’tis the Season

December 17, 2006 at 11:38 am | Posted in General, Random | Leave a comment

I’ve been to a few Christmas functions this year, with a few more to go, and this year has probably been the best. I was particularly impressed with my work party – my first in the private sector. Between continuous and relatively tasty food plus the many, many different types of alcohol. I particularly enjoyed my bottomless glass of champagne! I also had the chance to meet new people as well as getting to know the others in my team better.

Drinks and food were held at one of Sydney’s cultural institutions. For me this was both very cool , with the architecture and display but also reinforced the ridiculous notion that the Historic Houses Trust, Museum of Contemporary Art and any other venue have about banning water bottles. I recognise that I harp on this a lot but it is an inconvenience and plain silly to think that water (should it escape) would actually damage anything, particularly compared with the greater potential for destruction posed by a packed location and copious amounts of alcohol.

While not seriously hung over (the constant eating and non-mixing of drinks probably helped) I did end up sleeping in late. Very late. I haven’t quite made it to a Sydney location this week. I apologise for my tardiness, I shall be heading to Brisbane to see my parents for Christmas but will be checking out some place new beforehand.

Return to the Powerhouse for the Great Wall

December 13, 2006 at 10:58 am | Posted in General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

Last week’s trip was a return to the Powerhouse for it’s Great Wall exhibit. You can check out the (tragic) ad on their site and on You Tube.

Overall, I thought the exhibit was well presented and informative. The upsides included a chronologically paced and organised history of the Wall, including occurrences within China and the region itself.  I found the changes in style and art shown in these snapshots of time useful in interpreting the written history. Add to the bits of crockery and wall, videos, stuff for kids (a crossbow game!) and a very cool changing panorama of the wall set to music and the experience was worth it.

Or was it?

The cost of entry is $18 and this also includes entry to the rest of the Powerhouse. Having been to the museum relatively recently I had no desire to see the museum and just wanted to visit the Great Wall exhibit.  If you haven’t been to the museum before the overall cost is probably a good deal, particularly if you like China. On the other hand if you don’t want to see the rest of the museum then the $18 is quite steep and should give you pause. 

A coincidence

December 5, 2006 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Random | 2 Comments

Today I saw a blog on WordPress’ fastest growing blog section and while it has nothing to do with me anyone who knows about my day job may want to check out Counter Intelligence! You know why.

Besides that esoteric appeal it offers everyone else food news and info which is always a good thing. Not to mention the recent hangover cure piece may be useful.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

December 3, 2006 at 12:04 pm | Posted in General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

I recently visited the Chinese Garden of Friendship situated at the edge of the Darling Harbour Precinct and close to Chinatown. Overall it was a very relaxing and even calming experience, with relatively few people – except for the wedding that had just finished! For a very small entry cost you may wander about the different scenes within the garden, whether that be bamboo, lake, waterfalls or mountain-style escapes topped with a pagoda.

I particularly liked that each section has a succinct explanation, including any feng shui or cultural areas of significance. With the exception of the number of people and the age of the installations it felt very reminiscent of similar gardens I’d been to in China. Mind you, not exact but pretty close. My only concern was the gimmick/ money-maker to rent imperial Chinese style clothes to wander about the ‘authentic’ garden and take pictures. Just like in olden times!

If you’d like to see a small slice of nature in the city then by all means come to the Chinese Gardens. 


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