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It’s not laziness….I swear ;-)

So…what to say, back from the holiday since October and it’s already November….whoa! (Scratch that, it’s now the end of December…hehehe 🙂 )

It’s been a bit of a snowball though. As soon as we returned home, quite literally less than 2 days later I was back at the airport picking up some awesome friends visiting from Berlin, Germany – Dani and Thommy. Was so cool to see them again. It was so funny too, it had been a bit over a year since we’d last seen each other, but there they were at the airport and it was just like old times. Nothing had changed, no awkwardness, just super cool. That’s how friendship should work, and you know it’s true when it does! So nice.

But I’m getting ahead of myself aren’t I? Samoa. What can I say. Wow. What a beautiful place made only more beautiful by its people. They are so super friendly and relaxed. It’s just so easy to be there and to chill and have a nice time. The weather was amazing, the sights and scenery were wonderful, and travelling around there was a breeze. We chilled big time, I mean, super big time!! I wouldn’t say it’s exactly cheap, nor is it amazingly easy to get to (well, depending on where you’re located), but it’s still so fresh and untouched. No hustling and bustling tourism going on over there yet. Just so natural.

We started in Upolu travelling around a bit there – even staying in a super cool treehouse – did I jump off the To Sua Ocean Trench when I was on Uplolu? You’d better believe it!! (although jumping from that height did kinda hurt my back a bit!!) We then moved on to Savai’i where we travelled around that island. I mean, we were traveling around quite a lot really, which could have potentially been quite stressful, but it was so super chill. So easy. Nothing was any drama for anyone. What an awesome attitude to life these guys have. We could really do with some of that attitude over this way I tell ya! It was so sad to finally have to leave. But it wasn’t the same kind of feeling as I’ve experienced in the past when retuning to Berlin. This time I was retuning to Sydney. I knew it was warm and sunny back home. And we live by the beach. No rain, greyness, cold, ice and snow for the next 6 months. Just awesomeness. Way, way different. And I guess you know you’re living in the right country when you feel like that upon returning 🙂

And that’s it really….since then  I guess life has been getting the better of me. Just not so much time lately for writing more posts, as much as I’d like to. Spent Christmas up in the Hunter with a bunch of family – and have been further up the coast after that spending some time by the beaches up there over my birthday etc. And it’s hot….hot, hot, hot. Gotta love the Sydney heat.

Anyways, check out some of the photos of Samoa I’ve added as an album to the blog. I haven’t got all of the good ones there, but it’s certainly a decent sample!!

And on that note – Happy New Year!!!! It’s the 31st today and I’m about to jump into the shower to get ready and then jump in the car to get over to my sister’s  and her boyfriends place over at Waverton to check out the New Year fireworks on the Harbour Bridge later on. Should be a very chilled and nice relaxing way to see the New Year roll on in. It’s been a great year – not perfect – but so awesome in so many ways. My thanks goes out to everyone who’s made this year so great – family, friends, colleagues – in fact, anyone that I’ve crossed paths with – I am so thankful to have you all in my life. It really has been one of the most memorable years of my life that I will never forget. I am a lucky guy.

What is that? Oh right, SUN!

Well, it must be said, as late as it came, it certainly made an entrance….Summer that is.

That’s right, we are finally right into Summer and it’s in full effect. 32 degrees C. today, with a high of around 37 expected tomorrow. Like, what the hell are those temperatures all about? Not that I’m complaining, by no means, I am simply astounded, not to mention delirious lying in a pool of my own sweat created by the lack of air conditioning.

Anyway, enough about that. Not much been happening really. Well, a bit. Ina’s sister was here last weekend with her new boyfriend Mark, who is very nice. We had a pretty funky weekend with a few parties, one of them being at Schokoladen, and the other famously held at Hans’ garden house. A great weekend and great times all around.

Suzie is here this weekend to play a gig at White Trash tonight continuing on with her European tour from there onto Paris on Tuesday night La Feline and onwards from there. Really nice to be able to catch up what seems to be relatively frequently of late. I guess it is a lucky break getting out of Melbourne at this time of year, I haven’t checked what the weather there is like, but it can usually be pretty shitty.

So, we (Ina & I) were thinking about buying a place in Prenzlauer Berg that we really liked the look of. But it turns out that we just don’t feel it to be right, there’s some kind of bad vibe about the whole place now after having such a bad communication experience with the seller. I should say now, it is a private sale, whereby the owner is selling the property direct. And dealing directly with the owner has been such a horrible experience for us that we really just lost interest. Sad but true. All this means that Ina I will keep on searching. It is only a matter of time.

I’ve been a little bit disappointed at work lately. There are many reasons why, but nevertheless, it is very demotivating. And that is a very dangerous place to be. I always try my best to keep my team motivated, and I know of many ways in which to do this. It can be as simple as bringing an ice-cream for everyone. The fact that you are an attentive manager is one of the most important aspects of management I find. You build relationships with your employees. Don’t get me wrong – they don’t have to be your best friend, but you have to be someone they would be comfortable inviting to their own home. But most importantly, vice-versa. That feeling of equality is something that should not be underestimated. Elitism rarely gets anyone anywhere. You can be in a superior position without having to play the elitist card I believe, who knows though, I could also be wrong. It may depend on the size of team you have, but I would like to think otherwise……and will until proven otherwise.

Anyways, what else. not a lot really. Busy, busy, busy. The air-conditioning saga is ongoing in Sydney, as is the refinancing of the loan…..maybe I didn’t mention that though. But otherwise, all is rolling along just fine.

Check this out anyhow, Suzie’s new video:

Summer on a hiatus…

Well, here I was thinking Summer would slowly make itself known, but the more I look around, all I see confirmation of is Winter – or Autumn at best. What have I got to look forward to this weekend then, other than the Champions League Grand Final? A high of 12 degrees celsius and a lot of rain – strangely reminiscent of Autumn – but we are already heading towards the end of May and Summer should officially be starting on the 21st of June…..oh well. Talk about an anti-climax!!

But what has been Home Sweet Homehappening? Well, Ina and I have decided to move back in with each other again. I guess we’ve been living apart for what’s coming up to two years now…..how time flies huh!? So first we were looking around at rental apartments but the market here has gone absolutely crazy. Rent is so expensive that it truly is ridiculous when you compare what the average income in Berlin is. So then we thought we’d take a look at buying a place, but again are in a tight spot – there really isn’t much available.

PIA – yes, a true pain in the ass. I mean, it’s not to say I’m not living in a great pad at the moment, because I certainly am. And I have great flatmates who I would also consider as friends, but it would still be nice to live with Ina again nevertheless. So who knows what we’ll do, buy a place, rent a place, not get a place at all????? God only knows…..

In preparation for the move though, I realized I had to get rid of quite a few things….not to mention my HUGE Carrera Bahn collection, quite a lot of which was lying around unused in the cellar. So that’s what I did, I put ads up in eBay and got rid of all the stuff. Now, I must mention, ever since moving to this country I have minimized my experience with eBay. It just seems to be more trouble than it’s worth most of the time. Germans are still somewhat of an anomaly to me, quite a lot of them take everything so seriously and are so unrelaxed and passive aggressive that it really forces me to take a look back in history. When I do, I have a much better understanding of why some of the atrocities that have occurred to this country in the past did, and why the majority were most likely justified (Ok, that’s harsh, but it’s my blog and I can say that if I want to!). It probably also accounts for the fact that Germany has one of the lower life expectancies of the EU at 77 years of age. Being so up tight, aggressive and unrelaxed is not a good thing for one’s health.

An example: I sent a person 6 corner pieces of Carrera track only for them to leave a negative comment under my username. Keep in mind, I have been an eBay member since 2004 and have NEVER received a negative comment. This person has been a member since the end of last year (2012) and has purchased from a total of 3 sellers. So instead of following the rules, after the negative comment they left me as a seller, this user has now written me an e-mail and is essentially holding me ransom to a resolution to their purchase. Their purchase, that was obviously damaged by the post and also repackaged by the post of which I had insurance on. Their condition, to refund otherwise the negative comment will remain. Well, news for all those who don’t know, friendliness goes a long way when attempting to reconcile a situation. I don’t take lightly to threats, and if this person dealt with the issue in a professional, polite, adult manner, I would have been more than happy to offer some type of resolution, but acting in this way does not help them. By leaving a negative comment they have closed the sale. On principle alone I have a hard time reacting at all.

Don’t get me wrong, this type of person is not the norm in Germany, but the frequency of this type of person is higher here than anywhere I know of. There is a lot of passive aggression going on, a lot. And if you would like to see examples of active aggression, you just have to jump in a car, on a motorbike or even a bicycle for that matter. I can guarantee that within 30 mins you will experience some type of aggressive behavior.

So to sum up, this type of crap as well as the crap weather makes one occasionally feel like crap……just like I do now. Anyway, not all is bad and I try not to let these type of people get me down. Kneeling Chair

Another thing that is trying to rob my soul of its inner good vibes is my damn right elbow. I guess I’m starting to get quite a bad case of tennis elbow. So now that my back is feeling pretty damn good I run straight into this new problem…..like WTF!? What have I done to deserve this? I mean, it could be related to my back because I changed my office chair to one of those kneeling chair things which obviously changed the posture I have whilst at my desk. And I guess since I work so much I am at my desk quite a lot. I don’t know……what I do know is that it really hurts.

And that’s the rant for now anyway, I mean, I have a plentiful supply, but too much negativity makes one feel negative, so I’m giving up and letting go. Have a great weekend everyone!!