Even though this is not the first time I embarked on an aerial flight on a job assignment, taking a flight on a helicopter is totally different from a small (Cessna) aircraft. Those sweeps & swings of the helicopter nearly caused me to throw up my breakfast on the cockpit.
Nevertheless, a bad ride in the sky is better than a good day at the office.
Since kids outgrow their bikes, giving/receiving hand-me-downs can be a good way to $ave the earth. This little green 16" has been lying around collecting dust before i got it from my nephew. With 2 sand papers, 2 cans of spray paint & some help from 2 little busy bodies, we recycled the life cycle of a bicycle.
Just a quick note to say a big thanks for the mountain bike that Richard lent me during our stay in Rosewood. Well, getting on a bike in an unfamiliar land makes me feel like a child again. There are so much to explore in this part of the world. Besides the usual farm horses & alpacas, sightings of wild animals like kangaroos...hares...ducks are surprisingly fascinating. The vast scenic hilly landscape with cool winter breeze makes the ride even sweeter.
Oops! I swear i didn't drink & ride.
Just in case i wandered off into wonderland, this toy will definitely come in handy.
See it for yourself... up close and personal! See the magnificent Humpback Whale breach. Hear their great tail slap the water... but that's not all, we were entertained by a school of dolphins & a giant sea turtle before we spotted our first whale of the day. Whale watching is something you shouldn't miss if you had a chance to visit Gold Coast during the whale season.
~ Humpback Whale are the fifth largest animal on the planet, growing up to 18 metres in length and weighing as much as 45,000kg (99,000lbs) - equivalent to 11 elephants or 500 people!
Can't get enough of sea but starting to get seasick?? No worries, Sea World is not far away. We can still see dolphins (show) & other marine life here but ironically the world's largest land carnivore stole the show. Australia's only Polar bears in their home at Sea World.
Another awesome experience... A huge playful 'white' bear swimming gracefully underwater viewed through large underwater viewing window.
Just another great Sunday afternoon spent with the kids doing some follow-up bike cleaning after a muddy ride on Thursday evening. As usual, the kids will imitate everything i do... but their little bike cleaning activity just managed to keep them occupied for a while before the splash battle rages on.
Riding alone once in a blue moon is exhilarating. Whether i’m getting a quick MTB fix in familiar territory or on a solo wilderness adventure, going alone is a great way to get in touch with both myself and the nature.
Over the years, one interesting thing I have noticed is that whenever i ride alone, i often encounter more wild animals. Besides monkeys & squirrels, the cobra is topping my “creature of the day” list. From a foot long baby cobra to 3 meters giant king cobra (trust me, it’s not from a snake show at Penang Hill), cobra sightings really spiced up my solo riding experience and luckily, none of those events was considered life-threatening. :> Hissss..sss..
It was a fun friends & family day out at the beach, and what's more, beautiful weather coupled with BBQ & endless supply of cold beers. Everything was so perfect until a dead sea turtle was found floating a few hundred meters off Muka Head beach while we're on our way back to Teluk Bahang harbour. This was my third sea turtle encounter in this area. Unfortunately, this one was not so lucky.What a bittersweet way to call it a day.
Penang National Parkis one of the few natural forested areas left on the island. It is also currently the world's smallest national park with a combination of the forest and sea. Rich in biodiversity and wildlife, a fun day at the park/beach can turn into an opportunity to teach the kids about marine life and how we need to protect our seas or mother nature in general.
- Below is a video footage with Pak Atan (boatman), CS and company retrieving the poor turtle from the sea before sending it to the Turtle Conservation Centre at Pantai Kerachut.
Riding the sacred trail, Vivekavana has become my weekly ritual. It almost feels like i'm going on a pilgrimage, getting closer to nature, fulfilling emotional & physical needs & searching for the ultimate sense of achievement one can get from topping a hill non-stop. Thanks to the 2km long god forsaken climb to haven.
A hidden jewel... Vivekava is a Theravadian monastery located up the hill of Bukit Mertajam.
By far, this is the most beautiful trail i've ever ridden & still think it's very beautiful even i've ridden the trail so many times.
Fresh jungle breeze...sweet cicada buzz... & cool jungle trail seems further & further away from her ever since the arrival of our 2 lovely little monsters (Wien & Iwen).
It's been almost 8 months since her last MTB ride up a hill. Even though we had our family ride regularly (around the neighborhood, most of the time), the love of riding in the great outdoors can never get enough. She miss the mother nature so much & even missed all the excitement that i was fortunate enough to have by sacrificing herself taking care of the family while i'm hitting the trail.
Well, i guess that's the nature of a great mother... a wonderful wife. Thanks for the sacrifice...Thanks for everything!
Even though indoor workout is not really her cup of tea, keeping fit is vital in order to keep up with the kids... or perhaps for the next MTB outing in near future.