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I'm Geordie. That's my name, I'm not "a geordie" because if that was my name and a thing I was it'd be really weird. Late 30s, cishet (he/him), love basketball and go to all Sydney Kings home games with my wife and 7 year old kid. I live in the North Shore are of Sydney in Australia. I love cooking, especially for my family, and I work in cloud tech. I joined Mastodon to have a more chill experience with more real people.

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Starting now: Catholics are gathered on the Capital lawn to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and to call on Congress to defund ICE, stop detaining children and reform immigration policies they’re calling “inhumane.” They’re calling this #catholicdayofaction

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White guy shopping in Southeast Asia be like “Hi does this come in XXXXXXXXL?”

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Just had 3/4s of a not great pizza and two great pints of beer and am about to go swim in a pool that looks over the South China Sea.

In Australia Johnnie Black retails for about $40-$50 a 750ml bottle. Hennessy XO is about four times that, and not something you drink with Coke.

Malaysia as a majority Muslim country that is a complete passenger in its relationship with alcohol is amazing. I asked for scotch and Coke. The barman asked if I wanted Johnnie black or Hennessy XO.

I'm sat in a spider man t shirt and cargo shorts with my laptop watching you lot talk shit. I'm not swimming, I've had my fill after yesterday and it'd wreck the laptop.

Every so often the barman comes out, wakes the reluctant drinks waiter, hands him some stuff for him to take out. Then stands behind the bar hawkishly watching to make sure the drinks waiter doesn't stuff up taking a pint of Heineken 20 yards.

There's a guy behind the pool bar here and it's his first day. He just makes the drinks, and there's (compulsory?) table service. There's a drinks waiter who sits on a chair waiting for things to do, and he periodically nods off.

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'...should we be aiming for a new decentralised energy system – a world of windmills and solar cells and electric bikes and community energy trusts?

To some extent, I think this is possible and indeed attractive, leading to a greater sense of control and involvement by citizens in the provision of energy. But we should be under no illusions – this artisanal also has to be enabled by the industrial.'

Actually that’s one of the ones that doesn’t contain my kid from my camera roll but illustrates my main point of “lol pool full of balls.” Here’s a pic of my kid if you feel ripped off.

Hullo fediverse. Please regard this photo of my kid in a pool that the staff of the adventure park have thoughtfully packed with balls.

Other positives here so far;
- Oh my God the food
- Beer is very cheap, anything more complex gets super expensive though because market demand for booze in a majority Muslim country is hard
- People are nice
- Cheap unlimited data SIM

Challenges
- Organisation
- Traffic is scary
- The butt hose
- Traveling on foot can be a challenge because huge construction sites etc.

Malay as a language is really easy. It's pronounced how it's written without silent letters or inflections or tones. The grammar seems uncomplicated and you can pull rote-learned travel phrases into halves, re-attach them to other sentences and luck out that it's perfectly understandable.

What's really weird though, is my favourite part of any holiday is when I "get" where we are. I understand the public transport system a bit, I can say "where's the bathroom/atm/train station" in the local language if they don't speak English etc. It's a weird "favourite" thing. My kid's favourite thing is always breakfast.

My family have a bit of a thing where on holiday we make sure we ask each other what our favourite thing about the day was. It's a way to be closer, and to talk more (vs heads in phones/iPad), and it makes us appreciate better how lucky we are to be able to afford to go overseas for holidays.

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