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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

When Sonic was young...



Hedgehogs adapt brush as mother, or so the story goes. Thought it was real cute. Could it be possible? Maybe.
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Lunar eclipse

Well. I was hoping to see the lunar eclipse tonight. But I don't think it will be happening. I mean, it's all thanks to the typical Auckland weather. It is pissing down outside right now. Yeah. Good one.

Apparently I missed out on it... I hear when it actually happened, the clouds were gone. I didn't bother go outside since it was pretty cold... Damn! Oh well. Just have to wait for another 7 years.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Cat Hot Pot

I love cats. I'm allergic to them, and I cannot keep them at my poxy little apartment (feel sorry for them, really) but I would have if the circumstances were different. Anyway. Found this little movie on the net titled "Cat Hot Pot". Thought it was cute.

Friday, August 24, 2007

House of Pain

I went back to the Food Alley down in Albert St. This time, I wanted to try out the Indian food stall I read about. I read that the curry is excellent. So. I went ahead and ordered my favourite Lamb Vindaloo. The Sikh guy manning the cash register warned me that it's hot; but I thought he meant hot for Kiwi, I love hot food, and so casually dismissed the warning. Man, was I wrong! I found that out myself a little later. Anyway. After waiting for a couple of minutes, I had my dish and a garlic naan. The Vindaloo was tasty, but packed a wallop. First mouthful was like, wow, it's hotter than I thought. I thought ah oh after the second mouthful. The third mouthful made me cry a little; first time since I had that deep fried battered chili at Udupi Palace in Takoma Park, MD. It's been a long time since I had food that made me worried for the ring of burning fire day after. I managed to go through the food, sweating profusely. After eating the whole lot, my innards felt like slowly burning. I was breaking out cold sweat; definitely not a good sign. I'm afraid the next time I visit this stall, it will be of something weaker... Like butter chicken. I managed to stumble my way back home, but it was pain every step all the way.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Gentlemen, start saving...

I certainly will be. Why? Because... D300 is now officially announced! It's been 3 years since I bought my current camera, D70. It's been good to me, but I have wanted to upgrade it for some time. I thought of getting a D200, but decided not to. Didn't really want to get neither D80 nor D40x because it's like staying at the same level as D70. So, I waited for a successor to the D200. After looking at the specs, I'd say the wait was well worth it, and justified. Now I just have to save up that much to get it... Probably some time next year. I hope.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


I use Zoomin in my blog to show places I go; just like the entry on Bolliwood. But... Is it blocking Firefox? I seem to only be able to see and access the maps using IE. WTF?

Bolliwood (Ponsonby)

I was helping out a student and her partner move today. It was a pretty bad day for moving, since the weather was not so great, and got worse as the day went on. After picking me up, we went by the lab to do a couple of things, then got down to the business. We went to the student's place first to pick some bookshelves and such. Then we went out to get this fridge he bought off the net. Looked real grotty but supposedly work; you get what you paid for, as he paid less than NZD130... It needs a once over before it can enter the house I reckon. We dropped the whole lot at their new place, then we went out to Bolliwood in Ponsonby for a lunch.

This place had a remote controller thingy on the table; it has multiple buttons for functions, such as "order", "drinks", etc. It's for calling out to waiters. By pressing the button you want, I guess waiters know what you want. Anyway. I ordered a Lamb Vindaloo with rice, naan and a Coke. Food came out pretty quick, and Vindaloo was spicy, just like the way I like it. It's only 10 bucks but the guys I was helping out cover the cost. After the lunch, it was his partner's turn. We picked up stuff from her place then dumped them at their new place. We went back to the student's place to get the bed and some more stuff, while the partner tidied up the place a bit so that we can put the bed in. By this time though it started really piss down. We had to wait a moment or two before we could carry stuff from the van to the house. All in all, it didn't go too well, as both people weren't as prepared as they should have been. They probably should've sifted through what they owned, just choose what they really want and throw the rest out; moving is a good time to get rid of things. They also should have packed things up so that it would have been easier to move; last minute stuffing of things into large bags do not constitute packing... Oh well. Hopefully I won't be making the same mistake.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Oh Yucky Don

Doesn't "Oyako Don" sound like Oh Yucky Don, which totally means something else? At least somebody I once knew pronounced it that way...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Food Alley (Albert St)

I read about this place Food Alley down in Albert Street.

Reviews were mostly favourable, so I had to give it a go... Tonight! Well. I walked down from Grafton looking for this place in the city. I ended up walking down Hobson Street which was a mistake; should have gone down Queen Street instead... Anyway. I read that it's grotty; I'd say it's on the cleaner side of such joints, particularly compared to the ones on Queen Street. The food court was larger than I thought. It has two floors; supposedly upstairs is quieter. I didn't get to check that out since I was already excited about the range of food available downstairs. After walking in circles a few times, and wondering what I really should get (range of food available was pretty good) I chose to eat Chicken Laksa, and I was not disappointed. It's actually the best Laksa I've had here in the Land of Sheep (the best one ever has been the one served at the Asian Cafe, Canberra). The stock was the thickest I've ever had, and the spice on the high side which wasn't a bad thing. It was actually hot enough to make me cough and sweat, which is a very good sign (for me anyway). It didn't look pretty like the one from Asian Cafe, but who cares about that in a food court? As long as it tasted good and got plenty of it then that's all that mattered. I think I'll have to come back here often to try out other vendors too.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Before and After

I had an unexpected windfall (namely tax return). So... I decided to do a bit of an upgrade.

Before (21")

After (40")

Finally. It's nice to be looking at a TV larger than my computer screen... It's ridiculously more expensive to get this thing here than in the US or in Japan... The markup, I found, was more than 3 times when compared after exchange rate considered. It's incredible. I wish would send LCD TV to the Land of Sheep, but it didn't. So I ended up paying for the premium. Considering that transportation doesn't cost too much more to send stuff here, I say we are being ripped big time...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Spartans vs. Otaku @Comic market

Only for those who can read Japanese. 300 Spartans stood against thousands of marauding Otaku...