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My S.I.N.ers Group, my friends, my family

The Sunset International Neighbours (S.I.N.ers) is a Group of ladies that was founded in 1990. We formed this group to solidify and help foster friendships among our members, some of whom have been coming now for 27 years.

We meet once a month at someone’s house for lunch, and every month it rotates to a new home. We all bring a plate of food to share, and sometimes a friend to add to the group. Over the years we have also watched children and grandchildren grow through their various visits, such a joy.

We don’t sell Avon, Tupperware, or any other product, except sometimes Real Estate (hehehe). We sit, eat, talk, exchange views, and make friends.

We had our Christmas party this last Monday. (Out meetings are always in a Monday, it had become tradition).

Some of us are very talented in the kitchen. I’ll let you decide if I am included in that group (hint hint I don’t cook).

Last Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming one of the S.I.N.ers’ youngest visitors, only a few weeks old, granddaughter to this month’s host. And of meeting two boys, now 17 and 15 year olds, that we have been in contact with since they were born.

We also had another member bring her tweenage granddaughter, who usually joins us around Christmas time and of course my daughter with her son, my adorable grandson.

These meetings are always a pleasure to attend, we catch up with one another, share good news and bad, and strengthen our friendships again, one bite at a time.

I hope you all find time this December to meet with your friends and loved ones, to talk over delicious food, and maintain those connections which are important to you.

Merry Christmas,

Alycee

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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!

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

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.





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?

Family is the most important thing in my life today.

A few years back I was so busy with Real Estate that I had no time to spend with my family. Things are more relaxed these days and I have the opportunity to spend quality time with them.
This week we are privileged to be expecting a couple of visitors.
My brother in law who lives in the UK is “popping in” for 2 weeks with us.
And my sister in law who lives in Madrid, Spain is arriving at the same time as her brother to stay for 2 weeks.
We are beside ourselves with the anticipation and excitement of having them to visit.
Come to think of it Australia is the furthest place from where any of our family members live; Canada, Brazil, England, Italy and Spain.
We are a bit spread around the world. So we are even more grateful and appreciative when someone does decide to make the long trek out to WA.
As of the 1st of March and for the next 2 weeks we will have 9 for dinner. A full house every night! We are going to have a great time. Fun and games every night, recounting tales and memories well into the evening.
Do you have any ‘must-see’ suggestions for visitors to Perth, WA?
We will make great moments not to be forgotten.