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.
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.
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
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!