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Airbnb has even changed the way we honeymoon : Here’s why!

When I asked our relatives/friends about their thoughts on travelling to Perth for our honeymoon, the general perception was that Perth was a boring place, very typically family friendly and not really honeymoon material.  Why not consider Maldives? or even bali for the matter.

Visit a hotel that will prepare a beautiful bed with rose petals scattered across Its sheets with a little ‘congratulations on your honeymoon’ welcome card on the study desk with a complimentary bottle of wine?

You walk to the brochure rack near the exit to check out the many activities that are available nearby as a neatly groomed doorman smiles and nods with his hand holding onto the polished bar of the full length glass door , waiting to open it for you.

Does this sound familiar in any way to you? It should.

Because you’ve done it a million and one times. with your parents, with your friends and when you travel for work. Its comforting because its familiar isn’t it.

But you know, in the words of famous G.K Chesteron :

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite

Our honeymoon is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and like everything else that I do in my life, I don’t like ordinary. I don’t like comfortable.

Everything about me just has to be epic! So when we were scrolling through the airbnb listings to find a suitable unique accommodation for our 10 day honeymoon (12 days if you count the extra 2 days we spent cos we missed our flight home-yes we did, but we’d come back to that later)

we came across a magnificent little apartment in the heart of Fremantle (or freo, as the locals would put it)

Anyway I’m excited to share with you our amazing little airbnb apartment which I’m sure will blow you away when at first glance.  so now this is counted as first glance ah!

Are you ready? well there you go!

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Everything we needed was nicely provided in this home, plates, cutlery, a full functioning induction cooker oven etc. right down to cooking oil~

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We even had a spanking outdoor area where I could enjoy smoking my pipe and sharing a glass a wine in the cold refreshing evening breeze with each other.

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Our bedroom was nestled on the 2nd floor of this apartment with a clean shower-room with all the toiletries we needed. It was truly home away from home. What more could I ask for.

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How was that ? Pretty awesome right?

If you’re interested to view/book it for your upcoming Perth holiday: you can view the awesome suffolk 1 bedroom apartment here 

But before you do that, Don’t forget to get $34 off your first airbnb trip by using this link!

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A little about the place we stayed in:

Unlike most major hotels that are located in central Perth city, we are located closer by to the sea (port of Fremantle) which results in the place having many seagulls flying over the town (which is an amazing sight I might add) with frequent sea breezes through the town’s architecture .

Freo is a town that houses many schools, art galleries. Its basically a very hippie place to be in especially over the weekend at the Fremantle market.

The apartment was located on Suffolk street which is a suburban area just barely 3 minutes walk away from the Fremantle weekend market and centrally located to everything where the locals shop, dine and socialize.

There were hardly any tourists around  (felt a little awkward carrying our camera around cos obviously we were like tourists)

and just looking at Suffolk street itself, was an amazing sight. it was the first place we woke up to when first light came , signifying that hey, this is going to be the start of an amazing honeymoon.

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As you can see, no commercial looking hotels. It’s just us living among the local housing

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Just down the street from where we live, is a humble little restaurant which serves up such awesome breakfast which could pass off as something i’d be satisfied with if it were my last meal.

Point to note; an average meal in Perth costs about 20aud per person so local prefer to buy fresh produce from the supermarkets and cook at home . Which we did most of the time to save money.  But on the occasions where we dined out,  it was worth every single cent.

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love how the locals who are on leave are just chilling and reading the papers for hours on end without a care in the world. in Singapore if would get too hot to sit in a coffee shop for that long!

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The town of freo is littered with quirky little shops selling everything from cameras , onesies and even this charming little bookstore that lets you literally read a mysterious book.

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We even met up with my childhood friend, christal who moved here when she was 11 . We grew up in the same neighbourhood and even though I hate to admit it, she was the original badass then, and still is right now. That’s a hot stuff of a boyfriend and throughout our trip it was very comforting to know that these guys were looking out for us .

They gave us tips on where to go and we even had a really awesome night at christal’s place (with sadly no photos because of the epic-ness of the night muahaha)

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DSC_0478 If life is like a jigsaw Where would you start You think you got the picture Like it’s written on your heart You lay out all the pieces One by one But if you stare at it too closely The answer never comes

We spent the first few days just exploring freo and because it’s essentially a port, we couldn’t miss the chance the try out the fish and chips at the fishing boat harbour which when we found was so photoworthy despite the cold light rain which dropped the temperature to about maybe 8 to 12 degrees in the evening.

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Postcard Perfect

Everything felt so natural just spending time with Sarah.  When I planted a kiss on her cold cheeks , I really never wanted to let go because it completed everything for me. It completed the picture perfect setting to the end of a wonderful day.

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We got up the next morning and I couldn’t help snapping a few pictures of my beautiful wife. DSC_0777 DSC_0789

She looks just so beautiful in every shot and I knew I am a lucky man. Here she is being all pretty,

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Anyway, now that we have ascertained that we are living like the locals, we also took the opportunity to visit the famous Fremantle prison. I’m a sucker for all things historic and love just putting my hands on the old concrete and hoping that somehow I could get a short feel of a time when these walls saw so much blood and violence.

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We were also very lucky because the tour guide was an actual prison guard of the maximum security wing and just listening to his stories left me in so much awe. everywhere we went in the tour we he made us line up in twos to experience how it was like moving about the prison along those designated walking white lines back then. DSC_1182

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we also found out that these safety nettings were installed because prisoners who couldn’t take it mentally would commit suicide by jumping off the railings from their cells.

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telephone room

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prison chapel

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The last part of the tour was a visit to the execution room where a chilling demonstration of how prisoners were hanged was displayed for us. When I stepped into the room, I felt a cold chill just creep up my spine. The scent of death was just lingering in the air and I had a short maybe 10 second window where I was completely alone in the room.

During that time, my heart was just filled with so much pain. Everything from the walls to the air you breathe in that makes your nose feel hot sent me into overdrive. I definitely do not want to be here at night.

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surprisingly enough, the prison actually organizes night tours that bring you around the ‘ haunted’ spots within the prison. how soon can I yell out :

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Fremantle Markets

Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street Fremantle, Western Australia, 6959

– See more at: http://fremantlemarkets.com.au/contact_us#sthash.T1SlWxJp.dpuf

Because the Fremantle market only opens on weekends we just had to pay it a visit. It technically is the only kind of ‘pasar malam’ that we came across in Perth.

When we stepped in, there was just so much vibrancy and life around the market

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Despite Sarah’s protests not to spend $18 buying a boomerang because i would get it stuck in a tree or something, I bought it anyway.

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It got stuck in a tree 3 days later when we travelled down to Margaret river.

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Visiting this market is a MUST visit place if you ever are in Perth because it basically contains all the freshest produce , meat and unique things which the locals love and are a lot cheaper than what they sell at the malls .

The next day, we took a short maybe 30 minute drive down to Cottesloe which was supposed to be our destination but the beautiful thing about Australia is that you keep getting distracted.

Everything that you pass by just makes you want to stop there and then because you’re afraid that if you drive past it, you will miss out the moment forever without pictures (at least that’s what Sarah told me when she shouted over and over again STOP THE CAR!)  DSC_1388

It was actually so cold that we had to turn on the heater in the car after wearing a jacket . It was a new feeling having heat come out of the car aircon vents instead of cold air and actually feeling good about it

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my new desktop wallpaper btw!

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This amazing place right opposite swanborne beach had absolutely nothing there.

that was the beauty. there was no one and nothing , just an empty field which makes me think, just how many ’empty’ fields are there in Singapore?

none. why? cos if there’s an empty field, its empty for a reason in Singapore, like maybe to be used as an event ground/storage or waiting for someone to buy it.

In Australia, there’s just so much land and its so freaking beautiful.

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love how their version of mini-marts are called general stores and so hipster looking.

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my absolute favourite photo of sarah

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I may not always be sure of the road ahead, but i’m happy because that ring around our finger sets a soft reminder every waking moment of everyday to remind us that we are never alone. We got each other. And that’s all we ever need, that’s all we ever want.

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Even though we’re married, I still feel shy kissing sarah on camera!:)

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By now if you’re wondering how did we take photos of the 2 of us ? were we so thick-skinned as to ask people to take photos for us while we kissed? haha the answer is no! we placed our camera on the handrails/rocks/hanging from a tree/anything that is stable and used a remote shutter:)

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on the subject of meals, because meals outside can get very expensive we decided to have most of our meals indoors in our airbnb apartment.

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A simple dish like this maybe costs $5 a person?  as opposed to $20 outside. It tasted great because we know just how anal australia is about having the freshest of everything and true to their word, it tasted great!

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DEEP SEA FISHING @ MILL’S CHARTER 

I only asked for one thing when we honeymooned and that was that we go for a deep-sea fishing trip whichever part of the world we were going to honeymoon in.

After all that wedding stress, I just want to shut my mind off and be brain-dead for a couple of hours. So Sarah, being the good wife , researched and discovered mill’s charter, made a booking and off we went!

We braved the freezing 3degree morning cold and drove down to Hillary’s boat harbour where mill’s charter was located. our boat was already all set up and ready to go!

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We paid $180 per person which was all-inclusive of fishing gear, bait and tackle, hot breakfast, lunch sandwiches with meats and salads, snacks and soft drinks which is a steal really.

Its so unlike Singapore boat charters where it’s usually very cramped and the waters aren’t very deep so you can’t really catch squat.

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as the boat set off, I just couldn’t help but take in the majesty of the rising morning sun against the calm harbour waters. I just knew it was going to be another awesome day deep-sea fishing!

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It was really that cold! so cold that mist formed at our mouths every time we spoke

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You might be thinking that $180 per pax is a tad too much but do you have any idea how awesome it was that EVERY SINGLE TIME i dropped my line in, I would get a bite within minutes and it depended solely on the skill on the angler to reel in that fish.

Almost all the fish that are caught are huge because we were fishing in the deep sea. Our lines drop about 100 to 120 meters deep in the sea and the line just rolls down for about a minute long before reaching the bottom of the ocean. That’s just how deep we were fishing!  DSC_1948

while on the way back to the harbour at the end of the day, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when everyone started going bonkers on the boat.

‘Whale! it’s a whale!’ 

so yes we were blessed with a whale sighting! the boat above is for scale on just how big it was. sadly we could only see its fin cos I’m guessing it might be dangerous to get too close but here’s a close up shot of the whale!

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oh Australia , you steal my heart once again. If we ever see this Singapore, It’s either a dead sperm whale washed ashore or some marketing company with an inflatable whale trying to scam Singaporeans into taking pictures to promote their ‘whale oil’ or some lame ‘whale of a good time’ campaign lol

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The good thing is that australia is very pro environment and the boat crew actively practices protection of the environment meaning no throwing shit overboard (try going to any asian country and fishing with chinamen)

So if your fish is too small, it gets released back to the waters, heartwarming indeed!

I caught 2 big fishes but thought this would be the only one worth mentioning because it literally is the hugest fish I have ever caught/held in my hands!

It was so heavy that I needed 2 hands to lift it up! hahah its true!

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Could only pose for like 3 seconds before the fish came crashing down into the pier.

Deep sea fishing is truly a man’s reward to himself. This is a message to all future wives planning their honeymoon, your man is going to feel so refreshed after this because it’s really nothing like our Asian waters.

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Lancelin Sand Dunes

located behind the town of Lancelin, the 2km long sand dunes  which are perfect for sandboarding are the largest in the state containing absolutely nothing but pure white sand and no vegetation.

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once again i am a happy man because I LOVE driving.   I actually don’t quite like being a passenger because I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to leave my fate into the hands of other people. So getting my driver’s license might actually be one of the best things I ever did:)

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the roads to Lancelin are just so long and beautiful. There were moments where the forest would literally just be so close to your car and others where the long roads just never seem to end. And you hold each other’s hands and sing along to every tune to you know at the top of your lungs without a care in the world.

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quick stopover to get directions to the sand dunes. And when we reached there, o..m..g… it was drop dead gorgeous DSC_2530

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The sun seems so hot but the sand and wind was cold as hell. It felt like an air-conditioned playground!  The sand was so fine, our feet just sank right in.

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After playing around for a while , we had to return back to freo before it got dark as its very common for kangeroos to be attracted to the headlights of cars along the freeway and get knocked down. if its an adult kangaroo standing in the path of your car, it could be the last thing you see before meeting your maker.

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Love just how the petrol station is so retro . Even the petrol dispensers are using those old school flip mechanism kind

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I remember thanking one of my church’s buddies dad who was then my catechism teacher , Uncle Anselm, for sending me all the way home from yio chu kang to pasir ris. I remember asking him why does he do it? why does he send his kids everywhere despite his busy schedule. I was very genuinely  intrigued at that age on why adults did things the way they did.

And he said that driving is the best time for heart/hard conversations. Because you are confined to that metal box. there’s nowhere to run and its the perfect environment to just speak with each other and take your relationship to the next level. I felt so honored at that point to have this man , who has no blood relation to me whatsoever, to invest his time to have a simple chat with me.

So I carried that philosophy with me throughout my life. Just like how i love to have conversations in the car , I had one of the best talks with sarah while driving. 3 hours of driving can open up so much the heart was been storing away.

That is what memories are made of.

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We stopped by this random forest at the side of the highway and put our camera on the hood of our car, balancing it on sarah’s handphone and my wallet to snap this picture

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I promise that I will make you laugh at least once, every single day. Be it with me, or at me

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The next day we got up , and before we knew what happened, We had our friend’s Jessica (shiberty) and jarrett joining us for our 4 hour road trip to Margaret river after a quick discussion. (its easy & fast when everyone is super on)

My friendship with jess is indeed an interesting one, we met by chance, became friends by choice, are buddies by fate:)

Jess is a really popular baker/blogger and her creations online just makes me drool. She called me a couple of days before our wedding and asked if we had any arrangements for a desert table to which we said no because we were trying to save money (since we were spending so much on the catering already)

she then asked me not to worry , she will do it but wants no mention on it on social media whatsoever its just a personal gift from a friend to another.  I was elated beyond words because it really was literally, a sweet gesture (geddit geddit? sweet gesture, sweet) hahahha

In a world where it’s so easy to spot the authenticity of your friendship with people, you get real friends who do these kind of things for you and you think hey the world isn’t such a bad place after all.

puns aside. I had a blast with you guys and no doubt made the memories so much worth remembering because you all were there:)

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Our 2nd Airbnb Home!

We stayed in a quaint little town of Dunsborough which is about maybe 30 minutes to Margaret river because of the opportunity to stay in this secluded little cottage in the middle of freaking nowhere!  Because its picture on the main page is of a bee, most people would just skip it over but I’m glad we didn’t because if we did, we would have missed out on this legendary listing

Lets let the pictures do some justice!

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Right next to our airbnb home is already the jungle and its very common to have kangaroos hopping about at dusk and dawn.

it is also common to see large huge squirrels and wolves hanging around and chasing each other.

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I love how Sarah can run and dance with that bowl of strawberries and not spill any, you should get an award for that!

now that you’ve seen the outside, lets take a look inside!

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This fireplace is totally NOT for show . it actually works and we had used firewood to keep us warm at night when the temperatures fell to 6 degrees or lower!

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she also left orange juice , freshly grown strawberries jam and even brought us fresh bread that was still hot from the oven! DSC_3142 DSC_3144 DSC_3145 DSC_3151 DSC_3158

The upstairs attic where jess and jarett stayed!  DSC_3162 DSC_3168 DSC_3171 DSC_3181

A house is made up of bricks, stones and mortar. Covered from all angles to protect humans from the elements of this world. But you see, that’s it. It’s just a house. 

A home is what you make of that house. You fill it with things you love and people you care about and that makes it a home worth living in. Even if it were just for a day, it leaves a lifetime of memories. 

If you’re keen to visit this amazing cottage in the middle of the woods and just being very tucked away to do your own thang, visit this listing here! 

But before you do that, Don’t forget to get $34 off your first airbnb trip by using this link!

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MARGARET RIVER 

we came accross this small little bushery just a couple minutes away from our airbnb home and took the opportunity to shoot some pictures here.

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I don’t know how many times I can say this but every random thing in australia is damn beautiful as you can see.

After camwhoring, we carried on our journey to Margaret river to explore the winneries, cheese and chocolate factories!

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Its great tasting and buying the products because its made and produced right there and then. It can’t get any more organic/fresher than that!

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VOYAGER ESTATE 

we drove all the way to this place called Voyager estate which is breath-taking from every angle. It has 150 years of rich tradition for producing their own wine and is considered a very high class kinda place.

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this is a screen grab from their website. but when I physically went there, i was beyond words, I now know why people from all over the world fly there just to get married.

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Our lives may not always be rosy and smooth. but as long as we are together, we can make the roads worth traveling 🙂

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We went back to our airbnb apartment to just chill and watch the stars . When I say watch the stars, I really mean it.

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A rare sight indeed- view from our front yard

Our next day road trip special was visiting Australia’s largest hedge maze!

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its called A MAZE’N hahah

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Credit:https://cdn.experienceoz.com.au/assets/catalogueType/2/miscGraph/35310.jpg

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After that we stopped off at a chocolate factory which for the death of me I cannot remember its name because there are just so many different farms and factories with chocolate/cakes/cheese/wines etc

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But to end off the day in magaret river, we stopped by a children’s petting farm where we got to feed the animals. Kids normally do this but hell it was fun for 4 full grown adults to do kids stuff.

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see?  you can make things as interesting as you like! hahahah

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We ended off our roadtrip with a visit to yallingyap beach before heading back to Perth city where jess and jarett stayed and back with the remainder of our honeymoon:)

As it was, all good things must come to an end and as luck would have had it.

WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT BACK! so please note that if you take scoot airlines, the counter closes 1 hour before departure.  Other airlines might be more flexible but for scoot, if your flight takes off at 6pm and you reach at 5.05pm , you will not be able to board to plane. even if the guy JUST switched off the lighted sign.

So we stayed another day and were about $800 poorer but lesson learnt. we took it that the next few photos we took were worth $800.  what do you think? 🙂

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ww2 tunnels that housed the Australian port defense force before heading back to freo to spend the day awaiting our next available flight .

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No trip to perth is complete without a shot with the famous blue boat shed

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Thank you Airbnb for truly providing us with a unique opportunity to travel and live like a local for our honeymoon. Our hosts were real people whom we could trust and made it such a safe and enjoyable place that we could experience just the right amount of privacy and yet knowing help is freely & readily available  if we needed it to be.

After 12 days It is time to head home. But Australia, this wouldn’t be the last you see me.

In the famous words of the terminator .

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I’ll be back. 

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