Here we go!

My final Koniambo Sunday!

Went up Mount Voh with Duncan this morning.  As we were going up, could see the cloud over the plant – good thing that this condition is only temporary!

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Then after about 6km, we got to the top! Hurrah!  The sun was alway hidden behind thin cloud, and the wind was nice and cooling.

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Could only slightly see the heart.

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Then we descended.  This time, I turned my GPS tracking on (forgot to turn it on during the ascend).

Name: 22/06/2014 10:27
Activity type: walking
Description: Mount Voh descent
Total distance: 6.08 km (3.8 mi)
Total time: 1:24:51
Moving time: 1:23:26
Average speed: 4.30 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.37 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 4.88 km/h (3.0 mi/h)
Average pace: 13:57 min/km (22:28 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13:43 min/km (22:05 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 12:17 min/km (19:47 min/mi)
Max elevation: 702 m (2302 ft)
Min elevation: 91 m (298 ft)
Elevation gain: 702 m (2302 ft)
Max grade: 41 %
Min grade: -21 %
Recorded: 22/06/2014 10:27

Saw some funny things at the bottom.

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Had a drink from my esky full of ice.

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Stopped by the shops on the way back.

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Duncan stocked up, because he’s staying here forever.

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We get biscuits here too!

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Then back to camp.

Did the French thing (stop and chat).

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Saw a kingfisher.

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Then lunch, and back to my room to relax.

Going out to play tennis soon.

Congratulations to Andrew who got married yesterday!

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Sunday 15th June–The final team picnic

After breakfast this morning, I went for a quick walk to take photographs of the moon over the plant, but it was very faint.

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Got back to the bus stop in time, before 8am departure.

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First stop, Kone, for food.

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Scott went around collecting aluminium cans for recycling.

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I pointed him towards a jackpot.

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Then we went to the beach.

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They started the fires.

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Here’s the fish that they caught last night.

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and the food preparation!

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and non-stop eating. 10am-2:30pm, still so full right now!

There was music, singing and dancing.

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Then it was pack-up time, and we came back to camp.

Then I played tennis, and had dinner.  Didn’t eat much – couldn’t eat much.  Just too full!

S&PC Party Time!

I played tennis on Thursday and Friday night, and was going to play on Saturday night, but Duncan couldn’t play because he was invited to an S&PC party.  Then later, I was invited to it too! Smile  So tennis, or party? I went to party!  and it was at the Kone tennis club!

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Here’s me with everyone

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Then we got there, it was dark.

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There was table tennis, soccer, and drinks.

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and friends!

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I had a can to drink, but it was too much for me.

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Then there was food, lots of good food.

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The first plate was good, the second plate was excessive.

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Then there were some speeches.

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and good talking.

Then pack away and watch more table tennis.

This photo is posed.  They were fine!

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Then we went back, I was so tired.

A great night with fun people!

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My final R&R! Part 1–Brisbane and Perth

Saturday 31st May was my travel day.  I slept late the night before and intended to sleep in (as my bus wasn’t departing until 9am). However, I easily woke up an hour before I usually do, and had a relaxed breakfast at my usual time.

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After breakfast, I went back to my room and checked that I had everything packed, helped move some things from Andrew’s room to my room for keeping until he re-mobilises.  Then waited at the bus.

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I was in the bus with Richard and Andrew, both demobilising.

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We had some nems at the halfway stop.

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At the airport, I went into the lounge (for the final time!), and had some snacks.20140531_124130_Unnamed Rd20140531_124529_Unnamed Rd

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Brought Andrew up too.

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Ate more

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Boarded the plane to Brisbane, and ate again.

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The cheese was super orange!

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There was a nice view of the reef.

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Then came out at Brisbane airport.

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Daniel came and picked me up, and brought me up to Mt Cootha.20140531_165234_Cordelia St

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There were many people up there.

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We went for a walk.

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Then Daniel drove me back to my hotel and I checked in and had a quick rest.

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I saw the Hatch office on the way!

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William picked me up and we went to the German club for dinner.  It was a game-night (Brisbane vs Carlton), so it was tricky to get parking (and we could see many people getting fines on their car).  Met up with Adam, Amanda, and Sam.  Most of us had pork knuckle.

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It was a super happy lively atmosphere, with the entertainer one-man-band playing pop hits.

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From there, I followed William to meet with his long-time friends.  Super-nice, had a great night! 

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Got back to my hotel and was in bed by 3am… then my alarm woke me up at 5:30am, to get ready to go to the airport.  So I crossed the road to Roma street station and caught the train to the airport.

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Me sleep deprived.

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Then I arrived at the airport.

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I bought a dozen donuts.

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and ate them at the lounge.

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Not all of them… I packed 10 into a plastic container into my backpack, ate one, and put one wrapped in tissue into my pocket to eat on the plane.

While waiting at the gate, there were sniffer dogs.  But they weren’t interested in my donuts.

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I already ate at the lounge, but had another breakfast in the plane.

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And took many photographs from the window.

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Ate the cookies and cream donut from my pocket.

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I’ve always wondered why Australia looks so patchy from the sky.

Landed around 12, and Julie picked me up.  Went home and rested.  Later in the evening, I went for a jog around the park.   And that was Sunday!

I am safe!

At this morning’s safety meeting, I got a Brazil soccer shirt from Marcia Smile

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It’s Andrew’s last day today!

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Tuisko brought brownies in.

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Boon works safe.

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I try to be safe too!

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Flore wastes food and Jacu tells her off.

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Jacu eats a lot of cake.

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Back of car selfie.

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Meeting.

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Pussy

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Ribs and rice for dinner!

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Big meat Tim

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Everytime I laugh, my stomach hurts, and when I walk up stairs, my bottom hurts.  Thanks BOON!

R&R tomorrow hoorah!

Body Blasted

Tonight was supposed to be a rest night (after playing tennis Friday-Tuesday, and walking up Mount Voh on Sunday!), but, Boon was running his Body Blast class, Contract Edition!  So I joined in!  Maybe I’ll rest tomorrow… or all of next week, since I’ll be on R&R!

Tennis Tuesday

Really tired now! After work, went for a jog around the camp with Duncan, Martin and Craig.  Then straight to tennis with Cedric.  Then to dinner.

Now it’s time to sleep, but I want to show you, the chaomian mountain the serving lady dumped onto my plate, and I conquered!

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and a pussy.

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Te grave? Oui! Je suis grave!

내일은 수요일이에요! 안녕히주무세요!

Night at Voh – Tuesday 20th May

Here’s some photographs from Tuesday night last week.  It was a dark night.  There was Constantin, Marius, Jacobus, Michael, Achim and Peter.  I was taking photographs and it was smelling like urine.  Shined my torch around and realised that there was a puddle nearby upwind!  I moved away from there and it was ok.

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Pamplemousse

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I ate it after dinner Smile  It was nice.

Here’s Ryonall’s fail-coffee in the morning.  The cup overflows!

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My legs are still tired from Mount Voh and tennis yesterday, so I walking up the plant a bit slower today, and feeling it!  But… still managed to have a session of tennis with Andrew tonight, before dinner Smile

Donne moi ta slip!

I learnt a new phrase “Donne moi ta slip”, and what happens?  Two pairs of bonus underwear appear in my laundry bag!  Please contact me if you would like to have them, otherwise, I’m going to put them on the flag pole, or throw them out, or give them to reception!  Even though they are washed, I won’t be wearing them!

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