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Korkong trip is now in progress!

30 March 2019


news - Korkong trip is now in progress!

The Korkong trip is now in progress. CLICK HERE to go straight to the latest post!

Upcoming trip - Korkong

10 February 2019


news - Upcoming trip - Korkong

From the 30th of March I will be spending 4 weeks in South Korea, Hong Kong and Southern China. Specifically, 4 nights in Seoul, 4 nights in Daeje....

Japan 2015 - Revisited

10 March 2019


news - Japan 2015 - Revisited

As threatened, here is my second retrospective of a previous trip FACILITATED by my need to re-edit, re-export and re-upload all my photos so that....

Full Lap of Taiwan - Revisited

22 February 2019


news - Full Lap of Taiwan - Revisited

This will be the first of a few retrospective introspective reflections on past trips I have taken which have been triggered by my need to re edit....

Let met explain - forwards or backwards?

5 February 2019


news - Let met explain - forwards or backwards?

For the sake of fake self-importance, I am going to write this as if someone actually reads anything that appears on this website. If you are rea....

Lets get overly technical

17 February 2019


news - Lets get overly technical

As the title suggests, this is going to get really technical. I will be discussing Adobe Lightroom, retina screens, css resizing, view portals, IC....

Upcoming trip - Japan9

10 February 2019


news - Upcoming trip - Japan9

From the 26th of October I will be spending 4 weeks in Japan, again, in what has become an annual pilgrimage around November. This time I will be ....


Full Trip Reports ❯ ❯

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG!

March 30th - April 26th 2019


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Returning to South Korea for the 3rd time which is still waiting for reunification with the auspicious North, before heading to already reunified Hong

Returning to South Korea for the 3rd time which is still waiting for reunification with the auspicious North, before heading to already reunified Hong Kong, a place I have not visited for a few years, from where I will board the new bullet train to provide field observations on the glorious journey to Guangzhou.

Of course I am back in Japan

October 27th - November 23rd 2018


Of course I am back in Japan - My trip to Japan this year will be a lot of time in Tokyo, but then also flying to Naha on Okinawa, then back to Fukuoka, then a train to Nagasaki the

My trip to Japan this year will be a lot of time in Tokyo, but then also flying to Naha on Okinawa, then back to Fukuoka, then a train to Nagasaki then flying back to Tokyo. More planes than trains, hopefully no typhoons, definitely a lot of mountains, maybe bears, surely mildly offensive.

The Great Loop of China

April 14th - May 11th 2018


The Great Loop of China - It looks like Russia and the USA are going to war over Syria to distract people from the situation in North Korea while at the same time China is runn

It looks like Russia and the USA are going to war over Syria to distract people from the situation in North Korea while at the same time China is running rings around Trump on issues related to trade.
To solve this I am returning to mainland China to become the new modern Marco Polo, providing exaggerated reports on my field observations as I travel in a great loop around the middle kingdom.

Back to Japan for Even More

October 21st - November 17th 2017


Back to Japan for Even More - Negotiations with Kim Jong-un have broken down. Mutually assured destruction seems inevitable. North Korea have threatened to sink Japan with a volley

Negotiations with Kim Jong-un have broken down. Mutually assured destruction seems inevitable. North Korea have threatened to sink Japan with a volley of nuclear fire. I am left with no choice, travel once again to Japan to personally man the global missile defence shield. The fate of the world rests on my shoulders.

A Full Lap of Taiwan

March 5th - April 1st 2017


A Full Lap of Taiwan - In a slightly less highly original move than Japan6, I am going to Taiwan4. Which is code for I am going to Taiwan for the 4th time. Taiwan is part of

In a slightly less highly original move than Japan6, I am going to Taiwan4. Which is code for I am going to Taiwan for the 4th time.
Taiwan is part of the reaffirmed one true China and lies to the east of the glorious mainland but well within the 9 dash line.

Visiting 9 Cities in Japan

October 16th - November 11th 2016


Visiting 9 Cities in Japan - In a highly original move, I am going to Japan for the 6th time. I will be gone 27 days, travelling West from Tokyo then to Hokkaido to fight bears be

In a highly original move, I am going to Japan for the 6th time.
I will be gone 27 days, travelling West from Tokyo then to Hokkaido to fight bears before coming back via Fukushima.

London - Germany - Austria - Work & Holiday

May 22nd - June 13th 2016


London - Germany - Austria - Work & Holiday - I am going to England and then Germany for work. I may invade Poland and then escape via the alps. Because I am mainly working, do not expect the norm

I am going to England and then Germany for work. I may invade Poland and then escape via the alps.
Because I am mainly working, do not expect the normal level of bullshit.
Also, I made it so the Europe page works on hand held devices like phones and stuff, it is experimental, so if it is not working properly please shut up.

Japan - Tokyo - Nagoya - Hiroshima - Fukuoka

November 2nd - November 26th 2015


Japan - Tokyo - Nagoya - Hiroshima - Fukuoka - With Australia entering final negotiations to pay the Imperial Japanese Navy to construct a fleet of submarines capable of sinking rickety Indonesian

With Australia entering final negotiations to pay the Imperial Japanese Navy to construct a fleet of submarines capable of sinking rickety Indonesian fishing boats, its time for me to head over and make a deal to ensure a first strike nuclear capability is included.

Korea Again

March 3rd - March 26th 2015


Korea Again - I am going back to Korea to sort out the heiress nut scandal, re float the sunken ferry, agree a ceasefire with Japan over the comfort girl apology dr

I am going back to Korea to sort out the heiress nut scandal, re float the sunken ferry, agree a ceasefire with Japan over the comfort girl apology drama, buy the freedom for the mentally handicapped slaves on the farming islands and welcome Kim Jong-un to town during the reunification party.

Hong Kong - Japan - Taiwan

March 6th - March 28th 2014


Hong Kong - Japan - Taiwan - I did not go anywhere for a year, which sux. So this time I am going for a full 3 weeks at least, to Hong Kong for 4 days, Japan for 8 days then Taiwa

I did not go anywhere for a year, which sux. So this time I am going for a full 3 weeks at least, to Hong Kong for 4 days, Japan for 8 days then Taiwan for 9 days.
Taiwan is not Thailand. Educate yourselves.

Sichuan - China - Chengdu - Chongqing

March 23rd - April 10th 2013


Sichuan - China - Chengdu - Chongqing - 2.5 weeks in western China, split between Chengdu and Chongqing, land of the giant panda hotpot. Thanks to the three gorges dam I did not experience a

2.5 weeks in western China, split between Chengdu and Chongqing, land of the giant panda hotpot. Thanks to the three gorges dam I did not experience a flood.

Tokyo for the weekend

October 25th - October 30th 2012


Tokyo for the weekend - A really short trip over an extended weekend to Tokyo managing to squeeze in a visit to a mountain and Kamakura.

A really short trip over an extended weekend to Tokyo managing to squeeze in a visit to a mountain and Kamakura.

Back to China - Shanghai - Nanjing - Hangzhou

August 27th - September 13th 2012


Back to China - Shanghai - Nanjing - Hangzhou - Back to China again, visiting many cities around the Yangtze river delta, observing the tomb of Sun Yat-sen and taking a stroll around the fantastic w

Back to China again, visiting many cities around the Yangtze river delta, observing the tomb of Sun Yat-sen and taking a stroll around the fantastic west lake.

Japan and Taiwan

March 1st - March 22nd 2012


Japan and Taiwan - A brief stop in Tokyo before taking the Shinkensen to Osaka in Japan followed by Taipei and Keelung in Taiwan.

A brief stop in Tokyo before taking the Shinkensen to Osaka in Japan followed by Taipei and Keelung in Taiwan.

China - From Shanghai to Beijing

November 1st - November 18th 2011


China - From Shanghai to Beijing - China, mainly Shanghai and Beijing inclding the new bullet train in between and a visit to the great wall.

China, mainly Shanghai and Beijing inclding the new bullet train in between and a visit to the great wall.

Korea and Hong Kong

September 3rd - September 17th 2011


Korea and Hong Kong - South Korea - specifically Seoul, transiting via Hong Kong and Taiwan and then back through Japan.

South Korea - specifically Seoul, transiting via Hong Kong and Taiwan and then back through Japan.

Taiwan - Hong Kong - Singapore

March 25th - April 11th 2011


Taiwan - Hong Kong - Singapore - Taiwan via Hong Kong with a visit to Macau returning via Singapore and who knows where else.

Taiwan via Hong Kong with a visit to Macau returning via Singapore and who knows where else.

London, for the third time

June 25th - July 17th 2010


London, for the third time - I cant seem to stop going to London for work, this time I made a side trip to Paris

I cant seem to stop going to London for work, this time I made a side trip to Paris

Japan and Hong Kong

May 2nd - May 18th 2010


Japan and Hong Kong - I went to Tokyo in Japan and then Hong Kong again purely for a holiday. The first of many visits to Japan.

I went to Tokyo in Japan and then Hong Kong again purely for a holiday. The first of many visits to Japan.

London again then Hong Kong

February 26th - March 25th 2010


London again then Hong Kong - I went to London to work some more including spending time in Hatfield, then on the way home I went to Hong Kong and took a ferry ride across to Macau

I went to London to work some more including spending time in Hatfield, then on the way home I went to Hong Kong and took a ferry ride across to Macau.

London

September 5th - 22nd 2009


London - I went to London for work and a holiday. Lots of work, not much holiday, although I did go to Oxford.

I went to London for work and a holiday. Lots of work, not much holiday, although I did go to Oxford.

South East Asia

December 3rd - 18th 2005


South East Asia - 16 days travel from Australia to India and back, via Malaysia both ways. Staying Mainly in Chennai, this was a working visit.

16 days travel from Australia to India and back, via Malaysia both ways. Staying Mainly in Chennai, this was a working visit.


Featured Posts ❯ ❯

Looking down on the airport

24 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Sunset Peak - Looking down on the airport

Last full day in Hong Kong. Last opportunity for a hike. Good weather. No jokes no tangents no segue, lets get going. Shit too late, until just no....

A peak up the morning path

22 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Aberdeen - A peak up the morning path

Out the back of my hotel are hills. I walked up the steep streets and arrived at some hills. The hills here are full of rich people, some of whom ....

Surprise waterless hike

14 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Lion Rock - Surprise waterless hike

It was supposed to be pouring with rain all day. I got up and peered out the window, it looked like any other rainy day. I went outside thinking I....

Seven and a half years later

9 April 2019


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Gwanaksan - Seven and a half years later

So, 7.5 years ago I came to Korea, and climbed over Gwanaksan. You can find that by looking at my old trip report from 2011, ALL MY CONTENT IS ALL....

Fog shots

5 April 2019


Korea-Hiking-Gyeryongsan - Fog shots

Today I spent many hours hiking in fog. The actual place was called Gyeryongsan national park, which is located a short bus ride to the west of do....

The first of many identical mountains

1 April 2019


Korea-Hiking-Suraksan - The first of many identical mountains

YESSSSS!!! Today I get to upload about 1000 almost identical over sharpened over saturated photographs of brown mountains with grey rocks. The goa....

Magnificent Lake Okutama

20 November 2018


Japan-Okutama-Lake-Hiking - Magnificent Lake Okutama

Well that all took longer than expected. So long that I didnt even come back to the hotel between todays activity and dinner, more on that later, ....

Hiking with others

17 November 2018


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kawanori - Hiking with others

Today was a long day, a long day hiking near Tokyo on a Saturday, which meant there were other people. At times lots of other people, but at other....

All about the bridge

15 November 2018


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - All about the bridge

As you shall see, today is all about the bridge, but also a tunnel, and also Mitsubishi, and also a more than 30km great loop around the Nagasaki ....

And now for the view

3 May 2018


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Temple of God - And now for the view

Hangzhou was nice the last time I came here, apart from the areas that were huge muddy holes in the ground with all the buildings removed on both ....

The west lake of the northern capital

17 April 2018


China-Beijing-Summer Palace - The west lake of the northern capital

Today I went to another top tourist attraction, the summer palace. I had never been there before. Parts of it are modeled on the famous west lake ....

A really long journey to a really big wall

16 April 2018


China-Great Wall-Mutianyu - A really long journey to a really big wall

The pollution came back, but the weather is still good. Its Monday so crowds should be low, time to go to the great wall of China. When I went in ....

All the views

11 November 2017


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - All the views

OK, I took 43 pictures today, so this description will be brief, and lacking any kind of tangents or bonus observations not related to the day. I ....

Primordial typhoon deer attack

3 November 2017


Japan-Nara-Hiking-Deer - Primordial typhoon deer attack

Today I went to Nara, fought off a lot of deer, walked 35km including through a primordial forest, and was again thwarted by the typhoon from goin....

Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

27 October 2017


Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Kunozan Toshogu-Hiking - Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

Today I took a train, walked through the city then strolled up a small mountain, took in the view of Fuji, hopped on a short ropeway ride across a....

Ropes and ladders

30 March 2017


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Wuliaojian - Ropes and ladders

Its my last full day in Taiwan, so its time for one last mountain! According to most people, its the greatest mountain possible to climb in a day ....

Windy teapot

28 March 2017


Taiwan-Jiufen-Hiking-Teapot Mountain - Windy teapot

There were 3 things I was sure I wanted to do whilst in Taiwan on this trip. Go to Taroko gorge, go to sun moon lake, and climb the teapot mountai....

Engorged

10 March 2017


Taiwan-Hualien-Taroko Gorge - Engorged

Today I went to Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwans 2 main tourist attractions. Dont worry I am going to the other one as well later in my trip. I know y....

White flag

5 November 2016


Japan-Sendai-Omoshiroyama-Hiking-Yamadera - White flag

Today I had to wave the white flag and retreat back down a mountain I did not even intend to climb. The plan was to go to a remote station with a ....

Terrible sign failure

30 October 2016


Japan-Sapporo-Hiking-Snow-Mount Soranuma - Terrible sign failure

I thought there might be a bit of snow. Turns out there was endless snow. I thought it might be cold on top of a mountain, turns out it was absolu....

Volcanic gas panic

23 October 2016


Japan-Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpine-Hiking - Volcanic gas panic

Today I climbed one of Japans 3 sacred mountains located on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The alpine route goes from Toyama, across, above and....

Thousands of flying creatures

7 June 2016


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Thousands of flying creatures

Somehow I deleted what I wrote here? No idea how. Oh well. I think it spoke about how I climbed the mountain swatting at various bugs.

I made it in 9 hours

5 June 2016


Germany-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Hiking-Zugspitze-Snow - I made it in 9 hours

It was a long fun day. Opinions were mixed on if climbing the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m), was possible so early in the season.....

Other people

23 November 2015


Japan-Fukuoka-Hiking-Mount Homan-Dazaifu - Other people

Its a national holiday, theres only one mountain of note that people living here go to, its peak leaf season, the internet warned of jam packed tr....

Not a bad view

16 November 2015


Japan-Hiroshima-Hiking-Kawajiri-Norosan - Not a bad view

Theres not a lot of mountains near Hiroshima, but I found them anyway. Todays mountain of sorts, was called Mount Noro, which is in Kure city sout....

Grey day on a bald mountain

13 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Hiking-Fujiwaragatake - Grey day on a bald mountain

Its Friday the 13th. I cant quite provide a night on a bald mountain to celebrate, but I can instead go up a bald mountain on a very grey day. I s....

Long day at altitude

10 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Mount Gozaisho-Hiking - Long day at altitude

Today was an excellent, long day. So long in fact that I was gone almost 12 hours. I opened google maps and scrolled around until I saw mountains.....

Rockfall

24 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Dobongsan - Rockfall

The last mountain! It was the most technically challenging, with lots of sheer rock faces to ascend with footholds and cables and opportunities to....

Yellow sand day

22 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Baegundae - Yellow sand day

Sorry to disappoint, but it is again mountain hike day. Todays hike was to Baegundae peak in the hugely popular Bukhansan national park, by far th....

Rain gone, mountain time

19 March 2015


Korea-Gwangju-Hiking-Mudeungsan - Rain gone, mountain time

I woke up excited, mountain day! I leapt out of bed and felt minor pain, in my ribs. My bed is so hard I believe I have bruised ribs whilst sleepi....

Great wall of Korea

12 March 2015


Korea-Busan-Hiking-Geumjung - Great wall of Korea

In about 1600, Korea and Japan were having one of their regular wars. To stop this, Korea decided to build a wall along the mountains that surroun....

Its the final mountain

26 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Guanyinshan - Its the final mountain

It was with a deep sadness that today I ascended my final mountain of this trip. Tomorrow I fly out of Taipei at 19:30, connection in Hong Kong at....

Me vs the volcano

23 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Me vs the volcano

Today I went to Yangmingshan national park, just north of Taipei. I have been there before and got lost, its huge, theres a lot of different peaks....


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Looking down on the airport

24 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Sunset Peak - Looking down on the airport

Last full day in Hong Kong. Last opportunity for a hike. Good weather. No jokes no tangents no segue, lets get going. Shit too late, until just no....

Pictures from a moving tram

23 April 2019


Hong Kong-Tram-Curry - Pictures from a moving tram

I dont think I have ever ridden on the iconic Hong Kong double decker trams? Tonight I rectified that situation. I predict most people who have be....

The cloudy dragon beach trip

23 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Dragons back - The cloudy dragon beach trip

Today I was lucky enough to hike along what is officially one of the words top 10 urban tropical hiking locations. Who makes these lists? Coming u....

Along the waterfront

22 April 2019


Hong Kong-Central-Architecture - Along the waterfront

Since I was last in Hong Kong, the island side of the waterfront has been completely redeveloped. Impressively so. First of all, the light was per....

A peak up the morning path

22 April 2019


Hong Kong-Hiking-Aberdeen - A peak up the morning path

Out the back of my hotel are hills. I walked up the steep streets and arrived at some hills. The hills here are full of rich people, some of whom ....

Photos of the mundane

21 April 2019


Hong Kong-Causeway Bay-Food - Photos of the mundane

All my photos are mundane. Tonights are particularly mundane. I could have just wandered down to Causeway bay, shot some photos of neon lit street....

Back to daylight

21 April 2019


China-Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Train - Back to daylight

Now I am back in Hong Kong, and despite being under 100km away from Guangzhou, it is not raining, it is quite bright, and very hot. I suspect the ....

Final Guangzhou dampening

20 April 2019


China-Guangzhou-Ramen - Final Guangzhou dampening

Tomorrow I will go back to Hong Kong. I will not need to go outside to get to my Hotel in Hong Kong. My hotel in Gunagzhou is in a mall that conne....

The darkest of places

20 April 2019


China-Guangzhou-Rain - The darkest of places

I think yesterday I wrote something like 'I bet it doesnt rain at all tomorrow'. Well I lost that bet. It rained and rained and rained, and I mana....

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Miscellaneous ❯ ❯

Sony Photography

2018 Onwards



I already bought another new camera, a Sony a7ii. This is a full frame mirrorless camera, I also bought a 28mm f/2 lens to screw onto it. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my smaller aps-c fixed lens Fujifilm x70 which I also love.

Fuji Photography

2017 Onwards



If you are sick of reading about foreign travel, here are a heap of 'photography journals' taken around Australia using my Fujifilm x70 camera I bought in 2017.

Really old content

Dating back to the 1990's



If you are feeling really nostalgic, here is a tonne of really old content dating back to the 1990's. Its not guaranteed to work and its probably useless to try looking at this stuff on a mobile device.