Sunday, July 08, 2007  

If I am still allowed to post to my blog after so long (whoops!), please check out my MySpace page... Or should that be 'please check out MySpace page'?

posted by AJ | 10:05 PM |

Thursday, December 28, 2006  

Wii Wish You A Merry Christmas

This is a post that I started writing on 28 December 2006, but have only just got around to finishing... (13 Jan 2007). It's a messy post with no theme and is a bit all over the place. Oh what the heck.

On Christmas Eve, my bro, his girlfriend, myself and Simon headed to my bro's girlfriend's place for a lovely dinner with her family. One of the many features of the evening was playing the Nintendo Wii. It was awesome. We played tennis. Having literally grown up playing Nintendo (and having Mario Kart tournaments in Years 10-11 where I ranked something like 7th in the World (even though participants were from the south-eastern suburbs)), it was nice to be reacquainted with the Nintendo console. When playing against my bro, we were both standing up perfecting the art of the slice and applying top spin to the ball, all the while he was boxing me into the corner of the room so I had nowhere to swing my control/racquet! It was all very funny.

After a lovely dinner, we sat down at played another game - the board game Temptation... and I won! Woo hoo! My bro claimed it was just cos I was younger and had better reflexes on the buzzer. I claim superior knowledge. hehe

The next day, Christmas Day, Sim and I went to his parents place for a great morning of seeing family and opening Christmas presents. The tradition of pineapple daiquiris continued, which I was completely fine with... mmm. At lunch, my bro and I headed to our aunty's for a massive Christmas feast, wearing paper crowns and listening to the bad bon bon jokes. What does it say about my cousin that he can correctly answer those really bad jokes? I think it takes a certain 'talent' :)

We then played more trivia (this time the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire boardgame!) but sadly I did not win this time... Damn you, Shane! hahaha We also saw a cool movie called Adventures in Babysitting which was a movie that my cousins had grown up watching. Similar to my bro and I and Nintendo I guess... Dinner of garlic prawns and garlic bread (my cousins are Italian) was cool, before heading home after great Christmas festivities.

Over the Christmas / New Year's break, I didn't get up to very much at all which was excellent. Played Super Mario World a lot. Watched a heap of Six Feet Under. Saw 2007 in with style, while having homemade hamburgers and fries and watching Napoleon Dynamite with Sim and his sister and brother-in-law. Here's some random tidbits I picked up from reading too much Wikipedia on the break from work:

"Chun-Li has inspired some influence on the music industry. The British rock band Arctic Monkeys have an instrumental song titled "Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kick" and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance."

Street Fighter related April Fools Day Joke:


Recently, I found a fake map of Melbourne's train network, which looks quite impressive. A lot of work has gone into it... You can find it here:

Some of the features and major changes of the map include:

New extensions / electrification of the Lilydale, Epping, Cranbourne, Sydenham, Upfield and Melton, Doncaster and Alamein lines. Includes the Glen Waverley / Huntingdale rail loop via Knox City and Stud Park shopping centres. The Airport Express service direct from Southern Cross to the Airport and vice versa with optional hotel transfer buses included in the price of your Airport Express ticket. The map now supports the dual myki / Metcard system. Over half of the network's unmanned stations have now been upgraded to either Host or Premium with the addition of many host stations now being premium. Inclusion of all zone 2 V/line services on map. Many new and re-instated stations have been added to the network.

The fake map details extensions to 10 lines including Werribee, Melton, Sydenham, Broadmeadows, Epping, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Pakenham, Cranbourne and Flemington Racecourse, plus new routes to Doncaster, Aurora and Melbourne airport.

It also links the Broadmeadows, Upfield and Epping lines, and introduces a loop between the Alamein, Glen Waverley and Pakenham lines to include stations at Knox City and Chadstone.

A line has also been introduced between Merri station on the Epping line and Jewell station on the Upfield line to include stops at North Carlton and North Fitzroy. But the map carries a disclaimer in fine print stating that it will be effective "when the current network matches this map".

Speaking of Melbourne trains (and girls?) , I recently saw my good friend Erica in her first solo performance as "Erica Ordinary" at Wesley Anne in Northcote. It was such a cool gig. I had "Aeroplanes" including the wrist slap of the guitar part of the song in my head for several days following the gig. Am really looking forward to the debut EP Don't Fall in Love with Engineers... :)

That's the end of my rant.
Have a good day.
Thanks for reading. :)

posted by AJ | 11:13 PM |

Saturday, December 16, 2006  

Blog for Imo

Last night was Imo's 21st birthday party. Much fun was had by all due to many factors, one of which was theme of dress. Op Shop Formal Wear was a popular option. There were also a couple of "ladies" (who were really men), a "man" (who was really a lady!), a turtle, a fairy (or was it a ballerina?), an invisble man, a man in a cape, a biker chick, an angel, Elvis, a prisoner, a bicycle repair man, a bee, and many more...

To see but a few of these wonderful people and costumes, please refer to's_21st_party/ and download some pics. If you require high resolution pictures, please email me and I'll be sure to send them to you.

I really enjoyed the spontaneous singing of Darryl Braithwaite's Horses (I'll be riding on the horses, yeah yeah - way up in the sky lit-tle dar-lin' and if you fall I'll pick you up, I'll pick you up!) and Lean On Me. Luke, the 'lady' was particularly wrong over the course of the evening, when he begun shaking his tail feather while leaning against a wall, saying 'hop on board'! .... wrong! The fact that he had sneakers (instead of high heels!) didn't help, I guess...

The cocktail frankfurts (or were they saveloys or little boys???) were really nice. Here's an interesting conversation that actually took place:

Luke: Nice weiner.
AJ: Ha! Yeah (talking about the frankfurts)
Dee: (to Luke) You don't look Swedish! (thinking that Luke must've said He looks Swedish, with the black wig or something...)
AJ/Luke: ???
Dee: Isn't that what you said?

Much fun.

Anyway, enjoy the pics.
Thanks for a great night everyone. It was very fun.
Erica, I enjoyed dancing in the backyard with you, doing the twist.... :)

posted by AJ | 4:27 PM |

Thursday, December 07, 2006  

Back from the US!!

Hi folks - Long time, no blog.
A very quick note to say that Simon and I had an AWESOME time in the United States - we were there on holiday for approx 3 and a half weeks and have returned safe and sound and with lots of photos, stories and memories. I made a couple of posts over at Onlycoolppl - if you're keen check them out.

Otherwise, adios.

posted by AJ | 7:59 AM |

Friday, September 01, 2006  

Possibly the best news headline I've ever read...

Australian Receives PhD In Star Trek


posted by AJ | 9:42 PM |

Wednesday, August 09, 2006  

I census having some fun...

Well... Last night was Census Night. Wasn't it cool??
I really enjoyed it. Putting horizontal strokes in those little boxes, choosing the right income bracket, it was all very exciting!

I can't remember the last Census held five years ago. That's not because I wasn't in the country or anything, I just can't remember it! I think my Dad must've answered the questions for us...

My brother and I completed the form together last night and answered our Dad's questions for him. I filled out the form while my brother read the information booklet. Did anyone else find it really odd that the questions in the information booklet weren't chronological, but were divided by type of question (e.g. heritage, people on the move)? It didn't make much sense...

What were you favourite questions?
I found the one regarding your address to be a little confusing. There was that question at the start where you were asked to write your home address (where you were living now)- that made sense. At around question 8 or 9, it then asked questions such as "Where were you living one (and five years) ago?", or something like that. They should've had a little box that said "the same address on the front of this booklet" - that would've been efficient.

I haven't blogged in so so long... I'm sorry! It's not to say I don't want to - I enjoy reading over at jellibabi and onlycoolppl... excellent blogs over there! I guess this is just a quick post to say I'm still blogging and part of the blogosphere...

I've been listening a lot to The Feeling's Twelve Stops And Home... excellent, catchy tunes.. Highly, highly recommended!! Check them out!

Til next time...

posted by AJ | 2:12 PM |

Sunday, July 02, 2006  

This little dumpling went to market...

This little dumpling went to market
This little pork bun looked at littleblacksheep scarves
This little wonton had a wonderful time at section 8
Three little piggies in an outdoor bar on a winter's night
And this little blogger went "Wee! Wee! Wee!" all the way home.

My above, somewhat obscure, rendition of the This Little Piggy nursery rhyme illustrates what a great night Emma, Jackie and I had with Erica at the "Section 8" market on Wednesday night.

Having enjoyed "dumplings in soup" and "Shanghai vegetarian fried rice" before meeting Erica, we literally went next door to have a look at the artisans selling their wares at the "Section 8" market, which I am told was once a car park. A converted cargo container acted as a bar and black umbrellas hung precariously on wires overhead creating a wonderful ambience and mood. Minimal lighting crept its way up and along the brick walls of the building next door; the light was showcasing the knitted, woven and screen printed shirts, scarves, leg warmers and other materials.

In an non-knitting, yet Chinese-related story, Sim has returned from Hong Kong! Yay!! :) :) :)

I don't have much more to blog about... I'm keen to turn around and watch Big Brother, given the recent scandal.

Stay tuned...

posted by AJ | 6:55 PM |