Location: Perth, Australia
Well, if anyone is still checking this page, I will apologise for the lack of updates....... I guess you are used to that now though?
As you all know I am working now, and have been for six months.
I can tell you the novelty has worn off already and I am looking forward to taking some holiday and checking out some more of this fantastic country.
some pics have gone live and as you can see I am happy to say the latest fishing trip has been a sucsess! (at last ).
I have a new project on the go, Suzi was sold and as soon she passed the first corner out of sight, I regretted selling her, all my freinds were off on trips with their 4x4's and I was left at home! So a new set of boots were needed, different requirements have meant I could have a little fun this time around though, and this is the new steed to be.
A beast with a V8 was the only real way forward and a beast with Character (old and worn out, but with potential) was required.... Lots of plans with the new steed but it will be a slow build as I am under strict instructions from Dad to do it right! and although he will only be a bush basher he will have some unique quality's. More on that later.
I hope this message finds all of my freinds well and happy, my thoughts are with you all often
Till next time
Location: Wedge and Busso!, Australia
HAppy New Year to one and all!
Well I hope 08 was as fun for you all as it was for me? I have had a ball, thanks to you all for a start.. thanks to all the people I have met so far on my travels, my framily...... (freinds whom I consider family) and of course my parents.. You know what though, 09, 10 ,11,12 Etc, I am going to make sure they are all as rewarding as this!
09 Eh! I cant bloody wait! and look out! this last year has taught me so much, I really cannot put it here in words, but I do know it will involve as much laughter as I can fit in without being arrested, and as much silliness as can be expected!
I just wish I could share this with all the people that have helped enrich my life in the way they have on a daily basis.
One very special person who I need to mention at this point is STAN!! Matthew Stannard, a dive instructor (and close framily freind) who, this weekend opened my eyes and, ( after what can only be described as 'A f--king scary moment!!!') Taught me to scuba dive, and at several points I didnt want to, but taught me a few very valuable lessons ; 1 when water is involved it best to find a dedicated ox supply..2; dont ever try and snort water through your nose/ mask and 3; as stunning as things look deep deep down they are not always safe and should be left to their own devices until such times as they decide to bite you! Stan i thank you!
As for now Happy New Year to you all
Location: Perth, Australia
Ok Ok if there is anyone still reading this page here is a very overdue update!!
So I will Start from the new job as there really is not much to report before that, it was purely a case of not spending money whilst I patiently waited for the job to start. Then the real fun started.... The new job!
The first week was here in Perth then over to Sydney! for 'onboarding' which was not the most exciting thing I have done before, but an eye opener it certainly was, I dont want to jepordise my new career befor it has started, but you would like to think the worlds largest water treatment co would have their act together........ well it would seem that I arrived just in time to save the industry once again.....
Thankfully I got off on the right foot by meeting the Asia Pacific director over dinner and then promtly got myself and another chap in a spot of bother for.... shall we say, admiring the local scenery..Enough said for now.
Once back in Perth I quickliy realised that all was not well, and I am clearly only going to add to that for the time being, but the future is going to be a lot of fun, and a hell of a challenge. I am lucky I have a boss very similar to Nick T, he does not suffer fools and he is old school, and that I can work with which is great..
It got better when my new ute arrived with a 4.0 V6 Petrol (Toyota Hilux) I know little things and all that, but, in a PICKUP its quick!!!!!!!!
Life in Perth is fantastic the beaches are wonderfull and the Swan river is just down the road from the house, which is great for fishing and for kayaking, even the dolphins come up for a feed which is really nice to see them. and the temp up until recently has been blissfull but it is starting to rise and should be in the regular 40's for January 1st.
Most weekends are filled with either camping trips or fishing and bbq's by the river. and this weekend we are all of to Bussleton to see a friend who is a dive instructor, and yep its my turn to learn to dive 1st lesson, so there maybe some underwater piccy's up soon.... lets hope its not of the inside of a sharks mouth!
Anyway its now 11.30pm, and I am knackered, I am sorry for the lack of updates but I am off to bed, I will try and keep the page going if there is an interest?
If not drop me an e.mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org... I wish I could say thank you to all the people that have helped shape the person that has undertaken this never ending journey, but the list is unending, and I am incapable of putting together the words that would justify my friends and family... so simply thank you!
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Again, sorry for the lack of updates, reasons for which are as follows.........
Three months in OZ is not enough!
You have several choices but as you now know my choice, as it turned out, was to see if I could get round the whole bloody country in that time, as much fun as it was, it had it's draw backs. After just a week back in Perth I wanted to set off for the middle towards Ularu (Ayres rock) and travel off road as much as possible, I still HAVE to ride a bike along the Pacific coast hyway. I could spend another two weeks just catching up with Jamie, I would like to travel further into the northern territories and the fabulous national parks up there, and I still havent learnt to scuba dive or surf!
So after a chat with a friend of Finns it was established that I should leave the country and get a business visa, this would allow me to work for a limited time as long as the work is of an important nature, but more importantly be able to add to depleted funds for some further travel. this was a great idea until you realise just how isolated Australia is!
Anyway as the title suggests six hours of free wine and some of the best airline food I have tasted, and you can find yourself in Thailand.... and with a last second booking you arrive at midnight, and after a 40 mins drive into downtown Bangkok, you arrive at the Sukhumvit Nut hostel.... which closes at eleven... Bugger!
This in the Uk would have resulted in either one pissed off hostel owner being woken, or alternative accomodation being sought! this however being Thailand no such issues, the Thai's are a very gentle race of people, they dont like to raise their voices,(this loses face for everyone involved) and show utmost respect until proven otherwise.
There are exceptions to this rule as I will explain later, but the upshot was the chap apologised for not reading the booking form which did in fact explain I was to arrive late, and insisted I join him and the now awake cook for a couple of beers and complementry dim sum!
I slept like a baby!
The Thai's are renowned for their curry.... but for breakfast!
Well when in Rome and all that, 'is it a hot currie?' "no, very delicate" came the reply Lie no1! The only thing delicate was my arse two hours later!
After establishing that a hire car would be a little hard work and a moped would be as much fun as hanging a pork chop round your neck and streaking through a synagogue, I opted for a public transport map and mooched off towards the main city, Imodium at the ready.
I hate public transport, but after a fifteen minuite walk in 35 deg heat and humidity to rival the greenhouse at Kew gardens, I was pleased to get on a very clean, air conditioned sky train, which is two storeys up and gives great views as you speed across town, this experience is made better by the fact it is filled with very short Thai's, even a short arse like me can see over the hoards of people, its great.
Bangkok, a reasonable discription is, its a bit like the film Blade runner, a the top level you have all the really nice resturants, clubs, bars and shops with great views without smog, in the middle you have the skytrain with great views of the lower level speeding through the smog but still a little isolated from the hubub. And at street level you have the chaos, street stalls, food sellers, elephants, hawkers, whores, cheats, liars, expats, traffic and the best traffic light system I have seen so far.
Not only do you get a six light set up, a bit like the grand prix, you get a count down, and the grid goes a little like this; Mopeds head up the front row, and they are made up of two riders, private and moped taxi riders, you can tell the taxi riders as they wear orange vests and have terrified passengers on board, and as the count down hits 2 or 1 they are already moving, the second row is made up of cars and cabs that were in this position as the lights had changed and a mixture of tuk tuk's, the third row is mainly cars, the fourth vans the fifth buses and trucks.
As I said the countdown starts and as it reaches about the10 second mark, every moped starts to rev up, the taxi rider pillions get ready and a decent hold of the rider, the tuk tuk drivers try to re start the ageing beast beneath them ( they are encouraged to turn the horrible two stroke engines off at the lights) the cab drivers start to rub the dash mounted Budda, and humm a sort of prayer, and the busses and trucks seem to light smoke grenades. As 2 is seen on the overhead gantry most of the line up dissapears in a cloud of diesel smoke! And they are off, its some of the most entertaining racing I have seen for ages! Especially fun if you can find a bar on a junction!
The best transport around town tough is a tuk tuk, here you meet some interesting characters, they are either high on cocaine or have red bull on an intravenous drip and for about fifty pence can turn a simple run to a temple into an extreme sport, but they are bad lairs and even worse hagglers, the trick is to say you would like to see some temples, but also do some shopping (otherwise the price is horrendous), this way the price is reduced to next to nothing, you get taken to the entire family's empire of shops which will be all over town, ( a good way to see downtown Bangkok) and eventually you will see a couple of temples. but the driver gets a little tip for every shop he takes you to.. everyones happy...... And I got a new suit, hand made with a shirt and tie for less than $250AD all delivered to my hostel two days later, bargain.
A coulpe of days later I met with a friend Milly who lives and works in Bangkok as an illustrator and art teacher for a local university and over a great meal found out the ways of getting round the 'farrang' prices, where and what to eat for next to nothing and the real low down on Thai life and culture. I also learnt about the sad plight of the street walking elephants, if you get chance check out her book, Bobo the street walking elephant, it tells a worthwile story and all proceeds go to the sanctuary at Chang Mai. The next day armed with new information and places to visit I headed off in the back and beyond but this time by boat. Longtail boat, these things are very narrow and (obviously) very long boats which are none to stable, so of course the best thing to do is strap a bloody great straight six turbo diesel engine to it! but it's by far and the best way to see the othe side of Bangkok, it's not exactly Venice, but it's facinating all the same.
I had hoped to get up to Chang Mai and even out to Phuket but the city has a lot to see and do and before I knew it I had run out of time, and to be honest a little fed up with the lies, it can get a bit tireing to be told every temple and attraction is closed, however my brothers auntie's cat's shop is open and today you get special discount!
But I would love to go back just to travel into the countryside and catch up with some of the characters I met it is a really friendly city and a great place to chill out.
The ex pats and the gogo bars are a whole other story! I will save that for another, time suffice to say its a place that really gets under your skin, in more ways than one.
I have found that deet is the only way to keep the mozzies (which seem to love me!) and other nasties at bay, this works well, but it would seem that even 80% Aussie bushman strength stuff is no match for some!
I returned to Perth with a few bites but nothing to worry about, until my leg swelled to comedy levels, and I found myself in the A+E dept of the local hospital, after five hours in the emergency dept and a course of antibiotics via intravenous drip it was decided I should spend the next 24 hours in hospital, well the fact that we were having steak for tea and I could walk (just) I drove back to Finn and Tony's, this was a great move because the Aussies have a reciprocal agreement with us Pomms, and this meant I got seen to by nusrses at the house twice a day for the next three weeks, ........Nice!
And am still being treated by a complete nutter (sister Joan) at the local Doctors surgery.
It turns out I was bitten by a spider, type unknown, but he was a fiesty little bastard, and I have two scars on my left leg and a healing wound on my right (see pic's). Still an adventure is not an adventure without a little drama, is it?