Round 2 Of Great Ocean Road + Amazing Tasmania

April30

Joel flew in for two weeks and we did a couple fun trips while he was here. The first thing we did was rent a car and drive down the Great Ocean Road. Nick was able to get off work and finally see some of Australia outside of Melbourne.

We managed to see a Koala in the wild + about 20 more at some point!

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And here are some other pictures as we went along the coast and into the Grampian Moutains. We did a lot of hiking and managed to see Koolas, Kookaburras, two kinds of kangaroos, a few massive 6 foot kangaroo bulls, emus, and more! We even managed to see a little roo jump in his mom’s pouch in the wild before she hopped off.

And after that Joel and I headed to Tasmania! Beautiful place and we managed to see a platypus in the wild + a ton of hiking and camping. We flew into Hobart, picked up a 4wd with poptop for camping. Then headed north along the eastern coast. We eventually made it all the way to the top of the north west, and then over across the middle to the middle of the huge eastern national park. And then back to Hobart with a stop at the Mona there which was amazing (and that is high praise considering I hate 99% of modern “art”).

As you can see from the shots Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places in the world and hugely varied in geography IMO.

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Much Needed Music Video/Song!

April8

Thanks to Iris for sending this one over!

Singapore Trip 2013!

April7

I jumped over to Singapore last month to visit a friend + swing by a SoftLayer DC to take a look (we use them for servers). It was an AMAZING trip! Michael, Angela, and baby Daryl are the best hosts in the world :)

Back in 2008 I visited Singapore (I was on the way to see my brother, mom, and sis in Taiwan (Nick was teaching there)). It was a fantastic trip where Michael introduced me to Peking Duck and some of the best food I’ve ever had. And luckily I got to see/eat even more this time. It is crazy how much the city has grown since then. When I picture Singapore I think of the city in Ghost in Shell and I don’t think that is far off the mark. It feels very futuristic sometimes.

Amazing Building
They built this giant casino resort that at any moment looks like it is going to take off just like the flying aircraft carrier in avengers. I couldn’t stop staring at this thing, it is one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever seen. Right up there with the Pyramids and the Brooklyn bridge.

And the view from the top of said amazing building…

And the awesome greenhouse and other areas below said amazing building…

AMAZING FOOD
I can’t say that enough about the food in Singapore, it has to be the best food in the world! The combination of cultures is amazing. The best Indian food I’ve ever had by far, the best Chinese food, etc etc. We did a small road trip to Malacca Malaysia too and I was shown even more delicious food. It was hard to find room for it all :). If you haven’t tried Sambal yet please do (spicy and good on Sting Ray).

Malacca Malaysia and night market!
And here are a few shots from Malacca Malaysia! Which was a great road trip and I’m hoping to make it back here at some point to explore more.

Plus the best part was hanging out with Michael, Angela, and little Daryl. It’s been a while since I got to throw my little sister up in the air and make funny faces at her (prob hasn’t been too long on that one). Daryl is an awesome kid with some great parents :)

Oh, and this is the doorway I want to my house/fort/office :):

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Big Aussie Trip: Great Ocean Road, Train Trip From Adelaide to Darwin, and Noosa on the East Coast.

April6

Over Christmas and January my friend Tina visited and we took a big trip around Australia! We started in Melbourne (Kangaroo Christmas), then rented a car and drove around the coast on the Great Ocean Road, eventually ended up in Adelaide, took The Ghan train all the way from Adelaide to Darwin, and then flew to Noosa for a week on the beach. It was an amazing trip and here are a few of the pictures from it! The only bad part was I got a pretty bad cold during Christmas that lasted a week, but managed to loose it somewhere on the great Ocean road.

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Great Ocean Road
The most beautiful spot in Australia IMO. I’m heading back with Joel and Nick soon. We did this amazing tree top walk you will see a pictures from too.. And yes dinosaurs are still alive in Australia and we stopped at a big zoo area.

The Gahn & What Australia Looks Like From Adelaide to Darwin…
The Ghan was the highlight of the trip. It was 1,846 mile 3 day train trip with our own cabin and a great way to spend new years. Below are a bunch of pictures of what Australia looks like as we traveled over that 1800+ miles and some of the driving we did on the way to Adelaide from Melbourne. Plus we stopped at Alice Springs & Katherine for day trips. The pictures are in random order unfortunately but you will get the general idea.
*Even a pic so you can see how being stuck in traffic in Melbourne looks…

Darwin & Croc Territory
We ended up in Darwin and stayed there a few days, the town gives off a weird vibe. Kinda like Mad Max combined with alcoholics (lots of drinkers at 10am). Anyway, we went to a great zoo and fed giant crocs, plus got to hold a whole a lizard, and the cutest smallest little turtle I’ve ever seen.

Noosa & The Beach
Beautiful beautiful area, although quite a few jelly fish :). Some pictures of some amazing Bulgarian food that Tina made, a ginger hiding in his tent, something you don’t want to step on, beach I ran on almost every day, and our beach house + view where we spent a lot of time!

This is bwb’s personal blog so he can share his thoughts with the world, however scary or silly they might be. Plus family and friends can track what I am up too, and where I am in the world.

I am pretty simple. I love Mangos. I love the ocean, although mostly at sunset as I’m a ginger. I love to travel, eat exotic food, read, and use my imagination. I love creating and developing ideas into businesses, understanding how all businesses work, and building cool stuff. I am a globalist and see the entire world as my responsibility and playground. And, I am married to an amazing woman who makes life even more fun :)! And, we are now the proud parents of Calico Jack :).


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