G'day! In case you're wondering why the updates are not as fast and furious as usual, it is because we are on vacation in the wonderful city of Melbourne.
I am having a slightly difficult time getting to a computer with internet access here, since the internet cafes close by the time we get back from our day out, and I refuse to pay silly money for the hotel access.
I am typing this out on my Nokia 6630 (bless its mobile soul) and posting via email over GPRS, so you have to excuse the brevity of prose.
I can still access email via the phone, so your comments on my site and your email will still reach me, as long as I have GPRS coverage. I just hope the data access charges will not kill me when I reach home. But I think it should be okay because Vodaphone is having some GPRS promotion according to the M1 site. They had better be right.
We've been out all day, visiting Victoria Market, eating cakes at St Kilda's and also drove out to Williamstown and Port Melbourne (those last two places not happening lah), followed by an evening pilgrimage to that heathen temple of excess, Crown Casino.
We quite enjoyed that casino visit, being shameless tourists that we are. Not that we had much choice on this, since it is the only shopping complex open at night. Yes, fellow Singaporeans, it sounds insane but most shops close at 5pm here, except maybe pubs.
This travesty aside, the city is lovely and the people generally very nice. Driving my Mitsubishi Magna 3.8 litre V6 rental car (brand new too!) is pleasant on the huge roads and also due to the friendly drivers here. By that, I mean that the drivers here are polite and give way, hardly horn at you, and actually slow down for animals and humans crossing.
No, they don't speed up when you signal your intent to change lanes, not like the maniac Singapore drivers.
Another thing to get used to is the hook turn, where you make a right turn by hanging left (and not filter to the right lane like we normally do). I am at a loss as to why this is practised.
The other thing we really like here are the clean public toilets, something my wife keeps commenting on. They even have special disposal bins in loos for druggies to dispose of their syringes properly. How considerate.
So far, we have succumbed to buying cheery tourist tee-shirts for our kids back home, and that vacation staple, the fridge magnet. I will keep you guys updated as long as my thumbs do not give up, typing this on my phone. Or when I get to an internet cafe.
Cheers and keep those emails and comments coming in.