19 April 2009

Sydney

After a relatively short flight of six hours and a little bit Dyah, Will, and I arrived safe and sound in Sydney. We flew Qantas as it was the cheapest fare on offer and a direct flight. My last flight on Qantas was woeful in terms of service however, I must say, the service this time around was excellent. It is good that Qantas seems to have made some inroads on this front, as I am a patriotic little bugger I would probably fly the national carrier in preference to others.

We have been out and about a little bit, doing plenty of walking from home to the local shops, and enjoying the cooler autumn weather.

Will is doing well and also seeming to enjoy the cooler weather. Although, I think he enjoys the attention he is getting from new faces just as much as anything else.

I am now sorted out with a broadband and wireless Internet connection. So, I will be able to work pretty easily from home and perhaps post a little more regularly to the blog.

We are now enjoying a very bright and cool Sunday morning.

Postscript

For a different take on Qantas go visit my good friend The Stump here.

21 comments:

the writer said...

I haven't been in Sydney for ages! Wonder how it looks like now. Would you mind posting some pictures then Rob? :P

oigal said...

mmm.. QANTAS improving...who woudl have thought... ah bugger just did a post

Rob Baiton said...

The Writer...

No problemo. When I get out and about more often I will take some happy snappies and post them here.

Stump...

Mate, it was a comment only on the in-flight service on this particular flight. Maye it was just a case of being happy to be heading home so any service would have been good!

It is not a comment on the slashing of almost 2000 jobs and the myriad of other problems afflicting the national carrier.

tere616 said...

Hm..it must be beatiful there.

Maybe someday I can go to Sidney and visit you, Ecky and my other friends.

Nice to know that Will enjoy the new surrounding.

Pls send my regards to Will and Mrs Baiton, a.k.a Diah ..

Rob Baiton said...

Tere...

Yep, it is very nice.

Regards passed on.

I believe Ecky is in Canberra (also a very nice part of the world).

Anonymous said...

you call that Dwarfist your friend?? how long would he last in Oz, on his high horse as he so often is....??

Rob Baiton said...

Anonymous...

As always, I would prefer a pen name or some other identifying feature so that I can distinguish you from the other anonymous commentators.

Nope, I do not want to know your true identity. Just separate you out from the crowd.

Dwarfist? Who are you talking about?

Rob Baiton said...

Anonymous...

Now I get it.

I just visited the Stump's blog and see that he has posted something that refers to dwarf tossing.

oigal said...

Lol.. A Dwarfist? Mmmm..I thought the PC term was little people?..

Oh well in for a pound...

On my high horse..well at least I can reach the reins..

As for QANTAS.. must admit been couple of years since last time (for good reason). Nice to have National Airline, but still think if you are protected by the taxpayer then you have an obligation to Australian Workers as well. You want to off shore jobs then surely Singapore Airlines (and others) have the right to on-shore their services and the consumer decide.

oigal said...

Am I misreading things here or did Anon find my post a little offensive?

Rob Baiton said...

Stump...

I do not disagree on the Qantas points. I am for open competition as this might inspire Qantas to provide better service.

PC - never pegged you for being too worried about political correctness ;)

I think that anonymous did find your post a little offensive, at least this is how I read the comment.

oigal said...

Actually the "little" offensive is kinda lame but best pun I could come up with..

the little offended guy said...

HOme is where your heart is..... you are lucky to have an instant home in Oz, some people have to dig around to find one. And sometimes, if you have been away from your home for too long, Medicare will have dumped you......

I wish you well with integration - but pls tell us of the good and the bad (if any) ...

for those of us who might return one day....

Rob Baiton said...

Stump...

My apologies on missing the pun. It was too far below my line of sight that I missed it.

Rob Baiton said...

Stump...

BTW my folks are flying Qantas to LA (or at least they were earlier today and perhaps they are still in the air). I will let you know what they say about in-flight service.

Rob Baiton said...

Little Offended Guy...

I am hoping you are the anonymous from before.

Interesting point on Medicare. I have to say though that my Medicare card renewed automatically and I had set up everything to be mailed to my folks.

I come from a good and close family. I am also in possession of the first and only grandchild to date. Therefore, it was not hard to find a place to stay.

I am not sure what you mean on the integration part. If you mean some kind of reverse culture shock, then I will be writing about the good and the bad of that.

In terms of integration, I don't see that I have anything to integrate into. As for the Wife, I am guessing there will probably be some culture shock and adjustment to new things and new ways. I am not expecting any kind of integration or assimilation (sounds to Trekky and Borg like for me) on my Wife's part.

I guess the most immediate thing I have noticed is that there is no one yelling "Hey Mister" at me or asking me for money :D

lil offended said...

In terms of integration, I don't see that I have anything to (RE)integrate into...[?]


I know you say this but I still think things will come up... integration may be too strong a word... it is a different world from the one you left ...no?

oigal said...

Hey Rob,

I would really be interested in what your folks think about the in-flight service for QANTAS. Never too late to update or dare I say.. withdraw a rant.

It will be interesting to see how the family adjusts..from my experience the biggest difference for an Indonesian is ..."Where is everybody??"

Rob Baiton said...

lil offended...

Yes, Australia is different in some ways and the same in others with regard to the place that I left many years ago.

That said, I am also different in some ways and the same in others.

In terms of things coming up, they surely will. However, I do not see this as an issue of integration or re-integration back into an old way of life.

As the Stump says, it is kind of nice that there are not so many people round. I went for a walk last night at about 19.00 and there were very few people about.

The weather was also much cooler which meant I could walk in relative comfort along with the relative quiet.

Stump...

I will let you know how they went. I do not think a retraction is necessary.

Where there is smoke there is generally fire. I think Qantas has some serious problems having enjoyed the benefits of being so well supported in the past.

Off-shoring jobs is always a bit of a problem.

Harry Nizam H. said...

Hi Rob,
It's good to know that you and your loved ones are having a real good time there.

Rob Baiton said...

Harry...

It is not so much about having a good time. It is a process of settling in and adjusting to a new set of surrounds.

As I said in a more recent post, there is much the same and there is much that is different. However, on the whole I would be leaning towards pretty much the same.