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Month: March, 2014

Jonathan’s last Sunday at Malabou

Headed out to Malabou beach resort this morning.

I went with Constantine.


We stopped by the supermarket at Koumac for some snacks, then to the bakery.



It was Scott’s birthday, so we got a cake.


Duncan missed the office-coffee, so he bought a coffee.


It was a cloudy morning, when we got there, it was raining.  So sat around some cocktails.





Thanks Constantine for this cool photo of Jonathan!


When the rain stopped, I went for a walk with Constantine.




The bridge crossing the water was broken, so we couldn’t cross.

We went back to the beach hotel for lunch on the island.





We all ordered horse burger (usually comes with the egg on top, but instead, the egg was inside – and it’s not really horse!).



Then we had cake!




Walked along the beach.


I tried to take some long exposures, but, light leaks were apparent.


So I did some testing and narrowed the light leak to the adapter!



But when I tape it, it’s fine!



The camera before:


The camera after:


Tried it with my 35mm Summicron, and the same issue again.  I’m quite disappointed about this as Novoflex adapters are supposed to be of high quality – not leaking light!

Then we came back, on the way to my room, I saw Emerson, who had just came back, he gave me mango, some crackers, and a keyring Smile

Early start tomorrow morning! Goodnight!


New Pussy

Today, I saw the kittens have come out of hiding.  They are so small, fluffy and cute.






Pandanas Waterfall and then Koumac Le Skipper for lunch!

We set out at 7:30 this morning, and headed to the waterfall.  We parked the car not far from the entrance and walked in.  It was a sunny morning!




When we got to the river crossing, I couldn’t do it balancing on rocks, so I just took my shoes off and walked through.



Then we saw the water in the distance!



After 1 hour, we got to the bottom of it and then climbed up, some parts were pretty slippery.


I tried taking long exposures with a 10 stop ND.  However… my camera was plagued with light leaks Sad smile



Here’s Richard!


Here’s Jonathan!



Then myself Smile


Then we headed back.




We went back to camp, had a shower, then met up again to go out for lunch.  We went to Le Skipper in Koumac.



Jacu enjoyed my camera, he wants to buy a camera Smile


I ordered the tuna and prawns, with fries and eggplant side.


5 out of 6 of us ordered the same thing, the Tuna-Prawn duo! However, with different sides.  I think I made the right choice.  It was good!


After our mains, it was dessert time… we all ordered the same dessert.  Karanougat.  It was so good! so good! SO GOOD!





Then we came back…  fantastic Sunday Smile

I went for a run…

I went for a run jog tonight, I know I’ll sleep well tonight!

David brought candy to work, and shared with us!



There’s jokes on the inside wrapper (in French).

Just had my dose of chocolate tonight as well…. yum yum yum! Smile


Volker told me that he lives next to the Lindt factory, and he brought chocolate.

At dinner, he kindly gave me a bag full of Lindt chocolate.


700g of cookies and cream chocolate!  So I brought it back to my room, opened the bag, and took a sniff.  Choco-Chocolatey-chocolatest chocolate aroma filled my senses.20140316_195501

I invited Tim over for some chocolate-time.  It was… fantastic.


I’m so happy, so delicious! yeh yeh yeh yeh!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Volker Smile

It has made my night wonderful.

After the not-so-wonderful dinner Smile


Good-chocolate-night SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

We want to help!


It’s a quiet Sunday.


Sunday–Fish and Chips for lunch

It looked good.


but it actually wasn’t.

However, icecream was good!  Chocolate icecream!20140316_125507

I love my new socks!

During my R&R, I bought some new socks.


A few years ago, Qantas sent my luggage to Paraburdoo instead of Port Hedland, and I had to buy some boots and socks just to get onto the site for that day.  I bought a pair of these bamboo socks, and loved them, but holes formed and now I can’t wear them.

For the past year, I’ve been wearing some socks from Kmart, they were ok at first, but now, they keep dropping when I walk and aren’t very comfortable.

This time, I bought three pairs of different sock, and going to test them to see which ones I like best.  So far, I’ve worn the red ones and green ones and love them.  They are so soft and comfortable, that whether in my normal shoes, or work boots, my feet feel so happy!



and the colour is fantastic too!!!!

Sunday: 10 Croissants and 4 Sausages

Sunday morning, I woke up and heard my aircon beep – there was another power trip.

I got up and loaded youtube, but while I was watching a video (review of A7R + Canon lens), it stopped loading, the internet had cut off.  So I got up and read.

Then I went to breakfast. It’s Sunday, so we get croissants today.  Tiny tiny croissants.

I asked for croissants, I was only given 4.  I asked for one more and the lady serving said no, so I told her that I’ll come back later, and she said ok.


After finishing my 4 croissants, I went again, and got another serving, but this time she only gave me three.  I asked for one more, and she said no, so I told her that I’ll come back later, and she said ok.


One more time, I went, and got another 3 croissants and 2 sausages, and that was it for me.  10 croissants and 4 sausages, that’s enough for breakfast!

After, I went to the bar with Duncan, and the internet was working there.  I tried playing a game on my phone, but have given up gaming on my phone for now.  Maybe when I leave New Caledonia, I can shop for a new phone… 106 days to go!  At least the internet is working in my room now Smile

My camera is broken

The Canon S100, my daily-pocket-companion, has malfunctioned!20140316_103137

There is a lens error – the lens is stuck out!  I’ve tried turning it on and off, taking the battery out and putting it back in, turning it on while touching the lens here and there.


Actually, when writing this, it started working.  Then I tried again, and it’s malfunctioning again Sad smile   I didn’t drop it or mistreat it.  It just started happening!  I’ll bring it back to the shop on my next R&R and hope they can have it fixed!

I’ll have to rely on my phone-camera for now!