Probably one of the best purchases I made last year was getting a Stanley Thermos for only $35 at Costco. It’s only been in recent times where I’ve began to use it during our random adventures and it’s proved to be a winner. Generally we just tend to kick back somewhere and probably get a coffee afterwards depending on how tired we were.
I’ve told Raye that one of my goals is to slowly accumulate items over the years for my adventure kit, akin to Lynh’s boot. The idea is you’ll be stocked up hence if you were to go on a random roadtrip you’d have all the necessities required. Cup noodles, utensils, picnic blankets and tea… What more do you need?
I took Age to the playground in Point Cook one night since most of the guys were busy/lazy to do something. With hot water in the thermos, tea and some instant cappuccino for him - he says it’s better than Panna’s (Pancake Parlour) - we sat at the top of the playground and made a refreshing brew whilst talking the night away. It’s been something he’s wanted to do again which, to his delight, happened last Saturday with Jam and Peter.
Funnily enough being at a park late on a Saturday night you’re guranteed to see some underage teenagers drinking some mixed alcohol beverages. As we looked on at these teenagers it suddenly hit us: that was us a decade ago. Mind you these ‘drinkups’ usually happened when we had a barbeque at the local park with Cruisers/Bourbon & Cola in stock back when we were twee little 15/16 year olds. Still, that was enough to send shivers down my spines.
And here we were, sipping tea and coffee whilst they run amuck. Yep, we’re definitely growing up.
Human Nature – When You Say You Love Me [Album Version] (14 plays)
Human Nature | When You Say You Love Me
Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Human Nature Tribute
I like being surprised when it comes to music. There’s nothing better than finding some sort of tidbit that can alter your perception of a song, generally for the better of course. Sometimes it ranges from discovering the true themes of a song, who the song was orginally written for or the fact it’s a cover (that generally seems to be the case).
Once I found out Darren Hayes wrote this song, it all just clicked. The melody and lyrics just seemed to exude that Savage Garden feel and surprisingly it doesn’t ruin it. Hell, I feel like I’ve learnt to appreciate it even more because of it.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m the most nostalgic/sentimental one of the group. This very blog is in essence me trying to document all the adventures and activities I get up to with my close friends. I honestly don’t know how I seem to remember a lot of these events/details especially when it comes to specific songs being played at the time but I figure it makes the moments feel much more powerful since there’s a soundtrack to it.
Nevertheless someone once told me I may be trying too hard to keep the group together by organising all these events rather than letting it happen naturally. It’s a statement I don’t exactly agree with though. Understandably sometimes the role of organiser falls down on me, whether I want it to or not. But that all fades to the background when you realise these are the things that you’ll cherish in years to come. Who knows how long our group will stay together: we always joke about still having our drinkups/parties well into our later years to the point we’ll live on the same street and all our kids will hang out with one another.
I know, it’s all wishful thinking. The true reality is, sooner or later, we will drift off eventually. Still, I like to believe that if that is case we’ll all have a wealth of memories to reminisce and laugh about as the years go by. And funnily enough, this song seems to encapsulate it all.
Strangely enough you can’t find the original music video for this song on YouTube but instead this version with Holly Valance in it. Not that there’s much difference only now it’s intercut with shots of her getting dressed and ramping up the sex appeal. Turns out (with a bit of research) that Human Nature appeared on Neighbours during that time and this was a way to crossover since Holly happened to be one of the stars on it during that time.
For a boyband pop song of the early 00’s, this one surprisingly has alot more emotion compared to other tunes out during that time. Personally, I still get shivers everytime I hear them scream ‘NOOOOOOOOO’ after the chorus. So much intensity and passion, it’s not often you hear it come through in a song like this.