Have travelled a tiny bit, a this stage Aus, NZ, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia but really want to spread my wings and get out there. I love diving, i can't describe the feeling you get when you jump off the back of the boat and then put your head under and immediately you are in another world. It is amazing. I am starting to try my hand at underwater photography but it is so much harder than it looks, fish never stay still!!
Not sure where is next, have to read some blogs and get inspired!
I hear the Perhentian islands calling my name.....
February 4th 2009
The man smiles at me, cracked lips parting to show a grin of yellowed ancient teeth. His hand casually draped over the tiller seems to hardly move as he directs the boat through this tempest. I look forward and see only grey water rising above the bow and as i brace myself again i glance back at the man and for the first time notice the strain in his muscles as he wrestles the tiller into obedience while at the same time continuing his air of casualness. The women huddled next to me brushes my hand as she shifts uncomfortably and as i look at her I see fear in her eyes. She is staring as though the blue tarpaulin covering the sides of the boat do not exist, trying to wish herself away from this ... read more
February 1st 2009
The Verdure and Animalia of Gili T are as diverse as the people inhabiting the island. Deciding not to dive this time around both due to bad weather and my now chronic fear of sea sickness and boats, we subsequently spent alot of time walking and riding around the island. It was only really once we traversed the back streets and inland tracks of the island that we really gained a true appreciation for the way of life of the local villagers and the local flora and fauna. Many a day was spent traipsing the highways and byways of Gili T just observing the going on of everyday life and escaping the midday heat. Beneath a green roof of verdant trees and plants we observed sweeping vistas of grazing farmland, grove upon grove of coconut trees, ... read more
June 19th 2008
So i am laying on my bed, the rain is tapping at my window. My mind wanders to thoughts of travel and i browse the pages of travelblog in search of inspiration. Work is quiet at the moment and hence i have too much time on my hands, too much time thinking and not enough time doing. Uni doesn't start back up until next year for me so my new found enthusiasm for completing my teaching degree is already waning. I need inspiration and bad. Sitting at home day after day is not good for ones idea of self worth. I can physically feel my life passing by, i say to myself "so what did you do when you were 28?', I reply "oh not much, just sat around at home alot really. Best year of ... read more
April 12th 2008
Time for another foray into the cairns hinterland and surrounds. Since heading up north we have become quite addicted to swimming in freezing cold fresh water swimming holes. There's something so refreshing and pure about it as opposed to swimming in the sea (not that we can do that up here with stingers and crocs!) We had read that it was possible to swim at a few of the waterfalls a little south of cairns so we headed off down that way, we had also heard that there was a good dairy down there at mungalli so we were keen to check that out as well. First stop was the dairy but we didn't really spend alot of time there as it was quite small and we were handed a plate with some cheese when we ... read more
December 3rd 2007
Some more photos i found from Bunaken before the camera died. Bunaken dive sites visted: Lekuan 3 Alung Banua Shipwreck Molas - Japanese cargo vessel wrecked off Manado Lekuan 1 - the demise of the camera featured notably on this dive Barracuda Point - funnily enough we didn't see any barracuda Bango Point Sachiko's Point Muka Kampung Alung Banua - night dive and the best dive ever!! ... read more
December 2nd 2007
Over the period of a week we quite a few dives here in Bunaken. Here are some of the photos from the week underwater. We stayed a Bastianos resort which we would definitely go back to and stay. It was great, the staff were so friendly and everything was really easy, more about that in another blog though, this one is dedicated to diving and the memory of my late canon ixus 500. We had been diving for about 3 days when we started a dive at lekuan 2. We dropped to about 18-20m and started to drift along the wall, the guide was out in front, ali behind him and me bringing up the rear. We had been drifting for a few minutes when i happened to look down. I will just say at this ... read more
December 1st 2007
Thumbing through the latest issue of asia sport diver i happen to glance around at my fellow travellers and notice i am one of 3 others reading the same magazine, coincidence or is there something more at play? Waiting for my flight to Manado from Singapore i try to catch up on the latest in diving so i can feel "in" with the diving crowd once we touch down in Indonesia. From my observations it is clear i am not the only one. It's not really for the words though that i buy diving magazines, it's the photos of the weird and wonderful aquatic life that only a diver is privy to. It's kind of like a club of sorts the diving fraternity, as i continue to glance up at the other travellers in my departure ... read more
November 10th 2007
After getting to Cairns a few months ago we thought that it was high time to have a little mini holiday, a very mini holiday ....... one day. Following a little research we settled on Fitzroy Island about 40min out from Cairns, it seemed an ideal place to spend a day. The brochures said there was snorkeling off the beach and the pictures looked too good to be true. To tell you the truth i had my reservations about it though, I had images of a dumpy island with a resort and loads of holidaymakers and crap snorkeling but Alison wanted to go there so it was there we were going, plus she was paying. Fitzroy island was great. Despite the little resort that is only half built and the orange safety fence that was visible ... read more
December 3rd 2006
After spending a few days of lazing around the beach at Ko Lanta, Alison and I were in need of some underwater therapy and we were itching to try out our underwater housing for the camera. Choosing the closest dive shop to where we were staying we went with Palm Beach diving. It is run by a few dutch instructors and they were really friendly. We booked in for two days of diving, one to Phi Phi and it's surrounds and the other to Ko Ha, a group of 5 or 6 islands that form a pretty little oasis in the middle of the andaman. Catching the ute from the Palm beach bungalows we made our way into Saladan to a rickety wharf area which i am positive was held together by string. Making our way ... read more
December 1st 2006
Nothing quite says you're on holiday like sitting in a beach bar sipping a beer or an ice cold mango lassi. Nothing that is unless the particular beach bar has Enrique on repeat, then of course it takes the whole experience of being on holiday to a whole new level. You can imagine my carefree mood then as i sat back in a cane chair, my feet digging little moats around me in the soft cool sand. Kinda ice cold beer in my hand gazing across the andaman sea towards the distant lights of Phi Phi. No crowds of tourists here, just the occasional couple or group walking along the beach searching for their beach barbecue for the night. The most delicious smell of barbecuing fish and prawns on the air and everything lit in the ... read more