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  1. Anna & Dolphin at Sea World

    We have been on holidays on the Gold Coast over the past week -- pretty much our typical twice-a-year Gold Coast holidays where we lived at my parents' place. Except this time Vivian's parents also came along so we have to (1) organised accommodation for them ($500 for 6 nights at Broadbeach Savannah via Wotif) (2) rent a people mover ($312 for a 3rd Gen Toyota Tarago for 7 days from Cut Price Car Rentals).

    The weather was bad though. We came back just one day before the Queensland 2013 flooding where Coolangatta airport was closed.

    We did grab the annual pass for Sea World, and Anna managed to get selected as the participant in the dolphin show. The show was crowded during the school holidays with kids coming from all different states and other places in the world. Here's how Anna managed to get selected:

    1. Make a banner with an A3 paper and write compelling reason why they should pick you. In Anna's case, it's "Everyone loves Dolphin but Dolphin loves me! Please pick me! Please!"
    2. Get to the Dolphin Cove at least 15 minutes earlier to get into the front row seats. The presenter won't see you & your banner unless you are right at the front.
    3. When the presenter asks for volunteers (they'll pick 2, one boy and one girl), pull up your banner and wave! They love to pick those showing enthusiasm.

    We can tell that our dolphin-loving daughter was exceeding happy afterwards.

  2. When Sickness Strikes

    Casino Royal and Dreamers DVD On my bed side table there are two DVDs from Bigpond Movies -- Casino Royal and The Dreamers. Got them through this deal where you can get two months Bigpond Movies trial for free, but that's besides the point. They have been sitting there unwatched for more than half a week.


    Anna has been sick. Very sick actually -- cough and then vomit all her dinners out every night for the last 3-4 days, and we have already ran out of bedsheet to change. Worse, Sydney weather is not at its best, and we simply can't dry all the dirty clothes and bed sheets.

    I am going to take tomorrow off so Vivian can bring Anna to see doctor while I am at home looking after Elsie. It's not going to be an easy week.

  3. A new computer for Anna

    How did you spend your ANZAC day? Last night I have built a new computer for Anna, and here it is:

    Compaq Presario for Anna

    It is probably not the state of the art. It was a retired Compaq Presario at work, added in a few components I've found under my desk, so the total cost is almost $0. Here is the spec:

    • Intel Celeron 400Mhz with 66Mhz FSB
    • 160Mb PC100 SD-RAM
    • 13Gb Seagate Barracuda
    • Slimline CD-ROM with unknown speed
    • 1.44Mb floppy drive
    • S3 Virge 1Mb AGP video card
    • Creative SoundBlaster 64 PCI

    Operating system? Xubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn desktop edition. It runs Xorg, Xfce and Mozilla Firefox. Pretty much works "out of box". With Macromedia Flash Player for Firefox installed, it is just fast enough for Anna to play Keyboard-o-rama (currently Anna's favourite Sesame Street game).

    Looking at how useful this old computer (400Mhz Celeron is around 7-8 years old) is to a little kid, especially when you compare to what Michael Dell is using, I wonder how wasteful we have been throwing out relatively-new PCs every 3-4 years.