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Month: December, 2012

Le Poulet

Continuing writing about our Sunday trip.  We left the camp site and went to a lookout.  Le Poulet is a famous rock which looked like a chicken.

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Then we set off again.

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We got to a river crossing.

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It was exciting!

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We arrived at the waterfall “Cascade de Tao” but the entrance was closed.

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We continued on the journey and were getting hungry, but couldn’t find somewhere to eat.  We ended up stopping just after a bridge, and cooking instant noodles.

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Then drove Northward, then Westward to Koumac, where we visited the supermarket which has everything.  We found a whole lot of fireworks in there!

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I drove back to camp and checked out my major arm-tan.

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Relaxed, and then went to dinner.

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Then it was the end of a mega Sunday!

I’ve still got to show the firework video… coming soon!

Christmas Party 2012

Had our Christmas party last night.  Made sure I didn’t miss the bus this time.  Ray bought Christmas hats for us.

On the bus

Outside the site gate

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Got there, had some snacks and drinks, then sat down.

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Eric gave a speech and then we lined up for food.

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After food, there was some dancing.

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and then a huge cake.

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To see the scale of it:

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As time passed, more drinks were consumed and the music got louder.

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and people went crazy.  It was common to hear William keep shouting “SELFIE SELFIE SELFIE” and people giving each other “chesties”.

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After 10:30pm, we got back on the bus and headed back to camp.

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Got back after 11pm, and went to bed.  Then saw everyone again at work in the morning at 6:30am.

It was one of the liveliest and fun Christmas parties I have been to.

I’ll try to continue writing about our Sunday camping trip later…

Hienghène

I went camping!

Had permission to leave work early on Saturday.  Rushed back to my room and had 15 minutes to pack, shower, shave (so that my snorkel seals), then went out to meet Ray, Josh and Mitchell.  Then realised that I didn’t have my international drivers license on me, so Josh drove me back to the office where I found it in my envelope of important stuff!

Jonathan was very kind to let us use his automatic car, and it was my first time driving on the other side of the road!  Took a while to get used to.  It was just Ray and I in the car, and Josh and Mitchell in the other car (while Jacu and Deon rode their bicycles).

First stop was the petrol station at Kone, where we filled up.  Then to Kone discount (supermarket) where we stocked up on supplies (food and drinks!), then off we went.

It was a very nice drive, going through the mountain on winding roads.  The scenery was nice, but I was concentrating on the road.  I had my prescription sunglasses on, and had accidentally left my glasses in the other car, so once it got dark, I had to pull over and Ray drove.

Had good conversation and discussion with Ray, then plugged in my iPod and listened to some French lessons.  After that, changed so some music and had some sing-along.

We arrived at Hienghène and went to meet with Jacu and Deon.  In the mean-time, took silly photos of ourselves.

We arrived at the camp site (beach) around 8:30pm, set up our tents and then hunted for firewood.  Once Josh had the fire going, we sat on the beach looking at the stars, then cooked the sausages over the fire and had dinner.

Around midnight, we walked further down the beach (to avoid disturbing other campers) and set off some fireworks from the supermarket.  It was fun, I recorded a video, but you can just hear us giggling.

Went back to lie down on the beach for a while longer before going into our tents and sleeping.  I shared tent with Ray.

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Around 2:30am I got up, it was too hot in the tent, so unzipped the door, and accidentally woke ray up as well.  He got up and moved to sleep in the car (but in the morning I found out that he actually went to sleep on the beach, and then moved into the car when it started drizzling around 4:30am!), and then I slept with the door slightly unzipped for fresh air.  I was hearing sounds, so it took me some time to fall asleep.  I later discovered that the sound was probably Ray walking, and then the dogs wandering around.

At 6:30am, I woke up and popped my head out of the tent and saw some other campers – who I later met and got to talk to!  Now I got to see what the camp site looked like (since we arrived at night and couldn’t see anything).  There was a sign pointing to the rock next to the beach “Billet de 500”.   I pulled out a 500 Franc note and realised that the rock on the beach, was the one pictured on the note.  I had to take a photograph (I took many)!  Then another camper came along, and we talked and met the other campers.

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Going for the note shot:

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After the rest were up, we had breakfast (eggs, pancakes, sausages!), then went snorkelling.

Dog that was posing for me:

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The water depth quickly drops and becomes a beautiful place to snorkel.  I’ve never before seen such beautiful colours: fish and coral, underwater!  Unfortunately, the video I recorded was super-suck because I kept touching the camera so it was very shakey and for some reason, all seemed out of focus.  I’ll put a few screenshots here.

Here’s some photos.

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Look closer and you see:

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I really need to call home and go to sleep soon, so to be continued…

Monday Sad O Clock…

Firstly, I unpacked my clock which I packed in my luggage. Sad to find that the LCD is now damaged.

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I was so excited to bring my clock to New Caledonia and set it up in my room… Now I wish I never brought it, then it wouldn’t have broken.

Today was my first day back at work, it was a warm and humid day.  I’m still adjusting to get into routine.  My alarm went this morning, I turned it off and slept more, then suddenly got up, got ready, packed my thing and skipped breakfast, going straight to work.

Before going to lunch, I went to reception to check that my room was ready, and it was, so brought my bag here, then went to lunch.  Had fish and rice for lunch.

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For dinner, had some turkey, potatoes and even cooked banana!

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And then orange watermelon!

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Still upset about my clock… but at least I’ve got my room back.

A man in my room

After a busy week of R&R, which I’ll write about in a later post, and 16 hours of travelling, I finally arrived back to my room.  Before opening the door, I noticed a pair of slippers under the curtain, which weren’t mine.  So knocked on my room door and an Australian man opens it.

Then I realised why the ladies at reception told me to wait when I was collecting my keys before going back to my room.

He had a visitor’s badge and was supposed to leave yesterday, but was told that he needed to stay until Thursday.  He wrote down his name and badge number and I went back to reception.

In the end, it was resolved: I stay the night in another room and he moves out of my room tonight.  Tomorrow when my room is made up, I can move back in.  I just had to take some of my essentials from my room with me.

The room I am in now is a different configuration to mine.  There is no shower-head holder but the TV is LCD rather than CRT – not that I ever turned the TV on anyway!