Archive for October 2009
Friday night and Andrew is at work for his first official shift at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant on Darling Harbour. Morgan is out with his work mates so Natasha and I decide to have a girls night out on Darling Harbour. I haven’t gone out without Andrew since we have been away, feels nice to have some girl time and get all made up to go out to the bar. As it happens we end up going to Cargo bar, where I just went with Andrew the last night. No cheap drinks on Friday’s unfortunately.
Natasha and I have a great night at the bar. Morgan is supposed to meet up after with us at the bar, but he has gone out for dinner and drinks at another location with his boss and work mates. Andrew arrives at Cargo bar just in time to escort us home safely. No shoes and all.
Thursday night, Andrew and I decide to go for some happy hour drinks after work. As we walk around Darling Harbour, we come across Cargo Bar that has amazing Thursday specials – $5 cocktails, wine and beer along with $5 pizza. Doesn’t get much better than that! We grab a few drinks and pizza for dinner. Great atmosphere, downstairs has pool tables, an outside patio and a dance floor. Upstairs has more of a lounge feel.
We head home and since Natasha and Morgan are home Andrew and I decide to teach them how to play Euchre. Can’t believe they haven’t heard of this game in either England or Australia! This was after we each had a few drinks, much easier to teach and learn a card game when sober! But nonetheless we get down to the card game. Good times had by all. Friday is going to be a rough day at work, luckily my job doesn’t require much brain power!
Back at work for day 3 of 15. Each day seems to be longer than the last one. The only good thing about today is that Andrew has signed us up at Fitness First, so at least I can look forward to going to the gym. They have a promo right now where there is no joining fee, but in very small print there is still a $70 admin fee, what a joke! Gyms are the worst for trying to squeeze every last dollar from you. Andrew is able to use his negotiation skills to get a cheaper bi-weekly fee for us at least.
After work I head to the gym to check it out the facilities. The Fitness First on Market Street overlooks the Pyrmont Bridge and has an entire glass front. Lots of classes and good equipment as well. And since it’s the only chain of gyms in Sydney it’s an easy choice. After hardly exercising for the last two months and living on chips and Tim Tam’s it’s time to get back into shape!
This morning I started work as a receptionist through Sirius recruitment agency at a company called Invocare – the head office for a number of funeral home brands, not exactly high excitement. I get to work at 9 a.m and I am shown a few things by another girl who just started a few days earlier. After I get the lay of the land, I am pretty much left on my own for the rest of the day. Bored to death takes on new meaning at this place. My few other tasks besides answering the phone (which hardly ever rings) are things such as filing, stamping, sorting etc. Not exactly stimulating. At least there is a computer there so I can surf the web discreetly. But after a few hours of that I have run out of news to read. It looks like its going to be a very long 3 weeks!
We wake up this morning to a crazy thunderstorm – I guess the beach is out for today! We laze around the house with our roommates today wondering what we can go out and do in this weather. Our roommate, Natasha decides she really wants to go skating at the indoor skating rink at the Macquarie Ice Rink at the Macquarie Mall in North Ryde. Morgan, her boyfriend and roommate is not so keen on the idea – he’s from Australia and didn’t grow up skating like the rest of us (Natasha is from England). But after a bit of prodding off we go! I never though I would be going skating in Australia!
Skating is more expensive here than Canada – about $16 for the free skate with our discount cards. I guess it’s a bit more of a novelty here. The skates are also different – more like roller blades with a skate on the bottom. I am surprised at how busy the rink is – lots of kids in figure skating dress. A good time had by everyone, including Morgan!
Waking up in our new home in Pyrmont is wonderful. Its so great to be able to roll out of bed and go to the kitchen to make breakfast with no one else around. Also, really appreciate showering without flip flops! We spend our first morning getting things set up, and doing groceries now that we have a proper fridge and cupboard space to put things.
We spend the afternoon walking around Darling Harbour and enjoying the sites. The place is beautiful – it is surrounded by two levels of nice restaurants and shops. There is also the world’s largest IMAX, the convention centre, Sky Casino and lots of open park space. I would definitely recommend living near Darling Harbour – there is lots to see and do and it is the heart of all the action. There are boat races on the water and festivals in the park.
Andrew goes out in the late afternoon to drop off some resumes at a few of the restaurants on the water, and comes back with two trials, both for Saturday night at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant and one at Blackbird Cafe. Andrew, decides not to do the trial at Blackbird, since Nick’s is a much higher end restaurant and the money is better. No surprise, he gets offered the job and will be starting next week. Off to a good start!
Monday Oct 18th – Thursday Oct 21st:
Back to work on Monday to finish up my work placement at RogenSi. At this point I have been told that I have another work placement in Pyrmont, where we are moving too, that will start on Wednesday, after this placement is done. On Monday night, we walk around the other side of Bondi Beach over all of these rock formations. Waves splash up against the rocks, and cray fish and crabs can be seen in the small pools of water. There are a few fisherman out here, braving the wind and the waves. We stay until the sun goes down, when there is just enough light that we can make our way back over the rocks and to the beach again.
Tuesday is here. I find out, that unfortunately, I won’t be starting at the other placement. The person who was in the job previously got promoted, but now wanted her old job back so I was out of luck. I was pretty bummed at first, but it worked out great because I was able to spend our last few days in Bondi at the beach. Tuesday night we went for drinks at Ravesis‘. They have really cheap weeknight specials – on Tuesdays its $3 Blondes, and $10 for a pizza, Monday is even cheaper at $2/drink. They are right on the corner of Hall St. and Campbell Parade, with a view of the ocean, not bad for $3 drinks!
Wednesday we spend our last day at the beach again. This time we both grab boogie boards and head out into the ocean. I didn’t catch many waves but had a good time diving over them and under them anyways. Its amazing how powerful the waves are at Bondi, you really have to be a good swimmer to be out deep in the water. We spend our last night hanging out with people at the hostel and starting to pack up our stuff. After spending almost two weeks at the Bondi Backpackers, our stuff is everywhere. It looks like we will each be carrying a few extra bags over to Pyrmont tomorrow!
On Thursday morning, Andrew gets a call that he has an interview with Sirius Recruitment agency for Friday morning (the same company that I am with). Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any dress attire, so after we check out of our hostel, we leave our bags at reception and head down to Bondi Junction to do some shopping. They have a Target which provides us with all our shopping needs. Andrew and I both pick up some new work clothes, as I also heard from Sirius that I will be starting another 3 week placement as a receptionist on Monday. After that, we head back to the hostel to pick up our bags and head over to Pyrmont. Goodbye for now Bondi, we’ll be back soon!