Three Hostels in Melbourne, Australia

When people are bored with being in the same place, they like to travel. Their travel experience will depend on the quality of the accommodation they stay in. Three hostels in Melbourne, Australia which are named the Pitt on Punt Hotel, Victoria Hall Accommodation and Urban Central Backpackers are compared and contrasted. Four points are assessed, the price of dormitory rooms, the kinds of services included, the overall average of customer ratings and the convenience of their location.

First of all, the price of a basic dormitory room with four beds is compared. Both Pitt on Punt Hotel and Victoria Hall Accommodation cost the same at twenty Australian dollars, while Urban Central Backpackers is twenty-seven Australian dollars.

Secondly, the kinds of services included are both similarities and difference. Pitt on Punt Hotel and Urban Central Backpackers provide breakfast, bed linen and a towel. In contrast, Victoria Hall Accommodation does not provide breakfast.

Thirdly, the overall average of customer ratings which means a feeling of satisfaction from reviewed customers varies considerably. Urban Central Backpackers has the best rating which is ninety per cent. Pitt on Punt Hostel has seventy-four per cent which is less than Urban Central Backpackers’. Victoria Hall Accommodation has the lowest rating at fifty-seven per cent.

Finally, the conveniences of the accommodation locations are similar. All of them are under ten minutes from the centre of city and their locations are easy to use by buses or trams.

In conclusion, all the hostels have something to consider when making a choice. Urban Central Backpackers has the most expensive rooms, although Urban Central Backpackers provides good service, it is similar to Pitt on Punt Hotel. Pitt on Punt Hotel and Victoria Hall Accommodation cost the same and are the cheapest. However, Pitt on Punt Hotel has the middle rating. After considering all the above, Pitt on Punt Hotel is perhaps the best choice.

The Allure of Black

Do you remember? A few years ago, most portable devices such as mobile phones and laptops were coloured black and then they changed to colour. Namely, black became classical. However, black has recently been coming back. Let us think about it, one black in other colours. Black is not classical anymore.

A YP-Z5 which is Samsung's MP3 player shows the changed trend in a copy for the advertisement, "The Allure of Black".

Everybody wants to attract attention, so to choose some different thing satisfies everybody easily.

"The sun among inferior lights." Black will be the sun among the normal things.


When I saw this for the first time, I thought it was simply traces of a plane. But these traces were continuing.

Last Saturday, 18th of November, people who looked in the sky over Circular Quay in Sydney were able to find these traces.

At last, the words which were written by the plane were "Xmas". It reminded me that Christmas is just around the corner. However, it was not finished.

The words were continuing, "....". I considered what words were written, but I could not - It was too long to write "Remain 37 days" - A few minutes later, I hit the nail on the head. The continued words were the advertisement of some website.

The advertising agent's strategy succeeded in that it concentrated my sight to a focus and showed the purpose of the advertisement.

Something Stupid

"Something Stupid" a song which was sung by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra (father and daughter) in 1966. Their song was remade by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman (singer and actress) in 2001. These two songs give different feelings. I think the new song is sweeter than the old song and Nicole Kidman's voice supports Robbie Williams' voice. In addition, this music video shows that they are able to harmonise.

I know I stand in line
Until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance
I know that there's a chance
You won't be leaving with me

Then afterwards we drop into a quiet little place
And have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you

I can see it in your eyes
That you despise the same old lines
You heard the night before
And though it's just a line to you
For me it's true
And never seemed so right before

I practice every day to find some clever
lines to say
To make the meaning come through
But then I think I'll wait until the evening
gets late
And I'm alone with you

The time is right
Your perfume fills my head
The stars get red
And oh the night's so blue
And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you
I love you...

Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Hanbok, Korean Traditional Clothes

The above pictures are men and women wearing Hanbok. This is a general style, because Hanbok comes in a lot of styles and there are many colour variations. Most people who are young people do not have Hanbok, because it is uncomfortable in comparison to Western clothes. For this reason, most people do not wear Hanbok. If you visit Korea, you cannot see Hanbok often. However, I think Hanbok is more fashionable than Western clothes. Nowadays Hanbok has changed style to be more comfortable and easier to wear. For example, the modern Hanbok combines Korean traditional style and Western style.


"Carrusel" that means carousel was the Mexican children drama. I saw in 1990. By the way, they met again in 2006. I surprised that they didn't change. I could match who is who. However, I felt from this drama which showed 16 years ago, I have already had 16 years.

Apple iPod at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Beijing and Hanoi

Beijing and Hanoi are the capital cities of China and Vietnam. Both cities are the second largest cities of their countries. This post will compare and contrast some of the population, location and climate features of the two cities.

The populations of the cities differ and there are differences in their compositions. Firstly, Beijing has approximately 15.2 million people, whereas Hanoi has only about 4.1 million people. Secondly, Beijing is composed of Chinese Han which is 96 per cent of all people in China, but Vietnam is composed of mainly Vietnamese and the two biggest minorities which are Chinese and Hmong.

The two cities are different in their physical features. Firstly, the areas of the cities differ. Beijing’s area is bigger than Hanoi’s. Beijing covers an area of 16,808 square kilometres, while Hanoi is only 921 square kilometres. Secondly, the locations of the cities are different. Beijing is on the north tip of North-eastern China, which is about 60 kilometres from Tianjin, North-west of the port. Hanoi is at the head of the Red River delta, which is about 140 kilometres from South China Sea.

Finally, there are differences in the climates of the cities. Beijing’s climate is continental, but Hanoi’s is tropical. In these conditions, Beijing’s average temperature ranges and annual rainfall are lower than Hanoi’s. Beijing’s average low temperature in January is -4 degrees centigrade and is much lower than Hanoi’s at 14 degrees centigrade, Beijing’s average annual rainfall of 635 mm is also lower than Hanoi’s of 2000 mm.

North Korea and South Korea

This post is about the two countries of Korea, North Korea and South Korea. It will compare two points. Firstly, the area and population. Secondly, the division of ideologies of their countries.

[ Look at the Google Map ]

So, let’s start with the first point. Both countries are similar in area and different in population. Firstly, area. North Korea’s area is a little bigger than South Korea’s. North Korea covers one hundred and twenty thousand square kilometres, but South Korea covers only one hundred thousand square kilometres. Secondly, population. North Korea has 2.2 million people which is much less than South Korea’s, which is 4.8 million.

Now to the second point, ideologies. Before we consider this, let us think about the division. Why does it say that North Korea and South Korea are divided? Before the Korean War, Korea was only one country.

However, in 1953, Korea was separated by two ideologies, democracy and communism. North Korea chose communism, whereas South Korea chose democracy.

For example, Korea has two national flags. Have a look! Have you seen them before?

Most people have never seen this flag. This flag is North Korean flag and the other flag is South Korean flag. In fact, many people don’t know the North Korean flag, because North Korea is a closed society.

As a result, we have to say different names, North and South Korea, South and North Korea. Actually, they are different countries, and they have different ideologies. But North Korean and South Korean want to live together, because they use just one language, Korean.

In conclusion, the similarities and the people’s desire show that Korea is one country. But the governments have falsely divided it to suit their own purposes.