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February 1, 2010

We celebrate my first proper paycheck.

I take Badger to Cream in East Perth. He is very impressed with how it looks – dark chocolates and reds, furry walls, pretty waitresses all dolled up. Even the water pitchers are fancy-schmancy.

I hardly notice the decor. My attention is dominated by the prices on the menu. I mentally calculate how much dinner for two will cost and narrowly escape cardiac arrest. I suppose I can afford the fine dining experience now that I’m working full-time. But it’s a far cry from my not-so-long-ago student days when splashing out on a meal meant getting a KFC Ultimate Burger Meal instead of a Snack Box.

At least the dim lighting is good for hiding the cold sweat beading my brow.

Nevertheless, I find that I am enjoying myself quite a bit. True, the red cardboard box with its clever foldable sides is sorely missed. But the waitresses are unobtrusively attentive and I can’t stop finger-combing the wall.

We ease into the idea of entrees that don’t require chicken salt and sauce (60¢ extra). Instead, the bread here contains the sweat and tears of pious monks. Salty, yet tasty! Especially when accompanied by champagne paté. Disappointingly lacking fizz but it definitely beats chicken gravy, being so creamily delicious that it’s difficult to refrain from plunging our faces into the pot.

By the time my crispy roast pork belly arrives, I am ready to marry it and have little pork crackling babies. Across the table, Badger is actually finishing his greens, testament to how happy he is with his dish. The veggies didn’t even have to be chopped up and hidden in his lamb!

When we start on dessert, my cup of joy begins to overflow. But it dries up all too quickly when I think about the impending bill. It looms threateningly in my mind like an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction.

I consider doing a runner. The waitresses are all wearing heels so we can definitely outrun them. If we split up once we’re out the door, that’ll make us even harder to catch. Plus being Asian is a bonus for me because we all look the same (pity this isn’t Northbridge). Badger will just have to fend for himself.

I lean across to whisper the plan into Badger’s ear. But just then, his coffee arrives with a chocolate truffle for me. The truffle sits on a bit of paper that looks oddly out-of-place. And when I pick it up, I realise why. It looks exactly like Chinese funeral paper money – to roll up into ‘gold ingots’ and burn for relatives in the afterworld.

It’s lucky I recognise the warning I’ve just been delivered. Obviously, I’m more transparent than I thought.

I decide to pay the bill.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Dad permalink
    February 1, 2010 8:57 pm

    This is sad. First paycheck and take bf out for dinner. What about Mum N Dad?

    • February 7, 2010 8:08 am

      V happy to take my beloved parents out too. Let me know when you’ll be in Perth. :p

  2. Carrot permalink
    February 2, 2010 9:30 pm

    Hehehe..I see jealousy everywhere! Yeah…what about mom and dad? and sisters? and…err…the ever so loving and supportive friend here? :p Anyway, I was just going to drop you a msg on facebook to ask if you’ve joined us here in the manic world, but then I decided to come read your blog…WELCOME!! 😀 catch up soon, you’ve been too quiet. being busy at work is not an excuse! 😉 Take care, dear! xx

    • February 7, 2010 8:11 am

      Hahaha, same goes! I’m v happy to take you out for dinner, just let me know once you’ve booked a ticket to get here!

      Thanks darling, I’m definitely enjoying the working world. Will send an email soon! You take care too dearie!

  3. February 3, 2010 6:33 pm

    Seriously you need to blog more. This is really awesome stuff.

    And a lesson I learnt, NEVER tell anybody when you get a pay rise or when you are confirmed at your job – you will be expected to repeat the whole she-bang!

    • February 7, 2010 8:12 am

      Haha fanks, vincent. Maybe I should have put self-discipline down as a resolution this year. 😀

      Lol, lesson learnt! Pity it was only after publicly announcing it on the internet!

  4. March 30, 2010 12:41 am

    Ooohhh, you are the second person that’s raved to me about Cream!

    Hmm, when my cheapness takes a holiday I will try to sneak in to Cream without it finding out. Pork belly here I come!

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