MONA, Museum of Old and New Art

27 03 2011

Mind = Blown.

MONA is the latest big thing to hit Hobart. It actually opened a few months back, but with the lovely peoples of CoolShite visiting Hobart, we took the opportunity to visit this new attraction.

Words cannot describe. My head hurt after a few hours, and we didn’t even get close to seeing all there is to see. This is a place that deserves a few repeat visits. It is confronting, intriguing, disturbing, enlightening. Thats it, I’m out of words. A few quick pics to show off tiny elements of it. Visit. See. Enjoy.

Black Ops, in water
Tunnel Exit
Light Pulse

Another visit is in our near future. More time, lots more pics. My head hurts.

Jeombagee and his photo collection

5 02 2010

Jeombagee. You know Jeombagee right?

No? Thats terrible.

This is Jeombagee

Snow Leopard

He is our little Leopard / Cheetah that we travel with. Our students have got attached to him, so we travel with him, take photo’s and use them in class as part of activities.

He was so popular we ended up having to acquire extra backup Jeombagee’s.

What does the name Jeombagee mean? Its a Korean word, meaning “spot”, as in spots on an animal. He was thusly named by a group of elementary students at a camp we taught at, and has been famous in schools in Taebaek ever since.

I’ve got a few pics queued up for posting on flickr from all over the place. He’s visited Korea, China, Japan, Fiji, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Turkey, Taiwan and probably a few others I can’t think of right now.

Check my flickr page out for more pics. I’ll try to post a new one every day or so.

Hungry Jeombagee
Jeombagee and the Kangaroo Pizza
Inflight Jeombagee
Jeombagee in the sun
Kitty Kong and Jeombagee

He is starting to show his age. Not bad for a BOGOF (Buy one get one free) special at our local Home Plus supermarket.

New toy on the way

4 06 2009

The saga of me trying to purchase a GPS unit is coming to a close.

January/February 2009. Travelling on a group tour through India. Dr Nick has a garmin GPS unit and it was both useful and lust-worthy. I decide I want one.

March 2nd, 2009. I jump on Gmarket and order myself a Garming GPSMAP 60CSx for the grand price of W364,000.


May 2009. Until still hasn’t arrived, even after asking the questions of gmarket and the seller. Its begining to fell like a scam. I’m offered a refund minus W80,000. As it was being shipped from the US it sounds like they never shipped it and wanted to pocket my W80,000.

Late May 2009. More phonecalls made to Gmarket, and they agree to refund me in full. They couldn’t track down the seller. Within 5 minutes the money was back in my account.

Later May 2009. Found what I wanted on Amazon. Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. Same feature set as the 60CSx but physically smaller. And cheaper. Ordered it and got it shipped to a mates in Berkeley.


June 3rd 2009. Package arrives in Berkeley. He’ll post it on to me, so I should get it next week or early the following week.


Really I should have done it that way in the first place but gmarket is so simple and this is the first issue I’ve ever had. Still amazing customer service from them. I’d hate to attempt the same with eBay or PayPal.