Take a City Cat around the...
Take a City Cat around the Brisbane River - a cheap and spectacular way to see the city. Costs up to $3.20 (AUD) for a full Adult fare! Kids under primary school age are free!
The building in the background is of Customs House - you will find more info about this place in Must See Activities Being at Southbank for the Christmas 2001 Lord Mayor's Fireworks display. Absolutely Awesome!
MANLY SEASIDE WADING POOL
Wynnum Wading Pool was built in 1931 by unemployed men on relief work....
Five years ago, a major facelift was done.
The combination of wading pool, jetty, clean sandy beach, whale water park, large playground makes for a fun family place.
Fencing and non-slip surfaces are good, and the small waterslide provides good fun.
This park has all facilities including a large changing block and the pool itself is well maintained. It is filled with water from Moreton Bay.
It’s not deep but good for a bit of fun and cool off, and kids can slide into it.
REMEMBER... THERE ARE NO LIFEGUARDS HERE!!
LOCATION The Esplanade, at the end of Edith Street, Wynnum.
If you are in a crowded bar/...
If you are in a crowded bar/ pub and people are waiting for their drinks and you suspect that waiter/ bartender will take forever to come and serve you... TIP the bartender/ waitress up front and let them know that you will reward good service. :-)) Yeah, sometimes, money talks. And if you leave a generous tip, the restaurant/ bar will remember you - forever. So, if you intend to come back again and again in
the near future, start by leaving an impressive tip. No, not necessarily US$11,000.... If you leave a generous tip, they will remember you - forever. This usually will also miraculously help them pick you out from a crowd and remember what you are drinking too! :-) If you do spend time waiting at the bar for your table, don?t forget to tip the bartender. The tip you leave at the table might not make it back to them. O.K.?
How to get better service at a restaurant?
If a long wait has gotten you upset, remember it's NOT usually your waiter's fault. If you waited a long time to be seated or served, chances are the restaurant is packed to the brim and all the service staff are working like mad dogs. Relax... No need to let little things like this upset you. You will be surprised to know how a little friendliness will improve the service! Remember, if you treat your
waiter poorly, even the most professional waiter will have trouble rebounding and providing you with a pleasant dining experience. Remember, that's why you waited in the first place. So, smile! And be extremely nice to your waiter. They do sometimes have a bad hair day - like you. :-))
If your waiter has done an EXCELLENT job in serving you.... then you should TELL him/ her that you sincerely appreciated their excellent
service so they will continue to take pride in their work... and yes, when you next visit the restaurant, they will miraculously remember your last order and your favorite drink! Later, you may also wish to drop a little note (email?) to the restaurant manager. As with poor service, you should let a manager know when you have received excellent service. Managers need to recognize their strongest employees to encourage great customer service, telling them about YOUR experiences will help them to do this.
Likewise for chambermaids who clean your hotel room. ALWAYS leave a tip behind after your first night's stay. You'll be impressed how spanking clean your hotel room will be for the duration of your stay. :-)) Again, tip generously. This is my motto - They
(like you) are working to earn a living. Do you like it when your boss appreciates your hard work and give you a huge bonus?
Most likely your answer is yes. This gives your morale a surprising boost and you'd work doubly hard. So I sincerely believe the same rule applies to other people in the service industry too. I don't believe in being harsh and make them work like slaves. I believe in using reverse pscyhology or offering monetary rewards/ incentives to make them work hard. We are, after all, only human.
I learnt all these important tips about treating a customer/ vendor/ client from my previous job with a huge American bank. They swear by the Six Sigma rules... We had to LEARN how some companies like McDonald's and Coca Cola have made IT. Our CEO wanted the Bank to be like Coca Cola... i.e. If a person were to think of hamburgers, inevitably McDonald's comes to mind (instead of Burger King). Talk about
aerated drinks...Coca Cola comes to mind (instead of Pepsi). So, likewise... if we were to think 'banks' - it should be a bank who's motto is 'the Citi that never sleeps' and not other banks. If good service has been extended to us/ me, I will ALWAYS follow up with an email to their General Manager. Always. This method (believe me) works 200% of the time. If you treat people well, you'd find yourself getting the best tables in the restaurant without queuing, getting upgraded to business class on flights, getting invited to special movie premieres and getting invited to special events organized by the clubs and pubs (without even being a member) etc.
So, dear VT friends, best of luck with this new 'philosophy'. :-))
Koalas, Koalas, Koalas...they're everywhere!!!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest koala zoo in Queensland. It claims to have more than 130 koalas!!! Originally I didn't plan to go there but after my failure in seeing any wild koalas in the nature and under the great recommendation of Kate (my UK friend met in Noosa), I decided to go there.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the first batch of koalas there. I was so close to them. The fences separating vistors and the koalas are of only about 1m height. I felt so close with the koalas!!! The most interesting thing of the zoo is that the koalas are classified into different groups such as retired, kindergarten, bride, babies ...etc and are put in different zones. They're so cute!!! I spent lots of time in front of each group to study them, they're really not identical!!!
You must search for a zone in which koala-kids are put together with their mums. I saw a family of three, a big one (mum?) + a medium one (big brother?) + a tiny one (little brother?), they were amazing!!!
OK, apart from koalas, you can also come close with kangaroos (please read my travelogue), sheep, snakes and other animals like birds.
This is not only an off the beaten path but a must-do activity. Please read my travelogue for sharing my joy with the cutie babes.
$ saving tips:
1. Present your YHA cards at the ticket office for a 1x% discount (forgot the exact amount).
2. Go to its official website www.koala.net to get a free-gift coupon before you go. ( I got a crystal key-ring of a koala mother+son, very lovely!).
BELOW IS A SHEET OF FOUR...
BELOW IS A SHEET OF FOUR PHOTOS, WHICH SAVES SPACE. CLICK ON IT ANYWHERE TO ENLARGE THEM ALL. CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT:
(1) BOTTOM LEFT CORNER: YOU NEVER KNOW JUST WHAT OR WHO YOU'LL SEE IN SURFERS' PARADISE! LOTS OF BUSKERS AND ENTERTAINERS AROUND CAVILL MALL AREA - INCLUDING AN ELVIS ON STILTS ON THIS DAY!!! WHAT DID HE SAY WHEN I TOOK HIS PHOTO? 'THANK YOU VERY MUCH' I LOOKED FOR HIM LATER BUT 'ELVIS HAD LEFT THE BUILDING!'
(2) TOP LEFT HAND CORNER: 2000 YEAR OLD TREE!!! (ON NATURE TOUR)
(3) THE 'BLOOD TREE' WITH RED SAP LIKE JAM OR --BLOOD!!!
(4) ONE OF THE WATERFALLS, PRETTY AINT IT?!