Laziest days ever

Helen and I just had the laziest New Years day ever! We just had our own Kagami Baraki of DVD watching, specifically Veronica Mars, a very cool TV series about (I know it sounds lame) a girl who helps her father who is a private investigator. It's a very cool detective story - thoroughly recommended. For the 99.9% of people who don't know what Kagami Baraki is, it's a Japanese ceremony held at the start of the year, where you are supposed to reflect about your life and actions of the previous year, and (if you are involved in martial arts especially) reaffirm your commitment to training. Well we certainly didn't "energize our whole year" this weekend, but it was great having such a relaxing time.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! It's the eve of another year here in Covent Garden, London. We're looking forward to a lot more travel in 2006. For us, 2005 was:
  1. New Years with friends in Margaret River, Western Australia
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. London, UK
  4. Paris, France
  5. Venice, Italy
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. South of France
  8. Andorra
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
  11. Auckland, New Zealand
  12. Queenstown, New Zealand
  13. Tokyo, Japan
  14. Scotland, UK
  15. London, UK
We immigrated to London in August on the highly-skilled migrant programme, so as you can see it's been a busy year!

Back to it!

Well, after nearly a year of not updating the news log on my web site, I've finally decided that it's time to start updating it again! The reason? Well, maybe it's that Helen and I have just moved to a new apartment, in fact an apartment that we own! It is in Goulburn St in Sydney, right in the CBD, and we absolutely love it! I'll post pictures when I can be bothered.

Helen's Birthday

It was Helen's birthday on the 10th October, and my present to her has a romantic trip for two around Sydney harbor in a gondella. The gondella is controlled by a man standing on the stern. Helen and I sat in the little cabin in the centre of the gondella, eating lobster, prawns, crab, oysters and a selection of cheeses and drinking champagne. Some soft, romantic music was played through some speakers in the cabin.

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Back from the Gold Coast

Well, we just arrived back from our holiday in the Gold Coast. My parents have bought a fantastic apartment up there. We had a great time playing mini-golf, playing pool, going to the beach, playing tennis, swimming, visiting Movie World, and wining and dining. gold_coast_lunch movie_world_ride movie_world