Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Four in Fifty, baby!

Oh yeaaah! We're now allowed to officially publicise my upcoming Perth Fringe project, 4 in 50! Check it out:



More details at Hand in Hand Theatre Company's Facebook page as well as on the Fringe website... and more information will definitely be coming! Stay tuned!

December 21st already? Whut?!

Oh hey! Can't believe it's 21st December already, three weeks or so since I last updated. WTF? Time's just a-flying, it's incredible. Right now I'm sitting in my air-conditioned bedroom, thanking the heavens for the A/C because it's a scorching 40 degrees outside, oy vey! But yeah, what's been going on? Not a great deal... I spent the last couple of weeks working hard on the 10,000-word confirmation of candidature essay that I needed to churn out, which culminated last week in a meeting with my supervisors to discuss the future of my PhD. Long story short, all that hard work paid off as I'm officially a PhD student and will be (for now) continuing on this arduous, tedious journey. Oy.

What else is new? I've lately begun to feel a bit more frustrated by my housemates because two out of the three of them are quite antisocial, choosing to do their own thing (which is their prerogative) but I guess it goes to show that sometimes you need to temper and clarify your and other people's expectations as to what they're looking for in a new housemate. It's reached a point where I kinda feel awkward with at least one of them and am finding ways of not being in the house when he's home, which, you know, kinda sucks.

And today I discovered they've taken to turning the wifi off when they game, which they claim is to stop devices from auto-uploading and updating and stuff, but it still makes me feel a little bit sidelined because I'm a gamer and therefore I'm not involved in these discussions. It's hard enough not connecting with a couple of 'em, much less being the new guy who doesn't game. Sigh. So yeah. That's what's been happening in this house. Can't say I'm happy about it, but I'm not so unhappy that I need to make drastic moving-out decisions (unlike the FIFOWifo matter), so... I guess we'll see how things develop over the next few weeks hey? It kinda sucks because I feel like the only way I connect with them is when I'm doing nice things for them, like cleaning up after them (which isn't my job) and doing stuff like buying them donuts, which got a positive reaction (virtually, on Whatsapp). So... sigh. I dunno. Anyway.

Did this for the boys last week. Got the reactions: "Housemate level: Hero". "Joke level: Fabulous."


I'm kinda regretting my decision to stay in Perth for Christmas, which will be the very first time ever that I've not been home for Christmas. Ever. I've always made it a point to go back at the year-end, even when I was working in Singapore or when I was studying here a decade ago. The latest I've been here is Christmas Day itself in 2003 or 2004 (when I spent the day with Bernie and we went on a wild goose chase because I lost my wallet, oy vey!!!!), but I still headed home for post-Christmas and spent NY's there. This time... it's a brand new experience, my friends. Can't say there's going to be tooooo much going on, though I have a Christmas Eve party at Bernie's that I'm really looking forward to, plus I've been invited to a Christmas Day lunch at Sarah's, which is lovely. So yeah. Not sure what New Year's Eve will be like though I do have an invite to a theatre friend's place; and my own housemates might be doing something, so we shall see.

What else? Last week I tried taking some supplements and ended up with a weeklong rash, which is as pleasant as it sounds. Nothing too exciting to report about that, but I just thought I'd mention it for the sake of mentioning it, arf arf. Oh, to celebrate my official PhD-dom, I finally finally went and got myself a postpaid mobile account, with a new phone as well, since I'm (theoretically) going to be here for longer. And what a relief too: the past six/seven months constantly uploading and topping up my credit has cost me a freakin' fortune! Here's a pic of my new phone, a Huawei, on the right. Nice, nice.

So that's about all, boys and girls. I'm sure I'll have more to update you guys on when Christmas rolls around, so stay tuned for that! Till then... shopping awaits!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Harmonies, Housemates & Haircuts

Sometimes you come up with a melody that you really, really like, and you think, "Hmmm maybe I should make this longer..." ... but the point of the song is already pretty much there in 1 minute.

 This song, from my current/upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" children's musical project, is one of those times. What do you guys think... should it be expanded? Reprised later in the show is always a possibility too! (Or maybe Curtain Call music!)

Anyway, have a listen... probably my favourite work-in-progress melody at the moment!


So what else has been new? Just chillin' with my new housemates, went to the movies with one of 'em and his friends a couple of weekends ago (on Nov 20), and last weekend bonded with two out of the three housies over drinks and board games. (Which would've been perfectly pleasant if one of the dudes who was present hadn't rubbed me the wrong way... more on that in this FB post if you're connected to me. The after-effect of which has lingered with me somewhat, and it's been a semi-melancholy kinda week, which I don't appreciate, grr. But. Moving on.)

Oh yeah!! I completed the first draft of my latest ten-minute musical Commencement (working title; soon to be renamed) and have started rehearsing with the cast for the project I've got coming up in late January next year! So that's been pretty cool! I've also been freaking out over my impending Confirmation of Candidature, which is this formality I've got to go through in about 12 days to make sure I'm officially a PhD student, and it involves all the tedious elements like written assignments and presentations, literature reviews and methodologies and whatnot, involving my co-supervisors and other important people. So... yeah. I should...like, start working on that, HAHA! I joke. OR DO I.

But let's go back to Commencement: here's a very brief sneak preview:


Oh yeah, last Tuesday (a week ago) I went for a haircut at the barbershop just next door, and it's run by a lovely lady named Tanya, who gave me this little bit of advice upon hearing my six-month life saga: "First the gym" (see previous post) "and now a new haircut? Wanting to make a physical change is a sign that you're feeling happier, more stable and more content." Yay! Hairstylists are like bartenders in that they both are like therapists, I tell you! In the spirit of egocentricity, here's some pics of me with the new 'do.... me likey! You likey?

You might not be able to really tell, but my new style has
a slight undercut, which I've not had done before. Cool.
Because we all should stop to appreciate ourselves more in the
aisle of a grocery store every now and then.
This pic makes me look pretty buff. But it's a lie. A lie, I tell you!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Smokin', 'Strange', Shakespeare & Song!

Hey all! So this Saturday I'll be coming up to two weeks living here at North Lake Road, and for the most part it's been pretty cool. The guys are nice dudes, though tonight I got a little cranky because one of 'em was having what seemed to be a smoking party on the patio which caused the kitchen to smell rather weedy, which unfortunately I wasn't in the mood to deal with. But it's really not a big deal. They're good guys and so far we've been getting along fine.

The dude I've been connecting with the most is Mlad, a guy of European origin, who's closer to my age and who's also home a lot of the time. He and his girlfriend have been fun to chat and hang out with, and we even had an XBox Dance Party dance-off a couple of nights ago, which was fun, heh! The other guys I've had less interaction with, though somewhat ironically of the remaining two I think I've chatted more with weed-smoking guy. Then there was this moment with the other guy, LOL. Oh well, all in good time, I'm sure!

So the location of this new house is very convenient, with shops literally a two-minute walk away, and yesterday while going on a stroll I discovered there's a 24-hour gym just down the road. So on a whim I decided to give it a trial workout, and as of today I'm happy to say I've signed up for it! It's called Snap Fitness on the corner of North Lake and Leach, and I really like I it because it's affordable; 24-hour access; walking distance; and there's no minimum contract (just a 30-day advance notice required to cancel my membership). On top of which, they're providing two weeks of free membership as well as a free year's subscription to Men's Health magazine. So all in all, it's worth it, I think!! As long as I don't find myself in this situation anytime in the future:


What else has been happening? Oh yes, I'm in the midst of writing/completing my newest 10-minute musical for a project scheduled for January next year, which begins rehearsing next week! The new shorty is (most likely to be) called Commencement. More on this as we get into it!!

I've also been workshopping a new project with my supervisor Jenny de Reuck, a group collaboration with other artistes that's slated to be rehearsed and performed April/May next year, called Biography of Toys. We had a meet-and-greet/initial discussion session on Tuesday followed by some workshopping of ideas today; and on Tuesday I also had lunch with my dear friend Sarah and our mutual mate Jason, before Sarah and I spontaneously decided to catch Dr Strange at the movies, which was really fun in a mind-twisty sort of way. So yay! Here's Sarah and me at the movies, because obviously it was such a momentous occasion that I had to mark it with a wefie:


I'm also fresh off a three-day, four-show run of this year's Shakespeare project in uni, directed by Jenny, which concluded last Saturday; we did a lesser-known play, Pericles, and as usual I performed the live music for it and also composed some of the songs. In fact, check out this video of three of the cast members performing one of the sections from the show:



And here's a nice photo of the cast and crew:


Well, that's about it for now, I think! Check back in again soon. Till then!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

North Lake Road, Here I Am!

Hey everyone! So right now I'm sitting in my new bedroom in the new house where I'll be living, on North Lake Road in Myaree, as I previously posted. I was meant to move in a week ago but there were some delays because the landlord wanted the room repainted, which was annoying because I had to wait for it to be dealt with, but which is also good because the room is brand-spanking-new-ish!

So as of right now, today, Saturday the 5th of November, I have officially vacated Carol and Scotts' (much to their relief, I'm sure, hehe!) and have moved in. I moved the last of my things over this afternoon on a hot summer-esque day — the only summer-esque day so far, where temperatures reached about 35 degrees — and then walked back to Carott's place because... dun-dun-dun (dramatic music), their house is within 20-or-so-minutes' walking distance! We had a lovely delicious pizza meal that Carol whipped up, and then I walked back here, and here I am!

Pizza la Carole!
Nicky's farewell dinner. Sad face.
So this should be interesting. The other guys in the house seem to be good blokes so far, if a touch on the untidy and weed-smoking side, LOL. But yeah, all part of the adventure I guess? Hopefully with my new digs I'll be able to focus more on work and actually feel like a productive, creative person again (who's doing a PhD, lest we all forget!). Here's a photo of my new room, which is really quite nice and cozy now. All my gear has been unpacked and set up, ready to go... if only I'd remembered that I need to bring the computer and keyboard to uni tomorrow for the start of Shakespeare intensive rehearsals! Doh! Oh well, at least I got a couple of nice pics out of it!

Scott, Carol and I bought those cushions earlier today. The left clearly says 'Good Vibes'.
The right one says: 'If you dream big enough anything can come true.'
Carol and I also bought a fragrance diffuser from this store called Dusk at Garden City today.
If you squint hard enough, you can see it right next to the tiny table fan.
The boys' gaming area right outside my bedroom. This image doesn't warrant as big a viewing size.
The bathroom in my new place, to be shared by three blokes! Eek!
More updates to come, hopefully! Stay tuned!

Saturday, 29 October 2016

North Lake Rd, Here I Come...! (Eventually)

As posted on FB:



Ed (foreground) with his partner
Alex. Just one of his random
shared photos.
Yesterday (Friday), I moved the bulk of my stuff from Carott's place to the new house, but today I met with the landlord and she says she'd like to repaint the walls of my room, so it looks like I'll be staying here for a few more days at least until that's done! Meanwhile, it's been kinda fun chatting with the guy who moved out, a lovely gay bloke named Ed. He reassures me that the guys in the new house are pleasant and nice peeps to be around.

I gotta say, I'm kinda nervous! I've no idea what our dynamic is going to be like, and I've never shared house with three other (straight) dudes before, LOL. When I went over yesterday they were all preoccupied doing their own thing, gaming and such, which is cool, though there was music playing upstairs (how's that going to work with my own music work? We shall see) and (cough)  there was the smell of weed in the air. Arf! So.... yeah, this is going to be fun. Big brave smile; big boy pants. :) Stay tuned...

Ed and Blaec (pronounced Blake), who's one of my
new housemates :)

Monday, 24 October 2016

Moving-Out Matters and Cookie Conundrums

Here we go, another week in Perth. Can't believe I've been here five months already. Unfortunately I wish I could say I was thoroughly enjoying myself or that it's exactly how I'd envisioned it would be, coming back. Sadly, I'm not, and it isn't, but I think a large part of that has to do with my own depressive downturns and outlook, so it's continuing to be an uphill battle trying to see things positively and look towards a happy future. But anyway. We keep trundling along, yes we do.

So what's been happening? I recently put a poll on Facebook to ask peeps to vote for the final two homes that I'd been pondering a move into. I'm not sure why this whole thing has been such a big, overthought deal for me... like, I can't seem to find peace with the decision I've made (which will be revealed very soon). Maybe I'm seeking the "perfect" living arrangement, which might not exist, and which I might not even really recognise until I'm immersed in the living arrangement to begin with. Maybe I'm just too scarred (lol) from the #FIFOWifo experience. Maybe, again, it's just my negative outlook on things, tying in with my mindset at the moment. Whatever the case, it's exhausting.

I'm going to copy and paste the contents of that Facebook post here, so those of you who have read it before, just skip below the poll:

VERY LONG POST BELOW, BUT I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY IT!

We're down to the final hours of the #NewHousemateChronicles. It has been a long and arduous few weeks/months of contemplation and agonising agonising (that's not an accidentally repeated word, it's an adjective and a verb); and it's now time for Nick to make the final decision on where to move to following the horridly entertaining and entertainingly horrid fiasco that was the #FIFOWifo Saga!!

In Nick's own words (cue interview segment, Nick talking to off-screen interviewer): "It's, like, I'm torn between finding a place where I can imagine myself staying at home most of the day if need be... to do my music, research for my PhD and all that. I dunno, like, a place where I can feel inspired and motivated to work, without feeling too cooped up. A place that's less conducive can lead me to be unproductive and depressed.

"But, I'm also terribly lacking in social interaction," he confesses, "which has also contributed to my being depressed. The truth is, I only have so many friends that I feel comfortable being myself with - and I've got to be honest, as it turns out, a lot of them are NOT my theatre/uni friends. So the interaction with people my age (working adults) has been VERY limited so far.

"#FIFOWifo were middle-aged and I had issues with living with them in a small house" - referring, of course, to FIFOguy's act of bringing in fiance/later Wifo to live with them, followed by the inconveniences and - more recently - dramatic fighting that followed. "I'd really rather not have that kind of isolating and uncomfortable experience again."

To that end, Nick has narrowed his choices down to TWO PLACES. And he needs YOU, Facebook readers who read this, to help him make a decision. WHERE SHOULD NICK MOVE TO?! Here are the choices.

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First place is sharing with a female nurse, 30s, in KARDINYA.

• Rent is $150 per week, excluding bills.
• CHECK IT OUT: https://flatmates.com.au/P449162

PROS:
• Sharing with one person, more privacy.
• Living room is air conditioned.
• House is fully furnished.
• There is a spare room where Nick can share the desk if needed.
• Nurse works long hours and occasionally on shifts, meaning Nick will be home alone a lot of the time. "This might be a good thing," says Nick, "as it allows more private time to focus on my music and composing work."
• Fairly close (drive/cycle) and easy public transport access to uni.
• "Nurse knows I'm gay and is happy for me to lead my life," Nick says happily.

CONS: 
• House is fairly small (it's a unit, really) "but comfortable", Nick says.
• Living room air-conditioned, bedroom is not. ("Room setup doesn't easily allow me to set up a portable air-conditioner... not without taking apart the bed, which, due to its size relative to the size of the room, can't be easily rearranged").
• Bedroom has little room for additional furniture due to size of bed. "Do I need a desk in my room?" Nick frets. "I'm not sure."
• Shared bathroom, but bathroom doors don't lock, LOL. "You'd think it shouldn't bug me, but it does," Nick admits.
• Nurse might sometimes have a friend staying over in spare room. "I worry: what if she ends up with a partner?! Memories of FIFOwifo come to mind!" In fact, Nurse was even thinking of asking friend to stay over during the first three weeks of Nick's potential tenancy. "I don't mind if it's just three weeks," Nick hedges, "but... what if it's not? Plus, Nurse might not be here the first week when friend is here... wouldn't that be kinda weird?"
• Nurse works long hours and occasionally on shifts. "This means I will be home alone a lot of the time. This poses a threat to my creativity due to the possibility of TOO much alone-time, which, for me, can be an actual problem," Nick says. "No, I'm serious!" he exclaims, cutting off interviewer who seems about to protest that Nick's being nonsensical; "it's a real thing. There's a difference between being alone and being lonely, and it's a very fine line between shifting from one to another."

PRO-CON: • No contract, no bond, things are rather flexible and informal.

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Second place is sharing with 3 blokes, mid-20s to mid-30s, on North Lake Road, Myaree
• Rent: $161 a week, excluding bills.
• CHECK IT OUT! https://flatmates.com.au/P448598
PROS:
• Large, new, renovated, beautiful house. (The photo of the room doesn't do it justice as the room was a mess)
• House is fully air-conditioned, including all rooms.
• Room is big and semi-furnished. "The dude who's moving out took great pains to make sure there's a bed in there, when he'd originally said the room would be unfurnished," Nick reveals. "I've also got a new desk, courtesy of a trip to IKEA, so that's taken care of."
• There is a common area where Nick can set up a second desk/music gear & share the space with other tenants.
• "I'll have my own fridge!!!" Off interviewer's surprised look: "No, REALLY!"
• Great location, round the corner from shops and amenities, 5-minute drive from dear friends Carol and Scott; fairly close (drive/cycle) and easy public transport access to uni.
• Housemates are friendly (those Nick has met so far) and "are fine with me being gay, which is great. Basically, live my life! In fact," he adds dramatically, "the dude who's moving out is openly gay and was sharing the place on occasion with his partner!" Whoaaaa.
• Housemates work office hours... (9am-5pm weekdays, generally), meaning Nick would have most daytimes to himself.
• Most importantly: the guys are apparently social peeps who respect privacy/space. "This, I think, has risen to become a VERY important factor. I'd like to be able to feel like I can easily interact with them if I chose to, but also seek private time in my room to focus on work when I'm 'in the zone', if I wanted to. I work better knowing there are people around me and that I DELIBERATELY choose to be alone in the midst of social possibility." Seeing Interviewer's skepticism, he hastens to add, "Ask my dear friend Melanie Anastas! She knows what I'm talking about."

CONS:
• Three straight blokes. "HAHA. What am I going to talk to them about?! They'll be, like, going on about, like, sports and girls and gaming and what-have-you, and I'll be, like, hey, have you listened to the cast recording of Legally Blonde?!"
• The common area is right outside Nick's bedroom, which is where the guys will be on their computers, gaming, etc. "Hmm." Frowny face.
• Housemates work office hours... but ONE of them sometimes works at home from the common area. "So it could be that he might hear me singing and stuff," Nick mutters. "But you know, that could just be something we'll all have to get used to."
• Housemates are social creatures, meaning they might bring their mates around to hang sometimes.
• Three blokes sharing one bathroom and toilet!

PRO-CON: Landlady/owner is very professional and thorough with the dealings, meaning she wants proof of income ("I'm on scholarship"), possibly character reference, bond and assurance of minimum stay, passport and ID verification, etc. "It's so formal," Nick frets. "So, so formal."

NOW - a LARGE PART OF THE DECISION-MAKING FALLS TO YOU, boys and girls of Facebook. WHICH PLACE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?! VOTE IN THE POLL BELOW!


More updates to come on the moving decision shortly. In the meantime, here's how Carol and Scott have helped me make a decision: "NO COOKIES FOR YOU UNTIL YOU DECIDE WHERE YOU'RE MOVING INTO!!!!" Urgh. Meanies. :P



Whooaaaaaa!!!
On Saturday, Carol, Scott and I went bed-shopping (or rather, they did, arf), at a store called Snooze and also at IKEA, where I got myself a generic desk for my impending new digs. Here are some embarrassing pics of them as they were getting themselves measured for their new mattress, tee-hee-hee!! (And also, a photo of what I thought would be an ideal bed for me... complete with built-in desk. That's a joke. It's a kids' bed. Although... maybe it would have been ideal??? Heh!)


My bed?!
Coo-eee!!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Searching, Supernatural Shirts & Swan Valley

Hey all! Another week's flying by, and I'm still here, "homeless" but thankfully taking shelter at Carol and Scotty's, hehe. Let's recap all the places I've looked at over the past few weeks, shall we?

• Hot German guy in Coolbellup (no longer available, and German guy was douchey in the end);

• Buff Mechanic Guy & Murdoch Uni Girl in South Lake (one of my top choices, but their housemate is still dragging her feet, causing major hold-ups. Probably won't be able to hold out for this much longer);

• Mature Gay Guy with Hot Tub in Hilton (pricey, though, probably out of my range; and furthermore, it's in Hilton, a purportedly dodgy area);

• Mature Anthropologist with Large Library in Hamilton Hill (liked the guy, was fond of the library, but the house itself wasn't great; still available and lower on my list of possibilities, but it's on the list);

• Two media dudes in a large house off Karel Ave (liked them, but for some reason I didn't feel like the house would be right for me, even though it was nice... possibly because the rooms were really close together, and also there would've been, like, five of us in total... possibly too many housemates);

• Sweet nurse in a lovely unit in Kardinya (like her, like the house; a top contender);

• Cool poet/musician/mental health worker dude in Hilton (loved his place, big room but it's entirely unfurnished, which means more cost and hassle; plus, again, it's in Hilton, oy);

• Dodgy, nervous-ish druggy dude in Melville (umm pass);

• Two gamers in a large house in Canning Vale (liked them, liked the house, but the room was much too small, and location wasn't ideal anyway);

• Mature guy in a nice house in Kardinya (liked him, liked the house, but the rooms were possibly too small and too close together, and also - no Internet, arghle); and

• Three dudes in a nice new house in Myaree (met two of the dudes yesterday plus the guy who was moving out; quite fond of the place; it's definitely added to the list of contenders).

(I'd actually typed all of this out in a post on FB but one of my friends made a snarky comment about "this is probably why you're still single", which rubbed me the wrong way and since I've been in a semi-cranky mood, I deleted the post. Should've screenshot it first, which would've saved me time re-typing all of the above. But oh well. Whatever.)

On to happier things! On Monday I went to Big W to buy some bargain books and ended up having the following conversation with a dude at a charity booth in the mall:

"Hey that's a cool shirt! What is it?"
Me: "It's from Supernatural. You know the TV show? It's the symbol that gets rid of angels."
"Yes!! That's where I know it from! Team Sam or Team Dean?"
Me: "Team Dean foh shore!"
"All right man!!! Gimme a high five!"
**High five!!**

Dude was so chuffed he didn't even talk to me about the charity.


Ooh yeah, last weekend was pretty fun. On Saturday, Carol, Scott and I went shopping, arf arf. On Sunday, we took a trip to Swan Valley to check out the attractions there and made a whole day of it. Among the places we went to was a couple of wineries; a couple of chocolate factories; a coffee place (yum); a honey place (where I had honey ice-cream!); a cheese place; and and and oh yeah we had a scrumptious sausagey meaty lunch at a brewery called Duckstein, which was awesome.

All in all, that was a good day, and here are some pics to prove it!! I'll leave you with them and will come back again soon with more updates, fingers crossed. Arf arf. Till then!!

It's funny 'cos it's true.
Carol all teapotty.
Where am I looking?!
Heehee.
Scott's thinking face.
If you're paying attention, you'd realise I wore that same shirt on Sunday and again on Monday.
Not sure why I did that, but if I hadn't, it wouldn't have led to that Supernatural exchange above, heh.
All the pretty ladies.
Checking out cheese with Carol. Actual exchanges between us:
"What do you say to a bear that's trying to climb up a tree?"
"Camembert!"
"What does the cheese say to itself in the mirror?"
"Halloumi!"
"What do you say to cheese that's gained weight?"
"You're feta!"
Mmmmmm sausage!!
Carol's "yaaay food!" face. Om nom nom nom

Friday, 14 October 2016

Goodbye, #FIFOWifo

Hi everyone! Right now I'm sitting in Carol and Scott's kitchen, having lived here since Monday night. So basically it's been a few days of drama and stress as my (former) housemates, #FIFOWifo, got into a fight last weekend. It was a day or so of FIFO guy receiving the silent treatment from a sullen Wifo; and then on Monday evening itself, it was a huge outburst of yelling and screaming between the two, including her cries of, "You crazy! Crazy!" and him, provoked by her threats to go back to Taipei or Vietnam, yelling, "Fine, do you what you want, go back to where you came from!" Oy vey.


So basically I ran away, and fortunately Carol and Scott generously allowed me to stay, their giant Himalayan Whistle Kid. And I've been here every night since, going back to the other house to gather my things, the last of which was done today, with my portable air conditioner loaded up into the car and now resting comfortably in the Bates' motel garage.

On Tuesday, we went to Garden City to watch Deepwater Horizon, which was really quite entertaining and thrilling. Here's a nice little photo of us:


Back to the drama:


Yeah, that was on Monday night. By Tuesday, the troubled couple seemed to have patched things up a little bit, and as far as I know as of today (Friday) they are fine; but it doesn't matter. That whole exchange between them was unpleasant and uncomfortable and should never have happened when you have a housemate living with you. Wanna fight? Get out of the house. The damage has been done, so I'm out of there. Which was always part of the plan anyway, so no big loss.

And so the plan is to stay with Carott for a couple of weeks, and then move in with.... well.... it won't be Buff Mechanic Guy, as stated in my previous post, because of issues with their housemate who's been dragging her feet and unwilling to provide us all with her move-out date. It won't be Mature Gay Guy and his hot tub, either. And I'd also checked out another house, owned by a mature Anthropologist with an extensive library in his house... but nah.

On Wednesday I'd checked out a house in Kardinya, a pleasant three-bedroom unit with just one other housemate, a lovely girl named Josephine who's a nurse at the nearby hospital. So after a lot of ding-doinging and trying to decide who to live with, I've finally settled on her and will shortly be making the move to her place in Kardi. So yay. One less decision to make. So much drama. Sigh.

That's all for now... I'll keep you updated on the big move. For now, I'm going to wrap up this post and get ready to tuck into Carol's chocolate banana brownies. Mmmmmm. Bye!

Mmm! Brownie batter and arty shadows!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Hunt Goes On...

Wassup! So among the latest developments is that German guy (mentioned in previous post) didn't pan out, grr. When I told him I was keen on moving in, he said someone had come to look at the place (conveniently enough, that morning itself) and was going to move in straightaway. Well, duh. "Sorry, I've changed my mind and to be honest, I think I'd like to keep looking for another housemate," would have been the more respectable response, but whatever, LOL. So that's the end of that! In the meantime, I'd told #FIFOWifo about my intention to move out, so... they're really trying to get me to stay! Sheesh!

But all's not lost. I've been continuing the roommate hunt, and I've so far met Buff Gym Guy & Murdoch Girl, two lovely people in a house in South Lake who seem to like me; as well as Mature Gay Guy who's offering a lovely home in Hilton that has a separate entryway; a small 'foyer' room adjacent to the bedroom; a nice alfresco dining area out front, and even a spa!! But the price difference between South Lake and Hilton is $60 less in the former than the latter; and believe me, saving $240 a month would be awesome, plus it would be cool to hang out with people closer to my own age! But the Hilton place promises more privacy, my own entrance, an understanding older gay man, etc, LOL. So... I'm not quite sure what to do right now... I'm still deep in contemplation mode.

Posted today, 29 Sept 2016
(Let's not forget this one, too):


Either way, don't forget to catch up on other new FB posts on the whole roommate matter by visiting the hashtags #FIFOWifo and #NewHousemateChronicles (for which you actually need to be my FB friend, of course. Gotta have some careful restrictions on privacy!)

What else? On Monday, I was picked up by my mate Justin and we headed to WAAPA to do a photoshoot for one of my upcoming projects scheduled for next year! I'll provide more info on that when I'm allowed to, but in the meantime, here are some pics:

Suckin' on a lollypop in the men's room. Erk.
Lookin' snazzy.
So far the consensus seems to be "glasses on"
A teaser of what's to come...!
OH YES, last Saturday I did a rather spontaneous and potentially silly thing and bought myself a second-hand car. Well, it's probably multiple-hands old; but I saw an ad on Gumtree, called up the lady who turns out was going to move back to the UK; had a chat with her while test driving it; she said she wanted to sell for $1.3k but was willing to drop it to $1k because she really need to sell; and I thought to myself, "Hey, it's running all right; and I'm not likely to get anything that's not a lemon for $1k... so...." ...I did it. Signed the paperwork, did the exchange, and now I'm driving around in a functional semi-sun-damaged black Peugeot monikered "Monicar". When I've gotten round to taking a pic of it, I'll share it. But really, it's just a functional old car, nothing too fancy, arf.

Finally I'm going to leave you with this long FB post I put up yesterday, mainly because I'd like to remember I posted it but would like to delete it off FB itself. I've been in a bit of a low mood lately, not terribly inspired; possibly semi-triggered by the whole housemate hunt and losing out on German fella's place (which is probably all for the best, eh?). But either way, here's a sharing, for posterity's sake. I leave you with it... until next time!! (PS: I haven't embedded the video. We'll just have to make do with the image in the screenshot.)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Locked Out, Eating In, Moving Out & More!

Hey all! It's a long weekend, and it's gonna be a pretty quiet one for me (which is kinda par for the course these days... the PhD isn't exactly thrilling or anything, arf). Well, some stuff has been happening, the main events being my decision whether or not to a) buy a car (more on this soon) and b) move out of #FIFOWifo's place now that they're back from their long holiday. I've been looking at alternative accommodation, and one of the places I'm considering is with a German dude in Coolbellup - nice house, nice location, nice(-looking) guy too! Hahaha!!

Well. The latter aspect has me feeling quite nervous because, as I've previously established, I don't have an exactly healthy track record of being friends with good-looking (straight) people. But you know what? It's high time I changed that and try to establish male friendships that are normal, and positive, and enriching... one adult to another. So this seems as good an opportunity as ever to do it. As some of my friends on FB have said, there are two ways this could go: I'd grow and learn to have a healthy relationship with another adult male, and end up having a positive experience and a possible solid friendship; OR it would go pear-shaped and I'd just have to move out of there (or literally live with it, arf). Either way, it's not the end of the world. I've had a tendency to over-dramatise these things, but really, it's time to just deal or cut my losses. So I've decided I'm going to do this. German guy, here I come. Oy.

To complicate things, just as I'd been about to tell FIFOguy that I was contemplating moving out, he mentioned a unit just up the road that was for rent, a bigger three-bedroom house, and maybe we'd like to move in together? That same morning, he mentioned how he'd recently lost a close mate in a car accident. All in all, the timing hadn't seemed right for me to announce my intentions, yikes! Thankfully I've since brought it up, and he's understanding; though we did check out the new house down the road yesterday, and wouldn't you know it, it's actually a pretty nice house, and much bigger than this place too (although anywhere would be much bigger than here, I reckon!). So.... I had some decision-making to do!!!

But yeah, bottom line is, I've decided I'm outta here. If you're interested, there's a bunch of stuff on FB about the #NewHousemateChronicles, as I've hashtagged it, so here's a collection. There's also a limited selection of #FIFOWifo posts; all of which you need to be my FB buddy to see (which is probably a wise choice!).

What else has been happening? Last Friday (the 16th), Carol and Scotty had Bernie and me over for a lovely steamboat dinner at their place. Lots of food and laughter, which is awesome. Then I headed back home and discovered, to my dismay, that I'd brought the wrong set of house keys with me and I was locked out! Argh!!! So I had to call Carott and let them know about it, and ended up (thankfully) spending the night at theirs! Haha! Luckily FIFOWifo were due home that night itself (they arrived in middle of the night); if it had happened any earlier, I would've had to have called a locksmith. So yeah, thankfully it wasn't any bigger a deal than it was!

The following day I tagged along with Scott & Carol to check out a property in the city before we took a long walk through King's Park. We also hung out last Thursday (the 22nd) and went out for dinner (ramen!) at Karawara Shopping Centre followed by some shopping. Carott have joked that they've adopted me, but I wonder if there's more truth to that than they realise... hahahaha!!!!! Just jokinggggg, Carol wehhhhh!!! Here are some pics:

The delicious spread!
Scott, Caz and steamboat pot!
And there's Bernie!
At King's Park. Love this shot.



"Are we there yet??"

My favourite photo - we look like such bros hanging out. Or, as Carol
puts it, "like we're trying to imitate the boys from Supernatural."
I think that's about it for now. The next step for me will be informing FIFOguy about my intention to move out, and letting German guy know about my intention to move in, and hope that it will all work out. Stay tuned for more updates! Till then!