September 17th, 2006

The World was in Sydney Harbour this weekend, you can buy ‘apartments’ aboard the boat for between $750,000 to $3.6 mil. Or $600 per night per person!!!

The World in the Harbour

Friday lunchtime was spent as Asago, a great little Japanese place around the corner from us, here are my work buddies having a great time –

Japanese Style Lunch

Friday night, Amy, Simone, Stu, Nancy, Marcus and myself went to the Sydney Observatory which was excellent, the new telescope there was focused on Jupiter, looking at it you could see the lines in the planet! The telescope was very clever in that it moved with the planet so didn’t need to be adjusted. We then had a look through the oldest working telescope in Australia at a star and the guy had to keep adjusting it to see the star. Brilliant! The tour guide was really good as well as the 3D show of the universe.

Saturday morning the waves were low so it was a good opportunity to go down the beach and shoot the curl on the new mal! It was a really good time I wasn’t scared at all ( the waves were small ) and managed to catch a few. A Manly buddy was there, Russian, and I flukely met up with him in the water which was cool!! It was a liberating experience to go back in the ocean fearless and when I caught the waves it was an even better feeling.

Afterwards Rach and Mike had a BBQ in Bondi so we drove over there and had a great time. Tiina from Finland was over on holiday so she popped in to say hello which was cool! Also got the down low on Cooster’s boomerang house which he is building in Queensland.

BBQ Party Bondi Style
Mel, Cooster, Amy, Mike, Rach, Cooster’s Flatmate, Esther, Chris, Russian, Erin and Snappers

A great weekend yet again it ended too quickly. Good to see Fizzer has updated his blog with his trip to Ireland, which looked like fun, shame about the surf inconsistency, always the way! Also nice to see Andy from Birmingham getting into the blogging scene on myspace. I knew the day had to come when the village boys got into blogging.

On a side note I mentioned a few times about the Paris Hilton Naked scandal that rocks G2007, firstly, the dude that features in that Scandal is currently keeping it real over in China at the moment as a teacher, just got an update from Ian via email with a picture of his over flowing toilet and a mosquito bite on his foot….nice. The new scandal is that the inital Paris Hilton google image search has now sent the pictures two the number 2 and 3 slots as results, consequently around 2000 people a day who are searching for pictures of Paris Hilton naked come to this website. I have made the decision to put advertisements on the pages they are hitting to see if I could turn around any revenue, so far this month there’s been a total of 27,000 visitors of which 252 click on the advertisement, turning round a nice tidy profit of $6.91! Can’t give up the day job just yet!

September 12th, 2006

Amy and I left Sydney on Thursday night for the weekend of Taryn and Wade’s Wedding. It was a stormy day in Sydney and so was good to wake up at Amy’s parents house to find it a nice sunny hot day!

Amy and myself stayed over at Sam and Elliot’s house the next night where we got to hold baby Cooper which was great fun!

Little Baby Cooper in Booties

The next day Amy and Sam went to get the ‘spray on tan’ I was thinking it would be funny if they came back and looked a bit like Ross in “The One with Ross’ Tan“. When they did get back, it was a bit of a shock to see Sam and Amy looking like they’d just spent 6 weeks on the beach in Barbados! Fortunately the effect was not long lasting, in fact it was completely planned as half of it washed off by the next morning.

The next morning we went back to Amy’s parents house where Taryn was already getting ready for her wedding to Wadeo later on that day. I spent the rest of the morning watching everyone get ready.

Sisters with the hairdresser / make up lady

When the time came we drove to the Marriot Hotel and the official photographer met up to take photos of everyone –

Photograph of the photographer and Amy’s dad and Taryn

We saw about two other brides whilst waiting for the cars to come to pick everyone up funny when most days you see none! When the car came I was lucky enough to ride shot gun in the brides vehicle. This is my favourite photo of Taryn –

Taryn as bride in the nice cars

The wedding was at Eves on the River in Brisbane which was very nice, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze. It reminded me of Karine and Marks wedding that I went to just over a year ago.

Here are the bridesmaids Amy and Sam, Wade-o and Taryn at the ceremony –

Wedding on the River

Amy’s parents and the party

The evening went down with a couple of speeches, cutting the cake and some lovely sea food. I had the chicken for dinner which was very nice and I also made some friends on the table I was sitting on which was nice.

The next day Amy and me went down to the Gold Coast, which I hadn’t been to before. It was the eve of the 5th year Anniversary of September 11th so we went up the world’s tallest residential tower, the Q1 Tower in Surfer’s Paradise, which also have the fastest elevators in the country at 9 meters a second and is the 20th tallest building in the world. This is what it looks like from the 77th floor –

Gold Coast Scrapers

Afterwards we went down to Burleigh Heads beach, it was a bit of an overcast day so no surfing or swimming today. Here is the Burleigh Heads beach looking back at Surfers Paradise –

Burleigh Heads Beach

Afterwards we made a quick visit to Amy’s Beach Nanny and then went and had pizza with Amy’s family to celebrate Sam’s birthday and wish Taryn and Wade-o happy holidays as they flew off to Thailand for their round-the-world honeymoon!