Yeah. I know. I have absolutely NO updates while I was gone on the trip. I tried though, I have some drafts saved up that I will continue writing later (after I sort pictures, edit and upload videos, etc). Taking so many pictures and videos is turning out to be quite a chore once you get back home.
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First of all, it’s a lot harder to get wifi here than I originally thought. Though there are places that provide internet connection, most of them charge either by the MB or by the minute, hard to justify when you’re used to internet being so freely available. I’m still looking to find a prepaid sim with a data plan as I think it would be much more convenient…
Anyway, so here’s my impression of New Zealand: Sweet As!
Auckland (Day 0.2)
I arrived in Auckland after 30ish hours of travel time, very exhausted and cramped. One overpriced taxi ride from AKL into downtown Auckland, I was at the Nomads Fusion backpackers hostel. Bus leaves in 4 hours, time to sleep! Woke up at 6, hopped in the shower and not a even a minute went by until the damn fire alarm went off. Nice. Rolled out with the cavalry not much later and drove around downtown Auckland picking up the other Stray travellers. To be frank, once you get out of Auckland you won’t miss Auckland. I do not miss Auckland.
More stuff incoming, along with pictures!
Bacon. There is nothing I’d rather eat more of, nothing I’d rather to cook something with, and nothing I’d rather fill my fridge with other than these delicious strips of protein. I’ve been a loyal baconite since I switched my diet into a more paleo-ish stance, ever driven to incorporate as much of it as possible into my mouth. Yeah, I know it has a high fat content, either don’t over do it or make it sustainable through physical activity.
- Good source of energy
- Fucking delicious
- I can cook anything with bacon and make it taste good (as long as there’s enough bacon in it)
- Bacon wrapped ‘x’
- Bacon torch
- High oleic acid content
- Acts as a delicious smelling air-freshener while being cooked
- The greasy feel of my hands when I have to pull them out of the package
Ok, so this isn’t really a serious post. I do love bacon though! Protip: After months of experimentation, I’ve found the best way to cook bacon is in the oven using a foil lined cookie sheet. It seriously cuts down on the mess and post cooking cleanup. Simply wrap foil up and throw away!
P.S: Thanks Victor & Amy for the bacon strips shirt
It certainly has been a while hasn’t it? I’m jumpstarting my blog, lots of new and exciting things on the horizon! Also, I’ll be leaving for New Zealand in about a week and will be spending 3 weeks there. Kia Ora!
Stumbled upon this…
by: Anonymous 2011-08-06 14:58
I don’t think C gets enough credit. Sure, C doesn’t love you. C isn’t about love–C is about thrills. C hangs around in the bad part of town. C knows all the gang signs. C has a motorcycle, and wears the leathers everywhere, and never wears a helmet, because that would mess up C’s punked-out hair. C likes to give cops the finger and grin and speed away. Mention that you’d like something, and C will pretend to ignore you; the next day, C will bring you one, no questions asked, and toss it to you with a you-know-you-want-me smirk that makes your heart race. Where did C get it? “It fell off a truck,” C says, putting away the boltcutters. You start to feel like C doesn’t know the meaning of “private” or “protected”: what C wants, C takes. This excites you. C knows how to get you anything but safety. C will give you anything but commitment…
In the end, you’ll leave C, not because you want something better, but because you can’t handle the intensity. C says “I’m gonna live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse,” but you know that C can never die, not so long as C is still the fastest thing on the road.
That being said, I still hate C…
It’s true… stay tuned as you will soon read about many things that you may or may not care about.
Ugh, I wanted to update more but got really busy/lazy/tired/sleepy/hungry/excited/etc/etc. I think eventually I’ll fill in the gaps but for now there’s a rather large blank in my vacation log.
Currently in Taipei waiting for the transit flight, 30 minutes to go followed by the 11+ hours flight home to LA.
Temperature Conversion Shortcut
EVA Air’s planes have an entertainment system that can cycle through various flight information. Basically a slide show that displays air speed, outside temperature, destination time/temperature, remaining flight time, etc. They cycle the same information in two languages and using two units, SI and English. Since I didn’t have much to do during the flight I occasionally glance up to see the flight info but sometimes temperatures are being displayed in Celsius so I have to convert it to Fahrenheit.
Remember the formula from your classes? F = (1.8 * C) + 32
Doing that a couple times is a bit tiring with the decimal multiplication so here’s a quick way to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit that I thought of in the plane:
- Take Celsius value and double it
- Subtract 10% of the doubled value
- Add 32
It’s quite simple now… say you’re converting 20C. Take 20, double it (40), subtract 10% (40-4 = 36), and finally add 32 (36+32=68). How about 17C? Doubling yields 34, subtract 3.4 = 30.6, add 32 = 62.6 F.
Aside from the regular shortcuts of 0C = 32F and -40C=-40F, this method works well for positive Celsius values. For negative values, there needs to be an additional step:
- Take absolute Celsius value and double it
- Subtract 10% of doubled value
- Subtract that value from 32
Example of converting -20C to Fahrenheit:
- Take absolute value and double it: Basically chop off the negative and double the number to get 40
- Subtract 10% of doubled value: 40-4 = 36
- Subtract value from 32: 32-36 = -4F
Maybe there are other ways to do it and I still haven’t found an easy way to go the other way around (F->C) but I think this will come in handy in the future