Photos are up...

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Alrite...the snaps from Australia Day & Jap food outing are up on Flickr....(if you dunno the link its on the right somewhere...)


Australia Day...!!!

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So when it comes to National Pride, Ozzies & Indian's share one thing in common....as 26th Jan is Republic Day in India, its also Australia Day here. I'm told its in celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney in 1788 to set up a colony here. Its a national holiday here, which made the already empty streets look even more deserted. And the weather wasn't too forgiving either, reaching a hot 35degrees with a warm breeze blowing throughout...

The high point of the day is in the evening, where there is a spectacular fireworks display over the river. So before that I headed out with my friends, who introduced me to Japanese food for the first time. All my friends are from Malaysia, and were apparently quite well versed with Japanese cuisine. We stared off with 'Sashimi'...a plate of freshly cut raw seafood served with Wasabi & soy sauce. I was a bit taken aback at first, because the fish is 'totally' raw!! From tuna, to prawns, to octopus...there was a wide variety of fish there. For the main course I was served a seafood noodle soup (i'm not sure what it was called), a spicy soup with noodles and various fish, including whole prawns, mussels & some other fish i'd never seen in my life before!! Being my first time my friends also got me to taste some other stuff, including cold noodle soup, and sticky rice with avocado & fish eggs wrapped in seaweed. I must say....i'm certainly hooked on to Japanese food!!

We then walked down to the river and watched the fireworks, which went on for half an hr. I was told to be careful of the 'crowd' there, because its a day when apparently everyone comes out to watch the fireworks. So I was all geared up to do some pushing and shoving, but I was quite disappointed when I got to the riverside. True, there were more people there than one would normally expect in Perth, but I've seen more people gathered at a 'non' busy day at the Kolkata book fair!! Hehe.... The fireworks were quite well done, and they even had helicopters flying around with huge Australia flags fluttering in the sky...

Since I don't have a cam, I can't put up any pics of the day...but as soon as I get some of the snaps from my mates, I'll put 'em up...


Dhoom 2 : Review...

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There are dumb movies, and there are dumb movies...and then there's Dhoom 2. I think I've already said more than what the movie deserves....


Season's Greetings?? Yeah rite....

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And the holiday season is fading away.... Christmas decorations coming down, people drooling / fretting (as applicable) over their gifts, back to the daily routine...

So what did I get during these happy times?? I got myself...two...metallic and rubbery....round and slightly worn out....cycle tyres!!!!! Yea...not one..but two!!! Okie..here's the story. My work timings have been quite odd of late...usually all the way till 11pm. And as the wonderful city of Perth does not offer reasonable public transportation beyond the hours of 6pm, I have to cycle to and from work. And I found nothing wrong in chaining my bike to a post outside the store. Till a few weeks back that is. I come out from work, my bike still chained to the post. Just missing a few minor details....tyres...gears and brakes!! Talk about good Christmas spirit huh? A call to the local bike shop the next day told me that if I had to get replacements...it would costs me quite a bomb! So here's what I came up with. Uni is over, hols are on...and most students at the housing are either on vacation or have finished their courses. As a result, the bike shed is filled with dozens of cycles...most just rotting away. So grabbed a couple of tools, and along with my friend, we salvaged parts from various bikes...wheels...gears...brakes etc etc. I just hope that the bikes we tore apart were actually abandoned. If their owners do come back at the start of the semester....oh well...too bad ;)

And let's not forget the portable music player! Oh yes...another Christmas gift... I was sent a 'Chinese Ipod Wannabe clone'....or more commonly known as a 'Chipod'. These cheap Chinese players have recently been flooding the market, mostly on eBay. Anyhow, I got one of 'em from back home. Build quality was quite poor, but beyond that it seemed pretty OK. So I plugged it in, and it 'Claimed' to be a 2GB player. But as I started pouring in files beyond a couple of MB's....the files seemed to get corrupted. And every time I tried to play something, the player would automatically restart. Couple of hrs of tweaking...internet searching and I finally found the problem. What our clever Chinese friends have been doing is this....they 'claim' to sell 4GB players...but where GB is not GigaBytes but GigaBITS!! And 4 GigaBITS = 512MB!! And they 'hack' the software to read 2GB or 4Gb or whatever, while the actual capacity is less. So when you try to pour files into this 'non-existent' space, the files get corrupted!! When you format the player...it overrides the software hack and displays it true capacity...in my case 50MB!!! Yayy for me!!!! (for all you ppl plannin on gettin such 'chipods'...do take a read here). So I guess there is some substance in the saying...'Made in China...Made cleverly...verryy cleverly ;-)'

Cheers...and hope everyone else had as good a Christmas as me...(,")




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