Australia Journey Report | Jonathan Little


1_miniMy view in Melbourne

As most of you realize, I spent all of October, 2014 in Australia.  I made a decision to make the journey to play the WSOP APAC occasions despite the fact that EPT London, which turned out to be a a lot bigger match, was happening at roughly the identical time. I made a decision to journey a lot farther to Australia as a result of Amie, my fiancée, wished to take a trip to Australia and I determine
d this is able to be our solely alternative to make the journey any time quickly.  Our plan was for me to reach on 10/1 and for Amie to return after the poker match was completed, alongside  with one in every of her buddies.

Earlier than you proceed, please know there shall be little or no poker info and a whole lot of discuss my travels on this put up. If you’d like poker recommendation, please take a look at my different blogs.

Flying to Australia from NYC is tough. My whole journey time was 31 hours. Despite the fact that most individuals complain about flights, I don’t thoughts them. I spent virtually all 31 hours listening to podcasts, studying books, and hibernating. The flight went as easily as attainable. Uneventful flights are good.

I had the chance to spend six hours within the Hong Kong airport on the best way to Melbourne. For some purpose, seeing numerous issues I view as strictly American in Chinese language is humorous to me. I in some way had dim sum at a comparatively good place and I additionally spent $50 on tea, largely as a result of I used to be too drained to determine how you can convert USD to HKD. I’m a cash conversion fish when I’m drained!

2_miniIt’s poker time!

I stayed on the Crown On line casino, which is the place the WSOP APAC was held. The venue is amazingly good. That being stated, I believe it’s about 50% overpriced. For instance, of their meals court docket, a salad is roughly $15. I ate a whole lot of salad as a result of that was the healthiest factor I might discover that was out there at any time when I wished it. Additionally, the resort rooms, at a reduced charge, are $400 per night time. Perhaps they offer enormous reductions when you play on line casino video games? I made a decision to easily pay the $8,000 resort invoice. Ouch!

The opposite foremost concern I had was that the web within the resort didn’t work effectively in any respect. I deliberate to place in an honest quantity of on-line quantity, particularly within the time between the tip of the WSOP APAC and when Amie was set to reach, however as a result of terrible web service, I used to be afraid to play. I’ve no want to play excessive stakes once I might get disconnected at any second, costing me numerous fairness.  I attempted a couple of instances with no luck. That was disappointing.

Poker went pretty poorly for me. I gained a $10,000 foremost occasion seat in a $1,000 multi-table satellite tv for pc early within the collection however in addition to that, I misplaced every thing else. I performed a little bit of $5/$10/$20 no-limit money video games and gained slightly. Poker-wise, the journey was not too good for me, however that’s positive. You get used to dangerous journeys if you play a whole lot of tournaments. Once I hear match gamers discussing whether or not or not they gained or misplaced throughout any particular person poker journey, it makes me chortle since you most likely ought to lose round 4 instances out of 5 merely as a result of payout constructions of tournaments. When you care about your quick time period outcomes, you’ll go loopy. I realized a very long time in the past to not let quick time period match outcomes drive me loopy.

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I roomed with Scott Clements through the 15-day poker a part of my journey. Scott is a wonderful roommate. He by no means woke me up when he got here dwelling after I used to be already asleep and he didn’t wake me up when he left earlier than I awakened. He was additionally not loud and didn’t thoughts discussing poker. Once we went to the health club on the identical time, he continually impressed me to work tougher. I might give him an A+ as a roommate.

I used to be ingesting a bit an excessive amount of through the collection, largely to assist me go to sleep at night time. I’m pretty dangerous at getting on the suitable sleep schedule, particularly when touring to the alternative facet of the world. Anybody who is aware of something about ingesting is aware of that whereas it would put you to sleep, it would typically not hold you asleep all through the night time and when it does, you’ll have a hangover the following morning. Ingesting is clearly not a +EV play for a poker participant.

On October 10, I made a decision that I used to be going to cease ingesting. After listening to a ton of inspirational podcasts, I got here to the belief that I used to be not devoting myself 100% to poker. Whereas I virtually actually do greater than most poker gamers, I had evident holes in my recreation, primarily off the felt. Ingesting was the primary drawback and I’m proud to say I haven’t had a sip of alcohol over the last month. I plan to by no means once more get caught within the viscous cycle the place I’m ingesting frequently. When I’ve the urge, I merely say “I ended ingesting” and neglect about it. I additionally notice that the majority poisons look and style good to the animal being poisoned. In my thoughts, alcohol and sugar each fall on this class. I’m additionally making a degree to get off sugar until I’m feeling particularly naughty. To date, this modification in mindset has labored amazingly effectively. I’m excited to see what the long run holds.

Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of 1’s wishes, however by the elimination of want. – Epictetus

I additionally wrote down my targets in life and poker in addition to how I’m going to attain them. To date, issues are progressing properly. In one in every of my upcoming webinars, I’m going to debate all of my targets, together with quite a few issues I’m engaged on to get higher at poker. I’m additionally going to debate a few of the holes I’ve in my recreation and what I’m doing to repair them. I’ll use quite a few hand examples to indicate you spots the place I made errors up to now and the way I’ve improved. When you aren’t continually enhancing, you might be falling behind. Make certain to enroll in my e-mail record on the facet of this web page to get updates in regards to the date of the webinar (and to say your free poker coaching video).

In any case of that soul looking, Amie and her buddy Courtney arrived.

It’s trip time!!!

Day 1:

The women arrived in the course of the day, so we didn’t have a lot time left earlier than the solar went down. Amie and I are inclined to not social gathering (we went to a complete of 0 bars/golf equipment throughout our Australia journey) so we’re normally not out too late. We spent most of our time strolling round downtown Melbourne. We went to a Peking duck restaurant in Chinatown. They introduced out a pleasant plump duck and promptly sliced all of its meat off for us to devour. It was scrumptious. Poor ducky!

Day 2:

4_miniShrine of Remembrance

We had breakfast within the metropolis at a pleasant little café (I virtually all the time ordered the “Huge Brekky”, which incorporates eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and beans),  then went to the Shrine of Remembrance, which is an awe-inspiring constructing close to the Royal Botanic Gardens. I totally take pleasure in merely strolling round and observing the sights. I discover it to be calming. After that, we went to a tremendous Malaysian restaurant, Mamak, which is an area chain. It was actually good. They need to attempt to convey it to NYC for certain . Earlier than coming to Australia I used to be truly informed by a couple of Australians that their meals is crappy. I don’t assume I had a foul meal all the time.

Day 3:


We rented a automobile and drove alongside the Nice Ocean Street. I used to be not an enormous fan of this expertise, largely as a result of it consisted primarily of us driving round in a automobile for 10 hours. I don’t take pleasure in sitting and doing comparatively nothing for many of the day. In fact, we did see some superb sights however I don’t assume spending all the day within the automobile was value it. Nonetheless, I did get to expertise driving on the “unsuitable” facet of the highway for the primary time. It took some time to get used to however I finally figured it out. Now I’m afraid to drive in America. I suppose I forgot how.

Day 4:

We traveled to the Moonlit Sanctuary, which is principally a zoo the place a few of the animals roam free. We had the expertise of petting a koala bear. That was enjoyable. I felt dangerous for him as a result of we clearly woke him up from his nap. Ohhh effectively.

6_miniWe additionally obtained to hang around with some kangaroos. I didn’t notice this, however numerous individuals in Australia think about kangaroos to be pests, simply as some individuals from the northeast United States think about deer to be pests, despite the fact that they’re so cute. I all the time seen kangaroos as cool animals. After looking the sanctuary for kangaroos and solely discovering one little wallaby, we discovered a piece with about 15 kangaroos hanging out and enjoyable. We determined to gamble a bit and hang around with them. We ended up petting and feeding them for nearly an hour. They turned our buddies. They cherished all of us, most likely as a result of we have been feeding them. They’d be enjoyable and if you approached, they might stroll over and see what you have been doing. This was top-of-the-line experiences of the journey for me.

7_miniAfter we left our new buddies, we went to Phillip Island to observe the well-known Penguin Parade. Each night time, 1000’s of little penguins swim in from the ocean then stroll inland to their properties within the sand. They have been so cute! There’s a big boardwalk constructed so spectators can watch the penguins hang around earlier than going to mattress of their little holes within the floor. It was superior watching them behave as in the event that they have been in their very own little world.

Day 5:

We flew to Cairns, which is close to the highest of the east coast of Australia. We traveled to our resort in Port Douglas and bummed round city through the first day and relaxed. Amie and I obtained the intense concept to go purchase groceries. She put me answerable for navigating. Our 30 minute spherical journey become a 90 minute spherical journey as a result of I can’t learn a map. Sorry Amie!

Day 6:


We took a protracted boat experience to the Nice Barrier Reef. Snorkeling alongside the reef was superb.  We noticed tons of coral, fish, and even a shark. The water was pretty chilly they usually made us put on a physique go well with. I made the error of getting flippers that have been a measurement too large and I ended up grinding blisters into my toes. Once we noticed the shark, I used to be anxious about my toes bleeding into the water. Fortunately the shark didn’t need to eat me.

9_miniAfter the Reef, we went to an area bar to observe cane toad racing. Cane toads are pests in Australia. The announcer claimed that the bloody Individuals introduced over 102 toads to Australia some variety of years in the past to deal with pests that have been messing with the native sugar cane. The toads made boatloads of infants and now they’re in every single place. Within the race, individuals from the viewers obtained on stage and blew social gathering whistles at their chosen toad to attempt to get them to leap off the desk first. It was an gratifying expertise to witness.

Day 7:

Went to the Daintree Rainforest. I wasn’t even conscious that Australia had a rainforest. The American faculty system failed me once more! We have been informed by our information, Dave, that the Daintree is the oldest rainforest on the earth. There are many animals residing there which might be considerably unevolved in comparison with different components of the world. For instance, there’s a big hen known as a Cassowary that appears relatively like an ostrich however is seemingly fairly vicious. We obtained fortunate sufficient to see one in every of them! There are additionally little birds that bury their eggs in an enormous communal nest on the bottom, just like how some reptilian dinosaurs have been thought to put their eggs.

10_miniWe additionally noticed tons of cool timber. Ever since relocating to NYC, I’ve fallen in love with timber. I continually admire their magnificence once I stroll by the parks. There’s something about them that’s awe-inspiring to me. They appear so peaceable. We obtained to see a wide selection of timber. I cherished it.

Dave enlightened us about many points of the rainforest. We realized that a few of the land is saturated in salt water, which ends up in solely particular forms of timber rising in that space. We additionally obtained to lick the butt of an ant, which tasted like lemon juice. It was an attention-grabbing expertise.

There may be additionally a well-known ice cream store in the course of the rainforest. They’ve a farm the place they develop all the meals they use to taste their ice cream. Despite the fact that I’m making a degree to be a superb boy in relation to my weight-reduction plan, I had 4 small scoops. It was naughtily scrumptious.

Day 8:

We awakened at 3am to catch a shuttle to the airport, then flew to Hervey Bay, which is slightly under Cairns, and rented a Land Rover plus tenting gear. We stopped on the grocery retailer to get our meals rations for the following six meals. I got here up with the genius concept of shopping for 12 facet salads for Amie and me to separate. She determined to be good and purchase some energy within the type of issues to make s’mores.  Apparently sufficient, they don’t have graham crackers in Australia. We purchased similar-looking cookies as an alternative.  I used to be tremendous hungry whereas tenting. Being hungry is sweet generally.

We then took a ferry to the biggest sand island on the earth, Fraser Island. I had no clue what to anticipate going into this a part of the journey besides that I knew we’d be tenting. It seems that the roads on Fraser Island will not be actually roads. You possibly can go about 15 miles per hour on most of them. They have been by far essentially the most rugged “roads” I’ve ever pushed on. They jogged my memory of driving in Hoyt Corkins’ jeep by the Pink Rock Mountains in Nevada. We spent about 90 minutes driving throughout the island to the place we deliberate to camp. Seeing how I’m a southern boy and I used to be touring with two girls from NYC, I used to be answerable for establishing camp and ensuring nobody died.

We arrived at our camp website proper because the solar was taking place. I proudly obtained our two tents and chairs arrange proper because the solar dipped under the horizon. To be truthful, it wasn’t all my doing. The women labored exhausting to ensure we obtained our camp arrange. As I pulled out the propane grill (no wooden fires are allowed on the island) to make our s’mores, two rangers drove up and informed us that we needed to relocate as a result of a pack of dingoes attacked some individuals close to our location a couple of days earlier. Dangerous beat!

We rapidly packed up our camp and we drove slightly methods down the seaside. We arrange our camp once more. It’s a lot tougher to arrange camp when there is no such thing as a mild. We finally obtained it taken care of. We slept soundly.

Day 9:

I satisfied the women that we must always ditch the concept of getting any type of deliberate agenda whereas tenting. My concept of tenting is enjoyable and doing no matter now we have time for.  We drove our Land Rover up the east coast of the island. The west coast of the island just isn’t protected to drive on as a result of overly moist sand. When you attempt to drive there, your automobile will certainly get caught.  Alongside the best way, we noticed a couple of landmarks however we ended up spending most of our time at a waist-deep creek stuffed with crystal clear water. The creek was SUPER chilly. I drank numerous the water. I preferred it! We met a couple of locals there and talked with them for hours. After that, we drove again to our camp. We noticed a couple of dingoes stroll by however they left us alone. We devoured our salad and s’mores, after which slept.

Day 10:

At round midnight, Courtney began yelling and woke us up. The flap on her tent that was supposed to maintain out the rain blew off attributable to extraordinarily sturdy winds. Because it was the midnight, I informed her to get in our tent and we’d determine every thing out within the morning.

11_miniI awakened the following morning and regarded outdoors to see Courtney’s tent already packed up. I used to be glad that she was being proactive and packing up the camp. In actuality, the wind blew it away. Each of the women have been satisfied it was gone. Amie began wanting round and located it in a tree. I made the quick trek to retrieve it. Earlier than 5am, we had completed our salads, packed up our camp, and launched into one other lengthy bumpy experience throughout the island.

12_miniOur main vacation spot was Lake McKenzie, which is an amazingly clear lake that’s stuffed with rainwater. We arrived tremendous early. There have been just a few different individuals means down the seaside, that means we just about had all of it to ourselves. I spent the following few hours swimming. I finally obtained drained and took a nap. One among my toes was caught out from underneath my a number of layers of safety and it obtained tremendous burnt. It was toasty for the remainder of the journey.

13_miniThat is me taking a nap on the seaside.

We took the ferry again to the mainland and returned our Land Rover and tenting gear. We checked right into a resort in Hervey Bay, which was each seedy and homey on the identical time. Since I used to be overly hungry, we determined to go to an Indian restaurant.  The meals was superb.

I used to be so hungry. I ordered tandoori hen, aloo gobi, then when it was time to think about dessert, I ordered one other order of tandoori hen. It was so scrumptious. We obtained caught in a rainstorm and sat within the restaurant for round two hours. I actually might have used a drink then however I abstained. The rain finally stopped and we walked again to the resort for the night time.

Day 11:


We slept in a bit, had breakfast at a trendy-looking native café with enjoyable meals then flew to Sydney for the final leg of our journey. Each time I discussed Sydney to an area Australian, they stated, “You imply Shitney?” Apparently they assume Sydney is shit. I used to be anticipating the town to be an absolute dump. The airport appeared good, however I used to be nonetheless skeptical.

15_miniIt seems that Sydney is superior. No less than in my thoughts, it’s akin to a clear NYC. There may be nice structure, giant parks, and nice meals. We spent our first day strolling across the city. The women shopped a bit. Whereas they have been procuring, I learn varied books on my iPhone. I used to by no means learn books. Now I’m continually studying. I’ve discovered that studying is far more helpful than taking part in senseless video games on my telephone. I’m a real genius, I do know.

We took two ferry rides to varied ports across the metropolis. I wasn’t anticipating a lot from a ferry experience, however in actuality, these have been pretty excessive pace boats that solely carried people. They gave the impression to be a stunning a part of the native public transportation system. It was enjoyable and enjoyable. Seeing the Sydney Opera Home was a fantastic expertise. I by no means thought I might be moved by a constructing, however I used to be. There’s something particular about it.

Day 12:


We awakened and had breakfast at a fantastic place known as Bobby’s that was a block away from our resort. We ate breakfast there two extra instances whereas in Sydney. Clearly I had the Huge Brekky each time. We walked across the metropolis and the women shopped some extra. I learn some extra. We did the touristy factor and climbed to the highest of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was truly a lot much less intimidating than I anticipated. My solely different expertise climbing one thing I perceived as “scary” was climbing to the highest of Angel’s Touchdown in Zion Nationwide Park in Utah. That really was scary. The bridge climb was tremendous protected. Everybody was strapped in. You would need to strive actually exhausting to fall off. The views from the highest have been nice.

After that, we went to an area chain known as Pancakes on the Rocks. I might have cherished a gluttonous pancake topped with ice cream, chocolate, and Nutella however as an alternative, I had a crepe that regarded extra like a salad. It was surprisingly good.

Day 13:

17_miniImpromptu work out

We spent our final day strolling from Bondi seaside to Coogee seaside. The stroll, which was imagined to take about 45 minutes, ended up taking about two hours as a result of there was a tremendous sculpture exhibit happening. We noticed numerous attention-grabbing sculptures from varied artists. Within the night, we walked round part of Sydney that’s akin to Brooklyn. The realm was a bit grungier than the primary downtown space in a captivating means. Amie cherished the gorgeous timber with purple leaves/flowers. She snapped an image of me impromptu figuring out on a pole under one in every of them.

We had dinner at a enjoyable place known as El Loco. It was overly crowded once we arrived so we needed to combat to get a desk. In fact, there was no type of ready record. We finally discovered a seat and had scrumptious meals. I had fish, steak, and a “particular” taco that was basically a pile of goodness. It was nice.

Day 14:

We awakened early and headed to the airport. We flew to Hong Kong, the place we had a 40 minute layover. That was a foul beat as a result of I wished to play some extra within the Hong Kong airport. An agent greeted us as we disembarked our flight and rushed us by all the safety strains to our last flight to NYC. Once more, I listened to podcasts, learn books, and hibernated the entire means.

All in all, I had a good time in Australia. I obtained to swim alongside the Nice Barrier Reef, play with kangaroos, hand around in a rainforest, go tenting, and spend time with Amie and Courtney. I might strongly recommend visiting the nation you probably have the chance. Maybe most significantly, I realized so much about myself and have developed a strong technique for self-improvement. I’m excited in regards to the future! As a lot as I loved the journey, I’m glad to get again dwelling and get to work. I’ve numerous new concepts to share with you.

When you have any questions or feedback, please let me know. Thanks for studying!


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