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.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Day 2 (September 20th) - Arrival in Sydney

The flight arrived like about half an hour earlier than the scheduled 6:35am in Sydney, but was followed by quite frustrating queues before the immigration (about 45minutes) followed by another some 45minutes queue for the customs (maybe it's the peak spring travel season?). By the time we got out of the arrival hall, it was nearly 8am already. I was picked up by my uncle and cousin who live in Sydney, while Irvan joined the other Indonesian team arriving from Singapore (Ardian KP, Prima, and Bramandia).

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Day 1 (September 19th) - Preparation and Departure

The preparation for this visit to Sydney was a bit rushed, in my opinion. But fortunately everything was set and ready when the time to depart came. My Australian visa was ready about a week before departure (a business visa), while the tickets was not finalized until two days before departure. I also had my new PDA phone (an HTC Touch Cruise, yay!) purchased just less than a week before departure, so I had not got enough time to fill it up with applications other than some GPS maps and musics. For this visit, I borrow a camera lens from my friend Cindy (a Nikon 18-135mm AFS DX lens) which turned out to be great (except for its clumsy plastic lens mount - which is nowhere as sturdy as the metal mount on all of my other lenses).

Sydney and Google Code Jam 2008

It's been a while since I got back from this trip, but here is the stories about my one week visit to Sydney last September. The last months had been quite busy for me and hence the delay in writing these stories. Processing and uploading the photos took quite a long time as well, mainly due to the quite slow internet connection I had in here. This visit is mainly to attend the Google Code Jam 2008 Onsite Regionals, in which I was assigned to Google Sydney office. An interview with Google Sydney also follows after the competition day, followed by a couple of days travelling around Sydney. Google covered the flight tickets, visa fee, departure tax, and the two nights stay in the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Darling Harbour.