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PETAR - Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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Heading into the PETAR - Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira properly, we visited the Caverna de Santana. This time we had a private tour, which was arranged after some small amount of confusion and backtracking.

It was utterly splendid. Spelunking. Climbing up ropes and ladders. Squeezing through cracks. Sliding down ledges.

Isabella asked our friendly guide questions solid for 2 hours.

Afterwards, we had a simple lunch and a swim in a natural swimming pool near the rapids, and took in the waterfall that emerges mysteriously from the side of the mountain - the water that carved the cave we just enjoyed.



Caverna do Diabo

Saturday, 19 December 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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We travelled with Liesbeth to a small town called Eldorado near to PETAR, a huge National park in the south west of São Paulo state.

First stop was the Caverna do Diabo (Devils Cave). The cave was magnificent and very accessible. Lots of lighting and easy walkways.

After the cave, we took the trails to the waterfall nearby. Along the trail we encountered a snake basking in a sunny spot on the trail. That was the end of the walk for Bud.

After a very pleasant lunch, we tackled the trail to the top of the mountain that the cave is inside of. 760m elevation change, through dense forest. Lovely flowers and trees. The girls did really well with a very tough walk.



Amazon River Dolphins

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Amazonas
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Seeing the river dolphins was by far the thing Isabella was most excited to do in the Amazon.

We took a 1 hour speedboat ride from the Ecopark to a spot along the Rio Negro (low pH to no Piranha!) where a little platform had been built to visit with the dolphins.

Our guide fed the dolphins and generally watched out for us. The dolphins were very gentle and seemed to be especially careful around the kids.

Annabel insisted she wouldn't swim with the dolphins, but pretty quickly after she saw how much fun Isabella was having she was in the water properly. In the end getting them out of the water took some doing.

Such a wonderful experience.



Monkeys and Swimming

Thursday, 12 November 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Amazonas
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After a dolphins, back to the Ecopark and we decided to go swimming, since we were still wet and in our swimming clothes.

The Ecopark has built a series of weirs across a natural spring that runs alongside the park, and a series of nice natural water swimming pools is the result.

Afterwards, we trekked along the banks of the Rio Negro to the Monkey sanctuary, where a small group of "Woolly" monkeys are cared for - often after being rescued from life as pets.

There was also a lone female Bald uakari monkey with a red face at the sanctuary.



Cachoeira Veu da Noiva, Campos do Jordão

Saturday, 7 November 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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Horse riding to a waterfall - the girls were super excited about this, and talked about it continuously since we heard about it the day before. About a 1 hour round trip by pony to a quant little waterfall, through the back streets and unpaved roads of Campos do Jordão.


Pico do Itapeva, Campos do Jordão

Saturday, 7 November 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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A very high point to lookout over the valley - Pico Itapeva. On this day though, a very cool 'above the clouds' view.


Rainy Day at the Beach, Ubatuba

Sunday, 18 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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Finally the rain cleared enough for us to spend and hour or so at the beach. I don't think we would have heard the end of it if there was no swimming due to the rain, so this was a very helpful development.


Ubatuba Waterfall

Sunday, 18 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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Just at the bottom of the winding mountain road that brings you down the escarpment to Ubatuba is a waterfall.

Pick up this waterfall and plonk it anywhere else, and people would come to see it.

Here, astonishingly, it is unlabelled and unnamed as far as I can tell, and a mere 30m from the side of the road. We only knew it was there because you can see glimpses of it as you drive past it.

This time, I stopped and spent some time taking some decent pictures of it.



Itamambuca Eco Resort, Ubatuba

Saturday, 17 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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We travelled a fairly familiar route to us now, the winding road down the escarpment that brings you to Ubatuba. We were staying at the Itamambua Eco Resort, which promised wildlife and a natural Atlantic forest preserve.

As soon as we hit the top of the escarpment, it started raining and did not stop again for the entire weekend.

The hotel had hung sugar-feeders near the forest, and placed out old fruits and it attracted all kinds of things - Hummingbirds, squirrels. We also encountered the local blue and yellow Siri crabs.



Parque das Aves, Iguaçu

Friday, 2 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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The Iguaçu birdpark just outside the gates to the national park is very nice. Big walk-through averies housing Macaws and Toucans and many other South American birds.

The Toucans are very obliging and friendly, happy to stand on the rails and pose for photos.



Macuco Safari

Friday, 2 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Parana
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The Macuco Safari - a 2 km hike through the forest and a boat ride into the canyon and under the waterfall. The girls really loved the boat ride part, we got totally wet.


Foz do Iguaçu

Thursday, 1 October 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Parana
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The UNESCO World Heritage listed Iguaçu Falls have been on our list ever since we arrived in Brazil.

Flying in from São Paulo gives you the first glimpse of the falls. No photo does this place any justice - it is vast in every way - size, sound, length.

The Park is extremely well setup, no private vehicles are allowed entry and everything is done by bus. The result is clear views uncluttered by car parks and visitor centers.

We stayed at the Hotel das Cataratas right on the falls, and after checking in we immediately hit the trail to the Falls, just across the road.

The walk was spectacular and runs for about 2 kms along the top of the canyon on the Brazil side giving an ever changing view of the falls. The walk ends near the "Devils Throat" and a platform that takes you right out the very edge of the falls.

Simply breathtaking place. Go there man.



Cristo Redentor - Rio de Janeiro

Monday, 21 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
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A statue of Christ the Redeemer can be seen from just about everywhere in Rio, peeking through the clouds and buildings all over the place.

We took the train to the peak, and just in the nick of time. Just after we got there the clouds folded in and didn't clear again.



Jardim Botânico - Rio de Janeiro

Monday, 21 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
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The very beautiful Jardim Botânico.


Amazing Pork

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
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While in Hua Hin, we came across this gentlemen roasting a suckling pig. He told us to come back in 1 hour, it would be ready. It was without question the juiciest, crackliest and most delicious pork I have ever eaten. The slow motion video is spectacular.



First Fire of the Holidays

Monday, 6 July 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
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Ahhh the Chimenea always warms the cockles of your heart...



Huai Nam Man, Loei

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
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Huai Nam Man is a large freshwater lake formed by a dam. We had a brilliant time here. A couple of business offer a unique activity on the lake: A floating platform. They provide lunch and send you out on the lake to drift. After you eat you can swim from the platform and enjoy the breeze. The girls enjoyed swimming and the inner-tubes.



Phuruea Peak, Thailand

Monday, 29 June 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
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Our second stop for the day, Phuruea Peak. Top of a mountain range in North East Thailand. A lovely national park on the top of the mountain and a nice drive through the forrest to get there. The Buddha and gong at the very top, with the unceasing wind made it quite special.



Isabella Eats Crickets

Saturday, 27 June 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
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Isabella insisted that she try Crickets on her Thailand trip...


Vila Inglesa, Campos do Jordao

Friday, 8 May 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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We visited Vila Ingress again in Campos do Jordao for mothers day. Last time the girls loved this place, and this time was even better. Isabella spent most of the weekend with the activities people bashing their ears in Portuguese. Annabel rode a horse by herself. There was swimming. And eating.



Girls swimming at the Marriott

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella and Annabel
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Isabella and Annabel enjoying a splash in the pool at the Marriott in January.



Learning Thai

Monday, 27 April 2015 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella and Annabel
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The Girls learning Thai.


Performances

Monday, 27 April 2015 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella and Annabel
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Isabella and Annabel showing off.



Villa Inglesa at Campos do Jordão, Brazil

Friday, 5 December 2014 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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We spent a wonderful weekend in the mountains. Friday was Isabella's birthday and it had been a very long week. Isabella decided she wanted to travel to the mountains instead of having a party, and it was an excellent choice. The hotel is set high in the mountains at about 2100m. When we arrived it was heavy with mist and cloud and quite chilly, but by Saturday morning this was all gone and it was glorious.

Everyone had a great time. The Girls fed baby rabbits, tried out 3 playgrounds, rode horses, and rode bikes. We all ate too much at the excellent restaurant. We sat around enjoying the view.


Paraty, Brazil

Friday, 28 November 2014 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
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I had a colleague in Brazil for work, so we dicided to go back to Paraty. We had such a good time the first trip, and it was close enough to do it within a weekend.

This time, we took a boat out to the islands and swam at a couple of very tranquil beaches in the bay. We also went to the waterfalls, and Isabella and I did the Tobogon slide a couple of times.


Dinosaurs at Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Friday, 10 October 2014 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
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We returned to the São Paulo Zoo, this time to see an installation of giant robot dinosaurs. It was a really splendid display, the dinosaurs moved around, roared and otherwise made a racket and there was lovely gardens and fog machines.


Happy Birthday Annabel

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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To the most gentlehearted rascal in the universe, "Have a great birthday my little darling!".


Near Miss

Saturday, 31 August 2013 | link | tag | / Radio Control
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Flying the Bixler today and another member came very close with a near miss. Here is some video showing just how close it was.


Christmas 2012

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 | link | tag | / Personal
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Xmas at home this year, just us and the girls. Enjoy the timelapse carnage of the day!


Annabel storytelling

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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Very excited by being on camera, Annabel tells Goldilocks.


Mowing the Lawn

Sunday, 25 November 2012 | link | tag | / Video
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Mowing the Lawn with Isabella and Annabel on a hot Saturday morning.


Singapore for Work

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | link | tag | / Trips / Singapore
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I was in Singapore for a week for work. One of the highlights was the Altitude bar, on the rooftop at level 64. Very nice view, and once the sun went down, very pleasantly cool.

Also, the Yum Cha was pretty good, and with a pretty awesome desert spectacle.

Most importantly, Fatman Satay on Boon Tat street :)


Annabels 3rd Birthday

Friday, 8 June 2012 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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Annabel turned 3 today. 3! Where is the time going, I simply don't know. A simple party this year, some food and some friends and a nice cake for Annabel with her favourite Tom and Jerry on the top.

Annabel also had birthday celebration at Daycare with all her friends.


Timelapse Test - Canon EOS 5D Mk II

Monday, 5 March 2012 | link | tag | / Video
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I setup and tested making a timelapse movie with the 5D. Very very nice. Watch for more to come. p.s. Intervalometer is a hard word to say...


Testing move from MobileMe to Vimeo

Saturday, 22 October 2011 | link | tag | / Video
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MobileMe is going away :( I will move my video to Vimeo.

Here is a nice test video.


Picnic at Bents Basin

Saturday, 1 January 2011 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
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Isabella stormed into our bedroom this morning declaring that she'd like to go for a picnic and a swim and that she'd love us forever and ever if we took her. Not wanting to turn down eternal devotion, we went.

We drove down to Bents Basin (about 50km south west of us in Sydney).

Isabella and Annabel both love being outside, and today was no exception. They swam, they ran, they looked for cicadas, they ate, all like it was going to be gone tomorrow.

As the thunderclouds began to build in the west, we headed home. We didn't even make it out of the park before they were both sound asleep in the car.


Christmas 2010 - Sydney

Friday, 24 December 2010 | link | tag | / Personal
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Xmas at home in Sydney this year. We had a couple of extra's - Aunty Liesbeth and Uncle Phil! The weather supprised us finally with a gorgeous warm sunny summers day, perfect for a BBQ Ham and eggs (with Hollandaise Sauce) breakfast, and the usual aussie cold ham and salad lunch.

The girls had a great time opening their presents. Annabel was happy with the wrapping paper hers came in.


Isabella's 3rd Birthday

Saturday, 4 December 2010 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabellas 3rd Birthday. No, I can't beleive it either, but its been 3 years. Isabella and her sister and family had a fairly quiet birthday. She got piles of presents and a lovely day outside.


Annabels 1st Birthday

Friday, 11 June 2010 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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Annabel turned 1. I can barely understand where the time went so fast, but go it did. Annabel had a great time with all her friends and her sister, received a bunch of lovely presents and (nearly) had her face painted with everyone. She (And boy, do I wish I could do this sometimes) retired early in the afternoon for a nap, dear thing.


Annabel Birthday


Face Painting


Annabel - Baby Elephant Walk

Tuesday, 29 December 2009 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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Annabel has hit the world of crawling. Here is a few snippets of her first ambles.


Thailand Trip 2009

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
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We took two weeks holiday in Thailand with the girls so they could meet their grandparents and aunts and cousins.

It was a lot of hard work traveling, but Annabel is a perfect baby on the plane, and Isabella had a ball playing with her cousins, fishies, chickens and doggies.


Annabel 5 Months old

Sunday, 8 November 2009 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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So very hard to beleive, Annabel is 5 months old tomorrow. Time has blasted past. Here is a quick montage of her moments for the last few months and a collection of photos.


Isabella goes to the snow.

Saturday, 5 September 2009 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
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We took Isabella to Thredbo for the weekend on a trip organised by her auntie Gina.

We rented her the most adorable little Gortex jumpsuit and she was as warm as toast. We took the chairlift to Eagles Nest, played in the snow, chucked snowballs and had a bite to eat at Australias highest restaurant bunker.

We discovered Isabella's long trip tollerance for the car is about 4 hours per day. Unfortunately, the drive to and from Jindabyne is 4.5 hours :)


Isabella Cooking, and Bubbles

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella helping Dad make Pizza, and playing with Bubbles.


Annabel Whyte, 11/6/2009

Tuesday, 16 June 2009 | link | tag | / Personal / Annabel
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Please meet Annabel Whyte, born 7:23am 11th June 2009. Annabel was 4.160kg, 53.5cms and both mum and bub are doing very well and came home frmo hospital the next day.

Isabella adores her new sister, and we don't sleep much now ;)


Isabella Videos

Friday, 6 March 2009 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella Cooking and Cleaning, demolishing a Mango, watering the garden, and dancing and bopping along to the TelleTubbies


Isabella Mango

Isabella TV Bug

Isabella Blocks

Isabella Cooking and Cleaning

Isabella Watering


Isabella's first birthday

Saturday, 6 December 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella's first birthday party. Isabella never does anything in half measure - it was the hottest day of the year so far - 35 degrees. She'd been a little sick the night before, and it was really hot, but that didn't stop her having a ball.

Thanks so much to everyone that came to make it a great afternoon, and especially for all the awesome gifts. Isabella tried on all her new dresses this morning. She got so excited she had to have a bit of a lie down after the runway show.

An extra special thanks to Gina, and Bud, who worked so hard making food that was so good that it vanished into thin air.


Isabella cuddles Chiang Noy

Friday, 21 November 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella loves her cuddly elephant - Chiang Noy.


Isabella can walk!!!

Sunday, 16 November 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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While I was away in Amsterdam, Isabella decided to try walking (WHY when I'm away? I hate going away now). She hasn't looked back since. Its all good though, when I got home she walked to meet me at the door. We're so excited.


Isabella Giggling with Mummy.

Sunday, 16 November 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella loves to giggle.


Isabella in October

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Learning to walk and become... the deckrunner!


Isabella goes to Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney

Saturday, 9 August 2008 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales
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We took Isabella and her aunty to see Featherdale Wildlife park - neither had seen Australian animals before.

Supprisingly good park, many animals, and all of them seemed well cared for and content (unlike the WIldlife World at Darling Harbour).

A very windy storm swept over Bankstown and turned it freezing for a while, so most of the animals went to ground. We took there advice and sought Hot Chocolate and waited until the sun re-emerged...


Isabella at the Zoo


Isabella at 7 months.

Friday, 25 July 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella is 7 months, nearly 8 months. Lots of changes. Shes crawling, giggling now, and very inquisitive.

The other video is from lunch we had at the beach a few weeks ago.


Isabella 7 months

Isabella at the beach


Isabella Videos

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | link | tag | / Personal / Isabella
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Isabella enjoying a healthy batch of apple and pear. Oh my. And other videos from recently.


Isabella Talking

Isabella Eating

Isabella Eating II

Isabella Awake