Monday, January 12, 2009

Introducing Kurniady’s Technical Blog

Because this blog is geared more into my stories of traveling, competition events, and such, I have decided to create a new blog dedicated for technical articles. The Kurniady's Technical Blog will contain my posts on more technical matters, especially in software development, new technologies, reviews, and such. Feel free to drop by, it'll be nice if you can learn a new thing or two.

-Andrian Kurniady

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Day 8 (September 26th) - Returning to Jakarta

The last day was quite uneventful. I continue packing some of my things and had a lunch before my uncle and auntie drive me to the airport. The check-in process was, however, quite unpleasant. It was an extremely long queue on the Qantas economy class check-in (I guess that's the way Qantas do business, everywhere). We were queuing when a Qantas staff told some of the people to follow her, to the business class check-in counter (obviously to reduce the queue). After the check-in completes, the check-in agent told us to queue on the economy class next time (as he is in a business class check-in counter). Not a big deal but I guess that's kinda rude since it's not our intention to queue there initially (the staff told us to!). Maybe next time I'll try Singapore Airlines instead.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Day 7 (September 25th) - The Blue Mountains

The seventh day would be my last effective day in Sydney. As planned, the day was filled with a day tour. The tour guide speaks in Chinese, but it was rather okay since I can understand quite a bit of Chinese. At around 7am, my cousin took me to the place where the tour bus will pick me up, which is just across the street of Paddy's Market. There wasn't many people in the group, so there aren't a lot of waiting around involved in the day's trip. The first place we visited was the Featherdale Wildlife Park, located not far further than the suburb of Parramatta.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day 6 (September 24th) - Downtown Sydney

Out of the scheduled events in relation to the Google Code Jam and the interviews, I'm finally free on my own for the sixth day. The plan for the day was for me to go downtown (my uncle and auntie's house is in Bexley, somewhere near the airport) with my cousin and his wife (who are going to work), and then wander around downtown Sydney for the whole day on my own. Got off the train from the St. James train station in Hyde Park, I started by getting my camera ready. This post will contain a lot of pictures instead of word, so make sure you've got enough bandwidth quota before reading more.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Day 5 (September 23rd) - Google Interviews

The fifth day in the series is not particularly interesting to be written. The day started with me getting up at around 8am, prepared, and went down to the lobby to have breakfast with Jack (from Australia) and Jonathan (from Malaysia) in a Subway outlet nearby. It was mildly raining at that time, but the weather got better later on. Andoko departed at around 11am, after we checked out of our rooms. I left my luggage with the concierge since I was going to go to my uncle and auntie's house only later in the afternoon after the interviews.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Day 4 (September 22nd) - Google Code Jam Onsite Regionals

The contestants were expected to meet at the hotel's lobby at around 9am that morning. By the time I got there, a few Googlers are already waiting in the lobby, and other participants came soon after. We then proceed to the Google Sydney office, which is located just a couple of minutes walking to the South. Participants are not allowed to take photos inside the office, so this one below the only photo I had in the building.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Day 3 (September 21st) - Wandering Around Sydney

On the Sunday morning, we had to the Four Points by Sheraton hotel at Darling Harbour, which is about ten minutes of walking away. Before departing, I took some time to take some photos of the Hyde Park and skyline behind it from the windows of our hotel rooms. In that morning, Andoko Chandra (my roommate for the next two nights) sent a message telling that he's already in Sydney, and already checked in to the Four Points.