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28 March 2007 @ 03:05 pm
verve cafe  
breakfast with sean, the morning after the horrendous blackout.

so i'd just been on a rollercoaster of emotions, after a whole night of doing my head in thinking about how my ibook has been fried... and then managing to boot it up that very morning. it was rather surreal. almost like an out-of-body experience right there and then. i rang sean to tell him the good news, and we decided to carry on with breakfast plans.

i was really glad we didn't have to go to the computer service centre. :)

the weather was really strange. it reminded me of a spring morning, even though it was autumn. the air was chilly and the sun was shining brightly. cold fingers of a morning breeze ran through my hair, sending delicious chills down my spine. i thought it was rather nice. :) or maybe i was just emotional from the rollercoaster of events.

it was also really good to see an old friend. :)

the cafe we were intending to go to was way too popular - it was packed out with no empty table in sight. so, we crossed errol street and popped into a tiny cafe called verve. that turned out to be a better idea since it was much easier to ketchup in peace and quiet.



hot chocolate was just the thing to have on a cold morning. it was standard fare, not too sweet and just chocolatey enough, kinda like a lightly-sweetened milo. i forgot to steal some of sean's banana bread, so had to request for feedback from him afterwards - it was apparently quite good. my vege breakfast came unseasoned, with salt and pepper grinders to add as desired - good for people watching their sodium intake. the poached eggs were prettily perfectly round, although i would have preferred them to be slightly runny so i could smear them over everything. :) everything was very fresh and yummy, except that i didn't like the toasts very much - they were a little too dry and reminded me of the burnt bruschetta bread at the cellar bar. so i only managed to eat one slice. but i did like the fact that there was avocado. :)

it was a lovely morning of simple food and good conversation. i'd not seen sean for about 10 years prior to saturday, and we were definitely overdue for a ketchup. this is a friend i share a strange affinity with - we'd been running parallel lives since we were little 'uns running amok in primary school. we didn't know each other then, but we were at the same places at the same time. we'd probably played catching together before too, or grubbed about in the sandpits of our primary school. we might have spoken to each other, but didn't know each other's names. fast forward 10 years later, we ended up in the same archi class in 1994. at that point, we still didn't realise that we could have been standing next to each other when we were kiddos. then life got in the way as everyone chased their dreams. we somehow both ended up in melbourne, but didn't quite know we were both here. i'd even been to his old apartment because i knew his flatmate - but he wasn't there at the time. i was told that "sean lives here" but didn't register in my head that it was him. it was only a few years later, when i'd already left melbourne and we added each other on friendster, that we realised we went to the same primary school. further chats revealed uncanny coincidences.

so, it's been a long and winding journey for our friendship to get to where we are today. affinity is such a strange thing, is it not?

:)


 
 
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Pballetpumps on March 28th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Have you tried Fraus Crepes in North melbourne too? It's quite delish.. and they make good but VERY THICK hot chocolate. Here's the add if you r interested.

Fraus Crepes & Choc
345 Victoria St
North Melbourne 3051 VIC
Phone: (03) 9328 8999

JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
awesome! thanks sweetie! :D i will go check it out!
.that girl.: naughty kitty lickgirlwhowaits on March 28th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Hehe freaky about the parallel lives - Affinity is an amazing thing as well besides being a little strange ;)

Breakfast looks good, though the eggs are too well done for my liking ;)
JV: summerdrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
likewise, i like eggs to run a little. not too much so they're not watery - just about 75% done. ;)

amazingly strange, and strangely amazing!
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 28th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
oh man! the banana bread looks yummersss!
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
it looks really good hor? i'm wishing i didn't forget to steal a bite!
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 28th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
yeaps! go back again to it before you come backies singgers? :)
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
haha! we'll see if time permits! :D
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 28th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
time management!! :))

i wanna the banana bread!! and donuts!!! =x
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
oh yes, donuts. i have to go and snap a picture of me eating a krispy kreme for vanessa. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 28th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
AHHAHAHA really? she asked you to??
JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 28th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
yeh. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 28th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
so funny. haha, ok.
hianhwee, tracy LIM: joshuahianhwee on March 28th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
the food and the friends that you met/ate at down under are really amazingly good. boy, how i wish that i have your lifestyle!
JV: poohdrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
i'm very thankful for the wonderful people who are the beauty in my life. :) that said, there must have been some sort of karma exchange going on because this holiday has been fraught with stress and problems. i guess there has to be enough good times to balance the bad. :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on March 28th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
i totally agree that wonderful people do leave footprints in our lives. the bads are to be offset by the good moments thereby making us thankful for what we experience.
JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 28th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
absolutely! :)
senprojectsen on March 28th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
MMMmmm. The veggie breakfast looks awesome. I CHOMP!

I see you chickened out on the shoe challenge. That makes me CHAMPIONO!

~sen
JV: knottydrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
wot shoe challenge? do you mean the picture of me in my high clogs? :D
Liz²ieatmoths on March 29th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
omg! your lj so is delicious, I couldn't resist adding. : D
JV: shirtdrag0nette on March 29th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
hi there! thanks for adding me... i add people only when i get to know them better but in the meantime, please feel free to follow my food trail! :)

ps. cool nick... i'd so freak out at the thought of eating moths! :)
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
so what caused the blackout? or did i miss it in one of your posts? =P
JV: speckydrag0nette on March 29th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
eight hours...sheesh...
astrorainfallastrorainfall on March 29th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
wonderful pix of the brekkie. the veggie breakfast is an inspiration - might make one myself in the shoebox!

but even sweeter is your story about your friendship with sean. :-)
JV: poohdrag0nette on March 29th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
yay - post pics if you cook up a vege breakkie! :D

it's so hard to locate friends from childhood days. i'm kinda wishing that i kept in touch with more of them. :)