Archive for April, 2007


Tuesday, April 24th, 2007


Budi and me, on the trampoline at Ly’s.

Brain Colour

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

I just want to see if this turns out….

Your Brain is Green

Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.

You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don’t get stuck in bad thinking patterns.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).

What Color Is Your Brain?

Pictures Available!

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Pics from the visit that Brook, Jason, and Chau paid me just recently. Photos are courtesy of Brook (thank you thank you thank you!). They’ve been reduced in size a bit, and only a small fraction are in the gallery, but it’s still 70 photos. Brook took about 6 CDs worth of pictures on this trip :)


Happy Festival! חג שמח

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Jason and Chau returned from Melbourne Friday night. We had a great Easter weekend together. Saturday was spent walking around the Rocks, picking up souvenirs at Paddy’s Market, eating yum cha, and doing the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. It was raining most of the day, but it was great that we were able to do the walk. The walk along the coast is stunning, with big sandstone cliffs, broken by beaches. There were rainbows arching across the sky, and it gave them a sense of the number of beaches in Sydney - to get from Bondi to Coogee beach, you also go by Tamarama, Clovelly, and Bronte beaches, plus some smaller bays as well.

After the walk we met Ziv at the Ritz and watched “Bra Boys”, a self-gratulating documentary about the local surfer gang in Maroubra. It was cool seeing my beach and my street in the movie, and kinda funny. It’s good that Ziv and I didn’t go see it openning night because we probably would have been beaten up by the Bra Boys present for laughing at bits in the film. Jason didn’t notice that Sunny and Koby Abberton (2 of the main characters in the movie) had directed, produced, and done the art for the film. Basically, they made a movie about themselves. It made the emotional scenes of Sunny outside the court house in Jai’s murder trial section of the movie somewhat ridiculous, but whatever. It entertained. Plus they had ridiculous footage of them lighting themselves on fire while jumping off cliffs into the ocean. It was great!

Easter Sunday Chau set out an Easter egg hunt for Ziv, Jason and I. It was great fun! I don’t think Ziv’s ever done an egg hunt before, and he really got into it. Chau loved watching us trying to find the eggs. Ziv won the hunt (on a ‘last-egg-wins’ set-up), but I ended up with the most chocolate, so everyone won really. Sunday was beautiful and sunny, so the four of us went to the beach until it began to rain in the afternoon. Watched a movie in the afternoon, and Chau and Jason made us a Passover-kosher Easter thank-you dinner of stuffed peppers. And to top off the visit, my friend Mel from soccer (who, by the way, has a $7000 insurance policy taken out on her Warhammer set) came over to play Twilight Imperium 2nd Ed. with Jason and I. We pulled an all-nighter and finished 2 games, I won the first and Mel the second. She’s a fast learner, and enjoyed the game, so we’re going to play again some time. Thanks Steve for giving me the game!

Jason and Chau left Monday morning :( Monday was still a holiday here, and still Passover. Ziv and I went rock climbing with Stanley and his friend Joe, and then we went out for falafel at Bondi Beach to celebrate the end of Passover (and hence fasting from wheat). We sat at the beach watching for the first stars, and when night fell and Ziv could officially eat wheat again we went to Sababa for the best falafels in Sydney (and perhaps the whole Southern Hemisphere). A good end to a good Judeo-Christian festival.  Happy Festival! חג שמח

All Killer, No Filler!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

That’s the slogan for Martha’s Australian Adventure Tours. If you’ve had a good time with us, tell your friends!

So Jason, Chau and Brook came to visit. They all arrived last Sunday, and between then and now we saw Sydney, went camping in the Blue Mountains, flew to Cairns, went on a 2 day live-aboard Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and diving trip, checked out the Atherton Tablelands, the Daintree Rainforest, and then Brook and I flew back to Sydney and went to the Opera House to hear the symphony last night while Jason and Chau headed on to Cairns.

My personal highlights: Diving out at the Barrier Reef. We saw turtles, and sharks, and nemos! The water was so warm that you didn’t need a wet suit, just a stinger suit, for diving. The food was great, the weather was great, and Jason and Chau were seasick, but managed to keep it under control for the most part.

The bed & breakfast we stayed at in Yungaburra was a breath of fresh air after the boat - so cozy! And our own bathroom, big comfy beds, and tonnes of food. Everyone got to try passionfruit for the first time, and we ate dinner at this quaint Swiss restaurant where Jason and Chau ate kangaroo.

Hiking through the Blue Mountains Chau and I probably had the best conversation we’ve ever had together. The boys were off running up a mountain, so we just leisurely strolled back along the hike and chatted, drinking in the scenery. It was a great day.

Pictures will be making it on-line over the next few days, along with some more stories. Brook took roughly 1000 pictures (it took 15 minutes to transfer them from his camera disk to my computer!), so bear with us while we sort our way through it all.