Seen this a few times on the old Link busses. It's the first time I see one on a new one.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
So... I noticed this little shop on K' Road when we were coming back from that Korean BBQ place in Upper Queen Street. It looked like a Japanese joint. Since then I've always wanted to give it a go... And finally I did.
I was pretty hungry, so I had some California rolls first...
Then had a tendon. Altogether it was about 15 bucks. Not bad for a quick dinner.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I've done my lower back in again... I felt something funny on Friday morning walking to the bus stop. During the day the pain developed steadily. Over the weekend it was really bothering me. Last time I hurt my back, my doctor told me to do some exercise. It got better in the last couple of days, but I guess I'll have to take something up then.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Land of Sheep was hit by the Storm of the Decade... That was about the same strength as an average Atlantic hurricane. I was a little worried about my rickety apartment's roof until I heard about the strength of the storm. Oh well.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
So I got invited to an ANU alumni reception at The Langham Hotel for the ANU Roadshow in Auckland. When I registered myself as an alumni at the ANU site, I got the invite. So... I put my nice clothes on then went down there. The Langham is located pretty close to the Med School I work at, just over the Grafton Bridge, so I just walked down there. I was wondering if I knew anybody but was not holding my breath. After all, I left there 7 years ago... But to my surprise, I caught up with a school secretary who remembered seeing me from all these years ago. I also got introduced to this fellow who study photosynthesis in cyanobacteria. It was pretty interesting stuff; the guy's ultimate goal seemed to be to have photosynthesis in vitro. Ie. in a test tube with artificial components. It sounded great to me if it worked out. We also talked about possibilities of exchanging summer research students between universities but probably that would be difficult as ANU and Auckland targeted different audience. ANU summer scholarship offers free boarding in one of the catered residential college on campus (meaning free accommodation and meals) and also airfare to fly students in, plus some spending money so students of other universities can relatively easily take it up while Auckland one offers a lump sum of money only, making it more difficult for students not based here to take up the scholarship and thus primarily targeting local students. Anyway. I got some promotional material to distribute and circulate at my school (which I definitely will). I've also requested a poster to put up on poster boards around the campus. I think it's a good thing to move between universities while you can; I did my postgrad degree in a different uni from the one I did my undergrad. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for students to travel for free... In exchange for not much.We kept talking for a couple of hours, then we parted. It was quite an enjoyable night.
The morning after the reception, me and my sister went out to Port Adelaide, to check out a market there. My sister was after this Lego stall in the market; specializing in rare Lego blocks. I just tagged along to see the market. After much browsing, she found what she wanted. To me the market reminded me of this koukashita market in Kobe.
After finishing business at the market, we went down the Gouger Street in the city looking for some Chinese chow. We went to Ding Hao Restaurant first looking for some Yum Cha action but the place was chockers. They suggested we sit outside and to this I answered in not-so-polite manner; it was rainy, windy and cold out there. So we just walked down the street. Thought about hitting Sushi Train for some sushi action, but decided that we'd come back if there aren't any other place. Then we found this Chinese restaurant I cannot recall the name for. It's a Hong Kong style restaurant with roasted meat hang behind the window sort of place. Didn't look fancy but then again you don't expect a fancy decor from a place like this. So we ordered Singapore noodle, scallops with ginger and shallots (I think it was) and also deep fried pork with salt and pepper.
To be honest, the dish were unremarkable, nothing to write home about. But for the price, couldn't complain, could we? We did get full for a small price...
Then took a bit of a walk around Rundle Mall, had a coffee, and while doing all this, got myself a blister on the right foot as I am not used to walking in my dress shoes... Then... It started pissing down. I happened to carry a small umbrella, not the big one, as it is jinxed; when I carry the big one, the sun shines and I look like a dick carrying it. When I left home, the sky looked menacing, but I decided to take a chance as I thought I would be under a roof or another for the most of time. Alas it was not to be. And so I dragged my sorry feet over to Rundle Street... Then I saw the bridal couple with the photographer! I decided to barge in on them to say hi. It turned out that their first date was at this cafe. I sat down with them, got pictures taken then I got a lift back to the reception. Thank goodness for that...
After getting back to the reception place, we got around for little drinks at the bar, then sat down at the designated table; my table was for people from Waite. I met a couple of people, and also caught up with some others. Then the dinner started; minestrone to begin with, stuffed beef as a main then pudding to finish off.
Friday, July 18, 2008
So I read about this place Yakitori Takumi on a web page... I originally wanted to go to this place Ajisen but it won't open until a couple of days after I leave Adelaide... Bummer. So. Instead, I decided to give a go at Takumi. My sister and I headed out to a Northerly direction towards North Adelaide. After finding the place on Melbourne Street, we went in... We sat at our booked counter seats. The place was clean, probably too clean for my taste for a yakitori bar/restaurant. That's fine. I guess I expected a little too much. I read that the chef was trained in Japan and wanted to get Japanese style and so we got some of that but... Well... It was alright I guess, but unlike the Corner Bistrot last night, it wasn't quite the place I wanted to go back for more.
It was very nice. Then I had one of the fish of the day; ocean perch.
Again, very nice, very delicate. For a dessert, I had an orange crepe, and a flat white. Again, very nice.
So I'm yet again waiting for boarding at the Auckland airport... No free wifi... Mmm... Anyway. Just like any other time, I left things to the last minute. I did laundry alright but left packing and dishes to the last minute. Packing ended up easy, I am taking my suit and good overcoat with me since I am attending a wedding after all. So I'm taking a garment bag instead of my customary suitcase. I'll see how well it fares when I get to Adelaide. I just hope it won't be destroyed... Samsonite come through for me please... I ended up sleeping very little, just dosing. Woke up around 4, did almost all my dishes except for my stock pot, finished packing then called for a cab at half past 5. Checked in straight away, breezed through the security gate as usual. I just make sure I carry nothing made of metal on me, and that helps this process. Then did a bit of duty free shopping; got something for my father. I'll be borrowing them for the wedding though. Now I see boarding time is only in 15 minutes, and so I am heading in the general direction of the boarding gate... Better find out which one!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
You knead this thing by adding water, to the consistency of your "earlobes" according to one recipe. Then you make small amount into a ball then depress the middle by using your finger. Then you boil them...
After they are cooked, they are cooled down in a bowl of water.
Then add some to zenzai, heat up, and mmmm yum!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
died on me yesterday. When I need it the most, at the breakfast. This NZD20 thing lasted about 6 months... I guess I'll revert back to what I used to do; use of grill. I don't think I'd do an Elwood Blues wire coat hanger toasting device trick though. I'm not that desperate. Yet.
The pricing plans for an iPhone 3G in the Land of Sheep have come out. Well. It's a tad expensive in this country thanks to the lack of competition. You are realistically looking at paying more than NZD6000 over two years (to use the phone properly). Lots of Kiwis are whinging about it but I say... If you don't like it, you don't have to buy it. You should let your wallet do the talking, not your mouth in a consumer matter like this. I think I wrote something like this before on this blog. But when you look at current plans available from Voda NZ, it's actually cheaper than what's currently available, by about 25 bucks a month. Anyway. I don't think I'll be getting one, unless parallel importers can do something about it. I really wanted one to replace my Moto mpx220 as its battery has died on me. I guess I'll look for elsewhere, like... HTC Touch Cruise looks good to me. Anyway.
Or so the Japanese proverb goes. After coming back from the US, I noticed that it got real cold here in the Land of Sheep. My colleague who shares the office with me was coming down with cold. He was coughing his guts out in our office, and I had a bad feeling about it... Next day, I managed to catch one myself, coughing my guts out like him. I guess that proves I'm not that much of an idiot according to that Japanese proverb but...
Monday, July 07, 2008
Well. I nearly missed it. The deadline for filing the tax return document is today (7/7/2008). It's 10PM. Thank goodness for the fact that I could file the document electronically... Just filled in blanks online and took me maybe 10 minutes tops. *sigh* I didn't claim anything which is probably stupid but I don't think I spent enough to claim anyway; probably up to about 100 bucks for various professional organizations and societies membership fee. Everything else is usually reimbursed anyway. Considering everything it was probably a bit of a time waster, really. I'm just glad it's over though.