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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween

I thought people didn't do much on Halloween down under. When I was in Australia, we certainly didn't do anything about it. I thought it was more of an American thing. When I was in US, we did things; I turned up at the lab wearing costumes and going to costume parties and so on. When I got here in New Zealand, I was expecting a quiet night on a Halloween night... Well I was wrong. My door got knocked twice, really loudly. I ignored it of course since I didn't prepare for it; no candies for the kiddies. If it's kiddies, fine, but what if it's more "mature" (reads got old without maturing) people? There are so many fuckwits here in Auckland it's unbelievable. No way I would dare open the door on a night like this when these fuckwits think that it's just another excuse to cause damage. I'm expecting more damages though on the 5th of November...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bunt professional

I saw something interesting on my friend's blog entry and so I tried it out. According this website, I am a bunt professional. Whatever... And here's the full description. Briefly, apparently I was a doctor in my past life, and I'll be heading a committee for helping out NEET (not in employment, in education or training) in my next life. Well. What can I say. It's still pissing down outside, and no sign of easing. 'Tis depressing to think that I have to go out in this weather...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Got DSL

I was with Comcast cable internet when I was in US. For 50 bucks a month, it was all you can eat sort of deal. When I came here, I was appalled by the local Internet offering until... October 26th. I saw an ad for Xtra Unleashed. Yeah, it's also all you can eat for 50 bucks a month. I signed up immediately, and I have it now. So far so good. Finally I have the Internet at home...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Got SkyTV

There are only 4 free to air channels here in Auckland that I can see. Not only that... One channel is always black and white, and another channel I lose signal on a rainy day (which happens often as this place is always raining). Yet another channel is for informacial and music videos. I've had enough, and also I really missed my cable channels... Namely Cartoon Network, History Channel and Food Channel. Weather Channel had been useful always just before I left home. CNN was good in keeping in touch with the rest of the world... So, I got SkyTV. Basic package will give me all these channels. I guess that's good enough for me, and there is no reception problem (yet). I'll see how it will work out. I didn't get sports or rugby or movie channels but I'm sure I'll survive without them; but I'd love to have watched Kiwi-Kangaroos match... Which was on Channel 9 for free in Australia, and not for free here. Instead we got a netball test match between Australia and New Zealand. Quite frankly, I don't care much about netball but I didn't have choice. I just hope this will improve my quality of life here a bit more.

Monday, October 16, 2006

I'm an idiot

I wrote in this blog that I bought electricals. They got delivered on last Friday. Good. I now have a TV. Great. Then... I suspected something like this would happen, but... Well... Moved up the dryer upstairs to my apartment. No worries, it went into my apartment no problems. I took it out of the box and set it down. Then the washer came. I am an idiot for buying a 7.5 kg washer. Yeah. 7.5 kg. It's huge! Didn't look this big in the store, but now that it was in front of me at the doorstep of my apartment, it was. Truly. We had to take it out of the box to get past the first door into my apartment. Then it cleared the second door into my bedroom. Then it got stuck. It didn't clear the third door into my bathroom/laundry. Bugger. I ended up taking the door off the hinge (just 9 screws thank God) then moved the washer in. I tried to arrange the washer and the dryer side by side on the floor but there was no way I could do that without a problem or another. So I decided to wall mount the dryer. This is an uncharted territory for me... DIY. I went out to get an el cheapo impact drill, a masonry bit and masonry bolt thingy to secure the brackets for the dryer on the wall. I managed to make holes on the wall just right then started to put the brackets. Then I realized that I don't have a wrench to tighten the bolts... Bugger. I'll have to go get one now that I'm out of clean clothes so I have to do laundry and it's raining outside so I cannot air dry clothes so I must have the dryer working tonight...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Got more stuff

I went out to Harvey Norman in Mt. Wellington today to get 3 essential items; namely a washing machine, a dryer and a TV. I thought I wouldn't buy a TV here knowing that there are very limited numbers of free-to-air channels. However... I found out that SkyTV is only about NZ$35/month and has 3 essential channels for me; History Channel, Cartoon Network and the Food Channel. Anything else is just bonus; I guess I might watch CNN from time to time just keep up with what's happening in the rest of the world. Anyway. I bought a washing machine and a dryer combo for about 1000 bucks and a TV for 350 bucks. TV is smaller than what I had in US; by 6 inches to be precise, but I'm sure I'll get used to it... *sigh* I couldn't afford anything bigger since I haven't been paid a cent since I came here; I'm waiting on an IRD number (TFN in Australia, SSN in US) and until I get that number, they can't pay me... Oh well. I'll still have to get a few more items, but I think I'm nearing the completion for setting up a basic life here in the land of sheep.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Got stuff (tho more to come)

Since I moved into the new apartment (not really new, really run-down dump) I've been living close to the floor. Yeah. No tables, no chairs, no nothing. Not even bed (not exactly true I guess since I've been sleeping on a camping bed). But that changed on this Sunday. I got the deliveries! Got meself a bed, a table and a futon-sofa. Finally I'm off the ground. Even got meself a vacuum. Great. This place needs a once over, I found nail clippings all over, probably leftovers from the previous tenant. Fucking disgusting. The landlord needs to do better than this. He told me that place would be cleaned out before I move in, but I found plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. I guess I should never trust a realestate agent eh? I've got to get a little bit more stuff like a TV, a DVD player, a microwave, a washing machine, a dryer, a bedside, a tallboy, a desk and a chair (well not really a bit more but) and that should be it!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Too much of a good thing is wonderful

I believe in excess. Well. To a certain degree anyway. I was feeling a little under the weather yesterday. Must have been the stress from the move and getting my place set up and what not. It doesn't help that this place is damp. It showers so often it's not funny. Not having TV nor radio don't help either. I have no way of knowing the weather forecast... Anyway. I've heard that mussels are cheap over here, and I wanted to try it for a while but putting it off because of lack of utensils. Now that I have them, I just had to give it a go. I went down to the Woolies in Newmarket and saw... Live mussels. 3 bucks a kilo! I went batshit and got myself a kilo... It's cheaper than lemon per kilo! I got myself a few (well really a lot more than that) more necessities for cooking mussels then went home. I caught The Link bus to go home but I was so tired by this time that I caught a bus going in a wrong direction, taking me a lot longer to get home. After getting home, I rinsed the mussels, put them in a pot, poured in white wine to cover the base, put in chopped onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, chilli and a few slices of lemon then put on fire. It's good to have a gas stove... Anyway, about 10 minutes later my main dish was ready to serve. I cooked some rice and made a bowl of salad to go with it. It was wonderful, and it was the first cooked meal since I landed here. I felt like I'll recover from cold in a very short time. Too much of a good thing is truly wonderful.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Venti ain't Venti Part II

It's been a week and a half since I landed here in Auckland. There are shitloads of Starbucks around here (unlike Adelaide). They are all over the place. I just wanted to sample what it was like over here... So I dived in one of their premises and ordered a Venti Green tea frappuchino. Well. I think the Venti size is of American rather than Australian (at least it felt that way from the weight) but... The taste is... I suspected something was not quite right when they gave me the glass. It looked light green rather than more deep green. I think they mix in cream then put extra cream on top. So. It was very filling, and it's a lot sweeter than the ones served in Australia/Japan. Probably more of an American variety, or even sweeter. Yuk. My journey for searching a perfect Venti Greentea frappuchino continues...