Mildura Weekly : Friday May 23 2014 Vol 8 No 29
Mildura Weekly – 23/05/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au • From Page 9 The biggest thing to look for with taxis is if they have meters. Some negotiate a price to start with, but you can be ripped off very easily. Again, I found the majority of the Balinese to be exceptionally friendly. The staff at our villa bent over backwards to make us feel welcome, and we had no issues. One of the best experiences of my life came on my most re- cent trip. We took part in a night safari at the Bali Safari and Ma- rine Park. I knew from the bro- chure that we’d get up close and personal with wild animals...and they were right on the money! Standing in a cage just over two metres high on the back of a truck, we drove through the exhibits feeding the elephants, zebras and rhinos. Once we hit the Bengal tigers, the zoo keepers made sure all of our hands were well inside the cage. With good reason. As soon as we stopped a huge tiger jumped on top of our cage. With only a couple of inches separating me from this beast, I had the best seat in the house... until its saliva came drooling down onto my face! From two trips, involving a total of 18 days holidaying in Bali, I have never been pick- pocketed, held-up, had my drink spiked, assaulted, threatened or felt uncomfortable. I understand there are many people who have had bad expe- riences, and I’m not saying they were looking for it, but it’s never been the case for me. The media doesn’t do Bali any favours either, running sto- ries of Australians who break the law (stealing bar mats, buy- ing and/or selling drugs, getting drunk and generally running amok), and then depicting them as victims. The majority of income in Bali comes from tourism, and I’m not sure the media under- stands what damage they are do- ing to the economy through their negative publicity. I can understand people having reservations, but if you haven’t gone before, then you might find yourself pleasantly surprised. Just double check to make sure you have your passport!` • FUN IN THE SUN: Adam Luitjes meets a couple of feathered friends at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, and BOTTOM, Adam, left, with his holidaying mates on turtle island, just off the coast. SUNRAYSIA’S pre-loved clothing will be given a new lease on life next month when it takes centre stage at the Leo’s Op Shop Fashion Show. The show is an initiative of the Leo Club of Sunray- sia, which is a branch of the Lions Club aimed at young- er people. To be held at the Red Cliffs Civic Centre on Sun- day, June 1, the event is open to people from 12 to 18 and must only include clothing from ‘op shops’. Organisers have put a $40 cap on the amount of money contestants can spend, allowing entrants’ creativity to come to the fore as well as ensuring money isn’t an obstacle. “It’s about making it accessible to everyone, so it’s not a matter of hav- ing to design every item of clothing, it’s more about designing an outfit and be- ing spend-thrifty as well as re-using clothes, so it’s also about being sustainable and environmental as well,” Leo Club member Salli Browne said. Salli said Sunraysia’s ‘op shops’ had been very sup- portive of the show, either donating clothing or offer- ing generous discounts to participants. Contestants will vie for prizes in the Wearable Art, Seasonal, Formal, Casual and Special Occasion cat- egories, with $50 going to first prize recipients and $30 for second place-getters. There will also be two overall age awards worth $500 and $250. The show will open with a fashion display by design- er Jadorable, who will also be backstage to help contes- tants with any last minute changes as well as providing advice. Two designers from Sun- raysia-based fashion label, Sol Hermana, will judge the show, as will local model Ruby Bant. The show will start from 2pm on Sunday, June 1 and run for two hours, including light refreshments, gift bags, lucky door prizes and live entertainment. Tickets are $25, with children under 12 free. Tickets are available at the MS Op Shop, Salvo’s Mildura Op Shop, Mallee Family Care Op Shop, Vin- nie’s Op Shop Mildura and Vinnie’s Op Shop at Dare- ton. Tickets can also be pur- chased online at www.stick- ytickets.com.au/16519. Op shop fashionistas The fun capital of the World • FASHIONISTAS: Leo Club of Sunraysia president Katerina Blekic, 18, and Salli Browne, 27. Photo: DARREN SEILER.
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