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Billabong retreat, Sydney

I was very lucky to escape to Billabong Retreat. Overlooking a billabong, this all-inclusive wellness eco-resort is 5.4 km from Sheyville and 8 km from Scheyville National Park.

What I liked most was meeting great likeminded people. First off if you are heading to a yoga retreat chances are you already into being a pleasant person. So unlike a Sydney dinner party it does not take to long to get past the "what do you do" conversations and into real enjoyable funny conversations.

Then there is the daily yoga...........Ah yes I forgot I had those muscles. Its great to remind oneself! And the food. Beautiful healthy food. And good food is always the starter to great conversation. The best bit- no flights. Just a 45 minute Train journey away. So no flights to drain away the yoga love.

Enjoy

Love Kate X

See my review on Trip Advisor, Google, or see the images at Wiki Commons.













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Water Woman

To move with the music
Is a beautiful thing
Forever captured 
Like a diamond ring 
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Hua Hin, Thailand

The quiet night showed it delights.
A moon and an ocean danced.
My heart skipped a beat, my eyes widened, and my Leica clicked.....
















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Hua Hin, Thailand

Want a beautiful and spiritual trip for your family in Thailand. Well I am no expert, but am happy to share our amazing experience in Hua Hin. Hua Hin (หัวหิน) is a seaside resort city in Thailand. It is popular with Thais, having become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.  Our Beautiful holiday in Hua Hin was inspiring. We are a family of four and love Thailand immensely. It has every thing you would like great food, family friendly fun, and beautiful spiritual adventures.
































The condo we stayed in was amazing. Although Hua Hin is developing rapidly, there is a commitment by the local and provincial authorities to avoid the kind of overheated blight that has affected other beach resorts in Thailand. The tranquil fishing village was turned into a royal resort and consequently became popular among Siam's nobility and upper classes.
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Model Kristen Parlievet

This winter has bought some beautiful moody skies to Sydney which not only allows even light to fall on the model, but also allows for some cracker moodscapes.

I had model Kristen Parlevliet come to Sydney from Melbourne and we created some great images.

So first to the #moodscape! I was feeling sad as a creative project of mine had just finished due to the incorrect logistics forecasting (yes…not my strength, as a photographer). So I wanted to create an image that showed how I was feeling.

This was a first for me as I usually would just create “beautiful images,” and not think through the mood I was in. However I was very aware of this and wanted to channel this sad feeling in my images.

So this is the finished product:















































Kristen has the most AMAZING smile that makes anyone feel happy, just by being around it.



So I also created some beautiful shots showing her great personality. I just waited until I was in a better mood before I edited them, so they would be as vibrant as possible…