Category: Friends

Not really suggesting that they aren’t special, posts in Friends mention friends who may not have their own category on my blog. They may not be people I spend a lot of time with, and thus I have not created a category especially for them. I may also mention friends in general.

For your information, friends that do have their own categories include Nicholas, Lilian, Dylan, Daniel, Seb, Rachel, Ryan, Mike, Johnny, Fern and James.

Lilian and I catch up for dinner again. We eat a lot of lotus chips, buy Christmas presents and reflect on who our school captains were in school. Wait, who were our school captains…?

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When talking about occupations or jobs in general, the word “turnover” is often used to refer to the amount of employees who leave a company each year. A high turnover rate can give people a negative view of a company.

The “seven-year itch” describes the tendency for a man in a relationship or in a marriage to become bored with his partner after a period of (on average) seven years, and as a result, will resort to cheating on his partner, or ending his relationship. Why this seems to mainly refer to men, I don’t know. It’s something that has been deduced from social and psychological studies, and has also been applied to the duration of friendships.

The simple way of putting this is: “if a friendship lasts more than seven years, it will last a lifetime”. Some people were asked…

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Drawing of me with a red velvet cupcake, drawn by Daniel
Drawing of me with a red velvet cupcake, drawn by Daniel

As with all birthdays, most people don’t feel a day older, and for quite some time, they forget that they just turned a year older. They probably forget that they have to update their age on social media – ahem, for example Seb – who finally, eventually, decided that writing “in his twenties” was less tedious than writing his actual age.

For me I attempted to write something smart, such as “a prime number between 21 and 29” (damn, I am not good at maths, though), and more recently, 4! – or 4 factorial – which is, as I am now, 24.

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a TBF(F)L. Also, in my mind that means The Best Friend (Forever) Lunch, but it’s sort of a play on BFFL, which of course means Best Friend For Life, rather than Best Friend Forever, but anyway… this edition is super cool and fun because Nick joined us.

We’ve all been busy with work, but a couple of weeks ago Lilian needed some help moving some furniture because she was at home by herself and the local council was picking up her unwanted bits and bobs. That was the last time we saw her in between our lunch meetups. She bought Nick and I lunch as a way of saying thanks. Although Nick, being Nick, said she was naughty and should have let him pay. 😛

The Place

We went to Nosh-up, a little cafe in World Square (the shopping centre close to where we work – for me and Nick, it’s just downstairs) that specialises in pasta. Then again, I’m pretty sure all cafes have pasta available for lunch… Regardless, Lil said she had walked past this place so many times but never ate there. I know our work building has the option to order food from the place and have it delivered to the lobby for free, though.

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It’s been a good month since the last Best Friend Lunch, and this is the first of 2015, too. There are lots I didn’t quite cover in this post, since we talked about a lot… but let’s roll.

The Place

We went to Sushi Roll in World Square, which is close to both our workplaces. We went to Sushi Roll together one other time, and I thought it was alright. I think most sushi places have their pros and cons. Lilian was scrounging for teriyaki chicken sushi but there was hardly any. I ate a lot of kingfish and salmon, which was yummy, and opted for a plate of salmon sashimi (my favourite).

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The Room Escape, also known as Escape the Room, is some very (initially) strange real-life experience whereby you try to escape a locked room by means of solving puzzles and locating clues. Rumour has it that it originated from old arcade games, but I could also be wrong. Thanks to Tristan, I had this experience yesterday and it was a little bit strange at first, but actually pretty cool.

The Sydney website looks pretty dodgy, 90s, and probably needs a redesign, but that’s the web designer/developer in me talking. So as not to make you extremely puzzled as to why I would be locked in a prison cell with three of my friends, here is a description I have taken from the website:

Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game. Curious explorers are locked in a special room, given a set amount of time to solve puzzles to escape. You must be observant to discover secret clues and find hidden objects; intelligent contraptions need to be built and utilized, and team work is absolutely essential.

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I am usually a giant suck-up when it comes to music, and I try to find the absolute best in any song, even though some people might find it dull, too loud, unexciting, or whiny. However, movies are somewhat different. I have previously written about the fact that I haven’t seen many movies, so my standards are very low, but Lilian and I saw a movie today that was honestly very disappointing.

Before I talk about Serena though (I would agree with most of the reviews on IMDB), let’s talk about lunch!

The Place

We went to Dragon Boy again, which we went to in TBF(F)L #3.

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Lilian and I went to see Love, Rosie at the cinema yesterday morning. I had won the tickets from some little competition they were having in our office building. I would have bought tickets anyway, even if I hadn’t won. Love, Rosie is based on the book Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, and it is one of my favourite books.

I remember reading the book in a department store when I was bored and following my mum around. I saw the cover of the book, and was interested, so I began reading it. It was the first Cecelia Ahern book I read. I was in love with it from the first page, but I was reluctant to buy it because I didn’t really like to buy books for a one-time read. I can’t remember whether I finished reading it in the store or went to the local library to read the rest, but I know I went to the library anyway – whether it was to finish reading or to have a second read – it was that good.

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It’s been a crazy, crazy weekend and half-of-week! I haven’t written in quite a few days because I was working late on Friday night as well as Monday night, and over the weekend I spent Saturday photographing The Blurst of Times Festival in Sydney. Not to mention I’ve had some very late (up to 3am) nights going through the 1400 photos I took that day. You can check out my photo gallery at Casual Band Blogger, but I’ll probably be sharing some later this week, too.

Lil and I caught up last Friday but since it was the first time having lunch again, we did it this week too. We spent a long time chatting since she had more time, and I wasn’t too busy either.

The Place

We were going to go to a new burger eatery near our workplaces but it hadn’t opened yet. There were rumours of a “soft launch” but they weren’t letting members of the public in. It officially opens on Friday, so we’ll probably try it another day. Instead, we went to Sushi Hotaru, which has two restaurants in the city. All sushi is $3 a plate, and they also sell sides (edamame! edamame! edamame!) and desserts.

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