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Old 08-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #76
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:24 PM   #77
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Hello there,

Just stopping in to check your "blog" before we leave Melbourne. First off, thanks you to you and DH and DS for showing us a wonderful ewe would love tovening.Second for those that have followed PIO for a while, her cooking tastes just as good as it looks in the photos.

We had a great time chattingthe evening away, and comparing Disney notes.Actually the first hour I don't think we talked Disney at all.
Just a fun evening with "friends we had not yet met". We discussed the planned trip next October and while we would love to join in I think the dates might be too early for.

And...you may feel free to post the family shot if you wish.

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How cool to have someone come to you! Dinner looks awesome. Would be fun if we could all come over there!
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #81
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How cool to have someone come to you! Dinner looks awesome. Would be fun if we could all come over there!
I think Disney needs to build a park there to give us all more incentive to visit PIO.
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Sounds like a great time had by all! And how lucky are you, that magnet set is awesome

My, all that food looks delicious!
I'm really happy with magnets. And as Pete found out, it was the perfect gift for me. My fridge is covered with magnets!



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You name the time.


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She said it first, but yes, that would be great!
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How cool to have someone come to you! Dinner looks awesome. Would be fun if we could all come over there!
It looks like consensus. So....remind me again.....are we planning a DisMeet at WDW or should we change it to my place????




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I think Disney needs to build a park there to give us all more incentive to visit PIO.
Who needs to wait for Disney to build a park? There is always an ABD trip to Australia.



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Hello there,

Just stopping in to check your "blog" before we leave Melbourne. First off, thanks you to you and DH and DS for showing us a wonderful ewe would love tovening.Second for those that have followed PIO for a while, her cooking tastes just as good as it looks in the photos.

We had a great time chattingthe evening away, and comparing Disney notes.Actually the first hour I don't think we talked Disney at all.
Just a fun evening with "friends we had not yet met". We discussed the planned trip next October and while we would love to join in I think the dates might be too early for.

And...you may feel free to post the family shot if you wish.

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Pete - Thanks for stopping by during your holiday time.
Sorry to read that you can't join in for early October; but I suspect that you might have a PTR to nudge along yourself for late October. We can hang out on each other's PTRs again....er....correction....your PTR and my "blog".


And thanks. I will post the family shot; but I think I'll wait till we post it on your TR before updating it here.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:25 AM   #83
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Food Porn courtesy of another four-letter word: W-O-R-K


It's been a full-on week for me.

Aside from Skier_Pete coming to visit, we celebrated DS birthday earlier in the week. And if those two auspicious events weren't enough, I ended up having to do an overnight off-site meeting for W-O-R-K!

I know. I know. I really should avoid using four-letter words on the Dis but somehow, this particular word seems to slip pass the DisFilters every single time!

The company I work for decided that it was way past time for us to come together and reconnect with each other. Whilst there was a lot of work involved in the weekend and I missed being with DH and DS, truth be known, these weekend work love-ins can be a lot of fun as well.


There was no mandatory room-share involved. We all got a room similar to this.












And as I was not assigned Room Monitor status, I cannot speak for the optional room-sharing; but I can attest that I spent the night solo...well....aside from this fellow.







For some reason, I got a room with HA facilities.












I did miss having a bath in the room; but given that I was only there for one night, it really didn't matter much to me.



The resort was located near wine country; with a golf course. I had been here at the start of the year....and those of you that are interested, feel free to head back to the HK PTR/TR and take a look at that mini-vacay at the Yarra Valley in January.







My company knows what is truly important for a work weekend. Food!


Our dinner menu....






The fish cake starter.







The prawn/shrimp starter (plonked down on my place).







The beef main.







The fish main (which I scored. Would have much rather had the beef, but that was the luck of the draw).









Dessert - NOT the Creme Brulee and we still don't know what it is or what happened to the promised brulee!







The Chocolate Fondant (what I scored!)

(Note: For those of you that kept track of the menu....DEFINITELY contains nuts!)







Truly amazing!







I drank more wine than normal but even that wasn't enough to knock me out for the night. I did turn in early but my room was sadly close to the main facilities. I got woken up by some of my colleagues 3 times during the night when they were returning to their rooms....12.30 am; 1.15 am and finally at 2.30 am.





It ended up being an early morning start, and the day did show signs of promise at that time of day....









...er.....I mean the breakfast buffet! I decided not to intrude on my rampaging colleagues and only took pictures of my plate.













It did get hard after this to get any decent pictures of morning tea and lunch. But suffice to say, the morning tea rivalled the desserts we were served the night before and lunch was pretty decent as well.


Despite the hard w-o-r-k and the "rudeness" of having to give up Friday night and my Saturday for the event, it was a lot of fun. And the food was great!





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We have never had anything that nice!
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #85
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Same here. Ours thinks a quarterly potluck is going to do the trick.
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It was always called pay for your own lunch. I am glad they treat the employees right. The food looks so good.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #87
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We always did our "teambuilding" activities at a hotel during worktime in their ballroom with a catered lunch of cold cuts and cold salads. Serve yourself.

Yours looks much better, but I would have rather had a tub too.
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We don't even have that!
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I do like the company I work for.


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The food was really good that night. I don't think anyone had complaints....well, aside from most of us wanting to swap the fish for the beef.



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Yours looks much better, but I would have rather had a tub too.
Somehow, it just doesn't feel like a complete bathroom without a tub.
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Theoretical (a)Musings about My Itinerary



We're still over a year away from this trip and I can't book anything just yet. Actually - given that franandaj will be booking the WDW component, I won't be booking anything anyway.

However, that doesn't stop me from thinking about what our itinerary could look like and starting to research possible hotels and places of interest.

This is what I've come up with so far:

4 nights in Anaheim. I'm hoping to DisMeet with franandaj, spend at least 2 days in DLR and just get over jetlag and adjust to the US timezone. We normally like to stay at Residence Inn Maingate; purely because they do a hot buffet breakfast, but I'm seriously thinking of shacking up at Fairfield Inn. I'll need to check out the breakfast options at Fairfield Inn and price difference before broaching the subject with DH and DS. They both like the hot breakfast options (and cook your own waffle) at the RIM. Taking away the hot breakfast might just tip them over the edge!



4 nights in NYC. DH has come round to the idea of hitting the big Apple. We've been to NYC at least 2 or 3 times before and have pretty much done most of the tourist things. Still....I'd like to walk the Highline, maybe take a trip up the Rock and spend more time at Central Park. Even higher on the priority list will be catching musicals, maybe some jazz, shopping and eating. I have no idea where to stay and I know NY accommmodation is expensive. We have stayed around 33rd street, Times Square and MidTown East side.



3 nights in UA, maybe in one of the on-site hotels. We are definitely going to be Mickey Cheating with Harry and I've started to take a look at the 3 options and really don't have a clue. I've taken an initial look at the accommodation threads on the UA part of the DisBoards but it just seems really confusing to me. I guess I might need to head to Trip Adviser for some reviews. Anyone have any recommendations?



6 nights at WDW. Thanks for franandaj, we will rent DVC and stay at BCV. I'm still wondering if I can tweak the plans so that we end up with more nights at WDW and this will be something that DH and I will need to work through. Suffice to say, we will be enjoying F&W, rides, Disney and DisMeets here. I think we want to hit a water park and I'd definitely want to go to MNSSHP....but I'm not sure if there will be a party on during this time.



3 nights in Hawaii. So it turns out at DH isn't exactly set on going to Hawaii afterall. I'm keeping this in the plans as the decision to go here will be flight availability and costs. A stopover option in Hawaii used to be part of the standard air route from Australia to the US. The air route was changed in the late 1990's and now the Hawaii stopover is an expensive add-on. It is almost cheaper to plan a holiday from Australia to Hawaii separately than to include it as a stopover on a US mainland holiday. We'll just wait and see.


So.....any thoughts on hotel options in any of the locales?



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