Archive for February, 2006

CASA Tomorrow

Posted: February 28, 2006 in Life in Adelaide
This week is our last week of full time ground school.  After this week, we’ll be back on our normal schedule~
 
Tomorrow is our first CASA exam, so the Emergency Buddah Leg Holding Procedure will commence tonight…
 
Oh, check out this "Funny Video"~ Let me know what you think~
 
The pictures are just some different types of engines we saw yesterday for AGK.  The one with two big exhaust on top is a little helicopter engine that produces 600 hps~ Wow~

Quota

Posted: February 26, 2006 in Life in Adelaide
You know how ppl in Taiwan complain about how the internet fees are high and the connection is slow?  They should move to Australia
 
Our monthly internet connection fee is 117.22 AUD, that’s about 3,000 NT a month… and it’s only a 1.5 M ADSL line I used to have a 12 M line and I pay less than half of what we are paying here… and that’s not it… The plan we are on is the most expensive, and the fastest from our carrier… what kind of 3rd world country is this?  While everyone else in the world are moving on fiber optic connection direct to your home, here we only get 1.5 M with the carrier promoting their free dial up service (with a 5 dollar month fee)…  And there’s more  in addition to the slow ass service they have here, there’s also a "quota" on how much data you are allowed to download each month… What kind of shit is that? Being on the highest plan, we are allowed 20G a month, with 40G extra "FREE" from 12am to 8am  That just sucks big time!!  And what happens when you go over that limit?  They limit your speed to 64Kbps  64! That’s freaking Dial Up Speed from 10 years ago!!!  But wait, on their website, they say they will only limit our speed instead of charging for the excess data downloaded… like they are doing us a favor
 
I can’t wait to move back to civilization

Day Trip

Posted: February 25, 2006 in Uncategorized
Yesterday I turned 31 from now on, I’m really "30 Something"…  We were going to go try a newly opened Korean restaurant, but it was packed, and wouldn’t even give us the option of waiting  So we ended up at the food court and I had a tofu pot~  It was pretty good~  Then we went home to open up FTA KTV Room 10~ with equiptment upgrade too!  DD got these two wireless mics that costs over 600 USD each!  and I was up till after 5 this morning…
 
Today, I woke up around.. 11?  And we head out to Barrosa Valley to do some wine tasting!  Since all the vans and mini bus were gone, we had to rent these little Toyota Yaris~ it’s a cute little car~ 
 
This time, we went to a vineyard called Grant Burge, as you can see in the pictures, it’s pretty~  After sampling a sparkling wine, a few whites, and three port wines, I decided to buy a bottle of 10 year old Muscat Port.  Then we went over to a lookout point to get a view of the valley, and head for Barrosa Reservoir.  What’s so special about the dam?  It’s also known as the Whispering Wall.  The dam is 140 meters long, but when you stand at one end, and start talking, the ppl on the other end can hear it just as if you were next to each other~ Cool, ain’t it?
 
For dinner, we went to Handorf from some German sausages, pork knuckles, and I had a really tasty medium rare Rib Eye steak!  We also had some German beer on tap, and freshly made pretzels and bread.
 
That’s it for today~  Tomorrow I will be home all day studying… I hope…

Self Inflicted Pain

Posted: February 23, 2006 in Uncategorized
Do you unconsciously torture yourself everyday?  I do
 
The past few days had felt like forever  Groundschool is worse than college, cuz you can skip class in college but you can’t do it here…   The first period and the first period after lunch is the hardest to get thru.  I try very hard not to fall asleep in class, and it’s very very painful   So I tell myself everyday that I am going to sleep early today, but…  I some how always manage mope around till the wee hours and then wake up regreting going to bed too late… and the cycle starts again…  If I use those time moping around to study I would’ve graduated from Harvard with a law degree or something already…  Perhaps even an Astronaut… haahaa!!
 
Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to be another year older…  "So, Ted, how does it feel to be 31?"  "Hmm… I don’t feel like 31… Actually, can you tell me what I SHOULD feel?"  It’s just another year… and I’m still ME

Lucky Streak Continues

Posted: February 22, 2006 in Uncategorized
Today is Wednesday, but I really hope it was Friday  It’s only the 3rd day of full time ground school, and I already feel like it’s been two weeks, and the days are getting longer and longer
 
So we took our Meteorology Final today, and I passed again~  Isn’t it wonderful to find that you pass a test when you don’t study? hahaha~  However, our CASA exam for Meteorology is in two weeks.  So can’t relax at all…
 
I really hope today was Friday

Two Weeks Of Ground School

Posted: February 20, 2006 in Uncategorized
Starting today, our course, CAL 15, will be on a journey to hell Two weeks of ground school
 
With most of the classes coming to an end, we still have Navigation 2 and AGK 2 waiting to start.  Soon after this, we’ll be on our way to take the CASA exams.  CASA is like FAA in the US, except they like to see student pilots suffer in pain over their tricky wording in the questions. 
 
Today my lucky streak was kept alive as I passed the Aerodynamics 2 Final~  I have to say, Aerodynamics is not exactly my cup of tea…  And I don’t really understand why we have to learn so much about it… in case we fail as pilots we can always start designing aeroplanes?
 
Tomorrow will be another long day, and Meteorology final exam waiting for us on Wednesday…  I really hate exams…

Lucky Streak

Posted: February 18, 2006 in Uncategorized
So, it’s the weekend again…
Weekend or not, next week have more exams…
I now seriously think I’ve gotten myself into a holetrap I hate studying, and I hate tests… and now it’s study study study test test test…  Well… I still don’t study… But luckily, I still pass my tests… Maybe it’s because I watch lots of Discovery Channel
 
Last week I was lucky enough to pass my Meteorology and Navigation exams… Hope my streak of good luck won’t end till I retire