Archive for the 'Melbourne' Category

And now for a bit of everything else, starting with Soccer!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

So I was away for 5 weeks, back for a week, then went of to Melbourne for a week of soccer. All-Australia UniGames, a week of parties and soccer. We didn’t do so well as last year, finishing only in 5th place. Sigh. But it was at least a lot of fun once again.

UniGames 08 team

UniGames Par-tay!


Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Hello everyone- Well I have a job interview tomorrow selling tickets for the Commonwealth Games but the more exceiting news is that I have found a house. I am living with a gay couple, their crazy cousin, two cats and a dashhound. Don’t worry the cats are short hair and I don’t seem to have a problem. I am staying at my friends from MAC, Casey’s house on also a very nice floor (but mars yours still feels like clouds and I will be back to use the soap without asking!!!). I move in on Wednesday and the room and house is really nice and on a train line. It’s a very trendy house as they are gay.

Well I just wanted to say I am alive and well. And NOBODY has called me yet… well mom you did but that doesn’t count ’cause you pay for the phone bill.

Peace Out

More funny stories to follow with my house of fun. MISS YA :)

Great Ocean Road

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Nath, Mel and myself did the Great Ocean Road of Melbourne last weekend which was a blast. We rented a car which was ruby red so it was a good start to the weekend. I now know how to drive on the wrong side of the road and how to do round-abouts, but the weird thing about driving in Melbourne are the right hand turns from the left hand lane- a little confusing (I asked the housemates after the fact). So the Great Ocean Road is kinda like driving down the coast of Cali, lots of turns and its just beautiful driving by the Ocean. We didn’t have the best weather as it was kinda dull, rainy and super windy, but we got to see all the sites like the 12 apostels. The first night we ended up staying at a hostel in Apollo Bay but instead of staying in the hostel we just setup tent in the backyard (cheaper that way). Turns out in the middle of the night that it decideds to really storm, we thought the tent was going to blow away. But after a sleepless night in a wind storm we continue our journey and stop Port Campbell for lunch weird this bus of Chinese people pulled up and started feeding the seagulls- I guess they hadn’t seen them before. But the seagulls started to get aggressive and attacking them so they ran for it.

The second night we went to Port Fairy to find a place to stay- we knocked on this one b&b that had rooms available, the lady took one look at us and told us she didn’t have room for three people.

So we ended up going down the road and stopping at the angler club- surprise they had the whole cottage available!! so we stayed at the angler club, which was right on the water. We went into town and got some bait and fished off the dock- Dad you would have loved this place. Nath caught a fish but it got off the line just as she was bringing it up-so close. Instead we went to the fish market and got 5 different kinds of fish to try- so yummy. Also, Nath ended up find $170 in a drawer so the weekend ended up being paid for its self !!!Overall an awesome trip.

Travel Time

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Well it is time to leave the lovely neighbourhood of Footscray and move onto Sydney. Nath, Mel and myself are doing the Great Ocean Road this weekend, we have our car rented and I bought a tent today so it should be awesome. On Monday Nath and I are meeting with our new travel friend for Tasmania. This is the story of how we found our new friend…

So the other night we went to an information session at Peterpan Tours - the best part was that they gave us boxed wine lol. We didn’t see anything that really suited to our budget of no money so we decided to put  posting on their notice board of anyone that wants to come to Tassie with us and share the cost of renting a car. Well turns out this french guy who is brown (dont worry kish) name Yusief wants to travel Tassie as well. So we meet him at this little bar just to make sure he wasn’t to creepy, turns out he weighs like only 70lbs so Nath and I will have no worries, he is also kinda funny in a weird french way. So the tickets are booked, we are taking the Spirit of Tasmania (ship) over to Tassie and then flying to Sydney… Should be an interesting trip.

I will post pictures once I get back to Martha’s place in Sydney.


The Commonwealth Games

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Karolin and I went to visit Sue this weekend, and check out the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne while we were there.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend was seeing the track and field events at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night. Sue had picked up some cheap tickets for us - $25 nose-bleed seats - weeks ago. They were, however, directly behind the finish line. When we went into the stadium we asked where we should go, they told us level 4, but we decided to see how low we could get, so instead of going up we went down. No one checked tickets at all. We went to the ground level seats, right beside the finish line, and it was pretty empty. It was early, and so we just sat down to take pictures and stuff, expecting to be kicked out when more people arrived. Well, the place filled up, but no one said anything to us the whole time - we stayed right where we’d sat down the whole night, and the energy of the place was amazing. I think everyone around us got a kick out of me because I was cheering so loudly for Canada - the only Canadian in this sea of Australians. Oh, it was excellent!

Nigeria at the 4 x 400 start line

The other excellent thing about that night was that Susan happened to get in too. She was free to leave her TicketMaster post at 8:30 pm, and it just happened that a lady had an extra ticket that they couldn’t get rid of and so had given it to Susan. While Karolin and I were ground-level on the finish line side of the stadium, Susan ended up getting a ground-level ticket just behind the long jump on the far side. She was sitting with this family that had given her the ticket (and they’re expensive tickets!) and they bought her food and gave her their contact info should she ever need help during her stay. And the long jump finals were also excellent to watch. An Australian jumper won the gold and set a new games record. You could always tell when she was jumping because the stadium would all start to clap in unison and speed up during her jump. And there would be this wave of glittering cameras every time she jumped.

This little Papua-New Guinean ran in the 3000 m steeplechase. He finished last, and was actually lapped by the three Kenyans who swept the medals, but the whole stadium was behind him. Every time he jumped a steeple the crowd would cheer, and he had this standing ovation of 81,000 spectators as he ran down the last stretch of the race. How amazing would that be to have 81,000 people cheering you on? What an experience! Apparently he also represented Papua New Guinea in the mountain bike race the day before.

That was the highlight, but really the entire weekend was fantastic. We also saw the badminton quarterfinals on Friday morning, went to the art gallery, the market, St. Kilda’s for cake, the beach, and the casino. I went in with $10 and came out with $15 after playing roulette, so that was fun. Maybe I should become a professional gambler. ;-P

Okay, I’ve probably bored you all with the track talk, but I love it!

Apollo Bay and Rugby 7’s

Friday, March 17th, 2006

 Last weekend I went to Apollo Bay with Casey, Tacey, and Lea. Tracey has an awesome cottage right out side of Apollo Bay you could actually see the ocean from the back deck (but it still wasn’t Lake of Bays). We hung out on the beach and enjoyed playing the waves, Casey may or not have lost her top a couple times. Casey and I want and collected shells along the beach, I found a couple pieces of glass along the way to I picked them up so no one else would step on them. As we walked along Casey found a clear piece of glass that looked like the bottom of a bottle- turns out it was a jellyfish, as she reached down to pick it up I told her it wasn’t glass but not to worry if it stung her I would pee on her hand lol. After a lovely day on the beach both Lea and I were totally fried haha. We decided to grab a $10 box of wine and go out for dinner. We went to this little fish and chip take away place (did you know you eat fish and chips with your hands include the huge chunk of fish) as we were enjoying our meal Lea asked what kind of fish we were eating, Tracey replyed Shark.

Note: both Casey and myself have a little phobia of getting eaten by a shark.

Thus, Casey replies “Oh, how the tables have turned” - I lost it. Best line of the trip as it was so true and made the meal taste so much more satisfing. On the way home we stopped and went on a search to find Koalas and Kangaroos as I haven’t seen any yet. We stopped by this camp ground and Lea spotted a Koala sleeping in a tree. SO CUTE. I will be posting pics soon. The rest of the drive home we very pretty as we drove along the coast, reminded me very much of California with the Ocean right their beside you.

Rugby 7’s

So last night I went to the Rugby 7’s which was awesome as our seats were about 6 rows from the front! Kies you would have loved it. The first couple teams were blow out games, Sorry Kish but Sir Lanka can’t play rugby. The All Blacks stood up to their rep as the best team as they kill their opponents. Canada did pretty good as well, losing the first game but  winning the next two- we were all decked out in Canadian Gear. The place was pretty packed and people were really into the game, getting a little tippy from the beer. Overall an awesome experience and I cant wait for the field hockey on Sunday should be a great game CANADA VS AUSTRALIA. GO CANADA.


Friday, March 10th, 2006

Yes another bday has come and gone and I am now a proud 2-4. Thank you to all who tried to call but yes my phone is not working at the moment (I am actually at an internet cafe waiting for them to fix it up). Its not my fault at all - Plus I was working all day so I wasnt able to take any calls during that time. But, Grandma, Jason, Aunt Sue, Mom, and Mars all made my day by getting in touch with me. Also thanks to everyone who sent me emails -I LOVED THEM.

I wasn’t trying to guilt anyone into calling me, I just wanted to hear from everyone thats all- I miss ya. Erin it definately wasn’t the same without you there. Nath is awesome and took me out for drinks, Matt and Viet also join in the celebrations. We ended up going to this really cool bar called Commercial where we played rock, paper, scissor for our drinks- THUS a night of free drinking!!!

Take care, Off to the Great Ocean Road to chill at a cottage. I will post pics after that.



Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

As you all will know I am selling tickets for the Commonwealth games and I start training tomorrow. Today another block of tickets went on sale so I am goign to go see some Rugby 7’s on the 16th with Casey and her housemates. On the 19th I am going to see the womens field hockey game Canada vs. Australia so that should be awesome- MOM I am going to wear the Canadian Chicks Rock shirt- represent yo. Mars is making her way down to see me and the Commonwealth games on the 23rd-26th, she is also bringing a German friend from school. They are going to see some Badminton and Athletics on the 24th and experience the charm of the games.

People are really starting to get into celebrating as it is just going to be a non-stop party!

BUT - even before the games is March 8th INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!! also my birthday whatwhat. I am asking people to please send me some burned CD’s as I would love to just chill and listen to music but I dont have any.

PLEASE SEND TO (see email for address)

Also, remember my cell # is (see email for #)- just in case you forgot since nobody has called me-lol.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2006