Sunday, November 22, 2009

Popping back to say Hi!!

OK Family - sorry I haven't blogged for a while - I've been caught up on facebook!!

Anyway I promise to post regularly with photos!!!

Here's a few:

We went camping late Sept to a beautiful spot called Jimna - somewhere northish of Brisbane - great spot with great friends.

Have a great week and remember Confucius says:
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day Dad - enjoy your day!!

From all of us up here in sunny QLD!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday night with the Family Aug 09

Me and my brother - I love this photo!

My brother and his wife enjoying the music and the drinks!!

Jeff and Duncan comparing heads!!

Beautiful Princess K on the trampoline

Yvonne - yes she is enjoying that tom collins!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

More pics from Family visit 09

Paul and Jeff contemplating what to have for dinner!!

Jeff and Maryann

Beautiful Princess K

Jeff and Paul preparing dinner - yummy!!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Brother & family visit Aug 09

My brother, his wife and 2 girls are up here for a couple of weeks holidaying. Here are some pics:

Princess K feeding the ducks and swans

Me and Jeff (my brother)

Jeff and Ballerina

Family of ducks

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Keelung - Taiwan

Keelung City (also: Jilong or Chilung) is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders Taipei County and forms the Taipei-Keelung metropolitan area, along with the City and County of Taipei. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is currently administered as a provincial city of Taiwan Province, Republic of China.

The city of Keelung was known as Kelung or Keelung to the Western world during the 19th century. However, the Taiwanese people have long called the city Kelang (Taiwanese language POJ: Ke-lâng, Chinese characters: 雞籠, meaning rooster cage).

It has been proposed that the name Keelung was derived from the local mountain that took the shape of a rooster cage. However, it is more probable that the name was derived from the first inhabitants of the region, as are the names of many other Taiwanese cities. In this case, the Ketagalan people were the first inhabitants, and early Han settlers probably approximated "Ketagalan" with "Ke-lâng" (phonetics of the Southern Min Language).

In 1875, during Qing Dynasty rule, the Chinese characters of the name were changed to the more auspicious 基隆 (pinyin: Jīlóng; POJ: Ki-liông, meaning prosperous base). In Mandarin, probably the working language of Chinese government at the time, both the old and new names were likely pronounced Kīlóng (hence "Keelung"). Under Japanese rule (1895-1945), the city was known to the west by Japanese readings of the new name: Kirun, Kiirun or Kīrun. In Modern Standard Mandarin, the official language of the Republic of China, the new name is read Jīlóng, although the locals have continued to call the city Ke-lâng throughout changes in government.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - Rocks

Rocks from our recent trip to Taiwan:

Join the Photo Hunt with tnchick

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - garbage

As beautiful and clean the streets of Hong Kong were - some of the waterways had a bit of 'garbage' along the edges:

Join the Photo Hunt with tnchick.

Happy weekend.

More from Hong Kong

More photos from Hong Kong:

Up on Victoria Peak - a great spot with a great view:

Ballerina and Paul at Ocean Terminal:


Beautiful Kowloon Park:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a largely self-governing territory of the People's Republic of China, facing Guangdong to the north and the South China Sea to the east, west and south. Hong Kong is a global metropolitan and international financial centre, and has a highly developed capitalist economy.

Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a crown colony of the United Kingdom in 1842, reclassified as a British dependent territory in 1983, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Under the "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy in all areas with the exception of foreign affairs and defence, which are the responsibility of the PRC Government. As part of this arrangement, Hong Kong continues to maintain its own currency, legal system, political system, immigration control, rule of the road and other aspects that concern its way of life, many of which are distinct from those of mainland China.

Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where the East meets the West is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions. The city's population is 95% Chinese and 5% people of other ethnicities. With a population of 7 million people but land area of 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi), Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Views from our Hotel room

There is plenty of building happening in Hong Kong - note the bamboo scaffolding - knocking down older, smaller buildings for more modern taller ones

More photos later - we really loved Hong Kong and plan to go back!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Evian Roller Babies US

This is so cute!!

Back from holidays

Well our Cruise is over for another year. We spent a wonderful 15 nights aboard the Costa Classica sailing to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China. We had a great time and over the coming days I will post pictures of our holiday - but here is a sneek peek!!

Paul and myself in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong:

Ballerina and Paul in Cheju, South Korea:

Cheju, South Korea:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Family time

We were lucky enough to have family visit us last week to celebrate my Aunts 60th birthday:

Mum, Dad, Paul and me

Mum, Skaterboy, Ballerina and Dad

Dad, Skaterboy and Mum

We had a great week, went too quick though - we love them heaps.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

365 reasons to be grateful - day 51

that I work with people who like to have fun!