Monday, January 26, 2015

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!

I have read that Australia Day is a time we come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. As David always says that I'm too Australian now, I thought let's celebrate this year's Australia Day by having a barbecue as most of the Australians do. Yet it's not only about the barbecue, but more important is to get together with family and friends from our diverse society. 

So, let's see what happened at our Australia Day BBQ. Firstly, thanks to Bertie, who helped me with setting up the backyard. 


Thanks to Sam and Dat who volunteered to cook the BBQ. Do you see the "Indonesian Sate" there? Yes, it is Sate made by our friend, Dwi and it was very nice. Thanks Dwi. 



It was nice to see that everybody seemed to be having a really good time. 










Thanks to all of our friends who helped make this Australia Day really special. I am really grateful to be here and to know you all. You are my big Australian family. Cheers....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Experiencing Hospital in Australia

At the beginning of last year, I was diagnosed with cyst in my ovary. After checking and re-checking, visiting and re-visiting the specialist and the ultra sound specialist, we decided to remove it as it was getting bigger, almost doubling in size from when it was first discovered. 

To cut a long story short, yesterday I "checked-in" to the Women's and Children's Hospital for the surgery. Surgery is not a familiar word to me. In my 47 years this is the first time, so I was a bit nervous. 

Following the instructions that the hospital sent a few weeks ago, I had a light breakfast before 6:30am and had a bit to drink before 10am. I had to report in the Queen Victoria Operating Suite at 11am. We arrived early as it is always difficult to find a car park in this area. 

After filling in and signing all the forms and waiting for a while, a nurse came and asked David to go home and come back to pick me up around 5pm. What!! I should wait alone here, in this foreign place for my very first surgery? What if I don't understand what they say? What if.... what if..... what if.... but, David still had to leave me on my own. Sheesh!


I then went into the nurse's room, where we had a bit of interview....my name, date of birth, when was your last meal, any allergies, any infectious diseases. I was then informed about what I shouldn't do in the next 24 hours, what I shouldn't do in next 2 weeks and so on. Finally, she asked me to change to a hospital gown,  gave me a blanket and asked me to wait in the waiting room. As I had to put all my clothes and my belongings in a blue plastic bag, I didn't even have my novel to read while I waited, so I had to make do with all the magazines and the telly. 

It was a long wait, there were two other ladies scheduled before me. Finally at around 2pm, the nurse asked me to go into the other room. Here, she asked me to lay down and started the question me again, name, date of birth, last meal, any allergies and so on. My surgeon came and talked to me, she reviewed the procedure and the possible effects after surgery. She also reminded me again not to do any heavy activities in the next 2 weeks, such as gardening, swimming, heavy exercise, heavy lifting and decided to give me 2 weeks sick leave as I work in childcare. Oh..... I will miss my babies....

Then the anaesthesiologist came, we started with the same questions all over again...name, date of birth, last meal, any allergies...... He also asked me to open my mouth which I think was to check how big my mouth is. Then, came the fun part, looking for my vein to put the in the drip, he couldn't find one anywhere. (This always happens whenever I need to have a blood test). He then got a warm pack and put it on my hand for a few minutes, then asked me to open and close my hand 20 times and started patting the back on my hand, but still couldn't find one. Finally, after patting harder, he found one, but he had to use the smallest needle available. Ouch!!!


Finally, we went to the theatre, the room with the big light on the ceiling, which I have only seen in the movies. Here, the other nurse checked my name and date of birth again, put a compression bandage on my leg, then placed a mask on my face and asked me to take some deep breathes, one more deep breath and I was out........

When I woke up, I was in the recovery room. It was around 5pm. I changed back into own clothes and had a bit of drink. The nurse reminded me again what I should and shouldn't do. She said David was already waiting outside, but they couldn't release me until 6pm. At quarter to 6, the nurse called David to pay for the medication and get the car. At 6 o'clock sharp, they finally let me go. Then to top things off, we got an $87 parking ticket for parking at the wrong spot. Ah...crap!.....

Back at home, there was some beautiful flowers and a card from my loving husband waiting for me. Thanks Hon...







Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BFF's Visit - Day 4

Our original plan for day 4 was to visit Victor harbour, but the weather forecast was not very good, so we decided to go to the Barossa Valley instead. Our first destination was Angaston, one of the oldest towns in South Australia.




After looking around the town, we had a picnic in one of the parks along the main street. Our menu consisted of pies, pasties and large seafood pizza from the 40s Cafe, which won the best gourmet pizza in Australia 2011.



Next stop was Keller Meister Winery where everybody tried some wine, except me...still  on "P" plates, so zero blood alcohol when driving. ^_^


And off course, we didn't leave empty handed.


Our next destination was the North Haven Marina, another one of my favourite places, where we had a cup of coffee and took some more pictures.



Oh look, David's playing photographer and style consultant with Ami.


For dinner, the girls decided to try the famous Soto's fish and chip shop, for some of the best fish and chips in town. After we had dinner amongst hundreds of hungry seagulls, we walked along the jetty, where a lot of fisherman upon seeing 6 very attractive young ladies coming their way, were more than happy to show off their catch. 


Well, this was the end of my BFF's journey in Adelaide. They continued their trip visiting Melbourne and Sydney. Hope you will be back soon, guys!






Thursday, March 27, 2014

BFF's Visit - Day 3

We started day 3 by wearing our friendship uniform, courtesy of Vani and we took some pictures in front of the apartment.


Then we walked down Semaphore Road window shopping.


Back to the apartment where David was waiting to take us to the Glanville Railway Station where we caught the train to the city. As usual, the girls took lots of pictures, but were told off in the Adelaide Station, apparently photography is not allowed there. Ooops.....


At our first stop, we looked over the new River Torrens bridge and around the Festival Theatre.



Then we took the tram to China town for lunch and bought some more souvenirs.


Next, we did some more shopping at Rundle Mall.


David suggested we have a coffee in the Botanical Gardens. He must have regretted this suggestion because even though it was raining, we stopped every 5 metres to take more pictures.




On the way back to train station, still more of the same, taking pictures all the way along North Terrace..... ^_^


Back at the apartment we were exhausted, so the girls decided to have a light dinner, did some packing and had early night.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BFF's BBQ party

When we arrived at Berties' place, the table was set and Michael was ready for the BBQ.


While we waited, the girls looked around Berties' home, his backyard and off course, Ami got to see his impressive stamp collection.


While the girls looked around, the boys were busy trying on their new "pecis", gifts from the girls.


They liked them so much, they wore them for the whole night.


Surprise!!! The week before, both Ami and Jody celebrated their birthday, so I had cheese cake specially made for them. Happy Birthday Ami and Jody!


Thanks to Bertie, Michael, Jody, Mark, Dwi and Kiki, we had an unforgeable night




BFF's Visit Day 2

The second days' destination was the Adelaide Hills. There are so many things to see here. First stop was the Gorge Wild Life Park, where we fed the kangaroos and took heaps of pictures of they many animals. They excitedly fed the kangaroos with milk biscuits, but I think some of the kangaroos must have had a party the night before as they preferred to laze around without too much activity.



At 10.30am, we headed to the koala holding area. There was quite along queue, so we had time to chit chat while we waited. ^_^


The rain persisted on and off which spoilt our time at the park (we didn't even get to see the Tasmanian Devil!), so we decided to move to Gumeracha where we stopped at the local Sunday market. It was a small one, but hopefully it can gave these "city girls" some idea what a country town Sunday market was all about.


We had lunch at the Gumeracha Giant Rocking Horse, bought some souvenirs and took a lot of pictures.


Next stop was Woodside where we visited Melbas' Chocolate Factory, the Woodside Cheese Factory and Baylies Biscuit Factory. We left no place empty handed.




The last destination was Hahndorf, a historical German town and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Adelaide Hills. Here, David's new job as photographer began.



OMG.....another lolly shop where yet more calories were bought..... ^_^


We drove home to a BBQ Party we had planned with our neighbours and friends.

BFF's Visit - Day 1

Finally, they've arrived! After much planning, my friends are here.


They arrived on 15th March 2014 for 4 nights, obviously not long enough, but we made the most of it. First stop was Harbour town for lunch and shopping.  They bought drinks, snacks, Australian sim-cards, etc.


Then they checked into the Seacroft Apartments at Semaphore. I was disappointed that our house wasn't big enough to accommodate our 5 visitors, but they seemed to enjoy the the place we found for them.


Our first nights' plan was to visit The Garden of Unearthly Delights, but the rain just kept coming down, so we decided to show them our place. David hosted a tea ceremony before they took some pictures around the house, including my neighbour's rose garden.




 For dinner, we went to the Boat deck cafe, one of my favourite places in town. We had pizza and a seafood platter, followed by tea and coffee. Too bad we had to eat inside as it was to cold and wet to sit by the lake.


From there, we went back to Semaphore, chatted for a while and decided to have an early night as they didn't sleep much on the long flight over.