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03 February 2007 @ 04:01 pm
accommodation #1  
the internet went wonky yesterday and we were stuck offline. :s you know you're a geek when you feel a little weird not being connected to the web.

anyways, here's a longass post about my first place of residence - audrey&craig's in wellington street, st kilda. will do one soon about my current residence, here in swanston street.

audrey and craig live in an apartment in a very old block. very, very old and full of character. i haven't seen light switches like those since i was a young 'un. the entire apartment is in the shade constantly, which explains why i was feeling so damn cold everyday even when it wasn't a cold day. :) great for hot summer days! there were days when i dressed up to go out, all bundled up - then i step outside and go, "fuck"... and head back inside to get changed.

it was the coolest bathroom i've ever used. true, city girl like me had some problems dealing with certain non-standard stuff - like not being able to see the mirror because it was too high, bending over a sink too low, dragging the bath towel rail out of its hook all the time, having separate hot and cold taps so warm water wasn't possible, showering in a trickle in case the water ran out etc. but it was still a cool bathroom.

they put me in an awesome guest room with the best bed ever. silken sheets and feather pillows. :) love you guys!

took me a little while to use the kitchen properly. the stove was the ultimate oldskool cooking equipment and i just couldn't get it lit up the first day when i was left alone. haha... turned out that the knobs labeled "rear" really meant "front".

check this out - a real fire oven! likewise with the stove problem, i couldn't get it lit up the first day. i could hear the gas going and i definitely could smell the gas streaming out - but nothing i did seemed to get it to light up. i then had a sudden vision of blowing up the entire apartment and i gave up after half an hour of trying.

got audrey to give me a demo later in the evening when she got home, and i finally had my bread rolls on the second day. i basically had to light it using a lighter and a satay stick. :) i'd been craving these rolls for 4 years. they're sold in big packets at the supermarket - keep them in the freezer and pop them in the oven whenever you want. they come out piping hot, crispy on the outside and cottonwool-soft on the inside. heavenly with some excellent butter.

audrey's pet scorpion is a fiesty little lady. it was fascinating to watch her hunt down her food and sting them as she holds them in a grip of death with her pincers. she glows under uv light too. :)

it was a lovely stay at wellington street. i wouldn't have survived if it was a long stay (especially since i'm the sort who needs to watch my teeth when i brush them or else i won't know where i'm brushing - the perils of using an electric toothbrush), but it was definitely fun for a few days. :) and any neighbourhood full of wildflowers gets the thumbs-up from me.


feelin': geekygeeky
the kitten that is blue: little kittenblue_kitten on February 3rd, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
it may be old-skool but that apartment is totally cute and quaint. hehe, i thought i was the only one who had to look at her teeth while brushing them - thus i am guilty of putting the white flecks on the mirror :p

ps you are looking lovely and glowy and gorgeous in that last pic :)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
strangely, when i was a kiddo i could watch teevee while brushing my teeth. somehow when i got older, this talent left me. :p

thanks babe! less humidity makes my hair really happy while it took awhile to get my skin to adjust. have the occasional dry skin day once in awhile. :)
the kitten that is blue: black catblue_kitten on February 4th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
less humidity makes my hair and skin really happy too - i always notice the pimples returning when i get back home

JV: poohdrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
oh... is it more humid where you are? i thought it would be the same...
michelleunpolished_gem on February 3rd, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
guess what caught my eye?? bread rolls with butter!
JV: eatdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)

they taste even better than they look! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on February 3rd, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
oo the bread!!! are you bringing them home when you come back?

you look healthy, and happy, babe! :)))
JV: leaf116drag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
i'm thinking about how to bring them back. :p

thanks babe. it's the air and the sunlight here... it just makes people glow. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on February 3rd, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
mm, those frozen bags thingamajig?

yea i get what you mean? i look better in perth than in singgers. x_x
JV: japogothdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
cameras just love the hardcore sun over there. :)

well, the bread rolls can survive a coupla days without refrigeration. so it could be a go-er if i can be bothered bringing something as silly as bread rolls back. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on February 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)

why not? i brought pies back when i came back last sept. :PPP
JV: japogothdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)

mmm... ok i'll think about it. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on February 3rd, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
;P when you coming backies babe?
JVdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
i haven't decided. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on February 3rd, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
;) come back when you are ready. :)
JVdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
for sure. :)
The Citygentcitygent on February 3rd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm loving that apartment. lol at the scorpion - that's pretty cool.

You're looking fresh faced and healthy. The trip must be doing you good ;o)
JVdrag0nette on February 3rd, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
it is, it is. :)

even though my hands, arms and legs are drying up! :p
The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on February 3rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmmmoisturise :o)

Still loving the scorpion and the old school plumbing and electrics, me
JV: leaf116drag0nette on February 4th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
am mmmmmmoisturising! nothing seems to be enough though! :[

it's a lovely place, isn't it? i reckon it'd be perfect if it was tweaked just a little for modern conveniences - like raising the sink, lowering the mirror, combining the two taps... :)
The Citygentcitygent on February 5th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
aww, but the two taps being so wonky are part of the charm, no?
JVdrag0nette on February 5th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
yeeeah... but it's hard to wash greasy stuff without scalding yourself! :p
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on February 3rd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
old school is fun esp we are so pampered with modern technologies that give us so much convenience.

when i see the deadly pet, i nearly fit but the glow of her beauty under UV lights is indescrible. a beauty with gusto!

i can see that you are enjoying yourself!
JV: speckydrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
oh yes, i'm enjoying myself indeed! :) i've always had sort of a double life - i have friends in singapore and friends over here and i could never combine my two lives. i've been enjoying my singapore life for the past 4 years and now it's time for me to catch up on my aussie life. :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on February 4th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
sounds like split personalities... ophs. :P
JV: japogothdrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
yup! i'm that too! :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on February 4th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
:quick run and hide but peep peep:
JV: owldrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
senprojectsen on February 3rd, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
biggest post ever award!

hay, still no shoes! PFFFT!

JVdrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
didn't have time to take the photo before i left, and didn't bring them to australia. sorry sen! it'll have to wait till march (or april... i haven't decided).
sticker mansilver_crv on February 4th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
hey...interesting photos..
thanks for sharing...
JVdrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
teehee! i posted a wrong reply to you because i thought this was a different entry! :p please ignore the deleted comment!
sticker mansilver_crv on February 5th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
hehehe...ok ok..:P
vanessafridavanessafrida on February 4th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
girl you look so gorgeous in the last shot!! Def one of the best ones I have seen of you...keep that shot somewhere safe :)
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on February 4th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
aww... thanks babe! must be the aussie sun. :) i will save a copy in my gmail. :)
.that girl.: it's mine!!girlwhowaits on February 5th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
That is a funky apartment and loving the kitchen too :)

Got your reply about 38C - hope it's better this week over East for you guys!
JVdrag0nette on February 5th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
i was roasting in bed this morning! current place has sunlight streaming in every morning...

i've moved from cold st kilda to hot carlton!
.that girl.girlwhowaits on February 5th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
hmmm Carlton... home of Koko Black and Brunetti's.... ;)

Heard on the news there were fires in Gippsland today. Hope they don't get out of hand, ours was so bad the city view was covered by smoke - almost like the haze in singsing!
JVdrag0nette on February 5th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
it was absolutely scorchers today. apparently tomorrow will be cooler... we'll see. :[

i had the yummiest hot white chocolate at max brenners the other day! must remember to post that...