2012 - Backpacking to Perth day 10,11,12

Backpacking to Perth
Cape to Cape of Margaret River Valley
07 Sept to 18 Sept 2012

Day 10 Sun. (16.09.2012) - Sorrento Quay and Fremantle

This morning we visited the Swan House Playground and the Arafmi - Mental Health Carers beside.

We then continued a 25km journey north to No.74 Prince Regent Drive, Heathridge to pay a visit to Dave’s mother Fabe and stepfather Ralph Jacobs. We then visited the popular weekend Sorrento Quay Boardwalk at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

From here we drove 50km to Little Creatures, 40 Mews Road in Fremantle for lunch and beer. We then walked across the streets to the Fremantle Markets. This old market hall has been around since 1897 and is now home to one of Fremantle’s most popular attractions with over 150 stalls ranging from fruit and veggies to art and craft.

Jenny and Kelvin came to meet us at the Market and introduced us to buy souvenirs at his friend shop. We then returned to Seah’s Haven for a rest before going for dinner hosted by Kelvin and Jenny at Eureka BBQ Chinese Restaurant, 14 Eureka Road Wilson, Perth. After dinner we drove to Crown Perth Casino. Came back to Seah’s Haven and jumped into the spa for a whirlpool bath.

Sleeping: Seah’s Haven
Temperature: Sunny 20°C/09°C 

Swan House Playground
Swan House Playground

Arafmi - Mental Health Carers building

Arafmi - Mental Health Carers Clock Tower
We then continued a 25km journey north to 74 Prince Regent Drive, Heathridge to pay a visit to Dave’s mother, Fabe and stepfather Ralph Jacobs.

Dave and stepfather Ralph Jacobs

Monica, Fabe and Dave Seah

Fabe's passion is gardening

the bright red poppy flowers grown in the garden

poppy grown in garden for their colorful flowers

visited the popular weekend Sorrento Quay Boardwalk at Hillarys Boat Harbour

there is a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes

walk along the outside levels of the boardwalk and look at the boats that are for sale instead

the gang from MALAYSIA with Monica and Dave

a large floating restaurants and shopping centre

the playground in front of Little Creatures brewery

Little Creatures was a brewery born to make Pale Ale beer

the logo of Little Creatures
long forgotten building on the waterfront in Fremantle and a brewery designed that would make a range of ales

(L-R) Pauline, Uncle Rudy, Catherine, Betty, Monica and Dave

Kee Moon and I having our first taste of Little Creatures Pale Ale beer

absolutely right! I love the taste of this two beers

Monica ordering pizzas for lunch

staff is cool and attentive and the atmosphere is great, but a bit loud indeed

pizzas are really tasty - thin but soft crust, yum!

It wasn't cheap but we had a very enjoyable time!

many thanks to Monica for the lunch treat

Betty says "It is the best"

business and commercial streets in downtown Fremantle

the city is named after Captain Charles Howe Fremantle

one of several churches in Fremantle

be entertained by the street vendor at the entrance to market

be entertained by the street vendor at the entrance to market

Fremantle Markets is always buzzing and is the ultimate place to come and watch

Catherine and Jenny Chuah back at Seah's Haven

Catherine, Jenny Chuah and Kelvin Tan

Catherine, Jenny Chuah and yours truly

it was tea and beer break before going out for dinner

and also some wine

(L-R) Catherine, Jenny, Monica, Pauline and Betty - all dressed up for dinner at Eureka restaurant

(L-R) the guys: Allan, Ching, Kee Moon, Dave and Kelvin Tan

(L-R) Allan, Ching, Kelvin, Kee Moon, Betty, Catherine, Dave, Jenny, Monica, Pauline, Daisy

(L-R) Allan, Ching, Kelvin, Kee Moon, Betty, Catherine, Dave, Jenny, Monica, Pauline, Lawrence

a sumptuous Chinese dinner hosted by Jenny and Kelvin - Eureka Chinese Restaurant, 14 Eureka Road Wilson

Eureka Chinese Restaurant, 14 Eureka Road Wilson, Perth Tel: 92588860

Dave Seah, Uncle Rudy and Aunty Pauline

Monica Seah, Jenny Chuah and Daisy Ling

Catherine, Monica Seah and Jenny Chuah

Daisy Ling, Lawrence and Kelvin Tan

Kee Moon, Ching and Dave Seah

Peking Duck

Drunken Chicken

this special fish dish

hot plate tau fu

stir fried beans with prawns and squids

the ladies loved this sweet wine

Cat and I at Crown Perth Casino

Crown Perth Casino hotel pool

please note that you must not walk below this lighting at the entrance foyer if you want to gamble there

lovely! enjoying the hot water whirlpool bath at 11.30pm while Dave served whiskey on the rock

happiness is to be in this Seah's Haven spa

Day 11 Mon. (17.09.2012) – Last day shopping

The day is free and easy; after a heavy brunch the ladies went shopping while the guys stayed back and listen to Dave’s collection of songs and some heavy metal rock music. The ladies came back at 4.30pm for cakes and tea and then started packing their bags.

Dinner was stew pork and chicken stir-fry Thai style prepared by Monica.

As today is the last day in Perth and having to leave early at 3.45am next morning, we all slept at 10pm.

Sleeping: Seah’s Haven
Temperature: Sunny 19°C/08°C

the heavy brunch of bread, ham and egg

the guys watching guitarist Carlos Santana

afternoon tea-time after the shopping spree

dinner was stew pork and chicken stir-fry Thai style prepared by Monica

Day 12 Tue. (18.09.2012) - Depart Perth Airport by AirAsia D7/237 at 6.50am

Woke up at 3am, Monica and Dave sent us to the airport at 3.45am to catch our flight at 6.50am. We landed at KLIA at 12.30pm. We all reached home safely in Sitiawan by bus at about 7.30pm.

bubble wrapping of our musical instruments at the Perth airport

goodbye to Perth, Western Australia

the visible features of an area of land up north from the air


It was an inexpensive fantastic holiday trip down under to Perth for six of us. In 11 days, we have had driven for more than 1,000 km around the City and exploring the Cape to Cape region from Dunsborough through to Augusta and covering the towns of Cowaramup, Margaret River, Witchcliffe, Karridale and Kudardup in between. We will never forget the stay at Seah's Haven, Pelican Cottage, Molloy Caravan Park and to join the Taste Bud Tour. We would sincerely like to thank Monica and Dave for their wonderful hospitality during our stay in Perth.

Total expenses per pax

RM    827.00 return air ticket to Perth

RM 1,037.00 expenses in Australia 
RM 1,864 .00
- The End -

From:   Ching Neng Bin - ching2662@yahoo.co.uk
To:        Monica Seah - mseah@silverlakeresources.com.au

Sent:    Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 10:49

Subject: Thank You - Monica and Dave

Dear Monica and Dave Seah,

Catherine and I would like to thank you personally for making
our trip so much more enjoyable and memorable. It was real
happiness to have stayed at your residence (Seah's Haven) for
the whole duration in Perth and the daily tasty Australian breakfast,
lunch and dinners. It is great pleasure to have met your family members
- children, grandchildren, and Dave's step-grandfather, mother and brother.

Our special thanks to Dave for having so kindly taken his days off to
drive us down south to Augusta for a wonderful camp-out at Molloy
Caravan Park. I will never forget the beer (vitamin B) drinking
session from 4pm and the free flow of wine (vitamin W) from dinner
time to late at night all the days. And also the short guitar jamming
session we had together and glad to have purchased the Yamaha bass
guitar which is value for money.

Our special thanks to you Monica for preparing all the meals and taking
the ladies out for shopping whenever time permits.

Time flies - another trip has come and gone. We are very glad that the
weather has been very kind to all of us. Our warmest regards to you
both and please keep in touch. Perhaps, we can arrange to catch up in
City-A-One when you are in Malaysia and also the jamming session
with my country and western band.

Once again we would like to thank you and Dave for your wonderful
hospitality during our stay in Perth.

Best regards,

Ching and Catherine
http://backpacking travel.com


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  2. Thong Sheng Bee02 October, 2012

    Dear Ching, I have always wanted to experience backpacking travel, please inform me of your next backpacking trip and I may join your group. Thanks..

  3. Dear Neng Bin, many thanks for your email regarding your trip to Perth. Regards and hope you will have many memorable trips in the coming month or year. James

  4. Hello Ching Neng Bin

    How wonderful to hear from you.
    My word you have all been very busy travelling around our beautiful country. I just love your Blog and photos. Will take the time to read about your journey – it sounds wonderful.

    I have great memories of your tour and look forward to you visiting Perth again and saying hello.

    May you continue to travel to fascinating places, and enjoy the company of your family and friends.

    Good health and happy travels my friend !!

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  5. Hi Ching,

    This was definitely a 5-star backpacker trip!
    Dave is a great chef ! His cooking looks super yummy!
    I was distracted by the food!


  6. Hi Ching, Wow & very impressive pictures. Appears you had good companies and all of you had a great time of adventure. WA is such a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing, as always. Keep it up.

  7. Tee Sze Peng04 October, 2012

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip to Perth. Looks like you all have a good time and an enjoyable stay at the lovely home down under.
    Best regards

  8. What a wonderful life, I make sure I will do the same

  9. Gan Chee Kuan05 October, 2012

    Mr Ching
    Thank you very much for sharing the beautiful pictures and good write-up. You are living a full life! I have a good friend living in Augusta. Retired Curtin University professor. Now managing the golf course. Best regards.

  10. Pauline Chin09 October, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. I've been to Perth more than 5 times but you have seen more of Perth than me!!!

  11. Lilian Ding09 October, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with friends in Perth where I visited twice in 1989 and in 1990 when my daughter who was studying at the Murdoch University then.

    I have not met you in the past but have been receiving many interesting articles from you (thanks for that). I am Pauline Toh's classmate (year 1958) and have been staying in Singapore since Dec 1958! Thanks again.

  12. TEONG JIN LEE11 October, 2012

    Thanks for the posting. It was beautiful indeed and do have more of these trips into the future...

  13. Bose Chandra11 October, 2012

    Ching, nice to meet you and the gang in Perth and having a Mary go round getting our taste bud laced with good if finest wine and beer. Good write up. Wishing many more exciting journeys to you and your loved ones.

  14. Teh Kee Lim13 October, 2012

    Ching, you really enjoy your life, that is great man.

  15. great trip, nice pictures, good life

  16. Hi thanks for sharing your beautiful pics and adventure.... I am so envious that you are still strong and energetic to have done what you had..... Till then, all my best regards to you and your wonderful family. ANNE M NGALIM

  17. Dear Ching,
    I really admire you!! Love the photos you have been sharing with me for many years.. I will backpack to Seoul end of November by myself.. Have you ever been to Seoul? Lastly, please continue sharing all your travel experience !! Thank you^^
    Regards,Vivi Ong 016-2122689

  18. Teh Chak King14 October, 2012

    Hi Ching, what a wonderful trip to Perth, that is life man,,,, in Australia. Wonderful!!

  19. Dear Ching, Thank you for the fantastic write up and hope to read more about your travel experience around the globe. Cheers, Chia from KL

  20. Sam Tuck Wah16 October, 2012

    Hi Ching, Wow! Great hols!! Just reached the point of envy. Have a good day. Sam

  21. Roland Tang16 October, 2012

    Nice of you to send me pics. of yr back packing travel to Perth. Wish I can join you. Happy backpacking and please send me more of yr adventures.

  22. Koay Seok Khim18 October, 2012

    Hi Ching
    It is equally good to see you. I have been looking at your blog and I must say that you are having a ball of a time after retirement. Even your Perth visit is so much more eventful and rich compared with the various number of visits that we had in Perth with my husband and grandchildren.

    More strikingly is that you look not a year older: in fact younger and glowing is the word. I have always been worried about life after retirement. Seeing you happy and full of life and energy is most assuring.

    I will be going to Korea in Nov and HK in Dec. Lets see if our fate can meet again...hahah

    Meanwhile do enjoy your travels and I will be following your blog from time to time.

    Keep well!


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