.
See you here at Christmas!

What a whirlwind trip I’ve had!

I might have skipped Bondi Beach – oopsie, but I think everything else makes up for it.

The Blue Mountains with all the cable cars was the highlight of the trip for me. The cable train is 70 degrees – almost straight up! – and makes butterflies in your belly when you are gliding upwards.

While on the skyway you have a very close view of the 3 Witches, the 3 sisters turned into stone, as the legend goes. And then the skyline drops straight down to the valley. The views of the never-ending Mountains made it so exciting. A must-see if you come out this way.

Dee Why beach was quite interesting and so was Manly beach. I think Dee Why won out though, as it was actually closed and the high waves splashed on the pedestrian passageway unexpectedly.

Travelling in the double decker trains was absolutely special. It could be my new favourite mode of transportation.

I think I saw ALL of all the downtown sites; The Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Queen Victoria Building with all the shops, the Sydney Tower, Circular Quays, the Cathedral, the Museum (which I did not go into as I had so much to see outside), and coffee in the middle of Hyde Park for a bit of a break.

It was very gruelling, walking the whole day, but I appreciated every moment.
I saw in one day what most people take 3 days to see! I think I more than made up for missing my early morning walks. And had the best night’s sleep of the week! Hehehe

Amidst of all of this, I also got approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board for my client.

A perfect week!


Spending a week in Sydney visiting friends and relatives.

I am here in Sydney for only one week to visit a very special friend who moved back here a year ago and I miss her dearly. Eliane and her husband Leo, here I am finally! Also I’ll have the chance to meet up with my gorgeous Italian nephew, Michele, and his girlfriend Pearl, who I will be meeting for the first time. Who else is here in Sydney that would like to go for a coffee with me? Just call my mobile or send and email, and I will come and see you too. I would love to meet you all!

I experimented with Sydney transportation and loved the double decker trains plus the politeness of the locals or other tourists like me.
My hosts are fantastic and tomorrow I am going for dinner with Michele and Pearl. I browsed around Castle Hill Shopping Centre which is as big as the one in Joondalup.

The houses here are very different, and driving around I couldn’t see any Suburbs similar to the ones in Perth.
I feel like I am in another country altogether. My only recollection of Sydney from a previous visit is the Darling Harbour.
I never visited any other locations. Now is my chance!

I am very impressed with the efficiency, cleanliness and architectural aspects of this busy city!

I have the most fun with my friends the SINers (Sunset International Neighbours)

We have now spent 26 years commemmorating our friendships.
We have lunch once a month in one of our houses.
Everybody brings a dish to share. Food is so great for socialisation, don’t you think?
This month it was my turn to host everyone at my home.
This group is so special and I consider my friends my family here in Australia.

Such a fantastic spread and I am just so lucky that I have the leftovers and don’t need to make dinner. 19 guests today, that makes for a lot of variety.
From various salads, quiches, cauliflower bake and chicken wings, to cheesecake, chocolate slice and rice pudding, there’s something for everyone, every time. I highly recommend you try some gatherings like this. You can make and share an old favourite, or experiment with something new.

My grandson is our new addition, like a mascot really. The ladies love to see him each month and watch him grow. (Some of them have seen my daughter go from being a primary school student to being a mother herself). Today after giving up on nap time his mum asked him: ‘Would you like to come with mummy and have some quiet time now?’ ‘No,’ he said, “I want to talk to the ladies.” What a charmer, already!

I can’t wait to see what next month will bring

My Alter-Ego: The Bread Lady!

I have recently joined the Edgewater Emerald Terrace Craft Centre, and
my volunteer job in the community is to collect some bread every Wednesday
night from Carine Glades most fantastic bakery and drop it to all of the
ladies on Thursday morning.

It is some of the most beautiful fresh bread that if wasn’t collected, would just be thrown in the bin.

If you belong to another Community and would like to take advantage of this opportunity there are 2 more nights in the week available on which the bread is not collected.

It is a pity to waste all that bread when we can give it to someone who would enjoy it.

I have offered it to another place, but they wanted the bread only if they were individually packed in plastic bags. I did not take them up on this offer, as it would require another person to do the work
plus buying all of the extra packaging, unnecessary waste! The bread is in perfect condition! Rolls, loaves, the occasional sweet bread, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, sliced bread, you name it!

The bread can be collected any night at quarter to 8 pm. If you have the time to volunteer for your Community please call me and I will put you in in touch with the most generous bakery.

Holidays over! Back from my Brazilian holidays and now looking for a job: do you have a house to sell? I am totally back!

We had an absolutely AMAZING time, spending 45 days in Brazil visiting relatives. On one hand we were able to relax in some pleasant weather, and visited some of my relatives’ retreats out in the countryside, and on the other hand we did so much socialising! Parties everyday! People popping in for a visit unannounced was never an issue, just ‘add water to the beans’ for another one or two or three, everyone is always welcome. Just like the way I like it in my home here.

At night on the 13th of June was a festival called Festa Junina, a traditional celebration occurring at the beginning of winter. I worked in one of the kiosks from a non profitable organisation selling some delicious Brazilian dishes, namely: canjiquinha, canjica, and caldo de feijão. Believe me if you eat them you’ll be hooked!

Today I went shopping at Kakoulas to find the ingredients I needed. My family has been treated to some of these delicious dishes since we’ve come home. It makes a refreshing change from the routine dishes we can fall into the habit of making.

Do you have signature dishes from your culture you like to serve up now and again?

Today I went shopping at Kakoulas to find the ingredients I needed.
Here some pictures to highlight my beautiful trip.





In Brazil the biggest thing is: what is your wifi password?

Someone arriving in a Brazilian household, before saying hello, the first question is: what is your wifi password?
The mobiles are in for even the under-teens. A sign of the times?
Samsung seems to be more popular than the iPhone there, possibly as Samsung is more affordable.

One story I heard that really tickled my funny-bone:
A man was going to a funeral. Arriving there he turned to the man beside him and asked:
“Do you know the wifi password here?”
The man in disgust responded:
“Respect the dead!”
The first man turned to his phone without answering, but after a while turned back and said “It didn’t work, do you know if there is a number after that? Is it lowercase?”

Hehehe

That is Brazil these days!
No wifi?
Use the big ears!

Visiting family in Brazil. Exciting, except the politics.

I am away for a long holidays visiting my family in Brazil.
Experiencing the bosom of my family that I haven’t seen for 3 years.
Pictures worth a thousand words.
So here they are:




Fantastic 20 hours stay in Dubai before going to Brazil

This is a transit Hotel in Dubai on Concourse A, situated on the 6th and 7th floor of the International Airport. I loved the ‘Welcome Mrs Barrett’ written on the TV screen.

The suite is fitted with a 5 star hotel greeting: coffee, tea, free water, fridge, robes, slippers , sewing kit, shampoos, conditioners, cream, bathing cap, shaving kit, soap etc, etc, etc.

Taking the elevator to level 3 you will find the departure level with all of the duty free shops, restaurants, currency exchange, etc, etc, etc.

It has a large king size bed -or larger than!- comfortable chairs, air conditioning and a most welcome large size room that is at least 5×4 meter square.

We had a super comfortable and welcoming stay before carrying on the next leg to Brazil.

I highly recommend it for anyone doing extensive travelling. The restful stay between legs makes all of the difference for me on these long journeys to visit family.

My daughter, son in law, grandson, and my husband recently crossed the oceans to Canada and back, and roughed it by carrying straight through to their destination, but I’ve done that before and this is DEFINITELY the way to go!

Why don’t you try it next time?

Fund Raising For Cancer Research

Wendy Jones hosted a Big Morning Tea at her place, 5 Reef Court on
Saturday, May 6th from 1-3pm to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Just before I left was raised over $600 which may not seem much but in fact is a big amount amongst few ladies for a Morning Tea.
Fantastic effort Wendy!
Was a lovely afternoon with finger food and some sparkling.
Wendy had a colourful and delightful courtyard beeming with smiles from all the attendants.
Would you like to offer your backyard for such a lovely cause?