May 27 2011
Our trip was filled with new experiences with a lot of things that we’d never get the chance to do back in Perth. We stopped by a lodge where they take retired elephants and spoil them by feeding them melons all day (in exchange for carrying tourists on short walks through jungle and rice paddies). They had a couple of young orangutans who we were allowed to play with, as well as an albino python that RJ thought would make a terrific pet. Finally, we had a fantastic meal at a great, but confusing
restaurant motorcycle shop skate shop place called, “Deus Ex Machina”.
Hungry elephants LOVE to eat melons. If you're not careful, they'll even stop along the track to stomp on a jackfruit and eat that too!
May 23 2011
This cool guy decided to come with us to the big freeze shop (where everything in the shop is in a big freezer), and chill out for a while.
May 19 2011
My aliens name is Gobb-snobb. He is one year old, but in people years, he is fifty. He lives on one of Saturns rings.
He looks like a frog with spines. His skin is green and slimy with yellow dots. He has webbed fingers and toes and huge eyes. His spines are on the middle of his back and they protect him from danger. They also communicate by rubbing the spines together. It makes click noises.
It is a she-male. A she-male is a male and a female at the same time. To reproduce, they lose a finger and that will turn into a child. They eat berries, leaves, and sometimes little bugs.
He has heaps of buttons on all of his clothes and one of the buttons has a little picture of a seat with rocket jets. If he presses that button, an automatic seat will come out with jets. He can go flying. It also has a few other buttons. If you press one of the buttons that has a drink picture on it, a drink will come out. If you press the other button, which has a picture of a piece of food on it, a bug or a berry will come out. Last of all, there’s another button which says “blah blah”, which means get me to safety. It will take you to safety instantly.
May 18 2011
(extremely excited about a new idea)
RJ: … it’s just like the rice we found growing in Bali, except with the grass and leaf bits taken off and we could plant it in our own garden and have small fields in there, some with rice and some with wheat and some with alfalfa and we could collect it up each year and gather it into big bales and we could have Scarlet carry it around on her back, she’s super strong you know, like one of those animals… called… what are they called again?
Dad: Umm… I’m not sure exactly what you’re talking about…
RJ: You know! Those animals! The ones that carry stuff!
Dad: Animals? That carry stuff?
RJ: Yeah! Hay dogs! That’s it! She could be our hay dog and carry it all around for us and then we could sell it to people at the market!
May 13 2011
In April of 2011, we embarked on a terrific adventure to the island of Bali, in Indonesia. It is actually closer to Perth than the other capital cities within Australia, so it’s a popular holiday destination for Western Australians… which is one of the reasons we’ve been hesitant to go.
After a tiny 3 hour flight, we met Poppa, Grammy, the cousins (P. and M., Auntie Bron and Uncle Troy), our aunt and uncle from the US (Carrie and Paul), and finally, our second cousin Sophie and spent a week there staying at an incredible, luxurious villa (Puri Angsa, in Canggu, Bali) together. It really was like staying in paradise, with each family having their own cottage or series of rooms, most of them directly overlooking the pool.
We arrived at our gate with plenty of time to spare and some amazing colours in the sky.