Goal Review and Memoirs of 2011

Skillet in Sydney

Sleeping Koala

Vivid Sydney

Yarra River

My Happy Place

For me 2011 has been a year of extreme highs and deep lows. As cliché as it is, it has also past by way too quickly.

At the start of 2011 I set myself some goals for the year, which were, in summary:

  • Be out of all NZ debt (excluding student loan) by year’s end.
    • This didn’t happen. But I am over halfway there.
  • No more depression.
    • During the start of 2011 the exact opposite happened, I found myself in one of the deepest holes I have ever fallen into. But the second half of the year has seen this completely turn around.
  • Refine what I believe and find a church that meets those beliefs.
    • I think the refining is a continuing process. But the good news is I am now settled in a small but growing and vibrant church community.
  • Expand my network of Sydney-based friends to beyond computer science.
    • I would still like more friends, but this has been mostly achieved through finding a church home.
  • Keep my house cleaner and tidier.
    • Does four days of epic cleaning over the Christmas break count?
  • Get funding to travel to a conference in either Europe, Asia or America.
    • Does Perth count as overseas?

Unlike 2010 I spent a lot less time travelling, however, this was made up by attending a lot more events, activities and hiking around Sydney:

January – Watched Australia get defeated at The Ashes, Hiked through Lane Cove National Park, Rocked out to Skillet, and had fun days out with friends on Australia Day, Symphony in the Domain, and Opera in the Domain.

February – In February I said goodbye to a number of friends as they pursued their lives overseas. I also visited the Hunter Valley, and the Blue Mountains.

March – This month was also filled with farewells. I also hiked through the Royal National Park, and Wentworth Falls.

April – I went to the Easter Show… the absence of other photos from this month probably highlights the low point of the year.

May – During May there was yet more goodbyes, by this time five good friends had flown to far distant lands. I also spent a few days in NZ, and hiked with friends on the Manly Scenic Walk.

JuneA group of mates went to Vivid Sydney… I also seem to have a lack of photos from this month as well.

July – I went to Melbourne for a weekend. I also did some urban walking around parts of Sydney.

August – Yet more hiking was to be had, this time up around Jerusalem Bay, I also went skiing in NZ, Ice Skating in Sydney, was in the audience of The Gruen Transfer, and found a church home.

September – Rugby World Cup time! I spent many a cold and wet night at Darling Harbour watching NZ progress through the competition. I also went hiking at Berowra Waters.

October – Oh look more hiking around Berowra, I also attended the NRL Grand Final.

November – Yet more hiking near Berowra, and the lack of photos suggests really busy times the rest of the month.

December – The end of the year has been very busy. Early in the month I attended the V8 Supercar race in Sydney, spent a week in Perth for a conference and then a quick roadtrip, the rest of the month has been spent working on uni research and Christmas.

I will post my goals for 2012 on January 1.

Perth to Geraldton Roadtrip


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While we were in Perth we spent two days travelling on a quick two day road trip up the coast to Geraldton.

On the trip up we stuck to the coast and drove up Indian Ocean Drive, and we returned via Highway 1.

As the photos below show we stopped at many cool and random places and had a great time.

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Photos: A week in Perth


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Last week I was in Perth for the 24th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

You can download the paper and presentation I presented from my uni homepage.

Below are photos from around Perth that were taken on the day I arrived and during the evenings.

Overall, Perth is a nice city to visit. Fremantle, in particular, is particularly beautiful. The city feels like a cross between Wanganui and Christchurch, and it was a lot quieter than Sydney.

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Racing Photos at the Sydney V8 Supercars #ST500 #V8SC


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Yesterday I went to the V8 Supercars at Olympic Park. It was a great day out, with over 10 hours of racing amongst a variety of classes, and to top things off Holden one in the main game.

Below are the best of my photos of the various racing classes. I will do a second post with photos from the motorshow and other general shots.

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