Friday, November 10, 2006

Of Holidays and Horses

It's been a short but very busy week. Last Tuesday, Melbourne had a holiday because of a horse race that was visited by the Queen a long time ago.

Go figure.

But what the heck, we all need a break anyway.

Considering that Australia has far lesser holidays compared to other countries, like the Philippines.

We only have 10 Australian holidays and 2 Victoria-specific holidays.

How many does the Philippines have?

13!!!

Okay, it's just one more than Oz but take a look at some of these countries:

Indonesia: 16
Thailand: 15
Japan: 19
Taiwan: 14
South Korea: 15

How come Asian countries have so many holidays? Western countries, on the average, have 12. Weird...


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Speaking of the races, the horse that won was owned by a Japanese man and had a Japanese jockey. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Cup will be travelling to Asia. Fantastic stuff. This just proves that the Melbourne Cup is not only a "race that stops the nation" but a race recognised world wide!

Too bad I didn't bet. Turns out that the horses that won are 2 -12... My birthday! Frig! If I bet $10, I could easily get $500 back! Shucks!

3 comments:

'Thought & Humor' said...
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Jerome aka Bridget Jones said...

hi, gurl! you know i am glad you posted this because it has been a long time since i asked, WHAT THE HECK IS IT ABOUT HORSE RACING THAT PEOPLE FIND SO INTERESTING? IT'S JUST A BUNCH OF HORSES TRYING TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE..."

Well, I think I have to go to the Carmona Jockey Club in cavite. It's a posh version of the San Lazaro Hippodrome and i would want to see what is about.

Maybe its because of the, err, studs? (smiles naughtily)

Jerome aka Bridget Jones said...

girl, i would like to invite you to our 2nd anniversary. i will sing for you. visit my blog ha? hugs and kisses! mwah!