Archive for September, 2012

Brisbane – Paul’s Birthday

September 28, 2012


Anniversaire de Paul

At the office, celebrating together with Tai Mak who had his birthday a few days earlier 

At home, nice sunny day/à la maison, belle journée ensoleillée

Shopping in the brand new Fish Factory which just reopend after having been destroyed by a fire

preparing the ¨hapjes” before the guests arrive

la table est prête

preparing the paëlla – Margot, Bacia, Francisco, Charliany

Wanda, Murka, Pawel

Steve, Tai, Charliany, Margot, Wanda, Bacia, Murka (hidden), Pawel, Francisco, Chris

the day after, walking in the rain forest

August in Amsterdam

September 28, 2012


Passing by Amsterdam, before and after Switzerland. Good to be there again and visit some friends

Deux courts passages à Amsterdam, avant et après la Suisse. Bon d’être la à nouveau et de revoir quelques amis

like a tourist in my own town/comme un touriste dans ma propre ville

Amstel River

American Hotel

just landed, pretty much jetlegged

Pete Purnell

my portrait by Pete Purnell

Frankufter Wurst auf der Autobahn – on the way back from Switzerland

Thai restaurant, in our street – with Karolyna

Paul Wanda, Pete – just before my departure to Australia

Préalpes Vaudoises et Alpes Valaisannes – Petite réunion de famille

September 28, 2012


Entre la Crettaz et Les Marécottes

montée vers la Crettaz, depuis Le Trétien

La Crettaz

une de mes promenades favorites

Le Rhône

Les Avants – la famille

Ensar, Amar, Raymond, Marie-France, Wanda, Xhevahirë, Eric, Sabine

Amar, Raymond

Xhevahirë, Ensar

le traditionnel filet de perche

Amar, Ensar, Raymond, Sabine

toute l’équipe

Champex d’Alesse (1123 m)

vue sur le Val du Trient avec Salvan et Les Granges

St Maurice, Plaine du Rhône, lac Léman et Mont Pélerin à l’horizon

Vevey au pied du Mt Pélerin à l’horizon

La Pisse Vache

Le Trétien – Wanda’s Birthday

September 24, 2012

L’Anniversaire de Wanda

Réunion avec des amis, des connaissances et la famille au Trétien, notre petit village dans les alpes valaisannes

Big gathering with friends, acquaintances and family in Le Trétien, our little village in the Swiss Alps

14-16/08 /2012

The Days Before – Les jours précédents 

Arrival in Geneva, Central Station – Arrivée à Genève, Gare Cornavin

Ferran, Johanna, Wanda

Martigny  – Sebastian, Karolina, Ferran

Martigny, Place Centrale

Relaxing at Place Centrale 


August 17, 2012

Johanna, Wanda, Karolina

breakfast on sunny terrace

Kinga’s tailor-made T-shirts

Kitchen party – Karolina, Kinga, Milka, Anemique


Ferran et Christian


Party Day

Arrival of The Queen – Johanna, Queen Wanda, Karolina, Yves, Ferran

Romain, Raymond, Sébastien, Yves, Jean’François, Giovanni, Serge, Paul, Hanny, Ferran

Les chapeaux australiens sont arrivés

Polish-Pyrenées connection – Martha, Kinga, Karolina, Annie, Johanna, Milka

Mado, Martha, Kinga, Wanda, Karolina, Annie, Milka, Johanna, Danièle, Anemique 

Christian, Raymond, Marie-France, Paul et Wanda

Christian, Raymond, Marie-France et Paul

Wanda, Ferran, Mado, Wanda

Mado: tu fumes beaucoup….

Serge (elektra), Phedora, Wanda, Paul

Danièle, Pierre-André, Serge

Milka, Kinga

Jean-Marc et Pierre-André

Ferran, Jean-Marc, Pierre-André 

Jean-François, Yves, Damien


Pierre-André et Danièle

Alchimistes préparant les cocktails

les cocktails sont en route

La râclette (photos de Mado)

Serge et Annie

Serge, Phédora, Christine

Hanny et Jean-François

Phedora et Christine

Fred et Yanneth

Marie-France et Raymond 



Romain et Ferran

Wanda and Sebastian

Christine et Paul

Damien et ses neveux

Master Chef Christian

La Fête

Martha and Wanda

à la tienne

two dangerous witches

“Maître Râclette” en pleine action

Le second “Maître Râclette” en action

Romain et Karolyna

Kinga and Peter

Sex a peal (Fanda and Kaolina trying to sing)



19/08 /2012

The morning after the day before /le lendemain du jour d’avant

piscine des Marécottes



Partie de pétanque

Dushko, très intéressé par les amuse-bouches

A remain of the party hangover? – un restant de gueule de bois?

palabres intenses, la passion de la pétanque…

Christian, Mado et Typhanie soirée émotion chez Damien, découverte de veilles lettres


Le Trétien – Wanda’s File

Fête de la mi-été à Evolène

September 15, 2012


Mid-Summer Festival in Evolène (Switzerland)

One of Wallis most colorful festivals, with the traditional costume parade as a major highlight.

Une des fêtes les plus colorée du Valais, avec le traditionnel cortège historique comme point culminant.

Evolène, Wanda and Johanna

Ferran, Mado, Johanna, Karolina, Wanda, Christian

Two divas (?)

Mado et Christian

Me and my good friend Ferran

Costume typique de la région

Ferran et la banquière


lanceurs de drapeaux italiens

groupe de Salvan, notre plombier Zanetti

notre banquière à l’accordéon

Karolina and Wanda

                                                                                             une reine d’Herens

Cors des Alpes /Alpenhorns

à la bonne votre

July in Brisbane – Friends, Colleagues and Others

September 15, 2012

26-28/07 /2012

Juillet à Brisbane – Amis, collègues et autres

July is winter season in Australia. However, the winter in Brisbane  is very mild. It hardly rains -it is the dry season – and the temperature is usually around 18-20 degrees at day time. But the evenings and nights can be fresh, with temperatures as low as 8-9 degrees.  All in all not too bad.

Friends from Holland, Nelly Schaap and family,  visited us during  this period of time. They stayed a night at our place before heading North, direction Cairns, with a rented camper. They later reported cold nights on Fraser Island, their first stop. They however were thoroughly enjoying.

Our friend Christina Gomez came over from Melbourne for a long week end. She only had summer clothes with her. No problem at day time, but in the evening she had to borrow some of Wanda’s jackets. She however enjoyed the visit. Even so much that, a few weeks later, she sms’d us she had decided to move to Brisbane. She is one of these lucky people who can work from anywhere.

Birkalla Street – BBQ

Vivian, Nelly, Pieter, Christina, Rodin

Good meal, prepared by the Schaap family. I did not know the Dutch can prepare such good BBQ. They almost beat the Ossies…

Loan Pine

Christina and the kangaroo

mother with baby legs hanging out of the pouch 


Kookaburra – my favorite laughing bird

Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They are large to very large, with a total length of 28–42 cm (11–17 in). The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, and is onomatopoeic of its call.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter – good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). They are generally not closely associated with water, and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily.

Stand Up Comedy Show

An evening at the comedy together with some friends and colleagues

General view of the venue

Me and Christina

Sharon, Jacob (colleague), his daughter and a friend

Colleague Chris Chang with his wife Fanny


Peter, Paul, John, Tai, Richard, Jarod – Brisbane Project Management Team