[FoRK] Australia / New Zealand?

Noon Silk noonslists at gmail.com
Thu Jun 13 16:11:11 PDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 5:04 AM, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> If you're in Australia or NZ, you should definitely check out Melbourne
> several times.  Sydney was fun, but it's kind of the Manhattan to
> Melbourne's San Francisco.  The Gold Coast appears to be the Jacksonville
> of Australia...

And the good thing about Melbourne is that at one time it contained at
least two FoRKers, and definitely still contains one.

Sure, the city here is nice, but you'd probably just go and visit laneways
and have a coffee, maybe see an art gallery and then get the idea.

> The other surprise was how much I liked Singapore.  I'm definitely a pinko
> bleeding heart liberal, but Singaporeans are so staunchly proud of their
> country that they won me over. [1] Besides, I'm a sucker for an Anglophone
> country with a wide range of Asian food, from cheap street food to haute
> cuisine, and there's a strong foodie sub-culture there as well.  Of course,
> I'm also addicted to "teh tarik" -- "stretched" tea cooled by pouring it
> from a height.  The eponymous Mr. Teh Tarik chain has many variations on
> this -- Singapore's British heritage comes out as they dump things like HP
> sauce and Horlick's into all sorts of odd concoctions.
> Malaysia was good as well,  but quite chaotic, and not Anglophone for the
> most part -- more English speakers than Japan, fewer than Singapore.  (In
> Singapore, almost everyone speaks something they think is English.)
> [1] A local explained that Singapore was a young country, so they had to be
> strict with fines, etc. like a father is with an unruly child.  Not loving
> that metaphor, to be honest, but much of the rationale for the fines is to
> get recent immigrants to act more civilized.
> Surprisingly, there are relatively few long-haul Southern Hemisphere to
> Southern Hemisphere flights.  I was surprised there were no
> Australia-Brazil flights, for example (although that may have changed).  If
> you have a choice of where to change planes, I disliked Hong Kong (and
> expect I would dislike the mainland Chinese airports more).  Incheon
> Airport near Seoul was quite nice, though
> Ken Meltsner  (the accidental world traveler).
> Ken Meltsner
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