Ghosts and Stuff

Today on my weekly catchup with Julie we wandered up to the Japan Foundation Gallery inside Chiefly Place to see an exhibition by Andrea Innocent aka innocentgirl called Facetnate! Love, Thieves and Fear Make Ghosts: old tales and new forms of Japanese ghosts.

The exhibit is a gorgeous collection of about 10 hauntingly beautiful images, with a touch of tongue in cheek. I couldn’t find a pic of my favourite piece, but here’s her piece entitled The girl in the blue dress

Definitely check out the collection if you get the opportunity before the 3rd of July.

We grabbed a bite up there for lunch. Being a new food court with new and fanciful food joints we were interested in everything. I finally settled upon a mini prosciutto pizza which set me back $7 and came with greens from a place called __dish__. It was pretty darn tasty!!! On the menu were also a number of breky pizzas which looked interesting…

Have you enjoyed any new arts and/or food of late??


WordPress 2.8 & subsequent new theme

Today WordPress released their latest version – 2.8 entitled Baker. I’ve gone ahead an installed (with a little difficulty) and hence there’s a lovely new theme based on the Hybrid template, customised for CHONGLAND.

Installation broke my blog for a matter of hours until I was able to get away from work, to MacDonalds across the road with free WiFi!!!, for some debugging. I hastily hit the upgrade button without disabling my active plugins and with the new widget structures and API, not all are compatible… One of my many active widgets left me blogless without a paddle for a while. I managed to ftp into my site and rename the plugins directory, forcing WordPress to disable all plugins, then rename the plugins directory back to the original.

So now that WordPress 2.8 is out, it’s time for me to get back on my theme horse…. I’ve got some good ideas up my sleeve and been reading a heap of inspiring bits and blogs, like Smashing Magazine, that are presenting me with new ideas, tips, tricks and tutorials. I’m excited to get it all rolling and hope you’ll enjoy it when it comes about!!!!


Temporary Theme

For those that visit the site, please excuse the current theme. I’m having difficulties with the current one and am awaiting WordPress 2.8’s imminent release on the 10th to develop CHONGLAND’s custom theme.


Fervr Launch Event

Yesterday afternoon I got along to the Fervr Launch Event down at the Courtyard Marriott, North Ryde.

It was good to see a whole bunch of Christians supporting Fervr. After mingling for a bit, we all sat down to listen to Eugene Hor talk about social media and how it fits into Christianity. The most helpful point being that the tools are there, we just need to use them to facilitate Christian community. A few ways that we can do this is by being regular, and Christ focused in our statuses, updates and responses. It’s also helpful to take note of peoples updates and to pray for them.

There was also a panel with representatives from Crusaders, Scripture Union, EMI and Google, as well as other web ninjas and media aficionado. There was some interesting discussion about Gen Y and their online habits, how to reach them and what not to do.

We heard from Kitty Fung, Fervr‘s marketing manager giving a rundown of what the site does, which is a general site with plenty of Christian content covering culture, reviews, Q&A and other helpful articles, video and audio clips. Then there’s the fervr groups; a customisable site for Christian groups to create and share information and media. It’s a great resource for those that are less tech savvy, as well as having the ability for greater customisation by those that are. I think the greatest and most useful feature is the ‘find-a-group‘ google map based search function.

Overall it was an enjoyable afternoon, good to catch up with Mark Earngey in the flesh as well as meet a couple of people, like Anthony Flatt.
I did have an awkward moment with Alison OpdeVeigh where she asked me if I needed her to run me through any information on the Scripture Union table, to which I responded no, and then turned down her followup of offering me a bag. I do apologise Alison, pretty girls that I don’t know tend to make me nervous and less communicative.


Life Detox – the cover and the title page

I read (or at least used to) this Tumblr (an artsy type blogging platform) by Rachel Manchester, I guess I’d class her as an acquaintance…. Someone I’ve seen and know of, have communicated with, but not actually met. This was one of her last posts before going on hiatus:


things in life i need to discipline:
– computer/internet use
– compulsive iphone checking
– bedtime
– quiet times
– morning times
– school planning work
– eating well
– exercise
– money
– being outdoors

per day
– can check facebook three times per day (including phone check)
– can spend maximum one hour online (total)
– no tumblr
– must go to bed before 10:30pm unless out
– only three nights out a week
– prayer and praise on the way to school
– quiet times as soon as home from school (unless circumstantial)
– out of bed at 5:50am every morning
– eat breakfast at home
– stay back at school for at least an hour to mark and plan each afternoon
– free periods at school scheduled
– to do lists realistic and completed
– three meals a day. 2L water a day.
– at least one outdoor activity per day (no excuses)
– three instances of exercise per week
– money transferred for london trip within 24 hours of pay
– no extras bought between now and july
– read a book a week

It looks like a great plan of action to make some changes in ones life. I’m keen to take a leaf or two out of her book and work on a few disciplines as well. Here’s the disciplinary list:

  • bedtime
  • morning times
  • quiet times
  • prayer
  • eating well
  • screen time
  • home cleanliness & service
  • site maintenance, creativity
  • physical wellbeing
  • money

And the action/reactions:

  • bed by 10:15 (unless out)
  • up at 5:15am
  • 1st devotional bible reading after shower
  • breakfast before train
  • prayer session on train
  • 3rd devotional bible reading when home
  • 4th devotional bible reading before bed
  • exercise knee daily
  • weights 3 times a week
  • file things away, throw things away
  • bi weekly site updates at a minimum
  • minimum weekly photo shoots
  • three meals a day. 2L water a day.
  • budget & stick to it. Pay off loan asap

Looks like a sturdy list of things to do. Keep up on telling me if I’m dropping the ball, ask me how I’m going etc etc.
Are there any things you need to go about changing in your life?? Got a standard plan of action?? How’s that workin out for you?



A few changes afoot on CHONGLAND, most notably on the main site with a theme change. This is something that is in progress and updating per acceptable version….

I decided that I’d like (yet another) re-theme. Certain elements were a target, but as I thought about it more and more it became apparent that I wanted to change more and more… Some words of wisdom from Sam ‘Rusty’ Russell [one half of The Fountainside and the first featured guest on The Pilgrims Podcast by Mark Earngey of seeing in a mirror dimly and Stephen Gardner of All Things New] encouraged me to update in small increments rather than putting off the whole change till EVERYTHING I wanted to implement was done.

So what’s changed??

  • Search function located in the top right hand corner
  • Login panel in the header. Features a few easy links for logged in users
  • RSS subscription link in the header as well
  • Full posts now show only on the individual posts page. Front page is more of a summary
  • Tidied up the meta data for posts
  • Played around with the footer information. A few new widgets. More changes to come here.

Now I have the arduous task of going through old posts to re-categorise and tag them. Should be an interesting trip down memory lane….

So what do you think?? Is there anything I could do to improve these changes, or is there anything else you’d like to see?? Do you miss the comment counter or the photos?


The Week Ahead

Mundane Monday off to a flying start!!

Listening to a random selection from several albums:

  • Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
  • London Elektricity – Syncopated City
  • London Elektricity – Billion Dollar Gravy
  • Mistabishi – Drop
  • Cicada – Cicada
  • Gift – 3

Diary is looking quite busy for the week. So far I’m booked in for:

  • Steak Dinner at West Ryde for Hamish’s Birthday today.


  • Bible Study on Tuesday night
  • Thursday Lunch at World Square Pub with City St Paulians
  • Work Social on Friday night, we’re having a poker night
  • MANDAY on Saturday at church. We’ll be hearing from Geoff Hall, James Moore and James Warren on Paul, a man that suffered much for the sake of the Gospel
  • Hamish’s 21st on Saturday night
  • Church on Sunday night. It’s a guest night with a guest speaker

Hoping to drop my new CHONGLAND theme in some time mid-week, it’s mostly finished, but I’m having issues getting some aesthetics looking pretty….

And from my reading this morning: Psalm 136

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

A great reminder to pray and thank God for the great love that He shows to us. I’m also reminded of the love that He showed in the sacrifice of Jesus.


The Status of CHONGLAND

Good Morning Blogosphere!!

Apologies for the neglect and lack of blog posts…. Things have been pretty hectic of late, resulting in a lack of time to complete blog posts…. (I have about 5 draft posts sitting here to be completed….)

So what’s been taking up my time and energy??

  • I’ve been coming to work early (getting in between 7 and 7:30am) because my sister is catching an earlier train due to her job demanding longer working hours. I’ve decided that the loving thing to do for my dad is to go at the same time as her so he doesn’t have to make 2 taxi runs to the train station…
  • I’ve been working on the SaltYouth site. It’s now in its second skin and hopefully staying that way for a few months, at least until the lead-up to AWESOME: their annual youth camp in October
  • Just the general flow of life, being up and down….

I am hoping to get the ball rolling again now that things are more complete….
As for the content?

  • Bible Study coverage will still be a feature, I’m enjoying the time I spend with the group and the things we’re discussing…
  • I fear the Mighty Kites coverage may drop off…. The new look team isn’t providing a great write up… the first two games of the winter competition we’ve consecutively scored 18 points, but the opposition has clocked up 45 and 58 respectively…. Plus my Meniscus/Knee still haunts me and I doubt I’ll play until mid June…
  • Music should be getting a good plug as well, I’ve promised many album reviews, but provided little…. And there so much great music I’m enjoying that I’d love to share with you all

I am working on yet another visual metamorphosis of this site, which I hope to get up soon.
I’m aware that my readership is generally reading via RSS, but for those of you that do drop by the site, I’d like to know what you think of the sidebar; that thing that sits over there -> ->.
Do you find it useful?? Do you have an account setup to login to and see how many comments you’ve made?? I’m thinking of ditching it, or refining it and it’s position, plus moving the b-sides back into the everyday blog….


I’ve been working away at three websites of late, one of them bring a new site for SALT; the youth group at St Pauls Carlingford. Tonight I’ve unleashed it in a somewhat acceptable form. Go on and check it out!!


Prodigal Son Returns

Last night after church I was chatting to some people when Harry Day came up and introduced himself, and told me that he’d seen me in a film they watched in their Christian studies class.

This of course was the short film we made back in 2004 for the inaugural Ignite Film Festival, I stood in as a cleaner, but did quite a bit more behind the scenes work, designing props and fleshing out script and dialogue etc etc.