Posts Tagged ‘Brisbane’

Dancing the Night Away – Prayer for Israel Conference

For the past 10 years I have been a part of a dance team that has been asked to dance all over the countryside.  We are a group of Christian women who worship through dance. Here is our missions statement:
The Jubilee Ministry Dance Ensemble is a Christian, Australian based Davidic praise and worship team, incorporating dance, flags and banners, all used to the glory of God. Our mission is to proclaim the word of God, through worship, over our nation Australia, as well as over the nation of Israel, in obedience to Psalm 122:6, to ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.’ 

Our team is made up of the most beautiful group of women with incredible hearts. It is such a blessing to be in the team and minister with them.  We are definitely a family.

Last night we danced in Brisbane at the annual PFI (Prayer For Israel) Conference.

Our team, minus two.

'The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit'

A beautiful lady, Grace, doing her drama.

Dancing with the congregation.

Dancing 'Yeshua' with Susanna Galer singing.

Changeroom mischief. A spot of planking. We had a good laugh at this 🙂

My husband took came along and took these photos for us.  So many to choose from so you may see some more popping up here and there 🙂

Planking is the new black.

Not into planking? How about teapotting?

The latest craze in weird stuff is something called ‘planking‘. It involves looking like a stiff plank in various places. It all started with two groups who claim to have invented the prank – either in Somerset in 2000 as the “lying down game” or eight years later in South Australia as planking. Both groups have rival Facebook sites boasting more than 100,000 fans. Planking has grown in popularity, particularly in Australia where there has been huge media coverage. An Australian rugby league player David “Wolfman” Williams celebrates scoring by planking, while one of the nation’s leading chatshow hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley opened a show last week by planking on the TV sofa.  Now it has taken off like a crazy person.

Here is a picture of my brother planking:

Great technique - pointed toes and all.

PIanking is harmless and for a bit of a laugh, but of course some people take things too far and then everyone seems to react by seeing it as a dangerous thing to do and it should be ‘banned’.  Some kids got suspended from school for 2 days for planking in the school yard (the news didn’t say whether they did it dangerously or not). Yes, planking IS dangerous if you are drunk at 4:30am and decide to plank on a 7 storey high balcony rail. The ‘sport/hobby/relaxing position’ had its first death ever in Brisbane, Australia. Acton Beale was a 20 year old who decided to do some dangerous planking.  He lost his balance as he was drunk and fell to his death.

Acton Beale and where he fell to his death.

Such a devastating loss, and hopefully this doesn’t stop the joy for people who like to have a bit of fun planking in more sensible ways…

What do you think – to ban or not to ban?

Brisbane Day 4: Are Goodbyes Always This Hard?

Our final day in Brisbane.  My husband decided to break with tradition and get up before me to get our coffee and breakfast. We are going to miss this place.  The hotel we stayed at, iStay River City, is so perfect.  Very central, coffee shops and restaurants spotted all along the street.  Very close to the beautiful and relaxing Botanical Gardens, and then less than a minutes walk to the Queen Street Mall (which I mentioned here and here and here).  We originally planned to stay for just two nights thinking that would be enough, but we extended our stay an extra night.  So glad we did.

Here are some shots we took of our apartment before we took it over with all our stuff.

Our balcony looking towards Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens.

The Living Room and Kitchen Bench.

The bedroom

The kitchen

It’s a positive thing when you leave somewhere and wish you could stay longer.  Much better than getting sick of the place and hanging out to get home.  It really was a holiday and we will definitely be back for more.

Brisbane Day 3: Botanical Balls

Today we continued to slip into our gorgeous morning ritual. I would pop out of bed (I meant, stumble) and get presentable for society. Choof downstairs and across the street, which is already filled with ‘suits’, to grab our morning Zarraffa’s latte and then zip back upstairs to wake up properly and get more presentable..like brushing my hair. I like people-watching, it seems that I especially like it in the city, so this has all been loads of fun for me. I like imaging what kind of jobs people have and what their life is like, where they are going and where have they been. I also love seeing how different people are – the way they look, their mannerisms, facial expressions, etc.

The view of the Albert Street below our 32nd floor apartment.

We did some more people-watching at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens this afternoon. We wandered the magnificent layout of the place and it was so peaceful. A little oasis of calm in the middle of the city rush. It was really quite spectacular! Everyone seemed to be working out – running, cycling, playing footy, gyming it up with a group and personal trainers. I must admit there were a few ‘lazy’ people (including us) sprawled out on the green grass reading or eating lunch or being all romantic with their partner.

We saw a school excursion taking place in the park and it was quite humorous to watch the teacher lead a massive class of Year 6 kids (Kirk asked the teacher what grade) trailed by a heap of parents, frantically asking people where the toilets were. Holidays just seemed so much sweeter at that moment. Ahhhh…..

No, the title of my post is very innocent just in case you were being naughty, and is in reference to a style of photography that I am trying to get the hang of. I posted about it here and here last week. My hubby got me all set up (after we had to move out of the way of an impending footy match) and taught me how to take a 360 degree panorama shot and then hubby put it together very cleverly.

Here is the result:

One of our Botanical Balls shots.

We actually got set up in a space that had a mini garden in the center and it was completely surrounded by giant palm trees. If you look closely you can see people around and behind the palm trees…and the footy match going on who kicked us off their turf in the west.

Then we went shopping again.

More shopping in the Myer Centre

Brisbane Day 2: It’s All About Me…Because I’m Worth It!

Woke up to the sound of sirens and remembered we are in the city.  It is such a weird feeling being somewhere so busy when you are used to your much quieter country town on the Sunshine Coast.  It is quite exciting and I always love experiencing different things.  Change is as good as a holiday…really. We are so high up in our apartment – floor 32 and we have amazing views.  On one side we can see Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens, and on the other side we can see the Queen Street Mall and all the shops.  Both views make my heart sing.

A sunset photo taken by Kirk from our apartment balcony.

Today we hit the shops and I got some great bits and pieces for my 30th birthday party coming up in a little over a week.  I will blog about it for sure, so keep your eyes peeled. I also bought the book, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘ which one of my friends recommended and it is a really good read.  I was amazed to discover that the author died pretty young and they (whoever ‘they’ are) found this book and two others books he had finished, so they published them and they became best sellers all over the world!

Later that night we took to the streets…again…to get some night shots.  Now, the photos are mostly of me cause I’m worth it. Nah..Kirk is behind the lens teaching me the ropes and I’m still getting the hang of the night settings without making everything go all blurry.

We are angels! Lining up our heads with the golden bag holders in the Louis Vuitton shop front.

Still trying to get my head around the settings for night photography, so my husband took over from here.

Work it!

My turn: Kirk and a purple car.

Pretty building that I should know the name of but I don't.

Talking away while Kirk is testing the flash. Hmmm.

No words. Just that the elevator security camera guys would have been having a good laugh.

Brisbane Day 1: Lovers Lighting Lesson

For my 30th birthday my husband took me away for a few nights into the heart of beautiful Brisbane (for those subscribers who are overseas, this is in Queensland, Down Under).  He also gave me my very own DSLR and prime lens (D90 with Nikkor 24mm 2.8 for the techies) as a gift and Brissy was the perfect playground to learn all about my new toy. We spent the first night of our holiday playing silly-buggers and took way too many photos of ourselves as we played with the lighting from shop signs and fancy spot lights in the Queen Street Mall.  We got plenty of stares, but we were having a cracker of a time and it felt like we were ‘young’ again (haha!).

I learnt a fair bit about ISO, aperture and shutter speed-thinga-ma-gig, so now I can take a few pics that look pretty okay (but it takes me a few shots to get it right!).

Here are SOME of the photos we took in Queen Street Mall, just up the road from where we stayed.

Trying to be unsuccessfully secretive while a tour group are being told ghost stories on the bridge above us.

The Queen Street Mall

My dream 'Biggest Loser' outfit 😉 All the contestants seem to have one in a special glass box.

A pretty rainbow for my next lighting experiment!

While hubby is testing the camera versus the purple lights above us, I do a spot of Facebooking.

A purple light shot...and it is getting late.

We found a red light that we could use, but we were a bit over smiling now so the sillies decided to come out instead. Kirk can't seem to find any original faces poses. Ever since he has had his beard like this he is too cool to smile in photos. The beard has a purpose...to be revealed in another post, at another time.

Back at the apartment after our adventures, it is movie and Turkish pizza time with a beer and a glass of wine.

Brooke Fraser & that Something in the Water!

One musician that I am very into at the moment is Brooke Fraser.  I love her sound, her lyrics, her personality, her faith and definitely her awesome role-modelness (yes, I made that up) for younger girls.  No flashy outfits, degrading words or gyrating moves.  This singer has class!

Her concerts from all over the world have been selling out, so we were very stoked to get tickets to see her perform in Brisbane next week (she is donating all the profits of both her Brisbane shows to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal).

And this is when Brooke was with Hillsong – love this song.

 

Please leave a comment and tell me, what do you think?