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Once in a Blue Moon, Something good comes along

Destination Elite
10 March 2015
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Living in the moment We all live chaotic stressful lives filled with many diversions that prevent us from enjoying the small things in life. We misguidedly believe that all the clutter will lead us to live the good life, but all it is doing is preventing us from living in the moment. I recently asked a friend what she enjoyed watching. I thought she would probably be a fan of Gray’s Anatomy or The Take Home Chef, instead, she answered “Children at play and sunrises and sunsets.” How refreshing, here was someone who knew how to live in the moment! “The moments we enjoy most as they unfold, and that we treasure long afterward, are the ones we experience more deeply, Depth roots us in the world, gives life substance and wholeness. It enriches our work, our relationships, everything we do. It’s the essential ingredient of the good life and one of the qualities we admire most in others.” William Powers“ Need a little inspiration? Elite Insider has captured the experiences and thoughts of the leaders of some of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts, trains, and cruises in the Asia Pacific region. We all need to find something that really motivates us to lose ourselves in the magic of the moment. “We are always getting ready to live, but never living.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Captain Mike Taylor, Master of Orion Expedition Cruises, is an Irishman who has been at sea since the age of 16. He left his home town in Dublin for a school holiday job on a ship to South Africa. He gained his sea legs on banana boats, cargo ships, sailboats, expedition ships and passenger liners from Brazil to Broome. He has been Master of Orion since 2007. “The stunning beauty of the Kimberly Coast in Western Australia never fails to capture me with its ever-changing light, 40-foot tides and ancient Aboriginal Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art. The last time I went ashore on Jar Island, our Expedition Leader Mick Fogg told me there’s rock art all over the island. “Just find and overhand, and you’ll see it.” He said. So I cut across county and after battling the spinifex, I was cursing him. Then I clambered over some rocks, and all of a sudden it was like being in the Louvre or the Hermitage. And I was possibly the first person to see this rock art in 19,000 years! I love arriving in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. Invariably, Mt Tavurvur greets us with regular guttural eruptions, sending ash thousands of feet into the sky…a grand sight that shows the mighty power of nature. Simpson Harbour is an ancient flooded caldera which dwarfs Tavurvur, so one can but imagine the enormity of the explosion that created it around 1,500 years ago. Washing the ship down after all that ash means heading for the nearest rain cloud for a good dowsing…the deck hands really appreciate that!”