Janette Toral sharing her tourist experience in Australia.

Saturday 28 February 2009

Thinking of Satellite TV

One thing I missed whenever in Australia is cable television. In the Philippines, we pay for such service for the less than 20 Australian dollars a month. This already includes favorite channels like CNN, Star, HBO, Cartoon Network, among others.

Although I admit that the local TV programs are more than enjoyable as some of them even get shown immediately after it was aired in the USA. This allowed me to watch the latest episodes of CSI, House, among others. I also love the HD experience and I know that it will take time before loved ones in Manila will get to feel it.

Sometimes though, I contemplate on exploring satellite TV. I have not really heard of any direct provider that has packages to choose from. Most of the sites I've seen were more experimental and encouraging folks to try it like a hobby.

Friday 27 February 2009

Big sister comes home

I'll be arriving in Adelaide next week to visit the family and take care of my sister who is expected to give birth anytime soon. I am anxious and excited to meet the newest member of our clan. Earlier this month, my other sister, Jherlie, also gave birth and it brings great joy to see a new baby in the family.

Sunday 15 February 2009

Christmas in Australia

A lot of Filipino relatives and friends have been asking me how did our Christmas in Australia went. We went to church last December 24 to attend an early evening mass (this is usually midnight mass in the Philippines) mostly attended by Filipinos. There was also a re-enactment part portraying Joseph & Mary's search for a place to stay to give birth to baby Jesus.

On December 25, we just stayed at home and had a nice meal with Dave & Jhermie.

I could say that we celebrated Christmas in a very solemn way. As I was very much occupied with the Busby SEO Test competition at that time, my mood then was more competitive rather than festive.

It seems that 2009 will be the last time I'll be spending Christmas in Australia as my two kids will finish their year 12 and continue their studies in the Philippines next year.

However, due to business interest, I'll still be spending a lot of time here and develop markets.