Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Australia has one of the best welfare systems in the world. Australia has a very high rate of personal taxation. People pay tax as it is unavoidable. They expect to get benefits from the government in return. They expect that their money will go towards the running of government and the salaries of government employees. Also, they expect the government to provide welfare payments for the poorer members of the community.
On my way to work, I pass a high rise building which is a property of the department of housing. When my manager saw the building from the city, he thought that apartments in the building would be very expensive. The building looks modern and attractive. In Korea, apartment prices are higher than house prices.
Recently, I visited this high rise apartment building with my manager to do an inspection. I was surprised when I saw a studio apartment which was under renovation. The studio apartment was tiny, but it was being converted into a one bedroom unit. I went inside the bedroom to see the size of the room. The room was the size of a single bed. Although the room had a small built-in wardrobe, it would not be possible to use it when a bed was in the room.
At that time, there were a few people from the Department of Housing present. They seemed satisfied with the floor plan. They even commented, “This lounge room looks bigger than before.” I was surprised by their comments. I think that even if they lived alone, they would not want to live in such a tiny place. It reminded me of a jail cell.
I know that the land in Waterloo is quite expensive as it is close to the city. However, the tiny apartments would not be big enough for people to live in comfortably. Somewhere, there is an architect who should feel guilty for designing such tiny apartments.
Who were the apartments designed for? They were not made for the tenants. When the department of housing representatives said “Make one more bedroom”, it sounded like Marie Antoinette’s proclamation: “Let them eat cake!”
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are just my personal opinion.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
- 3cup of salt
- 2heads of garlic
- Half head of ginger
- Half bunch of shallots
- 1 onion
- Shrimp paste (100g)
- 3 table spoons of fish source
- 2/3 cup of glutinous rice flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups of chilli powder
1. Make salty water and pour it into the chopped cabbages.
2. Leave it for 5hours at least to make the cabbages dehydrated. (This process is very important for the Kimchi taste. After the salting, the cabbage should be crunchy.)
Now you can have delicious and fresh Kimchi. James loves the Kimchi with Sesame oil. The taste is quite nice. But remember Kimchi is a kind of preserved food. If you want to add extra sesame oil, don’t put it into a whole Kimchi. It’s going to be yucky after few days. ^^