Saturday, March 20, 2010

Alex and the zoo

Finally, some decent weather so that we could take Alex to Taronga Zoo. He slept for most of the ferry ride across Sydney's magnificent harbour, waking in time to eat lunch. He was quite interested in the reptiles, like the Komodo dragon below.

The giraffes and zebras also took his fancy, but he was too tired to get excited by the elephants, despite the presence of calves Luk Chai and the very recently born "Mr Shuffles".

I would think that he enjoyed the kids zoo most of all, not for the animals but for the running water to play in. He did giggle at daddy's pig snorts and shout "wow!" as a seal raced by him as he peered into their tank.

After lugging him around on my back we had a very pleasant swim in our pool.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

A funny thing happened on my way to childcare

I was walking along the footpath at the Riverside business park. There was one other person ahead of me, but otherwise we seemed to be the lone pedestrians. While sitting in the train between Epping and North Ryde stations I had read an article in The Big Issue about discrimination and was imagining completing a survey about my own biases. I decided that, were I an employer, I probably wouldn't discriminate on the basis of race or disability, but that I might have a hard time accepting somebody who belonged to an evangelical religion.

Suddenly, round the corner a lady appeared walking on the footpath in the opposite direction to me. She attempted to hand out a copy of Awake! magazine to me.

Awake! is published by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

I had to laugh!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Malaysian feast

My family dropped by for lunch today and we introduced them to the cuisine of B's birthplace with a real Malaysian feast. We cooked up fish cakes, opor ayam (chicken curry), nasi lemak (coconut rice), ikan bilis (fried dried anchovies), Singapore noodles, cekodok (deep fried banana and coconut fritters) and kuih talam (a Malaysian coconut and pandan sweet).

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