Why do People Travel?

Travel

First of all, I don’t mean those who travel with five star hotel and business class flight, I don’t mean those who travel for business and spend a weekend in another city either, I mean those backpackers who travelled weeks and months far from their homes.

During each trip I’ll meet new people and hear different stories, though in most cases I’ll never meet them again. Before each trip I normally read Lonely Planet and plan the route carefully, and I am always happy to do something excessive than the recommendation, for a long time I think it is the only pleasure of travelling, till recently something changed my mind. I remembered when I was in Sydney I asked one mate what’s your plan today, he said I haven’t worked out. Also in Sydney I asked another mate what city are you heading to, he said I don’t know. Last night in Gold Coast I met a Canadian mate, he said he might buy a ticket to Canada tomorrow but he was not sure. After I introduced some good places in China, he said he might go to China but he was not sure either. This afternoon when I was back, guess what, his luggage was still in the room. I think this “not sure” is really a travel style rather than a simple unsure answer, it’s a pleasure which I have never thought before, full of unknowns, full of adventures, full of interests, I am just wondering if this is the reason that most of the backpackers enjoy the travelling by themselves.

Well, too much thinking, really not suitable in Queensland. Now I’m sitting on the table in my room, in front of me is the Fisherman’s Wharf, a big yacht club, some birds are flying freely in the sky, a lady is lying near the sea and enjoying the afternoon sunshine, and I am playing my iPad. Tomorrow is my last day in Gold Coast and I will finish my holidays in Australia and go back to China soon, now I’m kind of depressed, because I won’t be here any longer, I will have to be back to my daily life, this feeling is quite normal before the end of each travelling, but this time, plus one more regret, I never had the happiness of an unplanned travel.

But anyway I still enjoyed this trip, I climbed the harbour bridge, finished the most famous hiking way in Sydney, enjoyed the theme parks in Gold Coast and learned to surf, fair enough for a 8 days’ after exam travelling. Hope all the mates I met enjoyed their trips too, though different kinds of pleasures.

Sydney, I’m Coming.

Travel

Travelling is full of adventures, I always like to discover another city, even though only four days, I would like to know about about Sydney.

Climbing the harbour bridge is one thing that I will never miss here, it’s a raining day but I enjoyed the whole morning. The guide told us two interesting stories from her work, one guy once tried to suicide when they climbed onto the top, but his body was tied with the rope, so when he tried to get rid of it, other mates pressed him down till the policeman finally came and took him away. But I think it’s not that difficult to take off the rope, I succeeded when I went to the toilet, very easy, so he should practice more before he does so, like everything else, right? The guide’s name is Kelly, local people from Sydney, not funny but very nice. She said this climbing is extremely popular during Valentine’s day, lots and lots of couples came here to propose, last Valentines day there were 7 couples in a 14 people’s group. Another story was in a Valentine’s day, one guy managed some lights from the opposite building saying “willing you marry me?” very clever idea but he forgot to test the visibility. On that day, he went to the top with the timer, and asked everyone including his girlfriend to see the light. It was too far and no one could see clearly what they were, anyway his girlfriend would never forget this even though it really sucked. After 3 and half hours, this bridge trip was over, all the British people in my group said goodbye and left the Rocks. On the way back to the hostel, I met a lady from Scotland, what a strange accent.

Tomorrow will be my last day here, my destination is Manly hiking, full of challenge too, hope it is a sunny day firstly.

Quick comparison of Melbourne and Sydney: in Melbourne Indians have a monopoly on cab drivers, in Sydney some are Chinese. In Sydney most people don’t care the traffic lights, if there’s no traffic they will cross, really different from Melbourne.

Single and Partner.

Education, News

Today is the Singles Day, the lucky charm should be 4 pieces of Youtiao and 1 Baozi or egg, I don’t know where to buy Youtiao in Melbourne, so I didn’t celebrate it correctly. Anyway Happy Singles Day to all the singles.

SINA and MSN signed a deal of accounts consolidation, their users now can use MSN account to log in Sina’s micro blog. In Sina’s website the big ad of UC (Sina’s own IM) suddenly disappeared and changed to MSN’s popup. After the war of 360 and QQ, there must be a market share adjustment, no companies wanted to miss this chance, so both MSN and Sina moved forward, what about QQ’s future?

Japan and Mongolia agreed to cooperate in rare earth metal development right China controlled its export to other countries. This is not new but I want to say this today as it really matches today’s theme. It’s like a couple’s life, there’s always quarrelling, and mistress is everywhere, watch out, temptation.

Last one is from my great university, Hungtingdale station will be upgraded, it’s really good news for Clayton students. So with Zone 1’s ticket we can take bus to Hungtingdale and transfer trains to city soon, labour government finally did something good. BTW, I really like the name of Huntingdale.

I finished all my last exam today, and tomorrow I’ll go to Sydney for my summer holidays. Hello Sydney baby.

Money, Money.

News

People call experts “brickpert” in China because of the similar pronunciation, today expert said it’s possible to build a pipeline from Bohai to Xinjiang, the purpose was to stop desertification. Sea water and desert? Perth is around desert area, Phoenix is also around desert area, and these two cities are much closer to sea, if the water pipeline can really help to stop desertification, why didn’t these two cities build the pipelines (I googled and didn’t see any related results)? Three Gorges Dam is already a miracle created by experts, and flood was never stopped one year after another as they promised, now those experts want to do something more, is it the way to prove the existence value of the experts? Or there is too much money?

Well money? China is never lack of money, so does CCTV. For the next year, the new ad auction raised bids totalling 1.86 billion USD today, another record. I know ad expense should be just a little part of the profits, if they put huge money for advertising, do you want to buy their products? I won’t, as I know the margin is just too much. But how many people will be easily influenced by the ads?Advertisement is a double-edged sword, if not being careful, it may hurt the firm itself.

Not only CCTV, there are lots of billionaires too. This man called Wang Jianlin, who is from the same city as I, donated 1 billion CNY to a temple repair today. It’s not wrong to be rich, but the donation of the temple repair, isn’t it too much? Maybe as a Buddhist, there’s nothing for him to do any kind of donation, but I just wonder if he can do something to the society? Lots of floods and lots of earthquakes in China, I never saw him for those donations, is temple really more important than human’s lives? I might not be right to comment on this, but even he donated 1 billion on a church I would not appreciate either, it’s just too ridiculous. The rich people in China have too much to learn, it’s a long way to be really responsible businessmen, Buffett and Gates definitely need more philanthropy tours in China.

Democracy?

News

From today on, there is no more free transport ride in Guangzhou, what a pity. I understand why Guangzhou government offered the free transport, however they undervalued the human’s desire. It’s a society full of needs of money, freebie is such a stimulation of the demand. I believe those who never took the underground all enjoyed this chance, and those who didn’t catch the free train will regret that the good news is always going away fast. The desire is endless, but the transport has its limit, the cancellation is really necessary. There are four days before the Asian Game, what else can we expect, any other surprise?

Mr Hu’s successor Mr Xi is on his way to the leadership, personally I don’t like him at all, though I like his wife. Maybe after Xi is the president, Peng Liyuan won’t be in the gala again, but I will miss her, she is the only singer that I can watch with my parent, all the others are either too old or too young.

Last one is about the Queen, she joined Facebook today, though she’s also the Queen of Australia, apparently Australians have less interest in her, they are discussing a Indigenous referendum today, which reminds me the republic referendum long time ago. I am not sure what will Gillard do in her first term, for me, it is not important to choose monarchy or republic, I am not a fan of democracy, at least I don’t see any difference. People nearly forget who is Dawn Wave Liu recently, Chinese president met French and Portugal presidents, and will meet the British Prime Minister soon, among those democratic countries leaders who will be the first one to care about the 2010 Nobel Prize winner? Nobel committee did the first step, but no one has the courage to do the second step, maybe Obama can? Anyway, I am not a fan of Liu either. If the people in this country are happy, it’s better to keep it on.

Gone with the wind.

News

There is no long term friends, there is no long term enemy. Today is the net world war of 3Q, tomorrow they may become alliance. Why did I say this? Two years ago, Sarkozy met Dalai Lama, the whole country was against France, even the supermarket Carrefour was on the black list. Today Sarkozy met President Hu, and received a 102 airbus plane gift. The most mysterious thing is not why is this happened, but what is going to be happened tomorrow. And the reason is very simple. Churchill told us long time ago, there is only permanent interests.

Disneyland will be open in Shanghai, who is Sad? Hong Kong, but Shanghai is going to be happy? If you see most of the reviews of HK Disneyland, there is always an alert on mainland tourists. If it’s true, even though this Disneyland is open, it’s going to be the most unwelcome Disneyland. Remember Disneyland is not like Expo, the latter is more like an exhibition, more resources can be put on to the management for a limited time. If Disney needs profit from the theme park in Shanghai, how much preparation is needed before its opening? Do they expect any foreign visitors, or it’s their plan to build a Chinese version?

MGM said goodbye to us today. What films do I like from MGM? Well, Personally 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gone with the Wind. There are too many good memories from MGM, 007 23 is not even released, and I am expecting The Hobbit too, but this company, along with the lion, has just gone with the wind. Come and go, we need to be ready.

Do something else.

News

You may not been to the Great Wall, but you will never be unfamiliar to China’s Great Firewall, today Google’s CEO had a talk about this wall: Ultimately, the people will win over the government. Wow, it’s already becoming a war, but is it? I remembered many years ago, when e-commerce just started, eBay came into Chinese market with lots of confidence, it merged with Eachnet and soon became No.1 of B2B in China. However the best days were always short, within 2 years, Taobao caught up and left eBay far behind, finally eBay quit Chinese market and transferred all Chinese users to its HK website. Today Google followed the same way, left its China site redirected to HK, but Google had a good reason for this: censorship. I have a question to Google’s CEO, why not admit Google’s failure in China? Baidu is under the same Great Firewall, and its market share is always 5 times as Google’s. Transferring the topic is always a good argument technique, after many year’s operation in China, Google got nothing and giving all of them to the Great Firewall is really the best excuse, well done, Eric Schmidt. BTW, Australia also has the net nanny, say something.

Come back to Australia, 380 and QANTAS is the big news today, I think the pilot is really a hero. If you review the former No.2 airline Ansett, safety is the direct reason for its insolvency, certainly QANTAS needs to be more cautious. 380? I don’t take rich airline’s flight, and I may not try this via QANTAS for a while.

Another piece of news, AUS=USD today. Amazon is now busy with sending expensive books to Australia, Hawaii is getting ready to say hello to Aussies, and, and, and what is the next?

Usually there isn’t so much news here, but it’s such an interesting day. Students, if you are considering to study here, think about the expense. Tourists, if you want to come here for holidays, think about the safety. Maybe we all need to learn from Google’s CEO, do something else.

What is the real power?

News

iPhone’s great alarm bug now spread to Europe. Last month, when Australia switched to summer time, that day I got up one hour earlier as the alarm didn’t work on the right time. Luckily it’s just early, I googled and changed the alarm one hour ahead so that I could use it. This bug was not first discovered here but in New Zealand as their day light saving was one week earlier than Australia. Now it’s time for England to switch back to GMT from summer time, the same bug made many users get up on hour late, this seems to be a much worse issue, I guess someone would get fined? At this moment, the most calm company must be Apple, it left the bug there for one month without an fixing update, because it knows no one will throw iPhone away for this bug, and this is the market power.

What is the most popular sentence in China? My father is Li Gang. There was once a story about a group of students were gathering to compare their fathers, whose father was richer. Now it’s not a story, this student called Li Qiming, after he killed one female student in a car incident, he shouted to others: My father is Li Gang. Surprising? In his eyes, his father’s name is far worthier than a life. So in the future don’t be afraid any more, whenever you are in danger, just say My father is Li Gang, you will be protected, this is also the power.

Mtime is a film discussion website, personally because of the film addiction, I used to go there everyday before Douban was launched. Recently I am more into Douban than any other Chinese websites, not sure what is going on with Mtime. From today on, Mtime was suspended by its domain host, no one knows the reason. I can understand why Twitter and Youtube were blocked in China, I can also understand why Fanfou and Jiwai were suspended in China, but what is wrong with a film website? Well, sometimes there is no need to know the reason, get it and accept it, that is the real power.

Where is a stronger CNY?

News

The Expo was gone, I didn’t go to the Expo, just got some postcards from my friends. How many people were there? It was 748300. What was the appeal? everyone went there for the postmark, it’s my fiend’s answer. He chopped 4 expo passports, and didn’t care what is inside of the pavilions. I can imagine that, people went there with different expectations. But finally it’s over, apparently China showed another miracle to the world after Olympic, what is the next? Maybe the Asian Game in Canton?

What is going on now in China? National Census, counting more than one billion people within 10 days? Is it possible? who knows. When I was in China I only knew this from the news, maybe I was never be counted as an official Chinese.

What IM do you use? MSN, GTalk or Yahoo? In China, people have to use QQ, the reason is everyone else is using it. Personally I don’t use it, I might have used it when I was in the university, about 10 years ago, after graduation, I started to use MSN. Recently there was a dirty internet war between QQ and 360. What is 360? I don’t know either, some anti-virus software company. As I have been using MAC for a long time, I have no idea of those anti-virus thing. Anyway, I don’t care who is right and who is wrong, I appreciate the courage of 360, after all, not all the company can set QQ on fire.

What am I expecting for? Everyday I am praying the CNY could be stronger against AUD. When I see the news, it’s all about CNY and USD, no one cares about the people in Australia? Well according to Economics I learned in this semester, as the demand of CNY is very high, CNY should be appreciated. However Chinese government doesn’t always follow the economics theory, it’s communist, isn’t it?

I Hate Monash.

Education

Yesterday, right before the accounting exam, I got a email from the department to say BTX5140 would be cancelled in the summer course, the reason was there was not enough students enrolled in this course. WHAT A SHIT, it taught us what is contract law while it broke the contract right after the acceptance. I will have to come back to uni doing nothing in Feb as the air tickets and residential hall were booked. Also I will have to adjust the whole study plan in the next two years, the worst thing is I may have to take 5 subject in semester 1 2001 and I won’t have chance to attend BSF as it’s only offered on Monday night. It’s not the first time it revoked the offer, it postponed my university offer one year ago as well. I hate Monash, it only cares money+cash, I hope it will go bankrupt right after my graduation, fingers crossed.

After writing these, I am in good mood now 🙂

The two exams I took were not so bad, though I know nothing about the following Economics and Company Law. However after that this semester is finally over, it’s time to have some plans for the next year. First plan is to keep running, so many people around me is into marathon, I may have a try in my life, but before that I need to just practice. Second, I may write some news summary to utilise my blog. It’s also a practice for my research study, I found my listening was improving buy speaking and writing are both getting worse, time to pick up.

I will go to Chadston today, buy some shorts maybe, it’s soooo hot already.