Monday, September 29, 2008

Rye '08

So something worth a blog post that I took some photos at happened finally (the two happen coincidentally less often than I would like these days): 3 days away from the city down in Rye by the beach. And another day of annual leave gone to boot.

Funnily enough I think the equivalent trip last year might have been to a place not all that far away from the place we stayed this time (like <5 mins drive). A lot of the roads and shops looked awfully familiar...

After a rather uneventful drive down, we arrived at the house we rented just in time for the AFL final. We managed to make the most of the afternoon weather thanks to an outdoor TV by the pool - and followed it up with the obligatory barbie afterwards. Spent most of that night consuming various beverages (most of which probably containing slightly more alcohol than was really necessary) and even managed to fit in some light reading.

Our trip to the beach the next day was well-timed because we managed to find the sun down at the beach on one of it's short excursions out from behind the clouds. That was probably the result of our carefully planned sleep-in as a result of the previous night's activities haha. We also managed to find a rather helpful local tour guide who was out for a walk with his kids and decided to adopt the 12 lost looking tourists for half an hour to guide us to the beach as well :)

In all, a good three days away. Though somehow I still feel more tired and exhausted than I should...

Some of the girls by the water


Our trek to find the beach that was apparently 500m from the place we stayed (according to the ad for the house). It was really a 10 minute drive + 30 minute walk away. The scenery really gave us nothing to complain about though


Hand-stands in the sand


The water at Sorrento (we stopped at for a light brunch on our way back). Well worth it.


And that, as they say, is that.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ayers Rock

Took my first day of leave last friday so that I could go on a three day trip to Ayers Rock/Uluru and surrounds. Sohei from Keio + his friend Hide came to the land down under for a short holiday so it was a good chance for me to go see some of my own country as a tourist. While it was short, it was a very refreshing break. Since I actually took lots of photos for the first time in a while I thought I should stick some up here.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) has some pretty interesting colours at different times of day. It's quite impressive not only because of the colour change - the thing is HUGE.

Afternoon:


Sunset:


Sunrise:


We unfortunately were unable to climb it because of 'strong winds at the summit' - I think it's the only way they've been able to convince people not to climb it to respect the wishes of the local people. I mean, who can argue when someone tells you not to climb up because you might fall off and die...


Another random close-up shot of Uluru - took this while we were walking around the bottom hoping (and waiting) that the climb would open later on in the day. It didn't.


We did eventually realise that we weren't going to be able to climb it - so we went back and made ourselves lunch. Not bad huh :)

There's this other rock formation out there (about 50km from Uluru) called Kata Tjuta which nobody ever seems to mention, but in my opinion, is equally impressive. This is a photo of one bit of it that I thought looks like a crocodile haha.

Walked through this part of Kata Tjuta called 'The Valley of the Winds' which was a hard walk, but very pleasant at the same time because of the wind / shade / scenery

The view from the lookout point at the 'end' of the Valley of the Winds

This is another valley we went to which I've forgotten the name of now. It was pretty nice too but by this time we were all quite tired from walking around in the sun for the majority of the day...

After walking through that valley we decided to watch sunset at Kata Tjuta (instead of Uluru) which was nice and quiet because I guess everybody (well almost everybody) decided to go to Uluru leaving us alone in peace :)

Only to find out that Hide was really some sort of anime super hero who could fly if he tried hard enough when the sun was setting...

But even super heroes need food - especially when they're in the outback. We settled on a good ol' Aussie barbeque, complete with kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat from the place we were staying (with onions and cook-it-yourself facilities provided). Was actually a better meal than it looks in this photo - largely thanks to the all-you-can-eat salad bar next to the bbq area :)

On the way home to Melbourne I flew through Sydney so I got to catch up with Justin over a coffee which was a nice end to my trip. Now to figure out when my next short holiday should be :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A long absence

Yes it's true: I am still around. I've just taken my laziness in updating my blog to a new level. And that's been compounded by the fact that things have been busy with the transition from being a university student to working life taking place.

Anyway I said I needed to blog in my last post and the point, I think, is still quite valid. So, on to the pictures (not a lot of time to write much tonight unfortunately but will get round to that soon)

Tokyo sprawl (I think this is about where I left off in my last post)


Dinner at some random 焼肉 (Japanese/Korean BBQ) place on Christmas eve. (From left: Kian, Andy, Me, Bernard).


Two trouble makers from the Keio Badminton Club - Maeda and Hirota (incidentally before a very large quantity of alcohol was consumed)


What I would look like if I had pursused a career in law in Japan (and been mistakenly selected to become a judge) - taken at Chuo Law School by my friends Izumi and Kentaro


Dinner with blacklights at izakaya 'Mysterious'. From left: Garry, Yuri, Yuri's friend, Dan + me


My good friend Sayaka and I at an eatery in Shibuya


Darts masters. Or possibly just five crazy people who found a whole lot of darts. Important people in this photo: Naoko + Satomi (the rest are just there to fill it out)


A source of never-ending entertainment for the last leg of my trip: Rob. And no, I don't know what he's doing in this photo either.


More Melbourne-ites (sort of) in Japan. Irvin, Yuko and Risako in front of 雷門 (Kaminarimon), Asakusa


Where dreams come true. If you're name happens to be Garry Ting. (Tokyo Disneyland)


And to skip forward about 2 months (since I can't really find any worthy photos to bridge the gap right now): I am officially no longer an undergraduate! And I have photos of myself wearing a funny robe and three pieces of paper to prove it :)

Sam and I @ our graduation


Grandma + me after the ceremony

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Need to blog

Hey everyone, gotten lazy with the blogging again. Back in Tokyo again after a week away in Kyoto (with one night in Okayama). Been having lots of random fun with Garry and Rob - but I think it will be good to have a few days to myself again (they're off in Hiroshima right now. Or at least they're MEANT to be off in Hiroshima right now).

Right now, my trip feels a bit like a repeat of last year's: at first I thought I had plenty of time to spare but by the last week everything has to be crammed in and it really doesn't feel like enough. Needless to say, I doubt I'm going to blog again properly before I get home.

Can't post photos right now so I'll leave it there (just thought I'd write something to say hi haha). Take care all.