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The Five Month Hiatus

I am flabbergasted that the last time I updated Hans’ Milieu was just under five months ago. In fact, I am appalled that I have neglected you – my fellow readers and the blog itself, which I regard as the online extension of my living entity – for so long.

So much has happened over the last several months that it would be almost impossible to detail it all in a single post. I will eventually get to updating my milieu, but until then here is a brief account of the major events that have transpired:

  • I am another year older.
  • I have almost finished my Masters – something I am both excited and anxious about.
  • I am a now Mac user – who would have thought?!
  • I have made wonderful new friends.
  • I have grown stronger emotionally, mentally and, most importantly, spiritually.
  • I am still single.
  • The Upper Palatte is making a glorious return – beginning again in August.
  • I have started a website for video games and technology: Vamers – officially launching in October.
  • One of my Tweets went viral.
  • I am committed to going from Flab to Fab by December this year – just in time for Summer.

I will attempt to update as often as possible, at least once a week from this day forward, but my education comes first. So until my Masters is complete I will be unable to update as frequently as I would like. Only a few months to go!

Until the next time Milieunairs!

102 Random Facts About Me

102 Random Facts Aboutt Me (Meme Badge) Everyone who reads my blog knows of my affinity for numbers.

So it is of no surprise that when my fellow Twitter friends, @RubyLetters and @JessicaMcD, tweeted about their blog posts entitled ‘102 Random Facts About Me’; that I would instantly feel compelled to join in on this fun and revealing new Internet meme.

In celebration of what will no doubt be quite a momentous task (just think about how hard it is to think of 5 interesting things about yourself, never mind 102), I have created the ‘102 Random Facts About Me’ blogger badge. This badge will be awarded to anyone who can successfully write 102 things about themself. If you can complete the task, chances are quite good that you will receive a badge.

Without further ado, I present to you, ‘102 Random Facts About Me’.

New Years Resolutions for 2010

2010 - Happy New Year Can you believe that it is 2010? We are already a decade into the ‘new’ millennium.

To mark this special year, which also happens to be divisible by 5 and you all know how much I love numbers, I have committed myself to 10 resolutions for this new year.

I actually had a grand plan of revealing each resolution on each new day of the first 10 days of the new year via Twitter. Unfortunately, this did not work out as planned. Nevertheless, this is the long awaited and eventual blog post to sum everything up. Without further ado, I present to you, my new years resolutions for 2010:

Becoming a Melbournian, one step at a time.

Cow Up a Tree - Docklands, Melbourne It certainly has been ages since I last wrote a personal post. To be frank, I always find writing about myself to be the most difficult. Not because I do not have anything to write, as I often do, but because my most recent life events have been somewhat too personal in nature to share with the world. Now I know that those are the kind of stories that make blog’s thrive. However, I had to take a step back in order to protect those closest to me by abstaining from aggravating any and all gossipmongers. More out of respect than courtesy, mind you. One day I may reveal all that has happened, but only time will tell. For now though, I wish to focus on the future and what has been happening over the last week.

As I have mentioned before, I have been neglecting the personal posts with which my blog was originally built on. Believe me, I actually feel bad about it. I love sharing my experiences, whether good or bad, and listening to people’s opinions. Or lack thereof. Consequently I will attempt to revive the personal aspect of Hans’ Milieu.

Okay, a quick recap of the last week:

Hans Haupt - Melbourne Nov 2009 I am actually in Melbourne, Australia, at the moment. I arrived last week Monday. The flight was pleasant with a total travel time of around 16 hours (including transit and flight times from Sydney to Melbourne). Actually, I wonder why there are no direct flight to Melbourne? Considering that the flight has to fly over Melbourne anyway. Very odd. However I have heard that Virgin will be flying direct to Melbourne from next year. Thank heavens for that as it will make travelling just that much better.

For those who are unfamiliar with my families ‘Australian’ history, all you you really need to know is that we have been planning on immigrating for the last 8 years. Well not really ‘planning’ per se, more like procrastinating. This year, however, I finally had enough of all of the indecision and took matters into my own hands. Thus I kindly told my parents, in the nicest way possible, that, if we could afford it, I would like to continue my Masters and Doctoral studies at Monash University in Australia. A logical move, considering that I am a Monash University Alumnus and already paying exorbitant international student rates, since that was the only way for me to be able to do my Masters at Monash University in South Africa. As a result I am currently enrolled as a Master’s student at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne, via external candidature (which allows me to stay in South Africa). Unfortunately, it is as complicated as it sounds.

Hans and Terrence - Melbourne Nov 2009 Considering my current academic situation and our continued, but never fruitful, desire to begin a new life in Australia, it makes perfect sense for me to spearhead our Australian move. However, it is proving to be quite a lot harder than we originally anticipated. More so in terms of finding a place to live than actually obtaining entrance to the country (for me anyway). Subsequently, the last week has been focussed on finding me a place to stay while I am in Australia pursuing my studies. Needless to say, ‘house hunting’ is incredibly tedious and rather tiring especially since options are rather limited, courtesy of the strengthening Australian dollar and constantly weak South African Rand. Regardless, I do have hope that we will find a moderate place in a respectable location.

In other news I spent some time with my cousin Terrence, who is currently in Australia via Monash University’s undergraduate study abroad program, I managed to watch New Moon (review coming soon), got tickets to Britney Spears’ Circus Tour for this coming Friday *school girl scream* and have generally been having a wonderful time in Melbourne; further experiences that I will continue to write about when I have the time.

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

 

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Officially 24: Where has the time gone?

Officially 24: Where has the time gone?

It is once again that time of year. A time of the year which proudly salutes how many years one has existed as well as serving as a macabre reminder of the time one has left. Above all, however, one’s birthday offers an unbarred opportunity to let loose and party until the sun comes up!

Today I will be spending the day with my beautiful parents and most likely end up shopping up a storm. This evening my folks and myself will eat out and most likely watch a newly released blockbuster. Tomorrow night, however, is when the real party begins! I will spill all the juicy details on Sunday but, if you are curious for a hint as to what we will be doing, click here.

In honour of my 24th birthday, I will post 20 useless interesting facts of life as well as four juicy morsels of information about myself, for a total of 24 pieces of information.

‘20’ Facts of life:

  1. According to a recent survey, more Americans lose their virginity in June than any other month.
  2. An eyelash lives for about 5 months.
  3. An Octopus has 3 hearts.
  4. A whale’s penis is called a dork.
  5. An ear of corn always has an even number of rows because of the genetic formula which divides the cells.
  6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
  7. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
  8. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
  9. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.
  10. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
  11. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  12. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  13. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
  14. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
  15. The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  16. A blind chameleon still changes colours to match the environment.
  17. "Typhlobasia" is the practice of closing one’s eyes when kissing.
  18. The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  19. A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles (200 kilometres)per hour.
  20. Every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

‘4’ Facts of Hans Haupt:

  1. I have three beauty spots on my face.
  2. I have a five centimetre long scar at the back of my head, obtained when I slipped while getting out of the bath as a child.
  3. I cannot bend my left thumb without bending all of my other fingers on the same hand.
  4. I am still a Virgin and not ashamed or embarrassed to admit it.

I hope you enjoyed my birthday post and that you will stop by again soon for a full recap of ‘Hans’ Brady Bunch Birthday Bash’!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

 

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