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29-12-2007: Spit Reserve

A nice park near Mosman.. not far from our place.

See those houses… I think they are some of the most expensive houses in Sydney!

The aussie really like the sun. They would just took off their shirt and lie under the sun whole day long! They love sun, outdoor sports and fun! They really know how to enjoy themselves!

Sydney is a beautiful harbour city.. let the photos do the talking.. (more…)

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We took her out for the first long-distance drive on the Christmas day, along the famous tourist drive- Bells Line of Road. The driving was smooth and we enjoyed the ride very much. We did miss a turn and lost our way near Blacktown. But luckily we found our way after we asked for directions at a petrol station. We definitely need a street directory or a GPS system?!! Currently, we are using specific road-map printed from Google Maps everytime we need to go to some specific places. So if we miss a turn or took a wrong turn, we will have troubles getting back to the right direction. Although we have lost our directions many times in Sydney, we still managed to find our way back home or reach the destination eventually!! Friends, isn’t this just like our life? We may make a decision that we feel is wrong or may not be the most optimal one, we will be fine eventually!!  

As for Bells Line of Road, the area is famous for its apples, fruit stalls, vast panoramas, stunning views of the rugged Grose Valley, bushwalks, galleries, craft and antique shops.

On our right we could see the entrance to the start of Pierce’s Pass. The views of the Grose Gorge from the top here are incredible. Pierce’s Pass leads to the Grose River and eventually to the Blue Gum Forest.

Panoramic views near Kurrajong Village

The Bells Line of Road’s most famous attraction is the amazing Mt Tomah Cold Climate Botanic Garden, but too bad it was not open on the day we went. We did take a few photos at entrance 😛


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Christmas Food: Rum Balls

Rebbeca, a sweet & young girl from our company brought some christmas food for us to taste. She actually made them!! Wow.. I tried the Rum Balls, which taste really nice. Sweet but not too.

From Wikipedia:

Rum balls are truffle like confection, being sweet dense balls flavoured with chocolate and rum, and often coated in chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, or cocoa.


The one Rebecca made were coated with desiccated coconut, mildly sweet, not too RUM-my. I love the taste so much and she sent her recipe to us.  The recipe is pretty standard and I found one with more details here. It is really simple to make (no baking are needed). (more…)

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Our Not-So-New New Car!

Continue from  here:

We made the offer and we asked the owner to give us the vehicle identification number (VIN) and engine number for a REVS check, an online check to make sure the vehicle is not stolen, or not in any financial issue, or not a write-off after being involved in accidents. Then we found out that the status of the car is listed as:

“Repairable Write-off but no financial interest involved.”

This means that the vehicle has been involved in the accident before but luckily no money is owed to the bank or other financial institution. While the seller sent the information to us, he did try to explain to us that the car was involved in a minor accident before where its bumper was changed. Mechanically it is fine. After further consideration, we decided to take the car anyway.

Ladies and gentlemen, here comes our not-so-new car, a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe CEII GLI!! 

We totally love it! It looks new and feels new!! Driving-wise, it is smooth and perfect! Although the engine is a bit small (1.5cc), it is good enough for us and more fuel-saving. Most importantly, it is a mitsubishi lancer! Though it is not the All New Lancer or an Evolution (which Ethan likes very much), at least she is a not-so-close relative!

From the front:


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First Week of New Job

It was a busy week for me.

I started my job on last wednesday. Waking up early, reaching home at about 7.30pm. Cook dinner, have dinner, wash dishes, watch a bit of tv, feeling tired and go to bed.. I have not much time to blog or do other things. We are not allowed to use Internet in the company for personal use. No webmails or blogging in company. The company also have a special policy: No EARPHONE! No one can use earphone to listen to music while they work! This is quite unusual in IT company as most programmers like to be immersed in their beloved music while coding (correct me if I am wrong!).


We have a canteen that provides cheaper food but I still prefer to bring my own lunchbox. We got a little pub providing free beers/soft drinks for employees on every Thursday and Friday evening. We have a gym room which is quite complete (though I have never used it before). Overall, I am slowly settling in and I hope I will do well in this job.

The toughest part is still transportation. (more…)

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First & second day at work!

Everything went quite smooth for me on the first and second day of my new job.

I woke up at 6am on the first day and reached the train station at about 6.45. I managed to catch the 6.58am train and reach Lidcombe at about 7.30. That was too early as I need only 30 minutes to walk to the company. So I walked really slowly and reached the company at about 8am. The receptionist will only start working at 8.30am. So I had to wait patiently at the lobby. Then, my ultra big boss (Rodolfo) saw me after his gym session (yeah we got a gym in our office). He brought me up to the IT department and introduced me to my direct superior, Sebastian (a really nice and smart aussie guy) and my reporting officer, Bandura (a really kind and helpful sri lankan). Then I was introduced to other colleagues in the department. And as usual, I can’t remember their names at all. Fortunately I manage to remember names of all my team members. They are really kind and fun-loving colleagues.

As for the second day, I woke up at 6.30am and managed to reach company at 8.30am sharp although the train was delayed for about 8 minutes. This means that I can have half an hour of extra sleep! =)

I think it will be fun working in this company. As we are beer production company, we can have free beer every thursday and friday from 5pm till 6.30pm :P! And I also got weekly vouncher (aud25) to buy the company products :p Too bad that I am not a beer/wine lover!

Anyway, there is still a long way to go… 

And I shall learn as much as I can and work as dilligent as I could!

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Start working tomorrow!

I will start my new job tomorrow!

Everyone is surprised as the nation is going to celebrate xmas soon while I start working one week before xmas 😛 I dont know why either!

Anyway, I am looking forward to the new job while that means no more sleeping late, no more idling in sofa & watching tv, etc. That’s the end of it… two months of honeymoon in Sydney! I shall start my working life here tomorrow!!

To show how happy I am upon this new appointment, I bought myself three pair of shoes, three new shirts (as I left most of my office-wear in Malaysia–good excuse) and a new food container (made of glass) to bring my lunch to company! Another one belongs to Ethan who brings his lunch to office everyday!

new stuffs

Today I bought these two pairs of flats.. (more…)

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