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30d30m#24: Port Coogee, Western Australia

30d30m#24: Port Coogee, Western Australia

Visiting family in Fremantle and had to take the opportunity of continuing the 30d30m project with a photo of the sun setting on the ocean – something I don’t get to see on the east coast. The sun seems to set quicker when watching it disappear into the ocean. Last year I spent a few months in Fremantle. It was a very unique situation with a few very good mates. […]

24 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#11/12/13: Sawtell Beach at sunset and Muttonbird Island, Coffs Harbour

30d30m#11/12/13: Sawtell Beach at sunset and Muttonbird Island, Coffs Harbour

Weekday’s are always hectic: work; yoga; gym; personal projects; special events; and visiting a beach for 30 minutes every day. 30 minutes is only 2.5% of a day, and I’m glad each day that I’ve made the effort to take some time out and visit… Muttonbird Island is accessed via the jetty at Coffs Harbour. Not exactly a beach visit. Just behind where I took this photo is the tiny […]

14 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#10: Urunga Boardwalk/Breakwater and Mylestom Spit

30d30m#10: Urunga Boardwalk/Breakwater and Mylestom Spit

Being the weekend, I had time to explore beaches a little further from the usual. On Sunday I took a 15 minute drive south to Urunga. A boardwalk follows the breakwater from the caravan park in town all the way to the beach. It was a warm day, but the sand on the beach was clogged with piles of driftwood – probably from the recent weeks of storms – and didn’t […]

11 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#9: Digger’s Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW

30d30m#9: Digger’s Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Accessed via the highway directly opposite the Big Banana is the small Digger’s Beach. It’s in the resort area to the north of Coffs Harbour and is a very picturesque little beach. This photo was taken from a lookout installed by Rotary along the pathway that extends along most of the beaches in the Coffs Harbour area. I spotted an interesting headland to the north and went for a walk […]

10 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#8: The Tower at Sawtell SLSC (HDR)

30d30m#8: The Tower at Sawtell SLSC (HDR)

Sunset on Sawtell Beach at the beachside of Sawtell SLSC.

8 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#7: Murray’s Beach, Sawtell (Panorama and motion photos)

30d30m#7: Murray’s Beach, Sawtell (Panorama and motion photos)

Today’s beach visit was later than usual. This meant I was in time for the sunset and some colourful clouds. Click on the photos below to view the hi-res versions on Flickr. I really like the first one, capturing the motion of the waves breaking and the seagull strolling along. I’m not happy with the result of this panorama, but it gives you a glimpse of the effect the sunset […]

8 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#6: Sawtell Beach at the Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club

30d30m#6: Sawtell Beach at the Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club

Today the clouds were still a mess and so was the ocean. From Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club I walked up towards Murray’s Beach (where I was yesterday). I love the sound of the waves washing over the pebbles strewn across the shoreline. Adds to the meditative state that spending 2.5% of my day at the beach brings.

6 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#5: Murray’s Beach, Sawtell

30d30m#5: Murray’s Beach, Sawtell

Today it didn’t rain… there was even a spattering of blue sky to be seen. I thoroughly enjoyed just being at the beach today, didn’t stroll more than a few hundred metres, just relished the good weather.

5 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#3 & #4: North Park Beach, Coffs Harbour

30d30m#3 & #4: North Park Beach, Coffs Harbour

This isn’t a beach I usually get to. It’s all the way over the other side of the Coffs city centre. When I first moved to Coffs Harbour in 2003 this was my local. Good to be back.

4 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
30d30m#2: South Park Beach, Coffs Harbour

30d30m#2: South Park Beach, Coffs Harbour

Rain, heavy at times. That was the forecast for today and that was what we got. Today I drove towards North Boambee Beach which is accessed via the jetty area, but the Coffs Triathlon was on and the roads at the jetty were diverted. South Park Beach at the Coffs Creek inlet (HDR Panorama). A tee-pee on South Park Beach (HDR). So that’s day 2 of the 30 days / […]

2 March, 2013 1 comment Read More
30d30m#1: Sawtell Island at Bonville Head

30d30m#1: Sawtell Island at Bonville Head

The weather has been grim lately. This is 5th week of grey skies and there is only more to come. It started with 3 days of torrential downpour on Australia day long weekend, with multiple severe weather occurrences since. Sawtell Island at Bonville Head. Headed to the south end of Sawtell Beach, to the start of the coral outcrop area known as Sawtell Island. The rain made a comeback at […]

1 March, 2013 0 comments Read More
WordPress Hosting Review: HostGeek Australia

WordPress Hosting Review: HostGeek Australia

For over 2 years now I’ve been a happy customer of HostGeek. I run 5 WordPress installations on their Savvy Geek Web Hosting. Take a look at all their website hosting plans. In this detailed review I’ll share my experience with HostGeek using their shared website hosting (what they call business website hosting, but very suitable to personal sites like mine), as well as giving you an inside look at […]

13 December, 2012 1 comment Read More
Driving Australia – Fremantle, WA to Newcastle, NSW

Driving Australia – Fremantle, WA to Newcastle, NSW

After doing a van trip in North Queensland a couple of years ago, I’d always wanted to drive and camp across the great Nullabor desert of south-central and south-western Australia. Leaving Fremantle (near Perth) in mid May, my good friend Dave and I piled ourselves and possessions into a Lancer sedan for one of our most unprepared and unique camping trips yet. Here’s what you’d see if you were driving […]

10 June, 2012 0 comments Read More
Farewell Speech to Japanese Junior High School

Farewell Speech to Japanese Junior High School

In early March, nearing the end of the Japanese school year, I was asked to give a farewell message to the students of one of the junior high schools where I am an ALT. Even after living here for a year, my Japanese is quite poor. But I wanted the students to understand my message without it coming across like an English class. So I broke the speech up, saying […]

22 March, 2012 1 comment Read More
Things I Wished I Brought To Japan as an ALT (or any English Teacher)

Things I Wished I Brought To Japan as an ALT (or any English Teacher)

Approaching the 1 year mark of living in Japan and working as an Assistant Language Teacher in 2 Junior High Schools in Toyota city, Aichi prefecture, I’ve started remembering the months leading up to departure from Australia last year. What stuff do I need that I might not be able to find easily in Japan? What things will be useful as a teacher? What don’t I need to bring? Prepare […]

16 February, 2012 2 comments Read More
WordPress, Travelling, Blogging and Product Promotion: An Interview With Me

WordPress, Travelling, Blogging and Product Promotion: An Interview With Me

One of the great things about WordPress is the community… the people are passionate and have a great attribute of sharing freely. Jean from WP Mayor contacted me a while ago after I left a comment on one of his blog posts. It ended up in this interview… enjoy my WordPress super-expert-knowledge and self-promotion abilities! Dean Wormald: Meet a Travelling WordPress Freelancer & Entprepreneur

26 January, 2012 0 comments Read More
The ALT experience and living in Japan – my first 6 months

The ALT experience and living in Japan – my first 6 months

Last month marked my first 6 months of working and living in Japan. Since I arrived in Japan, I’ve been living in Toyota city (Aichi prefecture, near Nagoya), working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at 2 local junior high schools. This post has been in the works for a few weeks now, whenever I have a few minutes down time. If you are thinking about coming to Japan to […]

11 October, 2011 12 comments Read More
How to make websites: a guide for Australians

How to make websites: a guide for Australians

Finally, I’ve done it. From the initial thoughts years ago, to the start of methodical work on it, my venture into selling in the online space has commenced. After a degree in Mutlimedia (marketing major) and 5 years working in some of Australia’s leading interactive agencies and businesses, I wanted to share my knowledge of making successful websites. So I created the PDF eGuide and a companion website and support […]

10 October, 2011 0 comments Read More
How to integrate a PHPlist subscribe page into WordPress

How to integrate a PHPlist subscribe page into WordPress

See a way to integrate a PHPlist subscribe page into your WordPress site, that actually works! I got sick of trying to get WP PHPList, yPHPlista and WebJunk PHPList to work… this is much easier and quicker.

8 October, 2011 3 comments Read More
WordBeach, Nagoya 2011

WordBeach, Nagoya 2011

I’m posting this to my WordPress blog via the iPhone app, from WordBeach near Nagoya. WordBeach homepage: http://wordbeach.org/ (Japanese). Yokoso News page, including details on the live video cast I was a guest on: http://yokosonews.com/matsuri/wordbeach2011/ (English). Struggling with understanding the language, but it’s interesting to see the WordPress community in Japan. It was a pleasure to meet a few key people involved with translation of WordPress releases and documentation. One […]

27 August, 2011 0 comments Read More