The Adelaide Crows taking out the inaugural AFWL Grand Final today reminded me that I had not blogged about being able to attend the season opener and very first AFWL game with Carlton defeating Collingwood 7.4.46 to 1.5.11
Not only was it great to be watching this with Em (Moo was in India) to see her inspired by women’s sport but it was just fantastic to see a fully packed Princess Park (over 24,000 in attendance) and the gates having to be shut with people not being able to get in.
People were standing in the isles and on the stairs it was so packed and they were not disappointed because it was like watching a classic game of old. It was tough footy with strong tackles and the girls really getting into the action.
It was great to be a part of history and to see the Carlton girls win the first ever AFWL game. Was extra special to see this at a fully packed Princess Park.
It was a short first season with each team playing each other only once and then the top two into the Grand Final. Carlton did OK coming 4th out of 8 teams but in the end it was just great to see AFWL start and proud that Carlton fielded a team.
Last weekend was the Rowing Victoria Head of Schools Girls (HOSG) Championship. It was a huge 3 day weekend where both the junior and senior rowers came together for for the final rowing competition amongst the Victorian Schools.
MLC won the overall championship including MLC Red’s (with Emily) making their contribution as Open Division 3 Winners.
I managed to video the last 400 meters of the MLC Red final. They got the boat length lead early on and managed to hold it for the entire race, even picking up the pace to hold off the opposition surge in the final few hundred meters.
So proud of Em as her first year rowing and she has really embraced it with some great shots of her in action…she is seat 6 or 3rd from the cox (right).
Em exhausted after the final…
Now my challenge is to get her running and keep up the fitness for next year!!!
Sorting out some photos and I realised I have completely missed the blog entry for Em’s 16th Birthday which was last September.
As Kerrie was on a course and flat out, Em basically organised and prepared for her own party which was a casual affair at home with her MLC friends. My contribution was to lay low as a hidden chaperone while they ate and played games.
Em’s Watermelon Cake was pretty cool and all credit goes to her on this.
Kerrie still made a cake for Em, as she does each year, and this we had on her actual birthday two days later.
Local veteran Vietnamese fashion designer Si Hoang has created his latest ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) show at Ao Dai Exhibition in HCMC’s District 1, and last night I had the pleasure to attend.
The designer has regularly held ao dai performances for ten years now and these shows have made his reputation and stirred up local people’s interest.
The latest show is named “Am vang dat nuoc” (the echo of the country) with an aim to bring the special influence of ao dai for the audience understanding.
The show is made up of several parades of ao dai. One parade covers the history of ao dai and the influences on the long dress from French, War Time and contemporary design. While another parade showcases the ao dai from the mountains and its differences.
In between these parades are various pieces showcasing Vietnamese traditional musical instruments and songs.
The following video is an old stone xylophone…was amazing to see him work his way up and down these pieces of stone.
The following video is the k’ni, which is a fiddle like instrument used by the Jarai people in Vietnam. It is a bowed chordophone which uses the musician’s mouth as a resonator which enables the instrument to imitate certain qualities found in vocal music.
However my favorite was watching this woman play the t’rung (đàn T’rưng), which is a traditional bamboo xylophone used by the Jarai people and Bahnar people in Vietnam’s Central Highlands – it is pictured on the left below.
Just a quick note to my followers that when in Ho Chi Ming City (Saigon) make sure you only use Vinasun Taxis. They are easily recognizable as a predominately white taxi with red and green branding.
Especially when arriving at the HCMC Airport (International Terminal), walk past all the taxi’s lined up at the taxi rank as these are all small companies associated with the people working at the terminal and so will overcharge – I have spoken to many people who have had bad experiences with Taxi’s from the airport.
So walk past all these and you will see at the end of the taxi line the Vinasun Taxi’s and generally a lovely man who will arrange a Vinasun Taxi. This will definitely be metered and will cost 110,000 to 150,000 dong to District 1 and the City Centre.
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
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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.
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.
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.