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2017/10/19 23:25:54

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The trishaw riders took us to a historical site that was awesome to visit, especially at night. This gate is all that remains of A Famosa, a fort that was built in 1511! And behind it up on a hill is the oldest church in South East Asia. It was built in 1521 by the Portuguese, and had several renames before becoming St Paul's church in 1641 when the Dutch conquered Melaka. What I loved about it besides the rich history lesson, were the beautiful Dutch tombstones that reside inside (swipe to see some). And arriving by trishaw, seeing the ancient buildings against the night sky, with the bright lights from the city down below and the wonderful play of light and shadows, perfectly describes this town. Melaka is such a blend of old and new, antique and kitsch, light and dark, restored and abandoned. It really is a fascinating place. .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #bigadventures #melaka #melakatrip #melakacity #malacca #malaccatrip #malaccacityofhistory #unescoheritage #unescosites #malaysiahistory #malaysiatrulyasia #worldschoolers #worldschooling #worldschoolingcentral #ecotourism #travelbloggers #travelwithkids #sustainabletravel #greentravel #travelisthebestteacher #unschooling #unschooled #unschoolers #travelschooling #lifelearning #lifelearner #lifelearners
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2017/10/19 17:15:53

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Tourists, us? No, all the local get around like this! Super-glitzy trishaws are a big part of Malacca and Dante and Allegra couldn't wait to ride in them. Although they are fitted out with popular characters these days, they really are a traditional form of transportation. There are between 200-300 trishaws in Malacca, and they're only used for tourism these days. Riding in them with loud pumping music (and even louder lights at night) was fun, and a little scary! .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #bigadventures #melakatrip #melaka #melakacity #malacca #malaccacity #malaccatrip #malaccatown #trulyasiamalaysia #trulyasia #malaysiatrulyasia #worldschoolers #worldschooling #ecotourism #travelwithkids #kidstravelblog #kidswhotravel #travelmalaysia #travelersnotebook #travelmore #kitsch #trishaw #greentravel #travelblogger #welltravelled #travelkids
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2017/10/18 15:46:54

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Hello from...Venice? With the narrow river, mosaic decor, old water-front buildings and awesome pizza, we were imagining we were there last night! But this is Melaka (also spelt Malacca) in Malaysia. The city centre is UNESCO World Heritage Listed, and is a beautiful mixture of cultures, architecture and history. I love the huge range of ethnicities and cultures here. As in most of Malaysia, many different people coexist and celebrate each other's heritage together. Though it's not South East Asian at all, a pizza was greatly appreciated last night. It's lovely to be able to choose food from a vast range of cultures: it certainly helps keeps the kids happy! .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #bigadventures #malaysia #melaka #melakafood #melakariver #malaccariver #malaccacity #malaccafood #trulyasia #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #kidstravelblog #travelbloggers #worldschoolers #worldschooling #worldschoolingcentral #travelersnotebook #welltravelled #travelmore #travelers #traveltips #kidstraveltips #travelblogger #travelblog #multicultural #multiculturalism #unescosite #unescoheritage #unescoworldheritage
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2017/10/17 13:54:41

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Whenever people talk about Singapore they always seem to say how clean the city is, so I sort of expected the streets to be sparkling and the air to be crisp and fresh. But it isn't that way. I was surprised at the amount of litter, especially cigarette butts and empty packets everywhere, and also plastic and bottles in most public places we went to. I even noticed remants of chewing gum on the ground, which i thought was illegal in Singapore.Is this a recent deline in standards, or is the perception of cleanliness just comparative to other cities? .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #sustainabletravel #singapore #ecotourism #sustainableliving #travelblogger #ecotravel #sustainability #ecotravelling #bethechange #sustainable #greentravel #ecoblogger #ecofriendly #sustainabletravelblog #waronwaste #reduce #environmentalprotection #singapore #trashisfortossers #thinkbetter #travelgreen #zerowaste #sustainable #sustainability #recycle #gogreen #ecofriendly #thinkeco
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2017/10/16 14:50:05

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Gardens by the Bay Singapore. Magnificent! It didn't disappoint, but we didn't give ourselves enough time to explore it all. Three hours is not enough! Especially on a weekend, it was really busy.The gardens have displays from all different countries, some inside enormous glass houses. One is big enough for a giant waterfall! We loved the autumn harvest installation and the amazing sculptures, and a scented walkway outside was just heavenly. The super-trees were even more impressive at night, scroll through to see them lit up. Unfortunately we didn't get time to walk the sky bridge between some of them. Have you been there? Tell me about the sky bridge if you've done it please! ....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #bigadventures #ecotourism #singaporetrip #sustainabletravel #gardensbythebay #worldschooling #worldschoolers #greentravel #greentravelling #greentravels #ecotravel #travelbloggers #travelblogger #amazinggarden #singapore #mustvisitagain #mustvisit #travels #travelersnotebook #traveltips #travelgram #instatravels #needmoretimehere #gardensaremagic #greenplanet #autumnlover #autumninsingapore #worldschooler #unschooling
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2017/10/14 19:43:32

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We visited the Singapore Science Centre today: it is incredible! There is so much more to do there than we got to experience, it's not all possible in one day. The actual science centre is suitable for adults and children, and there is a younger kids area and some further specialised exhibits too. Allegra loved the younger kids area, it had some awesome role-playing activities like being a pilot, chef and construction worker. Dante and Ant loved the mirror maze in the science centre, which was difficult to make our way through and had heaps of light illusions and experiments. I could've explored the space area for hours. We just missed a deep space simulation unfortunately, it only happens once a day! .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #bigadventures #singapore #singaporesciencecentre #worldschooling #worldschoolers #worldschoolingcentral #travelblogger #travelbloggers #travelwithkids #kidstravelblog #kidswhotravel #scienceiscool #explorerkids #naturallearning #miniscientist #travelschooling #unschooling #unschoolers #unschoolerstravels #unschooledkids #homeeducationlookslikethis #homeschoolperks #homeschoolfun #homeschoolfamily #unschoolinglife #familytravel #familytravelblog #familytravels
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2017/10/13 16:51:58

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We made it to our second country: Singapore! It's such a small nation that you can drive from one side to the other in one hour. Couldn't be more different from Australia! We headed out today to get some produce and do our washing, and the laundromat in Chinatown just happened to be close to this magnificent temple. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is incredibly intricate and justifiably sacred. It also has a vegetarian cafe underneath where we enjoyed a delicious and cheap lunch. I love finds like this, that just work out as you're going about what needs to be done! It was the perfect small adventure for today, as we're still recovering from Legoland :).....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #bigadventures #singapore #worldschooling #worldschoolers #worldschooler #travelbloggers #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #kidstravelblog #ecotourism #templeawe #ecotravelling #ecotravel #familytravels #stumbledupon #familytravelblog #familytravelblogger #familytravelbloggers #templevisit #aussieblogger #instatravel #travelgram #southeastasiatravel #travellife #lonelyplanetsingapore
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2017/10/11 15:03:35

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Allegra was helping me get ready for another hot day at Legoland this morning. This is how we do it without relying on buying plastic bottles. We fill up our filter bottles with tap water and refrigerate them overnight, then transfer the cold, filtered water to our insulated bottles to take with us. They keep cold all day and are unspillable too, thankfully! Most places we have been so far on our trip have had filtered water accessible for free. Unfortunately Legoland doesn't, but it's probably pretty standard. We've been at eco-conscious places until now. Hopefully big corporations like this will go green soon. ..#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #responsibletravel #ecotourism #ecotravelling #ecotravel #reusable #savewater #ecoblogger #ecobloggers #travelwithkids #kidstravelblog #kidswhotravel #greentravel #greentravelblogger #reusablewaterbottle #sustainability #sustainableliving #sustainable #sustainabletravel #sustainabletravelblog #stainlesssteelwaterbottle
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2017/10/10 20:41:42

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We are in kid heaven at Legoland! Dante's birthday dream is being fulfilled now, and it's heaps of fun for us all :) Just finished a huge day exploring the amazing park. The Ninjago ride and show were everything he hoped for, they were very impressive! The whole place is just amazing, especially all of the huge characters and scenes made from tiny bricks.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #bigadventures #worldschooling #worldschoolers #legolandmalaysia #worldschooler #malaysia #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #kidstravelblog #legoninjago #legokid #travelbloggers #magicforkids #travelasia #thebestdayever
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2017/10/08 18:00:42

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Thumbs up for the awesome brunch we had here this morning! Organic, fermented waffle batter, home made chocolate hazelnut paste, delicately cooked apple with cinnamon and raisins, and a mushroom omelette to top it off.When this #eco_bnb serves waffles, people come from afar especially for them! Thanks again Keith and Jewel! I have a new post on our blog today, about all of the mistakes we made in setting off on this trip. Hope it helps anyone setting off travelling too! The direct link is in our bio.......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #bigadventures #vegetarianbreakfast #thebestwafflesever #ecotravel #ecoblogger #greenbloggers #greenblogger #sustainabletravel #sustainableliving #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #kidstravelblog #sustainability #ecotourism #worldschoolers #worldschooling #malaysia #johorbahru #greentravel #greentraveller #greentraveler #greentravel #ecotravel #brunchisserved #brunchismyfavorite
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2017/10/05 11:46:14

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Yesterday was all about fun! We took Allegra to Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town for her birthday, as we organised experience gifts rather than 'stuff' this year. It sure was an experience! She adored meeting Hello Kitty and seeing her house, and dancing with Angelica Ballerina was a real highlight too. Both kids had a blast on the rides and in the many outstanding play areas, and we all had a lovely fun day together. I love how having kids reminds us not to take life too seriously! Gee we were all worn out last night though :) .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #bigadventures #kidstravelblog #travelbloggers #worldschooling #worldschoolers #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #kidsforreal #hellokittyfans #familyfunday #familyfuntimes #mombloggers #familyblogger #familybloggers #letgoandhavefun #buyexperiencesnotthings #malaysia #johorbahru #puteriharbourfamilythemepark
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2017/10/02 18:48:08

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Dante turned 7 yesterday! Our beautiful first-born celebrated in style on our last day on Tioman Island. At his request we went kayaking and swimming, played board games, relaxed a bit, and had a surprise cake with all of our island friends. It was wonderful to have many new friends make such an effort to celebrate his special day :) ....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #bigadventures #tiomanisland #worldschoolers #worldschooling #kidstravelblog #islandadventures #worldschooler #travelwithkids #travelbloggers #birthdayislandstyle
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2017/09/28 14:49:30

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This is oil washed up in Juara bay. We did a beach clean up this morning and I found lots of cigarette butts (the most common beach pollution) and bits of oil. The oil looks like burnt wood when it's small, but it's soft and sometimes there are larger pieces like this. An adolescent turtle was found dead near here a few days ago; the Project staff did an autopsy and found oil in its stomach. It's is a common cause of death, along with plastic ingestion. Oil seems to be constantly in the ocean. Last year a huge amount of crude oil washed up here: 700 cement bags of it were collected in the clean up. But there have been no major spills since then......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #environmentalprotection #environmentalism #travelbloggers #protectourplanet #preserveouroceans #greentravel #thinkbetter #greentravelling #greentraveler #sustainabletravel #sustainableliving #ecotravelling #ecotourism #voluntourism #bethechange #responsibletravel #responsibletourism #beresponsible #worldschooling #environmentalhealth #ecoblogger #savetheturtles #tiomanisland #malaysia #savetheocean #saveoceans #juaraturtleproject #juara
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2017/09/26 17:30:15

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I went on the weekly recycling collection today. Juara Turtle Project collects the bottles and cans from recycle bins and cooperating resorts and restaurants along Juara's coast, and takes them to a drop off contact for shipping to the mainland. Staff member Syam here drives the motorbike and a volunteer like me rides on the back. He is pictured at one restaurant's collection point, the next picture is of all that we collected today. Half of that was from just one resort, and most of the recycling is from plastic water bottles. I'm very glad we brought our reusable bottles. .....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #pleaserecycle #tiomanisland #juaraturtleproject #juara #sustainabletravel #ecotravel #ecotourism #ecotravelling #sustainabletravel #recycler #bethechange #waronwaste #voluntourism #volunteering #volunteeringabroad #volunteerwork #saynotoplastic #trashisfortossers #reducereuserecycle #reusablewaterbottle #reusablewaterbottles #reducewaste #preserveouroceans #environmentalprotection #thinksustainable