8:24am, 21 March, 2023. I didn’t know the equinoxes had a time. But learning something new every day is a wonderful thing. Energetically, the Autumn Equinox is a time of balance and pause, a transitional moment between the bright half of the year and the dark half of the year. After spending months in Bali,…Read More
Going Bush: Bouddi National Park, Maitland Bay Track
Maitland Bay Track is a rewarding, short walk through lush gullies to a stunning beach, perfect for a quick dip or a whole day out.Read More
Going Bush: Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls
The Greater Sydney area is so rich in convenient bush walks. Most aren’t far by car or bike, but the Karloo Pools Walk wins the prize for easy accessibility – it’s literally next to a train station. The Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls track is a 10km bush walk that begins next to Heathcote Train…Read More
Coogee Christmas Chaos – Where to from here?
Three days have passed since the now infamous ‘Coogee Beachside Rave’ revved up and wound down, leaving in its wake a thick slimy layer of beer bottles, plastic bags, plastic cups, broken glass, urine, vomit and ‘nangs’ (nitrous oxide whipped cream canisters). The sand was left whiffy with alcohol, soft drink, mushy food, disintegrating beer cartons and I estimate, at least 50,000 empty glass beer bottles, a good 10% broken.
I’m in an interesting position in amongst this mess, pun intended. I’ve talked to lots of people the past few days…pretty much a representative of every character in this drama.
I’ve spoken to the DJ, the partygoers, the backpackers. I’ve sat with the locals, environmental groups and news reporters. I’ve witnessed the council cleanup crew in the dead of night. I spoke to their on-site manager in person, standing there in amongst the garbage at 1 o’clock am on Boxing Day. I’ve watched (and know) the Surf Life Saving Club governor on the news, and have followed the Randwick City Council’s actions closely.
Here’s what I have learnt since, from actually chatting to, and observing, all involved…and my suggestions for a more sophisticated solution than a summer-long no-alcohol ban in Coogee.Read More
Wanderlust? WanderMUST! On Why Travel is Important
This post is dedicated to all the once-a-year holidayers, the parents, the mortgage payers with a trip planned 10 years from now and the office workers fused into sitting positions from being stuck for years at desks.
There are five main reasons that travel is critical to your mental, spiritual, social, emotional and physical health. Let me show you some perspectives that will help you prioritise travel in your life.
You owe it to yourself to wander far and wander often…
This Fried Rice has Superpowers: How small things bring the greatest happiness
I made fried rice for breakfast this morning. It was delicious, tangy with lime juice, lightly salty with a dash of fish sauce, full of fresh veggies and fresh coriander. A fried egg on top with a gooey bright yellow yolk topped it off to perfection. Geez it makes me so happy, and not just…Read More
Decide where you’ll go
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. Dr SeussRead More
Going Bush: The Little Marley Fire Trail
My husband likes to ‘call’ the end of winter every year. “That’s it! Winter is dead!” he says in a booming, authoritative voice, and he’s inevitably right every year. He called it this weekend so to celebrate, we shook off our hibernation with a soul-warming bushwalk through our local national park, the Royal National Park,…Read More
A Life of Balance: An intro, a welcome and the back story of cyncoco.
Hi there reader! Welcome to cyncoco, a blog that dives into life, career, travel, creativity, mental health, social impact and the environment. Lots of subjects, true, but they are all tied together with one theme: Balance. The point of every cyncoco post is to show you ways to achieve a balance between the ‘work, rest and play’…Read More