I’m back, and in case some people still haven’t realised, mrbrown has been very kindly guest blogging here, which means that the number of visitors has actually gone up in my absence.
I have a nice tan to show for 3 weeks of Queensland sun too, except that I still look like I’m wearing a tank top even when I have my shirt off. I look like I’ve lost a bit of weight too.
R&R was great as the Army arranged for a tour of Rockhampton town and its environs – y’know, didgeridoo throwing and boomerang blowing shows – and a Heritage Village purpose built for us, so we could learn about the history of Rockhampton, and be served a traditional Rockhampton lunch of rice with stir-fried broccoli, beef rendang and keropok.
Later on, the bus took us to another historical landmark, the Rockhampton Stockland Mall, where 600+ soldiers walked around like zombies buying all manner of nougat and beauty treatments made from sheep by-products, even though most of us had already bought all manner of nougat and beauty treatments made from sheep by-products at the Rockhampton Heritage Village’s souvenir shop run by one Judy Wong, who, as she puts it, has over ten years’ knowledge of what Singaporean soldiers like to buy from Rockhampton (and who must have made a kiling by now).
I haven’t been so glad to be home.