Dillys’ World Tour
The ever-active Ductbusters mascot, Dillys the duck, has only recently returned from a round-the-world cruise with our CEO, Dermott.
Along the way, she brought a little Ductbusters charm to Singapore, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.
She managed to pick up a little information along the way too! Making the trip an educational one as well as a chance to stretch her wings.
Gardens at the Bay – Singapore
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 250 acres of reclaimed land in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay
South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 130 acres. Its Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
Gardens by the Bay is part of the nation’s plans to transform its “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”, with the aim of raising the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
Japanese gardens are traditional gardens whose designs are accompanied by Japanese aesthetics and philosophical ideas, avoid artificial ornamentation, and highlight the natural landscape.
Plants and worn, aged materials are generally used by Japanese garden designers to suggest an ancient and faraway natural landscape and to express the fragility of existence as well as time’s unstoppable advance.
As part of the nobility, Samurai frequently undertook such projects, leading the creation of beautiful gardens such as the ones at Kashogimi.
The first recorded European discovery of Sydney Harbour was by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. The area is now one of the hottest destinations for travellers such as Dillys, featuring the instantly recognisable Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
In 1965, 3,500 US troops, the first American combat troops in Vietnam, landed at Da Nang to secure the airfield in the protracted war that pitted North Vietnam against the American-backed regime of the south.
Now though, the curved stretch of sand is visited for its natural beauty. Dillys was particularly drawn to the statue named the Little Mermaid.
Rabaul, in the province of East New Britain, is a string of ex-military bases and settlements along a volcanically active coast. The area has a complex history as it was tossed between the great empires of the 19th and 20th century up until WWII when it was seized by the Japanese Empire as a military base.
In 1994 the town was decimated by a volcanic eruption (not for the first time) and buried under feet of ash. Rabaul is now a popular tourist destination and provides a wealth of interest for the curious likes of Dillys.
Dillys has returned feeling a little more knowledgeable, and keen to get back on the road again.
Check out some more of her adventures here.
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