Archive for June, 2008

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008


Sorry for those of you who have tried to write comments - I have to approve your first comment and then after, all other comments will immediately post. But I had 500+ spam comments to get through and I didn’t want to do it. But please, leave comments, I promise to be better about it.  […]

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

We bought a car!

Yes, we are now the proud owners of a navy blue 2003 KIA Carnival…
OK, I know, I know - it’s a far cry from James’ BMW M3 he had just a few short years ago but we also now have 2 kids.  We figured that since we’ll only need the car for 2-3 years (at […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Australia by annie

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Pictures from Australia

OK, the weather has finally improved and we were able to get out into Sydney.  We rented a car for the weekend so James could go car shopping and I could go to IKEA.  Wow, what a pleasant change from the IKEA in Shanghai.  Even on a weekend, it was great, at least in comparison. […]

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Family Pictures

So, before we left Shanghai, we squeezed in a family photo session. We’ve been wanting to do professional pictures but with the timing of everything, we didn’t think we’d be able to. But, my friend Olivia recommended this studio in the Westgate Mall called Angel Face (6th floor) where she had pictures taken. […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Noah, Samantha, General by annie

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Internet in Australia

So, one of the differences we’re getting used to here is internet connection in Australia.  Apparently it’s all about DSL which is fine but instead of being a flat monthly package for all you can surf at a particular speed, you pay for the connection speed and how much you can download per month.  I […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Australia by annie

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

American Society in Australia

So, James signed us up to go to a meeting of newcomers at the American Society in Australia.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but thought it’d be a good way to meet some other Americans which I hadn’t yet.  Since my mom is here, we can actually go out since she can watch […]

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Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Gourmet Pizza Kitchen

So, I figured why not continue my food critiques here in Sydney, though I don’t think I’ll have as many as I did in Shanghai.
Gourmet Pizza Kitchen (Albert Ave. & Archer Street)
An Australian friend of mine recommended this restaurant to me when she heard we were living in Chatswood.  She said it had the “best […]

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Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The Transition - Week 1

OK, so my last post wasn’t too upbeat… it was written in haste at a computer terminal in the mall because we didn’t have internet access at home. Well, now we do and I can sit back and think a bit more about what I’m writing.
In all honesty, this transition is a lot harder […]

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Hello from Rainy Oz…

Yup, it’s raining here. From what I can tell, it didn’t start raining until the day we got here… coincidence? Well, the beautiful weather that James had promised me has not yet appeared so we’re off to a rocky start. Without a car or internet access at home, things are a bit boring since […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Australia by annie