August 2005

Packing and Moving

I’m going to pack up my PC now. There will be no Internet access at my new place but I’ll be applying for it once I’ve settled down. That means there’ll be no posts of whatsoever changes going on here on alexallied.com.

Total boxes: 5.
Total luggages: 3.
Others: One sack of 10kg rice.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Haunted Mansion Revisited

We went out to the Caulfield area today with another mission similar to yesterday’s. Only the subject has changed. We’re searching for a house to rent.

Today’s Objective: Room in a House/Apartment For a Couple.
Budget: $150 max (utility bills included).

We searched the online real estate portal and found some nice rooms, some without photos, but nice prices attraced us. There’s one which stands at $100/week for two including bills. That sounds interesting. We decided to have a look…

Sleeping Pills Wanted

Didn’t sleep well last night. Accumulated total time of sleep = 3 hours. I woke up like a popped-eye goldfish. Went out today.

Today’s mission: Get a used car.
Budget: $10k. Push it under $9k.

Had an easy lunch at a Chinese BBQ restaurant. A plate of crispy chicken rice with soup + hot chinese tea cost us $3.80 a plate. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen in Melbourne. Tapao-ed (Cantonese: take-away) two rolls of Teriyaki chicken sushi roll, which costs a normal $2.20 per piece. Geez.

We rushed straight down to the train station with destination set at Ring Wood. Got there to meet up with an uncle of ours where he brought us to car shopping! We were way, way late on our appointed time, about an hour late due to the distance from Flinder Street Station to Ring Wood station. The trip took about 30-40 minutes. Well, blame us for not going there earlier for the sake of our banking transactions.

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Chicken Teriyaki sushi roll at $2.20/pc. It's a good snack though. Nice and crispy. Yeah, gives you carbs to burn for that cold winter day.OMG! Traffic Jam!! nah, it's just a pile up. Heaps of used cars up for sales here. Prices are all under 20k! Cheap! with noisy engine as well.This is the first car that interests me. Honda Accord VTi. 1995. $9999 nett. A bit of cracks on its rear bumper. Still ok. But I'll look again though.Fancy an American? Cadillac's the choice. This car's a classic man. Norah Jones's favorite vehicle while singing her sleepy country songs.Here's a view of the interior. All white vintage leather-coated cushioned seat. Ride that, baby! *No CD player provided. Tuner might not work.Now this is what I'm talking about. Brand-new-like, 10-year-old Honda Accord VTi with 2.2litre engine. Well, we talked it down to $8999, considering.Man, looks like brand new. All the parts are cleaned. No grease nor dust, just alloys and aluminums. Lil bit of high-pitched noise noticed. hmm...

Today is Medical Check Up Day

Finally, I made it to the medical check up appointment which I’ve postpone last time around. But to hell with that check up, I’ve spent more than 3 hours in the process. It’s a part of the process for the application of my Australian PR. Well, that’s that for a day, considering I went down to the city around 12:20pm. People here closes at around 4:30+pm. Especially those lazy koala-bear-like government employees and institutions…

Bit of Panadol, Bit of Candy

I think I’ve been sick for 7 days, or more. Since moving here to Melbourne, I started with a sorethroat, then it developed into fever and then flu, which last till today. Reasons why I’m not recovering are very obvious. I’ve been up and down the hilly ranges around Melbourne in my sickness. High altitude and low temperatures makes my immune system weaker fighting against that influenza virus. In fact, I should be resting and sleeping under that cozy warm bed. But unavoided circumstances prevented me doing so. Thus, I’m still sick today.

Panadols might be bitter. But there's always some candies to sweeten you again.
Panadols might be bitter. But there’s always some candies to sweeten you again. Life’s like that.

Here lies the last person to walk on our lovely garden beds. Anyone know what does Garden beds means?
Here lies the last person to walk on our lovely garden beds. Anyone know what does Garden beds means?

Mount Dandenong. Panoramic view of Greater Melbourne. Cold, but the view is worth the temperature.
Mount Dandenong. Panoramic view of Greater Melbourne. Cold, but the view is worth the temperature.

I downed a couple of panadols this afternoon and had a nap. I’ve been sleeping my day off today, waking up very late at 12:25pm and after having my brief breakfast/lunch of instant noodle. After an hour of web activities, I went to bed again until 6pm. Feeling better after that medication. Hopefully I can make it to the medical check up a day away from now, which I’ve postpone couple of days ago.

Lost

Everyone said that I’m lost. Indeed I am. Lost my mind, lost my job, lost my ways, lost my sense of humour, lost my head.

One thing about losing is that it helps the growth of our Cerebral Cortex, or sometimes we call it the “grey matter”. It gives you the experience that you need to recreate memory, memory of losing, memory of what’s done wrong and right, in a subjected timeframe. While hippocampus will help you process the experience and memory, it is your mind that lets you decide what’s wrong and what’s right, what to do again and what not.


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