Posts Tagged ‘australia’

Bondi Beach (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

bondi beach

Weather for surfing at Bondi Beach, Australia? Wicked.

Did you know that this was considered one of the world’s top 10 pools? Imagine how cool it is when Bondi ocean waves crash onto the chlorine water. Fusion. Awesomeness.

Here’s me being shark bait.


Oh, and yes, it was an HDR image.

Boudoir Photography (black and white)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

black and white boudoir

Who doesn’t want to look their sexiest for their fiances or husbands. Combined with a classic black and white feel and you’re golden … I mean, black and white.

Photo take in Gold Coast, Australia. Ciao!

Great Barrier Reef

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

great barrier reef

Decided to charter a plane over the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia). It was indeed great. What wasn’t great was the nauseous feeling on a tiny plane.

SS Maheno Ship Wreck (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

ss maheno

SS Maheno was en route to Japan for scrap metal and ended up on Fraser Island, Australia, in 1935.

Tighter than a Vermicelli Spring Roll

Monday, August 15th, 2011

With the daily grind of a hectic lifestyle, we sometimes get wrapped up in ourselves tighter than a vermicelli spring roll (and you know how tight those can be if you’ve ever had this unique Vietnamese appetizer…yum).

vermicelli spring roll

For those of us who have ever run a business, planned a wedding, managed a classroom of curious 1st graders, or simply gotten through a day of raising children, you know how your day can begin and end in a flash. Sometimes we get so involved with ourselves that we forget to look around us – a bustling community where a million other people are doing their thing each day.

This is one of those moments when you just stop and go, “Hey, there is a world that exists outside of mine!”

During my travels in Sydney, I had this view of an apartment complex just across from my hotel in the CBD (central business district). I stopped to gaze at each little window, saw how each square contained people that were up to their daily shenanigans…and it was so neat to revel in this. I looked from square to square and saw that the people in square 1A were sitting down to a lovely dinner, while the people in square 1B were busting a move on Dance Central on Xbox Kinect. In square 3B, a lady was sitting on her balcony, reading and petting her cat.

sydney apartments

Something about this scene intrigued me. I suppose it reminded me that sometimes we just have to stop and breathe for a moment, so that we can appreciate the rest of the world around us.

As much as we spiral into our own lives, it’s nice to just look outside of our little square, even if just for a moment.


Lawrence Chan

P.S. Just to be clear, I’m wasn’t trying to be pervy. Don’t go there…just in case you did. =X

Sydney Opera House

Monday, August 8th, 2011

For those who know me well, I’m a travel junkie. I’d rather go exploring than to, let’s say, buy furniture. My friends know. Remember the bean bags and giant stuffed animals Julie and I used as pseudo chairs?

Anyway, we’re currently in Australia. The weather is crisp. The meat pies are delicious. Even though the currency exchange is terrible for Americans, I’m still having a ball.

In our quest to learn about other cultures and histories, we decided to visit Sydney’s iconic Opera House. It was breathtaking. And if you know of its history…even more wow.

sydney opera house

sydney opera house

Our guided tour was awesome! Aside from learning about its history and unfathomable architecture, we got to sit in on some behind-the-scenes practice sessions. There were ballets for an aboriginal dance performance, opera for Of Mice and Men, and an orchestra playing a piece. It was like a sampler platter!


Lawrence Chan

P.S. Australia’s food portions are significantly smaller. I think I like it.

Meat Pies

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

I can now advocate and tell Americans: don’t be afraid of a meat pie.

I had heard about these little things in America and thought, NO SORRY, fruit goes in pies, not meat (well, maybe with the exception of a chicken pot pie).

Anyway, on my first day in the city, I got out of a train station and was surrounded by meat pies. Meat pie mania! Every little sandwich shop and coffee place offered them. So I braced myself and ordered a beef minced meat pie.

australian meat pies

The girl behind the counter suggested I buy the extra tomato sauce (you mean ketchup, lady?) and I was thinking, hell why not, I’m about to eat a BEEF PIE.

I picked up my little single serving pie and nestled into a station table as everyone else hurried around me to catch the train.

It was certainly a “moment” for me. Here I was, in the midst of Australian culture, isolated in my aura of concentration among the busy people around me. I didn’t care.

It was just me and my pie.

I got my knife and fork and out of habit, carefully cut myself a triangular slice of the pie (keep in mind this thing was about 5 inches in diameter, I don’t know what I was doing), squeezed on some fancy ketchup, and nervously consumed it.

australian meat pies

It was good.

It was savory and salty and the crust was so flaky and buttery.
I repeated the process – cut a triangular piece, add a dollop of ketchup, and consume – until I was done. I continued on in my experience for about 10 minutes until every little bit was gone and I was thinking about maybe getting another.

That was when some dude plopped down next to me with his own pie. He ripped the packet of tomato sauce, squeezed it all in the middle of the pie, picked up the pie and folded it like a taco, and downed it in 4 bites. Talk about making my experience look cheap.

I realize that I’ve written a very long post on meat pies and I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Sorry about that! LOL.

Sending some love from the land down under,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I have yet to figure out whether their meat pie portions are for a snack or a meal.

Hello Australia!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Sorry. I’ve been MIA for a while! Things have been busy, but I’ve got lots of cool stuff to post.

I’m sort of a travel junkie and my current hobby has brought me to Australia. Yes, that’s right… the land down under, but not the Thunder Down Under because that’s a Vegas show where…well you can guess. There’s lots of thunder.

Right now, at this very moment, I’m blogging from a Starbucks. And believe me, it was hard to find! There were only 4 locations that came up in the Sydney city area…all I could think was, pardon? Did I hear that right?

I’ve been here for a few days (in AU, not Starbucks) and already have collected some invaluable experiences and life lessons:

People here yield for pedestrians…they don’t try to race them over.

I’m embarrassed to say, I felt bad for how much drivers were yielding for me. I’ve been trained to expect a flattened toe if I thought I had the right of way in Los Angeles.

So, instead I tried to yield for these Aussie drivers, and it went on back and forth for a couple of hand waves before I just gave up and crossed. Whoa.

I am constantly running up to the driver side of cars expecting a passenger seat.

Everything looks like it’s on the wrong side! I freak out when we’re on the road…I try to advise people who drive me to WAIT!!!! And to NOT TURN HERE!!! Heh.

I am constantly standing and walking on the wrong side of the street, thinking that all these people who keep cutting around me must be in some massive hurry.

I once blocked a long escalator with my stand-on-the-right American-ways… picture me, going up the escalator on the right side, minding my own beeswax. I turn around and EVERYONE else is standing on the left. Hm…that’s certainly enough societal pressure to tell me there’s something wrong with this picture.

But, these Australians were so nice… no one even called me out on it. Maybe they’re used to Americans acting aloof…especially when it comes to international politics.


Anyway, throughout my train ride adventures, I stopped off at Cabramatta. It’s sort of a Chinatown, but not the official one. I thought to myself that this would be a good spot to begin my havoc.

cabmaratta tet festival

cabmaratta tet festival

Don’t worry. I did not get in trouble. It was part of the Vietnamese Tet festival they were preparing for.

Ciao mate,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Australians use a lot of abbreviations. For example, a university is called, “uni.”