Family Trip To Perth Australia


This is a LONG OVERDUE post on our Family Trip To Perth Australia but I took sooooooooo many winning pictures (thick-skin can), I just had to post them! So there we were, at Perth, from the sixteenth to the twenty fifth of February twenty fifteen.

We didn’t visit many places but our core mission there was to help hubby’s baby brother settle down. Among the few agenda on our list were to find him a place to stay, fix his transportation issues, buy all necessary household items and get him properly enrolled in school. And we were glad everything fell right in place without much hiccups. We even had an awesome reunion dinner (two reunion dinners actually) there with the WHOLE family intact. Of course, some logistics needed to be planned etc, but it was all worth the time and money. You will find out more about our trip as you follow our ‘story’ below.

Enjoy the pictures!

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DAY ONE – 16 FEB 2015

The five hours plane ride to Perth was a breeze. I was preparing for the worst but was pleasantly surprised at how well my kids behaved. Sonia was so excited about the plane ride and insisted on taking the window seat. A week before flying to Perth, we pre-educated her about plane etiquette, and I thought it worked because she was more willing to sit still, fasten her seat belt and wait for her meals to be served. There was something about the foldable table that made her felt like a grown up kid. She liked the fact that she was able to eat at the table like all of us, have her own set of food and cutleries, and a choice of fruit juice. She could call the shot, and that was a BIG deal to her. It also helped that she slept through three hours of the entire journey.

Arnold didn’t like being constrained but we had to fasten his seat belt when we took off. That was a little rough but after a while he calmed down and fell asleep. Like his sister, he slept through most of the time, and played with random people passing by his seat when he was awake. He’s a sociable boy. Like a magnet, he attracts people from all walks of life.

Above all, I was really grateful to my parents-in-law who helped looked after the kids throughout the entire trip.

So five hours passed by peacefully. We arrived at Perth early in the morning and was ready to drive to this really BIG rented house at Boulter Street, Willagee. If you are interested in renting the same property when you visit Perth, click here.

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We were greeted with a very ordinary looking house (not what I expected). Initially, I was a little disappointed, but when I walked into the house… WOW! I changed my mind. It was a fabulous house! The kitchen was huge and clean; there were four spacious bedrooms, a large cavernous living room, a pool table just beside the dining area and a sizable backyard. Did I mentioned they had aplenty of toys for the kids to play with too?!? Brownie points for that!

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While we got busy unpacking our luggage, the kids helped themselves with the toys and kept themselves busy until we were ready to leave the house to the University of Western Australia (UWA).

There we were, at the entrance of the uni. It was a pretty decent university but I still very much prefer the University of Queensland (UQ), where hubby and I graduated from. Some day, I would like to take Sonia and Arnold there.

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University of Western Australia

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Arnold and 爷爷

The great grandmother

The great grandmother

The hubby searching on google map on how-to-get-to-our-next-destination.

The photographer for the day

The photographer for the day

The hubby searching on google map on how-to-get-to-our-next-destination.

Sonia run around the court.

Sonia ran around the court.

The grandparents and grandkiddos.

The grandparents and grandkiddos.

While Kirby was at uni attending his orientation programme, we shopped for his printer, stationaries, notebooks, pens, paper, etc. And Sonia had so much fun wheeling the miniature trolley, grabbing stationaries for herself, Heidi jiejie and Tiffany meimei. She always have them in mind.

While Kirby was at uni attending his orientation programme, we shopped for his printer, stationaries, notebooks, pens, paper, etc. And Sonia had so much fun wheeling the miniature trolley, grabbing stationaries for herself, Heidi jiejie and Tiffany meimei. She always have them in mind.

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After stationary shopping, our stomach growled, the kids cried for milk, and so we drove to the nearest cafe.

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Now that we were all filled and burping (opss), we had the energy to go house hunting! One week was all we had to find an apartment for Kirby. The property regulations for renting apartments in Perth had changed, so it was almost impossible to rent a place without being physically in the country to ‘inspect’ the property. Saying so, you can still do your homework in Singapore before flying to Perth. Hubby and I went through heaps of properties on the Real Estate site, filtered those that fit the bill, contacted the property agent and made viewing appointments.

After viewing some apartments, we headed back to the BIG house. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would love to because WATCHING OVER TWO ACTIVE KIDS ON THE MOVE WAS NO JOKE.

We brought the kids to the playground in the evening when the sun sets. The weather was beautiful. Even better, the playground was just beside the house we lived. See behind the playground, that house? Yes, that BIG house. How convenient! Even after we return back to reality Singapore, Sonia kept asking for the BIG house.

 

The great grandmother's favourite hangout - the backyard. She sweeps the backyard like her own house, daily. Good exercise!

The great grandmother’s favourite hangout – the backyard. She swept the backyard like her own house, daily. Good exercise!

And here's how the surroundings looked like. Quiet and peaceful.

And here’s how the surroundings looked like. Quiet and peaceful.

It would be lovely if we had the time to make a cuppa kopi, bake some muffins and snack at the 'hut' while the kids play at the playground.

It would be lovely if we had the time to make a cuppa kopi, bake some muffins and snack at the ‘hut’ while the kids play at the playground.

Watching them laugh and giggle just made me the happiest mother in the world!

Watching them laugh and giggle just made me the happiest mother in the world!

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After thirty minutes at the playground, the kids were soaking wet! We ended our day bathing the kids, and reading the Mr & Little Miss books we brought from home.

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DAY TWO – 17 FEB 2015

If you want to head to a sizeable mall, try Claremont Quarter. We didn’t shop much because the kids weren’t interested in shopping but in running, jumping and playing. I wished I had taken more pictures but some times, it is almost impossible to hold a camera while chasing after two imps.

Almost every mall in Perth has a relatively big play area for the kids.

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Sonia was such a dictator. “Stand in the red box.” and if we do not take her commands, she would become all bossy and push us into the red box! And when she said “jump”, we all had to jump uniformly out of the box, otherwise she would start nagging at us and we had to do it all over again! Overbearing uh?!?

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DAY THREE – 18 FEB 2015

Happy CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE!

We may not be home in SUNNY SINGAPORE, but the entire family is here and we brought a hotpot from home! Even Ed’s brother took a plane from Adelaide to meet us for reunion dinner. It was a pity that I didn’t manage to capture the moment when Nelson surprised my MIL at the doorstep. You know, the dramatic effect of an open jaw and tears streaming down the cheeks?!? Hub and I planned this hush hush surprise trip. No one else should know but hub let the cat out of the bag and told my FIL. Never mind that, for the least my MIL didn’t know. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

If we were to have steamboat dinner tonight, we needed FOOD! My resourceful hub had gotten a list of Chinese and Korean supermarkets on his mobile phone and it was our duty was to buy food and more food. My favourite place was the Seafresh Myaree!

Address: 488 Marmion St Myaree WA 6154
Contact: +61 8 9330 3494
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

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This is a quite a big air-conditioned fish market, clean, and doesn’t smell.

It was an eye-opener for Sonia! So many colours… so many types of fish!

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The seafood were fresh BUT pricey. We bought some tiger prawns, squids, and snappers for about AUD 200.

While my FIL and hub were busy in the kitchen (yea, we have the men behind the counter today), MIL and I looked after the kids.

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The kids had a game of billiard (as if).

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That was Arnold’s way of playing billiard. Who needs a cue stick? He has hands! Haha… He placed every ball in the hole and Sonia would pick them up from the bottom and placed them on the table again.

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Don’t worry! Sonia wasn’t about to fall. She already knew how to climb up and down the table all by herself. (There was a stool there lah!)

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I’m falling in love with my gems every single day. They love to give each other hugs and kisses. How can I not melt at such sights?

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Among all trucks, lego, dolls, cars, pails and the list goes on, this little trolley is Sonia’s favourite toy. She used that to ferry Arnold around, and to picked her clothes from the wardrobe to the bath room. We tried finding a similar trolley at the malls but with no avail, so we asked the landlord if we could purchase it from them. She generously gave it to Sonia and she was OVER THE MOON!

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While waiting for the men to prepare dinner, we had wax apple. This is probably the best wax apple I have ever eaten. No pun intended. Crunchy, juicy, sweet!

AFTER ONE HOUR…

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The soup booths were ready!

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Hub stood on the chair to take a picture of our dinner. We had kimchi and chicken soup booths, vegetables, tau pok, golden mushrooms, sliced beef, sliced pork, quail eggs, snappers, tiger prawns, and some yong tau foo pieces. You wouldn’t believe me if I were to tell you that the tau pok was SUPER DELICIOUS! Boy, they were even better than those we find in Singapore. S.E.R.I.O.U.S.L.Y.

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Yummy!

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And here’s a family photo before we dig in! It was already 8pm and the kids were in their PJ.

We had an awesome reunion dinner. It really doesn’t matter where you are as long as the family is intact. So much LOVE!!!

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DAY FOUR – 19 FEB 2015

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Gong Xi Gong Xi! Hub and I greeted our parents and started distributing red packets!

Gong Xi Gong Xi! The first thing in the morning, Hub and I greeted our parents and started distributing red packets! We had forgotten to buy oranges but plums were fine. Gee…

I must really thank my parents-in-law who faithfully cooked Sonia and Arnold’s porridge every morning. I can’t say enough “thank you”! While my FIL cooked their porridge, the kids created a mess in the living room.

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My FIL is not just the best FIL, but also the best grandfather, and the best son. He not only prepares food for the kids, but also for his mother. Some days, he makes sandwiches for her, other days, he cooks noodles. He’s a family man and his family is always his priority.

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Sonia mastering her cutting skills

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And guess who had to clear the mess? SONIA, of course. She’s not going out if she doesn’t clear after herself. I know I’m being a little mean, but it is all for her own good. Gee…

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Arnold was happy playing LEGO

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I didn’t bring those toys to Perth, they were from the landlord. They had heaps of toys in the house! Kids’ paradise!

After the young and old were done with breakfast, it’s our turn!

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Well-deserved break!

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Milk time!

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The great grandmother

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Nelson

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Kirby

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Mama carrying weights! 10kg on one side and 11kg on the other. Not kidding!

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Little Miss Photographer

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Checking out on the photos she had taken.

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Say cheeze!

We spent our afternoon viewing more apartments and finally settled on a brand new apartment, but unfortunately not furnished. So we had to do furniture shopping. And we always find fun in whatever we do! Yeah!

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While the boy went bed testing, the kids had fun exploring so many interesting bed frames. This was their favourite! How cute!

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Jie Jie likes being the captain!

Sometimes having too many choices isn’t a good thing. We spent one afternoon walking around mattress stores and bought nothing. Tomorrow, round two!

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DAY FIVE – 20 FEB 2015

Every morning, we faced the same kind of first-world-problem. WHERE TO EAT? 

After much googling, we decided upon the ZUCCHERO ESPRESSO BAR. It was promising to see that an espresso bar had opened at this end of Victoria Park which had never been renowned for anything but endless car yards. Whilst the food was good, the coffee was average. It really depends on what you are after.

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I took the opportunity to snap a picture before the food came. If you wonder where Nelson was? He was back in Adelaide for an internship.

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Gugu’s hearty big breakfast!

So what’s on the itinerary for today? I had it all planned out. First, collect the apartment keys from the agent. Second, get the electricity running. Third, buy a bed and mattress. Fourth, drive to IKEA for household items. Fifth, go to The Good Guy store to buy a fridge and washing machine. There were so much to buy!

Guess what the kids were doing while hub and his dad walked about the apartment taking measurements?

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Sonia was snapping hundreds of photos. And Gugu (see behind) was busy arranging her flight back to HK.

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If you think Arnold would sit there quietly for an hour, you must be JOKING! He walked about the apartment, taking whatever in his sight and attempted to eat them! My MIL probably lost 5kg just running after him.

As dusk came, everyone were drained. We had a quick dinner before heading back to the BIG house.

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DAY SIX – 21 FEB 2015

With more time on hand, we get to spend the entire morning at Fremantle while Kirby went to uni for his orientation programmes. If you ever drive down to the Fremantle, you got to visit the Chalkys Espresso Bar. I love the relax vibe and of course the good hot beverage!

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Fremantle

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At the CHALKYS ESPRESSO BAR. Sonia loved the croissant. It was so soft in the inside and crispy on the outside. Baked to the perfect texture!

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I liked how they named their dishes on the menu. Here’s an OLD FAITHFUL scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted tomatoes, ciabatta. AUD 16.

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This wasn’t on the menu but they had it displayed at the counter and so we tried the wrap. Again, we were impressed. This wrap looked really simple but its taste….. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S….. thumbs up!

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We spotted a bird and looked what’s Arnold’s reaction like –>

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He saw the bird flew and his smile got washed away. Haha… in shock, I guess?

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Mother and Son

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Passersby thought she was Japanese. Some thought she was Korean. Kawaii!

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Very strong wind. Just look at her hair and hat. It flew off her head and she caught it just in time!

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I wasn’t sure why gugu wanted to sit in the middle of the road for a photo but she looked cute there anyway.

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Mother and Daughter

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We had an awesome time at Chalkys Espresso Bar today!

We spent our afternoon at the DFO (Duty Free Outlet). Along the way, we picked up some toys for the kids, while rewarding ourselves with new clothes and shoes. When the sun set, we headed back to the BIG house for dinner. Tonight, we are going to have another reunion dinner since gugu missed the previous one.

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Slurp!

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A must-take-group-photo before dinner!

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DAY SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN – 22 to 25 FEB 2015

I’m going to lump day seven to ten under one section because I didn’t take many pictures and we didn’t do much through the four days anyway. We were either eating or at Kirby’s rented apartment fixing something. That’s not to say we were bored, the kids knew how to find fun no matter where they were! And we managed to do some shopping too!

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22 Feb 2015 – A shot taken early in the morning as everyone were busy getting dressed.

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23 Feb 2015 – This morning, Sonia happened to see great grandmother sweeping and had lots of comments. She said she held the broom wrongly and then took it from her impatiently.

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Now, she’s in-charged.

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After sweeping the yard, she sat there with her little brother, watching TOY STORY. Again, DVDs were provided by landlord! Awesome, right?

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Over the past week, Sonia almost completed her activity book!

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And so took so many pictures of the ceiling, the wall, the floor, the sky, etc…

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While Sonia enjoyed being a little photographer, crafting, cutting paper and doodling, Arnold loved playing with vehicles. All kinds of vehicles. These toys were also provided by the landlord!

 

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23 Feb 2015 – As we unpacked Kirby’s barang barang, the kids had fun playing pretend with whatever they could find around them. Sonia took the pots and pans we bought from KMART and pretended to be a chef.

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Arnold was her assistant.

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And when we took all the cooking utensils away from them, Sonia went back snapping photos. Haha…

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23 Feb 2015 – Dinner by the port @ Kallis’ Fish Market Cafe.

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Gugu trying to carry twenty odd kilos of weight?!? Seriously?!?

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Seafood for dinner! Can’t be better. We had fish, squid, chips, calamaris. lobster, seafood chowder, mussels, scallops and salad.

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I thought this poster was CUTE!

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24 Feb 2015 – Mummy’s favourite breakfast – Banana Pancake.

FOOD FOR ME Cafe, a MUST TRY cafe. They are located at 877 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park, WA 6101.

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24 Feb 2015 – Carpenter at work

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The siblings

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24 Feb 2015 – Meet up with old friends at Perth.

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25 Feb 2015 – Our last day at Perth. We will take the first flight back to Singapore the next day morning.

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The siblings

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Wiping didi’s tears.

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And now we come to the end of our vacation. It wasn’t as exciting or eventful as our previous trips to Australia but we all had fun!

Next we will travel to Adelaide to visit Nelson, perhaps some time during Winter. Summer was unbearable! Too HOT!

winniediorachew
About me

Hello! I’m Winnie! First, a wife to my hub, Edmund. Then a mum to my gems, Sonia and Arnold. Together we form WESA. Everything written in this blog space is about us – it’s a family affair! Here I share snippets of our everyday kind of life and adventures. I love motherhood, family, children, playdates, travel, parties and simple joy.

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11 Comments

Jacqueline
Reply December 26, 2015

Hello, I saw your post. You visited Perth in Feb this year. May I know roughly what's the temperature like and is there any flies issue? I will be visiting the next Feb ;) bringing a 19 months tod...

    winniediorachew
    Reply December 27, 2015

    Hi Jacqueline, Perth is a nice place to visit! Weather in Feb is between 18-30 degrees. Can get a little too warm and sunny in the afternoon, so don't forget your sunblock! Temperature drops in the evening drastically, so prep a sweater for your little one!

    I personally haven't encountered flies issues in Perth but if you're stopping by Brisbane, then yes, lotsa flies in summer! Gee...

    I hope these helps! Enjoy your trip!

Joycelyn
Reply June 8, 2016

Dear Winnie,
Your blog is informative.
I am planning for a family trip with 6A1C, do you recommend the stay at the BIG house? Is it convenient to travel around Perth at its location?
Thanks.

    winniediorachew
    Reply June 8, 2016

    Hi Joycelyn

    Thanks for dropping by lovewesa.com. I'm glad my post was useful to you. The BIG house is highly recommended! In fact, I will rent that house again when I travel to Perth next year. There are plenty of toys in the house and lots of room to run about. I'm sure your child will love the house. My kids had been asking to go to the BIG house again! They have a kitchen with every kitchen utensils you need, including kids' bowls, plates, cups and cutleries.

    Well, it is convenient to travel around Perth from that location if you rent a car. With 7 of you, it's worth considering renting a MPV. We rented one from Thrifty Car Rental (https://www.thrifty.com.au/).

    Hope these helps!

    Cheers
    Winnie

Junie
Reply August 10, 2016

Hi Winnie,
Thanks for sharing sooo much info about Perth on your blog! My family will be traveling there with my 2yo son this Dec. May I ask, how did you rent the BIG house? I've tried airBnB but can't seem to find any that's as kid-friendly as this which you've described!

ginny
Reply May 25, 2017

Hi, I just saw your post and definity it is very informative for me. I had the same situation as you, currently having a 2.5 yr old son and a 1 yr old daughter.
We were thinking of going to perth coming October 2017 with lots of ideas but from what I know its rather impossible bcoz they still small and cant stay out as long .
With this big house, I am rather interested, I try to click on the link but not sure if that one is the big hse u had mention, possible if you could share the link with me again or pm me directly?
thanks and appreciated:>

    winniediorachew
    Reply May 25, 2017

    Hi Ginny... I tried clicking the link with no avail too. I'm guessing that the property is currently not available. But if you like, you can try searching for a property at Boulter Street, Willagee. That's where we stay previously.

      Ginny
      Reply May 26, 2017

      Oh ok. Do u happen to have the name of the big house( the name they post in the stayz) or the landlord contact/ email ?
      I really like the big hse bcoz it's with toys, high chairs and playground, isn't what kids likes ?
      Haha thanks

Mary Joyce
Reply June 7, 2017

Hi Winnie!Thanks for sharing your trip to Perth. You have a really beautiful family and it seems like your kids had the time of their lives.

Ana
Reply July 11, 2017

I've never been to Perth. And I wasn't interested in visiting Perth bcs it looks kind of boring and hot.
However, judging by your article ... may be it worths to try Perth :)

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Reply July 15, 2017

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