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Vacation: Cairns!

Almost 2 month late upload, but better late than never I suppose.. A very fun few days with heaps of walking and sightseeing, and also a day's worth of freezing to death on the Great Barrier Reef and almost throwing up on the boat ride there, but pretty good! Went with Captain Matty's Barefoot Tours for the sightseeing spots you'll see here - great value for money tour.


Discovering this great little semi-outdoor Korean restaurant 'Happy 4 10' on Urbanspoon was definitely one of the major highlights of the trip. The food was so good that we gladly went back another night to try out some of their other dishes. Sarah and I would kill for something that good in Brisbane.

Weekend night market!

Not great, not bad - just OK.

Sarah's handiwork with 3 sheets of temporary tattoos including butterflies, dragons and roses.

Tea leaf farm!

Sick sunroof.
Beware of angry cows.

Apparently the workers at a local graveyard complained about the lack of toilet facilities closeby, and so the council supplied a lavatory in the shape of a coffin (quite questionable taste). There were enough complaints about its appropriateness that it was moved to the other side of the road and decommissioned from service with an appropriate RIP sign.

An amazing placed called the Crater Lakes, where the water is so clear you can see for tens of metres straight down and see fish and turtles swimming about. No fishing though, boo!

And finishing off with a nice pano from MacHugh lookout.

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My Valentine's Day Present

Best Valentine's Day present ever - a brand new SOG Seal Pup Elite with a Kydex sheathe (and an excuse to use the blog which hasn't been touched in an unacceptably long time). 

Why a knife for a present, you ask? Most that know me would know that I can like some pretty strange things, and knives just happen to be one of them! I've been keen on buying this particular one for literally years but I never got around to actually doing it. Thanks to the lovely srh, now I don't have to, and my SOG Flash now has a bigger brother :D

pls ignore the obvious white balance difference


Q: OMG why do you have a knife are you going to stab someone?! Why would you want a knife?!


Just like how running people over isn't the primary purpose of owning a motor vehicle, stabbing someone is not the primary purpose of owning a knife! Knives have and continue to serve as one of mankind's greatest tools which sees use anywhere from in and around the house, to the great outdoors. Thinking that knives are only good for stabbing people is incredibly narrow-minded, and you should throw out all your kitchen knives and cut your meat with scissors (which are just 2 opposite facing knives). I would never consider carrying a knife on my person for 'self-defense', and neither should you! Knives can be incredibly dangerous to their own user in the hands of the untrained, and is generally not an optimal tool for self protection.

Anyone who has ever carried a multitool or a Swiss Army Knife in their pocket will know that even a small blade comes in handy very often (cutting string, opening boxes and letters, etc), and anyone well versed in outdoor activities like camping will tell you that a good knife will be one of your greatest assets.

Also, they just look cool as fuck. And I'm a boy who likes cool things HAHA.

Q: Do you seriously carry these around?! That's so dangerous!

Of course not! Unless I'm going fishing or camping ~__~
It is illegal to carry a knife on your person (unless you are in the middle of an outdoor activity like fishing, or have a knife on your belt as part of your Scouts uniform). However, as of November 2012, you are allowed to keep a multitool like a Swiss Army Knife on your person for utility purposes. Personally, I used to carry a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife in my pocket for a number of years, before switching to a Victorinox Swiss Card which fits nicely into my wallet but is nowhere near as durable.

  • A person may carry a pen knife or swiss army knife for use for its normal utility purpose. - QLD Police
  • A good article on pocket knives by The Art of Manliness: Why Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife.

    Q: What would you even use it for?

    If I'm going to go camping, then lots of things! You can use a knife for batoning wood to make firewood, making tinder, marking trails, building shelter, food preparation, etc. Life would simply be infinitely easier with one than without one, and there's almost no reason to not have a good quality knife (or machete) if you're planning on experiencing the great outdoors. 

    If I'm not going camping, then it sits in my cabinet and looks pretty heheh.

    As an end note, yes, I think knives are cool, but they should definitely not be treated as toys. They should be handled with due respect and care (srh managed to cut the tip of her finger just by pulling it out of its sheathe the wrong way), and be kept far out of the reach of children!
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    Storm Season

    Hello everyone!

    Here are some photos from the atmospherically-volatile past few days. Taking photos of lightning is fun, but seeing them in person is really something else! Majestic in their size, shape and violence, I'm really glad at being able to capture some of it in my photos, and I'll certainly be on the lookout for more in the coming storm season.

    And a double rainbow in the afternoon!

    Here's what happens when there's a bolt that's just too close or bright to be captured! It's like trying to take a photo of the sun - you get no detail at all.

    Hope you liked them!
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    Vacation: Melbourne!

    Late upload, but luckily there aren't many photos that weren't already on Sarah's blog :D Was a great trip. I've yet to edit the photos from the zoo seeing as there were as many as the entire trip just from one visit. Hopefully I'll get around to it soon.

    Supercars of Chapel St.

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