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Short visit to Slovenia for work

Visiting Kranj and Ljubljana in Slovenia. Part of my role at Arriva meant visiting some of the countries that we operate in and meet with various directors to better understand their market and what opportunities exist for us to capitalise on with digital technology.

Weather was overcast when I landed and could make out some mountains in the background.

The office is in Kranj, 20 minutes from the airport and that’s where I was based. Was meant to meet with my colleague to get some work done but due to the snow in London, his flights were badly delayed.

Kranj itself has a rather soviet feel to it with some brutalist styled architecture remaining in the city.

There is an old town side which is rather lovely and a stark contrast, buildings were painted in all sorts of pastel tones. Continue reading Short visit to Slovenia for work

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland, while it’s a huge touristy thing for the locals, I was pretty in awe the first time I went there. It’s basically your local carnival fair thing but on steroids and quite accomodating for both kids and adults!

First of all it’s big, really big and makes me wonder how something so big can be brought to Hyde Park in London and then taken away (yet we can barely sustain Luna Park).

Plenty of carnival games with large plush toys, mustn’t be too bad as I saw plenty of people walking around with the larger toys (husky plush toys and giant doughnuts!)

Haunted and fun houses were plentiful and some seemed to cater for bigger kids too, with one haunted house being a mini ride that you could sit inside and actors doing their best to freak you out.

For the thrills plenty of flippy and rotate-y rides but what I found more amazing was a full on roller coaster with 4 loops!

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The first month in London

A month has rolled by pretty quickly and I think that’s because I’ve got a lot of my life admin sorted and started the focus on looking for jobs. I’m pretty keen to get started as soon as possible so I can get some income over the Christmas period, without a job now would probably mean no work until early February (which on top of the trip back for the weddings would mean March!).

Interestingly enough, I always wanted to go back to being a Business Analyst, simply because it’d be easier to contract but I haven’t had a great call back rate. Funnily enough, applications for Product Owner roles have had much greater success, not sure if there’s less supply for the role here, or recruiters are more focussed on my most recent experience.

I’ve found a more permanent home as well, it’s a room shared with 3 others right next to Old Street station. Few things that made me choose it; first the dates lined up perfectly with the end of my Airbnb and giving a day overlap to make moving easier. Two, it’s a short lease period, 3 months and to get out you only need a month’s notice after that. Thirdly, the space itself was decent, might sound silly, but the fact it had a living room and a decent sized kitchen was a winner.

Some photos from the listing:

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Last moments of 2010

So the last days of 2010 went by rather quick, first and foremost a lunch outing with the majority of the crew that did BIT or ISM starting from 2007 (God that was a long time ago) to celebrate their final days of Uni (not me though, because i’m special). It was a nice lunch courtesy of Christine, our course coordinator who’s helped us through hundreds and thousands of emails and queries. It was a a nice gathering and good to see everyone before we all parted ways.

bitism lunch

Once back from my trip and having a few days of long away rest and sleep, it was time to be out and about again, firstly, a BBQ at Lily Tran’s house to celebrate Christmas. Nothing better than spending a nice summer afternoon with friends around the BBQ with a drink or ten. No one ended up too drunk and with my fairly okay drink count, I was still quite good.

Christmas at Lily's - 2010

No summer is complete without a fishing trip of sorts, so early one morning we make the trip up to Clifton for some fishing action. There were quite a few people there already so we couldn’t get prime position, but we pushed on anyway and hoped for some luck. But as you can see from my album title, it was somewhat fail, ended up catching 2.5 fish (one of them was a tiny bream). Nice thing about getting up early is catching the sunrise and I’ve finally done some sunrise photography.

Lovely sunrise

One of the final set of photos for the year was from my younger cousin’s birthday who despite his size, is only 12.

Wilson and family

So these photos represent the final days and weeks of my 2010, but it was such a thrill being able to spend the transition into 2011 with an all night party with the number 1 DJ, Armin van Buuren. Such a great event and you really can’t top seeing Armin for 9 hours straight, still remember the climatic countdown with the drummer just hammering away, almost as though he couldn’t keep it up. Small glitch in the countdown but it was one hell of a night. Spent the next few days exploring a bit of Melbourne which was quite fun, but definitely gotta plan another trip down soon.

Well that wraps up 2010, I’m a step closer to getting this blog updated and getting the rest of the photos up.

Day 16 – Osaka Aquarium

As it was towards the end of autumn, the weather is quite cold, the bright people in Japan had a very awesome way to solve this problem. Heated vending machines which spit out warm drinks. First up was a warm banana drink, next was a milk coffee, nice and warm and lovely to hold in your hand.

Warm banana drink
Warm milk coffee

The trip today would be towards Osaka aquarium, train ride wasn’t too far and it looking out you could see the complex network of highways Japan has.

Insane bridges and roadways

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Fairvale Xmas Party

After departing the park, we continued celebrating Christmas at David Nguyen’s house into the night. The barbeque continued and so did the fun, once the barbeque started we all ate, Tina dropped by momentarily to deliver and receive her KK present, unfortunately she couldn’t stay though. After more eating and sitting around, it was time to unveil the rest of the KK presents which was met with laughter and suprises. A lot of the presents had a lot of thought and creativity and I was quite impressed. The night concluded with some ultrastar until late at which point we toasted a few marshmellows and said our goodbyes. Photos blow.

Christmas and New Years

With New Years just around the corner and Christmas having just passed us by so much has happened and I’ve been heaps busy (and lazy) and not added anything to the blog. I’ve got hundreds of photos to go through but many places to be which has just left more and more photos piling up on my hard drives and my memory cards. I’ve been slowly going through them and have Aimee’s B’day Beach Sunrise, my cousin’s birthday, a Christmas party with the “Fairvale Crew” and possibly some others, I’m not even sure what’s left on my memory cards.

Luckily for me this year Christmas was a pretty fun time with the “Fairvale Crew” on Tuesday the 23rd as they had held a Christmas Barbeque which was followed by a hangout at Nugen’s house. Was a fun time and quite interesting seeing the creativity in the presents they had bought and/or created for each other for their KK, despite a 10 dollar budget. This was complimented with the usual family dinner (although it was a day late) with the typical presents of cash from the relatives, makes everything much easier. The other presents came from Anita and Alisa who decided to get me two fish for Christmas, they told me they were an Archer and a Silver Shark, a nice addition to my tank inside my room, thanks girls :). I’ll post up a few pics of them when I can be bothered.

The night of Christmas was spent in the city in a hotel room in preparation for the rush towards the Boxing day sales. Being bored in the hotel room, it was decided that we would try to look for a bar or pub to grab some drinks, but that idea failed with the closure of most places in the city. However our night was “saved” by Star City which is always open, so myself, Yang and Kevin hailed a cab and off to Star City we went. I signed up for the membership thing and unfortunately was informed of a change in policy. The $10 credit that typically comes with a new membership could no longer be used on the same day of issue, free drinks weren’t available either. Bummer I thought, but it was only a small ding in the night. Fast forward a few hours and a lighter wallet, we were waiting in line outside of David Jones, at 3am in the morning and even when we had arrived at such an early time, there were already 60 people ahead of us. Not much of a bother as we were sure to make the top 100 to get a generous gift voucher to the value of $101, but time started to creep by real slow, we were tired and bored with little to occupy ourselves with. Almost 3 grueling hours later, we were given a little card with a number on it, mine read 66, it was obvious what it was, those with this little card were to be rewarded. As 6 o’clock approached Delta Goodrem appeared to ring the bell to open the stores where we all hussled, slowly, into the store.

Unfortunately by then I was tired and not in the best of shopping moods, either that or there wasn’t much on sale leaving me slightly disappointed and ending up with only a pair of jeans and three t-shirts, not exactly the massive sale I was expecting, despite this I’ll probably be back next year. After a tiny bit of rest it was the family party mentioned above, the next day following was another hectic day for me with two birthdays, Linda Banh’s and Deborah Wong’s. With Linda’s being at the beach in the morning/arvo and Deborah’s being at her place in the afternoon til night. In between parties though I snuck to Parramatta Westfields to buy a few things and ending up with 3 shirts.

The next few days have been spent resting for New Years which is coming soon and it’s set to be another good time.

Happy New Year everyone.