Monday, May 4, 2015

Fremantle to Joondalup Resort - Day 6

Moving further up north to Joondalup
Early morning from our balcony. [Leica M9P]
This Day 6 was a pretty relaxed day.  We merely just shifted our cars and luggage from Fremantle to another resort 42 minutes further up north.  Joondalup was a haven for golfers.  Many of our friends had been here many times, but then again a few of us weren't into golf.  So thankfully for me, there wasn't a need for distraction.

CONTENTS
1. To find out more about our continuing holiday on Day 6 from Fremantle to Joondalup Resort, continue reading on.
2. To start from the beginning of this wonderful trip (Day 1 and 2) click here.
3. To laugh yourself crazy seeing how the boys did their Open Water test swim (Day 3), click here.
4. To go back to the Busselton 70.3 Race day, click here.
5. To read about our drive from Busselton to Fremantle on Day 5, click here.
 

Here was a video I took with my iPhone, of the calm and tranquil dock of yachts and the windy choppy sea on the other side of the peninsula.


This Gerard was on his iPhone all the way dunno shooting what...

And Gerard couldn't get enough of the Time Lapse function on his iPhone...

Here was our drive from Fremantle to Joondalup Resort.

We loaded our stuff to our car on this cold morning.  Taking a last look at the nice little back courtyard that linked all the units together at Be. Hotel. Really a flavourful place this was.
[Leca M9P]
And Serene getting herself cosy in the car waiting to be driven, as the sky darkened and threatened to open up, which it eventually did.
[Leica M9P]
And I HAD to take a parting shot of this car park ticket dispenser which was so characteristic of Australia.  Never had I seen anything like this in my whole life, as I only knew how to tear parking coupons and top up cash cards back home in Singapore.
Leica M9P
Somehow Gerard was quite tickled by my obsession with the ticket machine... He was in his bermuda.  This man is really Ironman.  He was not affected by the cold at all.
Leica M9P.

Saying bye bye to Fremantle
Staring at a closed entrance to Fremantle market. [My iPhone]

It was yet another one of those rainy mornings.  It was a Sunday morning and we were hoping to take a trip to the local Fremantle market.  But alas, they didn't open on Sundays.  So we just started at the entrance and considered ourselves as 'been there'.
We made a turn at the local church, hoping to park our car at the car park and to visit some dunno-wat-place.  If I could remember, it was another market.  But that was closed too.
Another closed market.  Here a shot of the church. [My iPhone]
"Come, Dar!  Take a shot of this church!" I called out to Serene.  I guess no choice mah, couldn't visit the market, couldn't visit the church, we just had to take shots after shots to mark our attendences.
Leica M9P
Fremantle was such a quaint little port-town (I wasn't sure if the Australian considered Fremantle as a city or a town, but it sure felt more like a town to me) with many historical Victorian buildings.  I would have loved to really walked this place and take in the sights.  But that would have to be another time, another day.
My iPhone.
My iPhone.

My iPhone.

By then the rain started, and we were simply driving in the drizzle from one part of Fremantle to another.  Still, the downpour didn't render Fremantle less flavourful, even on a quiet Sunday morning like this,
My iPhone.
My iPhone.
... and finally...
Joondalup Resort ~ 68 Purple Rose

Beautiful!

68 Purple Rose at Joondalup Resort was really a huge house.  And with full facilities - even traveller's adapters.  The organisation really was very detailed in their planning.
The living area. [Photo: Gerard iPhone]
The dining area. [Photo: Gerard iPhone]
The kitchen. [Photo: Gerard iPhone]

Jeremy was scheduled to check into Perth Airport at 3pm.  So we had a simple food court lunch at the Shopping mall here in Perth before his departure.

"A$11 per plate of Cai-fan.  You can heap all you can onto your plate!" excited was Gerard.
An afternoon of more shopping at the Factory Outlet...
So as Gerard sends Jeremy to the airport, Darric, Serene and I decided to make our way back to Wellington Street.
"Dar, I need to buy more of the 2XU pants.  The price there is better than that Triathlon.com.au shop we were at this morning," said Serene.  Indeed she was right.  The prices at the Factory Outlet shops were at least 25-30% cheaper.
So back we went to Wellington Street.


Dinner...
...at the Chinese Restaurant at Connolly Shopping Centre, just right outside Joondalup Resort.
We had a really delicious Chinese dinner here.
"This restaurant has been here for a long time, ever since my golfing days," said Gerard. "The boys were right here at this restaurant for meals those days."
Really nostalgic, I was sure.  And Gerard wasted no time in taking a couple of shots to send back to show the boys that this restaurant still remained the same even after these decades.
And here Darric the Giant showed how he and his iPad were inseparable.
[Click to enlarge]
 Here, I just wanted to take a shot of Connolly Shopping Centre to remember how it looked like. Who knows, perhaps decades later when I ever go back, it would still remain unchanged....

To continue to the next day, click on Day 7~ The Tour of Swan Valley


CONTENTS
1. To find out more about our continuing holiday on Day 6 from Fremantle to Joondalup Resort, continue reading on.
2. To start from the beginning of this wonderful trip (Day 1 and 2) click here.
3. To laugh yourself crazy seeing how the boys did their Open Water test swim (Day 3), click here.
4. To go back to the Busselton 70.3 Race day, click here.
5. To read about our drive from Busselton to Fremantle on Day 5, click here.