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

20170202I7 01 Em First Day Year 1120170202I7 04 Em First Day Year 11

Posted in Emily, MLC | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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.

 

20170204N 96 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta20170204N 101 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta

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.

20170204N 60 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta20170204N 08 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta

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.

20170204N 38 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta

20170204N 88 Em Rowing - Ballarat Regatta

Posted in Emily, MLC, Sport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

20170202I7 16 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne

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.

20170202I7 20 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne

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

20170202I7 23 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne20170202I7 24 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne

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

20170202I7 36 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne

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.

20170202I7 39 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne20170202I7 37 Bruce Springsteen Melbourne

Posted in Entertainment, Melbourne | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

20170114I7 04 South Melbourne Market20170114I7 02 South Melbourne Market

20170114I7 01 South Melbourne Market20170114I7 03 South Melbourne Market

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.

20170114I7 09 South Melbourne Market20170114I7 06 South Melbourne Market 

20170114I7 05 South Melbourne Market20170114I7 07 South Melbourne Market

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.

Posted in Food, Melbourne | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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!!!

20170121I7 10 Pudu Market - KL

20170121I7 14 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 02 Pudu Market - KL

Fish Heads and Chicken Feet…yum yum!!!

20170121I7 08 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 09 Pudu Market - KL

20170121I7 04 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 06 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 07 Pudu Market - KL

A Pet Store had some beautiful fish…

20170121I7 17 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 18 Pudu Market - KL

20170121I7 20 Pudu Market - KL20170121I7 19 Pudu Market - KL

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,

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

20170127I7 02 Sea Snails - Ocean Grove20170127I7 03 Sea Snails - Ocean Grove

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

20170127I7 04 Sea Snails - Ocean Grove

Posted in Food, Ocean Grove | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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.

20170128N 72 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

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.

20170128I7 65 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

20170128N 131 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta20170128N 126 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

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.

20170128N 36 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

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.

20170128N 60 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

20170128N 82 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta20170128N 105 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

20170128N 45 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

20170128I7 08 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta20170128I7 16 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

20170128I7 31 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta20170128I7 29 Red Crew - Emily - Barwon Regatta

Posted in Emily, MLC, Sport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment