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  1. CheezyK

    Hmmm, my initial reaction to the secret language thing was ‘no’ however given the way people react when I have understood my husband’s seemingly nonsensical words and gestures maybe I do …

    Glad you’ve had a good time here in Melbourne-town and thank you for the links to a couple of fun looking local blogs – more food to make and restaurants to visit, just what I needed! 🙂

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I love that I-Hua left little goodies on your bed like a fancy hotel, how thoughtful and fun! It sounds like so much fun to watch old Disney movies and dissect them and guffaw at Jamaican crabs and Ariel’s gravity-defying bangs (how do they remain so bouncy even when completely water-logged?!?!) A mystery for the ages.

  3. Sig

    Ohhh what a wonderful start! You know I haven’t been to Cacao Green AT ALL??

    And how did you know that The Little Mermaid is my fave Disney movie EVER? Never tried to deconstruct it out loud but I do it all the time in my head. Hope your trip was wonderful – next time chica 😛

  4. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    awww what a wonderful first day indeed!!!

  5. muppy

    love your ‘hotel welcome’. such a sweet idea, i’ll have to steal it 🙂

  6. Iron Chef Shellie

    hahaha I-Hua is such a cutie setting up your room like a hotel 😛

  7. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I don’t know if what my family has is a secret language. It is more a language that includes random words from other languages plus the odd ginglishism (german english) that my grandmother invented. My old boss and I used to be able to communicate almost without words, it was awesome, we totally freaked out the clients.

  8. msihua

    Woah Angle Babe! Rake Sway super fast post! Lol…I give you many things in a box forever and forever and ever!! HEE HEE HEE HAW HAW HAW… Pocahontas Voldemort gave me nightmares 😛

    1. msihua

      Arrggh! MY FEET!! What are they doing on here??? Hahahahaha

  9. JohannaGGG

    oh melbourne is a lovely place -especially when welcomed by snuggly puppy dogs offering chocolates! nice to hear you were able to relax in our fine city rather than running yourself ragged

  10. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Yum LOVE Cacao Green! Can’t wait to see more of your adventure and them subsequently feel jealous!

  11. April@MyFoodTrail

    It was disappointing that I couldn’t make the I-Spicy dinner so I could get the chance to meet you, but I’m sure our paths shall cross one day!

    Glad to see you had a wonderful time in Melbourne. Can’t wait to see what other adventures you got up to!

  12. Hannah

    Ha, great timing- I just got a postcard from Starbucks for a free birthday drink of my choice. I’ve never gotten anything beyond black coffee, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it… Maybe I’ll try something more adventurous like a mocha soy frappaccino! If you like it, I probably would too. 🙂

  13. Andrew

    My sister and I were doing not so much a social-deconstruction as a moral-deconstruction after watching The Lion King recently.

    Simba thinks that he’s responsible for killing his father and, rather than facing this, he runs away. Later he returns and confesses to the pride “Yes, I’m responsible for my father’s death.” This is where you expect the film to teach some morals like honesty-as-best-policy, responsibility-for-actions, redemption-and-forgiveness-for-mistakes. Instead, it teaches the exact opposite!! Without further questioning, the pride is immediately against Simba after his confession, horrified, sitting back to watch as the evil Scar makes Simba pay the ultimate price for his crime. It’s only once the truth comes out that it was actually Scar that was responsible all along that the pride finally jumps in to protect Simba. If the truth hadn’t come out?!
    The moral seems to be “If you do something wrong, you’re best not admitting it, unless you can pin the blame on someone else.”

    So then we started joking about the bad lessons you could take from other Disney films…
    The Little Mermaid – “It doesn’t matter what you have to say; beauty is only skin deep anyway”
    Beauty and the Beast – “Put up with your abusive relationship; they’ll come good eventually”
    Aladdin – “You can get away with being a liar and a thief if you’re charming and good looking”
    … etc. Disney is fun as an adult! 😉

    Of course, the other thing I took away from watching the Lion King again after so long, is that I could still remember nearly every word of every song, despite not having heard some of them for 10+ years! 🙂

  14. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    The LE POISSON song is one of my favourite Disney moments! Gotta love them insane French chefs.

    I also have an unpleasant reaction to artificial sweeteners – even Starbucks’ iced coffee with milk is wayhayy too sweet for my finely tuned tastebuds. ‘sall about that wonderful bitter-with-a-hint-of-sweet dark chocolate, yes?

  15. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That’s so sweet having that bed made up for you like that and giving you two chocolates? Well you just need to move in now! 😛

  16. Lou

    Oh oh oh I miss Melbourne…. so glad you had an amazing time though 🙂 I actually have never had coffee from Starbucks (shock!)

    One of my primary school teachers looked exactly like Ursula… I’m serious. Creepy.

    I have many secret languages in my life – one with Viper, another with MIsty, and one with my bestie. No wonder people think I’m mad.

  17. Rach

    Aww this all just sounds so lovely. 🙂 Glad you had such a great time.

    My younger sister and I used to have our own language. It was a mix of English & Chinese and a million inside jokes. To most people it just sounded like we were talking nonsense, but it made sense to us, haha! 🙂

  18. theresa

    When I was but a wee undergrad dreaming of being a university lecturer, I thought – I *have* to teach a class about Disney films. There’s so much to discuss, sociologically.

    I sometimes do the “I have shitty aim so I’ll throw this thing” and then, oops! It actually made contact! Why can that never happen when I’m trying?

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Yay for Melbourne 🙂 And this trip has clearly got off to a wonderful start, chocolate orange throwing shenanigans aside (clearly you can’t be trusted with orange chocolate at ALL!). I’ll look forward to hearing more!

  20. Catherine

    I’m sorry I can’t do Disney films, must be something in my childhood – too many big jaws and pert chins and covert dogma. Though I am an old Thunderbirds junkie.

    Love the Asian food insert! And not really a secret language (tho no one can understand us) but BFF and I always speak half Italian half English (make that half Veneto half strine with my kids) and I find it is just the best!!

  21. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    How lovely of I-Hua to make your bed like that – all the bonuses of a hotel but better! I’ve just looked at the last Melbourne post and I need to eat somewhere called Lord of the Fries… brilliant!
    Very generous of you to help out with the frozen yoghurt too… 😉

  22. ck

    Phew! That was one whirlwind of a post. I think I need to lay down, watch a Disney flick and eat orange chocolates to recover. I think it must have been such a great time – to have friends who really ‘get’ you and love you to go to so much trouble. Thank you for sharing – it made me really smile.

  23. hungryandfrozen

    I utterly adore Classic Disney but try to shut down the social analyzing bit of my brain while I’m watching, otherwise my brain might fall out my ears altogether. That said, Bedknobs and Broomsticks isn’t too bad, considering – Angela Lansbury plays a messy witch who happily lives alone and basically saves England from invasion in WWII (yes, with a little bit of help from a man but mostly through her own skills) and HAS A FLYING BED.

    What a beautiful guest room! Can’t wait to read more of your Melbourne jaunts, even if they’re completely out of order of occurrence.

  24. Kath Lockett

    I think, just from the food and how she made up your guest bed, that I might have just a teeny weeny crush on this magnificent I-Hua! 🙂 What a woman!

  25. Hannah

    it brings me an awful lot of joy to know that I am not the only person who arrives in Melbourne and makes a bee-line for Starbucks. It’s not that I don’t realise there are a million and one other places to get coffee, it’s just one of those things…

    And socially constructing a Disney movie? Best use of a day ever! In fact, I have spent most of my day watching every possible version, remix, live cover, reverse version, abridged version of songs from Hunchback of Notre Dame that I could find on youtube. What is not to like?

  26. Louise

    You know Hannah most fancy hotels don’t actually put chocolates on your pillow. So I-Hua is better than a fancy hotel! 5 days in Melbourne! I wish. Maybe this year. I love Melbourne. And I love how your Melbourne is so vastly different to mine. Though I will definitely have to check out Cacao Green next visit.

  27. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    It’s so cute that I-Hua made up that room for you! The soft toy looks gorgeous and cuddly. 😀 I loved Cocoa Green when I was there but my boyfriend didn’t like it. :S
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney movies as well! I have a lot of favourites but Little Mermaid is high on the list and definitely a few of the better songs to sing along to. Never really tried deconstructing it though since when I watch it, I get mesmerised like a baby. No time or space in my brain for thinking! 😛

  28. Sarah

    “Canberra’s Baan Latsamy’s Som Tum kicks iSpicy’s Som Tum’s booty.”
    That goes on my Top Sentences, Ever list 🙂

  29. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    awww i’m glad that you are having some quality time with your friend! that is the best. 🙂

  30. Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City

    wow honeyed macadamia nuts – sounds good to me 🙂

  31. Ashley

    Man, I haven’t done a classic disney session in ages! Must rectify this with lots of The Little Mermaid! And also, I love cacao green. Can’t get too much fro-yoooooo! Looking forward to seeing what you got up to on the rest of your trip! 🙂

  32. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Aww, this sounds all wonderful (except the accidential hitting in the face – sorry, Hannah! :P)! Friends like that are such a gift!

    I had no idea you like fantasy novels! Do you have a favorite?

    I have secret languages with my best friends. Another secret language for each best friend.

    1. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

      I only have very few best friends, so this amount of secret languages doesn’t overwhelm me.

  33. Fiona

    Awesome bed setup!

  34. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    oh! Melbourne fun! Many delicious eats, none of which I have tried yet. For shame. Lots of friends fun 🙂 & I LOVE Disney. Cinderella is a fav. & Robin Hood. Never deconstructed them though. I need more Disney and less work this week!
    Heidi xo

  35. Kate

    YES! I have definitely socially deconstructed Disney movies. One of my best friends loves Disney even more than I do and we’ve seen almost all of them together, and we plan to see Beauty and the Beast when it’s re-released in theaters this weekend.

  36. Libby

    Naw Little Mermaid! Haha I used to think Prince Eric was hot (still do!).

    Next time you’re coming down, I’m DEFINITELY stealing you for a few hours, missy!

  37. Tammy

    Glad you had a lovely trip. I think my workplace has a secret language and my job is to counter it!

  38. Emma

    I’ve never been able to watch Little Mermaid. Ursula freaked me out so much when I was little, and now that I could (probably?) handle it, I believe I have lost my interest. But I remember playing a fun Little Mermaid medley in orchestra once…

    That food looks so good. How have I never thought to put such delicious ingredients as crab into fried rice? That kicks plain fried rice’s butt any day. Imma try it out!

    So nice that you were able to spend so much time with so many lovely people:)

  39. Winston

    What a great first day in Melb! Can’t think of a better way to kick start a trip than with good food and even better/hospitable friends. Certainly are Ms Popular, so many friends wherever you go, hehe!

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