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We gots SNOW! :)

Well I had myself a white christmas this year! Yesterday, Tues 27th Dec (the christmas day public holiday) I awoke to the beautiful sight of snow in the backyard!! Yay!! Not much snow, but still its snow! I took some piccies which I’ll upload later. Then that very afternoon I went out to do some post-christmas sales shopping on Oxford Street. And upon exiting Oxford Circus tube, two things struck me. First, how absolutely packed with people Oxford Street was.. we were walking on the road coz there wasn’t enough room on the sidewalks. And two.. the fact that these lovely fat soft snowflakes were gently drifting down from the sky. That was pretty awesome!! It makes the absolute freezing cold temperatures worth it!! It wasn’t very heavy snow unfortunately, and with so many people trampling the ground, it didn’t really stay. But there’s still some snow on my street… on the cars.. in my backyard.. on the roofs. Hee! πŸ™‚

Now the down side of having a (kind of) white christmas, is that it is friggin freezing! When I left for work this morning, it was about -1 degs C. Today’s top temp has been a grand total of 2 degs, with a min expected tonight of -2. Yikes. Everyone’s been freezing here at work coz the heaters weren’t on the last 4 days, and the building turned into a fridge. People were wearing gloves and beanies and scarfs. I turned my big puffy long coat into a blanket. πŸ™‚

Post-christmas retail therapy

I purchased myself a few bargain items yesterday. I first headed straight to my favourite store – Morgan De Toi. Bought myself two cowl-necked woolly tops (burnt olive and black), and a black furry handbag. All half price! (On a side note, if you check out the website, go to UK site, look under Rock Chic collection, the “Cefred” dress – which the model holding the guitar standing in front of the marshall amp is wearing – I have that dress! Bought it during my Brussels shopping spree… such an awesome dress! I wear it with a sparkly crystal/gold/black velvet belt and black knee-high boots and my gorgeous brown suede fur coat).

We then headed to Selfridges – a cool, huge department store with a very trendy urban feel. I was looking for bath/shower products, but ended up buying two perfumes, both for half price. What a bargain! I replenished my classic Issey Miyake and also bought Calvin Klein One Summer Edition – which has quite a nice light fresh/fruity scent.

We were pretty much dying of hunger by then, so went to the food hall and wolfed down a scrummy square pie with mash, mushy peas and gravy. Then perused the rest of the food hall (which I think I’ve fallen in love with – would u believe they even have a Krispy Kreme donut counter there!).. and bought a loaf of roasted garlic bread (that I toasted for brekky this morning.. yum!), some Black & Greens hot chocolate and these really yummy fat free pretzel snacks. Mmm.

So thats my mini post-christmas shopping spree. My christmas break was otherwise spent eating, relaxing/chilling out, eating, sleeping, watching movies-on-demand for free on my digital box, ice-skating, eating, sleeping, eating, shopping… yeh.. that pretty much sums it up. I ate so much. I don’t want to see or even smell another turkey until next christmas!!

Okies well time to finish up at work. Gonna head off for a very-desperately-needed workout at the gym!! Stay tuned for photos of snow and oxford st lights!

Current listening :: “Kate” – Ben Folds Five

Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Merry Christmas!

To my friends and loyal readers. Wishing you all have a very merry christmas and fantastic new year! It’s been a heck of a year for me, lots of exciting and tough times, but here’s hoping things will be on the up for next year as I settle into living London. Will probably post some reflective “year of 2005” musings closer to new years. For now… enjoy this joyous season with your friends and family. And I hope we all don’t forget the real “reason for the season”.

Check out my christmas e-card to you all. Copyright to Kazzart Designs. Made with photoshop cs2. Photo of Big Ben taken by moi. πŸ™‚

New acronym learnt today. TGI Friday. Thank God Its Friday! πŸ˜€ Looking forward to my 4 day weekend. Plans include cooking my first christmas lunch – with roast turkey, stuffing, potatos, christmas pudding… the works! πŸ™‚ Might also try visit a 1 or 2 of the outdoor skating rinks in London.

KC Actors Studio

My boyfriend has just set up his own business – an acting school called KC Actors Studio Ltd. Check out the preliminary website and company logo I created in 4 hours.

Any prospective actors in London? Here’s a shameless plug – come do a 10 week course starting beginning Feb 2006. For more info, visit the website. πŸ™‚

Current listening :: “Don’t panic” – Coldplay

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 5 Comments »


Torrential heart
Stone to turn
Empty clouds
Mind unseen
Guilty bright
Lonely sun
Searching night
Abandoned sea

Current listening :: “Prison Food” – Ben Folds

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | No Comments »


Narnia was out here last Thurs. Watched it on Fri night. T’was pretty good – it followed quite closely to the book (from what I can remember of it). Next up, King Kong is out this thurs. Looks good too.

Ooh and I saw the teaser trailer for XMen 3… looks phwoarsome! May 2006. Can’t wait!!!!

So I made myself some real homemade miso soup last night. It turned out rather well. Quite pleased am I. My dinner consisted of fresh salmon sashimi (from the fish stand at the asian market at Colindale), a big bowl of miso soup, some yakitori stir-fried mixed vegetables and boiled rice. Very yummy and healthy dinner. Mmm.

Current listening :: “Happy is a yuppie word” – Switchfoot

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Bonito, miso, udon.. japanese food = yum!

Kwai took me on my first shopping trip to Oriental City in Colindale, London on the weekend. First stop was the asian (oriental for the locals) food court… man I was in food heaven! Every kind of asian food outlet imaginable… chinese, thai, malay, singaporean, japanese, korean, vietnamese. Mmmmmm…. *drools* We decided to tackle the huge array of choice buffet style. Some dim sum from here… some satay sticks from there.. and some roast pork/duck from another. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.. but luckily we didn’t buy everything at once. I was suprised how quickly I got full. Will have to take another trip back to try some of the dumplings and other stuff!

Anyways we next stopped at the asian (oriental for UK’ers) supermarket. Heaven for buying asian groceries. They had sections for different cuisines – again – japnese, korean, chinese, thai etc. We hit the Japanese section first.. and never made it any further. I’ve discovered japanese cooking! And it isn’t as hard as I thought! I’m gonna learn how to make a wicked udon noodle soup, miso soup, teriyaki or yakidori chicken.. even miso yaki beef… or karaage chicken… mmm! I discovered on this very cool weblog a few basics in japanese cooking. Such as the basic jap soup stock consists of two main ingrediants – bonito flakes and kelp. Thats how they make that yummy udon soup.. and miso soup.

So now I have added to my kitchen white miso paste, bonito stock powder (which contains kelp already), some udon noodles, kikkoman slightly-sweet shoyu (soy) sauce, a tube of wasabi, and yakitori sauce. Last night I cooked udon noodle soup and vegetables with a bit of miso paste added to taste. And some yakitori chicken pieces. Mmm.. it was delish! Still need to fine-tune a few things.. but very excited am I at the prospect of learning how to cook all those delicious japanese dishes. Gonna try getting some bulk sashimi too to slice up. Mmmm. Tonight I’m gonna make some real home-made miso soup. With miso paste, bonito stock, wakame seaweed and tofu. Yummy AND really healthy. Only problem is that japanese ingrediants (particularly good quality, non-msg ones) tend to be rather expensive. Esp over here.. being imported so far.

And finally I’ve discovered the nicest japanese green tea ever. Its by the company Ujinotsuyu – who make the really nice genmai cha (green tea with roasted rice). They also do sen cha… and we found this High Grade stuff.. loose tea leaves in a sealed foil bag.. 100g for 10 quid! But its GOOD stuff. Looks like real fresh leaves when you pour water in, not like the usual dried stuff. And it tastes soooo good. Quite different from your typical cheaper stuff. Really soft clear taste.. even the strong dregs aren’t bitter. I think I’m becoming a bit of a green tea connosiour. Hehe. Mmm.

Ooh check out my new Yahoo! avatar. (Thanks Viv for the reminder).

Yahoo! Avatars

Current listening :: “These are the special times” – Christina Aguilera

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Rant alert

Is it just me or are there more uptight, self-righteous, with-a-stick-up their-arse kind of people in the UK than there are in Australia? Yes I’m probably making gross generalisations.. and yes I’m actually referring to particular incidents. I guess I’m just having a bad day.

There are 2 things in particular that have gotten under my skin today – 1) self-righteous nosy neighbours with MAWS (middle aged woman syndrome) and 2) ridiculous company policies (prob maws related too).

Issue 1 is a bit complicated, so I’ll try not to get into it too much now. In short, I recieved a letter from a neighbouring flat informing me that they called in an “Environmental Health Officer” in response to noise from my flat. This apparent call was made (I say apparent, coz it is highly possible that she is bluffing) at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon!!!! And what was I doing at that time? I had some music (Jamiroquai) playing on my stereo/computer and whilst doing my vacuuming. No the music wasn’t very loud at all.. it was a fair volume – being a weekend afternoon – but it wasn’t like “party” loud. The letter states that she has made “repeated requests to you .. to please turn your music down”. Okaay… if banging on someone’s roof constitutes making a “request”, then I suppose she has done so. She goes on ranting about other crap, trying to sound all formal and intimidating. I’ve been told that if she has indeed made a complaint, then I would recieve a letter from the council. Which I haven’t yet. I’ll wait a few days.. and if no letter arrives, I might call her bluff by going up and asking her (politely – which is more than she has done for me) for copies of the documents written by the Health Officer when they visited, and for copies of the “crime reference number” and letter from the police (she states in the letter that a “crime reference number has already been allocated in reference to Flat 3 and the police have sent written permission to call 999 as and when further incidents of harassment occur”). I think I can smell bollocks in the air with this one. What do people (particularly those in the UK or who know about such things) think?

With issue 2, we’ve just been told that we’re “not allowed” to eat lunch at our desks as a new company policy. If its cold food/sandwiches then we can eat at a table set aside for lunch. If its hot food then we’re to be sent off to eat in this tiny storeroom so that the food doesn’t make the office smell of food. I mean that is absolutely ridiculous – telling someone where they can and can’t eat their lunch. I’m certainly not going to sit in isolation in a storeroom to have lunch every day. Almost makes me want to go back into contracting so I don’t have to deal with this office politics & policies crap.

Argh I’m so pissed off at the moment. Why are some people so annoying? Perhaps they feel they have to spread their misery to others. Grrrr. Not Happy Jan.

Current listening :: “Respect” – Aretha Franklin

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 3 Comments »

Geek talk

Been trawling through geek articles this morning at work in an effort to make the new redesigned e.s.p.a.r.e.s website that I’m putting together as.. standards compliant and up-to-date with the best web practices and white-hat SEO (search engine optimization) as possible. Not an easy task when the whip is cracking as time runs short. I wish I had more time to read through the articles in A List Apart. Some are even rather amusing.. I just have to share this exerpt from an article about SEO.. regarding the W3C site:

“W3CÂ’s site houses a collection of proposals, drafts, and Recommendations, written by geeks for geeks. And when I say geeks, I donÂ’t mean ordinary web professionals like you and me. I mean geeks who make the rest of us look like Grandma on the first day SheÂ’s Got Mail.Γ‚β„’”


With all this fairly recently found knowledge of standards in CSS2, XHTML etc etc.. I really should update my own website, which is probably a shocker if you ran it through a W3C standards check. Plus it’s littered with the misuse of tables.

Journeying back to fitness!

Anyway, enough geek talk! I went to dance class last night! First time in…. months! I went to Sheila’s jazz at Pineapple. Man… I felt like such a beginner. Reminded me of when I first started taking jazz classes, feeling totally clueless and un-coordinated. But it wasn’t too bad.. I got the routine in the end, yay! And I’m not quite as unfit as I thought I was. Still nowhere near as strong as before – somewhat flabby in places that once were tight and toned. *sniff* Ah well… I’m on the journey back to fit and healthy goodness again. I’ve also joined a gym here too… finally! I joined up with LA Fitness (platinum membership, which means I get to use any in London – and there’s one quite near my place) and will be attending my first Hatha Yoga class tonight! Yay for exercise and yay for feeling great!! πŸ™‚

Current listening :: “Time” – Ben Folds

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 1 Comment »

Working weekends already

Being at work on a Saturday kinda sucks. I guess its only a short term thing as there are some really majorly tight deadlines in the coming month. But I’m starting to get very bored today.. putting these info pages together is turning my brain to mush. Hence I’m finding some temporary solace in my blog.

It’s really not that bad I suppose – I didn’t have anything planned for today, was able to rock up later than normal, and it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps a little too relaxed, as I found myself drifting off a bit at one stage. But I think that is just end-of-week tiredness speaking. It’s been a long week.

Anyways, tonight is my work’s christmas party. We’re going to a comedy club called Jongleurs over in Battersea, which is only a few streets away from where I used to live! Quite close to our office here in Chelsea too. I think everyone is meeting here at work at about 6pm, which I suppose is perfectly convenient for those of us working today.

Oooh I’m christening my new leather fur coat with it’s debut at the xmas party tonight! I love this coat.. just so gorgeous. πŸ™‚ Some drunk better not spill any beer on it or “somebody gonna get a hurt real bad”. πŸ˜›

*sigh* I miss my bf. Long distance relationships ain’t easy. But I suprised myself. Never thought I could do it. I’d always subscribed to the theory that a long distance relationships could never work. But it has. And he’s back from Frankfurt on Thursday.. when it will be long-distance no more. Yay. πŸ™‚ Hrm.. this is rare. I haven’t talked much about him before have I? Well a girl has to have some secrets. πŸ˜› I’ll tell you one interesting fact though – he’s an actor.

Current listening :: “Senorita” – Justin Timberlake

Posted on Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | No Comments »

Y.A.R.Q (Yet Another Recycled Quiz)

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 5.7
Mind: 5.1
Body: 5.5
Spirit: 4.6
Friends/Family: 3.5
Love: 7.7
Finance: 5.8
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Hehe. Interesting scores. I wonder how differently I would have scored at the beginning of the year. I think my “body” score would definitely have been up in the blue. *sigh* Sucks that I just don’t have time to exercise much these days. No gym membership yet (can’t afford it) and no time to go even if I did. Haven’t even been dancing much yet… but I’m still settling into things, and I fully intend to get back into dance and exercise.

I’ve been thinking about home a fair bit this past week or 2. Just remembering things… people… friends… what life was like back then. Sometimes I think I was happier then. Sometimes I really miss Sydney – particularly my friends. Yes I do really miss you guys (if any of you still read this that is). Life really was great for those few months before I left for London. Had heaps of friends, met lots of cool people… was fit and healthy… full of energy. Not that its not been pretty cool being here too. Its just….. not as good as many people seem to rave about. For me anyway. There have been alot of downers during my time here. (Its been 6 months and 3 weeks exactly now. How time flies!) And yeh… maybe it’s just me, but I’m not really “having a ball” as many people have described coming to London. But I wonder… is it just me.. my mindset.. my negativity. How much difference can ones mindset and attitude make to ones life? Hrm.

Anyways… sometimes I rather dislike London. Its a huge city full of people… and yet you can feel so lonely. It’s expensive, and stressful. Maybe I’m not cut out for big metropolitan city living? Maybe I long to retire to a small sunny town by the sea. Hmm… that does sound appealing… particularly the sunny and sea part. πŸ˜›

Please excuse my morbid musings. I’m just typing things as I think about them. I made a list the other day about the things I love and hate about London. Lets see if I can find it…..

Things I love:

  • Always so many things to do, so much on, so many opportunities to experience so many different things!
  • Being able to get around so easily without a car on the fairly well-established public transport system
  • The power of the pound in Europe, being so close to Europe and really cool places like Italy
  • Salsa clubs
  • Lots of gigs
  • The independance
  • My bf (well he *is* British!)

Things I hate:

  • Transport/travel – takes ages, is crowded and tiring
  • Unhealthier lifestyle, fast-paced and stressful – not laidback or peaceful
  • Long working hrs – little time to exercise, spend at home and relax, or do things I enjoy
  • Going home alone / being alone
  • Cost of everthing – so friggin expensive!!
  • The cold weather
  • Cramped living spaces/buildings/everything!!

Hm… so thats my analysis of London so far. I’m sure there are many more things I have yet to discover. But it’s after midnight now, and this little girlie has to go sleep coz she’s already turned into a pumpkin. And on that note, g’nite all.

Oops final note. Today is my last day on dialup! Tomm I’m getting Homechoice broadband and digital tv installed.. yay! Job is going ok, but I’ve got big deadlines for this Wed and through Dec. Eeek!! Oh and lastly, I’m sick. Managed to get a cold from last week at work (heaters aren’t working properly). πŸ™

Current listening :: “Nightingale” – Norah Jones

Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Cryptic blogging revisited

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be


Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

(Switchfoot – “Dare You To Move”)

Just not meant to be

Me and brown scarfs that is. I lost my precious and frequently-worn brown scarf today.. its probably taking a merry round the London tube – Victoria Line. Poo. I hate losing things. And this is the third.. yes, I repeat, THIRD, brown scarf that I’ve lost in the last few years. Grr.

*sigh* Maybe we’re just not meant to be.

Anyways. Its 7:15pm and I’m still at work. Methinks it is time to go home. I did get in at like 3pm today – was waiting around at home for the BT engineer to come fix the phone line (they said between 8 and 12, and he arrived at 1pm).. But it is fixed! Finally! I have internet at home (well.. dialup for now till my Homechoice digital package is installed)! Yay!

Current listening :: “Dip it low” – Christina Milian

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Still young at heart! ;)

Heehee. Thanks to Vron for this amusing little quiz.

You Are 23 Years Old

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.

But tonight I’m off to do old-peoples stuff. I’m taking a trip to Ikea to buy some essential furnishings for my flat. Yay.

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 3 Comments »

I said ‘Brrr’ its FREEZING out here

Literally! It has been absolutely frrreezing over here this week… must be at least 0 degrees at night and rarely goes over 10 degrees during the day. I get up in the morning and I walk to the station past cars that are frozen over with a layer of frost on top. Sometimes when I walk home at night, the cars are already frozen over… and it’s only like 10pm. I am so thankful for my big shopping expedition in Brussels.. these puffy winter coats are proving VERY useful! Have made good use of the gloves and scarfs I bought too! The days are sooo short too. I get up at about 6:45am and its still dark. The sun starts setting at 4pm and its definitely dark by 5pm. At least it’s not raining – clear blue skies and sunshine almost every day… looks deceptively warm from inside, but when you step out… brrrr!

Anyway, yes, new job and new flat. I’m settling in quite nicely to both. The flat is very comfortable and warms up very well with its central heating. The shower and bath are really good too – lots of hot water for me to take nice long relaxing baths. πŸ™‚

The job is going pretty good so far. My manager seems to be quite impressed with my work – he told me so on Friday. πŸ™‚ I found and fixed a few bugs in their layout that they didn’t know of / had been stuck on. I’ve also just started developing the front end pages for the new redesigned e.s.p.a.r.e.s website. Gonna be a tight deadline for release at beginning Dec – plus the added pressure that this is the most important website to develop, being their main site with the most hits. But the busyness makes the day go faster.

My hours are 9-6pm, which means I have to leave home by around 7:30am (coz it takes me an hour and half to get in.. Kinda sucks). The people at work are cool – two aussie brothers from Melbourne are the two IT directors.. the developers behind the system. Then there’s the graphics designer and his girlfriend who handles the content. And there’s me now. Quite a small team, but all young and get along well – its like working with friends. I just wish it was located in a more central place – its a 20 min walk from Earls Court station, which is 10 mins from central london. All this walking is surely good for me.. making me fitter hopefully!

In other news

So what else. Other than work and settling into the new flat, I’ve watched 2 movies – FINALLY got around to watching Serenity today! Yay! Damn those reevers are kinda scary. Not at all like starcraft reevers. Hehe. πŸ˜› And I also saw Howls Moving Castle (finally) the other night. I really enjoyed it.. it was not as wierd as his previous movies.. (eg Spirited Away).. and I thought it was rather romantic too. πŸ™‚ Harry Potter came out here on Friday.. Leciester Square has turned into a huge Harry Potter promotion… with big spotlights shining down onto the trees and this huuge Triwizard tournament cup fixture out the front balcony of the cinema. I’ve booked myself a ticket for next friday night… yes you gotta buy in advanced coz first few nights were sold out.

I also went to dance class for the first time in 5/6 weeks yesterday. And boy is my body paying for it today! I. Am. In. Pain. My entire back is in pain everytime I move any muscle in it. Didn’t know the back had so many muscles that could hurt like this. My left inner thigh is slightly.. hurt/injured. Nothing serious… just probably a minor strain coz my legs aren’t used to being used like that. My knees even buckled slightly once during the routine coz my thigh muscles just couldn’t get my body back up again that quickly. I am seriously out of shape. And it sucks lemons. Really gotta get back into shape. I hate being weak and unfit. I want the strength and flexibility you get from dancing. I’m thinking of doing ballet too actually. Its my posture. Its gotten really bad… so bad that my left shoulder is hurting all the time now coz I’m constantly hunching over and tensing my shoulders. I don’t stand up straight and its becoming a chronic problem.

Ok time for me to go home and take that bath I’ve been waiting for! (I’m at an internet cafe… still no internet.. heck not even a connected phone line at home yet!) Sorry about the rather long update. Not having net at home kinda sucks.

Posted on Sunday, November 20th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Back in town!

Hello again from chilly London town. Yep, I’m back in London now. Lots to say, but no time now. In short, I’m now renting, just moved into my own studio flat up north in Finchley. Also got a new job which I’m starting on Wed. Will update you all with details later, but I’m in a net cafe atm and my time is gonna run out in 2 mins so gotta go! Will modify this post later. Ciao!

ps Special shout out to my melbournite homie schfuller Doonks. πŸ˜‰

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 4 Comments »

Something old, something new

The old:

  • Still job hunting, dealing with agents, applying online, and playing the waiting game
  • Still in Frankurt
  • Going to the Kino (cinema) tonight for our weekly monday night movie mystery night again.. *pleeeeeease show us Serenity!!*

The new:

  • I can’t believe how early it gets dark now! It’s full-on night now, and its only 5:45pm!!! It starts getting dark by like 5pm. Crazy.
  • Plus temps are seriously dropping now – today averaged 10 degs tops, and later this week its forecast to get down to 2 degrees!
  • Lack of opportunities to dance or go to dance class has forced me to start bustin’ out the moves when I’ve found myself home alone.. hehe.. in a way it’s good coz its forcing me to make up my own stuff and be more creative with my dancing.. will be good for next time I go clubbing. πŸ˜‰
  • I visited the only english speaking church in Frankfurt on Sunday (only just found out about its existence!) Its called ICF-Taunus. Pretty nice, smallish congregation.. with quite a family closeness feel, which you tend to only find in smaller churches. Kinda reminded me a bit of ES back home.
  • For those who care, or may have already suspected, I have a boyfriend. His name is Kwai. He is contracting out here in Frankfurt till Dec which is why I’m staying out here whilst I don’t have work (free accom – definitely beats trying to rent in london!)

Current listening :: When I Look In Your Eyes – Diana Krall

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »


.. on WoW and Stargate Atlantis. Particularly the latter. Can I just say that Stargate Atlantis is absolutely awesome. I think it is fast becoming my favourite TV Series of all time. Overtaking even Stargate SG-1!! I’m up to episode 19 of Season 1… yep… the season finale double episode. How is Atlantis gonna survive the massive wraith onslaught? Eeep! (Never fear, Major Shepherd will save the day! Plus he’s kinda cute too. Hehe.) Anyways, this is gonna be awesome! Am I saying the word awesome too much in this post? πŸ˜›

And for those who aren’t part of the species class ‘Geek’ – WoW is World Of Warcraft. I’m currently a level 9 night elf Druid. Half way to level 10… when I gain the ability to turn into a bear. Yay! Levelling a druid is pretty slow going though. And I keep dying too much… darned low stamina.

Anyways. Err.. waay too much geek talk in this post. On the job front. I am back in the game of job-hunting and agent-dealings. The CV has gone out to a number of contract roles.. (none of which match even half what that Derby job offered.. actually one comes close).. and now I’m just waiting to hear back and see if I get any interviews. *crosses fingers*

Ok I’m outtie. Ciao for now.

Current listening :: “Body and Soul” – Ella Fitzgerald

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | No Comments »


So there I was, at Frankfurt International Airport, looking smart in my black Mango suit and white shirt. I’d just checked in my bag and was all ready to fly to London for my first meeting with Cassium – with an hour to spare too! Then my mobile rings and I answer. It is Stephen from Cassium. He doesn’t sound too happy. I get a sneaking suspicion that he’s about to tell me something I don’t want to hear. And he speaks “I really don’t know how to tell you this… but the project has been cancelled.” After a short explanation (the client company cancelled the project.. well not quite, they wanted to shorten the project and only use one of Cassium’s consultants plus a few of their own people, to which Cassium refused – this has apparently never happened to them before) and a profuse amount of appologising, I told him it was ok, and asked if that other opportunity with their telco department was still available. He’s gonna get back to my by the end of the day. Here’s hoping.. *crosses fingers*

Ok. So this sorta disappointment thing has happened to me too much for my liking since arriving here. To get dumped on my arse, so to speak. Happened with my first flat-hunting fiasco, then the Adgistics fiasco, and now with Cassium. (Watch Elizabethtown and you’ll understand why I’m using the word “fiasco” so much). I guess it seemed almost too good to be true. Me, earning that much money? Getting a contract that easily? With all the amazingly good luck I’ve had with things… maybe it stands to reason that I’d have equally amazing bad luck. But at least I know this time it wasn’t my fault. I got the job with my skills.. the skills that Cassium even believed were worth paying loads for. And just maybe I can do it again. I have to think that way otherwise I’m gonna start wondering if I’m ever going to find work again, and that doesn’t help things. It is frustrating though. I wonder why this is happening?? I really needed this job… financially it would have helped a lot.. and well, I never thought I would say this, but I just want to work again!!

Fuck. Can I just say that? Sorry if it offends.

*sigh* Anyways. As they say… stuff happens (stargate atlantis ref :P). One must chug along. It’s back to the drawing board.. or rather jobsite.co.uk and contractoruk.com.

Current listening :: “Fighter” – Christina Aguilera (how appropriate)

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 8 Comments »


Got some great news. Two pieces of great news actually!

  1. My new contract has finally been confirmed – I’m starting this coming Wednesday! At a very VERY lucrative rate!! πŸ˜€ Ima movin up to Derby and will be there for about 6 weeks. Hope I do well in this job!
  2. I managed to purchase Jack Johnson tickets for his 2006 European tour! Wooooohooooo!!!!! I almost had a heart attack coz the London friday show was sold out within 45 mins of tickets going on sale! And there was supposed to be a saturday show, that wasn’t listed – so I presumed it was sold out. BUT it went on sale just after Friday’s was sold out – and there I was sitting at my computer, fretting away, whilst repeatedly pressing Refresh. And now I have myself 2 stalls/standing tickets at the Hammersmith Apollo!!! YAY!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Now I just have to wait till March next year!

So there you go. We have one happy little vegemite here. πŸ™‚

Btw, did I mention Stargate Atlantis ROCKS? Well… it ROCKS!! πŸ™‚

[Edit: In the time it took for me to write this post… the 2nd Jack Johnson show in London is now almost sold out. No standing tix, and only singular seated tickets left. Man he’s popular!!! 0_0]

Current listening :: “Staple It Together” – Jack Johnson

Posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Ok it’s officially COLD!

Damn its gotten cold here now! Today’s top temp is supposed to be 9 degrees C. Brrrrr! And its only autumn. Apparently winter gets down to like minus 15 degrees. With snow! That would be kinda cool, but I can’t even imagine how cold it would feel. I’m really not used to the cold – I don’t really handle the cold very well. Much prefer the warm sunny weather of Sydney! *sigh*

So anyway, yes I’m still here in Frankfurt, and still waiting for that company to tell me when I’m starting on this new contract. They sure are taking their sweet time about it. πŸ™ I’ve asked them and re-asked for confirmation and I believe it will happen, its just when this project gets on the move. Apparenlty one of the managers of the project has had a bereavement in the family and thats caused this delay. So I guess that’s ok – as long as they’re not screwing me over and finding someone else. I’m starting to get a little nervous about not working for so long now – it’s been 3 1/2 weeks since finishing at AKQA. And I was contacted about this coming contract the week before last. I was supposed to start beginning of last week! Hm. Really hope this doesn’t fall through.

Current listening :: Try Again” – Aaliyah (I really quite like this song… its a great motivating sorta song! Rather appropriate for my current circumstances. At least the chorus is.)

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Did someone say cheese?

I watched the new “Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit” movie today. Was very cool and quite amusing. Wallace and Gromit rocks! Its first feature length film, seems to be doing quite well – number one at the box office in the states! Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

Speaking of movies, I’ve been going to this thing called Mystery Night at the Kino (cinema) on monday nights. Basically the movie will be a new release english (ie not german) feature film, but you don’t know what you’re going to get until it comes up on the screen. Its pretty cool – the cinema is always packed out with regular attendees who come every week, and there’s a really cool atmosphere – people cheer and clap and laugh etc. Oh, and it only costs 4 euros. The other week we got Pride and Prejudice, but last week we got New Police Story (starring Jackie Chan and dubbed in english, which was pretty bodgy). Wonder what we’ll get this week… maybe Flight Plan!! It’s always a not-yet-released movie.

There are quite a few movies coming out in the next few months that I’m really looking forward to… Serenity, Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, and of course The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which looks like its going to be phwoarsome. And next year X-Men 3 is coming out! Woohoo!! Can’t wait! *claps hands in glee*

Okies bed time for me.

Current listening :: “Lets Get Married” – Jagged Edge (Does anyone have the Run DMC remix version of this song? I’m desperately trying to find it – its so much better than the original slow version… Please drop me a note if u do have it.)

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 2 Comments »

Frankfurt at sunset

My view as I cycled across the Rhine this evening. Rather pretty.

Current listening :: “Bizarre Love Triangle” – Frente

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2005 in Uncategorized (Old Blog) | 4 Comments »