1st week at Jones' orchard.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

quite good. not to my expectations actually.

i work 6 days a week, from 8am to 4.30 pm, with 15 minutes breaks at1030 and 1500. 30 minutes lunch break at 1pm.

i started with thinning, which is about removing excess fruits from trees so that the tree can focus on growing those who are still there. i got payed about 2 dollars per tree, and on a good day, i can make about 50-60 trees per day.

but there is also some down side. on the 4th and 5th day, i got sent to pick cherries. it sounded good at the start, as i can eat as much cherries as i want. but as i started picking, i realized that the picking is not as easy. there is still not much riped cherries, so picking is hard. they pack 7 dollars per bucket, but i can only manage 10 buckets on a 10 hour shift. thats bloody poor. i asked to be put back to thinning, and i got it.

btw folks, i lsot contacts of everybody because my contacts were all saved up in my old cellphone, not in my sim card. so can you readers out there text me ur numbers to my phone?

its 02102369706 r if u r texting from overseas, +62102369706.

cheers, will update you ppl with pictures next time. brought my camera, but this internet cafe doesnt have spot for memory cards, only USB. im guttted.

A New Life - as a farmer down south  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

travelled down to central Otago to start working for a fruit orchard a few days ago. here is what i saw and think along the journey, and also ill write a little about my 'humble abode'.

the fruit orchard im working in currently is called 'Jones' family orchard'. 45km away from Queenstown. The closest town (5km) from this orchard is called Cromwell, with a population of 4000+-. a small town indeed.

upon arrival, i was greeted by Diane, which i think is the orchard owner's wife. she drove me around the town, and show me some important places. forget about big brands like Jeans West, or Starbucks Coffee, or Vodafone. there is none of it here. franchises that i already know (those exsisted in auckland) are BNZ, national bank, Video Ezy, and fortunately, NewWorld. at least i can get myself some groceries here.

i was then ferried to my accomodation. it fell a bit out of my expectation. i expect big dormitory with bunk beds lined up, in a brick-layed house. What i got in the end, is a small wooden house in the size of an typical african hut, with 3 beds in it. the carpet smelled a bit funny, i would say its a combination of cats and dogs smell. the structure is a bit run-down, not insulated properly, and there is not heater or warming. luckily ill be here during the summer, cant imagine it when people are here during the winter. there is a common house right behind it, where shower, toilet, kitchen and tv lounge is located. at least i can watch some tv when im bored. as only 2 "huts" and a few caravan will share the facility, its not too crowded. im glad for that.

living with me in the hut is a Japanese backpacker called Taka, and a German called Henrik. ill write more about them as i get to know them better.

im writing this entry from Queenstown, as my cellphone broke down yesterday. i tried to find a cellphone shop in Cromwell, and to my horror, there was none. my only option is to come to Queenstown and purchase one here. crazy aye?

ill post some pictures about my 'humble abode' some other time, as i didnt bring my camera along. bugger bugger bugger!

There is not internet access around the orchard, and there is only 1 internet cafe in Cromwell, and they only have 4 computers. but ill try to keep you readers updated as frequent as i can.


one small surprise of the day = 1 small problem for the day  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

the surprise.

tried to buy a can of energy drink from a vendor machine. paid 3 dollars, and the machine pops 2 out. yahhoie!!

the problem.

i finished both of it within 1 hour. was checking out the design of the can (the brand is 'Relentless' btw), only to find out that it recommends a person to not consume more than 1 can per day.

worried, i went online to read about caffeine overdose. it says:

"An acute overdose of caffeine, usually in excess of about 300 milligrams, dependent on body weight and level of caffeine tolerance, can result in a state of central nervous system over-stimulation called caffeine intoxication"

"The symptoms may include restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushing of the face, increased urination, gastrointestinal disturbance, muscle twitching, a rambling flow of thought and speech, irritability, irregular or rapid heart beat, and psychomotor agitation. In cases of much larger overdoses mania, depression, lapses in judgment, disorientation, disinhibition, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis, rhabdomyolysis, and death may occur"

i just consumed 282mg of caffeine. judging the fact that i seldom drink this kind of stuff, i certainly will have a lower tolerance towards caffeine.

For the moment, Im flushing, i cant control my lips well (its shaking),i can feel my heartbeat going faster than usual, and im trying hard to maintain concentration (and finger coordination) as i type this blog entry.

i think im now intoxicated with excess caffeine.

(photos) desperate students trying to answer things that they just cant.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Just a pictorial collections of desperate students trying to answer things that they just cant.