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Jul. 29th, 2011

It is time to say ciao (bye), LJ!

Hi all, Live Journal was down a few days and got me thinking. I have decided to go back to my former blog at Blogger (soon to be renamed a more Google-y name). I have found Blogger to be much more friendly to use, both as reader and writer. This choice will, of course, make many mad or maybe even manifest multiple muppets (this would be mega).
I am a bit sad to leave LJ, especially after all we both have been through. Yet through all the pain and agony my decision is clear: I'm off!
I may be back, of course, but for now, I'll give Live Journal a miss.
You can still read my older blogs here, but  I won't be posting here from now on. Cheers.

I hope you will be able to join me in the adventures that God has given me at: pedrowazelski.blogspot.com. Ciao for now! PW

Jun. 14th, 2011

Inception - Movie Review

­­­­I give Inception 4 out of 5 thumbs up!

I’m writing this in a windy bay, with my brother playing in the ocean and my sister running along the beach, enjoying herself. It’s an appropriate place to think and write about Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster from last year, Inception.

Now I’m not a big fan or expert of Nolan’s films, having only just watched Inception, and seen only his recent big films (The Prestige, and the two Batman films), but I gather that he is a master at making movies that make you think. Inception certainly has that quality, leaving questions that linger with you. To explain the film too much in this article will spoil it for those of you still to watch it, so I’ll tread the line carefully, sharing my own take on the movie. 

Inception places us at odds with the world around us, and draws us into a story of the mind. Are you ready? Well, don’t fear, the film takes 40 minutes to explain the concept to you. I’ll take two sentences. In Inception, people have the ability by using technology and drugs to enter someone’s mind for their own purposes. Through the use of ‘dreams within dreams’, deceptive traps designed before the actual mind-entry, the intruders (or 'extracters') hunt out information that, in effect, will line their wallets with a bit of dough.

Dom Cobb is an expert at just that. But his own personal problems hidden in his head are messing up his invasions. After a failed job, Cobb is given the chance to go back a free man to the USA, where he was wrongfully accused of a crime. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) in exchange has to perform the greatest heist since glasses were first made with false bottoms. A certain rich businessman, Mr. Saito, wants his rival mega company to collapse, and to do that gets Cobb to enter Robert Fischer’s mind (the direct heir to the empire) to give him the idea to break up the company. This idea-implanting is referred to as ‘inception’.

Along with Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his work partner, Dom decides he needs a bigger team for the big, many-layered dreams he plans to use. Employing Ariadne (Ellen Page), an architect to build such dreams, he teaches her inside information on such an endeavour. A first glimpse into the morals of what he does, Cobb admits to her, when she asks for a job description, “Well, it isn’t exactly legal.” Ariadne discovers a few secrets about Cobb he would have rather kept quiet, and she asks to come along for the whole job, for the team’s sake. The other teammates include Eames, an identity-thief in peoples' dreams, and Yusuf, a chemist who concocts powerful drugs for the job. 

And the job proves itself to be bigger and more epic than anyone expected. 

Inception impressed me with its concept and delivery. The acting was superb and included greats like Michael Caine, who played Cobb's father-in-law, and I found that my familiarity with them heightened the drama for me. The story itself is a bit confusing and hard to grasp, and so deserves multiple viewings. This can be viewed as a negative on the films part, but be aware that 'inception' is a difficult idea to portray.

The music is so good, and well as the cinematography, even if it is sometimes a bit trippy.

The movie has some good lessons in letting go of tragedy and the importance of family.

My main concerns were with the actual concept of invading someone’s sub-conscious in order to steal secrets or to change someone’s decisions in life. This was a big part of the film and, although I sometimes felt for some of the characters, I couldn’t condone what they did as a job.

This is not just an action thriller; the story is ultimately about Dom Cobb, and his own high emotional stakes in the job. We all have our own personal problems, and Cobb learns he needs to deal with his. This is one of the redeeming factors to the story.

Do I recommend this film? Yes, I do, but I would also caution against watching it just for the laughs. Be ready to think hard about the issues in Inception.

Inception is rated M, and contains quite a bit of action violence.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Movie Review

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader gets 4 1/2 thumbs up out of 5!
In case you don’t know me, I love the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve read the books several times and we bought the first two films on DVD, despite the flaws. My favourite books are The Horse and His Boy, and The Silver Chair. I also like the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, so I was a little concerned with how Walden Media, paired with 20th Century Fox for this movie, was going to present this latest adventure. Since I intend to watch all the series at the cinema, I chose to attend a movie fundraiser to watch this film last December.  
  The story itself is at odds with the first two, with Edmund and Lucy staying in England for the holidays, while their parents and older siblings travel through Europe. The younger Pevensie children have to stay at their aunt and uncle’s place, along with their annoying cousin, Eustace Scrubb. The tiresome days spent with their relatives would have frustrated the siblings no end, were it not for letters from their family and a certain painting in Lucy’s room. Most of you will know that this magic (as it turns out) painting draws them back to Narnia, along with a bewildered and unhappy Eustace, just when Lucy and Edmund wanted and needed it most.
  They are picked up from the sea (where they turn up in Narnia) by the crew of a beautiful sailing ship, called the Dawn Treader, with King Caspian in charge. For three years Caspian has been securing Narnia’s borders, and currently is off to the Lone Islands on a quest to bring back seven lords of Telmar, who were in allegiance to his dad. Since they were sent off on a dangerous voyage when his vengeful uncle was still holding power, Caspian can only hope for the safety of the lords.
The voyage leads them to discover that not only the lords have not fared well, but also there is a great danger which threatens Narnia itself. ‘The Dark Island’, as it is called, is a place where nightmares come true! It is only through the use of seven swords, given by Aslan to protect Narnia, that they can destroy the evil island. 
Along the way in fighting this evil, they will meet strange people, be forced to fight for their lives and to confront their faults and desires. You’ll find that it’s not just Eustace whom has issues to deal with.
  Michael Apted, the new director, does his job well with a solid stand-alone masterpiece. He and his team stick close to the original story, with minor changes to properly ‘moviefy’ the book. Many critics have applauded the change in direction, with this latest film being more confident in itself, instead of trying to copy the greats, like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. PluggedIn Online says that the Lewis books were written for children and they were meant to be fun reading, and that “Dawn Treader found [that] fun”.
I would agree. I was very impressed with the quality of this production; the ship was real, the islands each held wonder and uniqueness, and it all captured my attention. The power and authority of Aslan which Lewis wrote about is especially palpable in the film.
In conclusion, I loved the book and the movie. It so far has been my favourite in the series. I was also reminded that we all have faults, often ones we forget or overlook. The thing is, they don’t go away until we deal with them. And it isn’t until we try to fight them, we realise we need Someone who is above and bigger than us to help us fight them. M
ay God save us all. PW

Apr. 2nd, 2011

April Fool! - A few thoughts about being tricked

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain

Well, April Fool's Day is done and gone again for this year, and I'll confess to having been fooled. It was at once both a relief and a rude shock to be fooled. My boss, Sandro, took much pleasure into making me think the deadline for a big paint job had been moved to next Friday, meaning 12 hour days, weekend work, and much stress.
I am of course very glad at not working in a town 3.5 hours from Perth this weekend, instead of writing this post. It was also not a good feeling to have that pressure, even for a few minutes, of a momentous (almost impossible) task ahead of me. I think I've got over it now. I just wonder how things went when Sandro's daughter gave other children in her school cupcakes with toothpaste in, as opposed to cream!
But that leaves a question.

Is April Fool's Day such a good event? Does it relieve o
ur lives from stress or helps us work with difficult co-workers, or does it inflame such issues?
Well, I guess it's what people actually come up with to trick their fellow workers, friends, or family.  The larger a trick, say involving several perpetrators, the more it could affect the victim person
ally. I would be seriously concerned if someone did a trick on their younger siblings in a way that singled them out from the rest of the family. I would also say something done mean-spiritedly, regardless of the scope, will almost definitely discourage and hurt.
So, what now? 

Is there a way for us to approach days like this with a motivation to have a positive influence on those around us, as opposed to instigating negative feelings? I would encourage you to believe so. 
If your sense of fun forces your involvement in a day like this, do something that you can laugh with your friend/acquaintance about afterward.
Avoid things that deal with someone's personal life, or something that you know will overly stress them.
Have fun with friends every-so-often, and you tend to bond a bit more. Laughter is a great de-stresser. 
Good luck, and God bless!

Dec. 17th, 2010

Gran Torismo - Movie Review

I give Gran Torismo 3 out of 5 thumbs up!
I must be a sucker for watching deep, serious films in the cinema or maybe I’m just unlucky about the timing of when I go see films with friends. The last of these cinematic viewings was ‘Gran Torino’, and I think, with this film, it was the latter excuse. In this film, the US gets flooded with a tonne of refugees from a country which has been persecuted by some other country because they were allies with the US in a previous war. A neighbourhood, and one street in particular is almost full of refugees and have barely any of the previous owners still living there.
One old owner who continues to live there, Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood), stays as he is a solid, stick in the mud kind of guy. An aged veteran from the Korean War, Walt is too stubborn to do more than slouch on his porch, muttering about the changes about his street under his alcohol-soaked breath. He lives by himself with his dog Daisy and his prize possession, a Ford Gran Torino, for company. His wife has died and children have long moved out and started families of their own. He sometimes gets visits from a young local Catholic priest. His first encounter with his new neighbours turns out to be him discovering a teenage boy, Thao, from next door, trying to steal his car as part of a gang initiation. This encounter shows just how territorial and wary Walt is as he wields a double action shotgun at the boy. A bit later he then proceeds to save that same boy from being taken by the gang from his family. A grumpy relationship, on Thao’s part as well as Walt’s, is taken up as Thao’s sister asks him to give him work to make up for invading Walt’s shed and privacy. Walt eventually links Thao up to a construction friend after getting him to do some gardening and maintenance and teaching him up on how to be a man (Not really, in one sense. I really mean ‘not’.), as Thao doesn't seem to have a direction or backbone. The gang continues to harass Thao and his family, eventually going overboard with violence when threatened by a furious Walt. Walt is torn with sorrow for his neighbours and a desire to deal a final blow to the gang.
This is quite a violent film about a racist guy who learns to eventually deal with his prejudices through the patient kindness of his neighbours, and who brings about justice for his friends. Some things to point out, near the end he repents for his mistreatment of his sons, something that is quite apparent by the covetous and non-caring way one of his sons treats him. There also is an excessive amount of coarse swear words throughout the film, which threw buckets of ice-water on my enjoyment for it. It also seems Walt never turns to God in repentance and thus never receiving salvation even to his death. That’s the saddest part of the film, I think. It’s rated M for swearing and violence. It’ll take up 125 minutes (plus ads) of your precious time :). PW

The Dark Knight - Movie Review

Going to watch The Dark Knight on a late Saturday night two days before my birthday was an unexpected pleasure for me. It s not that I didn t expect to enjoy it, I just hadn t expected to watch it any time soon or even at the cinema at all. One of my younger brothers, David, had been raving all about the movie for the past few weeks, especially about Heath Ledger s performance as the Joker, and by the time the opportunity to go and watch it came, I had sufficient knowledge about The Dark Knight to be really excited.
The movie starts with a scene that not only gets us right into the fast pace of the movie, but also introduces the film s main villain, the Joker. Six men with clown masks storm a large bank in three forms of entry, from the roof, from the front entrance and through a wall smashed by a school bus driven backwards. The plan is effective; two guys have the job of getting the safe open, three hold the fort at the front entrance, and one makes the exit route possible: the school bus. All should have run smoothly, but for the fact that each robber had instructions to thin the herd so that there would more money for each when divided between the group. The first victim was one of the guys while on the roof, the next in the safe room, and the rest in the front room. The only robber still standing at the end reveals his face to a seriously wounded guard, a face that is badly scarred and has a paintedon clown face smeared on it. It s apparent that the Joker (as he was mentioned by at least two of the robbers) was the brains of the operation and had given the instructions for the thinning of the herd . After a small conversation, the Joker stuffs a type of smoke grenade with a string attached to the ring into the guard s mouth, gets into the bus, and drives off, setting off the grenade.
A seriously messed up guy. It s this character who gets employed by a criminal organization called the mob out of desperation for Batman to be killed. Young Bruce Wayne (Christopher Bale), as Batman, has been causing major problems with their business deals , and the crime bosses eventually accept the Joker s offer to kill Batman. Their reluctance with the deal was because he wanted half of the profits of a huge shipment of drugs worth many millions of US dollars. The Joker (acted out by Heath Ledger, as if you need any more reminding), decides to use the threats of death and deaths of prominent, political, and persuasive people in the city to try to get Batman to reveal who he is. He starts with the murder of a judge who sentenced many criminals to prison, and proceeds in diverse ways to suggest who might be next. Batman has to drop all his small scale crime clean-ups, and up the pace of tracking down the crime lords to try and find the Joker. He also has to do his best to save the people whom the military intelligence people work out are next to be targeted.
The fight seems be all in favour of the Joker, as he is always is ahead of Batman in his plans and executions of those plans. What makes the pursuit so tough is that the Joker is so unpredictable and...well, mad. He is the ultimate adversary for Batman, who himself remains as behind the scenes as possible. In effect, both men are trying to find out the identity and location of the other. Strangely enough, when Batman finally confronts the Joker, the later turns out to be quite philosophical, talking of the police department's (he even refers to the people Batman gets a lot of info from) and people in power's corruption and selfish manipulations of their situations just to get more power.
There are some interesting ideas presented in this slightly less than ludicrously-fast-paced movie. The acting is absolutely terrific, especially (yeah, I know, everyone is saying it) Heath Ledger s realistic and scary Joker , and the special effects are very good, except sometimes over used. If there are one or two things I have problems with the movie, they are that Batman seems to be slightly careless of some peoples lives in order to save others lives, and the other thing is probably necessary but is still annoying; Batman s rough, gruff voice while talking with his Batman costume on. The actor probably made more of a deal of having to hurt his voice than any of us young, intelligent writers will, anyway. Considering everything, I think The Dark Knight rocks and deserves more than a great 1 to 10 rating; it deserves the PW's Two Thumbs Up Award! PW

Bourne Ultimatum - Movie Review

I give Bourne Ultimatum 4 thumbs up out of 5!
When I first watched Bourne Ultimatum , I had had high expectations about the quality of the production, since the last two in the Bourne Trilogy, Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy, had been hugely successful. I wasn't disappointed at all. The Bourne Ultimatum is, like the other films, a thriller with guns, chases in cars, and assassinations.
Oh no, I hear you cry out in horror, not a violent film?!? Yes, I admit, It s not suitable at all for girls of any age (no, not even grannies :P), or boys under 12 or so, even with adult supervision. In Bourne Ultimatum , we follow the story of Jason Bourne, a man who is on the run from the CIA, who he once worked for. He has been searching for information about himself, as lost his memory after being shot twice in Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne is not his real name). He knows that he was trained to kill people, that he was trained by the CIA, and that he has had enough of killing other people. The film starts ten minutes after where thelast one finished; Bourne injured and running from foreign police who want him dead. I still have no clue why they want to kill him, since I haven t watched the other films yet. The FBI is also after him because he apparently didn t follow their instructions, and so he has to dodge hired killers, all the while trying to find the training centre where he was so forcefully trained.
In his adventure throughout many capitals around the world, he meets and tries to protect certain people who have information concerning him and the training centre, and unfortunately they then become targets for the CIA and most of them die, either before he even meets them, or a short time later. He eventually gets the information he needs from a person who betrays the CIA and tells him his real name, and the address for the training centre. He gets there to exact his revenge on the doctor in charge of his training. Instead, he finds some revealing news about himself that changes his view about his innocence when he was deciding to be trained by the CIA. He avoids killing the doctor and then escapes just in time as the CIA is hot on his trail. After that follows a car and then roof chase, which ends in a fall from a quite a height into a river, supposedly with a bullet hole in his head. However, at the end of the movie, it shows Bourne surviving to live another day. The action in the film includes house jumping to catch a killer and protect a friend, melee fights, and clever meet-ups and getaways all worked out by Bourne.
The film is extremely pacey and streamlined; it finished in a flash for me. It's extremely well put together, and the tension is set just right. So if you like car chases, snipers, a mystery that needs solving, and on the edge of the seat action, I recommend that you don t watch a TV episode of Saddle Club. Watch Bourne Ultimatum, instead!
It's rated M for a medium level of violence and a low level crude, unnecessary language.

Avatar - 3D Movie Review

Avatar’ gets 2 ½ Thumbs Up out of 5!
-Rated M for violence, bad language, and sensuality.

“I wish I had a (500) million dollars. Hotdog!” What would George Bailey have done with that much money, I wonder! I doubt he would have made a massive 3D movie called Avatar. This review is apparently also “500 years late”. There are links everywhere, hey? James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator) went all out this time, money-wise (or foolish) anyway. $256 million was spent on making this epic adventure/rant with a not-far-behind marketing cost of $240 million. Well, here’s the story. We’ve pretty much killed Earth. The year is 2154, and we need some energy from outer space, sustainable or not. Enter the world of Pandora, a moon orbiting the planet Polyphemus, a five year trip from our Milky Way. Apparently there is alien life there and it’s blue, 10 feet tall, has a tail, and has seemed to have pulled off pantheism
perfectly. Funny that. Pandora is lush with animals and huge, glowy vegetation.
Somehow we’ve managed to trek huge machines over from Earth and built a base on the moon. We’ve brought our scientists, security force, and engineers to peacefully explore the moon, meet the locals, and grab their resources; a standard procedure, of course. The
atmosphere is poisonous for humans, so apparently the easiest way to survive outside is to jump into the minds of man-made versions of the Na’vi’, the blue locals. These ‘avatars’ are genetically matched with human controllers.
Enter our main character, Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington. With his scientist brother’s unexpected death, Jake, a former marine, has been called over from Earth to take over his role as avatar controller, even though Jake’s a paraplegic. Arriving on the moon after his obligatory five year snooze throughout space, Jake meets his bosses, Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), tough leader of the science team, and Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), head of Spec Ops, the security force, who offers Jake use of his legs if he gives information of the Na’vi’s’ movements and negotiations, as he’s seeking to move the aliens further into the forest.
Why? Because of unobtanium. Aptly named, this mineral holds massive amounts of energy, just what nasty humans want to mine from the ground. Immediately apparent are the different agendas dividing both his bosses; the scientists are trying to reach out in peace to the Na'vi' by blending in with them and learning all about them. In contrast, the mining company, with Administrator Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) as head, just wants that unobtanium. The bulldozing of the forest for mining is really upsetting the locals, making the scientist’s job all that much harder with even pacifist Dr. Grace being refused entry to the tribes. Oh well, we never care for what scientists or environmentalists do, anyway, do we? (oh wait...we do..hmm)
Getting right into the action, Jake jumps into his avatars mind, and immerses himself in Pandora. Soon, with Jake as bodyguard, a team heads off on a mission. He gets separated fromthem, and after a bit of exploration and mishaps, he is rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a female Na'vi' who [Spoiler Warning, (not really)] quickly becomes a sort of girlfriend. She takes him to her tribe and is told to train him up in their ways. The most bountiful area of unobtainium ends up right under a really special tree for the blue aliens, and pressure mounts for the tribes to be moved out of the way. Jake soon sees there is no way that the Na'vi' will move, has to choose sides, and so heads the fight against ‘progress’ and genocide. So begins a mega battle. Who wins? The tree-huggers, of course, and not just in the movie. You may think I'm over-exaggerating the push of this film, but I’m not; James Cameron (director, writer, and editor of Avatar) has implemented into the movie his thinking that civilized humans treat the ‘Mother’ we all live on really badly. This has led the Vatican to lament, "Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship." That's not an uncommon or new idea these days. This movie makes a few good points in looking after our world, but going back to tribalism and living in a forest? No way, Jamesy! “Ok, PW, we want to hear about the 3D experience!” Well, by the end of the 2 1/2 hours, my eyes were hurting and I had a headache. I just wanted it to end. Pain aside, the Pandora world was a real visual treat, but if that's all the good I can say about 'Avatar', then it has failed as a film. So, for a film that promises everything, what does 'Avatar' give? A visual eye blast, generic story, and a massive environmental fist to the gut.
Enjoy at your own risk. PW

Born of Hope - Movie Review

Punch Buggy - can’t Dúnedain-fist-to-the-face back!
I saw those orcs first, so I got dibs!                                       'Born of Hope' gets 4 1/2 thumbs up out of 5!

What comes to mind when you read the words ‘fan movie’? Shoddy, low budget pieces of work? Well I recently watched a fan movie that broke not only the mold, but also our bandwidth. I checked it out after reading a feature article about it in the Weekend Australian ‘Review’, which I really enjoy. ‘Born of Hope’ is a fan-made movie set in the world of Middle Earth, following the story of how Aragon's parents, Arathorn and Gilraen met and married. [Spoiler:] Orcs get owned.
The story follows the Dúnedain, the Men of the West, when they still lived in their own villages. It is not a peaceful time, though, as raids from orcs are becoming frequent. One such raid forces Gilraen and her parents from their burning village. Fleeing from the village, they’re surprise attacked by orcs on the road.  All is not lost, because up run those “rangers”, swinging swords, shooting arrows, and stabbity stabbing with daggers! During the fight Arathorn (leader of the band) is saved from death by Gilraen, to whom he is immediately attracted to. This hurts Elgarain, a fellow female ranger, who secretly longs for Arathorn's love. After the orcs are dealt with, the plot thickens when Arathorn discovers among their possessions rings that were looted from villagers. And so, in this first scene the movie is set up, ready for more epic battles, more heartache, more kissy kissy!  
 The story follows Arathorn as he not only woos Gilraen, but discovers the awful truth about the rings. At 70 minutes, this movie doesn’t delve too deep into the story of the Lord of the Rings, but instead focuses, in-depth, on the characters. Don’t worry, it delivers on all fronts anyway.
So, the sword fights? According to the ‘Review’, the actors were required to do hours of rehearsing for the fights, which paid off, since they were better than good. Although with some minor quibbles, the fights are exciting and worth the watch. Epic moment: Two orcs get shot down while on the run.  Scenery? Shot in England with lush forests and stark snow scenes, it is beautiful and refreshing. Backdrops? While noticeable,  I was impressed with the quality of the layering, painting, and animation of all the backdrops. Truly well done. Music? Produced by three different composers/orchestrators, the musical score excels with timely and moving swells and pieces. Interested?  I haven’t even mentioned all the other elements to this film. Writing that the costuming is good would not do it justice; it is spectacular. The orcs are realistic and the rangers are really cool. And all this was recorded on top-notch video cameras.  
With a movie of this quality, one would expect a bigger production cost than $40,000 (all provided by donations), which is what director/producer/manager Kate Madison had to work with. Consider this though, hundreds of volunteers all over the world contributed a lot of work for ‘Born of Hope’, providing countless hours of free help.
Having provided a tenth of the cost with her own money, I truly respect Kate as being dedicated to the movie. She not only led the whole team, organised much of the behind the scenes work, but was also very convincing as Elgarain in the movie, too. 
A few things to be aware of: you can only watch it online (hence it breaking my bandwidth) at bornofhope.com or Youtube. Don’t watch it with your 10 year olds, either, as it has some blood and people dying. This last point is something I’d talk about. It always hurts in movies when characters you like are killed. This happens a bit more than you’d like in this movie. 
Summing up, one of the things that I noticed while watching ‘Born of Hope’ was the level of care and detail put into the making of the movie. Both makers and fans alike put their energies into getting this production finished. Kudos to them, for sure, but wow, what a challenge for me! I need to treat my relationship with God, being much more important, with that much more fervour than others do making an great fan movie. PW

Oct. 21st, 2010

The Kokoda Trail...“Adventure really is out there!”

Never before have I spent so much on a pair of boots. Ditto for a backpack.

I have taken part in at least two, full-day bush-walks with the Perth Bush-walking Club. I have toiled up and down the hills of Mount Claremont, gone round and round Lake Claremont, and struggled on Jacob’s Ladder (a long, concrete stairway in Perth City). I have hurt my back twice, didn’t “feel like training” about 25 times since June, and stunk up 3 socks a week for a while now. I am also learning some Pidgin English. 
“And what for?” You ask. TO SURVIVE 10 DAYS OF KOKODA TRAIL! It’s a 93km mountainous track in Papua New Guinea; a major pain-train.
I leave next week.

“And what are you doing that for?” You ask.              
Well, that’s a good question. I’ll answer that when you tell me what you’re doing in my article. Oh, that’s m
ade you quiet.
Well, I have a few reasons for doing something this crazy (or stupid); my dad was the instigator this time; he decided to go with his boss before his knees wouldn’t take it, and I wanted to tag along with him. I thought of it as being a grea
t way to ‘bond’ with him, and to meet his boss. I also thought it would be a great way to waste Dad’s money (jks). I also also thought it would be a great challenge. I also also also thought it would be a good way to die (yes, I have read/heard the news of all the deaths around Kokoda). I also believe God's name will be proclaimed because of this trip. Honestly, that is the most important thing on this adventure.

Anyway, a
long with 2 of the boss’ friends, we are trekking with a good tour company (Adventure Kokoda) who will make sure we stop when we should and start when we must. My current and only quibble with them is that the t-shirts they sent are not suitable for the actual trek. Ah well, I’m going to die there anyway, so I might as well not complain.

I’m not going to fool myself; it’s going to be very tough. But I will not be afraid. God is in control. I ask all who read this to pray for the trip, which is from Tuesday next week, for ten days. I cannot stress enough that prayer works WONDERS. I was amazed at what happened on my Indonesian visit, and I’m sure it was because of all the prayers offered up to our God. Cheers.
See you on the flipside.

“As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor--this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”   -King Solomon
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