Obligatory First Day of School Photo

OK, here they are, the obligatory first day of school photos!!! 

Emily starts Year 11 VCE with a focus on Physics, Chemistry, Geography, PE, Math and English.  Workload cannot be that hard as she appears to have most of Thursday off with free periods Winking smile

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Gold for MLC Reds – Division 3 Rowing–Ballarat Regatta

Em’s second Rowing Regatta was last Saturday on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. The workload was upped as this was a full 2km course with more clubs in attendance and heavy cross winds causing all boats difficulties.  But despite all this the MLC Reds still took out Gold once again in Division 3.


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The setting on Lake Wendouree was beautiful as we got to see them cross the finish line and then come back down, right in front of us, to get their boats out of the water.

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I watch the finish of the Schoolgirls Division 3 to see MLC Red get Gold. Then later in afternoon for the U19’s Women I put on my running gear to take in the 5km run around the lake and watch them at start, half way into my run.

With the wind the start was chaos as many boats struggled to turn and line up being pushed by the wind.

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Bruce Springsteen Live at AAMI Park Melbourne

Dragged Emily along to a classic rock concert last night as we took to the mosh pit for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s first Summer ‘17 Melbourne Concert at AAMI Park.

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The house was packed and I think Emily was amazed to see him play non-stop for two and a half hours…switching guitars to start the next song while the band was playing out the previous.

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A highlight was definitely as he roamed the mosh pit and stopped just meters from us to push out “Glory Days.”

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Plus the legendary ballads with a serene setting of just The Boss and his Voice.

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Twenty Nine songs in all with a dynamic Encore where he came out, lights went up and we all danced to classics such as Born to Run and Dancing in the Dark and a great adaptation of Shout and then Twist and Shout to finish.

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South Melbourne Market

Melbourne has a number of great Markets many of which I have written about – Prahan, Queen Victoria, Camberwell etc. Each has their own characteristics that makes them an experience to visit.  For the South Melbourne Market the experience is definitely the oyster shucking and some of the little cafes it has dotted around the outside.

There are two places that sell oysters freshly shucked for eating there and then. My favorite is Aptus Seafoods which is in the middle of the seafood lane.

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When Kerrie and I were there last month we also stumbled on the Happy Place. This little gem of a café had a range of healthy and wellness drinks and snacks.  Having had several doses of caffeine for the day and with a full stomach of oysters, it was a change to go for a Turmeric Warmer which was a hot drink of Turmeric, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Black Pepper and Coconut Milk.

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There are many other great cafes.  My advice is stay away from their food court as it is nothing special and make sure you explore the cafes around the outside of the Market facing the streets.

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Pudu Market – Kuala Lumpur

A trip to Pudu Market is always an adventure and a must for anyone new to or visiting Kuala Lumpur.  Chow Kit used to be our go to Market to shock visitors but with all the construction going on it is no longer what it was.  Pudu Market however is still in fine form!!!

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Fish Heads and Chicken Feet…yum yum!!!

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A Pet Store had some beautiful fish…

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If I am in Kuala Lumpur for a weekend then I will often, on a Saturday morning, get a Taxi to Pudu Market and then afterwards spend the day walking back via Berjaya Times Square on to Low Yat Plaza and then through the many other malls on Jalan Bukit Bintang. 

This is an easy walk of a few kilometers that will show you the real Kuala Lumpur. You cannot really get lost because you can always see the city as you walk the streets around Pudu and towards Berjay Times Square,

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Ocean Grove Sea Snails

Taking Emily and my nieces (Lilly and Bella) down to Barwon Heads beautiful 13th Beach to collect Sea Snails is not the typical Australian thing to do.  But after having had got hooked on Sea Snails in Vietnam recently I thought it was worth gathering some local snails and cooking them myself.

We had a great time walking along the beach and collecting the large sea snails from under the rocks and in crevices.

I steamed them simply in olive oil, garlic, chili and white wine for 15 minutes, given their large size.

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Em tried one but found them too chewy for her braces…

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Barwon Rowing Regatta

Em’s first big Rowing Regatta was yesterday where she went head to head with other rowers for the first time at the Barwon Regatta in Geelong.  She represented MLC Red (Division 3) Team in Number 6 Seat, Stroke Side.

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They took out the medal for Female School Eight Open Division 3. The video is them in action in Heat One…


…and then later receiving their medals.

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The final they won by a clear boat length as you can see by the below photo where second place (blue boat) is just on the edge of the picture.

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It was a beautiful day, sunny but not too hot, as we all enjoyed relaxing on the bank and watching the races. Em had a full fan base with her Jido (grandfather), Aunty and two Cousins plus Kerrie and myself.

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