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Monday, June 25, 2007

So full...

A bunch of us from the lab (pretty much all of us) went out for a farewell dinner for a senior research fellow and a technician tonight. We went out to Annabelles Restaurant in St. Heliers.

I've been here before when I got here; the bosses took me out here on the second night I got here with an arriving summer student from Germany. I knew the food would be excellent, and it did not disappoint tonight. I got a lift off from my fellow research fellow (bad academic writing since I'm repeating words but anyway) straight from the lab, and got there right on time. I had seafood chowder as an entree, rib eye fillet as a main then sticky dates pudding as a dessert. Excellent food it was. Serving size was pretty generous for an upmarket restaurant in St. Heliers, and I'm pretty much stuffed now. Thanks to the boss, the dinner was on him. He takes good care of us all. It's wonderful. Now I just have to get back to a bit more work... Before going to bed.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

New bank account

I've finally saved enough money to open an account for investment. Yay! With the interest rate soaring in the Land of Sheep, I should strive to find better returns. I should be buying a house instead but I need the down payment. I am hoping to get there soonest. The average home price in this little town has skyrocketed thanks to holes in capital gains law in this country. Everyone's investing in properties, and I don't know if I ever own one at this rate (but then again, do I want a house here? Nah...).

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Farewell party

One of the senior research fellow is leaving the lab to have her own lab. So, we had a farewell party at her place. She asked us to bring some nibbles, and I made up some fried wings (2.5 kg of it!), celery sticks, baby carrots and blue cheese dip. The party was... Very 90s. The music, the crowd, everything. I could hardly hear what people were saying because of rather loud music. I prefer to have quiet conversations over quiet music while nursing a quiet one, really. They had two cats in the household. I love kitties but by the end of the night my allergy kicked in, and had real difficult time. Felt like real crap for the evening, but at least my food was well received.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

NZ tax

Finally I got the NZ tax paper for FY 2006 done. It was a lot less complicated than the US one. I put it off long enough, but in the end got it done in around an hour or so. As I expected they taxed me too much; you get taxed straight off from the paycheck in this country. No "estimated tax" business like in the US. I guess the assumption was that I get paid this amount on the paycheck throughout the FY. I started this current job in the October last year, so essentially I worked only half the FY but got charged the tax as if I worked for the full year. So I'll get some money back for the last FY, but the current FY I guess I won't have anything back... Unless I spend money on non-reimbursed work-related expenses... Oh well.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Shrek the Third

A bunch of us from the lab went out tonight for a dinner followed by a movie. I got picked up by a grad student and his girlfriend then we headed down the Botany Downs way on a highway. There were two more couples, and we all met up at this Na Na Thai restaurant. They had funny names for their dish that I've never seen in a Thai restaurant. I had a "3 Alcoholics" dish with "hot"; you can specify spiciness. We shared around our dish, and it was all pretty good. Maybe I will ask for hot2 next time. Then down to the Botany Town Centre for tonight's entertainment; Shrek the Third. It was on at the Berkeley Cinema with a "Sumo" screen; just a very large screen. I wonder if it's any bigger than the one in Tuggeranong. Anyway. I enjoyed it very much. It's nice to go out once in a while like this...

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Clean sweep

Congrats to Team NZ for winning the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series by clean sweeping the Luna Rossa. They will be challenging the Alinghi. Team NZ looked strong throughout the Challenger Series, and they might pull it off at this rate... The revenge will be sweet. Now I'd better hit the sack.

Monday, June 04, 2007


I know the life in The Land of Sheep can be boring. Very Boring. But... According to this news article a couple of Kiwi cities came out the top of the world. For Googling the bomb manufacturing. I guess they had nothing better to do so... Let's blow things up... Sheesh.