Published: February 22nd 2009February 22nd 2009
Bird Wanted !
If you happen to spot this bird...do not shoot ! ... simply report it to the park ranger ! :)
I can't help but to laugh after seeing a Kookaburra bird swipes Ryan's sausage right off his hand without even him noticing it. As Ryan takes a second bite on his bread, he then realized that the meat is missing. He looked down on the ground thinking he might have dropped it...but no sausage in sight. To save him from further confusion, I told him what happened. Ryan was surprisingly outraged !. Pointing out where the culprit went, he saw the cheeky bird and chased it ! The Kookaburra simply flew away and perched high up on a tree with the sausage still tucked in its mouth like a fat cigar. The whole incident created quite a bit of a spectacle. Ryan tells anyone who passes by that a bird (pointing to the Kookaburra) stole his sausage. They couldn't also help but to laugh and start taking photos. There's a famous Australian kids rhyme about the infamous bird I used to sing to Ryan when he was just a baby while rocking him on a swingchair in our backyard :
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry Merry king of the bush is he
Kookaburra gay your life must be....
Oh yeah...that bird must be very happy alright .... laughing its @ss off after
Noosa National Park
munching that stolen delicious sausage from a child. The couple from Israel I met whilst holidaying in Hervey Bay
before christmas asked me about the Kookaburras if we ever get used to hearing their ear-piercing laugh 'cos apparently it always startles them.
Anyway, the hilarious incident happened in Noosa National Park while BBQ-ing our lunch in the picnic area. It was a beautiful day...blue sky with scattered clouds, the weather very pleasant and the breeze blows softly. At the park, we were surrounded by native wildlife: monitor lizards (one with part of it's tail missing), bush turkey and different species of birds. One lady amused with Ryan's outrage about his sausage told me how she's astonished to see native wildlife lurk around out in the open 'cos she only used to seeing them in the zoo. She also mentioned how a wild kangaroo sneaked into their tent and ate her yoghurt !
To burn off the sausages and hamburgers we had for lunch, we went for a walk in the park overlooking the vastness of the ocean from Noosa headland. The golden beach is peppered with sun-bathers, kids playing cricket and holiday-makers simply chilling out. The surfers
Noosa National Park
seemed having the time of their life riding amazing swells as usual.
This day would be one of those special days that will be stored forever in my memory vault. Something I would reminisce when I'm old and feeble, unless my memory starts to fade and suffer from Alzheimer's disease....then it's a good thing I have gazillions of photos and documented our adventures on my personal journals (or blogs).
I also want to add the "not so"
pleasant incident the morning before our dayout to Noosa. Jamie and I were subjected to a boring 90min. sales pitch from the resort where we were staying. It's part of the special rate they offered us that we learn about the Accor Vacation club and hopefully well...join. The Novotel Twin Towers Resort is part of the Accor Accommodations group. Complete with recreational facilities such as golf course, swimming pool, lagoon, gym, fancy restaurants etc etc... It was designed to entice families to join the vacation club and continually spend their holidays at the resort. But here's the catch... the one-off fee for the Bronze membership is $18000 while the silver card will set you back a whopping $20,000 and $400
yearly admin fee. It's suppose to be a lifetime membership assuming you'll live well into your 100 and Accor doesn't go bankcraft. The Accor vacation club also works on points-based system. The members get 3000 points a year (for silver membership). They use the points instead of currency to pay for accommodation in any of the resorts/hotels Accor manages. However, 3000 points can only buy you about 2 weeks of paid accommodation per year or even less if you opted to stay in those 2 bedroom holiday apartments (subject to availability) that they show you during their presentation. Oh yeah... you also lose your points if you don't get to use them within 3 years....now if you can do the maths, you'll know if it's good value for money. Honestly, I'd rather spend the $20K in RTW tickets for the whole family and have a once in a lifetime trip around the world instead of joining their timeshare
When I threw questions at the sales reps, they suddenly turned nasty and became condescending. So, when they asked me what I think about their resorts and lifetime club membership, I simply told them point blank that forking out
20K to have 2 weeks worth of paid accommodations in a year in their resort is NOT by any means good value for money. The sales reps appeared gobsmacked...a deafening silence engulfed the room. Still surprised with my rather blunt response triggered by their hostility, I also added that there's no way I'll be joining their vacation club even if I have the $20K ...not in this lifetime (unless the hotel's toilet seat is made out of gold and I could take it home) ... haha!.
My patience was really wearing out after the 90min. presentation stretched out to more than 2hours. I just want to get the hell out of there. I told Jamie to never again attend any of their holiday presentations. I'd rather pay the full rate for the accommodation than waste 2 hours of my life and get my inner peace disturbed.
Anyway, they still somehow managed to get us to purchase in advance another 4 nights stay at any of their 5 star resorts around Australia and New Zealand. I was scratching my head afterwards how that happened.
I may laugh at the Kookaburras swiping children's sausages but will feel pretty stupid
to the thought of buying into Accor Vacation club and give away hard-earned $20k worth of sausages.
There are more photos below