Saturday, December 30, 2006

Melbourne 2006 - Day 2 (231106)

Just remember that I forgotten all about Melbourne! Need to blog it down before my memory fails me forever. I think I can hear the pages of recollections flying out my brain. Old liao... Haiz...

Day Two was the day when we visited the Puffing Billy. It is one of those old steam trains. Remember steam trains? The ones that started the whole Industrial Revolution? You do? *gasps* You're that old?! Haha...

Took the half day package from one of the tour agencies in the city. Swanston Street is where you find the whole bunch. If you have no transportation or fancy quite a bit of commentary while you cruise along the highway, seek them out. Remember to compare prices of course. First stop was at one of the bird feeding area. Before I elaborate on that, I need to complain!

We were told to reach the agency at 8.20am. We were there at 8.10am. The lady at the counter told us we should wait outside for the green flag that says "Puffing Billy". We did as we were told and saw that it was for the full day tour! We went back in and the lady, with her sour face and not in the least apologetic, told us that we were right to wait there. When we pointed out that we were on the half-day tour, she gave a shrug and told us the tour had already left. What the fuck? Dumb ass couldn't read and pushed us away onto the street to wait for a bus that wasn't meant for us in the first place. We stood there looking at her. She asked if we would like to go on the full day tour instead. NO! Bloody hell. I wanted to either forget about the trip, make it on another day, or look for another agent. Fucking pissed. The more I write about this, the more I remember it. We did as instructed but were delivered a rude slap. ARGH!

In the end, we were told to get onto the full-day tour, which would later join with the half-day tour and we could switch then. Shit organisation. So on the tour we went. First stop was to feed birds and have morning tea. Morning tea was lamington cakes and billy tea. Had those before, in Sydney. But bird feeding is another thing. Where I stayed in Brisbane, one of the breeds of birds that caused a ruckus outside our house was amongst those to be fed at the stop! Shit! Feeding my unwanted alarm clock! But quite fun la. The big, fat, white ones are those you should avoid. They leave scars. +_+

This type quite cute.

We were off to take the steam train next. It's all very touristy actually. But if that's the way to make money, that's the way to go.

火车, 火车, 嘟嘟嘟, 请问你要去哪里?

You only can go one short ride la. We liked it though. Why?

Because you can sit like that!!! Happening hor!

Rest our feet but pain our asses. Bars and asses are not best friends.

In our cabin was an Ah Pek, who's the "Head Conductor". We were given old skool tickets and the Ah Pek was dressed in old skool uniforms. Like the conductor in Noddy? Oh. I heard Noddy is gay? No idea. Haha.. We took photos with the Ah Pek but blurred. Too bad.

In the very hot coal room, where they really burnt coal to keep the train moving.

The ride was fun! Sitting on the side of the train and enjoying the breeze! It was off to the next stop too soon - a small village of the Dandenong Ranges.

Got toy shop! I bought something. Babushka dolls on a pin!

And I made a family.

Half-day tours are actually quite enough. Because they leave you time to explore other places. On the other hand, day tours are not as flexible as traveling by yourself. You cannot stop indefinitely at a place you have fallen in love with. Great to start from day tours and go back to places you would like to visit!

We were dropped back in the city again. Something that is different from the other day tours I went in Sydney and Adelaide is that this day tour was less personal. Largely because it was a big group. But I think the driver/tour guide could have made the effort to stand up and shake hands with everyone while we were alighting. Oh well.

Yesterday we took the free City Circle tram and noted that we wanted to take a closer look (ie. been-there-done-that photos) at the Parliament House.

Oh! What big crowns you have!

Today was on-foot day to the Gardens! If you look at the map of Melbourne, you will notice they have a few gardens. Time to visit them all! But first, we had sushi and a drink at Max Brenner's. Too chocolatey for my liking.

To find Cook's Cottage, we headed for Fitzroy Gardens. I like this garden the most. Because of the beautiful, beautiful elm trees. If you look at the garden from the air, you will see a red cross of Saint George, ala the flag of England. Gorgeous, gorgeous! Perfect for making out! Or simply strolling along, hand-in-hand. Awwww... *weeps tears of cheesiness*

To enter Cook's cottage, you need to pay a fee of $4. Flip through the tourist brochures. Some of them have discounted rates. 20 cents also money right?!

The post pillar outside the cottage. I don't know if it's really in use but it's cute anyway.

Inside Cook's cottage, you will see how people from Captain Cook's era lived. I think it's worth taking a look, trying to imagine how you can fit inside the narrow bed. Or how you can make soap using ashes from the fireplace. Let your imagination run wild!

We walked a super, super lot! Along the way, we asked for directions to Southbank and were greeted with looks of horror. "It's very, very far away!", "You should take tram!". But being the cheapskates we were, we didn't want to go on a paid tram. So we walked and walked and walked. And passed the Olympic Parks and reached the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's huge! Try walking there yourself and you will see how far we walked. Inside the gardens, we saw some families having picnics. That's the difference between Australia and Singapore I think. In Singapore, we seldom embrace the outdoors and brave the sun to have a picnic. Not my family anyway. In Australia, they love the sun and make time for their families.

We walked somemore along the Yarra River. Many schools were training their rowing teams there. The interesting thing was their coaches were on the banks while the students were in the river. The coaches cycled along the banks and used loudspeakers to communicate with their students. Imagine everyone on the river hearing how slowly you row. Gosh! An incentive to do better? Finally we reached Southbank.

There's a Southbank in Brisbane too. It is considered the cultural hub of Brisbane, where convention centres, theatres, and many cafes dot the streets. What's at Southbank, Melbourne then? More and more cafes and the famous Crown Casino!

One of the cafes that came highly recommended was Zampelis Cafe Greco. But we didn't know why because the food was disgusting. Disgustingly overpriced and disgustingly untasty. We ordered a pasta (tasted ok but more like ang moh hokkien mee) and two cakes. Strangely, we were not served iced water. Later we realised you have to pay for water. Stingy, stingy. I don't understand why there was the queue outside the restaurant. The cakes were expensive (about $9 each?); too expensive and too sweet. I don't think we finished them. Besides, the service was horrible. The waiters could not wait to send us on our way. The particular one who brought us to our table was sour-faced through out. BAH! I suspect people were taken in by this:

Remember: Looks are NOT everything!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


My room is cluttered with many things. I found that I do not have enough space for everything.

Things, for me, carry memories. It is hard to part with them. The round tin with the baby angel is from primary school. The red and blue Roxy wallet is from friends. The black bag with the heart iron-on is more than 10 years old. They symbolise something more than what they are. They are rich with emotions, bursting with images, brimming with words, with many stories to tell.

Perhaps Salvation Army can help them create stories for someone who needs them more.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Back in the rain

How do you pack 1 year into two suitcases? And make them well under 30kg? You simply use 9 suitcases instead.

Hello Singapore!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Melbourne 2006 - Day 1 (221106)

Long overdued records of my Melbourne trip! As usual, had to get up at an ungodly hour because that's when the air tickets are the cheapest!

Being the old ladies we are, it was a relaxing first day. First order of the day was to check in at our hotel. Hotel Rendezvous! WooooOoOoOO! We took the airport shuttle to the hotel. Something I noticed was that the driver did not help us with our baggage! In Sydney and Brisbane, they do! Hmm...

First impression of Melbourne? "Am I out of Brisbane already?" I supposed it's because we have been travelling around Brisbane to different suburb that once in Melbourne, we felt that we were in just another suburb. Hmm...

Check in already need to do the most important thing. Fill the stomach!

Heading home soon but still got to eat some bak chor mee!

We settled for a place called Chom Chom in the city the sells Singapore food. Not too bad but of course not as good as the best we can get back home. Lots of vinegar is the trick to good bak chor mee. Haha!!

Just getting our bearings right in the city, to get ready for shopping tomorrow. There's a free tram that goes around the city. So that's a good thing to start off with. See the sights, note down what we want to explore further.

City Circle tram

The main mode of transport in Melbourne city seems to be the tram. Not exactly the fastest mode but quite convenient I suppose. Interestingly, they have some special traffic rules because of the trams. Say, a car wants to turn right. The driver needs to do a 'hook' turn, that is, first, he has to bear left so as not to disrupt the tram traffic and turn right later. Geddit? Never mind, being the kind soul I am, I shall draw you a picture.

Too bad, the picture doesn't want to load. Well. Lots of great architecture in Melbourne city. Their toilets are interesting too. Out of the blue. Take a trip there and you will see what I mean.

Inside the Royal Arcade [?]. I take a better picture than those on the website, don't I?

After spending more than a year in Brisbane, I wasn't used to the hordes of people in Melbourne. Ironic isn't it, with me coming from one of the countries with the highest population density in the world? Yes, in Melbourne, you dodge people. And flies. We were warned about the houseflies before coming. But it wasn't as bad as expected. At least we could talk without having to cover our mouths.

Take a map of Melbourne city and look at its grid-like layout. You cannot get lost in Melbourne. Everything is at right angle. If you so amazingly manage to get lost, there are a few elderly volunteers in the city (usually along Swanston St) who can help you get your bearings. They wear bright red tops with the word "Me!bourne" written on them. Very nice people! Great to ask them for suggestions on where to go in the surrounding suburbs too. They also carry with them maps and brochures. Oh yes, before heading for those paid places, such as Cook's Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, check out the tourist brochures. They have discount coupons. Smashing!

The city has many small lanes. In one of them, near FCUK, we found this serviced apartment.

I think it looks amazing, don't you?

First day was pretty uneventful. Headed to THE Vietnamese restaurant, Mekong on Swanston St. Bill Clinton reportedly had two bowls of Pho Tai there. For us, we thought it wasn't up to all the hype. Maybe we were just used to the flavours we get here in Brisbane. We had Pho Tai and prawn rolls. The Pho Tai had lukewarm soup and the prawn rolls' rice paper was a tad too hard. Hmm.. Picky, picky! Thanks for the recommendation anyway, Stanley and piglet!

Another amazing fact of Melbourne during summer. It doesn't get dark until after 8.30pm! As you can see from the picture, we were back in the hotel before 8.30pm.

Eating the free chocolates! I hope it's free anyway.

Hotel Rendezvous has one of the best beds! It was pure torture to wake up in the mornings. The room was small. The TV could have provided more free cable channels. Location is great (Flinders St). Design retained its heritage. There's a particular cute concierge. Shan't tell you his name. If you happen to stay there, let me know who you think was cute! :P

Friday, December 08, 2006

More holidays

Hello all! These few days have been parents' day! Touring around Brisbane area with my parents! And more touring to come! Here's a small snippet of what we did.

Stayed at Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise with this beautiful view.

Climbed to the Balancing Rock at Cherrabah Homestead Resort.

Cycled (mostly) to the rocks at Log Cabin in Cherrabah.

In the meantime, if you are wondering where you should go for your next Australia destination, go to Cherrabah. With 5,000 acres of land to explore, you will have no lack of activities to do! :D

Friday, December 01, 2006

Off again!

Off to meet mama and papa in 4 hours time! Then to Gold Coast! Woohoo!!! Results out, graduation scheduled! YEAH!!!

Sneak preview for Melbourne!

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Guess how many pictures two girls can take on a week-long tour! WoooooOOOOOooooOO!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Victoria, anyone?

Melbourne in 8 hours!

Post-exam activities III

161106 Jiak ah!

Are you hungry now? If so, you better not read on! Because we went to eat one of my favourite kinds of breakfast!!! Woohoo!!!

Headed for Sunnybank at 11am or so. Not exactly breakfast but hey! I'm on holidays! Anyhoo. I love this breakfast! Right up there with McD's Sausage McMuffin with Egg meal. Yum!

Oyster mee suah! Long life ah!

Delicious spring onion pancake! MMMMMMMM!!!

Braised egg and tau gua! BEST I HAVE EVER TASTED!

And for dessert... ... ... ... Hmm... Do you like the beancurd from Rochor? I don't. Because I find it too soft. No texture, nothing to chew. I'm a bit of a chewer. I like to chew barley especially. Haha... Can take me ages to finish a cup of barley. Well. Beancurd.

Cold soy beancurd with fresh mango!!! !!! !!! I LOVE ITS TEXTURE!!!

But that must be the most expensive beancurd I have ever had. $3.80 ok! Mai siao siao.

Today, the plan was to go Sunnybank and Garden City. What's at Garden City? Another Westfield mall. Woohoo! Same boring shops!!! How exciting!!! +_+

But this mall supposed to be bigger though I didn't really think so. Nothing for me to buy also. I think I need to stick to routine. Like go to Brisbane city to shop or maybe Indooroopilly. By the way, how would you pronounce Indooroopilly? In-door-roo-pi-ly? WRONG! It's In-droo-pi-ly!!! Amazing right?! The two "o" must be swallowed. Hmm... But it sounds better anyway!

Recently, we have been on an ice-coffee trail. The best we have had so far is still at Campos, Sydney. Sadly, the most unobtainable as well. But this one here comes close! Ladies and gentlemen, in second place... ... ...

From some book shop cafe in Garden City. It is inside the mall itself. Near Terry White Chemist if I'm not mistaken. 2nd hand bookstore. Check it out!!!

For some strange reason, we not in the mood to shop! *gasps* Must be getting ready for Melbourne. Hee, hee, hee. But I'm going without expectations and hope to be surprised! Hmm.. That's an expectation also isn't it? Ah! Whatever lah!

But the window display here for Christmas nice wor. I wonder what it's like in Singapore. If I get to go back before Christmas, I would like to high tea at Goodwood Park. Always past by during Xmas and get to see the tall xmas tree outside but never get to see it up close and personal. Haiz. I think Singapore's xmas display more happening. The best is the year when they had the blue twinkling lights and it drizzled. Looked like snow!

Here though, they have cute wombat!

There is a story to this but I can't quite remember. It's about Wombat wanting a role in the performance of the birth of Jesus. Woolloo must be happy for his fellow countryman.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Post-exam activities II

151106 All hail the hail

Last year, I was pissing mad that I did not get to see the hail. Usually, I sleep around 2am but on that blasted day, I went to bed a wee bit earlier, wondering why it was so cold despite the coming of summer. Next day, I learnt the truth. Hail.

This year, I cursed when I saw that hail had hit Gold Coast but not Brisbane. Interestingly, despite the damages, many welcomed the hail. That's how dry it is here. Remember your moisturisers kids!

So continuing on our post-exam activities. Shortly, after we boarded the bus to the city, it rained sideways. Remember watching Forrest Gump where they were describing the rain they had in Vietnam? Yeah. Sideways it was. Wondered if the ferry can still operate in that kind of weather.

Dear K was so nice to call us and told us to be careful. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS RAINING HAIL!!!

Woooooo!!! A few weeks before I'm heading back, I get to witness hail! From a safe shelter of course. Do not underestimate the devastation of hail. It can dent your car.

The hail we saw was tiny, like those chipped ice cubes you get in your drinks. Small. See the clip for yourself.

The white bits on the road are hailstones. More like pebbles to me.

With such heavy rain that went sideways, we decided to seek shelter at a nearby cafe. Having explored most of Sydney and Adelaide city, I am ashamed to admit that I haven't seen much of Brisbane city, saved for the area where the malls are. The cafe looked quaint and hidden. It was almost full.

Number 12!

The iced coffee was so-so only. But we got out of the rain, so I'm not complaining. We hopped onto a bus to Chermside. Why Chermside? Because there is supposed to be a big mall there. The bus driver told us that the bus indeed would go to Chermside, though there's a shorter route. Hmm... Should have heeded the advice I think. Haha... But nice to look at the architecture of local buildings anyway. Not that many "jiak-hong-chu" in Singapore.

Chermside is a Westfield mall, meaning the things are pretty much the same. Just like in Singapore where you will find the same Giordarno, U2, G2000 in all shopping centers. Here, you will find Sportsgirl, Temt, Valley Girl, Cue, Portmans, etc. One word: boring! But Chermside is pretty. I think it's quite new. Good place to go if you want a change of environment. :D

Cannot forget to eat Aburi Salmon sushi at Sushi Train! I think this outlet has the best Aburi. Yum! Our high tea turned out to be quite a meal. Nice!

We walked around somemore but couldn't find things to buy. Never mind! Going Melbourne soon! We can score there!

We have been talking about this particular course offered by QUT called creative advertising. Advertising here is more interesting than in Singapore. Granted, some humour elements are lost on us, but generally, Australian advertisements offer a lot more creativity than those in Singapore. I suspect there are more regulations in Singapore. For example, we noticed that Australian ads like portray inanimate objects in violent acts. Like a personified corn running on a conveyor belt and eventually gets smashed by a huge piling machine to turn into cereal. Or one of my personal faves, the Cadbury ad.

See the chocolatey people?

Cadbury has a series of ad. Ad no. 1 showed the family going to a maze that was made of chocolate. When they got lost, they just ate their way out. Ad no. 2 saw them going to the movies where they were blocked by this man with a giant chocolate afro, which they just ate as well. And ad no. 3 was the postman coming to delivered a mail and the dog began to bark nonstop. So what did he do? He bit off its chocolatey tail. Haha!!!

We headed back for home at 5pm. When all the mall closes. Maybe I will get culture shock in Singapore when the shopping centers are still open at 9pm.

The view of Brisbane city from Southbank.

Southbank is a nice place to go, especially if you are one half of a couple. During evening, the ambience there is very romantic wor. Ah... Southbank is also home to salsa dancing on Fri nights. Looks very fun!

Southbank is also where I act cute. :P

Friday, November 17, 2006

Post-exam activities I

When you are studying for exams, what got you through the hardship? Chicken essence? Coffee? Planning for things to do after exams? Getting good grades? Not letting your parents down? Getting ahead in life? Hmm... Now I'm suggesting a bit too much.

I think making a list of things to do after you burn your notes is the best thing you can do! I have been doing this since secondary school and usually I don't accomplish half the things on the list. BUT! This time is different! Because I am in Australia and most likely won't be coming back here after graduation. Not anytime soon anyway. So I will try to do all that I had stated! And have lots of fun! My partner-in-crime is P. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

131106 Campuses

After handing in my final assignment, which, by the way, was a bitch to do, P and I set out for a school tour early early in the morning. 9am is waaaaayyyyyy too early for me anyway. But those who know me know I function best when I lack sleep; I'm at my most hyper and crappy. Pity P, eh?

After a cup of strong Jarraffa coffee and a weird shortcake, we took the train to visit UQ's Ipswich campus. Zone 1 to 4 leh. Happening.

Don't steal my bag!

En route to Ipswich, we saw lots of graffiti on the walls along the track. Firstly, I wondered how those people get there. Secondly, I wondered why they can be so beautiful (most of them anyway). Thirdly, I wondered whether they are art or vandalism. Fourthly, I wondered why people did it. Fifthly, I wondered what exactly they were writing. Hmm... Remember watching an episode of SVU before where one of the kids like to draw graffiti. I suspect it's because of the thrill of getting caught. Isn't that the reason why lots of people do what they are not supposed to and don't really need to do it anyway? Hmm...

Ah. We reached Ipswich about 30 minutes later? I cannot remember. First impression of Ipswich: it seemed to house the older population. While we were waiting for the bus to arrive, we saw lots of elderly folks. Do you think in Singapore we seldom see elderly people by themselves on the road? Here, it's quite the opposite. Senior citizens are very mobile and are more commonly seen. Everywhere. We pondered it over for a while and concluded that in Singapore, most elderly rather be out with family (especially grandchildren) or not out at all.

Recently, I watch a show about the aging population in UK. They followed the lives of some old men and women who were living in a old folks home. They are not those in 60s or 70s; most were in 80s or had illnesses that rendered them immobile. One had cancer. She went back to her hometown after spending decades in UK. Shortly after she returned to UK, she passed away. Another was a lady who married at 40 and her husband passed away shortly after. She was left to look after his elderly parents. She did not have any kids.

I wait everyday. I wait for death to come. I am sick of waiting.

A 90 year-old man was also featured. He had a dog who had to be put down because of old age. It happened around Christmas. And it was one of the few Chrismases when his son and grandchildren went skiing, instead of spending it at home. So he was alone. However, he had an electronic buggy that he could drive to his son's house a short distance away. After his 90th birthday, his mental capability deteriorated. He was told that he should not continue using his buggy because his judgement was compromised. He died soon after.

I want to die before I become a nuisance to anyone.

It made me think about life. You cannot stop yourself from getting old, falling ill, and eventually dying. I guess nearing the end of your life, strong social, family support is important. If you are no longer mobile, with the freedom to come and go as you wish, I think it's scary.

I seriously digressed. Hmm...

Well. We arrived at Ipswich and gave up our seat at the bus-stop to an ah pek. He looked surprised. A short journey later, we finally reached the campus.


Ipswich campus is the newest of the three campuses. It is small, compared to the other two. Walking around the compound, we realised there was no one around! I think for the first half hour, we saw about 5 people. That's rather a lot for a university, don't you think?

Ipswich campus used to be an asylum. So you can imagine that the architecture is unique for a university. Most buildings are single-storey. There is an emphasis on having lots of grass patches all over the campus. I think they brought the au naturel theme into the library too.

The 'forest' library.

Boy, was it a hot day. Luckily we brought the leftover pizzas we made the previous night. We made 12 so I'm glad there was leftovers. Wouldn't do to finish all 12! x: We took the inter-campus bus to go to Gatton, which was about 45 minutes away. *gasps*

Lots of rubbishing in the mini-bus that brought us there. At a fee of course. $3 for the trip from Ipswich to Gatton, $6 for our return trip from Gatton to Indooroopilly. In case you are wondering, you can get the tickets from the school bookshop. I highly recommend the trip because it's almost like a day tour at a fraction of the price. Without the commentary of course. Do check the timetable because the schedule is very irregular. About 3hours interval? And only during school term.

We arrived! Arrived!!!

I think this is supposed to be a water feature, but with the drought in Queensland, I supposed they were not allowed to operate this. Good!

Ipswich is where some business, social sciences, arts courses are held. Gatton is all about the primary industries. Mining, animal studies, agriculture. Very interesting. NEVER GET TO SEE IN SINGAPORE AND WILL NEVER GET TO SEE. EVER! EVAR!!!

Don't regret later. Go now! We chose a hot day to go 'sight-seeing'. Gatton was hot, hot, hot, hot, hot. I doubt we covered half the compound because many areas are where the animals were housed. We saw cows and horses. At one glance, you can see we stood out like sore thumbs. Because we wore accessories. The people there do not dress up. Won't be a pretty sight getting your necklace snared in the horse's mane, will it? +_+

I ain't riding no horse so STOP look at me like that!

Never have I been so thankful for the invention of air-con. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Interesting to explore, but like Ipswich, not many people were around. Saw less than 15 during the hour or so we were there. Hmm... Not used to not seeing people around though I suspect I will get culture shock when I go back to Singapore. The irony.

When you travel in a vehicle, what do you do? Some people sleep. Others yak. I like to see the scenery. We discussed houses and architecture, pointing out the numerous pie shops along the way and wondering how people get to their houses that did not appear to have any tarred roads. Very fascinating to city kids like us. Lots of weird theories came up. 1 hour 45 minutes later, we were at Indooroopilly, where we were going to have dinner. Almost. Still had to take a bus to Miss India. Miss India sells awesome, awesome naan. Best!!! Vindoloo curry really is hot. *blows flames* Remember, eat spicy stuff, poo poo also will be spicy wor. The burning feeling, not the taste! What do you take me for???

141106 Ferry

After so much walking in the sun, we decided a slow cruise along Brisbane River should be next on our agenda. We are trying to squeeze everything within this week because our student concession pass expires on Sat. ): No more half price for public transport. Boo!

The Story Bridge. You can climb it at a price of AUD150+++ I think. Slowly walk ba!

We didn't really have a destination in mind. Perhaps New Farm would be a good place to go. Friend once told me that there were roses there. Not interested. So long as we can get brekky!

When we reached, all we saw was this beautiful, but quite inedible park. Where to get food? Looks like residential area all around. Ah well. Cannot find food still must take picture first. I think we were amusing this cyclist nearby. He sat on his bicycle while we took pictures with the signs. Been there, pic that! Sine he had some amusement, we figured he wouldn't mind answering our $64 million question: where can we find food. He had a good, ready answer.

Expensive or cheap food?

Righto! Best comeback yet! Very nice of him to give us suggestions according to price. Must have figured we were poor students, looking even poorer with our lack of brekky. Haha!!! He pointed us down the road to the 'mall'. We walked down the road and sat at the first eatery we saw: a fish & chips shop. Not quite at the mall but dammit! Hungry!!! ARRRRRRRR!!!

The food was not bad. The breeze was nice. As usual, not many people around. We turned our gossiping to the guy working in the shop. He was skinny, and I thought he looked like the guy from Prison Break. The bad guy that is. Hmm... Better not be going back there lest he sees this. Haha!!!

We walked around for a bit and saw that the Powerhouse is in the vicinity. I think it's where they have concerts, plays and the likes. We ventured bravely and saw yet more graffiti. And headed into this discussion about whether graffiti should be made legal. Like in Singapore, where they allowed graffiti artist to create their works at the Youth Park. But this is such a Singaporean thinking, isn't it? To legalise or not. I suspect if graffiti is legalise, it will no longer appeal to those who draw because they like the thrill. The world is a complicated place.

"Flood" doesn't seem like an auspicious word when you are near the river.

When we were walking back to the ferry terminal, we spotted bikini girls! I went to caress her! Cannot resist!!!

Shh... She's sound asleep.

We took the ferry to Bretts Wharf where some great seafood places are supposed to be. And we went back towards where we came from. Here's the bridge again, no idea what the "story" is:

Headed home early. Only to go to the park to jog 10 rounds!!! Happening. My life is happening! It is!!! *massages aching legs*

Dinner couldn't be better, though could have been faster.

Grilled chicken with fetta and spinach and with mushroom and mozzarella. MMMMMMMM!!!

More updates soon! About raining hail wor!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

For my reference

To do list:
- Ipswich
- Gatton
- The Gap
- Chermside
- Garden City
- Hungry Jacks Party
- KTV & Gold Coast Sunrise (14th)

- Botanic Gardens
- Melbourne (22nd - 28th)
- Gold Coast (1st - 6th)
- Convocation (4th)
- Cherrabah Farmstead (6th - 8th)
- Harbourtown
- Byron Bay Gliding

My life happening leh. Yours leh? Muahahahaha!

Monday, November 06, 2006


One more! One bloody one that is. Very bad language in the text; 'utilizes' all the bad words my writing class lecturer taught NOT to use. 'Solid' ah!

Friday, November 03, 2006

The end is near

Later, at 5.45pm, I will be sitting for the second last exam of my Master's course. Tuesday, after 2pm, I will be a exam-free bird.

Last semester liao, still got exams. And lots of assignments. Just handed in one yesterday. Previous semesters only 1 exam each.

Shit. Eraser shit.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Good looking people who think they are good looking are no longer good looking.


We are decorators

P baked a cake for M. I added the stick figure. Someone thought the cake says "30". Someone is dumb.

It's still not cut.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The redness

Always wanted to play Halloween. Possibly the only "legitimate" time you can dress and act like a fool and no one will bat an eyelid. This year, as with the previous 18 years of my life, it's exams time at October end. BAH!


The theme: Hollywood IT Girl Fashion Victim

The tools

Trying to portray how IT girls of today go all out to overdress, over-makeup, and look dumb.

This look dumber.

Post for the cameras sweetheart!

I am happy.