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Yep definitely love song night

So the band here took a recess for a bit but are back playing again and yeah it definitely seems they either only know love songs or it happens to be love song night Lol .

Last 2 songs were just another lemon tree and wonderful tonight Lol. Overall the balcony here is a great place to sit and watch time and people go by.

Sadly the galaxy note camera doesn't do night shots justice

Sadly the galaxy note camera doesn’t do night shots justice

It must be love song night here or something lol

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
All the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me
Stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me
Oh stand by me, oh won’t you stand now, stand
Stand by me

Really?!

Second song kinda goes in line with a couple of things I have been thinking about whilst up in the mountains.

But I mean seriously lol.

“Apologize”

[Verse 1]
I’m holdin’ on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground.
And I’m hearin’ what you say,
But I just can’t make a sound.
You tell me that you need me,
Then you go and cut me down…
But wait…
You tell me that you’re sorry,
Didn’t think I’d turn around
And say…

[Chorus]
That it’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late…
I said it’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late, too late, oh, oh.

[Verse 2]
I’d take another chance,
Take a fall, take a shot for you, oh, oh.
I need you like a heart needs a beat,
But it’s nothin’ new, yeah!
I loved you with a fire red,
Now it’s turnin’ blue
And you say…
Sorry, like an angel
Heaven let me think was you
But I’m afraid…

[Chorus]
It’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late.
I said it’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late, whoa!

[Interlude]

[Chorus]
It’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late.
I said it’s too late to apologize.
It’s too late.

I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah (too late)!
I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah (too late)!

I’m holdin’ on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground.

OK that hurt

Just headed out for dinner seem to be eating very light here another bowl of soup heh, decided to come back to the namastae bar and restaurant which I found on my first day here as they are good value and have live music.

First song they play when I sat down I actually like but yeah that hurt.

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you

Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I’m waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she’s got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live
With or without you

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live
With or without you
With or without you

Yeah that hurt…

End of an era

I have never been a small man by any stretch of the sense. Even when I was at my lightest and doing a lot of physical activity pretty much every day from 18 – 22 I was still considered rather large however the last six years I had really yo-yo’d around a lot in terms of my weight. I sadly hit a record, then went down and then took that record and added another 5kg to it the last time around putting me well and truly at the largest I have ever been.

I am by no means anywhere near as fit as I was when I was 18, however I have made massive leaps and bounds compared to where I had gotten to over the last few years, I can pretty much walk without really noticing it unless I set a meaner pace closer to jogging for extended periods however maintaining a decent cycling pace still eludes me, it is something that I want to work on after I get back from Nepal, especially as the weather should hopefully be on the way to better and it is getting lighter earlier in the mornings now which provides further encouragement on this endeavor.

I am currently about 4kg away from my old standard “playing weight” and I look forward to hitting it, and subsequently moving to the lightest I have ever been in my adult life, however the end of an era that this post is referring to is the fact I went and did some clothes shopping tonight and for the first time in gods know how long I actually brought clothing from the normal mens section as against the big n tall or mr big section of a store, I don’t recall ever actually putting on a 44″ pair of pants except for maybe my teenage years.

Every manufacturer is different of course, one pair was completely comfortable and wearable and the other slightly too tight around the waist for day to day wearing, same goes for the shirt however a couple of cm will fix that, and it may even happen whilst I am away as I plan on being crazily active exploring the country I will soon be visiting.

Hard to believe at the beginning of this year I was wearing 52″ pants, and it feels great to actually be closer to the “normal” range.

Getting in some practice

Headed out to York/Beverly over the weekend as I had said to my sister that I would come to the quiz night that was being hosted by her church on Saturday so picked up my mother after voting in the afternoon and headed up that way to spend the evening. Overall the quiz night itself wasn’t too bad, however I think it could have been slightly better organised than how it was run but it didn’t work out too badly and at least we did not humiliate ourselves! From memory we got 33 or 34 out of 46 and were around the middle of the field so nothing to be ashamed of especially considering our table was smaller than some of the others.

The weather was not very co-operative for taking photographs of the night sky however, I guess it is just an incentive for me to make more trips out there as cloud cover was blanketing the night sky until around 12:30am when I headed off to sleep. Was woken up with a tooth ache around 4am and went outside and the sky had become clear and the only way to describe the night sky was absolutely breath taking, so many clusters of stars were visible and overall there was only small portions of the sky that were really dark or black.

It was also rather cold and I was in a short sleeved shirt and in pain so unfortunately did not want to go to the effort of setting up my camera and taking snaps when there was a nice warm bed waiting for me when the pain killers kicked in so I did not take any shots however at least I know around 4am is a good time to be outside next time with thicker socks and a jumper!

Spent a bit of time badgering Teagan until she agreed to walk up and down Mount Brown in York with me, she was convinced it would take her at least an hour and a half, and that it would likely kill her but she proved me right and survived the trip up and down the hill. York itself has an elevation of 179m and the hill is 342m and the route we took was 1.4km long so it was a reasonable grade up. Overall the trip up took 21m 15s and the trip down 16m 30s as I let her set the pace definitely not too bad for a beginner and she even survived the trek, although I did have to remind her a couple of times of the commandment thou shalt not kill.

She turned out pretty sore the next day so it is probably a good idea to avoid her until she is in a better mood, but for me it was good practice for the hills that I hope to be climbing in Nepal.

Smart Asses

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Nameste Nepal!


I think one of the main reasons why I have stuck around so long in the same role where I work is due to the people I work with, although this time I was the object of the “mighty photoshop skills” (ok not so mighty, my head is way out of proportion to that guys’ body) however I digress.

It is a month of holidays for the team with 3/4 of us all having at least a week off over the next month staggered throughout the month, I am the one bucking the trend however with the trip to Nepal whilst the others are heading over to the “staple holiday of Western Australia” Bali.

I have a great deal of respect for monks so whilst I personally find this in slightly bad taste the rest of the team did have a reasonable chuckle over it. I think I have always held them in such high personal esteem due to their conviction to the path that they have chosen something that I deeply respect and admire; Even more so due to the difficulty I have had holding true to myself over the years something I am continuing to work on in myself.

This trip is coming up rather quickly with my flight out being a week and a half away now and I should probably look at booking some accommodation and deciding on some things that I wish to do whilst over there.  I am very glad that I will be heading to this wonderful country free of the anger I have had issues processing these last almost 2 months now, I wish it could be a trip with a totally clear slate but I have still been unable to let go of the sadness within and to be completely honest with myself I doubt I will ever be able to fully release it but I pray I can at least come to terms with it and continue to move on.

As I have been thinking on the reasons why I feel a call to this place (as to be honest I didn’t know a great deal about it prior to booking the flights) it has all of the things that tend to make me feel happier, relaxed and myself less people than typical countries I have been travelling to of late, jungles and lakes and whilst when I was younger I did consider becoming a hermit upon a mountain top they are not something I get to experience often.  As much as I used to be a child of the modern world and was an advocate of it’s conveniences, more and more I feel like I do not fit in with it and it annoys me which is a state of being I do not like being in.

Time to spend some time with nature and myself.

Just what the doctor ordered

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More and more lately I have been feeling the call to spend more time out of the city in the fresh air and tranquility that the countryside offers, I make a point of visiting the lake near my place very regularly to escape the bitumen and concrete of suburbia which is good for the most part and allows me to feel relaxed but it is still near a major road and as such there is the constant hum of civilized life to keep me company. This last week I haven’t been sleeping the best whilst nowhere near as bad as previous weeks sleep overall has provided what my body has needed to function but was not what i would consider overly restful so a trip out of the confines of the city was in order.

So Saturday I headed out to Beverley to visit my sister and her husband in their relatively new place and spend some time recharging my batteries if you will, it was sorely needed. It was also show day for the town and we got to go out and enjoy dinner from the food options that were there and sit back and watch the fireworks, and I got to have my first experience in attempting to photograph them overall I think they turned out quite well and I will add a gallery of them after this post.

Stopped off at a few places on the way back mostly park bays, I was planning on driving through one of the national parks on the trek back but the rain had set in by the time I had gotten there and as it was mostly not a real road I would have rather not get stuck out there but will be a place I shall visit sometime in the future as it had a rather nice feel driving along next to it and I am sure it will offer interesting trails with which to wander through and just get away from things in general.

Overall it was a weekend well spent, I got some decent sleep although not long as has proven to be more common but of much better quality and feel rested and ready to take on a new week. Thanks guys for always making me welcome at your place, it is really appreciated.

I hope that everyone has been able to have a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

Care Australia – Women’s Empowerment

http://www.care.org.au/womens-empowerment


“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

Today’s society seems to be driven by the moment and the concept of instant gratification, quick thrills and me, me, me and there seems to be an endless stream of distractions with which to occupy our time and spend our money on; Hell I know I have been guilty of it plenty of times. In a lot of ways we are very lucky to live in what is considered a “first world” country and whilst there are plenty in our lands that need a helping hand there is also a large portion of the world considered “third world”.  Personally I really hate the designations, we are one world and all citizens of mother Earth. And what is considered ‘beer money” to us can actually go a long way towards helping our fellow man who have no interest in the latest iPhone, or the war between X-Box and Playstation.

Helping others has always been important to me, whilst I do like my gadgets, toys and collectibles in many cases the money can be much better spent towards projects which actually need funding and help people out.  This is a charity / program that I have supported for some time now and thought I would share it with all of you. Typically when I am donating money to an organisation there are a few key criteria towards making my decision:

– Do I believe in the program (parted ways with greenpeace due to my personal dislike of some of their methods and how cash was used)
– Can I select which of their programs the funds will be used towards
– Will the bulk of the money contributed actually be used towards that cause

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.” – Albert Einstein

As with a lot of charities that I have supported over the years I found out about this one and the project that I support on a Friday evening on my way home from work as I was heading into the city for a roast dinner. The principle behind this program is that women and girls can better their lives and the lives around them through having access to education and support and this leads to mothers being better able to protect their children from HIV, trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as further help in developing their communities.  Sounded like a good cause to me, and as I could select this program for where the funds would go and the bulk of donated funds actually are used on programs they became one of the charities that I support.

The world is what we make it, and although we are only one person we may not be able to change the entire world but we can change the world for people who need it.

New Discussions

I know the vast bulk of the people who read this blog are my close friends and family however I know I do also have a few external readers, if you have found anything I have posted interesting or wish to contact me I welcome discussion.

I can be reached at jbawden [at] jwb.id.au

Hope the day is treating you well.