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Words Of Wisdom

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

So true. Life is about baby steps, and patience. Anything worth having is worth waiting for, and this teaching serves to remind us that life is all about the little things.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”

Essentially, our thoughts become our actions. Filling your mind with positive thoughts results in positive actions.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Harboring hate and resentment lowers your quality of life, not the person you are resenting. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

Actions speak louder than words. You can talk about doing great things and having high ambitions, but unless you act on them, that is all they are: words

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

Self discipline, self control, and self awareness are all essential elements to living a good life. There is no one in this world holding you back, except for you.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

Being thankful is the direct result of appreciating what you have. Appreciating each day for the opportunity simply to live it. You didn’t get to where you are, so be thankful for the experiences – good and bad- that have brought you to where you are.

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

Never stop moving forward. life is all about making the best of it, and as soon as you settle, you stop learning, growing, and achieving.

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Jet lag In Halmstad At 5am

After a 38 hour flight to Sweden from the land down under (Australia) there was one thing I needed more then anything else, that was SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP.  So after trying to stay up for as long as possible i finally went to sleep about 6pm,  after sleeping for a good 10-11 hours i was ready to start my european adventures . The only thing is it was 4:30 am, the thing is, everyone in europe is sleeping at that time, and won’t get out of bed till at last 10am. So what will a KIWI boy that likes to get up at sunrise do at 5am with jet lag and no friends??? He takes out his camera and takes some photos of Halmstad for the blog…
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Some Fun Ones With The Porta

Got some fun waves on my boy Portas on our last day in Medewi. We had it all to ourselves for about 40min, till the pro tour come out (haha).. The last 2 days were the best super fun and bigger but today was the only day we got photos 🙂  IT was fun surfing with the Ports over the week, next time i hope we have a month or two …   🙂the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-surfing-sunset--1

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Fun

Working The Street Corner

What do you do when you have to catch are ride in Indonesia, but you don’t know what time they are picking you up, and the only instruction you have are to wait outside a hotel from 5pm till they come ??????????? You work the street with you camera. This is what I shot in the hour we had to wait, I could only move about 2 meters from our bags, so was happy to get some cool fun shots 🙂 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-surfing-sunset--1

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Day Trip Part 2 – Green Valley

After the green canyon we jumped on the scooters and hit the road for about 30 minuets to find the green valley (easy when you have a guide). But first things first FOOD FOOD FOOD. A little lunch stop and everyone started to feel a lot more happier, even our guide started to talk & move his hangover must have started to get a little bit better. The green Valley is a very cool place, it has a big cave that you can swim into that gets very dark,  so dark you (ME) might get a little scared if you swim in to fare. There is also some tree roots you can climb up to ledge, that you can jump from if you like that kind of thing.. If you don’t think the green valley is that cool I have saved the best till last. It has a waterfall that you can jump off, then you can swim under the waterfall into a little cave, just like in the movies. On the way home we stopped for a photo or 10 but to top it all off we got to go over a bamboo bridge, that can only hold one scooter at a time. So i was hopping all the pancakes I have been eating was not going to make me to heavy and make us end up in the river…

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Day Trip Part 1- Green Canyon

Today we tried to be like most tourists and do a day trip. So we got a little gang together and our new local friend & guide for the day to show us round. First stop was the corner cafe to get a second breakfast as 50% on the gang stayed up way to late having drinks with our guide, who was now so hangover that I think he needed to die or at lest sleep for 3 days… So after a late start we hit the road to  our first stop the green canyon. To get to the canyon you need to get a boat for about 30 minutes its a nice chilled ride up the river, then you need to park the boat & pay extra, so you can  swim and explore the canyon, but its worth it. The boat ride was awesome but exploring the canyon was amazing ..

The Gang almost ready to roll  🙂 ZzzzzZzzZzzzz
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Longboarding With Pax Take #1

We have been here in Batu Karas for about 2 weeks and I was starting to get a little over it. There has been no waves and then when the waves came there was a surf comp on grrrrr. I was thinking what to do then Lisa (legend) one of the ozzy girls we meet let me take out her longboard.  It took about 3-4 waves to get the hang of it and then I started having fun fun fun.. The next day off I went to rent a longboard for the week, there was a lot of people dropping in (Sara was even one) but I still got a wave or 3 on my WMD (9.4 longboard).  Here are some of the photos from my afternoon surf on my newly rented longboard with a Gopro mount haha lucky we have a Gopro  ready for action..

Almost losing my head to someone not holding on to there board…
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Midigama Temple

On Buddhas birthday we also went up to the temple at Midigama. Here are some photos of the temple & some of the cool locals we meet..  the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-2Some monks, you know, just standing around 🙂
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Hurry for the home made curry

At the Senya guest house they make there curry from start to finish & we had the opportunity to spend the day with Senerath the owner of Senya Guest house, to help him make his world famous curry.. The day starts with a trip to the local markets where he buys only fresh ingredients. We walk around looking at all the vegetables, but Senerath looks feels and moves on (without buying much) till he finds what he know is fresh, it all look good to me lucky I’m not the cook. We even have to go to other market because there no good mushroom at that market.  After a hour or two we are back from the shopping ready to start the preparation for the six currys he will be making that night. The preparation takes about 2-3 hours even with four of us (trying) helping him. We even make the coconut milk by shedding all the inside of the coconut & mixing it with water and other secret ingredients. Then its business time and we all just stand around like we know how to cook, but we are all just getting in the way i think, but Senerath is to nice to tell us to leave. Senerath says that cooking good curry is like science just the right amount of this and that (we all just look at him & nod like we cook good curry all the time :). But when its time to eat I for 1 know i can’t cook anything  with that much love and flavour, in the end we all eat way to much, but have the happiest bellys in all Sri Lanka..

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Up your Kniffel Fred #$%*

We are now chilling on a little island called Sri Lanka in a cool little town called Midigama. We have made friends with some cool cats but one stands out a little from the rest, we’ll call him Mr FRED. Now mr Fred is a German (surprise surprise)  but he is not like any German you’ll met, he’s chilled doesn’t talk to much, only when he has something good to say (not like me talking all the time), but the best thing about our new friend Mr Fred, is he helped us fall in LOVE with Kniffel (Yahtzee). I have played this game as a kid and when i seen him playing it, i was like Boring!!!!, but after a game or 100 by now I  love it.. So i have to say a big thanks to fred for leaving it behind so we can keep playing. What would we do without Kniffel? S#@T we might have to talk to each other or clean my room, so thanks again Fred for being you !!!! 🙂

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FUN iN thE HoT hOT Hot SUN

What do ou do when it’s 45 outside and you can cook a egg on your head its so hot ???  You take the Gopro out for a swim,then take some fun photos to blog about when you get home (under the fan).. After about 20min you can feel the sun burning your skin so we where quick, but here are the photos from our outing 🙂 have a great day day and see you all soon with some new Photos..DCIM100GOPROG0292947. DCIM100GOPROG0182921. DCIM100GOPROG0122913. DCIM100GOPROG0032902.