Sunday, August 2, 2015

So You'd Like to Visit to Western Australia?


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Australia, more than ever before, is a magnet for both tourists and prospective immigrants. Every year, the idea of emigrating to New Zealand or Australia and starting a new life becomes irresistible to many Brits. But why exactly might this be? 

Let’s consider Australia. It’s a country comprised of six distinct states. The largest of these is the westernmost one, which is called, imaginatively enough, Western Australia. While much of the province consists of arid, uninhabited desert, the border regions have proven a tremendous draw for settlers throughout history. In this article, we’ll provide a brief introduction to Western Australia and discuss what the region has to offer.

History 


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The province was first visited by Europeans as long ago as 1616, when a Dutchman named Dirk Hartog charted the island’s west coast. The first Europeans to make landfall would do so just six years later – though not, it must be said, of their own volition. 

The East Indiaman Tryall of the British Navy was en-route to Bantam, a sultanate on the pacific Island we now call Java. A navigational error took the ship a few hundred miles off course, toward the Montebello Islands, an archipelago near the north coast of Western Australia, comprising 174 small islands. There the ship collided with some underwater rocks. The surviving crew would salvage a skiff and a longboat from the doomed vessel and they made their way to Bantam. Of the 143 who had set out from Portsmouth, just 44 made it to their final destination – and few of them were keen on the idea of returning to Australia. The guilty rocks, as it happens, went on to be named the Tyrall rocks, after being identified in 1969. 

It wasn’t for several centuries after the Tyrall’s unplanned mooring that the British finally colonised Western Australia – for the understandable reason that they suspected that the French might beat them to it. The Swan River colony was the first colony, established in 1829 on the Swan River by James Stirling, a British naval officer who went onto become Western Australia's first governor. This colony contained two separate towns, one of which went onto become the modern capital of the province, Perth. 

From those humble beginnings, the colony expanded to cover most of the western coastline, with sheep farmers enjoying particular success during the 19th century – but this success was as nothing next to that sparked by the discovery of gold in the 1880s, which sparked an enormous wave of immigration. 

Geography

Western Australia covers a vast distance, and only a small fraction of it is inhabited. While the coasts are teeming with human activity, the interior is a vibrant wilderness where few settlers have ventured. 

You might deduce from this that Western Australia's climate is not particularly welcoming – and you’d be mostly right. But that’s only true of the center of the state. In sharp contrast, the south coast enjoys a more Mediterranean climate, while the north is almost tropical – in fact, Kimberly, the state's northernmost region, enjoys monsoonal weather over the hot winter months between November and April. 

Much of the natural beauty on offer in Western Australia is contained within the borders of more than a thousand specially protected areas, and more than ninety-eight national parks – which between them total more than fifty square kilometers – more than 2% of the state’s entire area. The Kalbarri national park, for example, features a fifty-mile gorge which runs along the end of the Murchison River, with spectacular rock formations on display all around, along with thousands of different species of wildflower and abundant animal life – including the famous kangaroo. 

Those looking for something a little more mountainous might consider the Stirling Range national park, named after James Stirling himself. In this park contains the state’s tallest mountain range, as well as an enormous variety of plant life. The WA tourist board’s website proudly boasts that the park is ‘home to more plant species than you'll find in the entire British Isles’. Those looking for an invitation to move to Australia will struggle to find a more direct one!

Much of the culture in Western Australia is centred within the major cities, of which Perth is by far the largest. The attractions on offer there include King’s Park, a thousand-acre park complete with botanical gardens. It is among the largest inner-city parks in existence and millions of people flock to visit every year. Alternatively, if you’re after a closer look at some of the wildlife, then you might also consider Perth Zoo or the Aquarium of Western Australia, both of which are located in the heart of the city.

What to do in Cheshire this Summer


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Summers in Cheshire are a pleasure. The county is carpeted in lush, green countryside, and filled to bursting with points of special historical and cultural interest. The county is also home to a wealth of hotels, most notably Carden Park, which as well as offering world-class spa and golfing facilities, is also among the best conference venues in Cheshire. From grand, sweeping manors out in the country, to the world-renowned zoo in the heart of Chester, Cheshire offers something for everyone. 

But as well as all of the permanent points of interest the county has to offer, let’s be fair and also consider the shows and other events coming to Cheshire this summer. In this article, we’ll take a whirlwind tour of three of the most intriguing. 
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Carfest North

Carfest North is a festival which brings together live music, food and – of course – cars. It comes to Oulton Park in Cheshire on the weekend of the 31st of July and sticks around for the entire weekend – an all to raise money for children in need. 

There is a truly enormous amount of different activities packed into the weekend and so the entire family will never be short of entertainment. The roster of musical acts contains some sure-fire crowd-pleasers. Seasick Steve is bringing his brand of stripped-back blues to the festival, alongside much-beloved artists like The Boomtown Rats, Paul Heaton and Jaqui Abbot. 

But of course, the biggest draw of the weekend will involve the cars themselves. The cars on display are hugely varied, covering everything from immaculate classics to the very latest supercars. As well as simply looking at cars, visitors will also be afforded the opportunity to drive around in them as well, with experiences behind the wheels of both rally cars and 4x4s available. 

Tickets are in high demand, but there are still a few left over for the Friday. If all of this sounds interesting, then don’t wait around – book now and avoid disappointment. 

RHS flower show 

Between the 22nd and 26th of July, the Royal Horticultural society brings its flower show to Cheshire's Tatton park and with it a whole range of different gardening delights. 

Over the course of the show, the park’s grounds will be divided into three distinct zones, each with their own theme. The first is the 'feast' zone, which celebrates the growing trend toward growing your own produce. In this area, visitors will find inspiration and ideas to inject into their own gardens. This area's focus lies predominantly, as one might imagine, with growing and eating food and as such it offers a great deal of edible delights as well as visual ones. There will be live cookery demos, a market with stalls from more than thirty specialist producers, and a range of allotments in which the masters of the craft will exhibit their skills. 

The second zone is the 'grow' zone, whose focus lies with getting seeds to grow into fully formed plants. Here visitors will be able to take a look at a wealth of potting benches, nursery displays, floral marquees and show gardens and talk to the experts who know how to make it happen. 

The third and final zone is the 'inspire' zone, where the experts get to really show off what can be achieved when modern gardening techniques and technology come together. Here is where you’ll find the competitive gardens, including the contenders for the RHS Young Designer of the Year award, which will be presented to the best garden based on the concept of 'English Country Gardens'. The competition is sure to be fierce this year, and so, if you’re a lover of all things green and flowery, the show is not one to be missed! 

Creamfields 

The seventeenth annual Creamfields festival comes to Cheshire this august and brings with it titans of global dance music like Knife Party, The Chemical Brothers, TiĆ«sto and Fatboy Slim. Revelers will be treated to three days’ worth of relentless dance music – in a variety of styles, stretching from the restrained to the euphoric to the eardrum-exploding– spread across a smorgasbord of stages. 

The organisers have seen fit to put on a range of different luxury camping options for those who can't cope with the additional stress associated with camping. These include luxury tents which can accommodate as many as six people – though for the asking price, you might consider one of the many hotels in the area, particularly as the festival is just a short trip from Chester. If you'd like to stay locally, there are a range of luxury hotels near Chester, most of them just a short taxi ride from the grounds themselves.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where is my Son?


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Where is my son? These four words made my world stopped yesterday. My son has been riding school service since last year. It was our decision so my son would learn how to be independent. That he would understand that time will come that I can’t accompany him in school and I can’t stay in school until his dismissal. 

I did not have any problem until yesterday. Every day, at 2:30PM I will just stay in the living room waiting for the school service. The service stopped in front of our house, I opened our gate and waited for my son to get off. I was waiting for few minutes and I find it unusual. I was already nervous because the assistant and the kids were just staring at me without saying a word.

I called my son “Ethan”, I was wondering bakit ayaw bumaba. Then the driver came to me and asked. 

Driver: Ma’m pumasok po ba si Ethan?
Me: Oo 
Driver: Sabi po kasi ni (insert name) absent daw po. 
Me: Ha? E paano naman niya malalaman na absent hindi naman sila magclassmate. 
Driver: Ganun po ba. 
Me: Wala classmate si Ethan na kaservice niya ngayon. 
Driver: Pasyensya na po ma’m. Tawagan ko na po si (insert name), mga 3:15 nandito na po si Ethan. 

I said ok then the service left. My world suddenly stopped and there were so many things running in my head. Where is my son? Nakarating ba siya sa school kanina? Hindi na nila nakita sa school? Nakuha ba nila pero di nila naisakay sa service? Nakalimutan nila sunduin?

If the driver knew that my son was absent, why bother to go to our house. They knew that I always text them if my son is absent or if I will fetch my son in school. 

Yes, I’m a paranoid mom but you can’t blame me because Ethan is my only son and I’m not prepared to lose him just because someone forgot to pick him up. I called my husband to inform him and texted all the drivers of school service to check my son in school. My husband asked me kung pupuntahan na ba niya sa school, it just so happened that he was in their Cavite office so it was just one tolgate away from my son’s school. 

I was relieved when the drivers replied “dito na po sa kin si Ethan” and “on the way na po sila, late kasi pinalabas ng teacher”. I texted my husband na nakita na si Ethan so wag na siya punta school.

When the service came, the operator of the service said sorry. “Pasyensya na po ma’m, bago po pahinante ko, pinagalitan ko na na po. Kasi may list naman sila ng mga bata kaya dapat wag aalis hanggat di kumpleto.” I just told her, “wag na sana mauulit ito, aatakihin ko sa puso”. 

I wanted to get angry with them because of what happened, I entrusted my only son to them and ito lang mangyayari. But I know it is useless na magalit pa, my son was home. 

After we talked, I went inside the house and saw my son crying. I asked him why are you crying?

Ethan: Iwan ako sa school. No more kids and no service. I’m alone. 

He was just crying and crying and all I can do is to comfort him and I told him, if mangyari ulit yan. Do not go out, stay inside the school. Baka kunin ka ng bad guys. 

Ethan: I did not go out. I just sit on the floor. I’m alone, no more kids and service. 
Me: Don’t cry na, I have pasalubong for you. I bought you donut. He smiled and ate donut. 

Nang mahismasmasan na, I asked him.

Me:Did you see (insert name of his friend)?
Ethan: Yes, I saw (insert name) kuha siya service. 
Me: After nun, bumalik pa service? 
Ethan: No, no more kids and service na. I cried. 
Me: Why are you alone? where is your teacher? 
Ethan: Wala teacher. 
Me: Wala si (name of teacher)? Eh kanino mo binigay class number.
Ethan: Wala class number kanina.

Hmm, if my son saw his friend bakit sasabihin ng service na late pinalabas. Nakita nga niya na kinuha ng service so nakalimutan talaga na balikan. It really saddened me to know that he was really alone and it seems that he is waiting for nothing. Naawa talaga ko sa kanya. So I wrote a letter to his teacher to notify her what happened yesterday. I don't know what is their SOP pero dapat hindi iniiwan ang bata ng wala pa sundo, e paano na lang kung iba sumundo sa anak ko, wala makakapagsabi kung sino kumuha.

I drew a picture of their lobby and I asked him, can you show me where you stayed? Then he wrote the word floor and drew a stick figure. 



I told him, next time talk to guard and tell him na wala pa service or sundo mo so he/she can inform me, may number naman ko sa ID mo. His daddy told him that he will give him a cellphone so he can text or call us but he said, no cellphone sa school. 

I can hardly sleep last night because of what happened. I guess, I will always be a paranoid mom. Dati, paranoid na ko pagnalelate ng dating ang service and now kahit nandyan na service, kakabahan pa rin ako, iisipin ko kung nasa loob na ng service anak ko. 

I really hope that this won’t happen again. My son is so precious to me and I hope teacher and school service will take care of him. They are also parent so they will understand my feeling. 




I would like to end this post with a quote, Elizabeth Stone said “Making the decision to have a child - it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”