I’ve spent the past five days gallivanting (or, as Agnes said, “social butterflying”) around Melbourne, and oh! oh! My heart, my soul, my happiness. Unlike my last visit, which was tacked to a work trip and fleeting in nature, this has been a true holiday. The five days have been filled with nothing but deliciousness, fun, cherished old friends, new friends who immediately curl into your heart like they’ve always belonged there, singing, and so much happiness that it hurts to leave.
To appease the heartache, I plan to relive the trip for me, for you, and for this blog.
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I touched down in Melbourne on Friday to beautiful warm sunny skies and I-Hua’s kind offer to host me for a few days. I popped over to her work to drop off my bag, then accidentally found myself having Cacao Green for lunch (last visit here) before accidentally wandering into the naughty place of naughtiness.
While waiting to order, I was given a sample cup of Starbucks’ new Mocha Coconut Frappuccino. It was, in a word, revolting. Artificial coconut flavouring makes my mind shudder. However, I liked the Dark Mocha Soy Frappuccino that I ordered, although I’d prefer a stronger coffee flavour.
Once I-Hua’s workday ended, her fantastic and ever-tolerant-of-our-singing fiancé picked us up for dinner. First, though, we stopped at Cacao Green for frozen yoghurt, where I-Hua ordered a matcha frozen yoghurt with honey macadamias. I said I wouldn’t have one because I’d already had a tub of Cacao Green’s limonette frozen yoghurt that day, but then I helped myself to I-Hua’s cup anyway. I’m a good friend like that.
You know what? Canberra’s Baan Latsamy’s Som Tum kicks iSpicy’s Som Tum’s booty. Baan Latsamy’s Som Tum has an intense chilli heat and tanginess, whereas this was too sweet and bombarded with peanuts for my liking. I still ate most of it though.
With dinner over, we headed back to I-Hua and The Boy’s place, whereupon I became giddy with glee at the endless bookshelves filled with shiny, colourful, pristine fantasy novels as far as the eye can see.
And look! Look!
I-Hua made the guest room up for me with a cuddly toy, mini shampoo and conditioner, two Haigh’s chocolates (just like a fancy hotel!) and a gorgeous, shining note that would make no sense to anyone else because I-Hua and I seem to have created our own private coded language. (It’s awesome.)
However, I have to clear something up. I-Hua has told some of you that I abused her, but I swear it’s not true. It was an accident! You see, I-Hua had been joking about force-feeding me orange chocolate if I misbehaved, and so as a joke she threw me a wrapped orange chocolate truffle when I entered her home. As a joke, I threw it back at her, because I knew I have terrible aim and it definitely wouldn’t hit.
Except my aim was perfect and it hit her in the face. Darling Angle Babe, I’m so sorry! It was the orange chocolate’s fault! I swear I love you like the things in a box*, and never meant to hurt you!
After I-Hua forgave me, we settled in for one of our great, great mutual loves: Classic Disney. It was utter contentment to laugh and sing along to The Little Mermaid together, pointing out plot inconsistencies, debating why Sebastian is Jamaican, and commenting on the potential feminism of “Part Of Your World”.
Also, you know you’ve found a friend for life when one of you mentions that “Les Poissons” is coming up and you both simultaneously shriek out “Hee Hee Hee Haw Haw Haw!”
It was a wonderful first day.
* I’m sorry, it’s very rude to use secret language on my blog. Forgive me.
Question Time: Have you ever tried to socially-deconstruct a Disney movie? It’s both easy and fun, I promise. Do you have a secret language with anyone in your life?