Monthly Recap: August 2016

I've given up doing weekly updates since my life isn't exciting enough to justify that but figure monthly recaps are good. It makes me remember what I've done anyway.

Destinations Visited:

Not much travelling this month. I moved from Tasmania to Melbourne. Then from Fawkner in Melbourne to Williamstown (on account of the rats!) then to Balaclava. Moving around the city seems to be much more exhausting than moving countries but then getting a fuckton of stuff out of storage before realising your Airbnb is overrun with rats doesn't help.

Favourite Destinations:

Well Melbourne. Although my top spot in Melbourne so far has been Machi restaurant in St Kilda. It's so hard to get Japanese food in this city that isn't some shitty fusion crap overloaded with strong flavours. You know you are in an authentic Japanese place though when the waiter says "glass wine". Ha.

Our five day mini-break in the historic seaport of Williamstown was kind of forced on us, needing to escape the rats and having a gap before anywhere that allowed dogs was available long-term. It was sweet though. We had gorgeous weather and had lots of waterfront dog walks with bonus fish n' chips.


Being back in my old neighbourhood for a while. 

Finding out about all the awesome inner city food delivery services. Note: do not use Uber Eats. They took a $15 account verification out of my sister's bank and said it'll be a week before it's sorted.

Being offered a (paid) upgrade for my Jetstar flight to Tokyo next week. Oh yeah, leg room will be awesome.

Melbourne coffee.

Catching up with old friends.


Rats would definitely be a challenge. A huge challenge. I never want to go through that kind of stress again. 

August was a shitty month for me in terms of petty rip-offs or incompetencies. Just small amounts of money, $10 or $20 or so. Mostly it was from businesses not giving any fucks more than being outright deceitful but it's annoying. I have to take time out of my day to follow up on things and that bugs the heck out of me. It's damn stupid too because you can bet your butt I'll never use those businesses again.

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My last week in Tasmania

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I took this when I was in Switzerland a few years ago. It was one of those awesome moments when you're glad you have your camera out.

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What I Watched This Month:

Stranger Things. Is everyone in the world watching this at the moment? It's a pretty awesome series.

I also watched some free-to-air TV which I rarely do and now I remember why I don't watch it. TV is crap. The only watchable thing on is The Simpsons. Australians are obsessed with food and home ownership/renovations. Boring.

Work and Money:

My income took a serious slide and, because I was focused on more immediate issues (ie. not catching bubonic plague from rats), I've not addressed it. My writing productivity was way down too, for the same reasons. I wrote about 3K words in August. Probably my lowest writing month in about three years. 

On the other hand, I got the settlement from selling my investment property (my mum's house) so I'm not exactly broke. I will be when I have to pay the Capital Gains Tax on it though. Australian government, you suck balls.

Coming in September 2016:

Back to Tokyo on the 11th. Normally, I stay in cheaper neighbourhoods but I'm sick of inconvenience so this time I'm staying in Aoyama. Also, I figure rats can't afford to live in Aoyama, right?

I am determined to get my historical novel finished. It keeps getting pushed aside for easier projects but I want that damn thing done. Then I might write a sequel.

Catching up with Tokyo friends. 

Okay, the hugest thing in September will be finding out if I hit in the Arashi concert ticket ballot. I won't. Then I'll cry. 

Also, my birthday.





I had a job interview in the city today - yah - and, since I had my camera in my bag, thought I'd take some photos of the city.  I'd actually thought the battery was flat (and I don't have an adapter yet for my Japanese charger) but managed to eke a few more pictures out.

I think it's good to sometimes take photos of the things you take for granted in your own city.  The shit you see all the time is (hopefully) interesting to people who don't live there.  Plus in years to come, it's going to be all different and you want to remember how it used to be.

Melbourne Central shopping place.  Not so new but always seeming to be going though face lifts.  Inside the dome bit, there is an old shot tower and a clock that plays "Waltzing Matilda" on the hour - well it used to, not sure if it still does - and is really lame.

Inside is always full of Asian students milling around, getting in your way.   The best thing about Melbourne Central is the big Asian grocery store in the basement.  The worst is Supre.  I hate Supre (lame budget fashion store) and all it stands for.

The dome building in the background is the State Library.  The dome is very amazing inside.  I've only been in there once though because I never think to go there.  There is a large lawn area out the front where people mill around.  

In the foreground is a tram.  It's an older style tram which are far superior to the new ones which are all plastic.  I like the older ones that have real wood and are all rickety.

This used to be a Chinese restaurant.  I went there years ago with my mum and they closed down not long after (unrelated, I think).  It was awesome - dirt cheap with canteen style seating and an old Chinese man at the counter telling you to take one fork or one pair of chopsticks, if you wanted more it cost 30 cents.  Everything cost extra but the food was good and super cheap. 

It's been closed down for over 10 years now and is currently a vintage camera store.

Swanston Street - my most hated street in the CBD.  If you can walk down this street without a junkie trying to scab money off you, you are doing well.  One night I had 10 of them try in separate scabbings.  Ended up in a screaming match with the last one.  Note: junkies do not like to be told to get a job.  They also don't like to be told that, if they don't have train fare back to Frankston, they shouldn't have left there in the first place.