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Aunty Jo's Kitchen

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | Views [62]

To say "Jo is a great cook" is a vast understatement. She's brilliant in the kitchen! With the likes of carbonara, spaghetti bolognaise, Indian curry, chicken parmagiana, beef stew, and so forth, I've never had anything of Jo's that I didn't like (even ... Read more >


Photos: Mornington Peninsula

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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100 Caches

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | Views [53]

It was more like 103 Geocaches we found in Woodlands Historic Park. There is a series of Geocaches called "Woodlands 100" in the park, and it would be the first Geocaching "series" I'd complete. Over the past several weeks Jo and I have visited the park ... Read more >


Pangastuti

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | Views [53]

"Pangastuti" means "kindness" in Javanese. She calls herself Ning, and she was my CS host in Yogyakarta. For years I'd dreamed of somebody visiting me overseas, and "Ms Pangastuti" as I call her is my first overseas visitor. Many times I've visited friends ... Read more >


Australia Day, My Way

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | Views [59]

Happy Australia Day! Little do people know it's not Australia's independence day, but the anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet in 1788. For Australia Day I'd be the "walking flag" in the words of fellow busker Miranda. She's a Canadian circle ... Read more >


Photos: Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Down the Track

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | Views [32]

"The Track” is what the Stuart Hwy is called: a 3,000 km highway from Darwin to Adelaide. On Thursday I’d be setting out from Chris’ home headed south. He dropped me at the traffic light with all my gear and I wasn’t sure how ... Read more >


Northern Kimberley Jewel

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | Views [84]

The Kimberley is one of Australia's last great wilderness frontiers. Larger than 75% of countries, it's a vast and inhospitable region. Needless to say it's hot, hot, hot (thank you Arrow) but without the "oh lay, oh lay, oh lay." I'm in Kununurra and ... Read more >


Photos: The Kimberley

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery


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My New Life in Oz!

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | Views [100]

Australia, I love you! Though I must say you haven't been particularly kind to me these past couple of weeks. Interviewed by the police at the airport, a broken camera, and a terrible case of heat rash have been my brutal introductions back into the ... Read more >


Photos: Arnhem Land

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Crocs, Cave Art, and an Iffy Camera!

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | Views [74] | Comments [1]

My camera has been on that kind of mode the past 12 hours or so. It's like the plane where all engines fail (too many episodes of Air Crash Investigation) and the pilots go through the restart drills again and again. My ears badly clogged after leaping ... Read more >


Photos: Kakadu National Park

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery

Indigenous culture, rock formations, and plunge pools
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Kakadu-Dool Du

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | Views [113]

Two Taswegians, one free-spirited nomad, and no didgeridoo! Here we are in Kakadu. Chris gave me a lift to Humpty Doo this morning and I was picked up within a few minutes by Andrew and Stuart, two adventurers from Tassie (Tasmania). With this oppressive ... Read more >


Indigenous Australian Art

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | Views [62]

When referring to the natives I prefer the term "Indigenous" with a capital "I." It simply sounds so much better. As I stated, this is an entry about Indigenous art and my love for it.  Art has never been my forte but I sure have a deep appreciation ... Read more >


Darwin's Grab-bag

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | Views [117]

That's a quote from Fern Gully. It's the scene where Crysta tries to return Zak to normal size. The film takes place in Australia (Mt. Warning), so it's very fitting. Here I am, in Darwin. Ahhhhhh-stralia! It feels great to be back here after more than ... Read more >


Photos: Darwin

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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33 Forgettables! 33 Memories!

INDONESIA | Sunday, 26 Oct 2014 | Views [72]

Sounds like it could be in a punnet square. Tomorrow I'm leaving Indonesia and heading to Australia. I was supposed to leave today but due to a technical issue my flight was never booked, so I got one for tomorrow. Indonesia is another complex place.... Read more >


Photos: Bali

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Motor-scooting Bali

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | Views [119]

After a rigourous journey through the Indonesian heart, Bali comes as a welcome surprise. Coming from relatively unvisited parts of Indonesia, Bali comes as an unpleasent surprise. Coming from well-ordered countries such as NZ and the US, Bali comes ... Read more >


Prambanan

INDONESIA | Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [76]

Indonesia, in my book, would likely not receive any awards for containing the world's most spectacular sights...until today. Prambanan is a series of Hindu temples dating back to the 9th century. Yesterday I debated going to Borobudur but my time is ... Read more >


Photos: Prambanan

INDONESIA | Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Yogyakarta

INDONESIA | Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Jogja

INDONESIA | Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | Views [118]

With nearly no sleep on the Senja Utama Yogyakarta last night and bleary-eyed, I got off the train in Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja” by locals and the “y” is pronounced somewhere between a “j” and a “jy.”... Read more >


Photos: Jakarta

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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The Big Durian

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | Views [100]

As I stepped off the bus with my heavy bags, the searing heat and humidity bit hard! I had no clue where I was and I thought I was reasonably close to Amiel's flat but it turned out I was way off, and I was out of rupiah until I could get to an ATM. ... Read more >


Ticket out of Hell

INDONESIA | Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | Views [117]

As the bus converged upon Palembang I could immediately see how bad the smog is; worse than any place I've ever been! My immediate thought is "get me the hell out of this shithole" and I wasn't off the bus yet! A CSer accepted my request but there'd ... Read more >


Bukittinggi to Palembang

INDONESIA | Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | Views [112]

The Sumatran journey continues! Last night I stayed in Bukittinggi, a town in the Sumatran highlands with a much cooler air than the lowlands. That made the stay rather pleasant. In Bukittinggi there's a few sights of interest including a few Norfolk ... Read more >


Taking on Sumatra

INDONESIA | Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | Views [110]

As I boarded the ferry to Dumai this morning, I was aware of the length of my journey ahead. I have two of the largest islands this side of the world to traverse and the state of roads in both are iffy at best. I had wondered if the ferry was even seaworthy ... Read more >


Photos: Sumatra

INDONESIA | Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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33 Adventures, 33 Journeys

INDONESIA | Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | Views [159]

33 is the magic number! Let’s put it this way: I’m thankful to be out of Singapore. The only place in this world I can say I hate is Las Vegas but one place I’m not terribly fond of is Singapore. Except for a wide variety of food it’... Read more >


Photos: Singapore

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Singa-bored

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | Views [135]

After two days of getting here and dragging all of my gear around I finally had a bit of time to soak up Singapore. Many people I've spoken to thoroughly enjoyed Singapore, but would I feel the same? Before setting out I would enjoy a home-cooked Indian ... Read more >


Only in Retrospect

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | Views [95]

"Never again" I think to myself. One of those moments you hate when it happens but in retrospect you'd do it again. "Travel is glamourous only in retrospect" is a famous quote by Paul Theroux. My harrowing account of how I got to Singapore last night ... Read more >


Temples in a Cave of Monkeys

MALAYSIA | Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | Views [168]

KL is a place to rest and feast, but not really to explore. A walk in KL is no walk in the park. It's very hot, although the rain provides a cooling effect making it perfect for a sing and a dance (but I have to make sure my camera stays dry). Agosh, ... Read more >


Photos: Batu Caves

MALAYSIA | Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery

Monkeys galore!
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Photos: Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Yuki & I in KL

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | Views [200]

"In Malaysia, anything is possible" Yuki said as we waited for the taxi last night. Beat and exhausted I was in the back seat, and out I was! Today I woke up rejuvinated. A few weeks ago, I was criticized by Bindi for "speaking of my tiredness" in my ... Read more >


Photos: Kyoto

JAPAN | Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Sleepless night in Kyoto

JAPAN | Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | Views [184]

Sara Wall indirectly said "you sleep on a train and you get your butt to Kyoto." Well, those weren't her exact words but in other words she was telling me I cannot miss Kyoto. For my next trip to Japan I have a laundry list of places to see and things ... Read more >


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