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Title: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 01, 2016, 01:05:43 pm
Back home again after a couple of weeks away. Things didn't go quite to plan with some unexpected rainfall in the west of NSW causing massive flooding.
We flew to Brisbane and drove into NSW to attend the graduation of our daughter-in-law from Southern Cross Uni at Lismore. She can now put the letters MBA after her name. Master of Business Accounting. We are very proud of her - ten years of part time study while holding a full time job ... quite an achievement.
The next part of our trip was to be inland NSW to Gilgandra and then on to Canberra the next day. The area had received massive rainfall so we thought better of it and took the coastal route via the freeways and through Sydney. Horrific traffic. Makes one appreciate the country life where our nearest traffic light is 100 km away. We would have taken on the inland route in our Toyota Landcruiser, but in a wimpy Hyundai hire car that doesn't like getting its ankles wet, it wasn't worth the risk.
Anyway after two days drive we reached Canberra. I know Canberra quite well after many trips there with school kids - the National Capital and all - but Judy had never been there and it was good to visit places without worrying about what 20 primary school kids were up to. Had a look at Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial - a very sombre place. Emotional.
Went to the National Museum, the Mint and the National Zoo, where Judy patted a cheetah. Something she has always wanted to do.
Flew back yesterday - midday in Canberra and Cairns by 4.30. Would have taken four days to drive but just a few hours in a 767. The flooding down south had stuffed up the network a bit though and we had a hurried transfer in Brisbane. Our luggage didn't make the transfer and it was delivered by Qantas courier today.
So we're back home after an interesting few days. Makes you appreciate what a massive country this is.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 02, 2016, 02:50:20 am
Darryl:

The entire adventure sounds marvelous................................GG
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Bertha on October 02, 2016, 11:17:56 am
Sounds like a great trip!  Congratulations to your daughter-in-law, too!
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: admin on October 02, 2016, 11:44:37 am
A big country indeed. I am glad you enjoyed your trip so much.
Congratulations on the MBA - is that a MBA Master in Business Accounting or Administration? It would be the latter in the UK.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 02, 2016, 12:11:13 pm
What is the opposite of returned? I am at the Singapore airport, on transit to New Zealand.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: admin on October 02, 2016, 01:12:07 pm
Arrived? Arriving?
Escaping ;)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 02, 2016, 10:29:21 pm
A big country indeed. I am glad you enjoyed your trip so much.
Congratulations on the MBA - is that a MBA Master in Business Accounting or Administration? It would be the latter in the UK.
Master of Business Accounting. She has worked as a financial manager for a motor company for many years and hopes one day to have her own car dealership.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 02, 2016, 10:33:05 pm
What is the opposite of returned? I am at the Singapore airport, on transit to New Zealand.

Leaving? Departed?
A holiday in NZ, JTL? What do you intend to see there. I remember Roturua well ... creepy place. Steam coming out of the gutters. I believe Milford Sound is spectacular.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Bertha on October 03, 2016, 12:32:24 pm
A big country indeed. I am glad you enjoyed your trip so much.
Congratulations on the MBA - is that a MBA Master in Business Accounting or Administration? It would be the latter in the UK.

I found that Australian universities offer both Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Business (Accounting) [sic].  Here is an explanation: http://www.topaccountingdegrees.org/faq/what-is-the-difference-between-a-masters-of-accounting-and-an-mba-in-accounting/ (http://www.topaccountingdegrees.org/faq/what-is-the-difference-between-a-masters-of-accounting-and-an-mba-in-accounting/)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 03, 2016, 11:19:46 pm
Not sure about the exact wording, other than MBA.
But here she is with the important document:
(http://nimga.com/m/PyUzh.jpg) (http://nimga.com/v/PyUzh)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 04, 2016, 02:32:30 am
Darryl:

Mighty fine specimen of  Australian womanhood. You should be proud of her............................GG
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 04, 2016, 05:13:37 am
Thanks, Gene. Indeed we are.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: admin on October 04, 2016, 01:29:50 pm
Congratulations.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 12, 2016, 01:12:19 am

A holiday in NZ, JTL? What do you intend to see there. I remember Roturua well ... creepy place. Steam coming out of the gutters. I believe Milford Sound is spectacular.

I am returned too.  It wasn't meant to be a "holiday"; I just tried to step out of my comfort zone and take a long flight where I would not be able to avoid going to the aircraft toilet. I made it.  Three years ago when I went to Perth, I stopped drinking or eating after leaving my niece's home in KL, and was able to hold on till I reached the other niece's home in Perth. 

I didn't go to Roturua, nor did I join the optional Milford Sound cruise.  But, as my mom would have said:  Just do it for the name of it.  Now by name I have been to New Zealand!

JTL
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 12, 2016, 01:56:43 am
JTL:

I have been trying to introduce a thread of logic to your last posting. Do you have a phobia against aircraft toilets?.........GG
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 12, 2016, 02:33:42 am
JTL:

I have been trying to introduce a thread of logic to your last posting. Do you have a phobia against aircraft toilets?.........GG

I have a phobia against any public toilet, but with the aircraft ones, I had two worries.  The extra worry was about the door.  I worried that I might not know how to open it.  However, before I left for NZ, I "researched" on the internet about aircraft toilets and became confident with the door.  The only concern after that is how not to contact the bowl....

I have to go out for breakfast now.  Discuss later if needed.

JTL
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 12, 2016, 12:46:56 pm
I'm with Gene! What is it about aircraft toilets that have you avoiding them so seriously? Long-haul flights would be very uncomfortable without them! And not drinking may well be damaging to your health, as pressurised aircraft cabins and aircons do tend to dehydrate the body.
I do agree though, they should devote a little more space to the bathrooms - I imagine people who are claustrophobic would find them a challenge.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: davel on October 12, 2016, 01:17:20 pm
I am always conscious of what I am going to be doing for the rest of the day as I consider how much liquid to have, especially coffee or tea. Those who are wary of toilet doors that may (or may NOT) open when you want them to would love the ones on British trains and even more the public toilets in the street where you have to insert coins to make the door slide open to let you in. On the far opposite side is one that I saw (and used!) in London one New Year's Eve - I can only describe it as being like a very large billiard table, with perhaps two dozen "holes" all in the open air. It was not at all private, but very convenient!!!
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 12, 2016, 11:12:32 pm
The hole in the floor is still widely used around the world. I found it everywhere.........even once in France where I came across a modern, chrome plated hole in the floor. I imagine it cost more than a regular toilet. .................................GG :o
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: davel on October 14, 2016, 12:52:40 pm
Another difference is "eastern" toilets that I encountered in Japan in 1990. It is sort of hard to describe, other than you face the other way when you are doing what you went in there to do.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: admin on October 14, 2016, 01:36:57 pm
In old Yemeni houses, the liquid went one way and the solid went the other - to dry in the sun and be used as fuel. Very practical.

Poor old Yemen  :'(
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 14, 2016, 07:45:42 pm
If my memory serves me correctly, I remember a hole in the floor toilet in North Africa which had a shower fixture suspended above. The thing could be used for both purposes. Sort of messy but I guess it worked......ugh!!!!!!!.......GG ::)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 15, 2016, 04:52:05 am
Gene, ask your female relatives whether they sit on the public toilet when they use one, or just bend their legs without touching the toilet seat.  I would guess that's the way most women do with public toilets.  If you don't have long legs, it is more difficult to do so.  That is why I avoid using one if possible. 

Another thing: I was very frustrated with the hotel bathrooms in 3 out of 4 hotels we stayed in in NZ.  The shower heads were fixed high up. Decades ago I encountered this type of arrangement in other countries, but I thought the world must have advanced.  Sigh~ fortunately I brought with me the following thing to use with such a bathroom, having learned from my Perth experience where I couldn't find one in all the shops I tried.

(http://www.edverson.com.my/wp-content/uploads/Water-Tub-Pearly-Color-Green.jpg)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Gene on October 15, 2016, 09:28:15 pm
JTL:

Gene, a[bsk your female relatives whether they sit on the public toilet when they use one, or just bend t[/b]

In toilets here, there is a protective sheet of paper which is placed on the toilet seat prior to using. A person's skin does not come into contact with the physical seat. This goes for airplanes also.

As to your second item, the green pot. I am trying to visualize how you use it in conjunction with a high shower head. Would you  elucidate please...................Interesting conversation........................GG
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 16, 2016, 12:11:17 am
Well, Gene, I imagine that JTL would use the green pot to fill with water from the shower head and then tip it over herself. I guess if you are of smaller stature the high shower heads would be a pain. Just like low shower heads are for us taller folk.
What irks me about shower heads are those water saving doodads that squirt the water out in a fine spray that barely gets you wet. You turn up the pressure up and it's like you're getting a water blast treatment. I know we have to save water but ....
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Bertha on October 16, 2016, 11:51:20 am
Have you ever been in one of the "rain forest" type showers? Those look heavenly!

(http://perfectshowerhead.com/wp-content/uploads/shower_heads/large-rain-shower-heads-the-rain-shower-head-pours-water-the-way-nature-intended-375631_w594_h340.jpg)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 16, 2016, 01:22:44 pm
Yep. Known as rain shower heads here - they are the ultimate.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 17, 2016, 10:08:13 am
(http://www.alpha-electric.com/images/impressim9/rainshower-IM9E.jpg)

My bathrooms at home have the above type of shower sets, consisting of a rain shower head and a movable one that can be taken down to point at any direction you want. The human body has nooks and crannies that a thorough cleaning requires spraying from different angles.  In every bathroom I also have a hose attached to a separate faucet for a different effect of washing.  Ironically, the water bailer/dipper/pot (whatever you call it) that I showed above is not used at home.

Gene, I had read about the protective sheet for the toilet seat but I imagine it is clumsy to use.  If you wet the paper accidentally while you are sitting on it, moisture will spread and touch your skin.  Hover is safer.
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Bertha on October 17, 2016, 12:41:31 pm
There was a recent report about the uselessness of using toilet seat covers: http://www.today.com/health/sorry-germaphobes-toilet-seat-liners-are-pointless-heres-why-1D79818408 (http://www.today.com/health/sorry-germaphobes-toilet-seat-liners-are-pointless-heres-why-1D79818408)
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: Darryl on October 17, 2016, 01:02:24 pm
(http://www.alpha-electric.com/images/impressim9/rainshower-IM9E.jpg)

  In every bathroom I also have a hose attached to a separate faucet for a different effect of washing. 

Wow, JTL. How many bathrooms ya got??
Title: Re: Returned
Post by: JTL on October 18, 2016, 12:35:09 am
Wow, JTL. How many bathrooms ya got??

For this type of houses, there are three bathrooms in a house.