Archives: April 2010
So after a what I think was a 9 hour flight from Melbourne to Phnom Penh, via Singapore, Kelly and I have arrived at our new home for the next 12 months. For those that don’t already know, Kelly has a 12 month job with a local non-government organisation (NGO) based in Phnom Penh (without giving out to much information, as this is quite a public space). She will be training and building capacity with the staff and other partner organisations, mainly to do with grants/proposals/projects/marketing/communications. I’ve taken 12 months leave without pay from my regular job and will hope to find some work once we’ve settled in.
First impressions ? Hot (31 degrees Cel when we arrived at 9 am), humid, flat – what I mean by this is that the actual area of Phnom Penh looks very flat – not many mountains etc, busy, crazy traffic – bicycles, scooters, motorbikes, tuk tuks, cars, buses, trucks and all manner of combination’s of these … and great tasting and cheap food – dinner for two was $5.50 USD.
We’re with a group of other volunteers from Australia and they are a great bunch of people. This next few weeks we’ll be having some training, language lessons and looking for long term accommodation.
Here is a picture from our hotel room:
This photoshoot is a little special, as its actually Archie’s birthday today – he turns one !! We took some shots inside and outside in his cubby house. He is quite a serious little fella but has a great smile :)
Here’s a preview of a children’s photoshoot today. Such little bundles of energy and smiles !
Over the weekend, I took a drive out to Noojee to take some landscape photos. It was quite a nice drive and the rain cleared about 10 minutes after I arrived – great timing !
Named after the aboriginal word meaning ‘contentment’ or ‘place to rest’, Noojee is a picturesque town nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River in Gippsland. Early European prospectors and tin miners first settled in the area during the mid–1860s and were soon followed by farmers and timber workers.
Population approximately 140
125 kilometres east of Melbourne
Here are 5 photos that I have processed so far – More will be loaded of the Noojee Trestle Bridge and Tooronga waterfalls
Here are a few images from a recent baby photoshoot with Hunter. Kelly and I both had a great time taking these photos. The last image is of Hunter in mid-sneeze!