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  1. i think people are getting confused about what this is all about. It's not necessarily the topic of conversation, but more the chatroom/pm styley postings - ie heya babe, how are you, *waves to so & so*, what you doing now? That sort of a post is more pm related don't you think? I was under the impression that when you posted it was about the topic, and a discussion amongst many, not a personal chitchat to a friend. anyway, i think this has gone over and over too much now - i'm not going to comment any further on the matter
  2. thank god i never god rid of my IOM bank account - yet i'm not sure if it'll cost me more with exchange rates or not - something i think i should look into
  3. can't say i agree, but you have to pay quality to get quality
  4. i'm probably staying in - i'm not really a new years person, don't really see the point in it TBH - Plus it's forced fun, what if you're having a shitty time, there's always some bugga that'll come up to you and say "cheer up, it might never happen" - smug git! I hate people that say that. Anyway, bollocks to new years i say bah ny humbug
  5. ok- never ever will i complain about the bank charges in the UK (aside from that fact i don't live there anymore ). I got the shock of my life today when i went to open a bank account. Out of all the banks to choose from, i decided upon the Kiwibank, as it's owned by New Zealand, and none of the money goes to Australia, like the ANZ, BNZ, Westpac etc. Another reason was that it has the lowest credit card rate - 12.6%, unlike other cards which seem to hover around the 19% mark - remember, cards aren't as competitive in little old NZ. Anyhoo, i open a chequing and a savings account, and then the woman begins to tell me how much i get charged PER cheque = 50cents, PER withdrawl 30cents or 50cents at another bank, PER Eftpos (chip & pin to you guys) transaction = 50 cents. My mouth literally dropped open!! I said to her "seriously, you charge me for taking money out of my account, everytime?" with that she looked at me and said in total seriousness "oh no, we give you the first 3 cheques free" - i just laughed. Now these are just for my chequing account transactions, if i want to take money out of my savings account i can do so once a month for free, otherwise each transaction after that within the same month is $4.50!!!!! Then i had to give them my IRD number (National Insurance number to you) as they pay the tax office directly any taxes on the interest i earn - seriously, i'm astounded. So, now i've decided to use my credit card to pay for everything and make only one cheque payment a month, so i'll only have to pay 50cents - but i'll get the first 3 free So, just to let you lot know, it's not all take take take with the banks your side of the world - hey, guess you can't have it all heh.
  6. the only two places i would even consider having chinese from are The Golden Gate (in Willisden) City Cottage (Falcon Road?) but now that i'm home, i' a bit buggered, but there's an excellent "fush 'n chups" up the road from me - don't think that's on the weight watchers menu tho!
  7. why start a new one? it seems the norm these days to change the thread part way thru anyway. I'm with Minnie re the friends thing - yeah i've met a couple of people off the forum, some i already knew, but this isn't where i come to chat to them - and if i do, it certainly isn't in the threads, it's via a pm or even MSN. I see the forum as a place to discuss issues, ideas, thoughts, not a personal chit chat saying heya, what you doing? that is more pm related stuff IMO (omg, haven't used the IMO in a long time!!). so now i'll go and wait for the onslaught - i'll read it when you're all asleep - crack on
  8. Misson, Minnie - i give you a standing ovation - seriously funny i wuv you guys
  9. Totally agree Lonan - it's more like a chatroom than a forum these days, and quite frankly, getting a bit boring. Have to admit to being drawn in a few times, more due to lack of anything else to do i'm afraid. People should used the chat section or PM's as you say and lets get down to some good topics again.
  10. Bugga me!!! i'm absolutely shattered. So much for me thinking that working for my sister would be a piece of piss! My working day began at 9am, but at least i didn't have to leave the house, my sister dropped my niece in for me to look after. Fortunately I had my mum at home so she was entertained by the two of us, until 11am when I had to walk her back home. Now, this doesnt seem so difficult, but............ when the walk takes 1 hour and your fitness level is not at its best, or even remotely ok, then it is a bit of a struggle. However, off I went, pram in hand, child asleep, sun beating down on me and a cool breeze just to take the edge off. I'm surprised i did it in an hour considering my much slimmer, fitter sister manages to do it in 45 mins, so i'm kinda pleased with myself to be honest. One thing i will have to remember is to wear a hat and some sunscreen - got a bit "pink" today, so better watch it and "slip, slop, slap" as they say. Once I had arrived at the farm, i put Isabella to bed for her afternoon nap (well, it she was pretty comatosed anyway) and put my feet up for about 15 mins before Emma (my sister) returned and then we got stuck in to some pretty heavy duty paperwork - boring!! Then once Isabella had woken, we had a bite to eat (marmite on toast) and headed out to the fields where Emma brought the horses in to train for about an hour. This allowed Isabella and I to explore the dark and damp depths of the horrid barn - all sorts of creepy crawleys about and she absolutely loved it. Then it was back inside, more paperwork and then off to the shops to close up for the day. It felt really weird working like this. I'm so used to getting to the office by 8.30am, lunch from 12-1 and then out the door at 5.30pm. My days never really changed and i was sat on my fat arse all day working on the pc - now i'm outside all the time, and it doesn't really feel like work, feel like i'm cheating a bit, but what with the pathetic amount of money i'm being paid (it's family, what can you do??) i'm sure i'll cope. So by 6.45pm i'm home through the door, ready to cook some tea and relax................. but oh no, can't do that can we - no. Mother has decided to make her lunch, prepare my tea (can't really complain about that one) and left the place in an absolute tip. So now i have to bring the washing in off the line, tidy the lounge, wash the dishes, dry the dishes (turn the dishes over, old childhood song, sorry) fold the laundry, and only now, 1 hour later can i think about doing what i originally planned. So, there we have it - working day no1 out the way, and i'm already looking forward to my day off never happy aye!
  11. Survivor


    imagine my disappointment in finding out what this thread was all about!!
  12. OMG - i just re-read that with a filthy mind - and OMG that's so NOT what i meant
  13. Actually, you're in the top ten, on post per day ratio. excellent
  14. I have never seen anything like it - you couldn't move for people!
  15. Nope not really, went to buy myself a webcam and a book - took me about 2 hours to get both as i had to fight thru the crowds - NEVER EVER AGAIN
  16. i'm more of the 'quality rather than quantity' type - i'm buggered in both parts lol
  17. Boxing Day been, and gone in about 50 mins i'm afraid. Went shopping and buggered about with the pc today - that's about it - hope yours is more interesting than mine
  18. hmm yes, it's got the taste buds awake that has. I'm on my own tonight and im having beans, asparagus, potatoes (all left over from christmas of course!) but i'm going to have some weiner schnitzel with it - awwwwwwwwwww yum
  19. oh it was, not sure what she mixed it with, but definitely some wholegrain in there - maybe it was cream, i don't know, but it was bloody lovely.
  20. Well, 6am and i'm the only one up! Mother is fast asleep snoring her head off and after having opened my stocking from Santa, i'm looking at the presents under the tree and drooling. Is it too early to wake her? Better not i think, and after being online for an hour, i pop back to bed and wait for christmas to begin. 9am she gets up - so i bounce out of bed, into the lounge smiling and wishing all the joy in the world and can we open the presents now? shock bloody horror, the woman says NO! NO???? NO??? WTF - has she gone strark raving mad - what do you mean no!!! Apparently, because we are having lunch at my sisters, we have to wait till then so we can all open them up as a family Bloody hell, christmas isn't what it used to be in our house that's for sure. 12o'clock, car is packed with presents, and the cooked ham, prepared veg and a raw turkey - off we drive to the farm (only 5 mins away thankfully). It is stinking hot and i'm not sure i want to slave over a hot oven in this weather - so i don't Instead, i leave mum to it and i go outside to the pool, take the flip flops off and cool the feet down. My niece joins me and we have a little splash about. Then i hear the call "Pressie time" and we both go running into the lounge GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE - not that i'm a child in any way shape or form lol. Watching my niece rip open her presents and the laughter and smiles she gave was the best thing ever - god i love that child. Presents were the norm really, towels, photo albums, oddly tho an embroidered shower cap from my Grandma - bloody nutter! and apparently I gave 2 pigs to a village in Vietnam (my aunt lives there) which was bloody nice of me i thought! 3pm - dinner is served, YUMMY. Stuffed myself stupid of course, got overheated and just HAD to go and cool down by the pool again - it's a hard life here you know! 6pm - back at home and ready to kip. things are getting better, i do of course still miss everyone back in the IOM, but i'm beginning to finally fit in. Boxing Day Mum is back at work, but has lent me her car so i'm not stuck in the house all day - so after dropping her off i went and did some retail therapy. Bought myself a webcam so i can see people all the way across the other side of the world - cost me $100 - bloody hell i thought - forgetting that was dollars, not pounds!! so i'll wire that up tonight and see what kind of mischief i can get up to lol. I start working for my sister tomorrow - well, when i say work, i'm looking after my niece and helping out with the paper work for her stores (she has 3 right now, another 2 being set up in the new year) and she seriously needs some organising, so think i have my work cut out for me! I'm going to do this for about 6 months I think, then i'll start looking into getting a proper job. well, that's it for now - hope you all had a great christmas - chat soon x
  21. OK, so after a 28 hour flight, which actually wasn't all that bad, i landed at Auckland International Airport at 5.30am (much to my mothers annoyance lol). After queing for what seemed like eternity, i finally got my bags and went through arrivals at 6.15am!! There she was, my dear old ma, greyer than i remembered and oddly, shorter The drive home only took about 25 mins and waiting for me at the door was my Grandma who had come up from Wahi (about a 2 hour drive to Auckland - well, 1½ hrs if i'm driving!). Along with her was her dog pal Andy, who has gotten decidedly greyer as well. After all the hugs and welcome backs, i was shown my room. My mother has moved house and this was the first time i had seen it. A cute old house, built in 1886 and it has real character to it, but it also has unbelievably small bedrooms. I have now gone from sleeping in a super-king sized bed to a bloody single!! There isn't room enough to swing a cat in there, and the wardrobe doors cant open cost they hit the bed when you try. I think i'm going to have to do some re-shuffling here. Next, i hear a tiny little "hello" and there she is, my adorable little neice Isabella (photo's to follow soon). She has the biggest smile and she melts my heart immediately. My sister has been teaching her to say Caroline (my full real name) and she can say what seems to be "carroine" bless. As we are all sitting in the lounge, everyone starts talking and gossiping away like most women do, and i realise i don't know who, what they are talking about - then it hits me - OMG, i've made the wrong decision, what am i doing here?!! I should never have left the IOM, i don't fit in, i never will - WTF HAVE I DONE!!!!!!! Needless to say, the rest of the day was spent mainly in tears. All i wanted to do was speak to my friends, get the b/f over and have some familiarity for gods sake. But that wasn't going to happen and that just made it worse. That night i went to bed early, BIG MISTAKE! Wide awake at 3am, so I thought, text my mates in the UK, see what they're up to, and it was nice to get some replies back, but then i just started crying again. Back to sleep i go, but BOOM 5.30am, wide awake again, this time, no going back to sleep. So up I get and go online, Manxforums will sort me out, and sort me out it did. The next couple of days were the same - problem is, i'm stuck out in the country, my car isn't ready as it has a flat battery and it's not exactly high on the priority list as there are so many other things going on in my family, what with my sisters business (fruit & veg stores) going crazy at this time of year. But then I get a call from a friend of mine who lives just 15 mins away, and she and her husband immigrated from the IOM last Jan. She offers to come pick me up and go round theirs for dinner and drinks. Thank GOD! Now i'm beginning to feel a bit better - not so isolated and with people who i can talk to about the perils/jubilations of moving countries. Christmas is in a couple of days - hopefully things will be better then.
  22. Survivor

    Pc Going

    that's exactly what i intend to do - great minds think alike aye My subscription ended and i've been too lazy to renew, but now i have so i'll get writing!
  23. For my christmas dinner we had Ham Turkey Aspargus Runner Beans Peas Mustard covered Potatoes Nectarine Chutney, Cherry Chutney, Red Plum Sauce and to finish...........a very patriotic NZ Pavlova.....hmm yummy! Afterwards, we lazed in the sun and i dipped my feet in the pool
  24. mine was quite interesting - sweet cheeks, can you guess what my sister got me - HAHAHA, i'm not f'ing kidding either!, but one step further this year.............. a photo ALBUM!! I also got: Chinese Slippers a book - 1001 Must see movies before you die a pearl necklace - no, not that kind you dirty bugga's - its all different colours and shapes, very beautiful and from my senile grandmother, a embroidered shower cap - LMAO - she cracks me up.
  25. damn you.......... you genius grr you found out my cunning plan!
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