London Vacation

londonHi again Steve, I know I just bombarded you with some fun facts about Perth, but I also want to inform you of the awesome vacation your sister and I are going to take.  We’re planning a trip to London.

It is going to be so much fun, too bad you’re stuck in class and can’t come with us.  I know it won’t be as fun as we went hostel hopping through Europe, but I think it will still be a lovely time.  Jane has been doing a ton of research and is trying to organize everyday with the most sightseeing opportunities possible.

As you know, I would personally just enjoy watch the sea come and go all day, but this might be fun too.  It will be more exhausting I can tell you that  much.

There are some things that she is planning that I’m very excited about.  I think they will make my sea look just like muddy water.  We’re going to be going to the British Museum.  Did you know that this is where they house the Rosetta Stone?  I love seeing history in person.

We’re also going to be going to Trafalgar Square and visiting the National Gallery.  Ugh, National Gallery, this is one of the times that I would prefer the sea.  You know how I feel about art.

Another day we’ll be going to the Natural History Museum.  I am proper excited about this.  Their dinosaur exhibit looks amazing. There is a life sized blue whale! Can you imagine, it is going to brilliant.

With the good, comes the bad.  I will be once again dragged to a art museum, but unlike the National Gallery which museum is filled with eye-bleeding modern and contemporary art.  It’s called Tate Modern and it is located on the Thames, so at least I’ll be able to look out the windows and see my beloved water.

I’m also excited about going up in the London Eye, it’s going to be proper fun, and the Science Museum.   They claim that the Science Museum will make your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. I’m not sure how they plan on achieving that, but I’m ready for it.

I convince Jane to go to the Tower of London with me.  You know how much that sort of thing scares her, but it was her punishment for planning a trip to Tate Modern. The Tower of London even as a “zoo.”  I wonder if there are going to be real animals there.

I’m sure we’ll be planning much more, but we’re only going to be there for two weeks so we’ll see how much we can fit in during that time.

Facts about Perth

Perth CityHi Steve, I want to tell you a little big about what’s going on in Perth.

Perth is the capital of West Australia, I know you knew that one but I’m starting off easy. Perth was founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, it was meant to become the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. My new, lovely city got its name from Perth, Scotland.

Perth’s population skyrocketed during the gold rushes of the late 19th century. Before Europeans colonised the area it was home to the Whadjuk Noongar people. They lived here for over 40,000 years. They were hunters and gatherers.

The Whadjuk Noongars felt that the wetland of the Swan Coastal Plans were a place of spirituality and a great source of food.

In 1827 the Aborigines living in this area called it Boorloo, which was a part of Mooro, which were the tribal land of the Yellagonga.

Okay enough history, let me bring you up to speed about Perth.  As you know we get a lot of rain, but not as much rain as Sydney. We are the fourth wettest Australian capital city.

Of course summers are hot. During the summer afternoons the Fremantle Doctor blows in and cools us all down again. We receive an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine a day.  All this amazing sun makes Perth the most sunniest capital in the world.

We have the oldest operating mint in the world.  Your sister and I went to the mint and we watched them pour molten gold into casts and create coins.  It was just about as interesting as it sounds.

Here’s a fun Perth fact you may not know.  Perth has the biggest number of self made millionaires per capita. Perth is also the most isolated capital city in the world, I think that’s why all the millionaires choose to live here.

We also have the largest inner city park in the world, Kings Park.  Your sister and I had a picnic in Kings Park last week, it was lovely.

I Got Netflix Working At Home (and Other Very Small Victories)

How to watch Netflix overseasHey Grant, you arrogant jerk, I hope life’s treating you well because it’s sure looking up for me. While you’ve been gallivanting about on vacation through Europe with my dear sister, I’ve been making huge strides forward in terms of noteworthy personal successes. Like getting the viruses worked out of Mum’s computer!

Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice just reading the words in this entry? I really have to say, life around here in Sydney is horribly dull at the moment. I feel like it’s rained literally without stopping for the last month straight, although that’s probably a severe exaggeration just reflecting my current state of mind.

Yes, I did manage to sell the business, but of course I’ve gone right ahead and launched a new one specializing in – you guessed it – web design! Man, I thought I’d make it out of that field someday soon, it is just so boring, but they say you can’t teach an old geek new tech. Or something like that, right?

It’s more tedious than watching the grass grow, but I’ve never been so glad to be my own boss. The way I’m feeling right now down in the doldrums, I’d probably not show up to work in the morning if I wasn’t the one calling the shots.

Despite it being one of the most boring things I can imagine, the new business is somehow taking up what seems like three-quarters of every single day of my week. I’ve barely got time to take care of myself. My flat is an absolute mess and it’s all I can do to microwave a frozen dinner, let alone cook a decent meal. I can just imagine how Jane would roll her eyes if she could see my living space right now.

I need a vacation, preferably to someplace on the other side of the globe as far away from Sydney as I can get. I’m thinking New York City so I can visit the Empire State Building, walk Central Park, and then eat my body weight in pizza and pasta. But I suppose you and Jane have certainly taken enough vacation time to fill both our travel quotas. Lucky bludger, you.

Probably the brightest ray of sunshine beaming into my life right now is that I was able to use this site to start watching Netflix on my laptop and iPad. I swear, that’s all I ever do at work anymore. I’ve already watched everything Quentin Tarantino ever made, not to mention that I basically sat straight through the entire Breaking Bad series in under a week. Yikes! I better be careful, or I’ll become a shut-in movie maniac.

Don’t worry, though, I’m sure I’ll get everything straightened up before the big Christmas plans! Mum’s anxious to see you back, of course, and she’ll cook enough food for the holiday dinner to feed New Zealand. You know how she is.

Well, my good mate, I hope things in Perth are going well. Mostly because this town probably couldn’t handle your ugly mug moving back home. I’m kidding, I’m kidding… maybe.

Getting our Business Valuation done in Sydney

business valuations SydneyHey Grant, you bloody galah.  I have enjoyed your updates, and yes, the Christmas plans sound fine, except for the taking a week off of work part. I’ll even clean the linens like you requested, even though no one has slept in that room for two months.

I can’t just take time off of work.  I know that you think owning a company must be so easy, but I don’t give myself time off and even if I have a day off, I just sit around and think about my business. That’s the problem with owning a business; it’s all you ever think about.

Besides, the week that you’re coming, is the same week that I have a meeting with Valuator.  “What is a Valuator, I’m so stupid. I just sit around and make sales all day in Perth.”  I know Grant. I know how you are.

Valuator does business valuations in Sydney.   Can you figure out why I may need a business valuation? It’s because my partner and I are planning on selling the business! We’re both looking forward to selling it off and starting something new.

I’m sure you and Jane will be able to be lazy and stink up my house while I’m dealing with my business transactions.  We hope to have it sold by mid-March, so we have to move quickly. Time is money, mate.

I’m thinking about opening a restaurant, but it’s not really in my wheel house, and really Sydney is filled with restaurants.  Maybe I’ll just start another software company, it’s what I know, but it’s just so boring.

What I think I’m actually going to do after the business is sold is take a month and travel.  I’m thinking about going to China and visiting some distant relatives.  I need to practice my Cantonese, but I should be able to wing it. Maybe I’ll find some inspiration while I’m on my travels.

I may even move to Perth in order to harass you more. I’m just kidding about that though, I would never move to Perth. Maybe I’ll just stay in China and do China things.  I’m not exactly sure what I would do, maybe I’ll invest in a tea company. I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.