May 2nd, 2007



on the eve of penny and henry's engagement party in january, we all went for a hugeass dinner at longrain, a contemporary thai restaurant in the city of melbourne. check out their website [here].

we were ravenous when we got there and had to wait for a table, so two servings of crabcakes were wolfed down and drinks were had. i was delighted to find a choya cocktail offered on the menu, and couldn't resist giving it a go. it was awesome! sweet, slightly creamy with a hint of sour bite and fruity yumminess. we sneaked a picture of the menu to steal the ingredient list.

we eventually got seated at a huge round table. four servings of each main course were ordered because there were just so many of us. the squid was very fresh and succulent, though the batter turned soggy pretty quickly. best eaten immediately upon serving. crispy trout fillet was also really tender... the savoury sauce complimented the fish beautifully. our spicy thai salad acted as a great palate cleanser as we munched on the richly flavoured dishes. caramelised pork hock was probably my favourite dish of the night. extremely sinful with lots of pork fat, each pork hock was tender within a caramelised crispy skin. every bite produced rich juices that ran delightfully down our throats. next up were slices of beef which melted away in our mouths. by the time the chicken came, i was almost stuffed but had a bite anyway. it was quite average, but wasn't bad.

most of us chose to skip dessert. luke and amanda shared the gula melaka and sago while penny and henry had the black glutinous rice. both were apparently pretty awesome.

not a cheap dinner it was, but great for a treat once in awhile especially for a big bunch of peeps. :)



this entry has no other purpose than to serve as my visual bookmark of the toilet i spent four hours scrubbing and washing, the night in january when i moved back into jean's apartment at swanston street to stay for a coupla weeks.

jean herself had moved out for a year or so then. the last tenant was a common friend who isn't known for his personal hygiene habits.

i wish i had the presence of mind to snap a 'before' picture. it was horrifically gross. there were layers of... stuff. dried pee and godknowswhat had dribbled down and caked the sides of the toiletbowl. there were two bath mats which had turned a funky colour where they absorbed pee and godknowswhat. those patches grew mould and more godknowswhats (which were possibly alive). these bath mats were also so dried out that the rubberised bottoms had disintergrated and become powder. the shower floor had turned a different colour under layers of mould. the rest of the marble floor in the toilet had dubious patches of... stuff.

no rest for the fusspot until surfaces were clean enough to eat off.

on a happier note, i love printed toiletpaper. :) i wish it was more popular/widely available/cheaper in singapore. sorbent rocks.