Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship

Derek Australia 24 Comments

From the above photograph, it might be difficult to believe that such a place exists, not in the lush countryside of China, but in the exact center of a city with over 4 million inhabitants. This is the Chinese Garden of Friendship, built in 1988 by the Chinese community of Sydney in cooperation with the community of Guangzhou, China, to …

Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Line

An Afternoon Meeting With A Queen

Derek Australia, Work & Travel 23 Comments

Walking down George Street towards Sydney’s Circular Quay, I stopped dead in my tracks the moment my eyes unexpectedly fell upon her. And before I was able to continue moving in her direction, I needed several deep breaths and a nod of reassurance from myself that I could handle being any closer. Only somewhat convinced that I would not break …

Jervis Bay Campsite

Camping, Kangaroos & A Fine Looking Teepee

Derek Australia 31 Comments

For the past two nights I slept in a teepee. This wasn’t any ordinary teepee either. It was the TeePee 2000, the mother of all modern day teepees, built with such skill and precision and with the comfort of potential inhabitants carefully considered with every stitch. A friend of mine here in Sydney told me the story of how he …

Trentham Farm

A Much Needed Visit To A Sheep Farm

Derek Australia, Perspectives 39 Comments

I’ve never considered myself to be a farm boy. After all, I didn’t grow up on a farm and in fact, the closest farm to where I did grow up was most likely over 100 miles away. And that’s just a guess because rarely did I find myself passing by or visiting a farm at all during my youth. However, …

Barossa Valley, Adelaide, South Australia

The Barossa Valley & A $975 Bottle Of Wine

Derek Australia 37 Comments

This post is a rare one for me, as it discusses something that I seldom do – take a tour. Yes, a tour, as in an organized excursion complete with vehicle, tour guide and a scheduled pick-up time. Ever since I began traveling, as far as I can remember, I’ve only participated in two fully-organized tours. And oddly enough, it …

Surf Beach in Torquay

Travel Expectations Vs Reality

Derek Australia 45 Comments

How would you feel if you planned your dream trip to the Dominican Republic, flew to the Caribbean, spent ten incredible days on an island and only upon returning home, discovered that you had actually been on the island of Dominica? Would it affect what had been a memorable experience? Of course, I doubt that this scenario would really happen, …

Trams in Melbourne

A Typical Summer Week In Melbourne

Derek Australia 23 Comments

This past week in Melbourne has been full of activity as I had a chance to take part in some events that, every time I’m in Australia, I seem to always find myself attending. Of course, as you probably can guess, none of these events were Music Festivals or any other event that involved camping, yet they were all events …

Music Festival

Why I Won’t Attend Another Music Festival

Derek Australia 69 Comments

Something flew onto my upper lip and I woke up. In my exhausted state, still half-asleep, my attempts to swat whatever was bouncing around my face, nearly ended up giving me a bloody mouth. The insect swooped down again and hopped from my left cheek to my left eye before gently coming to rest on my nose. I swatted again, …

Melbourne, Australia

The Melbourne I Call Home

Derek Australia 64 Comments

The first time I traveled to Melbourne, Australia was back in 1998 as part of a student exchange program during my university years. And during the 6 months that I spent here ‘studying’, as well as dying my hair bright blue and having my eyebrows pierced, I fell in love with this city more than I ever imagined I would. …

Microwave my socks

Why I Shouldn’t Complain About Wet Socks

Derek Australia 48 Comments

This morning I was forced to dry my underwear and socks in the microwave. It all began when I had the unfortunate timing of washing a load of laundry at the exact same moment that the rain started to fall here in Melbourne. And that was five days ago. For the most part, the rain has been falling ever since. …