Sunday, October 15, 2006

Another Leap

I survived the bungy jump. That's the most important thing today.
And I had a *super* day yesterday. Nice weekend all round...
Friday night I got shouted a big platter of fried duck and wayyy too much beer at a late dinner with Olivia (who lives in my building and works at my sister-school) and her boyfriend Ken. The placed had closed but that didn't stop Ken ordering more and more longnecks. Nice.
Saturday Ethan and I planned to knock another something off THE LIST which was a flower market. Ethan was running late so I spent 10 minutes discovering a second-hand clothes market that was massive... Heaps of people with newspaper or blankets spread out and piles of shoes, daggy clothes or junk piled up. When Ethan appeared we explored it a little more and I made a significant purchase:: more blue shoes!! These ones were 3000 (4bux). Best price yet. Though I mayyyyy have compromised a little on style.



We got fed and I caught up on Ethan's trip and stuff and then realised that the cut flower part of the market would be closed by the time we walked there. Fuckit. So we headed off anyways, not sure what we would find. There were a bunch of warehouses and greenhouses which we wandered into and found some kind of floristry school where there were maybe 100 students at desks in a big space with tiered seating around. They all had baskets of flowers and there was a panel of what looked like judges half asleep at the back of the room. It was amazing. I took some zenit photos so I'll have to wait to share that.
Mmm we wandered around the potted flower greenhouses and saw some calligraphy guys at work on ribbon banner things. Then we wandered and wandered, finding empty shopping centres, black rice ice-cream, people feckin staring constantly, a forest, a photo shoot, a memorial to a citizen's rebellion, and eventualllly, Jack's birthday present! That was the icing on the cake. I love Ethan for suggesting we check out just one more store before heading home.
Stayed in last night cos I was knackered and had to get up at 7.30am (on a Sunday!) to go bungy jumping with some
Korean girls. Maybe it's a cliche, but I think I discovered something about myself in doing the jump... I wasn't scared at all. And it was familiar, that feeling of everyone freaking out but me being all calm. Funny. I stress about stuff I oughtn't, and then something like that doesn't faze me. One of the girls we went with chickened out on the platform. And GyeongAh and HeyYoung both stalled, but I practically ran off. I saw stars and crapped myself a second into the air. And coming back down, I landed in a little dinghy, I couldn't stand, everything was jelly and a-quiver. A very strange feeling.



We headed to the closest restaurant for lunch... So hungry. Un/fortunately it was a Chinese onion restaurant so I think between the four of us we ate maybe a dozen onions. Yum-o. Briefly spoke to the girls about the nuclear test and they thought 'nothing to worry about' and said 'let's just enjoy now'. Ok, fine. Spoke to Dad yesterday as well and he seemed to think that unless I felt really uncomfortable, I shouldn't be racing back to the 'safety' of the antipodes.

7 comments:

jethan said...

love the girls take on it all: "nothing to worry about…let's just enjoy now". they're our new best friends. as of the shoes. its too bad you didn't lose them in the jump.

Rach said...

Those shoes are totally adorable. I am envious, as right when I've decided to jump on the canvas flat bandwagon they appear to have disappeared from the market. Sigh.

Bungy jumping sounds rad fun.

audrey said...

Rach, Target is about to become your best friend. Canvas shoes ahoy methinks.

mskp said...

jethan, I AM WITH YOU [and urge bonnie to defer to your sartorial wisdom]. honestly, what's next? velour trackshits? acrylic nails? maybe these nanna boat shoes are the platform sneakers of the new millenium...

Bonnie Conquest said...

KP, I'm wearing them today. First public outing. I think they're good for being a kinder teacher (which I am). It feels so weird to be short in these flats. And don't worry, I'll trash them soon enough. Cheap k-shoes have a lifespan ranging from oh, 2 weeks to four months tops.

K said...

Why are your toes pointing inwards? It's bad enough that male photographers infantalise women in this way without women doing it to themselves....

Bonnie Conquest said...

Mmm thanks K.
I was trying to get them aligned with the paint on the footpath.