Daily Post Conveyer

The daily post for today is conveyer. Are we talking about a conveyer belt or someone who conveys something to others?

Life can be like a conveyer belt at times, you hop on and it takes you to the same place all the time.

We convey our opinions and thoughts on others all the time. Some in a more forceful or aggressive manner than others.

In our working lives we should try and convey what we have learnt to others, it costs nothing to do so and others benefit. Though this strategy may lead to being taken advantage of as others may not be so in to conveying what they have learnt.

So I will convey this message –

Life is a journey along one big conveyer belt from start to finish. Along the way you pick up things that you convey to others without losing anything by doing so. Be careful of those that don’t realise life’s conveyer is for all and is a better journey if shared.

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Daily Prompt Cavity

Having a sweet tooth as a child is a curse in older age. Aside from that my stupidity as a child in trying to crack nuts with my teeth has also lead to my current situation.

I have a daily struggle to rid my cavity ridden teeth of bits of leftovers from my breakfast, lunch and dinner. At least I have a snack later on, though it doesn’t taste better the second time.

I would get them fixed but I am saving up to get them all sorted at one time. So a warning to those out there, don’t eat too much sugar, and definitely do not use your teeth as a nutcracker or wire stripper! Otherwise you will have a multitude of cavities.

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I write this daily post on my way to work on my local public transport. Fifty minutes on a  stop start journey into a job that gives me zero mental stimulation. I guess you could say that is stifling.

Billions of people do the same thing day in day out. Why do we do it? To exist? To give us a life we want? To provide for our families? Mostly we do these things for all of the above reasons. But when does it become stifling? When do we feel we want something more from life?

I am tired of just existing. Tired of the day to day routine and not having choices anymore. Decisions and choices I made in the past have lead me to where I am now, so I guess my stifling situation has been brought about by my own choices and decisions.

The trick when you get to this situation is to not let it get to you and not be stifled by your circumstances. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities and ways to improve your situation. Don’t let the stifling get you down!

Restaurant Amuse is one of those restaurants we have always intended to visit at some point, ever since we received an Entertainment book in 2008. We finally got around to booking, which has to be two months in advance. I was dubious having been to a couple of big reputation restaurants in Perth that were seriously underwhelming (see my Coco’s review for an example). So I approached this with open-minded trepidation, and I was pleasantly surprised. The trepidation increased when we were greeted with a minimalist setting with little or no romantic ambience. Though all of these feelings were removed once the food began to arrive. (more…)

Recently I had to travel to Atyrau, Kazakhstan for work. I wasn’t really keen on doing so, especially since my darling couldn’t accompany me. The trip was arranged in a rush to coincide with everyone’s schedules. So tickets were booked on a Thursday and I flew out on the Friday. The trip there was long Perth – Singapore – Istanbul (14 hour layover) – Astana – Atyrau. I left home at 330pm Perth time Friday and arrived at my hotel at 5pm Perth time Sunday.

At Astana I had to get a visa on arrival. The form was confusing, most people didn’t speak English and I was unsure about the whole process. Fortunately I encountered an English gentleman (who was in international import export auditor) who confirmed I was doing the right thing. The immigration agent looked very ill, like she was going to collapse at any moment. Maybe that increased the speed of my processing? So after being processed through immigration I had a 4 hour wait for my Atyrau flight. Finally arrived in Atyrau airport, which is very small. Waited an age for my bags and then was taken to my hotel, or what I thought was my hotel.

The Chagala chain has two hotels in the Asia side of Atyrau, the old and the new, from the outside you would be hard pressed to discern the difference. So I had to call the taxi back to then get to the new Chagala. I found out on my return home that the area both hotels are is not very safe! Fortunately I chose to wait for the taxi to come. I finally checked in to my home for the next two weeks. Very basic and relatively old. It was at least somewhere to sleep and it did have wifi so I could FaceTime with my darling, so all was not too bad. After showering and changing I headed down to get some food at 6pm, only to find the restaurant only opened after 7pm. So back to the room and fell straight asleep. The trip home was much better, 26 hours door to door.

I didn’t get much chance to explore or take photo’s with my camera. Though I did take some pictures with my phone. Though I did travel from Asia to Europe every day. If you travel to Atyrau be sure to use taxis as even the most skilful drivers would find it a challenge driving here. The climate is fairly mild in Autumn, though there is a hint of the biting cold that is to come in winter.

It is an interesting place that I would like to learn more about, though I am not sure if I would have ever gone there by choice.

A filling station

A filling station

The Asia Side of the River

The Asia Side of the River

Part of the New Chagala Atyrau

Part of the New Chagala Atyrau

A meat lovers paradise

A meat lovers paradise

Caucasus mountains from the plane

Caucasus mountains from the plane

The airport

The airport

The city skyline

The city skyline

View from the bridge

View from the bridge

The Europe Side of the River

The Europe Side of the River

A hotel on the Asia side

A hotel on the Asia side

To celebrate my darling’s birthday we decided not to go out, so I said I would do a degustation menu. Here are the results, including homemade bread rolls and lemon sorbet between courses. Everything turned out better than expected. Total cost was around $40 instead of $125 per person to go out :).

Table  Setting and Menu

Table Setting and Menu

1st Course Cajun Blackened Prawn Cups

1st Course Cajun Blackened Prawn Cups

2nd Course Pea and Chive Soup


2nd Course Pea and Chive Soup


3rd Course Broccoli with Anchovy Butter

3rd Course Broccoli with Anchovy Butter

4th Course Stuffed Mushroom

4th Course Stuffed Mushroom

5th Course Maple Glazed Salmon on Pea Puree

5th Course Maple Glazed Salmon on Pea Puree

6th Course Crumbed Chicken (Stuffed with Tomatoes, Chives and Cream Cheese) with Asparagus

6th Course Crumbed Chicken (Stuffed with Tomatoes, Chives and Cream Cheese) with Asparagus

Dessert - Strawberry Cheesecake (Almond Meal base)

Dessert – Strawberry Cheesecake (Almond Meal base)

11 years ago yesterday we shared our vows. Our love continues to grow as we grow together. We have had some amazing experiences in the 13 years we have been together, and been many places. On our special day we have often done something extra special, like our 5th Anniversary in Paris. Last night we had a wonderful dinner together at the Red Cabbage, South Perth. This was a tasting menu or degustation as some call it, whatever you call it, every dish was delicious. This will go alongside the many treasured memories we have shared and many more to come…

 

The Full Monty

The Full Monty

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

Scallops Bonito and Apple

Scallops Bonito and Apple

South West marron, salmon pastrami, wasabi and soy

South West marron, salmon pastrami, wasabi and soy

Garden

Garden

Trout, cauliflower and hazelnut

Trout, cauliflower and hazelnut

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cashel Blue and Cheddar

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cashel Blue and Cheddar

Chocolate Coffee and Wattle Seed

Chocolate Coffee and Wattle Seed

Burnt Honey Parfait and Mango

Burnt Honey Parfait and Mango