Just another Tom Hallam Blog

29 09 2009

Just another Tom Hallam blog. I’ve had a few of these few the years.

Livejournal first, then Blogger, then MSN Spaces a couple of journal software programs then wordpress (free) then wordpress hosted on my own domain…

I might just try to consolidate them all here – so at least I have a reference of everything.


Wah? A few Thailand photo’s

8 04 2006
One or two people have said they wanted to see more travel photo’s. I want to show them too – theres just the tiny problem … my poor little piggy bank is pooped and wont be taking me anywhere soon..
Answer – Here are a few photo’s from my trip to Thailand. Back when i was experiencing my first quarter life crisis ( i’ve been fortunate enough to have a few since then). I’d just finished up working for 6 months at IBM as a Data analst (aka number-crunching slave)and during that time i decieded pulled out of my scholarship and went traveling after finishing up at IBM.
Far to much to write about. among which rather than just have a few people view my rantings i’m writing for the student magazine at uni now. So my writing procrastination  has a new focus!
Random updates from time to time…hopefully..

I’m Back (blogging that is)

18 01 2006

That’s right people I’m doing a Darryn Hinch -just when you think it’s finally over – he’s
back -annoying you with more of his opinionated diatribe.

I’d been wanting to blog for a while but just seemed to be
putting it off. Ironic really – I’ve been procrastinating about doing my favorite
procrastination activity.

I was even considering stopping blogging if it were not for the
persistent imploring of a few. Thankyou
to those people, your comments and emails are touching. Big shout out to bonnie
especially – without her persistence I may
not have continued blogging. So you know who to thank/hate now for the
continuation of this blog. Bonnie I promised to make this blog entry of a
slightly higher standard than the previous one however in my current state this
may be a challenge – as the current caliber of my thoughts is how many more
times I can use the word ‘blog’ in this paragraph…. Damn only once.

Yes people – I’m
obviously very tired. It’s 3 in the
morning and I haven’t had more than 3 hours sleep a night for the past 7 days.
This segues into my main excuse for not writing. I don’t have time for sleep – let
alone burdening the world with my rambling introspections! Although of course I’ve
still found time for procrastination.

I’ve got my old job
back caring for kids who aren’t able to live at home and have been spending a
lot of time doing that. I’m also doing a university subject over summer which
compresses 13 weeks worth of study into 13 days… Which means a helluva lot of
study every day.

So to give you an impression of my life lets take the last
24 hours.

3am (the day before) – working at a residential care unit
(started the shift much earlier in the evening.

8am – finish work
and drive over to a friends house to get a few hours sleep –

11am – after getting 2 and a half hours sleep (maybe) I
drive to uni for a tutorial

12 tutorial

3-5 lecture on project management

5.30 sleep for one
hour in my car at uni

6.30 head back to work start at 7 and go through till 2 in
the morning.

3am (now.) arrive
home decide to check favorite blogs and find that i’m still getting asked to keep blogging – and  decide to relent and  write this.

It’s been like this for the past week.

It’s been draining but it’s been very efficient. Theres been
heaps of study to be done and I’ve managed to do all of it whilst getting
working and so have completed 6 weeks worth of a university subject (including
all required and a lot of suggested reading) and made $1400 in under a week.

The reason I’m doing this?
Simple. I’m reacclimatising myself to the ‘I shop therefore I am’
mainstream culture and hence getting right back into the working hard to buy
things I don’t need mindset.

But seriously 6
months of traveling and only stopping at length in one of the most expensive
places on earth (London) hasn’t
done wonders for my bank balance.

Needing to buy a car didn’t help either. I’ve just aquired
a very nice VS commodore for 5 grand. I really like it , and it was a bargain price – but it’s
another 5 grand gone and now I’m in serious DEBT! I really don’t want to borrow
from my parents ever again – this has put me in serious debt to much less
accommodating lenders – ie. The banks. So I’ll keep this up for another week
and then ease back into a less hectic lifestyle. I would say ‘more normal’ but
life just doesn’t seem to do the whole ‘normal’ thing for me.

Speaking of lifestyle – the change to being back home has
been…’interesting’. My mum and dad read this blog (hi Mum!) so I’m not going to
elaborate too much further on this point and I appreciate the love and support
(free accomadation) of my family -but anyone who has moved out of home probably
understands to a small degree how I’m feeling. My personal space and freedom
has gone from the expanses of Europe and choosing whether to travel to Paris or
Vienna based on the weather, doing what I liked, when I liked, where I liked
with whoever I liked – to fitting back into the shoebox that is my room at my
parents house. It’s a little cramped.

And that leads into my next piece of news – Having been back
home – I’m moving out! I’ll be moving
out with my mate evan and my cousin brad in the not all too distant future.
Meaning yes we’ve set a date to move out but i’m averse to publishing it in
case it doesn’t come to fruition at that time. I hate saying I’m going to do
something and then not doing it.

There are so many people who talk a good game but never actually
do it. Whenever I speak with these people they tell me all the exciting things
they are going to do and then I catch
up with them a 6 months later they’re in exactly the same position they were
last time. . There are so many who talk and
so few that actually do. I
hate saying I’m going to do something and then not doing it. So yes at some
time in the not too distant future I’ll be out of home again.

Ok so I’m going to go to bed now. This is the first night in
a while I’ve got home before 8 in the morning and I don’t want this blog entry
to stop me getting a few more precious hours of sleep.


3 01 2006
What an awesome start to the year…

did i say that?

9 11 2005
Erm… yes… that last entry got heavy quickly… probably has something to do with the lack of sleep for two days… looks a bit embarrasing now but i’ll keep it up there just for the record.. The latest Travel stuff is down there below the latest  navel gazing indulgance of my ego. So if it is too heavy/boring please just skip it. If you do read it – it’s ideas’s are a bit like a rubics cube –  whilst fun for some to play with, to many  others its just a colourful yet pointless and frustrating mish mash which doesn’t come together the way its supposed to and is best thrown at something. Althuogh its not as fun as a rubics cube – i like rubics cubes… there so bright and colourful and shiny. ‘Ooooh shiny things….’
<runs off in search of a new shiny toy to distract himself from the flaws in his charecter and society –  an iPod nano will do…>

San sebastian and Madrid

31 07 2005
Ok well i´ve got a little while untill my flight so i can update on what i´ve been up to .
 San sebastian was great. There´s not much in the way of great backpacker tourist locations there (the number 1 attraacvtion in the lonely p,lanet is the aquarium – which didn´t look much chop) but it has nice beaches (gorgeous by european standards – we are spoiled back in oz) nice weather gorgeous old architecture and just has a really cool vibe. the jazz festival was on while i was there and my days consisted of going to the beach with a few new friends from the hostel and then out to the jazz on the beach at night. Throw in lots of beer and tapas (little gourmet bits of food you get with beer) and it was a good time.
Then i caught the bus down to madrid. while waiting for the bus (it left at 11.30pm) I was soo tired after the last few days partying that i fell asleep on the platform while some poor argentinian guy who had to wait till 6 in the morning for his bus was trying to make conversation with me. I woke up and apologised and then wen´t back to sleep. As soon as i got on the bus i fell asleep and didn´t wake till 7 hours later we pulled into madrid. 3 minutes after that i was navigating the madrid metro rail system (which is much more complex than the melbourne one). I actually didn´t get lost and ended up at the cats hostel. The cats hostel is what all hostel´s should be like, It has great facilities and is set in a beautiful old Moorish style building. More importantly they have a bar attached to the hostel where you get 1 litre cups of beer for €2.50. It´s been a great place to meet people and on my first day here lone 10 lone travelers coalesced into a big group for drinking games and then onto the clubs of madrid. Interesting people have come and gone every day but i´ve been hitting the town with a good sized crew every night.
I´ve made one or two good friends here – one guy Paul .. "born in philly, lives in missipi" has this long southern accent and covered in tattoo´s: first impression – he´s about the last person on earth you´d pick to have a degree in sociology and completing a masters in spanish linquistics. He really busts up the stereotypes thats for sure. It´s been great to hang out with when im not seeing the sites and speaks spanish which has made it easier.
I´ve been persevering with museums and have gone to the thyssen-baroness museum which had a a chronological structure to it´s galleries. SO i was able to go through and look at the different styles and evolution of european painting from the primitives to the gothics to the classicissts, dynamists, impresionists, post impresionists etc… So now i can tell what a painting is and to an extent hazzard an educated guess at what country it was painted in. This was good but i still wasn´t really appreciating the art. It was more a game to see if i could guess the origin and date a painting was done.
Anyway i went to the prado museum the next day and approached it totally differently. Didn´t have to try and work out what i was supposed to be looking for and found that yeah there´s alot of obvious skill in the paintings.  Most of the big names in painting were there up to the modernist period. Raphael, Carrevegio, Rubens, Velazsquez etc. I  really liked Titian´s pieces and it was interesting to see the progression in Goya´s work and i really like his later stuff. El greco, and El Bosco both had great stuff too.  That said i still don´t like the modernist pieces i saw, and i´m not blown away by paintings –  don´t know hom many more art galleries i´ll go to.
I´ve also been to the cathedral in madrid -(which although massive lacks the charecter and style of other cathedrals i´ve seen) and the Royal palace. The royal palace is amazing. The decadence of the palace really cannot be shown through photographs. Priceless chandeliers and paintings´s and ornaments  in every room.  I spend a fair few hours admiring the palace interior. Great collection of medieval weaponry in the armory as well.
Well thats the update. Soon i´ll be catching up with Bongers, Owen and Toppa to take eastern europe by storm!

more photo´s

24 07 2005
Ok the phoo´s here are Gaudi´s Sagrada Familia, One building at Guell Park, The falmenco dancer i saw and the museum of fine arts in Seville.

i´m using a computer which doesn´t let me edit photo´s so some of these are sideways.
Today i´ll check out the painters of barcelona, – picasso and dali. Althougfh i´m a bit over paintings… I kinda look at it and go "yup, it´s a painting…. " and thats about it, although i´m making an effor to appreciate picasso. Architecture is different though. Yesterday wen´t out to the sagrada familia gaudi´s masterpeice in progress. The man was a genius. I may not be able to appreciate painting, but gaudi architecture is something else. It´s weird and wacky and amazing to see. After that walked to guell park and which gaudi planned and again awesome. So far pretty much everyday i´ve seen somethign which has amazed me, and made me realise how lucky i am to be here doing this trip.