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22 January 2007 @ 12:26 am
live from melbourne  
after an eventful week leading up to my departure and a whole string of unfortunate events before my flight as well as after my arrival at melbourne airport, i'm finally able to sit down and tap a quick one out here.

i got busted for fruit salad! :)

it was my fault... but man, did they go ballistic at me for trying to smuggle a dangerous fruit salad into australia! i brought it with me to eat on the plane, which i didn't and had intended to throw it away at the airport. landed at 6-fuckin-a.m. and got through duty-free and to the luggage pick-up area. was looking out for my luggage when the dogs came and sniffed out my dangerous salad right away. haha! the security peeps came and surrounded me and questioned me about the offensive item:

"who made this fruit salad?"
"my mom?"

"where did this fruit salad come from?"
"err... my mom made it so it came from home?"

"which country did this fruit salad come from"

"did you know you would have been fined $200 for trying to bring this in?
"i was gonna bin it before going through customs"

"you've walked past at least 8 bins on the way here from the plane"
"there are more bins in front, aren't there?"

"what is your purpose here in australia?"
"i'm just here for a long holiday"

"how long are you staying?"
"two months"

bla bla bla.

jesus christ.

you'd think i was smuggling heroin or something. it was a fuckin fruit salad for fuck's sake. made from mangoes, apples and pears.

anyways, after so much fun with australian security, the friend supposed to pick me up was late for an entire 2 hours. which created a domino effect on poor audrey who was waiting for me at spencer street station to take me to her place. boy was she pissed off. not at me but at the friend-who-was-late. i introduced them and there was a tense and rather unpleasant moment. :p i cut the encounter short and left with audrey as quickly as possible (or she might have punched him there and then).

so now, i'm staying with audrey and her hubby craig for the time being in st kilda. in a quaint little ground floor apartment which is full of character but a little short on some basics. i will go into that later, with photos, when i move to jean's in about 4 days - currently using audrey's poota because my ibook can't be hooked up due to lack of router.

i've been good with bedtimes. :) could be because of the fabulous cold weather.

good night, good night!
feelin': cheerfulcheerful
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 21st, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
enjoy melby babe!!!

you know how arsed aussie custom officers can be. :)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on January 22nd, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
yeh, i've never provoked them before though. i is a good girl.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 22nd, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
they are weird la.
The Citygent: BuzzGentcitygent on January 21st, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
(into radio) "Situation under control. Suspect is in cust... HOLY CRAP! That's a slice of peach!! CLEAR THE AREA!!"
JV: japogothdrag0nette on January 22nd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)

yes, it was abit like that in my head. :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on January 21st, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
hi! finally heard some updates from you.

boy, i am going to Australia in June and i wonder if i will go thru the custom clearance since my mom is gonna come along and i am definite that she is capable of bring more "offensive" things... :(

nevetheless i am glad that you are settling in well.
JVdrag0nette on January 22nd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
definitely declare everything! then you may survive australian customs. :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on January 22nd, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
LOL... i will remember that!
.that girl.: summertime lazinggirlwhowaits on January 21st, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Enjoy melba!!

Just remembered this place you should try and not sure if I've mentioned it - Bimbo Deluxe on Brunswick for $4 pizzas that fill you up (eg caesar salad pizza etc) then Trampoline down the road for gelato ;)

I get paranoid everytime I see the customs people come near me ;)
JV: eatdrag0nette on January 22nd, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
oooh, i think some of my friends are fans of the place. :) my ex-housies is gonna take me out for truffle pizza as well... *slurp*
WickedWeedwickedweed on January 22nd, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
they scared you bring viral stuff and diseases into the country mah. later whole of down under kena infected then how? Bush and the gang will definitey try to save the whole by bombing the hell out of the poor island and by doing so, he aims to achieve happiness, prosperity, progress and a viral-free world for everybody.
JV: surprise!drag0nette on January 22nd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
if there was anything viral in those mangoes, apples and pears, singapore would have gone down a long time ago.
lilsnoozelilsnooze on January 24th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
ah yes...i rem Aus with their strict customs rules....I once had to throw away cupnoodles!
I can't recall why I packed them then...haha. those student days of travelling. Haha.
JVdrag0nette on January 25th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
hahaha! they make you throw everything away, unless you declare them! even packet peanuts from the airline. :)