Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Hello mate! I'm finally back after 25 grueling days of seeing sand, feeding mosquitoes and watching the sun rise at 4.30AM.

And I'm surprised I actually enjoyed the exercise. Or rather, I really embrace the culture, the pace and the very friendly people who reside in Australia. The place we went to was a city at Central Queensland called Rockhampton. If you need to know, it's approximately 640 kilometres north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. The locals there brand themselves as the Rockies!

So what's different in Rockhampton mate?


Typically, everything you find there is 1.5 times the size of what's in Singapore. The Aussie egg yokes are bigger. The people are much bigger built. Their soft drinks are bigger. Even their houseflies are double the size!


The sun rises at 4.30AM I swear! By 6 in the evening, the sky is almost completely dark. The day is longer than the night. And the air temperate will decrease at dusk. So technically, we got to enjoy free air-con every night! But when it hit 3AM, it would get so bloody cold that everyone simply cringed and covered their entire body with their sleeping bags.


The houseflies are remarkably fat, stupid and slow. There were occasions when we were swarmed by more than 20 flies PER person. And they would stick on us even when you were walking! My buddies were insanely smacking them with their jockey caps to pass time. Piak! And another fell onto the ground.


Hello mate! How're ya doing today? That expression came out so freely from their mouths. And people were genuinely friendly. And that made conversing almost effortless! One time, I went to grab a soda from the store and the shop keeper offered me a candy she was munching to, hey mate, want a Mentos? In Singapore, you sometimes have trouble even asking for an extra plastic bag!


People there were generally obese. Amass the fats of 3 fat kids and you'll find enough fuel to launch a space-craft into air. And many times, I felt like an asian David standing beside the blonde Goliaths. It could get really intimidating at times. Hah. But just let me just take out my sling!

On the other hand, the girls there were much hotter then our local chicks. I shall not attempt to elaborate more lest a mob comes chasing me with knives. But seriously, it's Total Ownage. Monster Kill!


This is the only one thing that bothered me! Majority of their shopping mall closes at 5PM! On weekends, their gates were down even earlier - like at 3PM? So unless you live in the more happening cities like at Sydney or Melbourne, you can expect to ending your shopping spree after lunch time which I must say is excruciatingly depressing!


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