Noosa Half Marathon 21km

This weekend it was off to Noosa for my first Half Marathon.

Saturday after picking my friend Emma up from the airport we decided on an impromptu climb up Mt Coolum. The sign says experienced climbers only – 2hr return, well we must be elite athletes to do it in 40mins in our thongs! In hindsight we probably shouldn’t have risked an injury before our big run on Sunday morning.

We did it! Our first ever official half marathon, 21km without stopping!

We had a gorgeous day, leaving from Lions Park at Hastings St to Tewantin and back then a repeat of this.  Race map here.
Emma came in just under 2hrs and I was just over. Official time; Jeanette 2:03:35 & Emma 1:59:49
It was great to see the variety in ages, sizes and fitness levels all trying their hardest and encouraging each other on. This year our name was on our race number so spectators were cheering our names out loud as we ran past.
We burnt 1300 calories each during the run.

Deepak @ QPAC

“When you change the way you look at something, what you are looking at will change.” – Deepak Chopra

Last night I went to listen to Deepak Chopra at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). What an intelligent, amusing and insightful man with a profound understanding of the universe. (Deepak Chopra is one of Oprah’s spiritual mentors)

Here are a few things I learned:
–       Our body’s our subconscious mind
–       The mind is in all cells of the body not the brain
–       Your body is in your mind which is a larger field of consciousness
–       The human body is not a structure it’s a process
–       In one year all atoms in our body are replaced – therefore the Deepac talking to me was not the same Deepac who visited Australia a year ago
–       The physical body is the recycling of earth, water and air
–       Our experience of the world is based on vibration
–       All thoughts are either choices or interpretations of past or future
–       Why can’t you be found in your body? Because you are not there, you are not in it. The body is in you.
–       Everything is a vibration.
–       Void is infinite possibilities, immeasurable potential

–       The Science of happiness; find happiness first then you will have happiness in relationships, finance, health etc. … don’t look for these things to make you happy.

–       Happiness Formula; H = S + C + V
Happiness equals Self Point in the brain plus Conditions of Living plus Voluntary Actions.

SELF POINT is determined in childhood; the first 3 year of our life. This is 50% of our happiness experience. You can change your self point through meditation.
CONDITION OF LIVING is what’s happening around you. 10%
VOLUNTARY ACTIONS, what we do every day. 40%

–       Are our choices for ourselves or do they make others happy?
–       Love is the ultimate truth. Love is God. Love awakens the soul.
–       There is no difference between you and the whole of the universe
–       The world is as we are
–       Have all the time in the world!

–       Our brain:
Right Hemisphere – works in the present moment, right here, right now. Looks, tastes, smells, sounds and feels.
Left Hemisphere – works in the past and future. Thinks in language, ongoing brain chatter.

–       Short daily MEDITATION (start with 10mins)

  1. Put your attention to the heart and say to yourself, “Who am I?”and see what comes up, if you drift away just come back to the question, “Who am I?”. Now ask yourself ‘What do I want?”
  2. Gratitude – Now be thankful for all the good in your life
  3. Now repeat, ‘I AM” to yourself for as long as you like (10 mins minimum)
    Put your attention on your body, feeling each body part, cell and atom to be light, white and sparkling


  1. SOCIAL; our moods, emotions, energy and information is contagious!
  2. PHYSICAL; sleep, yoga, exercise
  3. COMMUNITY; Share a cause
  4. CAREER; Use your strengths
  5. FINANCIAL: Don’t buy things to impress people. Spend money on experience & happy memories. The more you give the more you have.

Take the VOW – for well being!

This experience with Deepak has me on such a high! There is so much to learn and hearing his concepts makes me even more excited about the infinite possibilities in all aspects of my life!!!! I have so many new ideas and concepts to practise and put in place.

Anzac Day 25km Mt Glorious Hike

Anzac Day 25km Mt Glorious HikeWhat a way to remember all our brave soldiers with a bit of pain ourselves on this Anzac Day, nothing compared to what they endured so that we may enjoy our FREEDOM!

We were up at 4.15am and headed to Mt Glorious in Brisbane. I completed the 25km with Emma in 4:45mins at a fairly steady pace. It was lovely of Ray from Backtrack Adventures to organise the hike (with our friend Chris Rowe) plus come with us. Ray was up at midnight and did the 25km loop in the dark then met us at 6am to do the loop again! (What a Powerhouse!)

The views were awesome with us trekking in the bush, passing streams and going through rainforest. There were quite a few leeches so take your salt or cigarette lighter on this hike …. none hopped on me fortunately!!!

I also wore my Anzac badge and took up some Australian flags to honour our soldiers as we would miss the Anzac service this year….. what a fantastic hike, I’ll be doing this one again.

The Bunya Mountains

On the weekend I went to the Bunya Mountains and enjoyed a relaxing and exercise filled weekend thanks to a very kind invitation from one of my training partners and his wife. We stayed at their beautiful home “Characters”.

On Saturday my friend and I did 8.6km kilometres of hill and rainforest running.
There were wallabies everywhere plus we also feed some parrots!

We also went on a Clydesdale carriage ride into the rainforest and had the yummiest damper and billy tea and sampled roasted bunya nuts. The horses can get up to quite a fast pace, it was very exciting! Please contact Allan Govan on 4668 3115 if you are interest in the horse and carriage ride, you won’t be disappointed.

That evening we enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal at local restaurant Puzzles at Rice’s Log Cabin, ph: 4668 3133. We started with bunya nut bread then I had pumpkin, sweet potato & zucchini soup, chicken for my main, followed by five different desserts on the one plate. The food was absolutely scrumptious and the service friendly and prompt!

Sunday it was off for a 17km hike through the rainforest to the Wescott Picnic area and back, followed by a huge BBQ lunch back at our gorgeous 3 story accommodation.

We warmly welcome you to our mountain paradise, peacefully nestled adjacent to 1,700ha of subtropical rainforest National Park, where we offer you eco-tourism accommodation and function facilities with the magical Bunya Mountain difference Experience the Bunya Mountains where…Time stops and Paradise begins

To find out more on accommodation at the Bunya Mountains please click here.

The Bunya’s are the most beautiful place, I had the experience of a life time and I can’t wait to go back!

25km across Fraser Island (Kingfisher to Eurong)

Yesterday I set off with some mates to map out the route for a trail run across Fraser Island to be hosted later in the year (click here to subscribe for info on the event). I hiked / jogged 25km from Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort the width of Fraser Island. We ran though bush, soft sand and beautiful rain forest. The 25km part of the trek took 5:45mins with a few breaks.

After lunch & a recharge break at Eurong the boys headed on further completing another 23km’s going up the beach to Lake Wabby, tackling a huge sand dune and came back around to meet us at the 4wd.

We were all thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day. I enjoyed a huge steak before we got the 8.30pm barge home last night.

It was an AWESOME ADVENTURE but I’m very stiff today!

2001 Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Blast from the past for my readers, some info on my experience in the 2001 Darwin Beer Can Regatta:

My boat did float and made it out around the course and back a couple of times but we did not come a place.

Though I did WIN:
2001 –Winner Darwin Beer Can Regatta; Best Beer Can Boat (A trophy)
2001 – Winner Darwin Beer Can Regatta; Best Beach Attire (A cheque) 

It was a XXXX Boat, ‘The One Armed Bandit’ …. As I had a gold one armed mannequin as the mast head. The ladies wore red sequined skirts, head dresses and pumped up red thongs for our costumes.

I had the initiative to contact XXXX head office in Brisbane and asked them if they would sponsor my boat and supply me 3,000 sealed cans.

They were happy to do this and freighted the cans in two large boxes to me in Darwin plus supplied some mens XXXX t-shirts, a flag and stickers.
All I had to do then was enclose the cans in chicken fence wire to make my 6 seater catamaran as the cans were sealed.
There were no gluing cans together so I saved heaps of time and knew I would float! (Quite ingenious really!!!)

I and my team of friends had an Absolute ball!!!


1. Thou shalt enter the event in the right spirit
2. Thou shalt build the craft of cans.
3. The craft shall float by cans alone.
4. Thou shalt not drown.
5. Thou shalt not take the name of the craft in vain. Any craft bearing signs or lettering that may be offensive will be barred.
6. Thou shalt not drift from the straight and narrow and end up at Mandorah.
7. Thou shalt not protest too much.
8. Thou shall honor thy Committee.
9. Thou shalt not commit adultery – nothing really to do with the Regatta, but it gives us an air of responsibility and respect.
10. Thou shalt go back and read the first can-mandment again.

‘Adventure Fit’ Day Out

Mt Walsh at Biggenden

Yesterday it was off to destination unknown with our local Hervey Bay Beachfit Trainers & Commando! We left by bus at 7am and were home just before 4pm.

Our first destination being Mt Walsh at Biggenden which we climbed taking 01:16mins to complete. It was extremely steep, slippery and quite scary in some places and you could certainly feel the burn in your calves on the way up and quads on the way down!

Rangers Warning; only experienced walkers should attempt the 2·5 hour hike to the summit of Mt Walsh.

Next we were dropped at a gate near Lenthalls Dam and instructed to run to the Boat Ramp. This turned out being over 5km on a dirt road in the very hot sun! We then had to blow up our inflatable kayaks and do 6 laps per team around the lilly pads in the middle of the dam. On completion we undertook an orientation course with several amusing tasks including, swinging out over a river, making a balloon doll, jogging with our legs tied together. All tasks had to be photographed to prove we had completed what was required. This took us 01:46mins.

By the time we had our delicious healthy lunch we were thoroughly exhausted!

The team I was in team WON in the end by ONE point! 96 to 95 …. What an extremely well planned course to achieve such a close result!

I thoroughly enjoyed a low carb beer on the way home thanks to Emma! What an AWESOME day, can’t wait for the next one!

Climbing Mt Coolum


Mt Coolum

Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height, roughly circular in outline, covering a plan area of approximately 1 square kilometre. Geologically, it is principally composed of sodium and potassium rich rhyolite with some sandstone surrounds. Potassium-argon dating gives and age of between 25 and 26 million years. One of the most notable features of the mountain geology is the striking columnar / crystal jointing patterns clearly visible both on the main cliffs and the faces of the disused quarry….. click here to learn more.


Chenrezig Institute – Buddhist Retreat

Chenrezig Institute – Buddhist Retreat


Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat, and practice nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia.

Established in 1974 Chenrezig Institute was the first Tibetan Buddhist centre in the Western World and remains one of the largest.

Today, the Institute is home to a Tibetan Geshe (Lama), a large community of ordained Sangha (nuns and monks), students, residents, volunteers, retreatants, and guests.

Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in the formal garden, sip espresso in the café, have a vegetarian meal, drop in for a meditation class or teaching, or just sit and listen to life.

CI’s mission is to transmit the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering.

10km Run, W’Sup


 I ran a PB time of 01:01:01, I’m still yet to crack the hour. Unfortunately I found the km signs along the track confusing for the 10km and half marathon and I was about 7mins off track for some reason…. if I had of realised I was really only one minute off cracking the hour not 7 I could have pushed harder; very disappointing, oh well next time!

I kept to tradition and enjoyed a huge bacon, eggs & coffee after my run followed by some W’SUP (Satand Up Paddle Boarding) in Twin Waters Canel.

Mooloolaba Half Marathon (10km run)

The venue started at La Balsa Park, a beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable course that follows the Mooloolah River before going over the headland and then meandering through the dunes on the ocean side of Buddina.

Another 10km without stopping!!

Sunday it was up early for the Viridian Noosa Half Marathon 10km run.

My friend Emma & I had a perfect day with over 2,000 competitors taking part on a totally flat course along the scenic Noosa Sound & Gympie Terrace. The organisation, registration & race kit systems, volunteers and overall event was extremely professional and well run.

The only negative for me was the race started at 8.05am so it was after 9am by the time I finished making it pretty hot for me to be running in the sun at this hour of the day.

Other than that we had a fantastic run and fun time in Noosa. I had the best meal ever the night before at Krung Thep a Thai restaurant overlooking the Noosa River where I enjoyed delicious Satay Chicken washed down with Crown Lager!

I took 6.06 mins off my best time completing the course in 01:01:27mins though at the 9km mark I was really debating why I was running this far!

We thoroughly enjoyed and deserved our beer and spa after the race. (One must have balance it their life!)

Not sure when I’ll do my next 10km run as it certainly takes it out of you, especially backing up with Bootcamp at zero five three zero hours the following morning!

Sigatoka River Safari Fiji

Talk about the experience of a life time!

The Sigatoka River Safari tour is described as “Simply Unforgettable” and two days later my heart still lies in the Village of Vunaqoru with my new friends, especially Aggie.

The day started from our resort in Denarau with a scenic bus trip through the countryside to the Coral Coast town of Sigatoka where we ventured further through the Sigatoka Valley enjoying spectacular scenery of the Fijian country side.

We then began our safari Jet Boat ride with Captain “Jack Sparrow” (Josh) learning about the cannibal history in Fiji. Christianity was introduced to Fiji which put an end to cannibalism but not after a missionary Thomas Baker was eaten for touching a comb in the chiefs hair which the then Fijians felt brought them years of hardship in their villages… click here to find out more. We also discussed the operations of the river and history of the valley.

Upon arriving at our village we were met by a lovely local lady named Aggie and were guided a further 500m into the Fijian highlands. After the protocol was explained including the wearing of a sarong (ladies must be covered past the knees) and the removal of hats & shoes due to respect for traditional culture we proceeded to meet the Village Chief and elders participating in a traditional kava ceremony.

We then walked throughout the village viewing the simplicity of their lifestyle and learning about their day activities. Aggie told us they have no electricity and their next village project is to bring a cable across the river which would cost $11,000 then $300 for each home to be connected to the electricity. They are nearly finished rebuilding their church that was destroyed with the floods in January due to the help of a $5,000 donation from an Australian business man who also fell in love with the villagers on his visit. The villagers use a generator to operate two televisions, have running water from a spring, pay $60 per acre to hire a tractor and sell the numerous vegetables they grow to create an income. The process in Fiji seems to be to raise a little funds, do a little more work to your project, taking time and numerous stages to complete a project which could be seen in the construction of a house and the church.
You will soon notice in Fiji everything is done on Fiji Time – No Hurry, No Worry!

Aggie explained to me they have early nights without electricity, not much TV makes lots of babies, we both couldn’t stop giggling again.

200 people live in the village with the children crossing the river each morning and walking 2km to go to school. Aggie goes to the town once a week on the bus, after crossing the river to buy supplies and said she thoroughly enjoys her day out but it is hard work to get everything back across the river.

The villagers gave us an amazing home cooked lunch and then sang songs and kindly invited us to dance. I couldn’t stop laughing at some of our new groovy moves and had an absolute ball leading my first ever Fijian Congo line through the villagers in the Community Hall.
Upon leaving, I felt terrible for not asking the Chief if he may enjoy a dance!

I asked Aggie if the Chief would mind if I took a photo with him. She said she would ask and couldn’t stop giggled saying “You Single, Chief Single!!” I then also couldn’t stop laughing ,specifying just a photo would be more that generous!

I had so much fun dancing, Aggie offered I could stay with her overnight any time I liked and we could dance all night with breaks to catch our breath. What a kind offer and something I would be delighted to do one day.

As we left in the jet boat it was lucky I had on my sunnies as I felt such sadness and a tear in my eye, thinking how blessed I was to be part of such a special day with such friendly special people and couldn’t stop waving to Aggie till I could no longer see her.

On the return trip we did a few donuts / 360 degree burnouts with Captain Sparrow, squealing with laughter and getting quite drenched.

What a once in a lifetime experience!
I would recommend this tour if you have the privilege of visiting Fiji, get away from the tourism and become a part of the real heart of the Fiji, the people! Your life will be touched by the experience…

10% of your ticket cost is donated to the villages plus you are able to make a personal donation on your visit if you chose to do so.
There are 12 villages in this exciting project with this soon to be 14.

Sigatoka River Safari
Feb 2008 – Awarded Fiji’s Best Adventure Tour at the Annual AON Tourism Awards
Feb 2009 – Awarded the Best Fiji Experience at the annual AON Tourism Awards

I’m back in the country from Vanuatu!

Oh My Gosh (OMG) I’m exhausted from so much partying!!!!
Now this is the cruise to go on, 7 days with 3 stops to Vanuatu.
If you want to have fun with a mixture of people all ages; Take the Shorter Cruises!

I met a nice lady, Debbie in the boarding queue who was also travelling solo and was married to one of the  bar managers and has been on 16 cruises!!! We got along famously, so we hung out most of the trip and I learned all the tips and secret’s of cruising and some of the funniest stories ever!

I had a cabin to myself this time which was fabulous and even better for relaxation once the engine crew gave me some ear plugs.
The sail away party was huge with all decks full and there were people actually in the nightclub this trip!!
We had two formal nights, a Hawaiian deck party, cowboy and rock and roll theme nights.
The staff were sensational again and most remembered me from last trip including my name and cruise number.

My favourite cocktail on the trip was – Beverley Hills Iced Tea (42 Below Vodka, South Gin, 1800 Tequila, Bundaberg Rum, Cointreau, Sweet & Sour, Sparkling Wine. $13.50).
Two of these were more than enough to keep you on the dance floor all night; the ships officers thought I was the funniest thing they had partied with in a long time and didn’t know where I got my energy from (Beverley Hills Iced Tea Boys)!!!
One of the bar officers took a liking to me and told his staff that I was to drink his stock for free and to put my drinks on his account. (This lasted two nights till he realised how much I can thrown down the hatch!). My cocktails were prepared by a barman named Superman (this is his real name) and his service and bar skills were also super-natural, he even made me a white rose from a surviette!

I also met our Captain Peter Philpott and visited the bridge where the boat is driven from, which was extremely interesting and informative. Plus caught up with Cruise Director David Pepper again who is one funny man!

Noumea, New Caledonia; This town was not that exciting I just walked around for a couple of hours. The city was abit dirty and expensive. The locals spoke French so I couldn’t really spark up a conversation.

Lifou, New Caledonia: This Island was absolutely gorgeous.
I checked out the two churches, a secret cave with a waterhole deep inside, and the snorkelling reef plus had a swim in the crystal waters.
A big thank you to Warren a security officer from the ship for showing me around and taking some fantastic photo’s on his SLR Camera (below).

Vila, Vanuatu: Now this was the spot for shopping including souvenirs and duty free.
You are allowed to bring 2.250L back in the country duty free, so I purchased some Malibu 1L, 40% Black Label Jim Beam 700ml and Johnny Walker Scotch 500ml.

Back to reality today….. though I can’t wait to research and book my next cruise!!!!

I’m back in the Country from NZ!

Breakdown of my first ever P & O cruising experience.

The first four days I was I was pretty crook and took awhile to adjust to the constant swaying. After speaking to a couple of staff they advised it was probably not wise to drink the tap water. Once I stopped this and started drinking bottled water I felt fine and no longer took any travel sickness pills for the remainder of the cruise.

The Food…
was sensational, delicious and extremely abundant!
It felt like the buffet was never ending!
(Several people mentioned it was unpleasant observing the majority of the passengers who were obese and a high percentage morbidly obese overusing the buffet facilities.)

I visited the onboard gym quite a few times and took several dance classes (Salsa, Swing, Rhumba, Cha Cha, Merengue, Waltz, Irish (River Dance) & Beginners Jazz) for exercise plus used the onboard stairs at every opportunity.

The service and food in the a la carte restaurants for dinner was nothing short of excellent and extremely professional. The staff were amazing. I have never experienced such extraordinary service, helpfulness and friendly people! This applied to all the staff on board in all the areas. The Captain mentioned there were over 680 staff from 30 nationalities and said, “If they can work together and get on so well, why can’t the rest of the world?” I AGREE!

General unknown info being a first time cruiser
I felt the cost of the internet was far too high, the best deal on offer was ($100 for 250mins), especially as I am a graphic and website designer with my own business and need to work onboard daily using the internet.

Unless you advise otherwise on the first day of boarding $7.50 is deducted from your credit card daily for a staff tip charge (I was advised of this from other passengers). It may be more discreet if this was included in the ticket price or the staff paid adequately for the excellent job they do.
From several sources it seems the majority work 12 – 16 hour days making $1600-$2300 a month which doesn’t seem to equate to a very high hourly rate? (though staff don’t pay any tax being in international waters). I tipped the staff that looked after me personally as they were sensational. The money that is deducted daily also goes to all the people behind the scenes you don’t see doing a great job such as the laundry and kitchen staff.

Many passengers mentioned they found the fluctuating prices unfair, as in the cost they paid for their cruise in comparison to others, there were variances of thousands of dollars, especially with last minute bookings receiving huge discounts. (Of course how many in the room and what sort of room effects these costs also.)

Many commented the photographs were extremely overpriced. If you hold off till the last couple of days they are discounted. Even discounted they are still pricey and if not brought, I was told thrown in the bin…would you not just sell them for $5 or $10 dollars?

Ear plugs are essential for a good nights sleep!

The onboard activities and entertainment were excellent and around the clock, there was a large range of variety to suit all ages and no room to be bored or not entertained!

The Tours & New Zealand
The tours were extremely well organised, had variety, were reasonably priced and well supervised. The sights and the country was absolutely beautiful.
The disembarkment from the boat was a slow process due to the numerous elderly and overweight passengers and particularly when getting on and off buses at the various stops throughout the day. Being a woman that is always on the go, I had to practice my patience skills and try to slow down a fraction for my sanity!

Cruising through Milford Sound was spectacular, amazing and very chilly.

Dunedin was fun with a tour of the city including Olveston House, the Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Then some NZ beers with locals and an amusing impromptu karaoke session including songs such a Waltzing Matilda, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, I come from the Land Down Under, Up there Cazaly and A Pub with no Beer!

Christchurch it was off on a tram around the city, a punt ride then up the gondola (skylift)

Wellington, firstly it was off to Parliament House, which was extremely interesting. Then the Botanical Gardens, Museum and Tram / Gondola ride.

Tauranga, was a look around town then a helicopter ride followed by Hawaiian party night (Pictured here with Ugly Dave Gray).

Auckland it was off around town on the Explorer bus, up to Mount Eden then a quiet dinner with my friend Lee’s sister, Elisha.

I’ve heard the shorter cruises have more variety in passenger ages so let’s see how my Vanuatu trip for 7 days turns out on the 21st of this month…