Mackenzies Bar and Grill – Stonegrill Review

September 5, 2014Matt No Comments »

On our way from Christchurch to Queenstown for our holiday we went through Lake Tekapo. Our plan had been to arrive here around sunset time so we could get a few nice photos at the Church of the Good Shepherd with the sun setting in the background over the lake. Then we would go get dinner at Mackenzie’s Bar and Grill looking over the water as the sun finishes setting. Unfortunately with our flight into Christchurch delayed we weren’t in time for sunset. We definitely didn’t miss out on Mackenzies Bar and Grill for dinner though! We tried this place out on our honeymoon because they accepted Bartercard which helped keep our costs down and we absolutely loved it, so since we were going through at a meal time we didn’t want to miss out.

I didn’t get any photos of outside unfortunately since it was dark, but it is just here:

Ignore where Google Maps actually places it further up the highway, it’s incorrect. If you use the above location and jump on Google Streetview, you will see the “Observatory Cafe”. That is where Mackenzie’s now is located.

Mackenzies Stronegrill Chicken

Mackenzies Stonegrill Chicken

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On The Road to New Zealand – A Jetstar Flight Commentary From Sydney, Australia

September 5, 2014Matt 1 Comment »

We finally got to go on holidays at last!

We went to New Zealand’s South Island to do some of the things we did on our honeymoon that we really enjoyed, and to do some of the things we missed out on doing while we were on our honeymoon.

Sydney Airport T1 View

Sydney Airport T1 View

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Hearts at Home – Free E-Book by Pr Gary Kent

August 8, 2014Matt No Comments »
Hearts at Home by Pr Gary Kent

Hearts at Home by Pr Gary Kent

It Is Written Oceania has just released the e-book “Hearts at Home” as a free download through their Facebook page.

Hearts at Home is all about family and relationship development, the tagline actually reads “Building Solid Families in a Shaky World”.

The basic concept is that we are designed to need people, and with so many problems in the world today, we need healthy relationships more than ever. The e-book is intended to work in tandem with the 5-part “Hearts at Home” television series that deals with divorce, single parenting, communicating with teenagers and living alone.

The ultimate goal: Learn keys to building healthy relationships and effective, positive communication and understanding in the family.

You can download the e-book by going here and liking the page, and you can watch the episodes that it ties in with by going to the links below:

  1. Being Married to Me
  2. A Hole in the Family
  3. Listen to the Children
  4. I Can’t Talk to my Teenager
  5. Single and Whole

I haven’t read it myself yet to comment, but I have watched the episodes and they are quite good. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the e-book if you read it!


Skyline Drive-In Blacktown & Eagle Boys Pizza Pies

August 5, 2014Matt No Comments »
Skyline Drive-In Blacktown

Skyline Drive-In Blacktown

On Sunday night we finally went down to Blacktown to go to the Skyline Drive-In Cinema. As regulars at the Yatala Drive-In when we lived on the Gold Coast, we quite missed it, so it was great to go! It looks like the screens and cafe have been recently redone and look great!

Price wise it is currently $10 per person per movie which makes it a bit cheaper than Yatala for one movie, or more expensive for two.

It was a lot quicker and easier to get in because the queue isn’t across a main road, the entrance is at the end of a road and it loops back on itself, so you aren’t fighting with two directions of traffic. The fact that you can book your tickets online probably also helps with moving cars through a bit quicker as well. Continue Reading


Room Service at Rydges Capital Hill – Canberra

August 3, 2014Matt 2 Comments »
Lemongrass and Guava Parfait at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra

Lemongrass and Guava Parfait at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra

While we were at Rydges in Canberra, we also decided to splurge a little bit and try room service for once. We weren’t super hungry as we had a big lunch, so we decided to get an entree and dessert that had caught our attention.

We got the Lamb Noisette entree and Lemongrass and Guava Parfait dessert to share.

I have to say, I was both very impressed and a bit disappointed. There are a few reasons for both of these things!

I was very impressed because the food was amazingly delicious. I wasn’t as keen on the Lamb Noisette as Tammy, but she really loved it. The Lemongrass and Guava Parfait though was awesome! This was right up my alley. Check out the photos (I thought I’d try a slideshow for something different): Continue Reading


Rydges Capital Hill Canberra – Buffet Breakfast and the Hotel

August 2, 2014Matt 1 Comment »
Hot Food at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra Breakfast Buffet

Hot Food at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra Breakfast Buffet

I thought I’d share some more of our experience at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra last weekend. This follows on from my post last weekend about the room we were in.

Our accommodation included breakfast at the Rydges buffet each morning, and I have to say, it was one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve been to, both in terms of food and in terms of how well presented it was! There were so many choices, and it was all delicious. I would recommend going before 8 though because the second morning we went later and certain things didn’t get replaced when they ran out (eg muffins – which were amazing). Continue Reading


Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Shop

July 31, 2014Matt No Comments »
Jamaican Chocolate Baked Cheesecake

Jamaican Chocolate Baked Cheesecake

It’s cheesecake day, so I thought I’d share this one from last weekend (we couldn’t do another one again so soon!). We decided to buy a cheesecake for my sister’s going away party and got the Jamaican Chocolate baked cheesecake from The Cheesecake Shop and I have to say, it doesn’t necessarily look like a whole lot but it is an amazing cheesecake! Continue Reading


Eyes For India

July 28, 2014Matt No Comments »

Eyes for India is a humanitarian project run by It Is Written Oceania that provides sight to the blind India. Over the last 6 months I have been working with the project and it has been so moving to see the outcomes. There are 15 million blind people in India, and many of them can have their sight restored through cataract surgery. Check out the video below to see how the project works and the impact it is having on the blind in India. Continue Reading


Rydges Capital Hill Canberra Executive King Spa Suite

July 26, 2014Matt 1 Comment »

This weekend my sister leaves from Canberra to make her way to Japan for work. We haven’t had a holiday since January, so we decided to take the opportunity to go away for a couple of days after work on Friday and enjoy ourselves. After looking around it was evident that everything in Canberra is fairly expensive, but ironically is cheaper on weekends than weekdays. I guess there are less politicians and business people coming through on weekends. A little bit of hunting around though and we found a great deal on Rydges “Weekends and Offers” page to stay at the Rydges Capital Hill Canberra for two nights in an Executive King Spa Suite. Continue Reading


Esaote O-Scan – Affordable Extremity MRI

July 23, 2014Matt 1 Comment »
Esaote O-Scan Extremity MRI in Use

Esaote O-Scan Extremity MRI in Use

I have just launched a new single page enquiry website for a client – Esaote MRI Australia.

MRI Pty Ltd is the distributor for Esaote O-Scan magnetic resonance imaging machines here in Australia.

From what I understand these machines are quite affordable when compared to stereotypical MRI machines and they are quite a bit smaller. The idea behind these MRI units is to be both affordable but also comfortable for patients who need extremity MRI’s. The patients don’t need to be entirely inside the unit, only the extremity being scanned, such as their arm or leg. This means it’s non-claustrophobic. I expect it is also a lot less daunting to simply place your arm in the machine than your entire body. Continue Reading



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