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Choosing travel over tourism, adventure over comfort

Mingalabar, Back in October, I wrote a blog post about my 2016 trip to Thailand and Myanmar. At the time I was considering the following 2 options for the Myanmar leg of the trip: Book to go on a tour Take a few risks and travel solo At the time I…

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Book a tour or travel solo?

I’m currently planning some pretty exciting travels, to a place I’ve dreamed of visiting for about 3 years and also to a country that I feel strongly drawn to. I have 4 nights booked at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in the North of Thailand from 15 August and I want to…

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Posted in Just Me

A resolution from one who doesn’t make resolutions

Recent movies I have seen a few movies recently – a couple of great ones with a friend from work – Pride (which is a definite DVD purchase when it’s available) and The Lunchbox. Both lovely stories that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. Paddington Just before Christmas another work…

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Posted in Just Me technology

From social media holiday to digital detox

On 31 December, I logged off Facebook for a couple of weeks. Mostly, I didn’t miss it, other than the friends who I mainly stay in touch with via Facebook – I felt bad that my decision to log off, was forcing them to contact me in other ways. My…

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Time to get smart

For a couple of years I have been reading about smart watches, in anticipation of one day owning the Holy Grail of smart watches, the iWatch. One morning in September 2014, I woke up very very early to watch the Apple Event in which Tim Cook and team announced what…

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The Sound of Music - Salzburg, Austria
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The Sound of Music, in Salzburg

I have just enjoyed The Sound of Music on TV, this Christmas Eve 2014. Exactly 19 years ago tonight, I was in Salzburg enjoying my first ever white Christmas. I spent the day at the Christmas Markets and visiting the setting of The Sound of Music. So tonight, feeling festive…

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Yungchen Lhamo
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Yungchen Lhamo – Tibet

Wikipedia says “Yungchen Lhamo is a Tibetan singer-songwriter living in exile in New York City. She has won an Australian Record Industry Association award for best Folk/World/Traditional album, and was then signed by Peter Gabriel’s Realworld Record label.” Wikipedia more about Yungchen Lhamo (from her website) I first encountered Yungchen Lhamo…

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My imaginery magical musical journey

World music Since attending WOMAD in Auckland in 1999 I have been into music from all around the world. In this particular WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) I discovered some performers who remain favourites now: Yungchen Llamo (Tibet) The Drummers of Burundi (Burundi) The Bluehouse (Australia) Gjallarhorn (Finland)…

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My bucket spilleth over

I watched a YouTube video yesterday of a guy on a jetski and thought “I’d like to try that – I should add it to my bucket list.” My bucket list is more of a concept than a thing. There is no list in either analog or digital form –…

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Knocking over those barriers

I love barriers – they make the goal on the other side so much more desirable. I’ve never been one to take the easy path, I set pretty big goals for myself and sitting here, 26 years into my career, I can’t think of any regrets. As a senior library…

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