And just like that two dreams were realised with Michelle Yeoh and He Kuy Quan (the child actor better known as ‘Short Round’ from the Indiana Jones movies) winning Oscars on Monday. For Asians around the world, it was a win for us as much as them. Representation has meant a lot in a world that is predominantly white Anglo-Saxon in so many ways – from business to politics to government and the arts and media.
Autumn heralds the start of the footy season and the clash of the titans between Carlton and Richmond this week ended in a thrilling draw. I love that Asian food options are now available at Marvel Stadium with Cantonese fine diner Lee Ho Fook and at the MCC with the Lucy Liu Lounge (how’s that for alliteration!)
As for me, I still have a Middle Eastern itch to scratch and had a long overdue catch up with some ex-La Trobe colleagues last night at Nazar wine bar in Kew. I hadn’t realised it’s part of Cotham Dining where I’ve had lunch in the same location that used to be Hellenic Republic Kew.
While the meal was superb and great value (if you’re splashing out on the $90 chef’s selection like we did), the dining experience was not as cohesive as it could be. I think staff were stretched between both dining rooms and service, which when it was provided, was professional and dedicated. It was quiet (we were only one of two tables there) so it made the ‘easy listening’ music playlist interspersed with what sounded like a private function doing speeches stand out.
Speaking of Kew, I’ve been reading about the updated Studley Park Boathouse re-opening soon and found out that you can do kids kayaking lessons via the Fairfield Canoe Club at Fairfield Boathouse if you have children in your life. Do watch out for the snakes – as a cyclist Mr Rosanna has seen three over the summer and some of them were big ones.
I’ve been doing swimming lessons since the start of the term and it’s been both challenging and relaxing. I think I failed to appreciate as a parent watching my kids learn to swim just how technical it is, but now as an adult progress is a lot faster because of that understanding. While I wasn’t an absolute beginner, I’ve now been put up, along with my new swim buddy Amanda, to Intermediate level with the goal being able to swim 400 metres. Let’s see how the rest of the year goes!