Here we go!

The Prime Minister is Coming!

Tomorrow morning, the Prime Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, and his delegation of around 50 people, will be here.

It reminds me of when Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Perth for CHOGM.  Things were beautified.

I went into the control room today and saw that they had painted the walls, removed a few posters, and there were three ladies in the kitchen area polishing the floor with various equipment.  The people who normally work in the control room are not allowed to be in there tomorrow morning.  Other wonderful things are happening: fencing and barricading being fixed to more logical positionings, muddy walkways are being filled with gravel, road markers cleaned white.  Though we personally won’t get to see or meet him, I think it’s going to be an impressive visit, and for the project, I hope it goes well! Smile

Who is this Prime Minister?  To be honest, I didn’t know that France even had a Prime Minister, so I didn’t know who Jean-Marc Ayrault was.  I searched on Google, and the results I got was of the latest news: that he was in Korea yesterday and the Korean transcription of his name is 에로, which translates to “Erotic”.  In other places, it had other translations. Link to news.

It doesn’t affect me, but his visit should be good.

[7-4] Week 4!

Hello!

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Monday morning, Ray wanted a bow.

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So I gave him one.

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Then I went to line 2 to check some things, then later to the warehouse to pick up some replacement parts which were delivered.  It took a while, so we waited.20130722_134225

In the evening, saw the big moon rise!

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Then I went for dinner.  When lining up for a tray at the restaurant, there’s gruesome safety flashes to put you off your meal.

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Have a closer look!

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Then I had my dinner.  Carrots and pasta which looked like little fingers, and chicken, with meat like fingers.

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The next morning, when I came out of my room to go to breakfast, I saw the moon setting.  So I went back to my room to get my camera.

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Had a meeting in the morning.

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Then went for lunch.

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After lunch, saw Duncan coming to the bus stop!

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and we sat right at the back!

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Ray had a nap.

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and Duncan was relaxing too.

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Jonathan gave me a badge (which he got from his grandparents who got it with a pack of smarties when their team came last in a quiz night).  I also discovered that my phone camera corrupts some images (see below!)

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In the evening, Gala gave me an Orange Tim Tam to share with Andrew.

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Then I went for dinner.

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Jonathan was looking red, as he went for a run.  So I took a photo to show him.

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For breakfast Wednesday morning, I decided to break the trend.  I’ve been having 2 fried eggs on toast for the past few weeks.  This time, I had an omelette and put some gochujang with it!  I’ve been having this for breakfast since then.  Quick to eat and tasty.

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Got to work and saw the cats entertaining each other.

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Then had a walkdown from 8 until 12.

There were some gruesome safety posters around site.  I posted it here, but when reviewing the draft, decided not to post it, it’s seriously gruesome.

As part of the walkdown, we had to go up to elevation 122m.  It’s a nice view from up there.

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And here’s a portable toilet at elevation 122m.  It’s dirty!

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For lunch, I wasn’t pleased with what was on offer, but, the baguettes and butter are consistently good.  So I had some baguette and fillings!  Good lunch!

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After lunch, tried to pick up the things from warehouse, but it was too big for our ute.

Here’s a “good” guy.  He always likes to say “good”.

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I didn’t finish my kiwi fruit at breakfast, so finished it in the afternoon.  Soft and sweet!

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Then dinner.

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Thursday pre-sunrise looked like a fire in the sky.

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Thursday was also goodbye-Oliver and goodbye Shayan day! Sad smile

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Actually, I didn’t know he was Oliver until the day he was leaving.

All the best to these people leaving…

I hope to see Shayan in the office again when I get back!  Before we mobilised to this project, Shayan and I were both assisting with the pumping rig safety training project back at the Perth office.  I remember when we were just talking about coming here, and now he has come, and gone…

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On the way to lunch, I saw that they were cleaning up the road markers (spraying them clean).  This is because the Prime Minister of France will visit on Saturday.

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Lunch again didn’t look great, so I had mostly yummy baguettes!

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And sat across from Daniel, who is leaving Saturday Sad smile

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Not long after lunch, Gala brought out some chips in the office.  We weren’t hungry, but they were there and they tasted so good.

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Then had a teleconference with Germany 5:30pm-7pm.  I managed to leave just before 7pm.  It was Thursday, so, burger night!

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My burger wasn’t very good.

Friday morning, I saw that Lak loves his baguettes too!

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I collected some more things from the warehouse and let the vendors sort through it.  It felt like Christmas time.

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Friday night dinner, DUCK.

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Many people gone to Koniambo hotel tonight, to celebrate 3 things.

1) Daniel Qiao is demobilising Sad smile

2) It’s Duncan’s birthday on Saturday.

3) Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Prime Minister of France, will visit on Saturday.

[7-3] 7th Swing–3rd Week (Saturday and Sunday)

Again, I haven’t had a chance to update this blog since last week!  So I’ll try my best to pick up where I left off.

Saturday 20th July, after work, I went to dinner.

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It was Saturday, so, I had icecream.

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After dinner, we played games.  DOTA and Counter-Strike was on the menu.

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We had a good time of gaming, and finished around 12:45am!

Sunday morning, I got up to go to breakfast.

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Our car had a flat tyre, so we pumped it up, and then headed to Pindai Beach.

First, we stopped at Kone discount.

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I observed many Chinese stocking up on milk powder.

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Kone discount sells everything… You can buy a stove-top.

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Or you can buy a bicycle.

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Then we stopped at Mobil for some charcoal, and Ray bought me an icecream!

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Then we headed for the beach.

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At Pindai Beach we watched Jacu and Daniel try Deon’s K1.

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Watched them play frisbee.

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Watched Jacu fly his kite, and then started a fire.  We ended up using some of my hand-gel to start the fire for the barbeque.

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Scroll up again, and look at Ray…

Ray’s dream of growing facial hair, came true.

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Doesn’t his new facial hair make him look more manly?

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Then it got cloudy, and we saw a rainbow.

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Then the sun came out, and Ray tried to get a tan.

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We came back, I was so tired (from the night before), so went to bed, super early!!!  Then I woke up later and couldn’t go back to sleep Sad smile