Today was both productive and enjoyable! After hours, days really, spent on the phone, I think I finally resolved the gas and electric problems. Because the retailers bill quarterly, we now have free electric and gas from when we moved in, 3/20, until the next meter read coming up on the the 10th of April. Crazy system but the free utilities works for me!
I recently found a hair salon and had a cut and color done at the Rocket salon (They've since changed the name to Wildlife hair) in McMahon's point. $144 – ouch. But there is no tipping here in Australia, as a rule, although I do find myself tipping every now and then, especially in the higher-end restaurants. My hairdresser, Cody, was a lovely girl and interesting. At 17 years old she once worked at a slaughterhouse/meat-packing facility which turned her into a vegetarian in no time apparently. I think I would too... Across the street is Billi's cafe so I had a nice lunch there after my hair appointment.
I also ordered change-of-address labels on Vista print and found petite clothing sites local in Australia. After more exploring up in North Sydney, I also discovered an Aldi's, where everything is so cheap! A real refuge in one of the most cities in the world.
This weekend also happens to be Easter and in Australia it is celebrated as a four-day-long weekend, Friday - Monday off is pretty damn cool. The bars/hotels were filled to the max around the city Thursday night. Our big excitement was borrowing a few dvds from the library until the internet kicks in on the 17th.
A typical, beautiful sculpture you will see walking the streets in the CBD (central business district) of Sydney. A native ibis has decided he likes the sculpture too. This sculpture also happens to have a water fountain in the center. (Jim in the pic, on the right, watching the bird.)
Ibis in water sculpture
When Jim returned from Tokyo, he brought me back this lovely kimono. I just love it and wear it all the time!
KimonoJapanese cotton kimono that Jim brought back for me from Tokyo
He also brought back the winning lottery ticket from Japan too - Not.... Japanese lottery ticketNot a winner :-(
And since we are on the subject of Japan, I wanted to share this link to view these incredible Japanese prints.
Finally, I thought this was a fitting quote....
"One kind word can warm three winter months."
~ Japanese Proverb