Jelena Dokic – she’s baaaaaack!

January 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Melbourne, Sports/Outdoor Activities, tennis | 1 Comment

Australian Tennis Open at Melbourne Park is currently on its 3rd round. I’ve just watched (on tv) the match between Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the 11th seed and Australia’s  Jelena Dokic where  Dokic  won  3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Yes! Australia’s prodigal daughter is back. After a falling out with tennis Australia and leaving the country in 2001, Dokic is back and the whole nation is embracing her. She may have been branded a persona non-grata back then but all is forgiven now. The crowd at Rod Laver Arena in her last two matches were very supportive of her.

Full match report can be read here.

Hopefully she will go on to win more matches and improve her world ranking. Good luck to her.

Five-month summary

March 19, 2008 at 11:43 am | Posted in All, Australia, Sports/Outdoor Activities | Leave a comment

How quick time flies. It has been five months since my last post. I’ve made a few drafts but never got to publish them. Have actually deleted them now as they seem outdated already. Blogging has somewhat taken a back seat for me.

Anyhow, this past five months, I have been pre-occupied with something else. I bought a Nintendo DS Lite on November last year. A friend gave me a 4 Gb total size of DS games so I have been trying them one by one. There so much choices but I don’t really like the arcade type ones so I gave them a miss.

I had a two-week break on Christmas and we took this opportunity to travel. Shane organised a golfing trip along Murray River townships in country Victoria and the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales with his brother and best friend. Of course, I was included in the trip. Or there will be no trip. In the searing heat of summer, we played golf and did some sight-seeing on the side. Well, I actually played just a couple of times. Not that I can play well anyway. I didn’t have my own set of clubs and my swing needs a lot of work. The heat was just too much. After just 4 holes, I was absolutely knackered.

January was nothing special but February was, with birthdays and our wedding anniversary. We revisited the restaurant where we had our reception. As always, the food was nothing short of spectacular. Shane gobbled up his Australian angus beef steak in under two minutes!Srixon tour Special DC-2 Ladies Graphite Set

These past few weeks, golf has kept me busy. I have finally bought my own set of clubs, a Srixon Tour Special. It is a complete set with bag and buggy. I have been going to a driving range to hit balls. Slowly but surely, my swing is becoming more consistent and my range is improving. We also bought a golf net which we set up in the backyard so I can practice driving anytime. I have created a putting space in our lounge room so I’m practicing my putting while watching TV. Hehehe… that’s how motivated I am. I’m just starting to learn the sport so I still have a long way to go. I have set a goal for myself and I am determined to reach that goal.

We drove all the way to Sorrento a fortnight ago for a round. The undulating fairway of the course was in itself already a challenge, let alone the game. I was keeping up with the guys (in terms of walking, not shots) in the front nine but was struggling when we got to the back nine. My interest in the game is high enough that it helped me make it through up to the last hole.

So for now, golf is on top of my list of priorities outside work and home. I won’t completely abandon blogging and will still write something if I find time.


PS. In between all of these, I underwent a hysteroscopy + polypectomy to correct my abnormal menstruation. All is good now. Hopefully.

Health woes and Queensland holidays

October 9, 2007 at 1:44 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Environment, Health, Sports/Outdoor Activities, Travel | 3 Comments

Apologies to all who have visited this site, both intentionally and unintentionally, for the last few weeks and kept seeing the same old entry. Thank you fellas for giving me a minute of your web time.

Pardon my being a slack-ass. I have not been really feeling good health-wise.

A couple of weeks before leaving for Queensland I had been racked with dental problems. The gums around my lower wisdom teeth were swelling like some pregnant bull frog. At first, I can’t be fagged but finally had a gutful of the annoying pain and forced myself to see a gum digger, that is a dentist for non-Aussies. Turned out, my wisdom teeth are impacted and still pushing their way out of my already infected gums. I was prescribed some antibiotics and had to have a full mouth x-ray and come back for some more tests. After several out-of-pocket dollars, I was told I needed two tooth fillings but before that the teeth that needed fillings need to be x-rayed first. That is another two rounds of x-ray at $40 each. The fillings cost $130 each. I’d be spending just under $500 for cleaning and fillings. Bloody hell, dental care in Australia is way too expensive. Made me sicker! No wonder, a lot of people go to the Philippines (and other SE Asian countries) for major dental works. Dental pain is a royal pain in the ass pocket for those who do not have private health insurance with dental coverage.

The pain, the pain. How on earth these teeth have come to be called wisdom teeth when one loses whatever wisdom one has when they grow?

And that’s just the start. I have also been suffering from prolonged period. It just wouldn’t stop. Not until I went to the quack and have been prescribed Primolut-N to fully stop it. I couldn’t care less if this drug made me wobbly in the first 24 hours.It did its job, that’s what matters.

From antibiotics to hormonal drugs. Ha! I have never been so dependent on drugs in my life. Yeah, I’m a druggie now. Give me that ice!

This bout of prolonged period may have been the effect of stopping the BC pills. I was on the pills for years that when I decided to stop it, my monthly visits went haywire. So those claims that the pills has no side effects are NOT true at all. Beware.

Notwithstanding these health woes, we still pushed through with the holidays in Queensland. We have to anyway, because Shane has to be there for his hockey tournament. The trip was fruitful for Shane and the Victorian Hockey Team as a whole. Victoria dominated and won in 9 out of 10 divisions.

Victoria have asserted their dominance with wins in nine of the ten divisions 11’s, 13’s, 15’s,18’s, 21’s, Senior Mens, Masters & Senior Womens Division. Only the new Veterans division deprived them of a rare clean sweep, which they lost in the final to Queensland.

More about the trip in the next entry. Will post photos too.

Queensland, we’re coming back

September 5, 2007 at 10:59 am | Posted in All, Australia, Events, Sports/Outdoor Activities, TV | Leave a comment

In two weeks time, we will be basking in the tropical beaches of Shane made it to the Victorian team competing for the In-line Hockey National Championships in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast. I will be tagging along for a short holiday as well.

I’ve had enough of the cold Melbourne weather. A bit of sun and heat would be a very much welcomed change.

Meantime, I’m posting a network campaign ad of Sunshine Television Network. Titled “Love you Queensland”, this was produced and directed by Alun Humphreys in the early 90’s when he was the Network Promotions Director for STN. Enjoy the vid.

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