… exciting things have happened lately in the past few weeks/months. Just thinking back to them now, it feels like time flew by leaving only memories and pictures as proof that I was along with the ride. But I couldn’t ask for a better past few weeks / months. They were AWESOME! Travelling, wedding, travelling, family photoshoot and fashion photoshoot. And later on, more travelling! Though only interstates but it’s different to where I am. Rediscover a place I’ve been before and going to new places bring alot of excitement and a breath of freshness to my world of boredom at work. Yes, with work being the same everyday, politics going on left, right and centre, it’s all getting abit too much. I want out! I want to be away from here. I want something new. Travelling is my escape … at least for a few days. And hopefully I’d be refreshed to last until my next trip 🙂 But besides work, it was all exciting and my first trip this year was to Sydney.

Aerial View Of AdelaideView of Adelaide from inside a plane – ISO 4000, 1/50s, f5.6 @ 24mm | D700 24-70mm

Sydney was great! Got to see my old friend Noel and Siew again, and we hung out. Cathing up on what we’ve done since my wedding day afew months back. Went out to a great restaurant and seeing more of Sydney than before. Sydney has so much more to offer and thoughts of moving to Sydney have crossed my mind. After settling into my new place, it’s hard to just leave again and not enjoy the new place at the very least for a year or two. I didn’t feel like moving everything to a new place. I wanted to just relax, be in my comfort zone for awhile and soak in the new place I have bought together with my wife.  I wanted calmness and I got it in this place. 3 days in Sydney and back again to Adelaide. But not for long …

Melbourne 2010Melbourne – ISO 2000, 1/200s, f8 @ 24mm | D700 24-70mm

Next trip was to Melbourne. This was alot of fun!! 5 of us went for an extended weekend. We stayed at an apartment with a view of the Yarra River and the Crown Casino. The city looked amazing at night staring out of the window. Looking at the Crown casino, I can see the hourly fire show it has; a ball of fire blows out of about 6 cements poles. Shopping (of course), tried many places for food, alot of walking, site seeing and picture taking. I noticed Melbourne has many beautiful old buildings. Some were grand and some were just magnificent to look at (more pictures of Melbourne here).

Brisbane Metal BallsBrisbane Metal Balls – ISO 200, 1/800s, f2.8 @ 50mm | D700 24-70mm

Byron BaySunrise at Byron Bay – ISO 200, 1/800s, f2.8 @ 50mm | D700 24-70mm

Afew weeks later, off to Brisbane for work. 3 days staying at the suburb of Toowong. Then a weekend at my cousin’s place. They took me to Byron Bay on Saturday morning – 4am!! That was a challenge; to wake up at 3am when I only slept at 12am! We drove down Pacific Highway to NSW and arrived at Byron Bay just in time for the sunset. It was a magnificent site to watch for the sunrise and I couldn’t be happier. My cousins were all smiles too as we stood there and watched. Byron Bay is also mainland Australia’s most easterly point! So I couldn’t ask for a better place to watch a sunrise. It was beautiful and I encourage all of you to visit. It is a great place. Photographers, put this as a place to go! 🙂

So, after visiting Byron Bay, I set myself a goal – to visit the most northerly, southerly and westerly point of mainland Australia (where reachable) in my life time. I had a look at Google Maps the other day, and some places are unreachable. May be as years come by it may be available then to reach that point, but for now, I’ll reach as far as I can. More photos of Brisbane and Byron Bay here.

Spending time in Brisbane with my cousins Ernestine, Stella and Kiat Loon was fantastic over the course of the weekend. It has been such a long time since we met up and had a good chat about anything and everything. All the laughs and jokes we had are still fresh in my head and I smile everytime I think back. What a great bunch! I miss them. I hope there will be many of these ‘gatherings’ and we will never forget to update each other what happened in our lives. Love you guys.

My travelling for this year hasn’t stopped yet. A trip to Perth is on my schedule and also another trip to Sydney. It has been quite a time for travelling for the last few months and now thinking about the trips we want to have or have planned for the rest of the year, it doesn’t look like we’re slowing down 🙂 Hopefully, we’ll travel further next year – Europe! Oh how I love my explorations …


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