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Month: August, 2013

Hienghene Sunday

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This morning, got up and went to breakfast at 6:30.

On my way, passed an incident which happened yesterday.

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Also saw Jacu and Boon who were setting off – mountain biking 60km to the other side of the island!

After a few croissants, I met with Paul, Francois and Aurelie for 6:45am departure.

It only took us 2 hours 15 minutes to get to Hienghene, without any speeding.  The weather was beautiful.

First stop was at the Poulet at Hienghene.

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Then we went to the beach featuring the rock on the 500 Franc bill.

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Did some snorkelling.

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Then lay in the sun, drying off.  I’m usually a sun-avoider, but on the hot sand and sunshine, this felt really good!

Played with some cameras.  Paul’s D3s, Flore’s OM-D.

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After Jacu and Boon arrived, we went to the resort for buffet.

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Had a Panache to drink.

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and ate a lot!

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Ate so much until I can’t eat dinner now.

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Then we headed back.  Long day, tired!  I still need to update my blog with photos from the last 2 weeks!

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The R&R which ended last week–R&R 7

After leaving the Qantas Club at Sydney airport 2 weeks ago, I boarded the plane.  I had an aisle seat with an empty seat next to me, then two more people.

I started watching a new movie “The Great Gatsby”.  We had to read the book in year 12 English Literature and also watched the old movie, so it was quite interesting to see the new one.  20 minutes into the movie, the sound stopped working, I tried to use the call button to call the flight attendant, but that button (and the light button) also were not responding.  Later, I caught the attention of the flight attendant who reset the system for me, but it still did not work.  So I watched the rest of the movie at 32x speed without sound, just to see it.  The flight attendant offered me to move to the empty seat next to me, but it was occupied by the laptop bag of the man sitting on the other side of the empty seat.  There were two men, watching a Chinese movie on a laptop, with the volume playing out loud.  Then spent the rest of the flight trying to sleep, unsuccessfully.20130803_183525

After landing in Perth, I disposed of the nut bar which I packed in the morning and forgot to eat, and went to the pick up point.  I was glad that I didn’t check in any luggage, so I was out really quickly!

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It was cold!  Then Julie came to pick me up! Smile  I drove home, and had a big bowl of food!

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On Sunday, I went to church.  After church, we went to Fremantle.

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First we walked around Fremantle markets – it was much too crowded for my liking.  Usually I enjoy crowds, but that day, felt uncomfortable in such a crowded area.

There was a Pikachu.

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Walked around Fremantle.  Saw this in the bookshop window, reminded me of my head cover at site.

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Then went to Kailis for fish and chips.  It was too crowded, there was no place to sit, so we ordered takeaway, and waited…

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When our order was finally ready, we walked to the park to eat it.

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The chip serving was surprisingly small, but it tasted good.

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Then we walked around again.

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then went to Theobrama for coffee and chocolate drink, and waffle.

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We went home, and had pizza for dinner.

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On Monday, I dropped Julie at work, then went to the Chemist warehouse to pick something up for a colleague here.  After that, I went to the computer shop to buy some stuff, then met up with Tristan at the Galleria. We walked around, then I went to Officeworks, got some 1-Direction lanyards for my friends here… then picked up a dock for my phone from Dick Smith.  After that, I went to have lunch.

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After, I went home, then we with Tristan to see the house he just bought.  Then we walked around the neighbourhood.  Big houses everywhere!

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Then later we picked Julie up from work and went home.  At night, had a care group meeting then out for dinner at Sura.  I had 제육볶음.

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On Tuesday, we went to Northbridge.  Finding free parking was impossible, so after driving around and around, gave up and paid for parking.  Had burritos for lunch.

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Followed by dessert (looked nothing like the photo in the menu, and it’s a dirty place)

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and their cutlery was taken from Osama.

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Walking along, I bumped into Liam!!!  Liam the city-man now!

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Then went to Kings Park to hangout, there was free parking there.

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Went to S&T for dinner.  There was a hard bone in my salad, it almost resembled a tooth! I wanted to keep it, but the lady apologised and exchange it for a dessert.

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20130806_182012The rest of the night wasn’t good.

On Wednesday morning, I went to the Perth office for a breakfast.

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Liam (CITYMAN!) was there!

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Bacon, eggs, pancakes.  It was good to eat and catch up.

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After I left the office, I went for lunch with my dad and Ian.

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Walked around the city until dad and Amy finished work, then came home with them.  It was raining heavily.

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At night, met up with Steve, Wendi and Kai for dinner.  Always pleasant to catch up with them!

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Thursday, we went to Innaloo shops and walked around, it was a lot smaller than I had imagined.  We had lunch as Asian Golden Wok, big serve of Kolo-mee.

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Then we went to the beach.

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It was windy, we were watching a kite-surfer

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There was a rainbow on the way home!

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My dad bought a new camera, I told him the S100 was good, so he bought the S110!

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On Friday, Julie finished work early, so we went to the city.  Managed to find free parking this time (because many people don’t work on Friday, since there’s no work, so it’s easier!).

We each had an Ocker burger, it was on special! $8!

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A big burger with a lot inside, I was so full after it.

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Then went to inspect my apartment…

Went to Target and bought some shorts, saw this funny t-shirt.

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Then went for a drink.

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At night, met up with my friends for dinner! Alex, An, Tony, Marina, Nathan, and Scarlet.

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Then went for waffles after.

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It was raining a lot.

Went to Alex and An’s house after.  Nice big house!

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Saturday morning, we had family breakfast at Hyatt.  So much good food to eat.

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Then we went to the showgrounds, to an expo, where we met up with and saw some friends.

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I tried a pregnancy simulator.

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Picked up heaps of freebies!

Then went for lunch at Broadway, like good-old-uni-days.  Even saw Francis-the-Indo there!

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At night, we went to Long and Vi’s house for pho with Peter!  We visited three new houses this R&R, and this was impressive!  Vi made pho, it was pho-ntastic!  A great night with good company.

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Then went home, packed the rest of my things and off to the airport.

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The plane left on time and landed on time.  I managed to sleep in the plane.  Though the stop-over in Sydney was short, it wasn’t as rushed as previously, because we didn’t arrive late.  Slept again on the plane from Sydney to Noumea.

Leaving Sydney

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Breakfast

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Over New Caledonia.

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Tountouta Airport.

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I was very pleased that my luggage had made it to the destination this time!

Got on the bus, and slept.  Stopped at Bourail and had some nems.  Some very oily nems!

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It was so good that the paper bag became clear.

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Got back to my room, unpacked and then snacked while playing Dota with Ray and Jacu.

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Had dinner, then went to Sunday night service.

Got some film developed on my R&R, here they are!

Dropped off some film to the shop during my R&R.  Here’s some of the photographs.

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Ewan and Qiao

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Tan and LealLondono

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BeardManTan

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FitManBoon

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Nom

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Floating

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RunningBus

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RelaxingBus

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BaguetteLunch

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Successful firestarters

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Sockdryer.

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Fremantliew!

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Markets.

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Desserts

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Kings Park

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Man

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Perth

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Go to work.

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Office

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Office

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Lunch

Travelling light is great!

Travelling light is great – no need to wait for check-in luggage! Off the plane, through immigration using the chip on my passport (so quick!), into the transfer area, bus to domestic terminal, then into the lounge for a shower and snack!

Before getting into the transfer, I quickly went outside so that I set foot into Sydney Smile

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I was less than 15 metres from the door, then I went back inside.

Then I saw Mcdonalds! Haven’t seen Mcdonalds in 5 weeks!

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Here’s some photos from the bus window!

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Also saw Hungry Jacks… but didn’t feel like eating it right now! Especially when I can get ‘free’ food here!

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Time to snack a bit more before boarding!

I’m coming home, again!

Alarm went at 5am this morning, packed the rest of my room, left my guitar in the care of Paul, and then went to breakfast.  It was nice to have an early breakfast, the croissants were good!

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Paul was also having breakfast.

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And Jonathan finished nightshift, so he came for this breakfast/dinner.

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Then I went back to my room.

Today was special, I did not need to get the bus to the airport at 6am.  Instead, I got a ride with Zac.  It was a lot more comfortable and enjoyable Smile

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Was getting really hungry, we were talking about food!

Got to the airport about 9:30am, checked in and now in the lounge, munching and writing this.

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Time to eat more!

Grinding Party

Went out for a team dinner last night at Hibiscus Hotel to celebrate finishing TOP8 (our Hammer Mill Flash Dryer area) (well, almost).

Sat around in the lounge area at first, sipping water and talking, and then moved outside to our table.  Had a good time listening to those around me talking about so many topics including vegetarianism to renovations.

This is what I ate… (menu names will come soon, but pictures for now!).

Entre: Foie Gras.  Took a long time to be served.  Perhaps they are not allowed to use funnels.

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Main: Lamb.  I didn’t finish the yam side.

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Desert:

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I was so full by the end of it.

Scott gave a nice speech.

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Then we headed back.  Got back to my room before 11pm, then packed everything away.  Was in bed by midnight!

It’s already Week 5 Thursday–1 Day to go!

That was quick! 5 weeks are almost over.  Saturday morning, I’ll be on a bus to the airport! Smile

On Tuesday night, I went to dinner and then to French class.

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We started learning about imperatif, then some new-comers came, and we went back to basics.

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There was a nice sunrise on Wednesday morning.

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Wednesday dinner:

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After dinner, we had bible study, Joshua shared about prayer.  A few from the Sunday evening service came to join us, it was good to have them with us!

Martin’s Thursday breakfast:

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and my Thursday night burger!

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I received a gift today!  Silicone wrist strap.

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but it’s special!

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How super cool!  4gb capacity!  However, it didn’t come pre-loaded with anything cool.

I’m putting together my R&R plan, so far, it’s an excel sheet with things to eat, places to go, people to see, things to buy, things to bring back home and things to bring back here.  Please make an appointment to meet with me (hor hor hor)!  Whatsapp or email, as my Australian sim card will not be put into my phone until I arrive!  Looking forward to going home, I’m so excited!!!