From the archives..

February 5, 2011 - So Hot / The First Emperor

Sydney continues its string of 40+ hot days. I think today is the 6th in a day making new records. I wasn’t going to spend the weekend not getting any sleep and enduring the heat so last night I checked into the Amora Jamison Hotel in the city Friday/Saturday nights. I’m loving the airconditioning. However ... Read moreI hate you Read more »


I hate you

Last night Emma told me that “I hate you!”. This was after she was throwing her toys around the lounge room and I told her to stop. I thought she’d at least be a teenage when she told me that, not a three year old. She must be advanced.

Spider bite

I think I was bitten by a spider last night. I remember in the middle of the night having a sharp pain, like an insect bite on the top of my right leg. Today its all red and swollen. I had the same thing a year or so ago when I was bitten on my upper arm.
Stupid spiders. Stop biting me! Or at least give me some super powers.

Dubbo Trip

Last weekend we had out little road trip to Dubbo.
My mum flew down the night before and came along with us for the trip.

The drive from Sydney to Dubbo was a long one. We stopped for lunch along the way to break up the drive (~5.5hours).

When we got to Dubbo we stayed in a Big 4 Caravan park, in one of the cabins. Funnily enough the cabin was on ‘Emma Street’ 🙂
The park had its own water park which Emma loved. The water was cold so after 30mins of swimming she was turning blue, but insisted she was fine and wanted to keep swimming.

The highlight of the trip was the Dubbo Zoo. We rented a golf cart (you can drive your own car, or rent bicycles) to take around the circuit.

As well as the Zoo we went to the nearby town of Wellington and went on a couple of underground cave tours. They were very interesting.

A month in review – November 2017

We’ve been to a few birthday parties (kids). Emma has resumed her ballet classes. Although this term she is more interested in doing her own dancing moves, rather than paying attention to the teacher. Luckily the teacher has more patience than us.

Emma’s Russian lessons continue. I think she has passed me in her understanding of Russian. Это бред!

In non-Emma news. We’ve renovated our bathroom and our kitchen. Both very nice and modern. And two weeks ago I crashed my 12 year old Toyota Corolla 🙁 Nothing serious, but due to its age the insurance company wrote it off. So we have purchased a used Nissan Pulsar as its replacement.

Next week we are taking a long weekend and will be driving to Dubbo to show Emma the Dubbo Zoo.

Exploding Microwave (aka Bing Lee sucks)

So we recently renovated our kitchen. And the microwave we had, while still working, was looking very tired. It was white and the white plastic had changed colours to the old yellow colour. Time for a new microwave.

We went to Bing Lee and purchased a new Sharp microwave. This was on a Saturday.
On the Sunday Julia went to cook some microwave popcorn. Emma and I were watching the popcorn in the microwave, nothing was happening, we were waiting for the popping to start. Then suddenly it exploded. Luckily the microwave door remained closed. The popcorn packed had been on a dinner plate. The plate had bounced up into the roof of the microwave denting it, and broke in to shards, some of which stuck in the door of the microwave.

We took at back to the Bing Lee store and advised when them what had happened. The store manager was rude and aggressive. He said the machine looked fine, nothing wrong. This despite the roof being collapsed. Then he said we must have cooked the popcorn wrong. I asked them to get the machine checked for faults. He said they would charge us $70 for the inspection.

A week later still no information. I called them and was told the machined was checked and was fine; I asked for a copy of the report. Another two weeks pass and no report. I chase them several more times and eventually get a single page document, with the single line “Unit appears to be working ok”.

After discussing with Julia I decided to call Woolworths. Because if I heard that someone had been hurt by this, and I’d not reported it, I’d feel bad. So I call Woolworths and explain that I’d purchased popcorn from them, the microwave had exploded, and ‘apparently’ the microwave was without fault. Woolworths were really good about it. They took all my details. I still had the popcorn packet so gave them those details. I got a call the next day from the person in charge of nuts and snacks saying if I didn’t get any updates to please escalate with them. I also got a call from the manufacturer of the popcorn. Over the next week they did some tests on the same batch of popcorn. They couldn’t find any problems. But as a sign of good faith about their product they offered to re-emburse me for the cost of the microwave AND the service fee that Bing Lee charged. How great is that.

In summary; don’t go to Bing Lee. They suck.