Chinese Massage

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One of my favourite ways to indulge myself is to get a cheap massage from one of those Chinese massage places that have popped up everywhere all over Adelaide. I say “cheap” but it’s not really. Although a five minute neck massage only costs $5, anything decent like Head, Shoulders, Back or a Foot massage can cost from $20 to $60. It’s an indulgence that’s not dissimilar to splurging on a really fantastic meal – it’s worth it while it lasts, but it’s over too soon.

My favourite Chinese massage place used to be the one in City Cross Arcade. When I worked at Sumo Salad I would go there all too often. My biggest spend was probably a foot massage. Unfortunately, these kind of massage joints never look very busy and my favourite place closed down months ago. I think too many of these places have opened up. This town doesn’t have a big enough population of people with aching backs who are willing to spend money so that they can be vigorously poked and rubbed while the obligatory Richard Clayderman CD plays in the background.

Does anyone remember Richard Clayderman? It may well be that I am only familiar with his brand of crassly sentimental lounge piano music because my parents used to be Chinese restaurant owners, therefore exposing me to such tastelessness from an early age.

Anyhow, while being rubbed and prodded I somehow do not mind listening to the soft strains of schmaltzy piano music. The worst though, is that on the off chance that the massage is too hard for my taste, I’m can’t bring myself to ask to have it softer. I feel like once I’ve requested a massage, I am then required to simply take what I’m given. Hard massages are good though, they’re more relaxing and effective in the end.

By the way, check out the above picture. Look how the skin is all bulgey! It looks fucking intense but I really want to try it.



It’s school holidays and uni holidays at the moment, but it hasn’t felt like a holiday because if I don’t plan a decent amount of practice into my day I start having nervous palpitations. Well today I thought “to hell with that” and gave myself a day off. Lounged around in my cosy pink dressing gown, didn’t shower til well into the afternoon, read a large chunk of a book that’s been patiently waiting to be read for some weeks, DIYed a chain harness, made a vegetarian lasagne and walked the dog!

For some reason I find it incredibly hard to resist buying books. Same goes for stationery. Officeworks and Borders, mmmmmmm…… I always buy books and then don’t have time to read them. The book I sank my teeth into today was “Tales of Earthsea” by Ursula Le Guin, one of my favourite authors of all time. My love of fantasy and sci-fi novels hearkens back to days of teenager-dom, and although I’ve mainly outgrown this nerdy habit, certain quality authors still retain a special place in my heart. As far as I’m concerned, Ursula Le Guin and Robin Hobb (another favourite) don’t just write fantasy/sci-fi fiction, they write fantasy/sci-fi literature. Ahem.

Poor Bear Bear doesn’t get walked nearly as much as he should. But he doesn’t make things easy. A decent walk can’t be achieved unless two people go, myself and Little Brother. When Bear was young he would get freaked out by other pedestrians, lawnmowers, the sound of traffic from several roads away, etc, and simply WOULD NOT walk any further. I think middle age has made him calmer, but he’s still fucking difficult. Currently he is curled up on a cushion on the floor in front of the heater.

Yesterday, after much initial fail, I set up my keyboard as a midi device. I’ve been teaching myself to use Reason by reading the “Getting Started” file. I had much success yesterday. Turns out it’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Also I am excited by keyboard + laptop + software = soooo many possibilities for production, recording, performing.

Speaking of which, the album my band have been working on is nearly done. We had our (hopefully) last mixing session in the studio this week. Next up is mastering and artwork/photos, then finally, pressing. I am hurrah because this has been dragging out for so long and I am feeling quite distanced from the project. Hm, well not to say it’s taken longer than it should have to make the album, I think next time will take even longer, but instead of having the time between recording and the finished mix drag out so long, it would be better imo to spend more time in pre-production and recording and less time mixing. Nonetheless, I really love all aspects of recording. And I really love performing and I get to do that next week, woot!

Tonight I am going to a party and I can already tell it’s going to be good because now I’m in a heaps good mood from recounting my day and stuff I’ve been doing. Makes me realise I quite like my life.


“A melody has no harmonies of its own, just as a landscape has no colours of its own. The harmonic possibilities for a melody are endless, since the melody is an idiom within an idiom.”

– Erik Satie