Hoy Pinoy! Manila and Cebu!

Written on April 23, 2016 in Asia

One of the hardest things whilst trying to plan this trip was dealing with Google constantly correcting my misspelling of Philippines. By the end of writing this blog, I hope to have it forever committed to useless memory. Philippines (one L, three Ps); pee-haych-eye-el-eye-pee-pee-eye-enn-ee-ess! This trip was planned to be my big ‘turning t...

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Perth, WA, and how I spent my summer holidays

Written on January 1, 2016 in Australia

Australia is big. I mean, really big. Take Europe for example, and then add some. Stuck in this continent over the Christmas period due to mandatory leave at the most expensive time of the year Cindy and I decide to head as far away as we can get without heading in to tropical wet-season in...

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Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands

Written on June 24, 2015 in Australia

I love Cairns, especially in winter. The far north is tropical and warm and a nice contrast to the counter-side of the continent in Melbourne. Cairns is like any big city and the year-long good weather attracts many backpackers and day-trippers. We’d seen the city before and we certainly hadn’t travelled all this way for sushi rolls.....

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One Year in Melbourne

Written on April 6, 2015 in Australia

Life is pretty good here in Australia: good weather, great natural scenery, affordable living, and a welcome escape from ‘The London Commute’. I certainly don’t miss an hour waiting at Paddington Station, or being packed into the tube like a sardine. This is happy Gary, without grey skies, without expensive paninis, without city ...

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Written on September 3, 2014 in Australia

Work was over, for now. I’d finished up a contract and was looking for new work and on the eve of my departure to Tasmania received a job offer with sponsorship – woo! Pete and Claire were leaving Australia and a friend of theirs (and mine) came to see Australia whilst they were here. Tasmania...

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Kia Ora, New Zealand

Written on February 14, 2014 in Australia/NZ

Well isn’t this a surprise, a sudden detour methinks. A few hours before my departure to the Great Ocean Road I book a last-minute trip to New Zealand. Flying out of Sydney to Wellington, when I get to the end of my road-trip. I hadn’t been to Wellington in a few years but the city...

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Great Ocean Road and the Grampians

Written on January 29, 2014 in Australia

It had been a long while, since August, since I’d seen Alex and Chris. It was now January and the height of Summer and I had arrived into Melbourne from Alice Springs to venture out West along the Great Ocean Road. We hired a van, which we nicknamed Marty, and set off along the Great...

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