Party like it’s 1999

Well actually more like the early 2000s in my case. It’s me and my bestie Jules (pictured below) looking like extras from a 90s girl band having a joint birthday party way back when. My birthday plans this weekend were dashed by a sick child but the pandemic has taught me, if anything, about the need to just let go and go with things. My family went ahead without me and proceeded with yum cha at Crystal Jade in Melbourne’s Chinatown (food envy also below!) given multiple family birthdays in June and July so I’m glad I managed to have dinner with some La Trobe friends at Va Tutto bistro in Ivanhoe on Friday night, which does excellent food and service.

Me and Jules at our joint birthday party

There are a number of talented young chefs in new food spots in the north-east at Hope Street Radio, Florian and Public Wine Shop. Also love that the Pav Queen in Alphington now has a permanent home in an old butcher’s shop if you’re after an Aussie dessert. And speaking of food, it’s consultation time until 13 July regarding the Preston Market Precinct development which is facing the prospect of 2200 apartments being built on site where the car park is currently located.

Dumplings at Crystal Jade

Change can be tricky and I know artists and artisans located in the famous heritage-listed Nicholas Building in the city (my second favourite after the Manchester Unity Building) are worried about their creative space with the building currently up for sale.

It’s NAIDOC week next week which has reminded me of my voluntary work I’ve not progressed with Women of Colour Australia although founder Brenda Gaddi was mentioned in the media a few weeks ago as was ANZSOG’s Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith AO (my biggest boss) who received a Queen’s Birthday honour.

I was reading with interest about jobs of the future being broken down into ‘hearts, heads or hands’ and working in the NFP space is definitely the former. I think charity roles allow you to pick up valuable skills for use in any environment private or public. The fate of the higher education sector is still a vexed question and I am feeling for my ex-La Trobe colleagues who I feel have been left behind in more ways than one.

Cake Mail cake

On a brighter note, I was thrilled to receive a birthday cake (above) from my friend Martha courtesy of Cake Mail and a book of poetry (below) from my eldest son. That’s a lot of pink!


Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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