Canberra at Night

Monday, 24 July 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Australian Capital Territory
Andrew, Simon, Phil and I checked out the National Carillion and Telstra Tower on Black Mountain.

Iain and Bud's Wedding

Friday, 30 June 2006 | link | tag | / Personal
We had a beautiful and stress free day in Hervey Bay. Perfect weather, wonderful spot, good friends.

Thank you so much to everyone that made it such a long way for us, it meant a tremendous deal to both of us.

A special thank you to lovely Emily who made our day perfect - a little purple angel.

Cape Solander, Kurnell NP

Friday, 2 June 2006 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / NSW - Sydney / Kurnell
Andrew del and I snuck off for an early Friday morning dive at Cape Solander. A freezing 10 degrees in the light breeze on a shore, but a very pleasant 19 degrees in the water. The water was calm and clean, but there wasn't really a lot of fish life about.

We came across a very accomodating baby giant cuttlefish. He didn't mind posing for a few photographs at all, just the occasional bright colour change to indicate he knew we were there.

There are a few whales passing Botany Bay already - they seem early this year.

Manly Ferry, Sydney

Friday, 12 May 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
We took the Manly Ferry, actually, the jetcat, on a splendidly glorious Sydney Saturday. We went for fish and chips and for the trip itself, looked at the markets so on.

Botanical Gardens and greenhouse, Sydney

Saturday, 6 May 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
Andrew, Bud and I checked out the 'Sex and Death' theme exhibit at the tropical greenhouse in the Royal Botanical Gardnes, Sydney. Lots of Orchids and Pitcher Plants, and other carnivorous plants to be seen.

Chinese Gardens of Friendship

Saturday, 29 April 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
It had been quite some time since I'd been to the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour Sydney. Looking out the window first thing this morning, it was a beautiful day, wall to wall blue sky and crisp and cool. After I dropped Bud to work, and before I met the guys for Sunday Yum Cha, I took about 2 hours to have a wander around and try out a few photo's I've been meaning to take at the gardens for some time.

I guess my favourite part of the gardens is the stone bench just beside the top of the main waterfall. The crashing water drowns out all of the city noise and just seems to instantly relax me. Was a welcome way to unwind after a busy week in Singapore.

Easter 2006 Long weekend

Friday, 14 April 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland / Hervey Bay
Bud and I drove up to Mum and Dads for the Easter Long weekend. We didn't really do all that much, just relaxed.

Below are some of the photo's of the birds that come in each night as it gets dark. The next door neighbour feeds them, and they come in plentitude.

Some Views of Sydney

Tuesday, 21 March 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
Some photo's of Sydney taken from MLC center. I was up on top of the MLC center checking it out as a possible office building for my company. Quite spectacular views of all of Sydney.

Subaru Rally of Canberra, Day 2

Sunday, 12 March 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Australian Capital Territory
Today was a much better day, the competition was very tight, and most of the leaders had upped the pace just a notch after having successfully made it through the first day.

I started out with watching the jump, which is essentially a lump about a foot high in the road about 40 metres after a tricky doulbe left turn. Even with that corner right in front of it, the cars still had enough speed to be getting anywhere upto a foot into the air off it. Truly awesome.

I had been following Dean Herridge and Bill Hayes fairly carefully yesterday, and did the same today, with the difference that I skipped hte mineshaft stage way over the other side of Canberra and went straight to Kowen Central to catch them starting stages there. Much easier than the day before, and I was able to follow the stages around and catch the top 7 or 8 cars on each section, much more satisfying.

The water splash, though, would have to have been the pick of the spots, nice and shady for most of the day, and unquestionably spectacular as the cars hit the water. What I couldn't get over was the sound as they hit the water and the cars aqua-planed over the top - like a high pitched screem.

I was thouroughly exhausted when the podium presentations were being done, and I only watched the thing - all those guys that drove all day must be made of steel...

Subaru Rally of Canberra, Day 1.

Friday, 10 March 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Australian Capital Territory
Ahhh, the Mineshaft again. What an awesome place to do silly shit in a car? :) Cody Crocker absolutely flew over the top in his new Subaru WRX STi. Other drivers seemed to be a little scared of it. After the first 5 cars or so, not to many were getting air over the top.

There were heaps more people this time around, its been two years since I last came down and the number of people had doubled.

The old spectator points out of Paddy's River Rd have been replaced with a new section of tracks at Kowen to the east of Canberra. The tracks are awesome with a lot more visible sections and corners, and a large arena like flyover and tunnel portion of some stages for easy access.

But, this and poplarity of the event this year meant that its not as easy and fun, bit of a shame. You had to go from the parking to the arena by bus, and walk from spot to spot. That means that I often missed the leader cars at each point, which sort of defeats the purpose of spectating...

Otherwise though, and excellent day, lots of crazy driving and dust and sunshine. The water splash was pretty great, a concrete culvit filled with water tha the cars had a straight run at. Often, the cars would aquaplane straight over the top, and the sound was astonishing - a high pitched scream.