Wollongong Underwater Hockey 4s Comp 2015

Last weekend was the Wollongong Underwater Hockey 4s competition. I participated in the game and was in Team D and sadly we didn’t win. However I took my cameras down there and got some aerial and underwater images and videos of the event. I’ve written about the event on Wollongong Fitness and you can read more about it here.

Below is a video clip or the footage that I managed to take whenever I wasn’t playing.


Cow Branding

During last week’s visit to Goondiwindi, I got to experience a few of the things that happen at a farm and had the opportunity to observe a few cows getting branded. I’ve created a video to document the process.

Blue Mountains Hiking Trip

I had organised a hiking trip in the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains in late November 2014.

We met at the Bakehouse on Wentworth in Blackheath and decided to park our cars in the neates glen car park. From there we walked to Evans lookout and descended into the Valley from there. When we found the first swim-able water hole, we immediately stopped and went for a swim in it. We did a total of 3 swims on the first day and 1 on the second day. The water was refreshing and not too cold. There was 10 of us in the group with 2 only doing it as a day trip and they turned around and headed back a little bit after lunch. We camped at Acacia flat and checked out the Blue Gum forest. It was a great hike and the weather was good too for that time of the year. It wasn’t too hot but on the second day, it started raining as we were ascending back up to the car park.

Below are some of the photos taken from the trip.

MCA #CloseToChuck

Went to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for a social media evening for their upcoming “Chuck Close – Prints, Process, Collaboration” exhibit. The event started at the outside foyer of the MCA where we were treated to champagne and liquid nitrogen gelato by funitro.com.au. There we were welcomed to the event by The MCA director, Liz Ann and then lead upstairs to level 3 for a tour of the Chuck Close exhibition by the exhibition curator, Terri Sultan. Museum and art pieces fascinate me, but it’s so much more enjoyable when you have the curator explaining the story/process behind each piece. The choice of materials chuck used is quite fascinating, I’ve included a few of the photos of some of the exhibition pieces which I particularly like. There’s a self portrait of himself which he printed in tapestry and I loved the depth and contrast it brings out, almost as if the picture is sticking out of the tapestry. There’s also another piece where there is an elongated image on the ground and the image displays correctly on a mirror (refer to the images below to see what I mean)..

Overall, it was a great event and I like to thank the MCA for the opportunity to preview the Chuck Close exhibition before the public opening day.










Borobudor Temple

Buddha statue overlooking the Merapi Volcano on a foggy morning.


At the top of Borobudor Temple


Rediscovered Photos from the Vietnam War

In the news recently, a Vietnam war photographer digitized 2,000 photo negatives of his fellow soldiers from Vietnam which had been sitting in a box for 45 years. Charlie Haughey is not a combat photographer and was shooting mainly morale boosting photos of the unit.

There are some interesting photos in the collection and I recommend checking them out at his website. http://chieu-hoi.com/?page_id=10

Photo Shoot of Bella

Did a photo shoot two weeks ago for my good friend, Mel’s daughters, Bella and Lily. Below are the photos.

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24hr MS Mega Swim in Wollongong 2013

Below are some of the photos for the 2013 MS Mega Swim in Wollongong.




Canyoning at Macquaries Pass

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Canyoning Macquarie Pass with Wulf and his friends.

Had a full day of canyoning last Sunday with Wulf and his friends. Met Wulf from Water Polo and also at Hangdog, so thats how I know he’s into rock climbing and canyoning.

Woke up at 5:45am in the morning and left the house at 6:45am as we were meeting at the car park at the bottom of Macquarie Pass at 7:30am. I’ve done Macquarie Pass twice before but this time we’re dong it from the top, the very start of the canyon. There were 5 people in our group. There was Wulf, Richard, Wulf’s sister Anna, Anna’s boyfriend Andrew and myself. It was Anna and Andrew’s first time canyoning. We parked the vehicle at the top and walked downhill a bit before heading toward the river. It took a while before we got into the river as we got a little lost and had to bash through some really thick plants. Had scratches on my forearms, hands and neck as a result of that. Also there were lots of leeches!!! We kept walking instead of trying to pull the leeches off as there were too many of them and they were jumping on to us faster than we could pull them off.

Once we got into the river, we followed it down stream for a while before hitting the first abseil. There were 3 abseils and a mini jump before getting to the abseil where we would normally get to if we started on Clover Hill Road. The second of the 3 abseils was 35m long!!!! Good thing Wulf and his mate Richard had a 70m and a 100m rope between the two of them! The views of the waterfall were amazing!

We started at around 8:30am and it was around 12:30pm when we got to the start of the first abseil if we had parked at Clover Hill Road.

The rest of the canyon from there was familiar. There were three areas where the slings were removed!?#! Luckily Wulf brought extra slings so we were able to attach new slings. Got to the final slide at around 4:30pm and was back at the car park at 5pm.

There was an accident along the main road we took to get to the parking lot and we could hear Ambulance and a helicopter when we were walking out of the canyon (towards the car park). As a result of the accident, we couldn’t drive back to Albion Park on that road and had to drive up the pass and do a big loop to Jamberoo and around to Albion Park. That took more time and by the time I got home, it was 6:30pm. It also started raining when I was driving so we were very lucky with the weather. 🙂

Great canyoning day!

Power Nap on Top of Cradle Mountain

Did the Overland Track Over Christmas/New Years. We had a group of 10 people and it took us 8 days as we did most of the side trips.

This photo was taken at the top of the overland track.

There is a bit of scrambling to get to the top of Crater Mountain but the view from up there was amazing!

Here Lis is taking a power nap right at the edge of the mountain!