Archive for June, 2007

My Shared Flat 2

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

My two sofa chairs

So, as I was saying two months ago, I’m renting my own flat in Ultimo. The special thing though is that I’m renting a unit in the exact same building as my previous shared flat. It’s just another unit located on an upper level but still with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, restroom, kitchen and huge living room. Living there actually feels like returning home after having spent the previous two months in the World Tower.

Call me a nostalgic if you want but I really like this place. This suburb is very close to the CBD but still quiet and it’s full of good ol’ memories. A group of Canadian travellers was living there before and they generously sold me their furniture. All of them were surprisingly studying or working in IT or a domain with some tight bounds with it. Australia really needs more IT people as one can see.

Thanks to some incredible fate or luck, the furniture I bought from them was actually the same as in my previous shared flat. It’s as if they bought it from my last main renter! That gave to my place an even stronger home feeling.

When I was living in Paris, I had been mostly living by myself, renting my own studio. It’s a very comfortable solution and I have to thanks my parents for that. A good thing with living alone is that you get the feeling of freedom straight away. You can do whatever you want except, maybe, when your neighbours yell at you to stop playing piano after 3am. However, someone like me tends to convert this freedom into some sort of lazyness and the flat turns into a real mess in no time. Moreover, living alone in a flat can become a sore experience. It’s not a long time after that one starts feeling this uneasy sensation of being alone in a huge place (however small it is). I’m often thinking that it’s the reason why people try to get a pet. Well, in my case, I was always having some music playing on my computer to fill this awkward silence.

I’m telling you that experience of mine because it explains actually how good was the shared flat experience to me. It’s something that I’d always recommend, not only to feel less alone at home, that’s not its only benefit. To my mind, it’s an excellent way to find yourself confronted to others in ways you wouldn’t have expected (at least for me).

Maybe I’ll speak about that later, if the need to do so occurs. Anyway, you’ll understand easily why I was so keen to start my own shared flat, which is like exploring the other side of the mirror. Fortunately, I’m able to afford paying a flat of this level, so I could easily take my time to look for sharemates and equip the premises. I was wrong, for the former at least.

Picture of my kitchen
The kitchen, american style

The sharemates

I started to rent this flat on the 30th of April just after the departure of the Canadians. A good surprise was that they left us numerous things including some mattresses, a blanket, three pillows, a full set of cutlery, dishes, pans, glasses, and the best for the end: a printer and a wireless router! That’s what I call a welcomed surprise :)

My first flatmate is an Australian-born Chinese/Vietnamese friend I met a few days before Christmas Eve. She’s studying English litterature and cinema. If you can picture the Dawson-type girl watching old b/w movies that nobody (of her age) has heard of, she’s not too far from that, but in a cooler form of course. Like most Australian students, she borrowed money from the bank to pay for her school fees and has to work part-time. Her job, though, is unusual. She’s working for a company sending representatives to meet households occupiers and convince them to replace their standard light bulbs by energy efficient ones. By doing this, people are supposedly consuming less electricity, meaning that they require less carbon emissions for producing their electricity. That diminution of carbon production is then sold by the company on a national carbon reduction market. I am not personally convinced that converting an ecologic move for a sustainable environment into a rational market model is the way to go. I just hope it will pay for the environment as much as it seems to pay financially.

About two weeks later, I found my second flatmate: a Chilian cable TV reporter that is having a year off in Australia to discover the country, the language and the inhabitants (with an particular focus about the latter). He’s really cool minded and likes to cook like crazy (however, there’s some excess of coolness about the cleaning job that I need to formalise very soon). He’s currently working as a construction worker but it’s only because he’s just started to learn English. However, that didn’t prevent him from finding a Spanish-speaking German girlfriend. Life’s good heh.

Later on, I found the last sharemate as being an Indian business analyst that has been relocated in Sydney in order to work here and liaise with the company’s outsourced departments in India and Singapore, and wherever they are. He’s vegetarian like my Australian flatmate which makes dinners interesting and unique occurences. One could say, with a lot of prejudice I have to admit, that vegetarian food is just cutting everything into pieces, adding spices and just frying/steaming/baking the resulting product. However, nothing is farther from the truth. It’s still honestly good and tasty on most occasions (note that exceptions do happen).

Well, that’s it, now, you got a better idea of what my new sharedflat is.

Good nigh’ 8~)

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Nom d’un chien!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Je trouvais deja marrant que quelqu'un puisse s'appeller Jacky Chang comme l'acteur du meme nom.

Mais la, que vois-je ?!

Quelqu'un qui s'appelle Chien !
C'est assez etonnant mais bon, on peut vivre avec. Sauf que le prenom du prenomme est Pluto !

Je sais, c'est pas tres fin mais ca m'a fait tellement rire que ca le valait bien. ^^;

Pluto, Chien

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