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This is not the greatest show ever in America. In fact, it’s awful. Just saying.

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Footy Game

It was our first full day in Australia, and the guys here had decided to go to an AFL game.  It is getting into the finals, and so the game we watched didn’t really mean anything other than determining home field advantage.  Both St Kilda and Carlton are in the final 8, so it was a great game to watch.

We were right near one of the goal posts and 27 rows back.  It was a pretty awesome experience.  The pace of the game was just incredible.  These guys are running around a field much larger than an American football field, and they go non-stop.  There are no timeouts, out of bounds, play clock, etc.  They are just full out sprinting and smashing into themselves for 25 minute quarters.

I have no idea if it is as exciting while watching it on TV, but being there and experiencing it first hand for the first time was incredible.

Oh, and it was held at the MCG.  The stadium holds over 100k people, and is one of the 10 largest in the world.  Other cool things about the MCG is that there is a waiting list to get seats.  From what I hear, when a child is born they are put on the waiting list, and then they usually get seats in their 30s or 40s.  Just incredible.

Oh, and the whole thing is located a 20 minute walk from downtown (from where Yow-Yow and I are staying), and it is right across the street from where the Australian Open is played.

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Moving and Kauai

Here are some of the pictures from us leaving Chicago to head to the airport, along with a few shots from Kauai.  Not a whole lot of pictures from Kauai this time.  I figured that everyone had enough from the last slew I put up from our wedding.

As seen on the home page, we have made it to Melbourne successfully and we are in our temporary apartment.  I don’t think Yow-Yow is quite adjusted to the time change yet, as she was up till 4AM last night reading, and is still sleeping as I read this.

So far so good!

Oh, and there is a new wordpress plugin for SlideShowPro Director.  It is exactly what I have been looking for.  What does this mean for viewers at home?  Well, potentially a site redesign.  The current theme I’m using isn’t the greatest for Director compatibility (files get saved multiple times, if you change anything to a file in Director it doesn’t get updated on the site, etc.).  Who knows when I’ll have time, but it is definitely on the list of things to do now!

An example of what the new plugin does is below.  I’m definitely going to be changing a few posts to make it work a lot better!

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Pretties

I know I’ve posted a watch prior, but it is hard to forget your first love.

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Marina Bay Sands

Due to SPG having a certain promotion happening right now, a colleague and I are hopping between hotels here in Singapore.  We knew that we we had a special rate at the Marina Bay Sands, but were never able to actually get it.  That is, until yesterday and tomorrow nights.

Having not paid the S$20 to go up to the Sky Park before, I was very excited to be able to actually use the infinity pool.  Needless to say, even though it wasn’t the nicest day out, it didn’t disappoint.

Our rooms had pretty decent views too.  Granted, we were in the cheapest rooms (floor 22 or below), and we looked out over the ocean and construction.  Still not horrible by any stretch.  Nothing like some panorama action via the cell phone.

Once I get home, I should be able to post some real pictures.  The sad part is that my cell phone is bad, and makes me wish for a better camera, as does my Point and Shoot.

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More Wedding Pictures

Joel’s pictures have now been added to the gallery. I also have all of Adam’s pictures, so will probably be adding them here shortly too. There aren’t nearly as many as Joel or I had, so it won’t take that long to go through them.

Speaking of getting Adam’s pictures, that means I have some of the pictures from Sincere Fine Watches when were there to visit.  So pretty is the Zenith Chronomaster Open Grande Date.

Update:

Adam’s pictures have since been added.  Also, the wedding photographer’s pictures have started trickling in to us, and I am pretty impressed so far.  I can’t wait to put them all up here for your perusal too!

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My Birthday

I haven’t done a birthday post in awhile, but it gives me a good reason to throw a post up.  Nothing like being in Singapore with a stuffy nose for your birthday.  Not to mention for your 30th.

What I really wanted to post about though, was that I have Joel’s pictures from HI.  He gave the lot to me, and I’m going to run through them over the weekend and add them to the wedding gallery.  He was able to go through the ones from the reception, but doesn’t look like he touched any of the later ones.  I’ll just be cleaning up basic things on his (dammit Joel, correct your slightly off horizons!), but want to keep them as basic as possible.

I may throw up a few daily images too.  All depends on how much time I have.  Oh, and I have gotten word from the wedding photographer.  Apparently Ken and his wife took around 800 pictures, so he is slowly going through them.  He will be uploading them to SmugMug (I’ll post a link) and then he’ll send me the DVDs and I’ll probably upload them to the Wedding site too.

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Wedding Pics Posted

Well, I finally finished going through most of the images from the wedding and honeymoon.  I can’t believe from just Yow-Yow and my camera we had just shy of 900 images!

The good news, is that I was able to trim that down to a slightly more manageable 560.  Oh, and you guys can go check out all of them right now over on the Our Wedding page (links are at the top right of the page too)!

As mentioned, on the page, I highly recommend going full screen and taking some time.  There are also links to everyone else’s images.  If yours our missing, please let me know and I’ll throw up a link!

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Singapore Hawker Reviews

I forgot to mention it in the last post, but while in Singapore for any amount of time, you should really get Makansutra for your Hawker’s delight.

The layout sort of sucks because it is laid out in either type of food or macro location (N, S, E, or W).  What they really need is a good map for each location.  The Singapore locations are not obvious (unless you are a local), and even the road names confuse me at time.  Unless you have a data plan on your phone for some online maps lovin’, you really need to plan ahead.

Highly recommended, and while I’m away Tom is marking up my copy that I picked up in Singapore.  I wish they had a Kindle version though.

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Singapore Food

Ever since Tom arrived to the project, we have been going on a culinary visit of the various food locations.  I definitely can’t complain, as everything we’ve had has been delicious.

Here are a few of the items we’ve had, with accompanying pictures (in order).

  • Fish head curry.  Technically, Tom was the only one that had this.  When the lady asked him “for how many?” he should’ve realized it was going to be a rather large lunch item for one.
  • Actually, later that day we hit up a grilled fish place in Chinatown.  Turns out this place is actually a chain (we found that out later), but man was it good.  We had a whole snapper in a mildly spicy, but fragrant broth, rice, szechuan beans, and spicy chicken cubes.  Quite delicious.
  • Over the weekend we decided to venture out to where Top Chef had the season finale not too long ago.  I had heard that this is one of the finer Hawker’s squares.  First stop was the Bedok food court.  Holy cow was this place packed!  Had some delicious fried noodles, and some sort of soup (no pictures and don’t remember the exact name).
  • We then headed to the beach.  Silly us, we decided to walk, so when we got there we were thoroughly parched.  Insert one deliciously chilled coconut.  Incredibly refreshing.
  • Our man date then consisted of a walk along the beach.  It was nice because they have a huge park that extends the whole way.  It reminded me of Chicago’s lake shore path, but with a different view into the water.  Yes, those are tons of ships.
  • Then we finally decided to gorge ourselves and eat like kings.  The seafood out on the East Coast Lagoon Food Village was epic.  If you get there early enough you can even get a good seat.  Tom was in charge of food, and I kept the beers refilled.  So tasty.
  • Laksa from Roxy Laksa
  • BBQ Fish
  • The leftover shells from our king prawns
  • Chili clams and squid
  • Chili crab
  • Chili crab and fried rolls (for sopping up the delicious sauce)

Needless to say, we rolled out of there and felt incredibly full.

I’m back in Chicago now, getting ready for the wedding in HI and then honeymoon in New Zealand.  Should have more to post about those and my ongoing trips to Singapore!