往返悉尼机场 最最便宜的方式

不知道有多少人知道悉尼机场的交通接驳猫腻?
如果选择坐火车(最多人选择的方式),至少需要单程约18澳元。
门到门的Shuttle bus去市中心的距离大概30澳元(如果不塞车的话),的士就更贵。
有无公共巴士可以接驳?是有的 ,但很少人知道,特别是初次到悉尼的同学们,几乎难以找到相关信息,因为政府不想人们都去坐便宜的公交啊。机场火车每年从游客身上赚了多少钱啊!
有一个英文版的网站介绍了这个方式,在这基础上我再解释一下:

http://www.tnstravels.com/cheapest-way-to-get-tofrom-sydney-airport/

 

我们一般是这样利用的:
去悉尼机场-坐火车去Mascot火车站,出火车站后转左,步行五分钟去Coward St(见到红绿灯后要过马路)巴士站坐巴士400.从Mascot巴士站出发大概5分钟左右就到达国内机场(Domestic Airport),再过几分钟,就到达国际机场(International Airport)。坐巴士要到站前按红色按钮提示司机停站。不过这两个站很多人上下,不会miss掉。不放心可以开手机GPS定位或问司机。巴士费用约2.3澳元,如果有opal卡(悉尼公交卡),还可以免2澳元,也就是火车费大概4-5澳元加上0.3澳元巴士费。时间跟直接坐火车到达机场相比多了约15-20分钟,熟悉的话,其实差不多时间。

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从悉尼机场坐车到其他地方例如市中心,跟上面说的反过来。机场到达大厅出来后,根据指示找到巴士站。往返巴士公用一个车站,所以不用怕坐反方向。找不到巴士站很迷茫的话,可以问工作人员where is the bloody bus stop?这里来的巴士400有两个方向,巴士头顶显示Bondi Junction的就是往Mascot。如果显示Burwood,就是往西反方向,不要上错车,不确定可以问司机。

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国内机场400巴士站
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国际机场400巴士站

如果你的上下车点刚好在400巴士经过的地方,那就更加方便了。跳上巴士,几澳元的费用就直接到机场了。

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如果实在实在不赶时间,没什么行李,需要到达国际机场的话,可以坐火车到Tempe火车站,下车步行15到20分钟到国际机场(沿路还蛮舒服的)。知道这条步行路线,是因为我在Tempe这个地区住过一年。成本0澳元。

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也可以在Wolli Creek下火车,步行去,时间差不过。

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我被喜鹊母子认领了

Australian Magpie,笼统称澳洲喜鹊,具有强烈的领地意识,一般不喜欢靠近人类,带孩子的喜鹊还具有攻击性。

上周,从我窗外看后院,围栏上有一只喜鹊逛来逛去,跟我四目对视了很久,一点都不怕我。我从她红色的眼珠中,看到一丝诡异,仿佛这不是鸟,而是有自我意识的人。

几天过后,后院突然发现一只略小的喜鹊蹲在地上。看清楚一点,这是喜鹊幼鸟,尾巴刚长出硬毛,但身上,特别是翅下的绒毛还没掉落。我们担心他是否是从树上的巢掉下来,受伤或中暑。

不久,看到他如鸡一样走来走去,就放心了点。他躲进紫苏丛中,看起来很满意。这时候,有一只成年喜鹊在不远处看着,时不时呼唤几声。我们确定她就是小喜鹊的妈妈。而我直觉她就是之前跟我四目对视的喜鹊。

相安无事,直到姜饼猫趁妈妈进出后院门时,冲到后院,欲伏击小喜鹊。小喜鹊吓得以飞机起飞的方式助跑-起飞,逃跑了。捕猎者与猎物,即使没打过交道,但一眼就能辨认出敌我。

我们以为故事到此打住,但却不是。 晚上,小喜鹊回来了,站在桑树枝上。那天很热,我害怕他没水喝没东西吃,用棉花沾点水,喂了他。尝试用米饭喂他,他不喜。用面包沾水喂,幼鸟很喜欢地吃了不少。能吃能喝能飞,就不需要太担心。

之后上网查资料,说这是幼鸟学飞的一个过程。幼鸟从窝里被妈踢出来,在地上跟着妈妈走,妈妈继续投喂幼鸟食物,并教他学习飞行。

Baby magpies leave the nest before their tail feathers have grown. They live on the ground and are fed and protected (often by swooping) by the parents during the day and are hidden in undergrowth overnight.

我们决定尽量不去干扰他们,静观其变。幼鸟在桑树枝上蹲着过了一晚。期间姜饼猫透过窗户看鸟,兴奋得尾巴啪嗒啪嗒的,久久不愿离开窗户。

第二天清晨,听到幼鸟和妈妈在后院谈话,完全不顾我们人类在睡觉。起来后开门,姜饼猫不顾一切冲出去,直扑幼鸟,一把咬住翅膀。我们赶快抓住姜饼,姜饼嘴边飘落几片羽毛。我们教训姜饼太凶残,鸟妈妈和幼鸟也一起大声训斥姜饼。猫头低垂,但我觉对他内心拒不认错。

猫被端回屋子内,鸟妈妈继续喂幼鸟虫子吃。接下来一天,鸟妈妈站在晾衣架上,对地上的孩子说话,鼓励他多练习挥舞翅膀。

目测这对母子是会在我家后院生活一段时间,直到幼鸟完全长出硬翅,会熟练飞为止。我们用箱子弄了一个洞穴,车库门也开着,让幼鸟有遮挡的选择。

回想起来,其实当初跟喜鹊妈四目对视时,喜鹊妈应该是决定在我家安放她的未成年孩子。是因为我家后院种了好多东西么,抑或是我看上去很有安全感?

昨晚抚摸了幼鸟,幼鸟不反抗,喜鹊妈妈也不骂我,内心感觉很神奇又很幸福。人与其他动物的缘分真的很不可思议。 希望幼鸟可以快快长大,长大后多捉害虫。

自我与他人

从小我就不喜欢将自己跟别人比较。有时候别人家长会在小孩面前,说我读书好,说自己孩子不够聪明之类(中国家长的假谦虚或错误的鞭策)。我严厉的爸爸不断提醒我成绩名次,还有多跟比我优秀的同学做朋友。我很迷茫,究竟什么才叫好,什么叫不好。为什么人要拿自己跟千亿同类比较。

一直以来,我都是略散漫的孩子,没什么野心和宏伟目标。上天对我很好,我也的确无悔,因为我尽力了。努力,是自己跟自己比较:高三突然渴望学会英文,读英文书;大学想出去外面世界看看,于是又爆发小宇宙去考雅思;留学,成绩不学霸,但也尽力利用两年光阴读了不少书;工作,我从来没想过要努力表现博升职,就是命运眷顾,然后自己也干得不错。

一切都自然而然。每个人的命运都不一样,有的朋友人有钱,我不会觉得自己没钱;有的人生活窘迫,我不会觉的自己比他人优越。在肤色,国籍,性倾向,宗教等等容易划分你我的问题上,我没有明显的倾向,什么都可以,只有不伤害他人,而那个人又觉得合适就ok。

不以自己标准丈量他人,对他人隐私缺乏兴趣。也许这样,我没心没肺地活到中年。心思简单,于是烦恼很少,每天睡眠和饮食很安稳,不会因别人的批评或一些言论而感到愤怒。

越来越感到这个世界多种多样,人也是多种多样。多样性即是趣味。要相信他人是一个有理性思维,会自我纠错的个体,就如自己一样。所以看待别人要宽,不要因为他人与自己的不同而产生误解或偏见,而可以将对方的不同看作可观察和学习的材料。不要管他人的闲事,好作人师或自视圣母,因为人是平等的,自己不比他人差,也不比他人好,没必要有高低好坏之分。

我觉得这个世界那么多战争,就是因为你我之分从来没消失。人喜欢比较,但一比较,就有罪恶。这才有他人即地狱的说法,他人vs自己,地狱vs天堂。

Thought on car crash

I was driving 7:30am on the way to work. Usually traffic is super smooth but today I was stuck for 20 mins. When I was approaching to the corner of the work place, I saw 3 cars crashed and fire truck and toll trucks are stand by. This is the 2nd time of car crash at the same place since I worked here from last Sep.

But lucky that no one hurt (but one of the car have the front smashed very bad) and cars were quickly get tolled. People who came later don’t even know there were accident happened. Of course cars drive through won’t know anything about it.

Somehow it gave me a very nasty uneasy feeling. Not that I feel unsafe but the tininess of individual and incident make me question the meaning of life, and most importantly how we live and what we means to be.

Three years ago, I have experienced a similar thing brought me to the above questions. A homeless guy was found dead with his body stuck in the Charity bin. It was guessed that he wanted to climb in the bin but his upper part of body trapped and he couldn’t move in or out. He died because he can’t breathe. His body was found 6am when a motorcyclist passed by. His body had been quickly removed and later the bin was removed as well.

I know this because I am one of the early bird to work (I use to go to work from 5:30am). So very few people knew there was once a charity bin and it has been removed; Not many people knew the bin removed because it killed one of our human fellow. Regardless the motive of climbing into the bin, this is a very sad incident. It makes one feel sadder if we realise that not many people know about it or will mourn for this man.

Each of us, is not very important, regardless how good we feel about ourselves. What we did, what we said, what we hate or like, what we are planning to do, what we own, what we lose, what opinion we hold in our minds—they are just not that important. They are important only when they are linked to ourselves, with “The Subject”. So not just our feeling but our actions and related impacts are subjective.

So it leads back to the original question—how we suppose to live since everything is not that vital and significant. I don’t have an answer but my guess is we need to follow our hearts to live the way we like.

But this is not easy. My husband and I are planning to have baby and really want to adopt unconventional way to raise kid. But we got all the kind suggestion that our thoughts are just too unrealistic and romantic. Once we have kid, our thought would very likely change. We will do everything we can to earn more money to send the kid to the best school, tutoring and saving for their future, not able to do things that we like etc. This gives me a bit of panic because for one thing it sounds a lot of stress and for the other, this is not the life I want. Even children are one of the important parts of our life, their life and our life are not the same and sometimes can be irrelevant.

If I die, only those who loved me will mourn for me and remember me for a while. But after all these people pass away or as time goes by, no one will remember me. I then become nothing. My existent or the proof that I have once live, will be officially non-exists.

Why we try so hard to push ourselves to live a “better life” and then push our kid to be one of “the best”? Can we just live happily and with less worry and competition? Can we spend our time on enjoying life then just work and work and work? Can we do something different-something good to this world? Because at the end, we will not exist once the Death put the seal on the end of our life?

Conscious Listening

今天leadership培訓時,主要focus是communication,Conscious Listening和feedback。

對比以前的我和現在的我,最大的改變就是在溝通和聆聽上有了飛躍的進步。以前我總是擺著一種姿態是“你不理解我,我不在乎。不屑跟你溝通。”但其實一是沒有努力改善溝通和聆聽,二是自己未必是正確,但裝成很有遗世而独立個性去掩飾自己溝通失敗。自憐自愛是非常容易的,人總是容易認為自己眼睛最雪亮,自己最接近真理,而其他人大多是傻瓜或三觀不正。動不動就說“大眾是愚蠢的”,將無法理解歸咎於別人,也是失敗的溝通和聆聽。

現在我知道,溝通和聆聽,是可以改善的。第一是要自己願意去提升自己,不用你我去區別。二是,通過與他人的互動,達成有益于他人和自己的雙向溝通。即使99%是noise和沒用的反饋,或者是充滿情緒的主觀臆斷,有那麽1%是有positive作用的,那也是有效溝通。而且在分辨noise的過程中,也是瞭解他人,從而瞭解自己的過程。

現在我看和聽偏激或看似“三觀不正”的言論,我不會覺得對方是傻逼或可悲。我會當作學習資料來分析who-where-what-why。某種程度上,我的性格就沒有那麽陰暗,不會動不動就反人類。而且越是走出自己的comfort zone去積極溝通和耐心聆聽,我發現自己其實挺開朗、engaging和享受跟別人聊天。

由於我容易聽著聽著分神和長期的“I don’t care what you say”的態度,聆聽比表達和溝通差。Conscious Listening,不僅僅是聽,而是有意識的、以願意跟對方交流(而非judging)的態度去聆聽。

Coach提了幾個提高Conscious Listening的方法,讓我們自己set task去運用和試驗這些方法。用起來!