Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cocktails in St Marten

Well cocktail style shotglass from St Maarten to resemble the lovely margaritas and daquiris we had on the beach.

 

St Maarten is an island in the Carribean and it was fortunately one of the lovely stops on our 7 day Cruise in february this year. This was a wonderfu day off the boat with bluebird skies, warm tropical weather and awesome tour guide and group of people.

We went to visit a hotel that had been devastated by the hurricane from years before but the area had never been restored and was quite a contrast from the rest of the tropical island.

 

We watched planes fly in to Princess Juliana International Airport and land right next to the beach- it’s amazing to stand in the water and have an aeroplane fly metres above you.

 

We ended our day on the French side of the island, sunbaking, drinking from coconuts, sipping on cocktails and swimmng in the sparkling ocean.

 

So many memories from this one little glass!

 

Thirsty Thursdays – SHOTGLASS MEMORIES


World Alzheimer’s Day

Every year on 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day unites people living with dementia around the world. There are more than 36 million people with dementia worldwide and by conquering the world’s highest free-standing mountain on World’s Alzheimer’s Day, we will be helping to fight to make sure that dementia is recognised as a global health priority.

I am today going to  summit Mt Kilimanjaro in honour of my late Grandpa Jack who passed away from Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. I made a promise soon after my grandpa passed, when I was in Africa, that I would Conquer Kili for him.

This is a killer disease and it’s affecting many Australian lives- we need to make a change and raise awareness. We can do things to prevent it, and by raising such funds, we can hopefully find a cure.

 

Learn more about World Alzheimer’s Day – http://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-day

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA


Top 5 Kili Blogs

  • Backdate to 18th august 2011

     

    In preparation for my big Kili climb, I’ve decided to research and read other people’s blogs, stories and experiences for inspiration. Here are the Top 5 I have found and the reasons why I enjoyed them so much.

     

    1. Karen Graham, Explorer Girl

    Karen Graham is a talented photographer and travel writer. She climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago and posted this wonderful article on Exploregirls.com. She gave a brilliant account of her experience and posted some incredible photos.

     

    Mt Kilimanjaro Article – http://www.explorergirls.com/node/4730

    Read more from her blog – http://www.explorergirls.com/blog/18

    1. Andyonthemountain

    Andy on the Mountain is a short blog about Andy’s experience of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. From inspiration to the experience itself and the reflection. I really like the focus of this blog and his detailed description of his experience.

    http://www.andyonthemountain.com/

    1. Mt Kilimanjaro Travel Guide

     

    You can’t get more specific to Mt Kilimanjaro then the Mt Kilimanjaro Ttravel Guide. Described as the one stop shop, there’s a whole lot on here including forums, Kilimanjaro articles by all different authors, advice on climbing and also other information on Africa. It’s a good way to get some facts on the experience of the climb.

     

    http://www.mtkilimanjarologue.com/

     

    1. She’s 50- she climbed Kilimanjaro

     

    This article on journey woman is more like a poem/ reflective piece than an informative piece and I really enjoyed it

    . It’s nice to be able to follow the thought process of a person climbing the mountain. Especially someone who would perhaps not usually be a mountaineer-  gives the rest of us some hope. A great piece! 

    http://www.journeywoman.com/olderadv/kilimanjaro.html

     

    1. Inspired Adventures Blog

     

    Of course this would make my top 5 list as this is the group I’m going to do my Kilimanjaro challenge with. There are stories and experiences on here from past participants which is great motivation for me before I head off. Also a breakdown of the trip from one of the group leaders. This is  a great read for anyone taking on the trip to know what’s in store for them.

    http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/blog/2011/06/14/mount-kilimanjaro/

    Please send through links to other blogs or stories you have read about Kilimanjaro that might help me prepare or get excited for my adventure.

     

     

    I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

     

    You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

    http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

     

    KILI COUNTDOWN – 27 Days to go

 


Houston…. we have a problem

A mathematical problem that is.

Apparently this isn’t Rocket Science…. haha pun intended!

I visited the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in February 2011. My brother had begged me to go when we were in Orlando in 2009 but I was so uninterested and really couln’t face the mission (pun intended again) to head out there. So when Dad and I were there again this year, I really felt I should see it. It’s a pretty important place in our Modern History and millions of people flock to experience it.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the park and all the activities and exhibitions inside. There is an amazing simulation ride which let’s you feel what it’s like to go up in a shuttle and break off from the rocket. The host, former Aastronaut, really brought the experience to life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

I don’t have the same admiration for space and other worlds that my father and brother do, but standing in front of rockets and ships which have actually orbited our earth is pretty incredible.

I couldn’t resist this shot glass as it really just encompassed my feelings towards the whole Space odyssey blah blah haha.

I do recommend visiting The Space Kennedy Centre if you are in the vicinity.

Thitsty Thursdays – SHOTGLASS MEMORIES


Are you doing enough training?

  •  Backdated to  25 August 2011

 

Are you training enough? Are you fit enough?  Are you strong enough?

 

Everyday people are askng me am I ready for my Kilimanjaro Climb.

 

The answer is, I don’t know.

 

How can I know?

 

I’ve been getting in my 2 hour walks, heading to the gym, doing some of my P90X workout DVD’s and just trying to get the fitness in as much as possible.

 

But I’ve never done a 7 day hike. I’ve never even done a 1 day hike- so I don’t know what to be prepared for.

 

I’m taking each day is it comes. It’s just one foot in front of the other.

 

Pole Pole – slowly slowly, The African guides tell trekkers this on the trip.  I think this is the most common advice- walk to the beat of your own drum and pace yourself. You’ll make it!

 

Any training advice or tips from any climbing you have done?

 

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 20 Days to go


 


Take a Leaf out of another’s book

I’ve turned to friends for advice and information as the date now creeps increasingly closer to when I must venture out and Climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

I am fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends who were more than happy to give their time, tips and share with me some souvenirs from their Kili climbing experience.

I met with my high school mate Dan who climbed Kili just last year and he gave me not only great advice but a DVD of his time on the mountain, a diary given to him by his tour group with information on Africa, and a great Map of the park and the mountain. As it’s finally within reach, I’m really getting stuck into these resources and trying to place myself in Africa.

DVD 

I’m yet to watch the DVD though think this will be a great learning experience- and interesting to see someone else’s journey. The movie was commissioned by one of the members of his group and is shot over a series of different climbs. Dan was actually in this one but not featured. Pretty cool souvenir to get though!

Safari Journal 

A wonderful gift from the tour company given to all the participants of the trip. It’s got beautiful images, information and facts about Tanzania, star maps,  area maps, wildlife spotting checklists, Tanzania folk tales and lovely writing pages where you can pen your own story. It’s such a great idea to have it all in one, and a fantastic souvenir. I really hope I get something like it – but I have also prepared my own.

Map

The Map of Kilimanjaro Park is really helpful to have and again starts to put things in perspective. However, looking at the elevations and having Dan talk me through the various parts of the hike and explain how treturous some of it could be, it also made me nervous. It will be great to come back and look at this map and see where I went and the heights that we reached.

Do you have any cool souvenirs or photos or blogs that you can share with me before I head off on this crazy adventure?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

KILI COUNTDOWN –3 Days to go

 


Everyone has a trick of the trade

As the time fast approaches for my Kili Climb, I find that everyone has a tip, trick or piece of advice they wish to impart.

 

Some of them are more worrisome and cautions really rather than insightful pieces of information, which can sometimes be less beneficial. But on the whole, it’s been nice to hear what others have to say and perhaps at times, get some harsh home truths about what it’s going to be like.

Here are some of the things that friends, strangers and experts have been telling me:

 

  • Tie your boots tight before the summit trip – you’ll be so cold at the top, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is tightening your boots
  • Layers!! Hot at the bottom and freezing at the top. Learning to layer will be your best asset.
  • Cold sore cream. An unexpected and unwelcome participant on the trip
  • Set your own pace- don’t let others dictate your pace
  • Take lots of photos
  • Make sure to bring chocolate and other snacks from oz, don’t buy them there
  • Ladies products and toiletries can be hard to find or aren’t of such good quality- get them here.
  • SQUATS, SQUATS, SQUATS~ (Training)
  • Wear your boots in! your boots will be your best friend
  • Take a more electrolyte based flavoured drink powder as opposed to the regular Gatorade or powerade powders
  • Eat and drink when told! The guides will know what is best for you.
  • Asante Sana – Thank you. Learn some Swahili, you’ll have more fun with your guides
  • Moon the camera on the summit – (more of a suggestion of a fun photo idea, one that I’m very unlikely to take up, but thanks)
  • Rug up at the top! It’s cold! Wear everything you own.

 

There were tips galore- and I get at least 5-6 suggestions a day. Everyone’s an expert. I know they are trying to help though.

 

I look forward to sharing with you my own gems of advice and pearls of wisdom once I’ve conquered Kili!

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 7 Days to go


Mountain Climbing PACKING LIST


It’s now just 5 days to go til my climb and I seriously need to start thinking about how I’m going to get all the gear I’ve accumulated into the backpack and onto the plane.

 

With ski jackets, hiking boots, walking bladders and a mountain of snacks and vitamins and tablets, I’m just not sure it’s all going to fit in.

 

See here the Packing List. Yes All 2 pages of it, that was provided to us by our wonderful organizers, Inspired Adventures. With a list like this, I cannot go wrong.

 

I feel as though I now have most things covered, but man is there a lot to check!

 

We also still have to do our last big shop for snacks, medication, pain relief, first aid kit supplies and any other cream, band aid or paste that is going to make our trip more comfortable.

 

 

Any suggestions on things that I should take for climbing a mountain?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 5 Days to go


Party like a Rock Star

I will surely be able to party in true rocker fashion with my Hard Rock Hotel Shot glass.

 

I always have to choose a shot glass to represent my trip or stay in a city, and it seemed fitting that when staying at the new Hard Rock Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore, I get my souveneir there.

I chose this one as it really represented the feel of the hotel and the desing inside. Simple, modern, stylish and chic- of course with a rock edge.

 

The rooms at the hotel had amazing fittings and design- deep purple rooms, light studded mirrors, photos of famous rockers, funky lights and a cool sofa. I really felt like a Rock Star and loved how the hotel embodied the rocker feel in every aspect of the hotel.

 

This has been a Thirsty Thursday = SHOTGLASS MEMORIES

 


If 1000 Steps resembles Kili, I’m in deep trouble!

We finally got to the Dandenong Ranges and managed to do the 1000 steps/ Kokoda /memorial trail . And in a way… I wish we didn’t!! If this trail resembles Mt Kilimanjaro at all, I’m in deep trouble!

 

Doing this steep ascent in the wet and lush rainforest made me realize how unprepared and unfit I am.  Panic set in as I climbed those steps and puffed and panted my way along. Honestly, I felt exhausted after maybe 10 minutes of  walking. My breathing was bad, my head felt light and I felt utterly useless. Shame and sadness set in too at my state- and I really let my mind get the better of me.

As I stopped and collected myself, I felt close to tears. This was my idea. The Mountain climb, the practice walk, the whole shooting match. And here I am, puffed out and wanting to turn back. I really felt as If I couldn’t do it and maybe I should turn back. Instead of re-setting the pace, taking my time, I just felt like I’d let down the group and I wasn’t living up to expectation.

In reality, there was no shame to be had. It’s a touch walk. Especially on your first go and it really is a tough track. I needed to set the pace that suited me, take my time and relax. The others I went with had no expectations of me, they weren’t judging me, it was all in my mind. This was a big warning and message for Kili –  walk to the beat of my own drum. Do what’s right for me. And my stubborn determination and pride will get me there in the end, just as it did on Saturday.

One Tree Hill Picnic Ground

The walk is actually beautiful. I suggest on your first time, take it easy, read the signs along the way, look at the lovely flora and rainforest like landscape that surrounds you. Set your own pace, allow lots of time, and enjoy this beautiful region.

 

 

We reached the top in 25 mins-or possibly less, which was really quite quick. We then walked to One Tree Hill picnic ground and took a breather- We were all surprised at how quick It was. We were expecting an 8km track and quite a long day of walking. None of us were hungry really so after a few light snacks, we headed back down. We all opted for the hill instead of the steps.

 

 

The hill is a 3.1km path back down, again with some lovely views and beautiful Australian flora all around you. But again, it felt quite quick. We were done with the whole thing within an hour.

 

The best tip for training at 1000 steps is do it twice! Set your own pace, and listen to your body.

 

A lovely day out in this area and I’m glad I went – A wake up call and a good bit of exercise for a Saturday.

 

Kokoda Memorial Trail info and map

If you are interested in checking out the 1000 steps, read some more info here.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 10 Days to go


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