Friday, 29 May 2009

Messages for people at home...

There are a few things going on back in the UK this weekend that I am gutted to not be part of:

Heena - Hope you have a GREAT party! Can't wait to hear all about it and see the pics!

Jojo- Good luck for the Race for Life! Well done for all the money you have raised- so proud of you!

Mum2 (Sham's mum)- Hope you get to do something nice for your birthday - we love and miss you lots!

Nee- Hope Jai has a lovely birthday party... and that you aren't too shattered!

Selina- Have a great time on your travels... can't wait to have you guys over in Aug!

Lastly, incase you haven't already heard, Shamir's contract at PWC has been extended till Oct. This is great news and means that we can now change our flights back to November... looks like we are going to get to stay - for a bit longer anyway!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Ok winter has arrived in Sydney!

I think I might have to take down the temp comparison thing from my blog soon, cos its no longer having the desired effect of making people at home jealous!
In fairness though, it is still only jumper weather... as long as it has a hood! The rain here is mad! Its been bucketing it down all week, although it looks like blue skies today...

I hope the weather holds up, cos we have a girlie brunch on the beach planned tomorrow while some of the boys are playing golf - Sham is so excited about using the new golf clubs that my friend Fiona and her hubby gave him for his birthday!

Speaking of Shams birthday, thanks everyone for the messages/ cards you have sent this week - its made us miss you guys a bit less knowing that you haven't forgotten us!

I have managed to do lots of catching up with people at home this week - am finally using Skype properly and have a few slots left for next week... so let me know if you have time for a chat!!

bye for now!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


The day I had been preparing for all week finally arrived on Saturday!
Sham hates the fuss about it being for his birthday, so we just talk about it as the party!

We had promised all our friends that we would cook Indian food for them

The menu included:
- Chicken wings
- Kebabs
- Curry puffs
- Jeera chicken curry
- Potato and pea curry
- Paneer
- Biriyani
- Naan breads (the only thing we didn't make!!)
- A "cake" made of Krispy Kreme donuts!!!

In keeping with the Indian theme, I even wore a Punjabi dress! Sham dared me, but as most of you know, I don't need an excuse to get dressed up in Indian clothes!

It was a great day and Sham did very well indeed on the present front!

On his actual birthday, we decided to keep it low key and went for a yummy Thai meal in Neutral Bay with a few friends.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Whingeing Poms!

Haha, I was just sent this on an email and thought it would be funny to share it with you guys!

A list of the most ridiculous complaints of British holidaymakers...

1 A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate"

2 A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

3 "The beach was too sandy."

4 A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

5 "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

6 "We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."

7 "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."

8 "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."

9 "My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room.
We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

10 "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller."

11 "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?"

12 "There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners."

13 "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

14 "We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."

15 "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

16 "I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite."

17 "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

18 "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

19 "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

20 "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

Busy party planning!

Hi all
We are nearly all set for tomorrow's party!!
I won't put too much about the menu as some of it is a surprise, but I will tell you all about it after Saturday! And of course put pics up!

I have had a busy week this week getting stuff sorted, so haven't had too much of a chance to sit around feeling sorry for myself or get bored!

I went in a butchers shop for the first time ever this week!! It was to order meat for the BBQ. I had to tell the guy about 10 minutes into our conversation that I was a vegetarian and this was my first time in a butchers cos he was looking at him vaguely when he was saying things like double wings and how much fat?!
Anyway, he was very helpful and I will go and pick up my meat order this afternoon... soon find out if I still didn't know what I was talking about!

The good thing about being busy is that it has meant that I have been waking up early - and getting a chance to catch up on chat with friends at home!

Right, need to go and make room in the fridge for all the goodies we are making, so bye for now!!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


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Monday, 11 May 2009

Last week flew by!

Didn't manage to do much last week... not really sure where the week went!

I did have my Apprentice catch up with Helen, and we even managed a short walk in Manly... not the 10k walk we had planned!

We had a girlies Friday night out... complete with cheesy music and cheap vodka. We pretty much danced our arses off and laughed our heads off!
The boys were out in North Sydney and by the sounds of it, their night involved a lot of beer - Sham fell asleep on the bus and had to be woken up by the driver at the last stop!

Saturday was just spent pottering around the house. We did manage to watch about 10 episodes of The Inbetweeners though which is sooooo funny!

On Sunday, we went to the mall to get bits for next week - including finally getting some gas for our new BBQ!! We were so excited about finally having it ready to use, we made some corn on the cob on it!
We then went to the RSL club for a MASSIVE roast dinner with Mark and Anita! We were soooo full up when we got home, that Sunday evening was a very very lazy evening!

This week is going to be spent planning the party we are having next week for Shams 30th! Will update and tell you all about it next week!

I put that tracker thing on the blog so I could get an idea of who has been on here, but please leave comments so we know you visited!

I will add some pics soon, cos I am aware that this blog is very text heavy!!!

By for now!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

A week of football...

Sham started playing footie in a 5 a side league with the husbands and boyfriends (HABs?!) of my friends. By the sounds of it, week 1 was fun, and apparently, its the taking part that counts!!

The other football games have not been as fun this week, with Man U ending Arsenals season last night, Sham has lost sleep this week for no reason! The only compensation has to be how Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League this morning!

No news on the job front from me... but I am going to have to up the effort next week as Helen, my unemployed friend, has a start day for her new job! This means that I will officially have no one to hang around with...:-(

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