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  • Jaleey 12:51 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    what else is new these are more things… 

    what else is new… these are more things i wanted to add to my list of fun factsss-

    1. australian currency is made of plastic! you can get it wet & its harder to tear or make counterfeits. theres a clear see-through part on every bill (which only come in $5 <the only smaller-sized bill>, $10, $20, $50, and $100s). pretty cool
    2. everything is rounded to the nearest 5 cents. so there are no pennies here! & there are also $1 and $2 coins which are gold coloured!
    3. everyone is extremely eco-friendly here. they all carry reusable shopping bags everywhere they go–to the farmers market, the library, the supermarket. when u go to the grocery store you give them your bag & they pack everything in it neatly for you. if you dont bring your bag they charge you for a compostable plastic one
    4. “good on ya” means good job. no one says “you’re welcome”, instead it’s “no worries”. “how you going” is equivalent to “hello, how are you”. cookies are biscuits. candies are lollies. barbie is a bbq. no one says restroom, it’s the “toilet”. college/university is “uni”, and school is for children or toddlers. they also add “s” to everything: homeworks, maths, and all “z”s turn into “s”s here, as in “emphasising, energise” which is awfully annoying since Word automatically corrects it! tires on cars are “tyres”, and zebras are “zeh-bras”!
    5.  in the day, there’s usually just cricket, rugby, AFL, or car races on all the Australian tv channels. as for shows at night, it’s Australian Idol, so you think you can dance (Australia), or just american shows but the aussie version!
    6. movies here usually come out weeks, if not months, later than the US release date. up isn’t playing until a few weeks later, julia & julia is coming out oct 3rd–the only thing on time was harry potter!
    7. portions here are a lot tinier. you literally get what you order. a small meal is almost equiv to the kids meal back home. tons of people also go to fast food places here. hungry jacks (burger king) is always packed in the city. oh and even the jams & canned foods come in the tiniest sizes.
    8. when walking on the street, besides having to look Right, Left, Right when crossing, pedestrians don’t have right of way so you must cross in the crosswalk. if you dont, they’ll continue driving and you basically need to avoid cars yourself. i also rarely see 4-way street stops here. they’re usually roundabouts, so you only need to look one way for oncoming traffic.
    9. there are literally no starbucks here (ive maybe seen 1 or 2). sit down places are either Gloria Jean, or The Coffee Shop, both of which ive heard are amazing!
    10. public transportation is extremely convenient here–with a daily pass, you can ride on the bus, ferry, or train all you want for that day. everyone also has Go cards here, which you tap on/off when you get on or off. you can recharge it with money at any 7-11 or newspaper stand. really convenient :)
    11. all the students here seem to carry duffel bags instead of backpacks. and kids in school all wear uniforms, regardless of public/private school. uniforms come in all sorts of colors. some are really interesting, with hats, scarves, ribbons or ties (yes, even for girls!)
    12. drug store brand of makeup is so expensive. maybelline mascara (the pink/green one) that’s like $5/6 US is at least $15 here. shocking
    13. australia gets very little rainfall so everyone tries to save water. all the bathrooms & sinks have signs reminding you to save water. the toilets here have 2 buttons too-one for #1 duty, the other for #2. the showers in our apartment come with small shower hourglasses set for 4 min for you to use
    14. the australian phone ring is different-its short & not as sharp. fire alarms too! they start off as a beeping, then become this loud ringing siren that sounds like somethings about to explode.
    15. tax is already added on to everything you buy. so a shirt that has a price of $30 is $30 when you pay. sadly, tax here is supposedly also almost 10% too!

    all right i hope that was interesting! :O)

    for now, goodbye, goodnight, and bye bye :)

     
    • Leslie 2:56 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed reading this!! Makes me want to write one as well :) #9, 13, and 15 are similar to Sweden! Except we do get rainfall. Unfortunately.

    • Alice 10:14 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi!! This is my first comment ever on your blog. Anyway I tried the Google reader thing and thanks so much for the amazing discovery!! SO convenient to keep tabs on everything YAY. :)

      Anyway reading this post reminded me so much of my friends from Australia that I met on my Taiwan program last summer!! 2 were from Melbourne and 1 from Sydney I believe. I learned so much from them…like McDonald’s there is “Mackas” and the “uni” thing and sunglasses=”sunnies” and they don’t know what “barf” means and Brisbane isn’t pronounced “Brisbayne” but more like “Brisbin” right?? Anywayyy this post hella reminded me of them hehehe

    • mar 8:39 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This list makes me miss Aussie a little :) (just a little because I’ve been there quite a few times)

      Indo money is made of the same material as well. and guess what? UP movie isn’t out in London yet. wtffff.

      I don’t like aussie accent though. oh, there are quite a lot of aussies here in Prague…hmms.

  • Jaleey 11:36 am on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    currently snacking on banana chips &amp listening to… 

    currently: snacking on banana chips & listening to Hot Mess—Cobra Starship
    recap of my week! i took a lot of photos i love so ill be adding a lot of new ones into the Photos page :) i dont think ive ever put up this many photos in one post.. prepare yourself!!

    tuesday: class started at 10 and there was a lab right after. we dissected a human brain & were learning about the various anatomical locations, which i never thought would be so difficult to identify bc there were so many cross sections to analyze. afterwards, i quickly went to grab a bite at a nearby cafeteria with a friend, both of us smelling disgusting, & the food totally reminded me of USC dorm food which just made me think of home :( after taking a nap, eating dinner, we went to go watch The Ugly Truth. took the ferry to South Bank, which is soo beautiful at night, and we got there and realized it was sold out! the other movies we weren’t too keen on seeing, so we decided to go to Indooroopilly. along the way we stopped by 7-11 to buy snacks, thinking it would be cheaper & better than those at the cinema.. who knew, it was so so expensive (is a pack of gum for $5 normal? small bag of m&ms $3.50, small bag of chips $3!!). welll we got to el dorado & it was such a cute little theatre, really cozy & barely anyone there, quite ideal :) the movie was surprisingly good. i didnt expect to really love it bc it looked like another typical chick flick w/a predictable plot but this one’s funnier bc their acting is hilarious :O and i think gerard butler has gorgeous eyes! i love his green eyes! hmm..by the time the movie ended it was already 11 so we decided to just walk back home…which took one hr but i never realized it’s so beautiful at night. we walked across the field, looked up, and saw tons of stars. theres not much light pollution here, but ill bet it still doesn’t compare to the meteor shower that just happened back home, which i missed :(

    Brisbane city from the ferry stop at South Bank

    Brisbane city from the ferry stop at South Bank

    walkway to main st of South Bank

    walkway to main st of South Bank

    walkway :) can't imagine how gorgeous itll be once all the vines fill in!

    walkway :) can't imagine how gorgeous itll be once all the vines fill in!

    wednesday: EKKA exhibition!
    we were originally gonna leave at 9 or 10am, but decided we should just go later so we didn’t have to leave so early at night. we took the ferry there, and transferred to a train in the city. the train was packed & EKKA was even more crowded! its such a big deal, there are trains and buses from the city to EKKA every 10 min! even though EKKA goes on for ~10 days, wednesday was brisbane’s holiday so everyone got a day off to go. before i got off the train, which led us into the center of the whole exhibition, i saw all the carnival rides & flags & roller coasters and there was soo much going on! it was basically a small theme park/carnival with horse-racing (which people got soo dressed up for! gotta love the huge hats though), wood chopping (went to watch, and it was surprisingly intense. those guys are soo strong!!! & they chop a tree trunk that has a diameter of my body (yes, very big) in about less than 30 seconds! so fun, and everyone left with sawdust sprinkled all over hehe), railroad racing, home & garden & leisure centers (with all sorts of decoration contests), international food pavillion, farm animals/pet competitions, stand up comedy & music (katy perry was there…i missed it though! i cant believe it), and tons of small game/shopping centers. i had no idea there was so much going on & in the end didnt get to see it all :( i had a ticket for a fashion show ft australian designers’ collections but didn’t have time to go! & i didnt get to ride the horses & see a lot of the pavillions. ohh well it was fun anyway :)

    halfway through it started sprinkling, then raining (while a double, then triple rainbow appeared!), then it started really pouringggggg. but luckily we went inside a showbag pavillion (where they sell tons of goodies/candies/products) in bag sets for a certain price, and stayed dry there. its funny bc inside is crazy. every kid is wearing some type of rainbow wig/afro/halloween costume ensemble that they just bought, and everyones buying something! they also had a taste testing place where u could try new products/wines/teas/ice creams/foods, so that was really fun! around 8 or so, while everything was beginning to close down, we went to go watch part of the closing ceremony, caught a glimpse of an American cowboy guy doing horse tricks & making his horse go through fire & whatnot (there was lightning at a distance around the stadium the whole time, but no thunder. it was really pretty in a weird way) and some monster car show. we decided to beat the traffic back home, so we missed most of the closing ceremony & the fireworks.. maybe itll be online. hehe such a tiring day, but i see why people make an effort to go each year :) & the pictures below are only about 1/4 of all the photos i took. it’s taking forever to upload, so maybe ill add it into the Photo page another day

    i love the teddy bears!!! but later i looked at this photo & realized, the couple in it are so cute!

    i love the teddy bears!!! but later i looked at this photo & realized, the couple in it are so cute!

    showbag pavillion—tons of peopleee

    showbag pavillion—tons of peopleee

    self explanatory

    a few of the rides

    so high up :)

    so high up

    my favorite photo—i love how the sky & clouds look

    my favorite, or should i say "favourite", photo

    no cotton candy—it's called fairy floss here!

    not cotton candy—it's called fairy floss here!

    equestrian—if this were fb, id tag esther here :)

    equestrian—if this were fb, id tag esther here :)

    the brisbane broncos—rugby team signing

    the brisbane broncos—rugby team signing

    yes, that's a balloon! that he later went into!

    yes, that's a balloon! that he later went into!

    double rainbow; after this, there was a 3rd, but it didnt show up on camera

    double rainbow; after this, there was a 3rd, but it didnt show up on camera

    strawberry sundaes!

    strawberry sundaes!

    stand with cute pillows & shoes!!

    stand with cute pillows & shoes!!

    the coolest shirt!! the bars lit up & changed w/the music!

    the coolest shirt!! the bars lit up & changed w/the music!

    fresh food pavillion-location of all the taste testing :)

    fresh food pavillion-location of all the taste testing :)

    inside the pavillion

    inside the pavillion

    australian hibiscus

    australian hibiscus in the garden center

    in the garden centre—flower arranging contest celebrating Queensland's 150th anniversary

    in the garden centre—flower arranging contest celebrating Queensland's 150th anniversary. each of the small pots at the bottom are $5+, the ones at the top & middle are all at least $10!

    orchids were everywhere

    orchids were everywhere

    strawberries & cream stand

    strawberries & cream stand

    wood chopping contest

    wood chopping contest

    hello there, ginormous cow on the roof

    hello there, ginormous cow on the roof

    night show

    closing ceremony

    leaving EKKA :( bye bye

    leaving EKKA :( bye bye

    i will post more pictures another timeeee. for now, bye bye :)

     
  • Jaleey 8:00 am on July 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    thursday i went to the City again just… 

    thursday i went to the City again just to shop around & bought a printer.. not much happened i guess, but it was super tiring! :( but friday was so much fun! i went to the koala sanctuary w/4 other friends & we stayed there for half a day!! there we saw at least 30 koalas, mostly sleeping & curled up in a tree ( i got to take a picture taken of me holding one!), and fed/pet kangaroos! they also had tasmanian devils (which are going extinct), wombats, peacocks, different types of exotic birds, dingos, lizards, crocodiles, & farm animals! they were soo cute, im gonna post the pictures below!! as for saturday, we went to the West End markets again & then to a city named Indooroopilly (which is pronounced Indoorpilly). i guess australians just like to add extra vowels in between words randomly! its a huge mall & theres tons of people there. so many high school students dressed up in uniforms everywhere. and they have to wear hats & carry huge school bags. its weird..why were they in their uniforms on saturday? :Op hm, today, i went to the direct factory outlets near the brisbane airport, which took forever to get to, & afterwards visited the City again just to run a couple of errands. and…the day is almost over!

    school starts tomorrow :( wednesday there is a Market Day on campus, which is similar to sc’s club day but w/a lot of activities & sports going on too. campus is huge, but im sure itll be packed. its unfortunate bc i have a straight 10am-1pm, 2-5 block of class only on wed. luckily i only have an hour lecture on M & no class on fridays, which makes up for it! i know i shouldnt be complaining, bc this is an amazing schedule to have if i were back home, but here people have 4 day weekends w/no  class M & Fri!!! :O

    aiyy it was a long day, i took the bus 4 times and then the train too, and there was a lot of walking involved so im going to cook dinner & probably head to bed early. i only have a section in the fridge that is currently bursting with groceries, so im going to cook all the veggies in one dish. i bought a pumpkin squash, green beans, bok choy, eggs, tomatoes, corn, so im wondering how its going to taste! eepppp!

    and the pictures begin…

    my room :)

    my room :)

    see the koalas? they look like balls of fur!

    see the koalas? they look like balls of fur!

    scratching an itch!

    scratching an itch!

    feeding a baby kangaroo, aka a wallaby!

    feeding a baby kangaroo, aka a wallaby!

    crazy looking bird(?)

    crazy looking bird(?)

    mommy koala holding its baby!!

    mommy koala holding its baby!!

    koala-up close :O)

    koala-up close :O)

    sheep dog show!- the dog that helps herd the sheep

    sheep dog show!- the dog that helps herd the sheep

    baby lamb :)

    baby lamb :)

     
    • Mar 6:50 pm on July 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i love the title of this post. the koalas are soooooooooo cute. and the crazy-looking bird is called a kasuari bird.

    • Helen 8:16 am on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love the picture of the mommy koala and the one of the herding dog on top of the sheep!
      I hope everything is going well and update when you can…I am stalking you ahahahaha

    • Lauren 6:23 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      sounds like youre having a fun time! the koalas are SO friggin cute, and the dog sleeping on top of the sheep is soooooooooo cute!

  • Jaleey 1:19 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    hehe i just spent the whole today sitting… 

    hehe i just spent the whole today sitting on my lazy ass watching season 2 and 3 of FRIENDS!! ahh i love the show it totally cracks me up. i love chandler!! hes my favorite hehe and hes so cute :O)

    anyway i have orientation tomorrow from 8am to 4pm sadly! going to be super long, but at least i understand what they’re saying right? there are so so many asians here for certain majors its crazy. my apartmentmate from china said in her accounting orientation she saw only 3 non-asians and then questioned why she even bothered to leave her country in the first place! shes basically taking the class with all chinese people from china anyway :O hm speaking of apartmentmates one of them arrived two days ago and shes also from the US! she goes to cornell & studies neurobiology–what a coincidence, huh? and out of all 4 of us in the apartment, 3 of our birthdays are in october, and the dates are on the 23, 25, and 26.. spooky hahhah october is going to be funnn :)

    and im sending out some of my postcards soon in the mail! i bought them from the City at a little souvenir travel shop & they also sell really cute small kangaroo and koala furry backpacks & small little cases, im guessing for cameras and phones. hahaha i was thinking of bringing the backpacks back but that might be embarrassing to wear since the animals are sorta really big on it and 3D ahaha :X oh & shocking but i thought sheep stuff such as the UGG shoes would be cheaper here but they’re like $200+!! how??? they look a little  different too!

    ohhkay school starts in a week! im sorta really dreading it but i guess on the bright side itll force me to attempt to be productive & ill get more exercise climbing the stupid hill up to campus everyday :Op haha but i dont have super long blocks like i do back @ sc so it isnt too bad.. and as of now i have no classes fridays i want to take advantage of that one weekend & go to new zealand! :D

    & good news the uni has some promotion going on for internet quota! so im going to buy it soon & then i can finally go on moreeee HURRAYY!!!!!

    the bird!

    the bird!

    part of gold coast

    part of gold coast

    look at this tree on campus! it has stuff growing down from it!!

    look at this tree on campus! it has stuff growing down from it!!

    on campus; part of the great court

    on campus; part of the great court

    i cant figure out how to rotate the tree picture! :( it does it automatically for some but there is no rotate button :O
    okay farewell that is all for now bye byeeeeeee

     
    • Mar 5:33 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the stupid hill is going to shape your butts nicely! :DD

    • Lauren 10:03 pm on July 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      wow! classes are already starting?! craziness. send me a postcard! hehe :o)

  • Jaleey 1:07 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    i know ive totally been neglecting this blog… 

    i know, ive totally been neglecting this blog. im bad at keeping up with things & especially with this limited internet connection, i hardly can go online for more than 5 minutes at a time. pretty pathetic i must say!

    today, i went to a large farmer’s market at West End Markets. i bought tons of veggies and fruits and bread!! it’s cheap, fresh, the sizes are larger than at the grocers, and fun to go there too! definitely need to take the ferry there again next saturday :) as for my days here since my arrival, haven’t done much to tell the truth! yet, i havent been sleeping in either! happen to wake up each day around 6 am, then for the next hour or two i drift back and forth in and out of my sleep! haha ive been to the City also known as downtown Brisbane about four or five times (it’s just a 15 minute bus ride) and to Gold Coast the other day. the beach is chilly now so there weren’t that many people around. swimming is unimaginable in this weather! i also visited chinatown here the other day. it’s located in an area called Fortitude Valley and like everything else, i had to take the bus and transfer & take the train there. transportation’s really convenient here, but nothing compared to asia!! hehe and i still am getting used to crossing the road & looking right first. the whole driving on the right side is still weird for me!

    overall, the view has been beautiful here. the river, the skyline, rural-er areas, campus, are all gorgeous. im surprised at how nice the weather is here although it’s winter! a bit like january/february minus the rain (well, so far) and sunnier in the afternoons. i have no complaints besides the chilly breeze, which is good :O) however, everything here is so pricey. from food, accommodations, clothes, shoes, accessories, everything has been more expensive than back in the States! literally, the Subway $5 footlong is $7 here, and not even the price exchange rate makes up for it! ugly ass shoes (that are not only hideous, but shitty in quality) are at least $60 here; forever21 clothes, which are cute but not that great in quality, are all at least $60 here too, if not more!! i saw these pair of sneakers i really wanted, and needed especially in this weather, but i looked at the price and was shockeddd—$140!! back home you can buy at least 2 pairs of nice nice shoes!! :( well, i am definitely prepared to buy tons when i get back, especially since it’ll be the xmas season! im so excited for shopping and for recognizable, familiar U.S. brands @ U.S. prices!

    alrighty, gotta check my quota. i used up my month’s very limited 400 MB in 2 days when i first got here… now im limiting myself to 0.10 GB everyday. i bought 2 GB for $20..lets see how long this lasts! :Op UPDATE: I USED 0.02 more!! ahh! hahah i must sound psycho but im worried this isn’t even going to last me one week! so skype & video chatting–i doubt that’ll happen at this rate! unless magically i have quota that i can’t use up. hmm..guess this restriction might be good for me; hopefully, ill focus on my academics more :Op!

    by the way i got a new phone number!! i doubt anyone reading this is going to call me overseas..ask me for it if you really want! i can send international texts & receive calls all the same :)

    & here are a couple of pictures for your enjoyment! don’t forget to check out the Photos. tab @ the top!!

    downtown treasury office

    downtown treasury office

    chinatown in Fortitude Valley

    chinatown in Fortitude Valley

    skyline in the day; via the ferry

    skyline in the day; via the ferry

    story bridge; ferry ride to the City

    story bridge; ferry ride to the City

    gold coast beach

    gold coast beach

    ferry ride

    ferry ride

     
    • Helen 7:06 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      everything looks so pretty!!! I miss you!

    • Mar 7:16 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You’re so slim now, justine! :D
      more pictures!

    • Lauren Lee 8:44 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the updates, Justine! Love the pictures too! Keep blogging — i love to read about your adventures abroad! My blog is coming soon…

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