Saturday, 25 June 2011

How laid back can an Australian get?

Well the answer is very.

I went for a job interview yesterday. Nothing major or that exciting, just casual work in a small supermarket.

Anyways, when you think interview you automatically think professionalism and formality. So even in this 30c weather, I put on a pair of dressy jeans and a shirt and caught the bus down to the place. The manager, Michael greeted us both and escorted us to his office.

A typical office would have a big mahogany desk with one chair one side and 2 chairs on the other, some certificates hanging on the wall and perhaps a water cooler. Not this guys office, after all he an Australian remember. It consisted of 2 soft chairs shaped like upturned giant hands and a few little leatheresque stool thingys and a coffee table.

It wasn't so much an interview more like a getting to know the nieghbour chat. He did most of the talking, mostly about his big move from his hometown and his childrens school and I was okay with that because thats the kind of person I wanna work for. Another thing about him is that he was totally honest, he said that there may not be as many hours for me as I'd mabye had hoped for but he would try his best to work something out.

A handshake and a cheerio 15 minutes later and we where done. So I'll know by tuesday if theres and work for me. I'll cross my fingers. 10-20 hours isn't much but its a start.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

My 1st Snorkel experience.

Back in Sydney Kylie convinced me to buy a wetsuit and snorkle. With the intention of snorkeling somewhere off the coast. That never happened. 

Then we flew up to Cairns where the sun shines everyday hitting 30c, in the winter! To me thats just fucking crazy. Back in Ireland if it hits 30c we retreat into our caves because we are sure the rapture is upon us.

SO now am out $100 on a wetsuit that'll prob never be used, but I can say that i have one at least.

Ok back to the snorkeling. Kylie coached me on the details, she said when you 1st put your head in the water you'll instictively start breathing heavy and this'll make you panic, and that I wasn't allowed to touch the anemone cus they sting and am not Nemo.

So of I went dipped my head in the water expecting to flip out but Nope, the 1st few breathes where heavy but then they shallowed out and I breathed normally. As I said last post it is very calming and relaxing watching the fishes swim about.

After 30 mins or so I was following this big fish, it was about the size of a dinner plate and it had black and white stripes. It was pretty and he was darting all over the place making me work for the view, then after 10 mins he got pissed off, turned around and darted at me. This scared the shit out of me cus fisheseseses are supposed to be peaceful animals. In the pursuing panic my snorkel went under the water and I breathed in seawater, that set me off, i really panicked then. Eventually I got to the top of the water breathed in what felt like my first breath, composed myself and swam back to shore for a sulk.

It hasn't put me off and I'll do it again. I suppose its like anything in life the more you do it the more you get used to it and eventually it becomes second nature.

I bet your glad you read that arn't you.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Sydney Part Two and Cairns

I'll condense Sydney part 2 for you and squeeze it in here.

Friday was for me the highlight of the week, we took a bus ride up to the blue mountains for a hike that almost effing killed me. Filled my water bottle with the tastiest water i've ever had. Kylie said it didn't taste of anything but I was def getting a sweetness from it.


Lovely waterfall, nice walk down, murderous coming back up.


Saturday. Well now this was an experience I shall not forget in a hurry. OzExperience to be precise. There's a bus with a DJ onboard and this bus takes you from bar to bar on a pub crawl. While you are on the bus you are not allowed to sit down, you have to keep dancing and banging the roof and shouting out the window like a drunking crazie.

Sunday was activity free until the evening this was for the hangovers but to be honest I was quite bright when I rolled outta bed. That nite we went for a formal farewell meal up Sydney Tower. This is the freakiest meal I've had. You see since I got off the plane I've been suffering from some weird ailment where I feel as if the ground beneth me is bobbing up and down and this coupled with the rotating restaurant on the top floor just sent me into a rite ol' state. This mean't I couldnt enjoy my meal as much as i should have cus the food was amazing.

Things I learned in my 1st week.
  • Sydney is a very exspensive place. $4 for a Banana. FOOK!
  • That jet lag is not a myth. I crashed so hard on Wednesday.
  • Aussie money is so gay. Makes me think of Brazil's Carnivale when I look at it.
  • Living out of a suitcase isn't easy. Shit gets lost so easily
  • Am not the stereotypical Irish person. I don't like to drink too much.
  • Am trigger happy with a camera. The little compact I have crys itself to sleep most nites now.
  • That good friends can be made within a week.
Its been a while since I updated so my time in Cairns is nearly up, in 2 days me and Kylie are heading down to a large town/ small city called Townsville. Original if not imaginative. It seems that there is more job opertunities down there. We both canvased Cairns, dropping off resumes in any shop we liked the look of, without anything more than a bite.

Cairns is a stark contrast to Sydney at this time of year as evidenced by the bright red lobsteresque colour that have gone. 30c to an Aussie may not sound like much but the melting point of an Irishman is officially 28c.

Kylies dad treated us to a day trip to Fitzroy Island. its 45 mins by ferry from Cairns and I kid you not it looks like the island from Lost. I experienced snorkeling for the 1st time and I thouroughly enjoyed it and really hope to do it again sometime soon. Its hard to describe the feeling of breathing underwater, but I felt so comfortable and at peace. Well that was until the biggest fish i'd ever seen decided it had had enough of me perving on it and chased me. Then I kept getting paranoid that i was getting to close to the Anenemies and that i'd be stung, so i called it a day.


Fitzroy Island

Purdy again

I know it seems that am just on holiday but the cold hard facts of reality are always present in the back of my mind and I know that sometime real soon am gonna have to get a job, if not i'll have to call it a day here in Oz. They say it's all about who you know not what you know, so any of my Australian readers have any contacts for me, i'm listening.

P.S. can some explain Vegimite to me?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My week in Sydney - Part one and a half

Just a few pics for anyone who's interested =) All the touristy ones. This is all the guys and gals from the Ozintro group.

Bondi Beach - No sexy people about =(

Great View

Crazy Aboriginal Busker guy


There was a Vivid Festival on last nite down at the opera house. It may have been a gay pride thing, am not entirely sure. It was very cool none the less.

Wow. part two on its way. :)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

My week in Sydney - Part One


So what an effing week that was. Its quite a lot to read so am gonna split it into 2 posts.

Monday -
We did a walk around the city and in through the Botanical Gardens eventually making our way down to the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. I always pictured the Opera House to be much much bigger than it was. I wasn't disappointed though, it was still very pretty to look at. Then we went on the Jet Boat and got a right old soaking. It was bloody freezing.

Tuesday -
This was an easy laid back day. Went up to the Ozintro office for an introduction talk, I suppose they could have done this on Monday but am glad they didn't. Then it was off down to Darling Harbor to see some fishes at the aquarium and lunch at the Pontoon Cafe.

Wednesday -
We had a trip to Taronga Zoo. It was impressive but not as impressive if we had have went in the summer. Highlight of the zoo was the Seal show and the cable car ride.

Thursday -
Was a trip to bondi beach, where a few from the group actually went in the water, damn fools. This was followed by a walk around the scenic coast where we stopped for an Aussie BBQ by the beach and a game of volleyball. A certain Aussie blogger assured me that they did indeed have sausages, she failed to mention that they taste like shit. Lamb & Mince WTF? Wheres the pork sausages?

I'll get the 2nd part up soon(ish) am off for a sleep now.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Fuck! Am actually here.

Just a quickie today. :)

On the tube in London going to Picadilly on friday and a I end up standing beside a girl that looked familiar to me. I thought she was famous for something, turns out I recognised her from back home. The same fucking town I worked in. The world is no longer as big as it used to be.

The flights weren't so bad, we upgraded to extra leg room seats and in the process got 2 seats free, so we were able to stretch the legs a bit and have a kip. The food that they served wasn't so bad either, passable as food anyway.

Going through security was a breeze, I was expecting the 3rd degree. I had all my documentation in hand ready to go, the security guy just looked at my passport and declaration form and says to me, yeah! mate com'on in.

Thats it, am gonna go back to bed and try this thing the youngsters call sleep.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

See ya on the other side!

OK last post from home.

All packed, rucksack out the window. Opted for a holdall, much more room.

Getting a faux Sunday dinner as a wee leaving present from my mother. Then gotta go say goodbye to my granny and possibly others.

Then it'll be off to bed for about 9pm for a wake up call at 3am. The only time I'm ever up at 3am is when am coming home from a nite out drinking.

Flying from Belfast City airport to Heathrow, London. We have a 14 hour wait for the connection to Hong Kong so we're gonna go have dinner with the Queen. By that I mean eat a McDonalds Happy Meal standing outside Buckingham palace.

An hour and a half stop at Hong Kong then we hit Sydney, where we will be greeted with a lift from these guys.

That'll be the 1st week sorted and then it'll be job hunting. Anyone need a Butcher in Sydney? I can also pull a mean pint of Guinness. Hell give me anything am easy.

I shall see you all on the other side. Expect it to be quite for a while.