New hobby – Golf

This year has provided us with many opportunities for Michael’s new hobby – golf. We also have a number of friends who enjoy it as well, which is great, because the more the merrier!

Golf is surprisingly quite affordable around Rockhampton with at least 6 different courses. And tagging along gives me lots of time for photography! Of course, I could definitely use more practice on my swings, but plenty of time for that right?

Below are some of my favourite photographs taken while golfing so far this year, enjoy!

Moon at dusk

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Mike and Jin sharing a few laughs

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Garrett’s really good! Always nice to have him around to give tips 😉

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Jess keeping an eye on the guys

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Candid moments

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Beautifully quiet

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Perfect advertisement moment 😛

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Rainbow!

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Always meeting new friends!

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Golf = happiness?

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Beautiful sunsets

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FULL ALBUM HERE if you’re interested! I’m sure this album will keep growing throughout the years!

Weekend trip to Bundaberg!

August 8-9, 2015

We finally took a weekend off to visit our friends Yoni, Josiah, and his wife Danya! Josiah and Danya are settled and working in Bundy this year, while Yoni was rotating through for his surgical rotation. and coincidentally also working with Josiah.

Only ~2.5hrs from Gladstone, we left early Saturday morning and stopped at Agnes Water along the way! Didn’t swim but had a nice picnic and the beach reminded us of an undeveloped Noosa 🙂

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We arrived to Bundaberg in the late morning and decided to visit their Botanic Gardens.

Two conclusions:

  1. So many birds!
  2. Definitely worth a visit if you have time!

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Japanese Gardens

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Chinese Gardens – look at all the turtles!

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So peaceful 🙂

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Picking up Yoni after he finished work, yay – finally reunited!

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As Josiah was still busy moving into their new house, we decided to go for a late lunch and meet him later. For the first time this year, Korean food! How I missed you! Had a great meal at Korean food&Cafe “Hello” consisting of…

Bibimbap!

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Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and a side of Kimbap! So good!

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Always ruining my photos!

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Not only was the food good, the restaurant even had a ‘Korean Grocery Store’ section – allowing us to stock up on all our favourite Korean snacks for cheaper!

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The city centre reminded us of Rocky!

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Danya was unfortunately out of town Saturday, but we had a lovely dinner and catch up with Josiah and Yoni at City Elements, which I will share more about in a separate post!

The following morning, August 9th, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Botanica Cafe with some of the most generous portions of food AND hollandaise sauce!

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Of course, a visit to Bundy just isn’t complete without stopping at Bundaberg Rum Distillery!

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Definitely worth paying $15 for a self guided-interactive tour. If you have time, sit and watch the National Geographic segment: Bundaberg Rum Megafactory. Very informative and interesting!

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Did I mention at the end of the tour, your price includes 2 drinks? And those drinks can include the limited edition MDC Black Barrel – Distilled 2005, valued at $139/bottle? Worth it!

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The boys went to play golf in the afternoon at Bargara Golf Club while I recuperated in bed from a viral illness. Luckily I was feeling much better by late afternoon when Danya returned from Brisbane!

So nice to catch up with these guys!

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One last meal together at the Spotted Dog Tavern before driving back to Gladstone – until next time friends! We miss you!

Past moments in Gladstone & Rocky!

A few more memories! Haven’t been posted but certainly not forgotten! 🙂

Celebrating one of my fav ladies’ 24th birthday (June 17)! A nice meal at Gracemere Hotel and, of course, cake!

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Obviously very happy with the company and the cake 😛

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The numerous drives back to Rocky every weekend while we were in Gladstone. Gosh, it was always good to be home and sleeping in our own bed!

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Ocean visits! Walking along the beach never gets old with perfect blue skies and good company! Especially when it’s so close by!

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Celebrating Kon’s birthday (June 28) with cake, boardgames, and wine!

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Plus what better birthday gift than a hockey jersey of your favourite team from your girlfriend? 😛

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Making it out to Rockhampton River Festival (July 11) – enjoyed some good food and even watched fireworks in the pouring rain!

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And only once in our 10 weeks in Gladstone did we have a visitor – Jin coming down to visit Jess!

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But it did make for a pretty darn good breakfast out at lightbox. I mean… check out their breakfast special for $23! Easily one of the tastiest breakfasts I’ve had. And for the first time in Australia, when I answered, “I’d like my eggs over easy please,” they understood exactly what I meant!

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Good coffees too, thumbs up lightbox!

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The boys played golf whenever they had the chance – I had a lot of time to take photos on the golf course… enough for a whole post on its own!

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Not forgetting to enjoy some good homemade food in Gladstone!

Having Jess and Ian (surg PHO) over for some Viet subs, savoury sticky rice and stir fry!

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And being treated to chicken curry and spring rolls made by Ian and Jess, respectively! Yum 🙂

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Selfie during our last meal together before Ian heads back to Brisbane! Thanks for being good to us!

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More good times to come!