A Commuter Journal (22/06/2011)

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I’ve been thinking for sometimes about writing a commuter journal. But I had gone against it to protect my privacy. Today though, I’m going to write one about my journey from Mt Ommaney to Cultural Centre on board service 460 leaving Mt Ommaney at 1.20ish pm.

Today I’ve just finished the last component of examinations in my courses for this semester. I decided to visit Mt Ommaney Library since it has the widest range of comics among other BCC Libraries that I have visited so far.

I don’t want to visit library in the northern suburbs because I’m not familiar with the area. To my disappointment, there were only two good comics (by my standard) available. Money wasted on service 453 earlier – public transport fare increased earlier this year.

After checking out the two items, I waited for any bus that would bring me to the City/Cultural Centre (no difference to me – it’s just a matter of walking).

I thought I was going to get services 453/454, instead 460 from Inala arrived. Strangely though, no other passengers at Mt Ommaney boarded the bus except me. Thinking that 460 is an express service (not BUZ), why not give it a try?

By the way, I wouldn’t even try to visit Inala (not alone). Brisbane’s notorious suburbs. Plus Logan, the Bogan City.

After leaving Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre, the driver (I believe a lady in her 50s or early retirement age) lost her direction whether to pass or by-pass Jindalee DFO. She asked for help from the passengers. Not a frequent user of western suburbs buses (those that starts with 4xx), I couldn’t offer any answer. A passenger at the back (I was seated at the front seat behind the front door, my fave seat) replied ‘left’ as in by-pass Jindalee.

It doesn’t stop there. In the Western Freeway she once again lost direction. Whether to keep continue driving along the freeway or turn left. She decided to turn left without help and wished she were right. Well, welcome to 444 Moggill BUZ area. She was right.

Up until Indooroopilly and Toowong, she was fine. She lost her plot again after Coronation Drive. She decided to use Go-Betweens Bridge instead of William Jolly. The bus was stuck on the corner of Merivale and Melbourne Streets.

She didn’t know what to do. I thought this is going to be one long journey. Then a 196 bus driver suggest her to go straight along Merivale St (perhaps following service 202 route). But she insisted in turning left to Melbourne St but the road is simply too narrow for the bus (not to forget bus lane at the street). I guess she isn’t familiar with the South Brisbane area. I heard loud sound like something’s breaking from the back while she was trying. Not sure whether it was a pole or the bus.

I believed at that moment she freaked out – almost cried as well I guess. She decided to turn right after so many tries following services 192, 196, 199 & CityGlider routes along the street. I can’t remember which one but it was either Manning or Cordelia Streets where she turned right into afterwards (again).

In the end the bus made its way to the intersection of Merivale & Hope Streets. She completely lost directions here and asked Queen Street Bus Station for help. She got help and was asked to make a similar route to 192, 198 & CityGlider around there.

What I heard from the convo between her and QSBS was she was asked for the bus registration and her employment number. She made her way back to QSBS but I dropped off at Cultural Centre.

Services to Inala and western suburbs that use QSBS are located at Platform B. But she was asked by operator to park the bus at stop C2 (service 170) and report herself to traffic controller (located at the back of Platform C).

When I alighted, I noticed the windows at the rear left of the bus was almost shattered. Luckily no passengers were seated around there (or perhaps they had moved?). She apologised to me (the only passenger alighting at Cultural Centre) about the delay and the ‘wild ride’.

I couldn’t care less. I don’t need her apologies. Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps if I were in her position I would freak out as well (Don’t ask me to be a bus driver, we’ll never get to the destination since I can’t brake!).

A few weeks ago there was a story on Seven News Brisbane about a service 170 crash near Southeast Busway. It was revealed Brisbane Transport bus drivers were only given training for two weeks. It’s very short compared to southern capitals (Sydney & Melbourne).

Whether Seven News claim is correct or not we can debate that here. And whether there should be more training provided we can also discuss it here.

I’m not in favour of the introduction of Adelaide’s O-Bahn so that bus drivers wouldn’t lose the plot. I don’t think that would help at all. But the fact that there wasn’t any map in her folder worries me (whatever map – service 450/453/454/460 route maps in particular).

I’m hoping for the best from her. I hope she doesn’t get the sack. May be she should be employed on shorter routes such as 105/107/108 or those feeder around Mt Ommaney to Indooroopilly.

I understand being a bus driver for service 199 or 109 is different to service 130/140/150 or 310/330. 460 is a particularly long journey (let alone service 250 from City to Redland Bay).

All the best for the driver.

Sorry, I’m closed (for a while)

As exam is approaching (next Wednesday), I’ll therefore cease my blogging activity until 22 June 2011. This is going to be a make or break exam so I’m really relying from this paper.

I’ll be back as soon as possible with more stories (and some behind the scene stories) after the exam. It’s only one paper.

If you’re this blog critic, I believe you’ll think that I haven’t been blogging as many this year and this quiet period means nothing at all. That’s fine. Suit yourself. There are millions other blogs to read and I believe you’ll find one that suit you otherwise make your own blog.

Hopefully I can go live-blogging from the Festival State in two weeks time.

Around the Cultural Centre precinct

This post is still related with HK Museum of Art. But I’ll bring you outside instead.

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The museum showcased some statues outside the museum (somewhere near the cafe).

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This museum is excellent point of learning history (they had an exhibition during the early days of the British colony).What I hate about it is the exterior. It’s ugly.

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I’m not a fan of their tiles. It’s like I’m walking back to ’70s or ’80s. I thought Brisbane’s Cultural Centre looks outdated in particular Queensland Museum (except SLQ & GOMA).

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Though you can get uninterrupted view of CBD from here (without being blocked by passer-bys or fellow tourists).

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This is the exhibition I was talking about earlier. I wouldn’t mind if the museum is redesigned similar to Louvre. ๐Ÿ˜€ (I really hate the tiles)

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This is the promo for another exhibition on the British. When I was at the exhibition hall for this, most of the patrons were French.

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Upgrade the looks and I’ll give this museum a five-star rating.

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I guess it’s time for Nathan Road.

Hopefully I could post stories from Cleveland and Surfers Paradise soon. Oops, not to forget Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara.

Hong Kong Museum of Art

I’ve brought you inside Macau’s Museum of Art. Now, I’ll bring you inside Hong Kong Museum of Art. This trip was sometime in early January 2011. I still remember the date but I won’t reveal it here.

Well, HK Museum of Art is not free. It’s only free on Wednesday (I find it weird that lots of museums in China open longer on Wednesdays). But the price tag is still acceptable.

The museum is located in Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre precinct. Believe me, I thought Brisbane’s Cultural Centre precinct exterior looks outdated (except SLQ & GOMA) until I saw this. I’ll have a separate post on that.

There are lots of no photography zone inside the museum. But I really enjoyed their ‘Touching Art’ exhibition. I’m not sure whether it’s the museum or someone else who fund this but they use laser technology to replicate sculptures from Paris’s Louvre Museum.

Visitors are allowed to touch the sculptures (since all sculptures are replicas) but they must use hand sanitiser provided just outside the exhibition hall.

The museum does have a souvenir shop but it was kinda compact inside methinks. Just like what Turanga Leela of Futurama said, “It’s like Hong Kong.”

Anyway, the museum consists of five levels. The family and I didn’t visit the top level since they felt very tired. Well, we were lost on the way from the MTR to the museum. Yes, finally I visited a place with a decent public transport unlike Brisbane’s rotten public transport system (not in my suburb anyway).

Here are some photos taken from the exhibition that does allow photography. Enjoy.

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I believe she is Guan Yin. If you’re Buddhist you should know this (apparently I’m not).

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Some pictures will be smaller in size.

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Dancing with the Stars ๐Ÿ˜€

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Not done yet. I’ll come back tomorrow. Good night.

P.S.: What day is today? It’s my birthday.

Apa itu ‘Asworie diosme’?

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Komik Phantom. Bagi kebanyakan dari kita di Indonesia mungkin tidak begitu kenal atau bahkan tidak pernah mendengar komik ini. Saya yakin anda bisa cari tahu sendiri apa alur cerita dari komik ini dan apa yang membuatnya spesial daripada komik lain.

Pada edisi komik Phantom beberapa waktu lalu, komik ini mengambil kompilasi cerita dari komik strip Phantom yang pada akhirnya dibukukan. Kompilasi ini sungguh spesial karena komik strip ini memiliki alur cerita sepanjang 20 minggu (kalikan 6 karena komik strip dicetak hari Senin-Sabtu saja). Spesial karena alur ceritanya yang serius/drama, tidak seperti kebanyakan komik strip lain di koran yang kemungkinan lebih berunsur sindiran dan komedi.

Di foto di atas, ceritanya istri Phantom (Kit Walker), Diana, dikabarkan tewas dalam pemboman gedung PBB di Morristown. Ternyata ada yang mengincar Diana dan di tengah kebingungan, dua orang menculik Diana. Diana pun dijadikan tawanan ilegal di Rhodia – ilegal karena namanya diubah menjadi Adele Cole, terdakwa pembunuhan yang tidak pernah terjadi.

Lalu Kit mendapat kabar bahwa kematian Diana dipalsukan dan istrinya dijadikan tawanan di Rhodia. Kit dan pelaut bernama Savarna memulai perjalanan untuk membebaskan Diana dari Gravelines Prison, Rhodia.

Saya rasa sudah cukup ceritanya. Lebih lanjut baca sendiri. ๐Ÿ˜€

Tapi saya tidak berniat untuk membahas alur cerita tersebut.

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Kalau diperhatikan baik-baik koran yang ditunjukkan Kit pada Savarna (yang diam-diam mencintai Kit) ada yang janggal. Voice of Rhodia memiliki tajuk dalam Bahasa Inggris ‘Local man is hero…’.

Tiba-tiba T.DePaul mengawali artikelnya dengan ‘Asworie diosme…’. Berhubung Rhodia hanyalah fiktif, apakah ini Bahasa Rhodia?

Wine Museum

Let’s return to Macau where last time I left you with the Grand Prix Museum. Still in the same building, just located next to GP Museum is the Wine Museum.

I wonder what wine got to do with Macau. It is a small place with people cramped that developments are going upwards. Do they have land for vineyards?

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As you may have guessed, winery in Macau is brought by the Portuguese. This is the corridor when you entered the museum.

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This museum also has a touchscreen display to make information friendlier to absorb. Readings are provided in three languages, Chinese, English & Portuguese.

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I can’t remember why I took this photo.

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The diorama shows how the wine is made indoor in the past.

I took lots of photos in this museum, actually. Unfortunately, unless you’re really interested in knowing the traditional costumes of each Portugese regions I’m not going to show it here. Leave a comment if you wish me to write a post on that.

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Same as the GP Museum, entrance is free. Location: somewhere near the park with golden lotus in the middle

Extra: Do you know why Sideshow Bob of The Simpsons was quickly accepted into an Italian town?

That’s all for now. Back soon.

Greek Orthodox Church

When I mention something Greek, that means it’s another Paniyiri-related post. This time I’m going to bring you inside a Greek Orthodox church in Brisbane. As Paniyiri was held in West End, so does the church.

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I’m not sure where to begin but yeah, this a typical Greek Orthodox church architecture. Definitely, I’m learning something new here because my faith is similar to a certain extent but different church.

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This is the entrance of the church from the festival. I took from inside the compound. There were ladies selling cross and rosary (the Greek version, of course). You can also see the huts erected for the festival. In the background, it’s Brisbane’s skyline.

Now, let’s take a look inside.

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My first impression, this is one colourful church. You’ll find similar decoration in all Greek Orthodox church worldwide. Before you enter the hall, there are candles for you to lit. You must pay for that candle.

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When the priest started his oration, he can go on and on like in the Protestant church. That’s why they keep a clock inside. If you started to get bored, well, there’s the exit.

The priest is also allowed to marry. But most probably he gets married after he became a priest. Not that there’s no chance, it’s just rare.

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Imagine how many days it took complete painting the whole church? How many litres of paint were used?

Now, I’m taking you to second floor. Somehow the upper level reminds me of the Denpasar’s Bishop House – not that I’m a regular visitor but if you’ve ever been to the morning mass at that place, I feel similarities.

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In the altar, there are some areas where attendees are not allowed to enter. Some part of the altar is also closed unlike the Catholic church. Holy Communion is provided though.

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The bench reminds me of Kepundung Church, haven’t been there in ages – ever since Cathedral opens (which the construction never finished).

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So does this church recognises Saints? They don’t have choir during service but oddly enough, later in the afternoon they have choir performance at the church.

Anyway, if there’s any information that’s wrong about this feel free to correct me. Russian Orthodox church next, anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

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