Posts Tagged ‘travel’
When I was younger, I would play in the back yard, looking for bugs, playing with the dogs and looking up.
The time spent looking down and into the bushes was accompanied by an amazing voice in the background, narrating my adventures. The one and only David Attenborough, he went where ever I went and he was there to tell me about the bird I saw or the insect that I had just seen.
Not many men make it into my top list of great men, but thankfully David has. This amazing man has shaped many children’s futures and entertained many sleepless nights and many days lazing around the house.
When I try to write posts about amazing people I don’t really know what to say, I wish I was able to thank this amazing man in person, but I can’t so I will happily watch his new series on TV and be glad that this man changed my life, helped me better understand wildlife and helped with those times I had no one else to watch on TV
David Attenborough, an amazing man and a voice that has changed the world.
I know, I know… This post has been well overdue, finally Jordan and I made it to Melbourne without the kiddies (last time it was just way to overwhelming for them so this time they had a day with Nan.)
So as I promised everyone, I would be writing a section on everywhere I landed while on my world wide adventure – so far ive only covered 2 places (this being the third) but it really only has been almost 3 months.
So today I had the pleasure of getting all up close and personal with some crazy aquarium life including some live coral. The photos are all mixed around – but they are awesome
I couldnt think of captions for all the photos, although it would have been nice. I actually had to use 2 cameras with all these photos because half way through my camera died, so i used my partners Iphone 5, which quite frankly for some reason produced better pictures than my actual camera – same with when i use my HTC One X, better photos again, the resolution on these phone cameras are much higher these days on cameras, unless you can spend thousands on a good camera, but i cant afford that – Yet
And that is the first Melbourne addition to my travels – There is so muc more to come as I explore Victoria, I still need to go to the Museums, zoos, aquarium and all the different art galleries. I guess maybe when I start at UNI next year I will have heaps of time and things to share when it comes to melbourne.
Wow, what a hectic couple of weeks it has been here in Ballarat. With everyone in a rush to buy last minute Christmas presents and then in even more of a rush to spend on boxing day. Sometimes I wonder how do you relax in this festive season.. it may be over already but it still feels like I must be rushing.
Let’s start from, Christmas shopping – this part was quite enjoyable. It’s one thing I love about Christmas – being able to give something to someone and bring joy to them. I did manage to lose one of the Christmas gifts I wrapped for my partners niece.. but we did indeed replace it and she loved it anyway.
It has been really sunny here in Ballarat, since I’ve been here I have managed to get sunburnt twice.
Jordan decided to take me out to dinner at one if my favorite restaurants in Ballarat ‘Da Vincis.’ Not one are the meals really good, the staff are lovely and the place looks amazing. Painted on the walls are Da Vinci pieces of work, not original paintings of course, unless he happen to rise for that particular occasion.
I was meaning to take pictures of our meal, but we were do busy talking about the female waitress who happen to he lurking around our table – she wasn’t our waitress for the night and we were the only customers down the front if the restaurant. We found it just a bit creepy.
Jordan and I had actually left 2 pillows we had bout under our table at this restaurant. Luckily we were able to get them back.
I will skip to Christmas, nothing else really happened during the time before, besides all the Christmas shopping.
Christmas eve was very hectic, I think we left a few things to the last minute. Jordan and I took a walk up the road to the Christmas light display they had put together, I understand that there are people in this town who get into it a lot and spend a lot of money to bring joy to all the children (and all the drunken, drugged up teens I saw marvelled at all the colourful lights and bubble machines.)
Our son Setesh was pretty amazed by the display aswell. Although he was really interested in this singing dear they had mounted on the wall.
We stayed up until around 2-3 am, helping Mum (my mother in law) with cleaning, while she cooked. Honestly we didn’t get much cleaning done, it was a very exhausting day and we spent most the time chatting while waiting for turkey and ham to cook. But we did a pretty good job for the time we made use of. The kids woke up in a really good mood Christmas morning, straight to their presents, wrapping paper flying everywhere. Something that bugs me about Christmas is spending so much on wrapping paper all for one day – what a money maker! Mum and I discussed using plain brown paper, I suggested buying a huge roll and spending time painting and stamping it to make it look Christmasy (is that even a word?)
Once again, I forgot to take photos of all the wonderful food we had to eat, so you will just have to take my word for it. It was amazing!
But there was Christmas punch I took a photo of
Very sunny Christmas day
Was an extremely good day, I hope everyone loved the gifts they received from everyone on this day.
Well sort of ha ha, after my morning coffee I was alright. The rest of the family set off to shepparton for Christmas at Aunty Chris’s house, sadly Jordan and I couldn’t join them this year as it was an early start for Jordan the next day and he cannot risk taking any time off (two people were fired for taking the day off recently.)
It was extremely busy down the shops on boxing day. Jordan and I combined all our Christmas money and gift cards together and purchased the new Nintendo Wii U
We bought the premium game pack they were selling, it came with a bunch of accessories and 2 games ‘Nintendoland’ and ‘Just Dance 4′ I also purchased the new ‘Assassins Creed 3′ on sale $30 off
The kids really enjoy ‘Just Dance 4′
Setesh will be 2 next year, I fear he will take over the world by then with his dancing ability and tantrums.
We ate some Honey chicken, Lemon Duck, Fried rice and Singapore noodles. I really should keep my phone charged, this is the reason I didn’t take photos of the meal, Jordan took the photo if the outside of the restaurant for me.
Before we had decided to eat at this place for dinner we went for a walk to a new supplement/body building shop that has recently opened up in town, we had a chat and I purchased a tank top from them (it is also helping advertise the store.)
I thought it was an amazing collection of photos taken if Ballarat. So it is perfect to end this post with.
Stay tuned for my next post.
Yes, you aren’t going crazy – the title hardly makes any sense at all, but hey! It works!
It has been almost a week since a set off on my adventure – first stop Ballarat, Victoria.
Jordan flew over from Melbourne to help me look after the kids on the 11 hour train ride from Adelaide to Melbourne on ‘The Overland’ – I slept for the first 6 hours of the ride. All the food on the train you had to buy, even breakfast lunch and dinner – ugh but no eftpos, so if you didn’t have cash, I guess you were starving all day (this didn’t happen to me I had cash.)
There isn’t much to say about the train, I paid for upper class, so there was more room (i had a pram.)
All in all – train was a train and I saw way too many trees out the window.
This week I haven’t really done much as it is Christmas. So I will post soon summarizing the rest of my year.
I must leave a little footnote though
- world did not end, must throw it out there “I told you so” ;p
Today mum showed me a video called ‘what if money didn’t matter.’ It is a short 3 min vid basically saying “forget money, do what you want or be unhappy for the rest of your life” in a nutshell.
I completely agree – which brings me to today.
Today is a very interesting day, there is still a few things I have to get done today, I am lucky to have gotten this far (insert ‘ive gone clinically insane’ laugh here.)
Tomorrow I will be boarding ‘The Overland’ train to Melbourne – with my little family. With that I will also be starting my slow journey around the world – Starting with Victoria.
The line that really makes you question everything you’re doing is “why work in a job you’re unhappy at, to earn money, to be able to continue working in a job you’re unhappy with” I believe this is spot on.
When you look at it from my point of view, you only have one life, why waste it being unhappy?
Why go to work everyday, come home, sit in front of the tv and hoard all that money you have accumulated? What just because ‘if you don’t have money you can’t do anything’
All you need is a backpack full of the basics, a pen and some paper. Then you’re set, you can travel anywhere you want.
“But how, with out money I can’t do anything?”
This is where we as people have forgotten that money is a man made currency, and no matter how rich you are, you are in debt and so is the country you live in or visit. You can trade things, sell stuff, busk, answer jobs in the local paper where you are staying – if you actually talk to people and are willing to try new things, you can travel anywhere you’d like, earn commodities and always find a place to stay. It’s an experience, it makes you uncomfortable thinking about it, but people do it for a reason – you only have one chance on this planet, make it count by living life with an open heart and an open mind. Forget the materialistic things, forget the money and just live!
Stay tuned for my very first travel post.
Death is everywhere – from that little baby bird you saw on the sidewalk that time, you know the one being devoured by ants, right to the couple dozen ants, you just unknowingly squished with your shoe as you took the extra time to see if it was indeed a baby bird. Just as life is inevitable so is death. You can either seek him, wait for him and he can procrastinate… But you can never hide from him.
I started reading “The thing you think you cannot do – thirty truths about fear and courage” written by Gordon Livingston, M.D.
We are scared of death, and a out 85% of the American population deal with it by believing in the ‘afterlife’ – heaven or hell. Where you end up all depends on how scared you were to live your life to the fullest before hand… Or by how much guilt you feel for your sins. Statistics show religious believers ‘sin’ more than non religious believers – but there is a big difference here – guilt
If you take a step back and look at most religions in modern society, there foundation is built on guilt. If you feel guilt, you think of why and in turn you are ‘sinning’ for dwelling on your sins – personally I think someone needs to come along and re write the rule book here or just throw it out.
We spend far too much time worrying about silly things like sinning, money, materialistic things and how we appear to the public. We care if people shame us for being on welfare, or if we just scrape by with our boutique job. We care if our house is messy, so we clean it frantically before guests arrive and freak out when they show up unannounced. We subject ourselves to peer pressure in fear of losing friends, or to gain new friends.
We fear the bank if we borrow money, because they can take everything we bought with it away.
And we are scared of dying, I completely understand – fear of the unknown.
Many people live their life waiting around for the next, instead of living in the moment, living in the life they have right now.
This is why I want to travel, with my little family. I don’t want to be sitting at home saving money for unexpected bills, or for a fancy new car, I don’t care wether I have a computer of not or if I have all the latest games.
The best things in life are free – there is a reason they say this, and its true.
*Raising a family
*The sweet sent of flowers
The list goes on, sure it cost a stack of worthless plastic to visit another country, but I don’t care for money, as long as I have everything my family needs then I.am fine, what is important is the experience you have while you are there. The people you meet and the lessons you learn.
You can sit there and complain your poor, let it run your life because you are scared. Or you can spend that money sitting in your bank on an overseas ticket, and a passport, then have the time of your life living in the moment.
I haven’t written about it yet, but I have decided I am going to travel with my little family. First I will start with Australia, then make my way overseas, I started comprising a list of places I would like to travel to, I haven’t finished that list yet. I plan on writing about every place I visit. Today I was going to travel into the city but the weather is too hot to take a newborn, so I’ve had to rely on google for images of my city – I take no credit for the pictures. Adelaide my city travel destination 1
Adelaide, here you can find peace in ‘rush hour’ – especially if you are from a big city like Sydney or Melbourne. It is almost always sunny here in Adelaide, even in winter you can see sunlight, it does not snow here.
In these pictures you can see the ‘Intercontinental hotel’ Torrens river A lot of other buildings And the Adelaide Festival theater
In primary school (grade school for Americans) I used to perform here with my school, I was in the choir, we performed here every year for a event called ‘The festival of music’
We would spend all year preparing for this one event. I remember the feeling of being on that stage in front of thousands of people, signing and it was amazing. Another even we spent all year preparing for, was a contemporary dance number for a competition called
Adelaide is filled with ‘old’ buildings, most of them haven’t been upgraded to look ‘mainstream’ yet. That is one thing I absolutely love about Adelaide, you feel a little as if you have gone back in time when you come here. But when night time hits, you wonder what this city is hiding.
The night life here is amazing I hear – I haven’t had the time or real desire to experience it by myself, but I promise if I do I will write about it. Hindley street has mixture of clubs, pubs, restaurant and Gentlemens clubs.
These balls have served us well in Adelaide, they serve as a national landmark, a tourist destination, a meeting place for friends, business partners, school trips and family. In some cases, sadly a place to remember loved ones that have moved on from this world. Many people hold memorials at these balls.
In 2011, a friend of mine had given up on fighting his battle with depression. He was bullied severely for his sexuality. Kahl Sims. Bullying should never get to the point that a young man, with so much potential takes his own life as a result.
We all light candles, I think about 50 or so of Kahls friends and family attended the memorial, many tears were shed that night.
Hope the afterlife is treating you much better buddy.
Mosley square glenelg. This is another place with many shops. You can jump on a tram from the city all the way to Glenelg.
That is an aireal view of my local beach ‘Port Noarlunga’
I used to live up the road from it, and I would swim from one end of the jerry to the end and walk back nearly every morning.
There are some wonderful restaurants here.
For some reason, troubled teens group at shopping centers. Disturbing the peace… I think you get that everywhere.
I was here yesterday to purchase an outfit for a cocktail party I am invited to next week on Sunday.
I think that shall be all for Adelaide today. There are so many more places I have to visit. I will be doing that soon, next top Ballarat, Victoria. For those who don’t know, I’ve lived here before so I know a few places I would like to write about already. Plus I will have my camera handy every day.
For those of you who are wondering, I posted my first draft copy, of my first chapter, of my first novel and for the first time. That is a lot of firsts. http://allworldissues.com/2012/12/05/rubys-notes-chapter-1-draft-thoughts/
I asked people for constructive criticism (yes good and bad) one thing you need to realize if you want to publish your work – you need to seek the criticism, and face the music – otherwise how are you going to improve and make it better?
Last night I spent a bit of time editing it (old school paper and pen style)
here is some of the edited copy – And for those who are wondering ALL my work IS in fact Copyrighted. So don’t be thieving
Being a school teacher wasn’t all it had cracked up to be. Sure there were a few perks, seeing the smiles on those children’s faces every time I entered the room, just as easily they smiled when it was time to pack their bags and go home, teaching them all about how the world works… How much they actually listen to is a different story. My name is Ruby, Ruby Kensington but you can call me Miss K.
I’m not married, I don’t even have a boyfriend, I don’t have children of my own and I don’t have any friends. No I am not a weirdo or maybe I am. You can decide that for yourself. I’m going to tell you a story about how I ended up in the position I am in.
June 28th 8:40pm. 1993
It was the 90’s and I was fresh out of law school, already I had already received my first job offer. I was desperate, so I went for it not knowing quite what I was getting myself into. We had arranged to meet at 9am the next day to discuss what the job involves, the only problem was that I did not know who I was meeting or why. I had received the phone call out of the blue, and the person I had spoken to did not go into any detail about the job, they just gave me a time and the address of where I would be meeting my ‘potential employer.’ When you are a lawyer, you don’t think too much about those types of phone calls – although I would have preferred to pick the location myself.
That night I had a group date with my best friends Chloe and Sandra.
They had been my friends since we were in law school. Chloe had long blond hair with colors running through it, pinks, purples, blues and oranges. She was short, maybe 5’2 and she was very socially awkward. When Chloe was younger she really wanted to be a hairdresser, but her mum forced her into attending law school. Chloe didn’t want to upset her mother, so, she used her talents with hair as a side business as a way to make some extra cash. Now Sandra on the other hand was the complete opposite. Sandra was a girl of status in the law industry – as her dad was a lawyer. She was tall with luscious tanned legs that go for miles. Sandra had dark hair and dark eyes, with a European look to her plus she was really skinny and everything about her screamed sexy. Sandra always had all the guys pining over her like little puppies, even though she turned them all down.
As the night progressed I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being watched. You know the type of feeling you get when you think there is someone who just won’t stop staring at you? The hairs on the back of your neck stand up and cold shivers run down your spine, as if someone had ‘just walked over your grave’ as they say. That’s the feeling I had now, so I decided to call it a night with my friends and walk home.
As I was walking I started to feel dizzy, queasy even… did I really drink that much? A few minutes passed by and I couldn’t bring myself to walk any further. I hailed the first cab I saw and jumped in. My house was about a 10 minute walk away from our favorite hangout but I just couldn’t bear to walk any longer. The taxi drive made me feel worse. I wasn’t even sure if I was even in a taxi anymore and I just passed out.
So a few days ago wrote this http://allworldissues.com/2012/11/26/eat-pray-love/
Liz – the mail character travels in this movie. It made me want to travel even more, I remember Jordan telling me one of his friends is over in Cambodia teaching English. So I googled it and found this website
That’s an idea…
The Script – Hall of Fame ft. will.i.am
There is always a few songs, that will come and go in your life, that leave you feeling amazing inside. This particular song is one of those, if you are reading this and you take the time to click on the link and listen, or you have already herd the song, then you know exactally what I mean.
Toda I awoke at 4 am… last night I had a sort of a ‘tiff’ with ‘J’ as usuall… we never can sort out our differences. Anyway a while ago when we had a ‘break’ I said to him “you need to learn to live with yourself before you can learn to live with us” and last night I mentioned how I said it a while back… He got angry with me, because i have this habit of saying something, that wont make sense to most people because i dont bother to explain what i mean. So after him being angry and claimng ‘I act like i know the secrets of the world’ I actually explained myself.
And i said “Jordan for a while now you have been lost, going around in circles because you dont know what you want to do with yourself… figure that out… what does jordan want to DO with his life. not what does jordan want IN his life… think about it”
I feel that this particular song is perfect for this situation. Because as it explains in the song… you can be anything in the world that you desire, and dont let silly things stop you.
I would say, especially not money. You do not need money to make something of yourself, because money just buys you things not happieness… Money just puts food on the table, and buys the fancy table for the food, it does not in any way hape or form fill that part of you that is reserved for just you and your dreams… unless your dream is to have all the moneys… then your on the right track he he.
On another note. Today is my 3D ultrasound. I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and ready to pop i would say ha ha ha. Now if you have never seen a 3D ultrasound here is a picture from my son Setesh’s ultrasound
As you can clearly see there is his foot, arm and his little nose there. So I will write my Part 2 post later after the ultrasound and show you all some pictures. Until then Have an amazing day.