Roadmap, fatal for some

4 years away from behind the wheel, 5 years since I’d driven inside of Auckland city. I needed a roadmap to get where I was going.

A beer, the backyard and Tootie

Far from the maddening crowd, I enjoyed a beer on my brother’s porch, with only Tootie the cat for company.

Making that last look, last

I take one last, longing look at the drinks selection at the local supermarket. It’s the sort of beer I like to drink too.

At the supermarket; “I’m just soaking up the atmos”

For the first time in three, long years I’m back in a New Zealand supermarket. Looking at foodstuffs that I have dreamt about, salivated over and eventually ordered online. Yes, in addition to getting some from CB, I had, six months before ordered some online.
Gastronomically, I’ve eaten, cookie times, Venison steak at a Queenstown steak house, drank H2Go on a bus to Christchurch, and downed a bottle of Monteith’s Summer ale at my brother’s place.
Not quite straight and level. Kaitaki runs into bad weather 2To date I’d have to say the most notable thing I’ve been involved was on the Interisland ferry, Kaitaki. Rolling around in the 2 meter swell, most of the passengers were feeling certain levels of nausea and vomiting. Jiang and I weren’t immune to the rolling. While both of us felt sleepy, Jiang slept for much longer, while I documented the sea state with my camera.

The Paparazi, shooting to kill

He’s a tandem skydiver, and in order to slow down their descent, they swing around horizontally, hence the strange angle. Oh, and I was lying on my back at the time.

The jolly Jap(m)an, nice guy

On the road again, this time to NZ. You can meet some interesting people at an airport waiting longue. A tour pin on his beret, he had a smiling disposition. I never asked for his name, but he’s possibly from Osaka. We traded English and Japanese words, and eventually photographs. It’s possible to learn something from Japanese anime! He’s been to Australia and this would his second time to NZ. I wish him well.

Are you, my mummie?

 watching a movie

That’s the one line the students remembered, from the episode, “The empty child“, Season 1 of the New Doctor Who series. We went onto watch the final episode of the season, “Bad wolf“. Rivetting to the end, the students thought Doctor Who was great.

Korean drivers, driven egos

 Korean drivers, just dumb

A walk down the street in Okcheon, it’s snowy, cold and potentially slippery. Not to mention the sidewalk is fraught with cars. This entry reprises Al’s blog on traffic mayhem.Cars in a row I’m not sure what the reason for it, is. But I can guess that lack of driving skill, driven by laziness with a huge side order of ego-centrism is involved. It wasn’t just the one car parked like that, others has similarly mounted the footpath in solidarity or group mindedness.  To me it just looks retarded, and belies whatever intelligence was behind the wheel at the time.

jasetv, unplugged

What’s a laptop without an internet connection? In my case, it’s no laptop at all. Too heavy to carry to NZ, it’d be slightly more than a glorified jukebox. Fortunately it’s the last week of camp, then it’s off to New Zealand for a well earned rest.

So it’s just me in my room at the Yeongwan with nothing but the tele for company. 40 chanels and there’s nothing on. I only wish that I’d taken the Rammstein download with me to listen to. “Du haust” and “Amerika” sounded so interesting. Labelled as being an Industrial band. Without a definition, to me they sound like heavy metal. An Industrial band? It sounds so pretentious.

In the meantime, I’ll try to spend as much time in the PC bang as possible, to ward off boredom.

Cool, very cool

It’d be just insane to ride scooter in this weather. Slippery, not to mention cold. All over Okcheon, the place I’m staying at the moment, people everywhere are padded up and just being cool about it. The ice and snow has gotten to be so much that people had to scrap and clean the snow off, just to make moving around easier. I can attest to this. After a few sprains and twists you get used to moving around on snow. Wearing hiking shoes also counts too. But only just today I was berating myself for having forgotten that lots and snow and sun equals glint reflected from the white, white snow. No sunglasses. While on the field trip, having snow fights was too large a temptation. The snow fights with my students resulted in a score of; students 1: teacher 0. I caught a snowball in the eye. Ouch.

The person owning this ‘cool ride’ might have hung up his helmet for the night.