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Beer King and Karaoke Queen

Hey! It’s me again!!! Sorry, this time I am a week behind…

How are you guys doing in Germany? I have heard that it has already got pretty cold there. If you think that I am lying in the sun and chilling all the time, then you are completely wrong! Firstly, I always have tasks to do at the work and most of the time I even don’t take a lunch break, because every one brings his own lunch and eat in front of the computer in the office like workaholics. Little by little I am acting like them too! Secondly, here in Melbourne it’s not that warm as you may have thought! It’s still spring time (unlike in Brisbane, lucky Helge!) and it’s not warm enough to get suntan.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, I just think it’s such a pity that I will have to leave when it’s getting really warm in December towards Christmas time. Can you imagine having Christmas in tops and skirts? It must be really funny to spend a Christmas like this!

Well, what did happen last weekend: On Friday Helge and me are invited to Rhea’s (friend of Kathrina) house to have dinner and sing karaoke! Honestly, what else do you expect if 3 ½ of us are Asian (Rhea is half Philippines and half English)?! Rhea lives alone with her daughter in a big house in west of Melbourne. Even they are only two, they have 3 TVs, two of them flat screen and bigger than a queen size bed, Nintendo Wii, 2 laptops and a desktop computer! Not Bad! They also have a dog, a 8 month old Husky! She is really cute and can already shake your hand and make a high five! That’s why Kathrina gave her cookies to spoil her.

After dinner we started singing karaoke. We girls were already very excited and I was quite surprised how many Karaoke CDs of different kinds of music they have! They must be crazy about Karaoke, especially Rhea, who began a CD full of old love songs and sang emotionally. Believe me she was really good at it and can yell quite loudly!

The boys Francis and Helge refused to sing at once, because they were not drunk enough. But after a few beers we forced them to sing a duet together for us and we shrieked like teenagers while they were singing, so funny! Later on Helge and me sang romantically “the time of my life” from dirty dancing!

Although I love playing Sing Star, I would prefer the real karaoke, because you don’t need to care how many points you have scored and you can feel free to sing just as you like.

We have been singing and drinking for hours until Kathrina who was drunk a lit bittle and me were so tired that we fell asleep on the sofas at 3:30 am. Rhea and the guys decided to finish all the alcohol before go to bed and continued therefore chatting and drinking till almost 9 ‘o clock in the morning, no kidding!!! You don’t really have to wonder why they need so long, because we bought for 5 of us 24 cans plus 4 800ml bottles Foster beer and a blue curacao!!! Don’t worry, this time I didn’t touch the blue dangerous alcohol at all. At the end, Helge turned out to be the real Beer King, because he was the only of the 3 who didn’t get drunk. 

Saturday was a quite short day, since we got up very late. It was a very warm day, so we decided to go to Williamstown town (a district of Melbourne) beach. Though when we got there, it was almost sun set. Nevertheless I put on my bikini and tried the water. I thought I would get used to the cool water after a while, but it was so cold that it’s hurt a little if you only stay in the water.

In the evening Helge and me abandoned our plan to go for a party and stayed home, because we were so exhausted from the karaoke night before. On Sunday morning I said goodbye to him half in sleep and since that day I am pretty alone. 

No worries, I am busy enough anyway. E.g. on Tuesday I spent all the night to move to another apartment in the same house. I have told you about that painful noises coming from a water pipe which awoke me often several times during a night, right? Maren and me have already asked them for a thousand times to fix this damn pipe since we are here, but nothing didn’t happen until I told them last week seriously that they have to move us, because we can’t just sleep well with this noise!!! Finally we got another room. Since Maren is still in holiday, I have to move my and her stuff which took me 3 hours to do it. However, the entire struggle was worth it, because our new apartment is prettier. It’s not bigger but we have a really nice view of the city from it. And guess what: I have a queen size bed in my bedroom, hehe!!!

Good news is now followed by a bad news: My TV is broken!!! When Maren was here, we don’t watch much TV, but since I am alone, it’s so quite in the room without a TV. I asked the people at reception today to fix it. I guess that they already begin to hate us after so many troubles, water pipe, fire alarm etc. But this time it’s not my fault at all. It happened just suddenly that I could not see anything more and only hear the sounds on the TV, really weird or it’s just my bad luck?! That’s why I spent last night to watch some King of Queens episodes on my laptop. I love this soap, especially as I discover more and more commonness’ between Doug & Carrie and Helge & Me in terms of how we behave and talk to each other, how funny!

By the way, do you know that the Aussies show a lot of same stuff as we do in Germany? Let’s begin with “Australia’s Idol” a la “Deutland sucht den Superstar”. Believe the candidates here are much worse than those in Germany, they really can’t sing! Then we have “Deal or no deal” which Helge thinks is much better than ours (I don’t watch it). “Dancing with Star” looks for me quite the same like in Germany except that I don’t know the Stars. “Wer wird Millionär” is called “Who wants to be a multimillionaire”. You see, the Aussies are more generous than the Germans! I saw it 2 days ago and I have the impression that the questions are not that difficult.

I am not kidding, there is a TV-show called “Are you smarter than a 5th Grader?”. This is a kind of quiz show and the candidates can cheat with help of a 5th Grader or copy his answer to get to the next level. You will be astonished how stupid some people are, because the questions are really for school kids from first to 5th grades, for instance, “what equate 1+2+3+4+5+6+7?” How ridiculous that people win money for answering this easy question??? I believe either the Aussies are not that smart or they are just too generous!

Additionally, you can also enjoy a lot of same soaps like “Simpsons”, “House”, “Prison Break” and other stuffs like these. So I think sometimes to watch Australian’s TV programs is just like to watch German’s except that everything is in English. I guess it’s one of the effects of GLOBALIZATION.


1.11.07 04:02

You are never dressed up enough for Melbourneís Cup!

Hey Guys!

Last week is really short one for me since I started to work after an extended weekend on Wednesday again. Although I got 4 days free, there are not really much to mention, because the most of time from Saturday until this Tuesday was quite relaxing and unspectacular:

Friday: joined Mervyn (a Malaysia-Chinese I met through my daily journey with train) to a R’n’B night club near my place and met there a lot of other Malaysia –Chinese guys. The funny thing about them that they all don’t speak Chinese! That’s why they are so called Bananas! Explanation: A banana is yellow outside like their skin colour (okay we Asians are more yellow than white), but inside they are 100% Aussies, so white like the inside of a banana, you get it?! Later on Rhea joined in and has been treating me to beers and shots all the night. Don’t worry, I didn’t get drunk just a little bit tipsy….

Saturday: Got home at 5 am after clubbing, sleeping, got up after 6 hours, met Phil for shopping in a DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) near the airport which is not easy to get there, returned with new stuffs because otherwise it wouldn’t be worth travelling so long to go there. In the evening we went to see the British movie “Death at a funeral” which was so hilarious because everything goes wrong in that film and makes you laugh every time!

You know I love to go to cinemas and there is really something special about Australian cinemas that I haven’t see in German cinemas before. I have heard that some cinemas here offer so called “Gold Class”. You have probably to pay more than the double you pay for a normal cinema, but in a Gold Class you will see the movie in a kind of lounge which is elegant and suitable for not more than 30 people. You will seat there in a big comfortable couch where you can lean back and relax like you watched the TV from your bed and you can push a button beside you to call a waiter who can serve you food and drinks whenever and whatever you want during the whole movie! It sounds really cool, doesn’t it? You must be feeling like a very exclusive VIP enjoying other people doing services for you!

Sunday: shopping alone in a raining day. Monday: shopping…. You must be thinking I am crazy about shopping right? In some ways maybe you are right, but this time I was looking desperately for an outfit to wear on the Melbourne’s Cup!Just letting know what was going on in Melbourne recently: The Melbourne’s Cup insists of 4 traditional horse racing days with international participation and is supposed to be one of the greatest sporting events in the world. The Cup is also famous for its fashion. I’m not kidding. It is a tradition that all guys have to wear suit which is just a simple thing in contrast to the preparation the girls need to do. They do have to wear dresses and hats or fascinators (accessories made of feathers) as if they are going to attend a cocktail party. I guess you have certainly seen such a racing event before, perhaps on the TV or in the movie, for example, “Pretty Woman”, so some pictures of cliché may appear now in your head of elegantly dressed racegoers…

To be honest, I didn’t plan to go see the races at first. But then I realized that this Melbourne’s Cup is really a big event here in Australia: Already a month ago, you could find advertising of the races everywhere in the city, outfits and accessories were available in many shops, people were already excited about it, it’s truly an attraction of Melbourne that I thought I should attend it and bought me a general admission for 26 Bucks which is quite ok. Fortunately, by the end of day I got finally new dress and a cheap fascinator which is matching my dress! Well, actually as I have already mentioned you can find many shops offering the outfits and accessories, but it was hard to find some cheap ones, since I would never spend 60 $ on some feathers like the Aussies do!

Tuesday: Emirates Melbourne Cup Day! I went to the Australia’s richest race, the $ 5.1 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, with Phil and Steffi who is a German informant. When we got there, the racing day, which consisted of 10 races, had already begun and the field was full of people. And what people! The girls there were all looking just gorgeous like you were attending a model contest. I believe Phil really enjoyed seeing all the young pretty ladies, especially those who wore very short dresses, heheWith our tickets we didn’t have access to every area, either seats (that’s why they were quite cheap), so we went to the lawn stand which was just in front of the track. Siemens actually has a corporate marquee above the track with catering, but of course we were not invited. Got to the lawn stand, it was already crowded of racegoers. Some of them were really well prepared for the racing day: they brought their chairs, blankets, picnic stuffs and cool box full of beers! It was such a lovely day because the sun was shining all the time.

Honestly, I don’t really like horses, but I enjoyed watching the races, maybe because of the fantastic atmosphere there. However, we witnessed a very sad accident: It was the third race of the Cup program and a horse named Bay Story appeared to snap a hid leg in the last 150m of the race. After the race, Bay Story was shot because his leg was too badly broken to mend, how sad……

Since everybody bets on the races, we felt motivated to try it too. I bet on 2 horses, Purple Moon and Mahler, of the biggest race of the day after I had got an Insider tip from someone. When the race started, Each of Steffi and me shouted for our horses to win and it was so exciting! Now I can understand the Aussies who love to bet a bit, because it made such a fun to see your horse racing on the field. Guess what, I bet my horses gonna be under top 3, and Purple made the second, Mahler the third place! That was awesome! Although I only won 29 dollars (I paid 20 for 4 bets), I was really happy!

It was nearly 1830 pm when the last race finished, people, being either exhausted or really drunk, began to leave the field and left a messy lawn full of rubbish behind them…. (see the last pic!)

14.11.07 05:40

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