Posted on February 20, 2009
Headed down South for Simon and Beth’s wedding in Sans Souci. Thankfully the rain held off and it turned out to be a picture perfect day.
Simon and Beth are blessed to have so many cool and laid-back friends. Everyone was super friendly and I spent the night chatting to total strangers as if we had been best mates for years.
Posted on February 19, 2009
Although Papz and Garth disagree, Kula and I have been pretty impressed with Bite Cafe’s food. And so while they head off to Subway for lunch, we’re slowly making progress down Bite’s menu. Today I chose their penne.
Kula gave their pea and asparagus risotto, topped with prosciutto, a go. Both were very decent, and so our Bite adventure continues!
Posted on February 18, 2009
After months of debate, I finally decided to buy a new camera, a Panasonic LX3 like the one my sister shoots with. While I’ve been real happy with the point-and-shoot compact I use now (a Canon IXUS 960IS), I’ve had my eye on getting one that was a bit more serious. I’ll still be keeping the compact as a bash-around for outings where there will be A) alcohol, B) bad weather, C) the chance of me dropping/sitting on it, or D) all of the above. Hmm, maybe that means I won’t even be using the LX3!
Digital SLRs were out of the question because I’d go crazy having to lug it around, and so I whittled my choices down to two cameras: Canon’s G10 or Panasonic’s LX3. The G10 is a supremely crafted bit of gear; it’s solid and oozes high quality. But it is also larger and considerably heavier. While the LX3 doesn’t have the tight build quality of the G10, it does pack a huge drawcard: its Leica f/2.0 lens. This sucker isn’t wide-angle, it’s wiiide-angle. I can’t wait for the battery to charge so I can try it out.
Posted on February 17, 2009
Earlier today, Eduardo made his first-team come back with Arsenal, having been absent for almost a year due to his horrific injury (link here - warning its quite graphic!) When the incident occured, many believed that his career was over, with the physical injury compounded by the psychological impact of fearing it may happen again. In his return however, Eduardo proved the doubters wrong, looking sharp, riding tackles and even bagging a brace. Awesome stuff.
Posted on February 16, 2009
There’s a sign in our office that says ‘if it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done’. And in publishing, this is oh so true. With deadline just a couple of days away, today I had to find another gear to pump out copy. After 13 hours of non-stop typing I’m not feeling very good, but at least I’ve managed to put down 5500 words today. Another couple thousand and I can get some much needed sleep before it all starts again tomorrow. Pity me. Please!
Posted on February 15, 2009
Seeing Fat Boy Slim deliver a lame and rather uninspired set pretty much summed up this year’s Good Vibrations festival. Soaked to the bone, rather too sober (the bar ran out of beer) and having to dodge swamps of mud didn’t epitomise a memorable event in my books. Might go and see Deadmau5 next week when he performs at Chinese Laundry.
Posted on February 13, 2009
Dreary clouds above and a windscreen coated in rain are hardly what you want to see when knocking off work on a Friday night. Until I was reminded a couple weeks ago, I had totally forgotten that Tracy had purchased me a tix to go to Good Vibrations, which is on tomorrow at Centennial Park, just down the road from where I live.
Rain + parklands (ie: mud and grass) + tens of thousands of people doesn’t sound very appetising at the moment. But Deadmau5, Stanton Warriors, Kid Kenobi (I’ll give him one more chance to come good) and Bass Kleph are good enough reasons to brave the chill. Shame about all the set time clashes though: do I give in to cheese and see Fatboy Slim or do I be the connoisseur and see Deadmau5? Decisions, decisions…
Posted on February 13, 2009
Today we had a surprise visitor in the form of ex-colleague Alexi Smith, who now lives in Japan and runs the successful Noriyaro site. He’s only here for a couple of days, and he brought us a whole bag of Japanese junk food and soft drinks. We love Japan’s Fanta variants. My personal fav is their Melon Soda, but I’m sure these are going to pretty damn good too!
Strawberry flavoured Kit Kat. There are all sorts of Kit Kat variants too; such as kiwi, red bean or cherry. Thanks Alexi!
Posted on February 12, 2009
Flew down to Melbourne on a day trip for some meetings. I only do this a dozen or so times a year, and usually it’s a good break from the daily grind. Unfortunately I was preoccupied the whole day as deadline is very soon.
Rental cars. Argh.
Couldn’t wait to get back to Sydney. Travelling without check-in luggage simply rocks; you can arrive late, hop straight on the plane, and there’s no waiting at the carousel.
Posted on February 11, 2009
Today my older sister Caroline turned the big three-oh. For dinner we were meant to celebrate at her favourite thai restaurant in the city, however we quickly found out that it was shut for renovations. So instead we headed into Chinatown to another of her fav places, Mamak.
Mamak has quickly become one of Sydney’s famous Malaysian eateries. The line was ridiculously long - we waited over half an hour - and the entrance is lined with various newspaper clippings about their restaurant. Caroline is friends with the owners, and I swear one of the chefs/owners I saw behind the counter looked very familiar (If I’m remembering right his name’s Jules). Here’s one of the chefs labouring over a murtabak.
Didn’t really feel like eating for some reason. As you can tell by my blog, I love eating. However ever since I was ill last week I’ve struggled to find an appetite. A bit of a shame because my mum and sis ordered plenty of food! Here’s their roti, which is made fresh.
Posted on February 10, 2009
When we decided to join a Division Two futsal (indoor soccer) comp, we were full of confidence that we’d do alright. It was a true baptism of fire though, as we were totally owned in our first game. We weren’t fit enough, not fast enough, not sharp enough and didn’t pass enough. We were totally out-played and we were convincingly beaten.
As the only form of training we had were muck-around games with the guys from work, it took a couple of comp matches before we started gelling as a team and being comfortable with the fast pace of the games. Tonight we finally worked things out with a really strong defence and plenty of counter-attack movement. We won 9-0. While my body is now starting to ache, I couldn’t be happier!