Saturday, July 27, 2019

First visit to Suncorp Stadium

I remember I began watching rugby league as a kid in the late 80's. I remember watching the state of origin on TV when the game was played at Lang Park (which is in Brisbane, Australia) which was the home of the Queenslanders. In the late 90's Lang Park was redeveloped to become what is now known as Suncorp Stadium. It currently can fit just over 52,000 seats. Its massive. It has so many amenities but i just couldnt list them all. I think the obvious ones to point out are that it also has around 25 food and beverage outlets, around 34 bars and 5 ATMs.
One of the entrances into the stadium
We (my colleagues from Griffith course) got to watch rugby union match. It was a test match between the Argentina Pumas and the Australian Wallabies. It was Will Genia's last game and he played well. We all cheered whenever he did something great on the field. Here is the story Wallabies beat Argentina 16-10 in Rugby Championship Test in Brisbane

Myself with the King

Getting ready to start with teams warming up

The games started and the group looks on

Waving them Wallaby flags

Joseph, Jimmy and Tony focus

Midway through the game. Two giant screens shows the game.

After the game we all meet in before we make our way out

Myself, Gigil and Irene meet up. HM UP!

I, off course, wasn't too interested in the game as I think i was overawed by the place itself. It was huge and the noise was intense. There were over 30,000 people and I could see people behaved themselves but those who were a bit cheeky had the security come take them out of their seat. I guess the match was not too great at times because we had to do the mexican wave which was too fun to take part in and see the wave swell as it moved through the rows of the stadium.
It was my first visit to a stadium in Australia and it was great fun.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Catching Up

Its not too often that university class mates catch up.
Our lives are often filled with work, family, sport, recreation etc so it is indeed rare to ever meet up in one place. Well this week, I had the opportunity to meet some of my class mates from university. It had come at an unfortunate time as one of my class mates sister had died so we went to the 'hauskrai'.
Best tumas!
Beemo, Priss, Chuggy and myself with the kids

Beemo painting Loperth's nails

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A visit to the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Im always fascinated by Aboriginal culture and this visit was very informative!
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is based at the foot of Burleigh Headland National Park in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, alongside pristine Tallebudgera Creek.

We first visited the centre building where they gave us a talk on the history, peoples, art & craft and cultural activities of those who had inhibited the Gold Coast area long before it became a city like what it is today. We were fascinated by their stories and then they performed traditional dances showing times and seasons, animals, journeys and many more.
After this session, we went on a walk along the Centre's footpath. It was enjoyable to see birds, smell the sea, meet other walkers and experience the lifestyle of those who had come to love this place.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


I have always heard about this place but to actually see and experience this place just feels so right. Southbank is just right in the city of Brisbane. It is just outside the Griffith University campus in Brisbane so as soon as class ends, you just walk out and then you are already on the part of the stretch that is Soutbank. I noticed that it is really a peaceful place to walk, run or exercise.

People ride, walk or jog along the bank of Brisbane River

Im standing at Southbank while Brisbane city is in the background

At night

Myself, Jimmy and Gigil enjoying the afternoon walk

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thinking about things...

Im standing on the beach at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia
Sometimes He plans the most remarkable things in His own way....things that we have lost faith in and takes the pain away in the most unexpected of ways. We question the way things are. We ask why. There are more questions than answers. But we never give up. We should never loose faith on He who holds our breath in His hands. We hold onto His promises each day.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Australian Outback Spectacular

This was a night I just wish my three kids were here to see - it was just too beautiful!
The group was invited to attend the Australian Outback Spectacular which was around 45 minutes from with the bus shuttle from where we were staying. The AOS (just to save time tying the whole thing) is one of the Gold Coasts must see tourist attraction. It is a Village Roadshow theme park where a story of love happens along the backdrop of the harsh but stunning Australian outback.
It was just like a move with lights, music, great acting, great props and stunning visual artistry.
Of course we ate a three course meal and had wine!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Surfers Paradise

I have always heard about this place called Surfers Paradise. Well now I am finally here at this famous place in Queensland. Surfers Paradise as I learnt is a coastal suburb along Gold Coast city. The place is clean, has efficient transport and many shops too.
The beach itself is clean and stretches for a long way along the coast. In the mornings, I would come down to the beach and walk along the cement footpath. There are so many people walking and running to get some exercise in the morning.
Early in the morning at around 5.30, the sun is already up
Experiencing the sand on the beach
Looking from the room back to the beach
Myself with Wattie exploring the place on foot