Onwards to Ottawa!

February 24, 2015

Woke up, checked out, and headed to the airport. We were pretty excited! Dropped off our car and checked in without any hassles. Perks of being a Qantas Club Member – priority check in and lounge access!

Had some breakfast in the lounge and soon we were boarding our flight for Sydney. Shortly after that… onwards to Canada!

The flight from Sydney to Vancouver is always a long one. Benadryl helps to knock me out for most of it and the rest is spent on the computer or watching in-flight entertainment.

Had a crazy health scare during the long haul flight, but that is a story for another time.

Landed in Vancouver and passed through Customs & Immigration without any issues. And of course, we had Tim Hortons immediately 😉 Next thing we knew, we were landing in Ottawa and seeing our families!

So nice to be home!

Flying to Brisbane!

February 23, 2015

The first 5 weeks of work passed by like a blink of an eye. Even so, we were already ready for a vacation, bring it on!

Hung out in the Qantas Lounge at the airport before flying back to Brisbane! Here’s the view!

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We picked up our rental car at the airport and checked in at our hotel – Riverside Hotel Southbank. Clean, modern, good size, and exactly what we needed! Had a daytime nap and rested in bed watching the Oscars.

So nice to being back in Brisbane! After resting, we had a lovely walk around South Bank, bought some Max Brenner chocolates for family, and stopped for a snack at Ahmet’s. Their dinner banquets are definitely worth trying friends!

Excited for food!

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Freshly baked Turkish bread glazed with butter and herbs ($5.50)

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With a side of Baba ghanoush ($4.90) – one of our favourite kinds of dip, made with roasted eggplant

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We also got some Mucver – Green zucchini fritters with tomato salsa, fresh mint & dill yoghurt ($11). Tasty, but much greasier than we personally like.

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Later that night, we went over to Matt and Kristen’s for dinner, joined by James and Kim! So, so nice to see and catch up with them! Felt like forever since spending time with them! Matt and Kristen made yummy chili con carne, James and Kim brought 2 kinds of cheesecake and we brought some wine. So delicious and filling, and in great company too! We miss you guys!

No pictures…sadface 😦

Moments of 2015 in Rocky

Have been an incredible slack at regular blogging 😦

Here are a few happenings since moving to Rockhampton and before going on vacation!

A quick visit from Stacy and Christine during their drive up to Townsville at the beginning of the year!

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Officially starting work as doctors and being featured in the weekly hospital publication 😛 with approximately 30 other wonderful colleagues!

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Experienced ice skating in Australia for the first time on January 18th. Winter Magic Ice Skating in Rockhampton – $18 for 1.5 hours on mediocre ice, in warm weather – the worst rental skates and ice conditions I’ve ever experienced (as a Canadian) but still so much fun! Being one the best skaters on the ice for once is pretty thrilling too 😛

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Thanks to everyone who came out!

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The Canadians have never sweated so much while skating 😦

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We have never had so many Huntsman spiders join our household until moving to Rockhampton. It is ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. You know the well known fact that everything is a nope nope in Australia? That fact is correct.

OH HI GUYS

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CAN I COME IN? PLEASE?

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TOO LATE, I’M INSIDE.

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Laugh at me or not. Those photos were taken on different days and were different spiders! 😦

I have also had the opportunity of making many new friends and getting to know my old ones better, including one of my best – Amanda! ❤

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We can often be found enjoying delicious food together, including this tasty beef wasabi pizza from Pizza Capers 😉

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Visiting Mt Jim Crow with friends on February 7th. A gorgeous view!

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Looks more dangerous than it really is

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Pretty man with a pretty view

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We even caught a rainbow…

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Got nasty mosquito bites

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And ran into this fella lazily feasting

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The gang who climbed Mt Jim Crow!

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A few beautiful beach days were enjoyed!

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A quiet Valentine’s Day this year, as we do every year. I was working and Michael was off. I came home to a delicious home made dinner and some of our favourite red wine! Thank you love!

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Let us take a minute to remember Tropical Cyclone Marcia that hit Yeppoon on February 20th as a Category 4 and Rockhampton as a Category 3 later that day. Michael was meant to start work in the afternoon but it was too dangerous to go in. I was in hospital as the storm was passing through, here’s a short clip…

Received this photo from a friend who was home to give you an idea of the eye passing through!

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Many homes and businesses were affected by the storm, causing at least $750 million in structural damages. Lost power and water affected people for days, even weeks. Not to mention, the heat was unbearable!

The silver lining? Quality time and dinners in the dark. Very romantic no?

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We left for Brisbane on February 23, 2015. Still with no power but thankful we had clean, running water the entire time.

More adventures coming soon!

Anytime at the Giddy Goat

Giddy Goat Cafe & Bar is a favourite for many in Rocky and the perfect place to head with your family or friends at any time. Breakfast, lunch, midday coffee and snack, dinner, and late night drinks.

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With an expansion upstairs open Wednesday – Sunday, lots of room for everyone!

Not to mention they also have attractive specials including:

  • $5 steaks on Thursdays with $1 sides (coleslaw, corn, caesar salad, mashed potatoes, onion rings)
  • $2 tacos on Wednesdays (chicken, beef, fish, falafel)
  • Well priced drinks and daily special menus

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We have visited a number of times now, including on Thursday for the $5 steak special. Incredibly good deal, although you cannot expect an amazing quality steak 😉

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We have also stopped by during the day for coffee and cakes to catch up with friends.

Decent quality cakes available in the cabinet with numerous options and fair prices!

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The coffees ($3.50-4.80) aren’t bad and the slushies ($3-4.50) are tasty, although a tad on the sweet side.

There are also some pretty tasty lunch items including gourmet burgers and healthier options!

I was fooled. Ordered the Salmon, lettuce, avocado, red onion, feta and aioli ($14) thinking it was a fish burger – but it was smoked salmon! Still pretty tasty!

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My favourite type of roasted pork is the old school Asian styled. But this Crispy Pork Belly Salad with mixed lettuce, green beans, coriander, crispy noodles and honey soy dressing ($16) puts a nice spin on my traditional favourite!

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After numerous visits to the Giddy Goat, we have yet to be disappointed by the wait times for food and drinks. The service has also been impeccable – friendly and prompt. Now that we are settled in Rocky, will continue being a regular for sure!

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