A day in Australia

Perth Restaurants: The Definitive Guide

Perth is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and was originally founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829. With a population of nearly two million, it’s the fourth most populous city in Australia, and it’s also the capital of the west.

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Usability, the Aussie way

Being in a country as a transit destination (in our case from New Zealand to Thailand), I like to have it as easy and comfortable as possible.
Not worrying about anything, until the connecting flight arrives.
But it's not working in Australia. After changing the money with a goal to get some coffee, you get metal coins.

 

Obverse side of one and two dollar coins, Sydney, Australia
Obverse side of one and two dollar coins, Sydney, Australia

Intuition and rules of usability dictate that the bigger coin is the more  READ MORE »

Australia - the big brother

I've said mostly positive words about Australia so far. Well, maybe except the level of IT and internet development.
Still, we need to be objective, right? Therefore, a few words of criticism about how Australia treats its own citizens.

 

Let's start from Europe.

I come from there, so the comparison comes naturally.
Travelling in Europe is easy - if you're a citizen of an EU country, all you need to travel to the rest of the continent, is an ID card. The passport can stay at home.

Look what the authorities say:
“It is best to have your passport or ID card when travelling in the EU because you may be required to prove your identity.”
 

You may be required, how's that?

What happens in reality, is that you just drive past the border of yet another European country, sometimes even without noticing it. And nobody bothers to check you, except some rare cases.

Nice and easy.

 

In Australia, on the other hand,

even the citizens of Australia are asked to fill out the departure card!

Australian outgoing passenger's card

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The impact of lunch breaks on quality of life

While discussing your compensation package with a new employer, how much would you be willing to sacrifice for having lunch breaks like this?

Two construction guys relax on Manley beach during a lunch break, Sydney, Australia

Two construction guys relax on Manley beach during a lunch break, Sydney, Australia  READ MORE »

The reminescent Sydney

Sydney reminds me somewhat of a Singapore. Water, high rise buildings and reflections in a dark water.

CDB reflecting in the waters of the bay, Sydney, Australia

CBD reflecting in the waters of the bay, Sydney, Australia

Except the prices. No more negotiations when  READ MORE »

Rewarding top of Wilsons Promontory

At least one hour's climb to Mount Oberon via a wide and winding gravel road is rather boring, but two things while on the top are definitely rewarding.

View to down below from the top of Mount Oberon, Wilsons Promontory, Australia

View to down below from the top of Mount Oberon, Wilsons Promontory, Australia

Views to the surrounding beaches, and  READ MORE »

World's top toilet view

The highlight of my today's sightseeing in Melbourne is visiting one of the high-rise hotels.

Actually, the hotel's toilet.

It is situated on a top floor and has a huge window from floor to ceiling. The views are magnificent.

 

Birds-eye panoramic view at the city from the toilet of a hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Birds-eye panoramic view at the city from the toilet of a hotel, Melbourne, Australia

We all know that some people love reading in toilets. Well, in this one, you one can  READ MORE »

About scale of things

So far we have driven all along the West coast of Australia, from Darwin to Perth.
After the flight from Perth to Melbourne, we plan to drive again, this time from Melbourne to Cairns.

In total it will be more than 8000 kilometers.

 

Postcard comparing territory of Australia to Europe, USA, Japan, New Zealand, SE Asia: Unfortunately I did not find any copyright information on this postcard. In any case, it's not mine.

Postcard comparing territory of Australia to Europe, USA, Japan, New Zealand, SE Asia

 

Back home it usually takes me half a year to cover  READ MORE »

What's on the street and tempting?

After a nice dinner out in Melbourne, we decided to give it a go and try a dessert in one of Italian ice cream shops that are open till late.

All kinds of desserts are tempting passers-by, Melbourne, Australia

All kinds of desserts are tempting passers-by, Melbourne, Australia

After the waitress brought the blueberry cheesecake, we realized our mistake.

Even for two of us the piece was  READ MORE »

"Gay" as in gay, or gay? Meanings madness!

An example of Australian marketing.

Ice cream named "Golden gaytime", Melbourne, Australia
Ice cream named "Golden gaytime", Melbourne, Australia

 

Costs 6.49 AUD.

Of course I bought it! Tastes great, by the way.  READ MORE »

Who's guarding the guardian

Statue guarding entrance to the shop, Melbourne, Australia
Statue guarding entrance to the shop, Melbourne, Australia

 

I've asked a resident of Melbourne, living there for over twenty years, if he could tell me the name of the most dangerous suburb. Gangs, guns, drugs, that type of  READ MORE »

Find out what is it that you look like in the morning mirror

A few posts back I mentioned kangaroos, wombats and emus. Thought you might like to see how they look, umm, in a different context.

I.e. alive.

Emu you already saw, so I'll start with a kangaroo.

A portrait, if you like. I think she's dreaming about grass that's even greener.

Portrait of a kangaroo, Phillip island, Australia

Portrait of a kangaroo, Phillip island, Australia

 

Also, meet wombat. A boulder of  READ MORE »

Asterisk your life

I become worried and upset when simple street signs come with asterisk and small text. To me it means something has gone wrong in the society.

 

Special offer for lunch, Melbourne, Australia

Special lunch offer, Melbourne, Australia

Of course I understand that  READ MORE »

Parrotmania

Australia still manages to keep us surprised with its variety of birds and other wildlife.

Green colored wild parrot, near Pemberton, Australia

Green colored wild parrot, near Pemberton, Australia

 

Initiatives and laws of environment conservation are quite  READ MORE »

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