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Archive for January, 2008

New Year Eve Firework in Sydney

This was one of the most beautiful firework I have ever seen!!

With the reknown Sydney Harbour Bridge as backdrop, the fireworks lasted for 15 minutes!! Various colours, various combination, various effects! It was totally awesome! The atmosphere was great too! There were a huge crowd that celebrate new year with us! We went to a place called Blue Points Reserve (a park that has a clear view of Sydney Harbour Bridge) to watch the firework. There were two fireworks: first one at 9pm for family and the second one at 12 midnite! We reached the outside of the park at about 8 something. But we could not get into the park as the park was full of people then. After waiting till 9 something when some people left, we were allowed to enter the park! It was quite crazy.. a lot of pushing! But it was actually quite okay in the park.. not too crowded! We even found a nice place to sit down and enjoy the sea breeze while waiting for the fireworks! Some people even brought tent and food! Another guy besides us was watching “The Simpson” on his laptop while waiting! A lot of young guys and gals were drinking, having fun, and “making out”!! (ehhee.. what a view!)

Finally the most excited moment had arrived! I was so busy at that time.. was taking video while busy turning my head from left to center to right back to center to watch the fireworks at different angles! A whole bunch of photos are upcoming.. beware!! hehe..

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Driving to work

Since we bought the car, I start to drive to work. My travel time to company has been shortened from 1.5 hours to 35 minutes. I have identified three different routes to travel to the company.  However, I only tried two out of these three routes. I use one route to go to company and another one to return home. This is because I have to avoid taking Harbour Bridge to go to company as I will be charge AUD3 to cross the bridge from north to south! But when going from south to north via Harbour Bridge, it is toll-free! Weird huh!?

Anyway, Route 1 consists of smaller, much more hilly, bumpy and winding roads with a lot of traffic lights. It took me 35-40 minutes in the early morning to reach my company which is about 22km away. For Route 2 which I take daily to go home, most of them are big roads with less traffic lights, much smoother and less hilly. Route 2 is slightly longer which is 24km. There is also Route 3 which I have yet to try out (probably tomorrow :P)

So I have to travel about 50km daily! That is a big burden on petrol cost!! In Australia, it is interesting to add fuel to your vehicle! Why would I say that? It is very different from Malaysia where most petrol stations sell fuel at fixed price. We have to shop around to find cheapest fuel as different petrol station will sell their fuel at different rate.

And this is not the end of fun. The rate changes daily!! Some say Tuesday is the cheapest to refill your fuel!! Some say weekends are the most expensive!! Isn’t that fun? Like shopping for FUEL!?? And this is REALLY true. So it is best to refill on TUESDAY!! I must remember that and time my fuel usage properly! I have already found the cheapest petrol station around my area, which is CALTEX on Falcon street! It is also wise to collect some supermarket receipts (woolworth, coles) where they give discount of 4c per litre. I used this discount once. For 40 dollars of fuel, I saved about AUD1.20! Not too bad ya! Saving 1 cent is 1 cent! hahaa..I am quickly becoming calculative housewife!

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Some photos of my work desk..

Neat ya~ because I have only been there for 1 month.. I am a natural messy person!

My work desk!

This is my phone and my “fried bee hoon” – pretty delicious.. hehe..

Fried bee hoon

Close up for my fried bee hoon (vermicelli)!

Fried Bee Hoon (vermicelli)

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We are also provided a new phone in this company!! And we got a brand new Nokia 6120. It is a really classic mobile phone. Sleek, light, elegant-looking and not to forget, the powerful symbian OS. I totally love it! Btw, this is my second Nokia phone after the very first phone I used during my practical in year 2001.

nokia 6120

Key features
Conservative and elegant design
Impeccable construction
Symbian 9.2, S60 3rd Edition graphic upgrade and Feature Pack
Remarkable size and weight for a smartphone
2-megapixel camera without autofocus
Instant response of user interface
Brilliant QVGA display with reflexive surface
35 MB of internal memory, microSD card slot
GPRS, EDGE, HSCSD, UMTS, HSDPA
Document viewer: Quickoffice and PDF
Bluetooth with A2DP support
Solid and robust body
MiniUSB connector
Very good keypad
Voice recorder with 60-minute limit

Main disadvantages
No Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi this phone will be 100% perfect)
No “pencil” key
Susceptible to fingerprints (it is very true!!)
No indication of missed events after certain period of time
Navigation and operation keys not ergonomic enough

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New Company Laptop

We are provided with a new laptop when we first join the company.

This is the laptop I am currently using in company:

Compaq 6910p by HP – It is fast, light, slim, and almost equipped with all the functions you need and you can think of!

hp compaq6910p

The specs of my new laptop include:

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The Sydney Fish Market, as its name suggests, is a famous place to have seafood and buy seafood in Sydney.

We went there last saturday.. Intended to find some cheap abalone… but din see any!

 Instead, we saw fresh oysters!! They were selling at AUD14 per dozen.. Very fresh! Ate them raw with lemon juice. Really nice~

The meal costed us around AUD20. Not too bad, right? Some photos follow..

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