Today I checked the weather on my dashboard:
It is funny. If you compare these two diagrams they look temprature wise almost the same. But Aussies already talk about winter and freezing. However in Switzerland they talk about warmth and almost sommer;-)
admin on May 28th 2008 in Aussie LifeLearn the Aussie Game Rules
Yeah I had a great weekend. Actually I didn’t know that last Friday would be day off so a mate from work invite me to a cool place. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name. It is about 2 hours away from the city in Sydney. I got introduced to his friends which were a bunch of crazy dudes but good fun to hang out with.
We had some fun with locals (Samon, Blake and Me)
The Australian Game on ANZAC Day. The rules are actually very simple. You play and loose money:) In more detail you bet for head or tails. Then you need to find another person who bets the same amount of money for the opposite side. To avoid confusion always the person who put on head keeps the money. Then a person troughs a coin the air and the side which the coins is showing wins. It is actually 50/50 percent chance. Anyway I lost 30 bucks on my first ANZAC Day. See picture above; we celebrate the ANZAC Day in a local pub.
They introduced me to the game. The game:) The only way to get out of game is it to eat two cans of cat food. One dry and one wet. The rules are actually very easy. If they asked you a question about your belongings, you are never allowed to answer with “mine”. For example: Whose pen is this? It is mine. Ouch… You shouldn’t have answered with ‘mine’ because now you need to do 10 push ups. It doesn’t matter where you are. Should you be in a car you need to pull over and do 10 sit ups on the street;-) By the way if you know the rules of the game you are in the game.
I got some golf lessons. At the begin I made more whole into the ground than anything else. We actually shoot the balls into a lake and the next day we went to dive for them.
This was probably the highlight of our trip. We made a flooding bar on the lake with our surf boards.
admin on April 28th 2008 in Aussie Life
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New addition to the collection.Just mesmerised by the #colours. #orchids #orchid #pink #adelaideweatheris perfect for the #blooms
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These #beautiful #white #gemsare all over the harbour right now,Totally changing the look of island #victorharbour #adelaidelife #walk
Strated all over again..this is the smallest space ever.It will be hard for few days but will surely make container gardening a #success #urbangarden #growyourown #veggies #smallspacegardening #adelaidesummer
Its funny that kids like to ride on these pigs everytime we visit the place @thecityadelaide #evening #kidsfunday #pig
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There are beautiful #coloursand diffrent varieties of #butterflies,this is must #visitplace at #singaporeAirport #travelling #vacationfun
These babies are suppose to go on the walls of the living room but now thinking of mounting them on outside walls( #Garden) #gardensign #landscape #canberralife #leaves #mirrorwork
#holidaysare not long now. #littleones are getting busy with #summeractivities.All #craftitems are coming out and house is gonna be full of mess and screams again #busymums #activekids #growingkids #kidsart #canberralife
Look at the most satisfying #expressionon this #gardenstatue, I #wishif i could feel the same way about my work in a garden but i always want more..yeah !!cause i am #human. #homegarden #urbangarden #gardensign #canberralife
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The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.
The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.
Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.
If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.
There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce.
On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.
Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic milk crate.
All our best heroes are losers.
The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.
It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.
A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.
It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".
Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, Australians may just be really hopeless with names.
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I just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, after a few very pleasant days in Australia, which is just coming out of a pleasant winter and heading into an even more pleasant spring. Did I mention it’s very pleasant there? Even though I’ve been spending most of my time giving speeches and meeting with potential partners for HuffPost Australia (with plans to launch in the Australian autumn, i.e. our U.S. spring), it’s impossible not to remark on the vastness of the country. Australia ranks 6th in the world in size, but 56th in population. It’s a continent and a country and an island. It’s got vast empty stretches where you can feel very alone, and yet is also an extremely urban country, with nearly 90 percent of the population living in an urban center. As one mordantly funny bit of Australian wisdom warns tourists, “If you leave the urban areas, carry several litres of water with you at all times, or you will die.”
It turns out, Australians are great at being part of the group (at least in my brief experience there, they don’t need a lot of coaxing to come out and have fun), but also very comfortable with being alone. As technology and our increasing hyperconnectedness have created the phenomenon of being “alone together” — in which we’re seldom entirely and truly alone with ourselves, but also never really fully part of a group — Australians still have a way of doing both.
But the country as a whole also puts into stark relief the challenges we all face. It’s a country where the people are as sunny as the weather. They’re upbeat, social, outgoing, gregarious, eager to connect and engage. And yet they’re not immune to some of the same darker trends confronting other countries. For example:
• In 2013, 26 percent of Australians reported experiencing moderate or severe distress levels, and 73 percent said stress has an impact on their physical health. About 40 percent said they’ve used alcohol to help them cope with stress.
• Stress-related illness costs the Australian economy nearly $15 billion per year.
* One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year.
• Depression is the number one non-fatal disability in Australia. In 2013, Australia was the second-highest prescriber of anti-depressants, with Australians’ anti-depressant use doubling in the past 10 years.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24.
And Australians are facing the same work-life issues as the rest of the world. As one ad agency leader put it, “Clients don’t think anything of texting me at 9pm at night. Now I don’t feel as if I ever really switch off.” So it’s no surprise that, as asurvey by Cisco found, nine out of ten Australians under the age of 30 are addicted to their smartphones, with 20 percent reportedly checking their devices at least every ten minutes.
And, of course, there’s the challenge of getting enough sleep, which Australians are also not immune to. In one poll, 96 percent of those surveyed reported that they wake up tired, and almost 40 percent had dozed off in the middle of a meeting or right at their desk.
Australia may be geographically isolated from the rest of the world, but they’re right in the middle with the rest of us in facing the roadblocks that keep us from living a healthy life. But though the roadblocks that make it harder to live a healthy life are pretty universal (overwork, exhaustion, burnout, stress, all amplified by technology), each country I’ve been in in my recent travels gets around the roadblocks in its own unique way.
In South Korea, for instance, which is often considered the burnout capital of the world, with the average worker putting in 2,200 hours each year, and the suicide rate tripling since 1992 (they even have a word, “gwarosa,” which means suicide related to overwork), they also have Kouksundo, a practice that mixes meditation, breathing and martial arts and has been shown to combat stress and anxiety.
And in Japan, another country that struggles with burnout and exhaustion, and has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, there are shrines and gardens and meditating monks everywhere, and ancient traditions of Buddhism, Shintoism and Zen Meditation are being adopted to help young people deal with the stress of finding a job.
In Australia, they have their own traditions — from a vibrant beach culture to the ancient Aboriginal concept of “Dreamtime” — the belief that “all life as it is today — Human, Animal, Bird and Fish is part of one vast unchanging network of relationships which can be traced to the great spirit ancestors of the Dreamtime.” Traveling even a short distance outside an Australian city, into the quiet of the vast outback, or even pausing to absorb the unique beauty of the Sydney Opera House, the concept of Dreamtime can feel very present.
Of course, another key component of thriving is giving, and here, too, the Australians have made their mark. According to 2012’s World Giving Index, Australians were the most generous people in the world, with more than two-thirds giving money to charity and over one-third giving their time to volunteer.
Australians have also made the “gap year” a milestone of young adulthood. Instead of going straight from high school into college and then straight into the rat race, more than a quarter of Australians put college off a year for a more unstructured time of exploration. ‘’Parents fear a gap year may disrupt a student’s momentum,” said Andrew Martin, a professor at the University of Sydney, “but it is possible it is part of the momentum.”
It could be a different kind of momentum, more in line with one of my favorite aboriginal proverbs: “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
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