Archive for November, 2007

An indolent lifestyle and my dying liver

November 27, 2007

Since uni has been out, I have been living the sweet life of a sloth. My days are marked by getting up scandalously late, endless hours of internet, virtually zero exercise, heaps of fried chicken and inordinate amounts of alcohol.

Been drinking almost everyday since our Hunter Valley trip, where I spent the entire day learning the finer points of wine appreciation. Since I started to become relatively more sociable in recent weeks I’ve managed to meet and make a couple of good friends, but I think my current best mates are still vodka and rhum. Oh, I joke.

I’ve never been fond of beer and Red Horse is probably the only beer I can guzzle like water, but last weekend I tried a Mexican cerveza called Pacifico and it was passably good. A friend also came up to me holding a bottle of San Miguel and said ‘This is from your country’. That compelled me to get a bottle for myself and I must admit it was goooood. It was nice, cold and crisp…well worth the $8 I paid for it (I’m pretty sure back home I could score around a dozen bottles with that price).

I was also able to try some new stuff: a shot of Poire from France which was excellent (and sweet just the way I like it), and another shot of Pisco from Peru. Drinking Pisco replicates the experience of gulping down a few drops of petrol. Suffice it to say that it’s one of the nastiest stuff I’ve ever had (in the same league as the Fuoco dell’Etna from Italy, which was literally like drinking liquefied fire), and it might take quite a while before I could muster enough guts to give it another go.

Hell, I can’t believe I just devoted the last two paragraphs to alcohol reviews. My dream job has always been to become a travelling food critic, but reviewing alcohol is just low-lifery on a whole new level. I should stop now. Damn, alcohol does make you lose IQ points.

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Dreary weather

November 22, 2007

The weather forecast says showers until next week, which meant that my friends and I had to cancel our beach plans. I was also planning on going to the Museum of Contemporary Art tomorrow with another friend but I’m probably gonna have to postpone that as well. There’s also the tour of The Scholar Ship scheduled for Saturday, but how can one be thrilled about checking out a fancy ship in raging weather?! So yeah, the prospect of being marooned in the house by myself until the weekend is not a very exciting one, compounded by the fact that there are no new DVDs to watch and basically nothing to do. Goes without saying that as we speak I am completely bored out of my mind. Bored enough to say that I actually want to go back to uni already.

Youth is not wasted on the young

November 14, 2007

I just realised that I’m slowly beginning to have some good friends who are younger than I am. A few years ago this would have been impossible, since I tended to fraternise with people who were older. This may not be such a nice thing to say but I never really had a high opinion of anyone my age or younger as I’ve always typecasted them as immature brats who were not very bright. My views have dramatically changed recently though, and now I find that younger people aren’t that bad. In fact, there’s a few of them who are actually quite sensible and act well beyond their years. I therefore resolve not to disparage younger people anymore, and I’ll try hanging out with them more often now.

Bar anecdotes

November 14, 2007

Me (to a guy with weird-ass hair…his scalp looks like a honeycomb): Excuse me, do you mind taking our picture?

Guy gives me a nasty look, and turns his back on me.

After twenty seconds…

Guy: Hey, sorry, but did you want me to take your picture?

Me: Umm, yeah.

Guy: Sorry, I thought you wanted to take a picture of my hair. Everyone’s been coming up to me tonight asking if they could take a picture of my head.

My roommie: Oh sorry, we didn’t want a picture of YOU!!!

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I was about to take a picture of my friends, when suddenly in my camera’s screen I found an extra head of some guy. After I snapped the button, the guy asks me ‘Did it come out okay?’. I just gave him a thumbs up sign.

Ho finito, finalmente

November 13, 2007

I’m finally finished with uni! No more presentations, exams, papers, lectures, tutorials and readings for the next three months. Had my last exam last night and handed in my case study paper this afternoon. My open-book international law exam went sorta okay, had to answer four essay questions in two hours. My hand got paralysed after all the furious writing though.

I went to see Across the Universe tonight to celebrate. Critique to follow.

Here’s how I plan to spend the rest of the week: Helga’s Film Festival in North Sydney tomorrow (gonna see La Vie en Rose, the Edith Piaf biopic), Hola Mexico Film Festival Opening Night on Thursday, Hunter Valley day trip on Friday. The concession price includes a tour of five wineries plus wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. Saturday we’re gonna celebrate my roommie’s birthday in the city with dinner and drinks. Sunday I might help my former roommie move out.

I was so stressed out lately that I just realised I haven’t done my laundry in three weeks. Gasp. This is by far the longest I’ve gone without washing my clothes.

The greatest irony

November 9, 2007

Why is it that when you find yourself wasting away in boredom and desperate to have mates to drink with, every other person you know is busy, while when it’s YOU who’s knee-deep in work, the invites just come pouring in?!

I’m not complaining though. Once in a while it is still nice to be reminded of the fact that you are not a pariah and that you’ve still got a handful of friends willing to put up with your despicable company.  But in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any problems with timing, would we? God is indeed one hilarious comedian.

Just a quick whine

November 7, 2007

Yesterday, I felt under the weather so I had to spend most of the day in bed. Didn’t even have enough energy to walk to the kitchen to eat, so I ended up having my first meal of the day at around 4 pm. To all of you who enjoy the luxury of househelp, I hope you realise that you’ve got it good. And did I mention that you’ve got it good?!

My IPE paper is still unfinished and I totally do not want to work on it anymore. Arggh. While waiting to cross the street one day I saw a posted advertisement of some guy offering professional research paper-writing services. At the moment, I am willing to pay him up to 100 bucks (haha is this even enough?!) so that this damn paper will finally be out of the way.

It’s getting all rainy and winter-y again all of a sudden. Perfect bed weather, but how can I sleep when there’s shitloads of work to do?!

Damn. I want to get good marks, but I’m just scandalously lazy. At this point in time, I just want to fast-forward my life to the part where I’m already done with all my uni shit, nice and happy and all, and I’m at the Greater Union cinema watching Tarantino’s Death Proof or Across the Universe. A couple of drinks afterwards and that would already be sheer bliss.

But til then I’ve got to get off my lazy ass and start working on my paper and let the next few painful and brain wrenching days pass me by. Too much academic brattiness might lead to my downfall, so I’ll try to be an adult now (a responsible one, I hope).

I’mthisclose

November 2, 2007

The very stressful run-up to deadlines and final exams is getting me all antsy again.  Two more big papers to hand in and two more finals to sit. But in two weeks’ time I’ll finally be free from the clutches of academic drudgery. I’ve already made plans on how to spend the holidays and I am stoked. Lots of films to see and places to go. But yeah, no partying til all assessments are over. I first have to work out a battle plan on how to get through the next few days (alive, and with decent marks I hope). I seek prayers from all of you.