"I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself."
- Joseph Conrad

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Guess who's getting her first Herve Leger?

6 month update

I remember blogging everyday in London (because there was so much to blog about as I was always travelling and on the go).

And now look at me, barely blogging at all!

Well, it's been six months since the move to Melbourne and it has been better but I do miss the friends in Brisbane. It's always something isn't it? We are never content, and are perpetually in search of our personal utopia.

Speaking of utopia, that was rudely disrupted this week:

My sentiments completely! Furthermore, she's standing in front of the chinese takeaway shop I used to frequent on lazy nights in London.

My cousin and her fiancee were part of the throng of do-gooders who were in this pic with their brooms trying to clean up Clapham Junction, my home for three blissful years.

But you know, I'd still go back to London. Every city has its bad side, and riots in London? Rare, to be honest. Paris, Athens riots anyone?

And as the picture above demonstrates, where evil lurks there will also be goodness.

Hang in there Londonders, you're a resilient lot.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


So I start my new job in Melbourne on Monday. I went into the head office on Friday to say hi to the Director of Pharmacy and the head of HR before nipping into the city to have lunch with Crystal, a former colleague at APHS.

I was quite happy to hear from HR that included in my three week orientation was a sit down with her as well as the CEO, making sure I knew EVERYTHING there was to know about the company. This would be followed by a 2 week leadership course they are putting me on.

Wow, nice.

Still, it's a little daunting to know you'll be in-charge of all the pharmacists at a 900-bed hospital as well as their services in a hospital in another suburb. I find out the full scale of my responsibilities on Monday!

Aside from work, the new apartment is alright, albeit smaller than my 5 bedroom place in Brisbane. A little sad to be leaving my house! Definitely not sad about leaving the garden or the pool, but miss all my things.

Missing my uncle and auntie too, who kindly drove ALL the way to Melbourne with me in my car! We stayed with Aunt Teresa's sister in Sydney overnight and then spent another 10 hours driving to Melbourne from Sydney. I've been tremendously lucky to have an uncle and an aunt who look out for me so much! They even bought me a dining table set for the apartment as a house-warming present and stocked my fridge up! I tried paying them back but they wouldn't hear of any of it. I joked that I was like their spare child (my cousins are 15 and 16!).

My apartment block, 90 different apartments in all. I've found the women in the block to be particularly indifferent and unfriendly, but the men have been really friendly! Not sure if this is a Melbournian trait...

The lap pool, which in reality is probably only 20 metres long! The gym has about 7 machines? For 90 apartments this is small!

Someone's shot of Bridge Road where I live. Factory outlets galore, and frequented by different tram lines: great for pedestrians but hell for drivers everywhere!

Not just any factory outlets, but Sass & Bide, Witchery, CUE, Country Road, Espirit, Portmans etc. And just down from here? Chapel Street shopping! I haven't been tempted though, can't be with a mortgage to worry about and the rent for this place!

The nicest thing about Melbourne so far? Their period architecture.

Tomorrow: St Kilda! :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

December so far

A birthday treat, a 2 hour spa session at Endota. All I wanted was a massage, because the body wrap was rubbish really. Honey and yoghurt body wraps are sooo uncomfortable.

With Lily and Mary at a Korean barbeque before they flew off for Xmas in Taiwan

With my brother and the parentals for my birthday dinner in Darra. Best chilli mud crabs in Brisbane!

Aunt, uncle and cousins

My fav dish!

With the flatmate too!

The boys at the table

The family at Palazzo Versace

High tea at Versace

Breakfast at Mount Cootha overlooking Brisbane

Monday, December 6, 2010

Melbourne trip

I must say with all the stuff that's been going on at work lately, blogging isn't quite as enticing as it used to be when I was in London travelling as far as my funds would carry me.

Now it's all about passive-aggressive power plays at work, which is draining. Nothing gets done and everyone has to sit down and analyse situations when it wouldn't have happened in the first place if they did their job and stopped whinging.

ANYWAY, one of the perks of work is that they send me places. In this instance they paid for my trip to Melbourne. I arrived a few days earlier to spend time with my friends prior to going to the Clinical Oncologial Society of Australia's conference. If you have no idea what that is, don't worry, it's not the point of this post!

Dinner on the first night was at Gordon Ramsey's Maze Restaurant

As expected the decor was pretty. What is it with all the good restaurants in Australia needing to have open kitchens?

The portions were designed with supermodel diets in mind!

This was my main dish! As the waiter put it down I exclaimed 'So small!' much to my friends' laughter. 'High class restaurant, oi!' I said 'High class in London not this small lah!'

A$45 for fish. Tasted nice though.

High school friends from Kuching! I know I look sloppy, but I had been up since 6am!

Desserts of chocolate mud cake, chocolate ice cream and Eton's Mess (mangoes instead of strawberries). Also minute but tasty

Brunch the next day was at Hellenic Republic, owned by George Calombari, a culinary superstar in Australia even before the Masterchef series.

He's the baldie on the left

Again, an open kitchen! Well at least you know they can't spit in your food without you watching.

The waiter was a bit shy, or probably thought I was crazy.

Can you tell it's a Greek restaurant? Lovely blue-tiled table.

My hosts in Melbourne, Rob and Jo!

With Vera, who organised the brunch. Vera used to carry me everywhere when I was 2! She was my neighbour in Kuching, so it was great to see her again after all this time!

With Vera's two cuties, Lucas and Riley

Rob and his brekkie. Rob was the South Australian winner for a culinary competition held in Australia in... 2007? He wanted to join Masterchef but because he already had worked in a restaurant as a chef he couldn't qualify :(

So now... he's a financial analyst! Hehe.

Jo's brekkie

This is what happens when you buy from a chain store, in this case, Sportsgirl! We even had matching shoes, albeit in different colours (from Witchery). She turned out to be a Malaysian girl called Joanna, and I met her again two nights later at a chocolate place in the city.

Jo and particularly Rob, are very artsy people so when in Melbourne we visit vintage furniture shops. This one had this dildo contraption for sale, formerly from the Amsterdam Museum of Sex!

Jo's had her nails done for three years running now, and they looked awesome so I decided to be a copycat and got the same ones! A bit impractical but so pretty.

Walking to The Press Club for dinner, when the Hillary Clinton motorcade drove past! Hmm, which car would she be in...

Also owned by George Calombari, The Press Club is the best restaurant in Melbourne and one of the best in Australia.

The menu

My AWESOME grade 9 Wagyu steak. *heaven*

Jo's fish, which was also cooked to perfection

Rob's lamb, which is their signature dish

Amazing Aphrodite dessert! Featured on the tv show, minus the dry ice effect :(

Rob's Rocky Road dessert

Muh dessert!

Fooling around with our nails, see I told you I copied her, literally!

On the final night, dinner with cousins :)

Yep, this one's related to me! Haha, nah we're all good.

Right before going back to Brisbane, one last lunch with the childhood friends!