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SkyDive ByronBay. What WAS I thinking!!!

by Vashte on February 20, 2014

I jumped. I really jumped!!

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From the video you can see the moment I lost all sense and sensibility when I jumped out of a perfectly good place, 14,000 feet above sea level to hurtle at a mere 200 kms an hour towards earth. It really is not pretty. Attached to the back of me is a man. He is cool, calm and collected. I was absolutely not!

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  • Note the complete loss of colour from the neck up, loss of colour to the lips; shielded by a heavy layer of makeup on the face.
  • Note my poor neck. I think I pulled all my neck muscles as I looked this way all the way down.
  • Note the open mouth. In pretty much every photo….lol

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  • Note the bright red chest and collar bones.

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  • Note the wide eyes, tiinnnnyyyy, pupils, the constant licking of the lips..Somehow my lips no longer fits my mouth….?!

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I AM smiling OK?! THAT IS my smile dude. You get a grimace as I’m trying to play along to the ‘fun’ you guys are clearly having!! (Oh shiiiiit..what HAVE I got myself into!!)

I am so scared. This is sooo totally not normal. Crazy eyes.

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My parachutist was very experienced, and put me at ease as much as it is possible to put one at ease when they are clearly doing something so far out of their comfort zone one has to question the reasoning and sanity behind it…?!

It was a perfect day in Ballina. Stunning in fact. Perfect conditions for a first time jumper. For many years I have contemplated jumping out of an aeroplane with a parachute attached. Never have I brought myself to do it.. until now. I don’t know what changed.

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Well, maybe I do.

For the first time in a very long time (perhaps ever), I am beginning to feel safe and secure. Since 2011 I have been running around with my adrenals in overdrive the entire time reassuring myself that I was fine. And I was. In actual fact I have never felt more alive. Nothing like death to throw life ones face.  I guess that’s a way to put a positive spin on it.

So now, I feel enveloped in safety. Security. Surety.

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I am not sure I have ever let myself experience these things to the degree I am today. It is amazing. I recommend it! And yet, in allowing this I can feel my adrenals slowing down even more. And this scares me.

So I went looking for the adrenalin buzz.

I wanted that high those adrenalin junkies all seek..and get apparently. I wanted it for the day. To feel the high of life. Natural but forced excitement to have me bouncing off the walls and into infinity again. Because in my security, I am letting that go. Well that’s how it feels sometimes. So jumping out of a place ought to slap me around a bit, wouldn’t you think?

Slap me around is the word.

One of my favourite sayings is “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars’’. Perhaps I mean it literally! Some people are programmed for air time. It scares the crap out of me. I like to run, short or long distances…I don’t mind. But I’m rarely far from the ground. And have never hurtled like a space cowboy AT it! Until now.  Roller-coaster rides used to thrill me to a point, but underlying it all I was petrified. Now that I am older and wiser… I am OK with admitting this… I’m petrified with this sort of behaviour. I quite like the earth, with me standing on it.  My ears wouldn’t equalise when I tried to scuba dive as well- that was a bummer as that was quite beautiful and surreal down there… but I’m figuring … as some people are vegan; others meat eaters; some like raw foods; others love a good home roast… so it is for adventure seekers!!!

Some are designed to spend time in the air. As much time as possible! Like all those instructors who went up with us. Something has to be said for the thrill seekers- their eyes- wow. Crystal clear and filled with life and excitement.

My eyes, showed utter horror and fear. I have to give myself some credit as I think I did a pretty good job of covering up the terror until we got to the open door of the plane (which I was sitting right next too btw); and then my survival mechanism smacked my consciousness aside, telling it in no uncertain terms that the pathetic little show of ‘’I’m cool, calm and excited is WAY OVER BABY, time to let the truth out.”

FARRRRKKKKKKK

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Seriously. Dangling from another human being, complete stranger, with my life entirely under his control; 14,000 feet above the earth, OUTSIDE the freaking aircraft…. with him telling me to look DOWN (isn’t that what I’m exactly NOT supposed to to); wind smashing me at however fast we are travelling in the lovely little aeroplane above the sea; its COLD dude!! (Breath Vashte just breath)… Why am I not hot from adrenalin!!! Petrified. That’s the best word to describe how I was feeling. Now look up…what?! Seriously wtf???? Look up at what???? Oh the camera. Smile? You have GOT to be kidding me. Note the shortness of breath, the worry lines etched across my forehead– I look like a rolly polly dog. Quite frankly I don’t CARE! (Don’t you worry, I had prayed the night before and all the way up- like I was going to take any chances! All my sins had been forgiven I am sure of it!!) And finally we tumble.

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Into …nothing. Somersault, in thin air. Wooahhhh. Literally. And rocket towards the ground faster than a speeding bullet. Surely? Can’t breathe, Oh My G. This is scary. It’s going forever. So loooong. He hasn’t pulled the shoot. Mann…through some clouds, woooah.Cold. Really cold. Still can’t breathe. Yes I can..no I can’t…. Vashte- pull yourself together woman!!!!  It’s a long way down you know. Stuff being pulled from a plane without a parachute- there is a lot of time to think whilst plummeting that fast towards earth. Too much time. Jowls flapping and my skin flapping around trying to depart from my body… it’s so wrong on so many levels …. There goes the botox. Hahaha In actual fact,  I’d recommend not jumping with Botox- you’d just waste the stuff- the speed at which your metabolism goes to- pfst gone in a flash with a jump. Now that’s funny.

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Boom. FINALLY the chute is pulled and I can breathe. Farrrrkkkkkkk. With the chute pulled we could drift gracefully down, but noooooo. Selwyn gives me the controls and gets me to pull hard to the right and then to the left. Yeah. Not funny. Seriously…. I think when they tried to make up the video and pictures they may have been hard pressed to find shots of me screaming for fun. Petrified till we landed. And that’s a fact.

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I jumped for joy on landing  because it was OVER at last. I didn’t want to tell him that. He obviously loves this stuff. Me. I crashed and burned 30 minutes after landing. Almost vomited on a number of occasions as we drove to Byron., and for some reason gravity in Byron was so much heavier that afternoon.. I was dragging myself up the street!!! Surreal.  The intention was to catch up with one of my BFFs there but after eating, which helped momentarily, I was back to close to comatose state, and had to drive straight home to lie in darkness till the next day.

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Would I recommend it? Absolutely. I jumped with Byron Bay- Sky Dive The Beach and Beyond; click here for their website –  and Selwyn was my instructor. The company is brilliant, professional, very friendly. Awesome team.

vashte.com Skydive ByronThe guy deserved a hug. Technically speaking, he just saved my life.  I’m ALIVE!!!!!

It was way out of my comfort zone. Yes, I am glad I did it. I can cross it off my bucket list finally, but inherently I knew it was not a natural thing for me to seek out. I was looking for the high…and used it all up on the way down being so terrified. Once landed my body just shut down. That sucked! I was surprised and disappointed the high didn’t last but having looked back on the video ( I couldn’t bring myself to watch it till the next day); I can see that if I had continued that buzz I would have been greedy, and the crash following would have been even more scary.

I’m not normal. On so many counts.

I have spoken to many others who didn’t feel this way- they loved it. I was petrified. Horses for courses huh, but I say, if you have contemplated a jump, then go do it. You only live once and stuff missing out on fun things in life.

Fun things are scary- especially when they take you out of the boundary conditions of the box you live in. I was well out of my boundary conditions. Perhaps this will help me open more doors to more adventures that are out of my ‘normal’ adventure box!

Do it!

It’s a blast!

Not once did I see my life flash before my eyes. So I knew I was not in any danger. That, I think, was the real head spin; My logic rationalising it out, and my unconscious self having a right royal hissy fit.

Stunning view on the way down. Personally, I prefer it from the window seat comfort of a plane or helicopter where I can breathe without fighting 200km wind rammed down my throat, or ice particles swallowed at that speed but …what a hoot.

Go jump. Try it on for size.

Watch the video HERE. It is 6 minutes of total adrenalin and…. new experience 😉

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Want to Run With Me?

by Vashte on July 15, 2013

 

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What do you do for exercise?! What is your chosen form of training to keep you fit? What gives you that happy high feeling when you finished? What gives you that sense of achievement, knowing that, although you may not have ‘felt’ like it today; maybe it was cold; or you were incredibly busy all day…but you made that decision and commitment to just get out and ‘do it’. What was it? What is it that keeps you feeling alive? Grounded? High?

Find something in the form of exercise that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, you wont keep it up and it will be a fad. If you don’t think you enjoy any exercise, find something that you think you may enjoy one day, once you understand it, and get fitter. Do it for the sake of your own body. If’ that doesn’t motivate you, perhaps getting fit for the sake of your children is a good start. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to play with them without falling in a heap 5 minutes into it? Wouldn’t it be great to improve your chances of living to see and enjoy their 21st birthday? 30th? 40th?

I love to run. I have always run. I have trained my body so that it is designed to run. I trained at a very high level throughout school for track and field, and competed for the North Island of NZ in the 100 +200 meters sprint, triple and long jump. The again it seems I have always been gifted in the sporting arena. I competitively swam and trained 2-3 hours every day for both these events throughout high school, as well as played state netball from the age of 13 years. (Interesting that when I hit high school the netball coach for 13years choose not to like me so placed me in the Ç’ team. I found this intriguing and after speaking with the right people, and having the watch me play, I was taken from the C team for 13years, and placed in the Senior A team, remaining there until the end of high school whilst being selected to represent the state. My point being- just because ONE person puts you down, or says you cant- doesn’t mean it is true. PROVE THEM WRONG not in words, but in ACTION. You can’t beat that revenge ‘- and the only form of ”getting even” I condone 😉

Question: Are a person gifted or are you lead in a specific direction? Probably a bit of both; but being encouraged and lead in a specific direction helps and often has a profound impact in the life of a child. “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Whether you study psychology, NLP, or any mind set strategy you will understand this to be true.  We more often than not to go back to unconscious behaviours naturally and easily if we do not make a conscious effort to change them. And even then it can be concerted effort and determination to break those habits learnt from childhood. So it is wise to be prudent in how and what you teach your children. I know I will be if that ever happens.

I have lived all over the world; a large part was spent in semi rural New Zealand- to run around the block meant just an 8km run.. probably more than the average city slicker :) My step father bred short-hair-German-pointer dogs -which are bird dogs – tall, lean, sleek, intelligent dogs that needed to run otherwise they would jump the fence and chase the horses and cows- so I would run with one. They kept the pace up, and deterred predators!  This is interesting as I was a sprinter, but could run the longer distances, with training.  I have both short twitch and long twitch fibred  muscles meaning I can do both if I want comfortably. Some people are designed for sprints and high impact exercise and dread the thought of endurance, and vice versa. This generally means they have what is called short twitch muscles – they usually choose fast acting, explosive, impact style, for short distance and short term. Things like Sprints, Body Building, Boom Boom Boom stuff. Long twitch muscular people are your marathon runners- anything for long distance-  the lean, beanpoles generally speaking.  Then there are people like me who have both- the danger here is to be good at many things and not great at anything! It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t matter to you. All that matters is you do something that you get your kicks from, that you can fall in love with and that you can maintain.

!!!!Find SOMETHING!!!!

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I recently did something scary for me, yet easy for some… I entered the Gold Coast Half Marathon at the beginning of July! A couple of years back I was running distances of 10-20kms 5 days a week. Loving it. And couldn’t get enough of it. I was as surprised as the next person when I was doing this, as I absolutely, never in my wildest dreams, would have thought I could run like that before it happened! The thing is, I was driven by something else. An emotional event that caused me to ramp my life up and enable me to push like I had never before. This I OK short term, but it went on for …too long. So at the beginning of this year I finally crumbled.. in a heap… I couldn’t run, I couldn’t even walk.. getting out of bed was a huge effort. Yes, I crashed and burned baby. I wasn’t sure I could ever run again!

But the thing about us humans is, with the right nurturing; the right nutrition; the right rest and understanding of self and events- we come back! And if managed correctly, we can come back stronger, with more learning and more understanding and much more wisdom. Without beating yourself up, or wishing we could do things differently or hating on ourselves.. just get up, put one step in front of the other and breathe. Take it easy and know that you are walking the road designed by you and for you. Learn, comprehend and come back strong. Don’t expect life to be roses every single day. Deal with the thorns, and know they will keep coming along the way. Prepare and arm yourself for them so they don’t dig in so much.

You can do it!

I can do it- so you can to. There is no difference between you and I- we are all human, we all make mistakes, we all soar like eagles- the choice is yours as to how you tackle and reign in this life!

So- I hadn’t run a distance like this in hmmm probably one year.. maybe a year and a half. One week out I was seriously doubting I could do it, but I had entered, and I had it on my goal board, so my decision was final. My goals can change but it would mean I would have to run it at a later date. Why not get it over and done with now?! I felt in my heart that if I faced this fear head on, I would break some chains I felt heavy laden over me in this first 6 months of 2013. I don’t recommend you run that distance without training; I could as although I am not as fit as I usually keep myself, I am a Personal Trainer, and I do exercise twice daily- once if I’m in a poop. And only this year did I go days without anything- which almost killed me as a person. I generally I come in fitter and many.

I reasoned that they give you 3 hours to complete the course, so even if I walked it I would get it done as I can walk 7km an hour- average pace. So if I ran some and walked some, Id be safe.

What a buzz. The energy with so many people gathered together for a sports event is electric. I recommend you participate on some funruns this year!!! There are fun walks too if running is not your thing, but get involved. Click HERE for the Link to see what is coming up in QLD. All you need is VERY good shoes, and ladies- get a hard core sports bra to protect those things!!! Your shoes are best bought from overseas- they are far too expensive in Australia- averaging 3 x the price of the USA even with the weaker dollar. HERE is your link for shoes. :)

The pump of all the people, having fun; all nervous and most wondering if they can do it rocks!!!  There are groups of businesses; people running ‘for’ someone they love but perhaps can’t; the costumes; some raising money;  the markets and stalls; the organisation- its all brilliant! It is actually even easy to get out of bed at 4am to make the start time, because of the nervous energy you create for yourself! Really I woke before my alarm! I hadn’t done that in ….6 months!!! I didn’t want anyone coming down to watch me run- I didn’t tell too many people about it and conveniently organised my man to have a boys night watching the rugby the night before :) )I didn’t know how I would finish and this girl has some pride 😉 But not so much that I can’t post my sweaty post -run pictures for you all to see. ppfff Life isn’t photoshoped with perfect makeup every day, in fact VERY RARELY and certainly NOT if you TRAIN HARD!!!

As it turned out, I ran well. Surprisingly well and smoked it,!!! Coming in with a time of 2 hours flat (started 6 minutes after 6). I felt great! High on life! Looked a mess as you can see, but running is no glamour sport. Well, not for me. I get hot. I get sweaty. I get read in the face. if you don’t like it, look away!! I did it!! I finished strong!!

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I broke those invisible chains I felt hanging over me by committing and completing this goal. The time or how fast I ran is irrelevant in the big picture. The fact I did it is the relevant aspect. And now, I’m thinking about the BNE half marathon next month and some fun runs at night with glow sticks!! I love to run. It may not be ‘the best’ form of exercise to ‘lose weight, which I want. It may not be good for the body long term. But you know what- you can find fault in anything in life. If you do more of what you love and less of what you think you are ‘supposed to’, you may find the dreams you have come to fruition as you empower yourself to a stronger, better you, whilst doing the things you love. The things that make you tick. The things that excite you to the core- from the inside out. The things that give you joy- that are good for you.

Nothing- nothing gives me the same buzz as running. I don’t know why, and I don’t care. I know walking is better for ‘fat burning’; so is HIIT. But I dig running so I will run forever! My hardcore, mixed with drum and base, mixed with classical music in my ears; the freedom; the alone time; the beating my lazy body time; the conquering aspect of just doing it. I love it. I don’t run to race. I run for me- so I let go of my head issues, and I am a much nicer person to be around!!

I recommend you find an exercise form that you can start to enjoy. Start with one thing. Something you can do, master it- then find something else. I mix my training up as yes, I do get ‘bored’ doing the same thing day in day out. So add a few new things to training to keep the momentum up.  I started with this mammoth run so I have decided to stay up.  It can be hard to pick yourself up once you fall! I know!!! From personal experience. I’m still picking myself up- want to join me? We are all human, we all fall- what matters is how many times you pick yourelf up –

-so come on and join me and start over again!! –

Such is life!!!

Everyone does it, time and time again.

Suck it up Princess 😉 –

xx Vashte xx

 

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A Smile Will Light the Room

by Vashte on July 9, 2013

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Occasionally I slip into a life of complacency. I don’t know if that has ever happened to you, but I am sure you know other people who have fallen into this trap too. ..

It is where I start to mumble and grumble  about “how hard life is; how nothing goes my way; how everything is difficult and everyone else has it so easy. No one knows the trouble I’ve seen so I’m gong down the garden to eat worms”….. that kind of thing. I am sure you haven’t experienced that. Its probably just me..or is it….?

Those times are the ugliest times in my life. The world turns grey and I want to shut myself off from the rest of the world and wallow in my little stink pot of self pity.

This is a phenomenon of the developed world. It can be easy to slip into this-spoilt-brat-kind-of-attitude described above especially if we watch TV, read magazines and feed on the rubbish media so easily shoved down our throats! Living a life being fed with this dead reality makes it easier and easier to think life owes us something; that we should all expect to win lottery and live happily every after. No wonder most people walk around half comatose! Little wonder zombies are so popular given the state of our minds half the time!! We are almost there!! Of our own creation!! Fancy that!!!

Reality check:

Our Lives are incredible by world standards. I don’t know about you but I know I could pick up the phone any day and I would have a number of friends and family who would rush to my aid...if I was really in a spot. And if I didn’t our society has a huge amount of support out there for people in need!!

We are an incredibly blessed nation and people!! 

Isn’t it about time we all woke up and smelt the roses!

Walking around my thriving metropolis of a city the other day it really dawned on me that I was walking around a bunch of people who appeared to be sleep walking! They appeared to be going through the motions of everyday living, most looked dead bored. Very few were smiling, and certainly fewer were smiling at strangers. (Since when was it weird to smile!) The sun was shining, it was a stunning Winters day..and they were not at work…soooo why aren’t we loving life every day?

Then I thought… do I look to the world the way they present to me?

Perhaps I look as though I walk around like a stunned mullet, or spoilt pouty princess too!! If I look like that photo of me above often.. then I’d be scared of me too!!

If we want to make change in others, then we make change in ourselves first! 

So I donned a smile, lightened my step as concocted a dastardly plan and evil  experiment on the human race and myself! mwahahahahhaaaaa (thunder and lightning rollout!)

I was going to see if I actually knew what I was talking about in my coaching after all….??!!! Will people change the way they respond to me purely because I changed my own perspective???? Incredibly dastardly and evil of me isn’t it…;)

Interesting result! Drum roll please…..

Not only did I find strangers changed the way the looked at me (yes some thought I was a loon but that’s normal). They even cracked a smile here and there.. and I may have even lightened a strangers’ day! But the really interesting result was how I felt as a result of experimenting with the human race in such a manner!!

Not only did it feed the mischievous side of my personality which is incredibly fun, but I increased my joy in the day too! Immediately!!  I actually became lighter in myself and happier!! If you are looking for that quick fix, that magic pill look no further.. crack a smile on your dial!!!! It may hurt to begin with but never fear, you will get used to it :) Results: instantaneous!!! The busier the city, the harder this may be for you initially..but ..eat some cement and get over yourself kiddo!

Did you know it is very difficult to remain negative in your thoughts when you keep smiling? The body responds to physical activity- smiling is physical activity! Watch and enjoy the experience as your brain starts to activate your serotonin (happy chemicals) and you just cant help but be happy. You don’t even need to eat a banana!

So- why do we walk around with constant frowns on our faces? I ask people- “what’s up buttercup?” They answer “Nothing” to which I am then forced to reply “Tell your face that then”. bahahahaha. In the most loving and kind, humourous way. :) Everything in life is about the delivery. Be aware of how you deliver such statements as one may end up with a broken nose… 😉

Seriously though- take a look in the mirror and catch your ‘relaxed’ state of face. It may be scarier than you think!

Give it a go! I challenge you to step out of the sleepwalking mode we all get around in, add a bit of zest, and a splash of smile and watch how your world changes for the better. Do people respond to you differently? Do people actually want to make conversation with you? People… smile back… its an natural himan response mechanism built in to us. We cant help it..unless we really do have a serious attitude problem, or you really are an alien from another planet.

It is our choice as to what kind of attitude, what kind of chip, what kind of love you want to give off. Always your choice. Why not examine who you are presenting yourself to be in this world and make changes to you before you suggest making changes to people around you.

I have always found the more change I make to and for myself; the more interesting I seem to become and the right people just appear in my scope of the world.

It could possibly work for you too. Try it out if you want more fun in your world! Who do you want in your world? What type of people? Ask yourself: Would they want to associate with you in your present state of how you choose to present to the world? What do you have to offer that is of use?

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A smile is The Most attractive thing a person can do with and to their face. It is a crying shame more people have not told this to the plethora of ladies I see  with frozen solid faces lately and chicken lips. Shivers down my spine…scary stuff.. no wonder small children scream and run for cover and dogs want to attack. Very alien like 😉 Shame.

Over and above the ‘beauty’, the makeup, the charisma, the chiseled jaw- A person who smiles often is an incredibly attractive person to the world regardless of the aesthetic attributes.

Some of what the world considers the most beautiful people in the world are The Ugliest as they cannot or will not crack a smile, to me. Seriously, would you want to be locked in a room with these people? I wouldn’t. I’d rather have a conversation with myself over and over.  No one really likes a stuck up princess or an attitude bearing male. All that really exemplifies is a total and utter self confidence issue poorly attempting to mask it through snotty nosed  attitude. BORING. Drop it! Life will become so much easier!

A fun loving, light hearted soul wins friends and influences people with a magnetic personality. They seem incredibly attractive, because they are. We all like to be liked. A person who comes across as open and friendly is someone we inherently want to trust and be liked by! So why not BE that person!

We all have insecurities. Why focus on them?! Have some fun in life! Lighten up! So you are not as rich as, not as smart as, not as pretty as, not as fast as… blah blah blah.. become THE most influential person you know simply by getting your JOY on!!! Watch as people flock to you and just want to hang out.

Change your world by changing yourself from the inside out! Transformational, true change happens ONLY this way. Forget the surface bravado.. we can see right through it like cellophane so … do yourself a favour and …enjoy who you are designed to be 😉 Make the most of the good stuff in life- focus your flashlight there. Not on your shortcomings. They are trivial anyway. Really they are.  Have some fun because here is a sobering thought.. you will never get today back. So who have you blessed, or who have you done something kind for today?

Start with smiling!!!

xx Vashte xx

Why dont you tell me about how putting on a smile changed your world, or someone else s? Its does not cost a cent. I’d love to hear how you blessed your world!!!! Write a comment!!! Double dare you!!

Thanks for reading my blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Through Vashte’s Eyes- The Gold Coast

by Vashte on June 13, 2012

London dancing queen turned beach babe…

The Gold Coast of Australia.

My Beach- Gold Coast Australia

Some people instantly think of tackiness, some people think of the party town, some people think of the beach.. whatever you think of it, this is where I am based currently and I have grown to love it. I hated it to begin with; coming from London via Brasil to the Gold Coast was a sudden change of pace and style of living BUT I have stopped looking for things found in the city, and love the purity of a smaller town, beach side.
Purity on the Gold Coast Vashte? lol – yes it is here – just stay out of the night life! That easy!

View from my home. Gold Coast Australia

I love my morning walks before the sun comes up- even now when it is cold and brisk. Something the people of the night miss out on all together- I did for many years! 5.30am in the Winter here is a special time for me- most people sleep and as you walk, rugged up, you feel the peace and tranquility of the earth. With the ocean rumbling and the sun peeking up over her as the hour dawns, there is something special about being one of the few strange people out exercising at this time in the morning- especially in Winter.

I have a series of photos to show you a part of my life and the way I see it these days. Through the lens of Vashte. A couple of these shots were taken by my dear friend Rene, thank you x An amazing photographer who I respect greatly as a professional and a friend.

Through the lens of Rene

I have fallen in love with this place. It has taken a while, but look- I am still here. I arrived late 2007. It is now mid way through 2012. Who would have thought! City chick turned beach babe! I have met some intriguing, wild, crazy people, as well as some very caring ones here. Just as there are in many places in the world.

My home viewed from the beach- Rene

The Gold Coast is a hard place to live, and I have lived in many places around the world. Meeting people who are here for a long time, is rare. So I find solitude in my dear friends spread throughout the world, many of whom are in Melbourne, and appreciate and absorb my beautiful blessed life on the Gold Coast without looking for things that just don’t exist here. Getting up early in the morning is absolutely worth it here, I miss none of the nightlife this place has to offer! I win !!

The sun sets over the Hinterland. Glass of champagne anyone?

I hope you enjoy a part of my world and can see a little of what I love about the beautiful Gold Coast!

Candy floss skies

Fire Orange Sunsets

Sunsets galore

Blood Red Skies

The sky is never the same..

 xx Vashte xx

Dancing Queen Cityside turned Beach Babe.. ;)

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Escape for One Night

by Vashte on March 19, 2012

No matter where you live, to escape for one night from the usual routine can be a complete God-Send. That is not to say we don’t appreciate our lives and the beauty we have in them but the cycle of everyday living can get the best of us down if we don’t drop the ball, at a specified time, and take off for a ‘refresh’ every once in a while. And that is precisely what a girl friend and I did just recently.

‘Unplanned’ in the sense she was supposed to be in another city for that weekend and I had my usual pile of ‘things to do’ for the weekend BUT events took a turn. It was her birthday weekend and suddenly she was no longer going away. What’s a friend to do when a girl friend has her birthday and things don’t work out the way they are supposed to?

Rescue! That’s what!!

Rescue in a sense; we considered heading into the city for the restaurants and clubs but something tugged on my heart to look further afield into ..the mountains. Tamborine Mountains as a matter of fact, slap bang between her; Brisbane based, and I; Gold Coast based. Perrfect.

We found just what we both needed – peace, nature and beauty. God’s beauty. Awesomeness.

You don’t absolutely need to leave at sparrow’s fart in the morning to escape for one night. We both proved that to be true – arriving at 6pm up in the mountains on the Saturday night. That was the earliest we could get there due to commitments but the sun was setting, birds still chirping and the instant you start driving up that mountain a sense of calmness sets in and there really is no rush. Not even when you drive straight up and over the mountain and down the other side as I did….right past our accommodation. Hahahaha

Head to Cedar Creek Lodges http://www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au/tamborine-mountain-accommodation.php for a last minute getaway. Simple, clean and virtually insect free- one cockroach ventured forth into our abode which was not funny, but…it IS Australia and it really IS bush so what do we expect? Sigh, every rose has its thorn. We managed two queen sized beds in our room, with a shower that flooded (giggle) but it added to the ‘escapee’ feeling we had accomplished from our usual routine for the weekend. Exciting!!

We were incredibly impressed with the friendly service and then completely astounded by the quality of the restaurant food.  Hidden away we would never have even THOUGHT to assume anything of this calibre was nestled away in this place had the caretaker not convinced us to go. Here is their menu: http://www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au/files/pdf/Rainforest-Restaurant-Dinner-Menu.pdf  Unbelievable quality of food. You have GOT to try it.

Quiet murmuring voices from tables of two, reminiscent of a gentleman’s clubs with dimmed lighting and old classic leather lounges and comfortable chairs to dine in. In the winter it would be sooo romantic with the fireplace going… one factor is missing in that equation though- a man!!! However, who knows what the future holds so keep that one in the book for the right time!!! Service in the restaurant is ….abysmal – I almost died of thirst waiting for my spring water – I think they walked TO the spring each time to fill my little glass up BUT they are just so NICE and FRIENDLY it was really hard to get upset; and the fact the roof of my mouth was sticking to my tongue stopped me from speaking without thinking. ..Again, it was just so good for the two of us to escape, really, anything could have gone wrong and we would have been happy. The insect sitting on the arm of my chair was just so… apt. What can you do? You are in the mountains so suck it up princess. 😉

Free main meal for birthday girls as well. No complaints from our table! Join their birthday club thing they have going on there and they give you a free main meal for the birthday celebrant. Nice touch.

Breakfast is included in the price of the room so before eating again we ventured forth on a hunt for a swimming hole advised to us by the incredibly helpful and bubbly caretakers.  They had suggested we find their favourite swimming hole upstream: “just walk past the first pool and keep going till you find the second one, 15 minutes away- it’s easy to find” they said. So we decided that was a grand idea! And it was! Grand and freezing cold but oh so fresh!! What a way to start the day!!!

Breakfast was smorgasbord of heavenly delights, and after swimming in sub freezing temperatures we had worked up an appetite. Everything from providing a juicer to juice your own fresh juice, to freshly baked pastries, cereals, fruits, homemade yoghurts, pancakes, eggs, bacon, mushrooms- you name it they had it and if they didn’t have it, they would get it. We fell in love with them all over again! Breakfast is served in a covered outside area with kookaburras watching you eat ready to pounce on the remainders if left too long; gorgeous foliage and beautiful gardens.

There is a load to do on Tamborine so we had to pick and choose as we didn’t have all day up there. She had to head home to her darling little ones who couldn’t call as, when you are on Tamborine, you really are away from it all. No reception- so be prepared for that. We chose to head to the Sky Walk which was certainly well worth it. http://www.rainforestskywalk.com.au/ Walking above ground amongst the foliage on a metal (slightly) swinging bridge gives a completely different perspective from walking on the ground. Very cool. The staff here are also incredibly friendly and kind, from the man who greets you in the parking lot with a huge smile to the staff in the kiosk. Ten points guys and definitely recommended as something to do up there.

With only a small amount of time left we headed to the Cedar Creek Falls where people are crazy enough to jump from high altitudes into the natural spring pool below. Heads are cracked open here often enough for signs to be posted everywhere..but do they listen- NO. Whilst we were there two girls who actually COULD NOT swim decided to slide down the natural slide into the pool. Yes they had to be rescued which was no small feat considering the size of them. Why would you even consider doing that when you actually do not know how to swim? Bizarre. Such a beautiful place- go early in the morning- you might miss the morons. The locals swim further upstream and further downstream away from the idiot tourists. I recommend doing the same.

Tamborine is just magic. God Zone. You can get close to God and hear Him speak up there. And if you don’t then you can just get away from it all and escape for a moment. It takes a mere 40 minutes from the Gold Coast to drive there and about the same from Brisbane. Make a last minute booking and do yourself a favour; retreat for a moment in time. It can do you the world of good. It certainly did for us. Accommodation ranges from five star to camp sites so take your pick. You can make your escape as romantic, as adventurous, as wild or as peaceful as you like. It is quaint and it’s stunning up there. Drink straight from the streams- we did and we are still standing. It is very likely you have not tasted water as fresh and clean as that in …a very long time.

One life, live it well. Don’t count the days, make the days count.

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

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Men vs Women ;)

by Vashte on February 26, 2012

Whether you are a man or a woman.. this is cute.

I like the friendly competitiveness of it all – but either way – we are moving and running being active. It is the only way to be :) have fun watching it. xx

Go GIRLS 😉 TEHEHEHE

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