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News ❯ ❯

Name change... again

8 April 2021


news - Name change... again

OK, years ago this site had a really short name. Someone bought it off me for too much money to decline. Then I chose another name, which existed ....

Cape Otway trip completed

6 April 2021


news - Cape Otway trip completed

My short trip to Cape Otway is over. CLICK HERE to read it from the start.

Cape Otway trip in progress!

1 April 2021


news - Cape Otway trip in progress!

I am now at Cape Otway looking at a lighthouse. CLICK HERE to go to the latest update.

Upcoming trip - Cape Otway

31 March 2021


news - Upcoming trip - Cape Otway

So... COVID is still going full swing in most places around the world. Australia is much better off than nearly anywhere, travel within Australia ....

Upcoming trip - Japan10

12 January 2020


news - Upcoming trip - Japan10

UPDATE: ALSO CANCELLED, Corona Virus. Oh so very predictable. I have now booked my trip for November 2020, back to Japan for the 10th time. The cu....

Upcoming trip - Korwan

10 January 2020


news - Upcoming trip - Korwan

UPDATE: CANCELLED, Corona Virus. Similar to last year but slightly different, from early April I will be spending 4 weeks split evenly between Kor....

Japan9 trip completed!

25 October 2019


news - Japan9 trip completed!

My 9th trip to Japan is now completed. CLICK HERE to go read it all from the start.

Upcoming trip - Japan9

10 February 2019


news - Upcoming trip - Japan9

From the 26th of October I will be spending 4 weeks in Japan, again, in what has become an annual pilgrimage around November. This time I will be ....

Frangland trip completed!

5 July 2019


news - Frangland trip completed!

The FRANGLAND trip is now complete. CLICK HERE to go straight to the full trip report. My n....

Bonus upcoming work trip - France & England

29 June 2019


news - Bonus upcoming work trip - France & England

Work is sending me to Europe for 2 and a bit weeks from 5 July. Since I have a new camera I will probably do my usual format of long boring arduou....

Korkong trip is now completed!

27 April 2019


news - Korkong trip is now completed!

The Korkong trip is finished. CLICK HERE to go straight to the extra long full trip report!

Upcoming trip - Korkong

10 February 2019


news - Upcoming trip - Korkong

From the 30th of March I will be spending 4 weeks in South Korea, Hong Kong and Southern China. Specifically, 4 nights in Seoul, 4 nights in Daeje....

Japan 2015 - Revisited

10 March 2019


news - Japan 2015 - Revisited

As threatened, here is my second retrospective of a previous trip FACILITATED by my need to re-edit, re-export and re-upload all my photos so that....

Full Lap of Taiwan - Revisited

22 February 2019


news - Full Lap of Taiwan - Revisited

This will be the first of a few retrospective introspective reflections on past trips I have taken which have been triggered by my need to re edit....

Let met explain - forwards or backwards?

5 February 2019


news - Let met explain - forwards or backwards?

For the sake of fake self-importance, I am going to write this as if someone actually reads anything that appears on this website. If you are rea....

Lets get overly technical

17 February 2019


news - Lets get overly technical

As the title suggests, this is going to get really technical. I will be discussing Adobe Lightroom, retina screens, css resizing, view portals, IC....


Lists ❯ ❯

My 6 favourite hikes near Seoul in South Korea

13 April 2021


lists - My 6 favourite hikes near Seoul in South Korea

Public transport only, no car or taxi required!

Koreans love hiking. It is the national past time. Hiking in Korea, more specifically South Korea, is very very convenient. It is not uncommon for....

The 7 best day hikes near Taipei in Taiwan

22 October 2019


lists - The 7 best day hikes near Taipei in Taiwan

No car required - take a train or a bus

Time for another list. Taiwan is full of mountains. By some statistics it is the most mountainous country on the planet. By other statistics it is....

The 10 best day hikes near Tokyo in Japan

21 September 2019


lists - The 10 best day hikes near Tokyo in Japan

All of these can be done in a day and accessed by public transport

OK so here it is, another attempt to get people to find my website and explore its extensive content. Google and therefore people seem to like ord....


Full Trip Reports ❯ ❯

Cape Otway short holiday

April 2nd - April 5th 2021


Cape Otway short holiday - I do not normally add local (within Australia) travel to the full trip format on this site, however due to COVID I have not been able to travel overse

I do not normally add local (within Australia) travel to the full trip format on this site, however due to COVID I have not been able to travel overseas. Therefore to make sure I can still use my own site, heres a small trip.

Japan for the 9th time

October 26th - November 22nd 2019


Japan for the 9th time - Yes I know I go to Japan a lot. Every year in fact. This will be the 9th time. This time I will be making a clockwise loop North of Tokyo to some smal

Yes I know I go to Japan a lot. Every year in fact. This will be the 9th time. This time I will be making a clockwise loop North of Tokyo to some smaller towns I have not been to before. Lots of mountains!

France and England - For Work

July 5th - July 23rd 2019


France and England - For Work - Work is sending me to Paris, London and surrounding areas for a packed 2 weeks of work. Therefore do not expect the usual quality and quantity of amaz

Work is sending me to Paris, London and surrounding areas for a packed 2 weeks of work. Therefore do not expect the usual quality and quantity of amazing updates on this trip. Or maybe all my meetings will get cancelled and I will just roam around Europe. Who knows.

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG!

March 30th - April 26th 2019


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Returning to South Korea for the 3rd time which is still waiting for reunification with the auspicious North, before heading to already reunified Hong

Returning to South Korea for the 3rd time which is still waiting for reunification with the auspicious North, before heading to already reunified Hong Kong, a place I have not visited for a few years, from where I will board the new bullet train to provide field observations on the glorious journey to Guangzhou.

Of course I am back in Japan

October 27th - November 23rd 2018


Of course I am back in Japan - My trip to Japan this year will be a lot of time in Tokyo, but then also flying to Naha on Okinawa, then back to Fukuoka, then a train to Nagasaki the

My trip to Japan this year will be a lot of time in Tokyo, but then also flying to Naha on Okinawa, then back to Fukuoka, then a train to Nagasaki then flying back to Tokyo. More planes than trains, hopefully no typhoons, definitely a lot of mountains, maybe bears, surely mildly offensive.

The Great Loop of China

April 14th - May 11th 2018


The Great Loop of China - It looks like Russia and the USA are going to war over Syria to distract people from the situation in North Korea while at the same time China is runn

It looks like Russia and the USA are going to war over Syria to distract people from the situation in North Korea while at the same time China is running rings around Trump on issues related to trade.
To solve this I am returning to mainland China to become the new modern Marco Polo, providing exaggerated reports on my field observations as I travel in a great loop around the middle kingdom.

Back to Japan for Even More

October 21st - November 17th 2017


Back to Japan for Even More - Negotiations with Kim Jong-un have broken down. Mutually assured destruction seems inevitable. North Korea have threatened to sink Japan with a volley

Negotiations with Kim Jong-un have broken down. Mutually assured destruction seems inevitable. North Korea have threatened to sink Japan with a volley of nuclear fire. I am left with no choice, travel once again to Japan to personally man the global missile defence shield. The fate of the world rests on my shoulders.

A Full Lap of Taiwan

March 5th - April 1st 2017


A Full Lap of Taiwan - In a slightly less highly original move than Japan6, I am going to Taiwan4. Which is code for I am going to Taiwan for the 4th time. Taiwan is part of

In a slightly less highly original move than Japan6, I am going to Taiwan4. Which is code for I am going to Taiwan for the 4th time.
Taiwan is part of the reaffirmed one true China and lies to the east of the glorious mainland but well within the 9 dash line.

Visiting 9 Cities in Japan

October 16th - November 11th 2016


Visiting 9 Cities in Japan - In a highly original move, I am going to Japan for the 6th time. I will be gone 27 days, travelling West from Tokyo then to Hokkaido to fight bears be

In a highly original move, I am going to Japan for the 6th time.
I will be gone 27 days, travelling West from Tokyo then to Hokkaido to fight bears before coming back via Fukushima.

London - Germany - Austria - Work & Holiday

May 22nd - June 13th 2016


London - Germany - Austria - Work & Holiday - I am going to England and then Germany for work. I may invade Poland and then escape via the alps. Because I am mainly working, do not expect the norm

I am going to England and then Germany for work. I may invade Poland and then escape via the alps.
Because I am mainly working, do not expect the normal level of bullshit.
Also, I made it so the Europe page works on hand held devices like phones and stuff, it is experimental, so if it is not working properly please shut up.

Japan - Tokyo - Nagoya - Hiroshima - Fukuoka

November 2nd - November 26th 2015


Japan - Tokyo - Nagoya - Hiroshima - Fukuoka - With Australia entering final negotiations to pay the Imperial Japanese Navy to construct a fleet of submarines capable of sinking rickety Indonesian

With Australia entering final negotiations to pay the Imperial Japanese Navy to construct a fleet of submarines capable of sinking rickety Indonesian fishing boats, its time for me to head over and make a deal to ensure a first strike nuclear capability is included.

Korea Again

March 3rd - March 26th 2015


Korea Again - I am going back to Korea to sort out the heiress nut scandal, re float the sunken ferry, agree a ceasefire with Japan over the comfort girl apology dr

I am going back to Korea to sort out the heiress nut scandal, re float the sunken ferry, agree a ceasefire with Japan over the comfort girl apology drama, buy the freedom for the mentally handicapped slaves on the farming islands and welcome Kim Jong-un to town during the reunification party.

Hong Kong - Japan - Taiwan

March 6th - March 28th 2014


Hong Kong - Japan - Taiwan - I did not go anywhere for a year, which sux. So this time I am going for a full 3 weeks at least, to Hong Kong for 4 days, Japan for 8 days then Taiwa

I did not go anywhere for a year, which sux. So this time I am going for a full 3 weeks at least, to Hong Kong for 4 days, Japan for 8 days then Taiwan for 9 days.
Taiwan is not Thailand. Educate yourselves.

Sichuan - China - Chengdu - Chongqing

March 23rd - April 10th 2013


Sichuan - China - Chengdu - Chongqing - 2.5 weeks in western China, split between Chengdu and Chongqing, land of the giant panda hotpot. Thanks to the three gorges dam I did not experience a

2.5 weeks in western China, split between Chengdu and Chongqing, land of the giant panda hotpot. Thanks to the three gorges dam I did not experience a flood.

Tokyo for the weekend

October 25th - October 30th 2012


Tokyo for the weekend - A really short trip over an extended weekend to Tokyo managing to squeeze in a visit to a mountain and Kamakura.

A really short trip over an extended weekend to Tokyo managing to squeeze in a visit to a mountain and Kamakura.

Back to China - Shanghai - Nanjing - Hangzhou

August 27th - September 13th 2012


Back to China - Shanghai - Nanjing - Hangzhou - Back to China again, visiting many cities around the Yangtze river delta, observing the tomb of Sun Yat-sen and taking a stroll around the fantastic w

Back to China again, visiting many cities around the Yangtze river delta, observing the tomb of Sun Yat-sen and taking a stroll around the fantastic west lake.

Japan and Taiwan

March 1st - March 22nd 2012


Japan and Taiwan - A brief stop in Tokyo before taking the Shinkansen to Osaka in Japan followed by Taipei and Keelung in Taiwan.

A brief stop in Tokyo before taking the Shinkansen to Osaka in Japan followed by Taipei and Keelung in Taiwan.

China - From Shanghai to Beijing

November 1st - November 18th 2011


China - From Shanghai to Beijing - China, mainly Shanghai and Beijing including the new bullet train in between and a visit to the great wall.

China, mainly Shanghai and Beijing including the new bullet train in between and a visit to the great wall.

Korea and Hong Kong

September 3rd - September 17th 2011


Korea and Hong Kong - South Korea - specifically Seoul, transiting via Hong Kong and Taiwan and then back through Japan.

South Korea - specifically Seoul, transiting via Hong Kong and Taiwan and then back through Japan.

Taiwan - Hong Kong - Singapore

March 25th - April 11th 2011


Taiwan - Hong Kong - Singapore - Taiwan via Hong Kong with a visit to Macau returning via Singapore and who knows where else.

Taiwan via Hong Kong with a visit to Macau returning via Singapore and who knows where else.

London, for the third time

June 25th - July 17th 2010


London, for the third time - I cant seem to stop going to London for work, this time I made a side trip to Paris

I cant seem to stop going to London for work, this time I made a side trip to Paris

Japan and Hong Kong

May 2nd - May 18th 2010


Japan and Hong Kong - I went to Tokyo in Japan and then Hong Kong again purely for a holiday. The first of many visits to Japan.

I went to Tokyo in Japan and then Hong Kong again purely for a holiday. The first of many visits to Japan.

London again then Hong Kong

February 26th - March 25th 2010


London again then Hong Kong - I went to London to work some more including spending time in Hatfield, then on the way home I went to Hong Kong and took a ferry ride across to Macau

I went to London to work some more including spending time in Hatfield, then on the way home I went to Hong Kong and took a ferry ride across to Macau.

London

September 5th - 22nd 2009


London - I went to London for work and a holiday. Lots of work, not much holiday, although I did go to Oxford.

I went to London for work and a holiday. Lots of work, not much holiday, although I did go to Oxford.

South East Asia

December 3rd - 18th 2005


South East Asia - 16 days travel from Australia to India and back, via Malaysia both ways. Staying Mainly in Chennai, this was a working visit.

16 days travel from Australia to India and back, via Malaysia both ways. Staying Mainly in Chennai, this was a working visit.


Featured Posts ❯ ❯

Less traffic more people

4 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Twelve Apostles-Port Campbell - Less traffic more people

From Cape Otway to Port Campbell via the Twelve Apostles

Today I went to one of the most visited sites in Australia. Probably on one of the busiest days. However due to COVID there are basically zero bus....

Dam dirty and noisy hike

16 November 2019


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Dam dirty and noisy hike

From Okutama station to Mount Gozenyama to Lake Okutama

Dont let the above title fool you. Today was an excellent hike. Lots and lots of photos so I wont type too much here. I say than often then type a....

No ice just blue skies

13 November 2019


Japan-Hiking-Mount Bandai - No ice just blue skies

Climbing Mount Bandai from Inawashiro station

Today was the longest hike of the trip so far. Unless I get lost somewhere on my 3 remaining hiking days, it will likely remain the longest hike o....

Repeat visit

11 November 2019


Japan-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Yamadera - Repeat visit

Omoshiroyamakogen canyon to Yamadera shrine

I have been here before and done exactly this journey before. Top tip for using my site, click the search thing and click the tag for the name of ....

Ice capades on magic mountain

10 November 2019


Japan-Yamagata-Hiking-Mount Zao - Ice capades on magic mountain

Climbing Mount Zao without the cable car

There will be no crater lake photo. There will be lots of photos of ice, lots and lots of ice. It is hard to photograph the wind, but I think you ....

Fast run up an icy mountain

6 November 2019


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanigawa-Doai Station - Fast run up an icy mountain

From Doai station to Mount Tanigawa and back in 4.5 hours

Lots and lots of photos today, so I will do most of my boring nonsense dribbling with the photos. In summary, today was one of my best hikes ever....

A walk in the volcano park

3 November 2019


Japan-Hiking-Mount Akagi - A walk in the volcano park

Mount Akagi daytrip from Takasaki

Its the second day of a three day weekend here in Japan, and people are daytripping all over the place. So I decided to go to a very popular spot.....

Au naturale hiking trail

1 November 2019


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kuratake - Au naturale hiking trail

Mount Takahata and Mount Kuratake from Torisawa to Yanagawa stations

SPLENDIFEROUS weather. No wind, no cloud, forecast max of 21C. You know what that means. Todays hike was out on the Chuo line. This line was badl....

Three peak party

30 October 2019


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Iwatakeishiyama - Three peak party

Climbing three mountains near Mitake including Iwatakeishiyama

Awesome weather, lets get hiking! Todays hike started from Mitake, the main village up the very picturesque and familiar to me Ome line. Most peop....

Expensive trip to small mountain

28 October 2019


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Expensive trip to small mountain

Daytrip to hike Mount Tsukuba using public transport

Today I went to the second most popular mountain near Tokyo, Tsukuba. Strangely I have not been here before, I thought I had, but my memory was wr....

There is no traffic in London

13 July 2019


England-London-Food-Oxford Street - There is no traffic in London

The area north of Kings Cross is now completely gentrified

Like the title says, the first thing I noticed tonight, no traffic. The daily consumption tax thing for crossing the red line and entering the cit....

Palatial botany

7 July 2019


France-Versailles-Palace-Garden - Palatial botany

Palais de Versaille / Palace of Versailles - France

On previous trips I have been to the eyefull tower, I have been to the champs a lease a and I have been to the arch of trump. I had not been to th....

Looking down on the airport

24 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Sunset Peak - Looking down on the airport

Hiking up and over sunset peak from Tung Chung station

Last full day in Hong Kong. Last opportunity for a hike. Good weather. No jokes no tangents no segue, lets get going. Shit too late, until just no....

Surprise waterless hike

14 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Lion Rock - Surprise waterless hike

Hiking from Nathan Road up Beacon Hill over Lion Rock and back again

It was supposed to be pouring with rain all day. I got up and peered out the window, it looked like any other rainy day. I went outside thinking I....

Seven and a half years later

9 April 2019


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Gwanaksan - Seven and a half years later

Hiking over wonderful Gwanaksan from Sadang station

So, 7.5 years ago I came to Korea, and climbed over Gwanaksan. You can find that by looking at my old trip report from 2011, ALL MY CONTENT IS ALL....

Fog shots

5 April 2019


Korea-Hiking-Gyeryongsan - Fog shots

Taking the bus to Gyeryongsan national park to go hiking in the fog

Today I spent many hours hiking in fog. The actual place was called Gyeryongsan national park, which is located a short bus ride to the west of do....

The first of many identical mountains

1 April 2019


Korea-Hiking-Suraksan - The first of many identical mountains

Hiking Suraksan via Danggogae subway station

YESSSSS!!! Today I get to upload about 1000 almost identical over sharpened over saturated photographs of brown mountains with grey rocks. The goa....

Magnificent Lake Okutama

20 November 2018


Japan-Okutama-Lake-Hiking - Magnificent Lake Okutama

Hiking from Okutama station to Lake Okutama and hiking a lap of the lake

Well that all took longer than expected. So long that I didnt even come back to the hotel between todays activity and dinner, more on that later, ....

Hiking with others

17 November 2018


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kawanori - Hiking with others

Hiking Mount Kawanori from Okutama station

Today was a long day, a long day hiking near Tokyo on a Saturday, which meant there were other people. At times lots of other people, but at other....

All about the bridge

15 November 2018


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - All about the bridge

Hiking a lap of Nagasaki over the amazing Megami bridge

As you shall see, today is all about the bridge, but also a tunnel, and also Mitsubishi, and also a more than 30km great loop around the Nagasaki ....

And now for the view

3 May 2018


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Temple of God - And now for the view

City God pavilion of Hangzhou

Hangzhou was nice the last time I came here, apart from the areas that were huge muddy holes in the ground with all the buildings removed on both ....

The west lake of the northern capital

17 April 2018


China-Beijing-Summer Palace - The west lake of the northern capital

Exploring the summer palace by subway

Today I went to another top tourist attraction, the summer palace. I had never been there before. Parts of it are modeled on the famous west lake ....

A really long journey to a really big wall

16 April 2018


China-Great Wall-Mutianyu - A really long journey to a really big wall

Getting to the great wall at Mutianyu on the bus

The pollution came back, but the weather is still good. Its Monday so crowds should be low, time to go to the great wall of China. When I went in ....

All the views

11 November 2017


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - All the views

Hiking Mount Tanzawa from Shibusawa station and the amazing views of Mount Fuji

OK, I took 43 pictures today, so this description will be brief, and lacking any kind of tangents or bonus observations not related to the day. I ....

Primordial typhoon deer attack

3 November 2017


Japan-Nara-Hiking-Deer - Primordial typhoon deer attack

Hiking all the way to the top of Nara

Today I went to Nara, fought off a lot of deer, walked 35km including through a primordial forest, and was again thwarted by the typhoon from goin....

Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

27 October 2017


Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Kunozan Toshogu-Hiking - Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

Hiking up and over Kunozantoshogu in Shizuoka

Today I took a train, walked through the city then strolled up a small mountain, took in the view of Fuji, hopped on a short ropeway ride across a....

Ropes and ladders

30 March 2017


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Wuliaojian - Ropes and ladders

Day trip to hike Wuliaojian

Its my last full day in Taiwan, so its time for one last mountain! According to most people, its the greatest mountain possible to climb in a day ....

Windy teapot

28 March 2017


Taiwan-Jiufen-Hiking-Teapot Mountain - Windy teapot

Hiking the teapot mountain in Jiufen

There were 3 things I was sure I wanted to do whilst in Taiwan on this trip. Go to Taroko gorge, go to sun moon lake, and climb the teapot mountai....

Engorged

10 March 2017


Taiwan-Hualien-Taroko Gorge - Engorged

Day trip to Taroko Gorge from Hualien

Today I went to Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwans 2 main tourist attractions. Dont worry I am going to the other one as well later in my trip. I know y....

White flag

5 November 2016


Japan-Sendai-Omoshiroyama-Hiking-Yamadera - White flag

Hiking along the canyon from Omoshiroyama to Yamadera

Today I had to wave the white flag and retreat back down a mountain I did not even intend to climb. The plan was to go to a remote station with a ....

Terrible sign failure

30 October 2016


Japan-Sapporo-Hiking-Snow-Mount Soranuma - Terrible sign failure

Hiking Mount Soranuma near Sapporo by bus

I thought there might be a bit of snow. Turns out there was endless snow. I thought it might be cold on top of a mountain, turns out it was absolu....

Volcanic gas panic

23 October 2016


Japan-Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpine-Hiking - Volcanic gas panic

Climbing Tateyama on the Kurobe alpine route

Today I climbed one of Japans 3 sacred mountains located on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The alpine route goes from Toyama, across, above and....

Thousands of flying creatures

7 June 2016


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Thousands of flying creatures

Hiking Patscherkofel in Innsbruck

Somehow I deleted what I wrote here? No idea how. Oh well. I think it spoke about how I climbed the mountain swatting at various bugs.

I made it in 9 hours

5 June 2016


Germany-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Hiking-Zugspitze-Snow - I made it in 9 hours

Hiking up Zugspitze via the Reintal route

It was a long fun day. Opinions were mixed on if climbing the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m), was possible so early in the season.....

Other people

23 November 2015


Japan-Fukuoka-Hiking-Mount Homan-Dazaifu - Other people

Hiking Mount Homan in Dazaifu

Its a national holiday, theres only one mountain of note that people living here go to, its peak leaf season, the internet warned of jam packed tr....

Not a bad view

16 November 2015


Japan-Hiroshima-Hiking-Kawajiri-Norosan - Not a bad view

A hiking day trip to Norosan near Hiroshima by train to Kawajiri station

Theres not a lot of mountains near Hiroshima, but I found them anyway. Todays mountain of sorts, was called Mount Noro, which is in Kure city sout....

Grey day on a bald mountain

13 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Hiking-Fujiwaragatake - Grey day on a bald mountain

Hiking Fujiwaragatake in the Suzuka range near Nagoya

Its Friday the 13th. I cant quite provide a night on a bald mountain to celebrate, but I can instead go up a bald mountain on a very grey day. I s....

Long day at altitude

10 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Mount Gozaisho-Hiking - Long day at altitude

Climbing Mount Gozaisho as a daytrip from Nagoya

Today was an excellent, long day. So long in fact that I was gone almost 12 hours. I opened google maps and scrolled around until I saw mountains.....

Rockfall

24 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Dobongsan - Rockfall

Hiking Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park

The last mountain! It was the most technically challenging, with lots of sheer rock faces to ascend with footholds and cables and opportunities to....

Yellow sand day

22 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Baegundae - Yellow sand day

Hiking Baegundae Bukhansan national park

Sorry to disappoint, but it is again mountain hike day. Todays hike was to Baegundae peak in the hugely popular Bukhansan national park, by far th....

Rain gone, mountain time

19 March 2015


Korea-Gwangju-Hiking-Mudeungsan - Rain gone, mountain time

Hiking magnificent Mudeungsan near Gwangju

I woke up excited, mountain day! I leapt out of bed and felt minor pain, in my ribs. My bed is so hard I believe I have bruised ribs whilst sleepi....

Great wall of Korea

12 March 2015


Korea-Busan-Hiking-Geumjung - Great wall of Korea

Hiking Geumjung in Busan

In about 1600, Korea and Japan were having one of their regular wars. To stop this, Korea decided to build a wall along the mountains that surroun....

Its the final mountain

26 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Guanyinshan - Its the final mountain

It was with a deep sadness that today I ascended my final mountain of this trip. Tomorrow I fly out of Taipei at 19:30, connection in Hong Kong at....

Me vs the volcano

23 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Me vs the volcano

Today I went to Yangmingshan national park, just north of Taipei. I have been there before and got lost, its huge, theres a lot of different peaks....


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Ferning about

5 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Treetop Walk-Driving - Ferning about

Otway fly treetop walk and driving back to Melbourne

Last day of short holiday, still one more activity. Time to go to a zip lining park and walk along the metal path among the trees rather than go z....

Giant white phallus

4 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Lighthouse-Night - Giant white phallus

The worst photos of the Cape Otway lighthouse

Just when everyone thought there would be no more lighthouse photos, here are 3 more. Behold it in all its phallic glory. I threatened to take suc....

Less traffic more people

4 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Twelve Apostles-Port Campbell - Less traffic more people

From Cape Otway to Port Campbell via the Twelve Apostles

Today I went to one of the most visited sites in Australia. Probably on one of the busiest days. However due to COVID there are basically zero bus....

The Great Ocean Walk goes both ways

3 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Great Ocean Walk - The Great Ocean Walk goes both ways

Hiking at dusk at Cape Otway

Long day was long. And theres no food options at all where I am staying, no shops, no internet, no other people, just Wallabies. That meant buying....

The great traffic road

3 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - The great traffic road

Along the Great Ocean Road between Cape Otway and Lorne

Today was all about huge crowds of people and traffic. I knew this, I was prepared for this. Lorne was far worse than I thought but everywhere els....

OMG it's a lighthouse

2 April 2021


Australia-Cape Otway-Lighthouse - OMG it's a lighthouse

Many photo's of the lighthouse at Cape Otway

If you like lighthouse photos, you will like this update, it is all lighthouses. The lighthouse is the main attraction, but as you shall see there....

Inland towns and a bird sanctuary

2 April 2021


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Inland towns and a bird sanctuary

Driving from Melbourne to Cape Otway via Colac on the M1 highway

OK. Normally when I go on trips within Australia they do not appear here. COVID has forced a change in that. I thought it best to add this small 4....

Between flights

21 November 2019


Japan-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Narita-Airport - Between flights

Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong on Hong Kong Airlines

I said there might be one more update, here it is. I am now in Hong Kong. No signs of a riot. I cant type for long as I need to get about 10,000 m....

The last supper

20 November 2019


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Okonomiyaki - The last supper

Eating okonomiyaki in Shinjuku

What to have for my last dinner on this trip other than plane food? Okonomiyaki! It was cold outside, so I headed underground to the Sunbade under....

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Miscellaneous ❯ ❯

Canon Photography

2021 Onwards



My Ricoh died in a water related incident so its time for a replacement under insurance. A Canon G1X III. It is a little bigger than the Ricoh but also has an APS-C sensor with stabilisation, but also introduces a zoom lense and weather sealing.

Ricoh Photography

2019 Onwards



Another year another new camera, this time a Ricoh GR III. Back to an APS-C size sensor, fixed 28mm lens, same f/2.8 max speed as my old Fujifilm x70, except the Ricoh adds in body stabilisation. Small, fast, no lense cap.

Sony Photography

2018 Onwards



I already bought another new camera, a Sony a7ii. This is a full frame mirrorless camera, I also bought a 28mm f/2 lens to screw onto it. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my smaller aps-c fixed lens Fujifilm x70 which I also love.

Fuji Photography

2017 Onwards



If you are sick of reading about foreign travel, here are a heap of 'photography journals' taken around Australia using my Fujifilm x70 camera I bought in 2017.

Really old content

Dating back to the 1990's



If you are feeling really nostalgic, here is a tonne of really old content dating back to the 1990's. Its not guaranteed to work and its probably useless to try looking at this stuff on a mobile device.