Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
They build some pretty massive buildings in this place. In addition, there are extensive mall and even underground shopping opportunities. Shopping is huge in Singapore and definately more comfortable then walking around when it like 90 degrees and humid.
We did take an evening to go check out the night safari at the zoo, which was really cool. About half the pens had deer in them...that part didn't seem so cool! I took about 20 shots for Jamie and made up animal names to fool her. Here is me and the eagle size bat...
This was something for people that like fish to suck on their feet. I really wanted to experiment by dipping my surgically enhanced leg in the pool, but remembered the strict public laws Singapore and thought better of it...
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Also, we just landed some amazingly cheap airline tickets to Auckland for a weekend in November. And in this instance, amazingly cheap = $28 NZD for two return (Kiwi word for roundtrip) tickets including taxes. Folks, that's only about $15 USD!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The bus ride takes maybe 10 or 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Jake's stop is a few block before mine, and we each have a few blocks to walk to get to our buildings from there.
We were told to buy an Entertainment Book -- the same kind they have in the states -- with coupons to every restaurant in town. It's a great way to learn about all the cool places we haven't visited yet. So Jake took me out to 3C, a nice little after-work spot last Thursday. Excellent beef filet and tasty little after-dinner chocolate mint.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
We did a whole lap with Kate and Mike, who are engaged. Sorry Mike, I promise to get a better shot of you next time. ;)
I couldn't help but share a shot of the Thirsty Bloke Brewery's booth, featuring Good Bastard Dark Ale.
Friday, May 8, 2009
It's been getting a bit colder and rainier lately, and I started getting a scratchy throat a few days ago. As a consumer of news, of course it had to be swine flu. Okay, obviously not, but perhaps a normal flu, a cold or anything. It never got worse. Then it hit me -- it's mold. In our house. Around every window and door. We've noticed little traces of it now and then, but with the weather changing and the house all shut up, it's becoming a problem. Don't worry, I didn't take any photos of it, just shots of the moisture that we find on our windows most mornings.
To be fair, we knew this before coming to NZ, and we were prepared with the fact that most of the houses here weren't built with much insulation. Many of the building practices for a time were of low quality. I'm not exactly sure where our place fits into that, but I think our place is better than many others.
So last night I went around with my kitchen cleaner (not sure what works on mold?) and a towel to all of our 10 windows, two sets of sliding-glass doors and the glass door downstairs. Whew! I'm also wondering how to clean our giant curtains that hang over our sliding glass doors...?
But I'm not worried, and I'm certainly not afraid of mold. In 2007, I joined a brave group from Rockhurst University to battle some mold a thousand times worse as we helped clean out a couple of New Orleans houses flooded by Hurricane Katrina. I don't know if you can imagine what it's like to take out a still-soggy carpet from a house that's been shut up for 18 months. And Rule #1 was to never open the fridge. Under any circumstances.
On a lighter note
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
see more pwn and owned pictures
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here he is (above) five minutes before the gun... and then at the finish line (below). Wow, he makes it look easy, doesn't he?
So while he was running 42 km (26.2 miles) around Rotorua's lake, I spent some time exploring the town, which is known for it's geothermal activity and consequently is terrible smell (which makes Jake's race even more of an accomplishment). There's a volcano nearby and you can see steam rising from all over the place.
I tracked one down to its source and check it out -- I found boiling mud! And this is no exaggeration. It was huge pool of brown/grey mud that was burping and gurgling and going nuts.
Our hotel was right across the street from Lake Taupo, and we found a mobile coffee shop conveniently close to our front door.
It's fall here, and you can see it in some of the trees, but most are the kind that don't change color -- I mean, colour.
When Jake ran the Boston Marathon, I encouraged him (okay, made him) go on a walking tour of the city with me the next day. Although he was a good sport, he'd take breaks on the sidewalk benches as I went inside each museum/church/historical marker. I felt guiltier each time I came out and found him asleep. (Hey, it was my first and only trip to Boston.) So this time, our day-after destination was a five-minute drive and a one-minute walk across the parking lot to Huka Falls.
I'm not much for reading the touristy signs or literature sometimes, so I can't tell you much about it. Just that it was loud and powerful and amazing.