It’s been a long time between drinks for me. Work’s been busy but so has my social life and that’s the thing about summer and autumn – the weather makes it much more conducive to catching up with friends and family, which is what I’ve been busy doing until the months get colder.
I used to do boot camp before switching to training at Cinch PT in Macleod and for those who’ve done it – it’s pretty full on. While I miss the boxing and being outdoors, I don’t miss doing endless rounds of burpees and squats! I attended boot camp of a different kind last weekend – a one day digital marketing bootcamp course at General Assembly in the city. If you’re interested in skilling up in coding, design or digital marketing – they run some great short courses and as someone who works at a University, these micro-credential courses are on the rise.
A nice value add was the communal lunch and afternoon popcorn in the kitchen that’s included in the price of the course, which allowed us to get to know our fellow course members socially as many of us had come solo. It was also nice not to be the oldest person in the room! Being the small world that it is, I bumped into a course member who had attended one of my Bold Thinking Series lectures as she was ex-SBS radio and part of the media contingent at the Kevin Rudd event last year. Melbourne is like that in many ways, six degrees and less…
It was a lot to take in, in one day but highly worthwhile and recommended if you have the time and money – my course was part of my professional development and a work expense paid for by La Trobe. Speaking of which, my first lecture on Disability at State Library Experimedia on Wednesday 28 March is now online if you’re from the sector or interested in the subject. It was also inspiring to meet La Trobe’s female equivalent of Dylan Alcott in Paralympian Lisa Chaffey – a champion basketball player and occupational therapist who is on the panel. Details will shortly be up for my food lecture and I’ll share that with you soon as I’m anticipating that it may be one of the bigger events I do this first half year, particularly given the interest in food in Melbourne and calibre of people on my panel.
I caught the bus from Macleod station to Clifton Hill last weekend where I then caught the train to the city to my course. This whole part of Melbourne seems to feel like a construction zone at the moment and I know it’s pretty hellish out there if you’re commuting by car to the city (or anywhere else for that matter!). I hope what it does mean is jobs for those who work in the building industry and better infrastructure for all of us in the long term.
I hope you had a great Australia Day long weekend. While the date of its celebration is a vexed conversation at the moment and with great respect to the First Peoples of this land, I am a proud Australian and it was lovely to spend the day amongst friends. One of the highlights – as cheesy as it sounds – was singing Advance Australia Fair and as a patriotic Australian, it is the one song that always gets me choked up when I reflect on what it means to me in terms of its underlying themes about fairness and egalitarianism in what is still largely a very lucky country for most. As an Asian Australian whose great-grandparents came here with nothing, I feel nothing but gratitude for the opportunities I’ve had in my life in terms of education, a career, family and friends and I have wondered on occasion what would have become of me if they’d stayed living in abject poverty in rural China.The highlight of the day was going for an evening swim with my family and looking up into the pink sky to see a kookaburra in the enormous tree next door – a highlight only surpassed by seeing a koala (with a gum leaf stuck to its nose) on the road near the Korumburra general store on Australia Day a number of years ago while driving with Mr Rosanna on a regional road trip. There seems to be an influx of Australian animals at the moment as one of the best sights this summer break was Mr Rosanna and my eldest son seeing a large grey kangaroo hopping down Lower Plenty Road while picking up takeaway pizza from Pasquale M. I’m just glad the roads were quiet!
A few wonder women I wanted to mention today before the madness of the school year starts. My good friend and Iyengar Yoga teacher Nik Hills is taking a special yoga class ‘Yoga For The Girls’ to raise funds for girls’ education in Sri Lanka next Sunday afternoon at Laburnum Primary School in Blackburn. It’s a $20 entry fee and you will see me there if you go – please email email@example.com to register and BYO mat and shawl/blanket. I am also returning to regular weekly yoga classes with Pamela Speldewinde at Action Yoga in Ivanhoe as well as training classes with Nikki Ellis at Cinch PT in Macleod and looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. They are both good indoor disciplines to take up given the heat of summer at the moment. Stay cool!
It’s a match made in heaven although I think Mr Rosanna would add red wine into the mix. I made it to a class at Cinch PT in Macleod last week and it was good to see my ever-inspiring trainer Nikki who is currently completing some studies in metabolic nutrition. Through Brooke De Propertis at Elm Natural (who has previously featured on my blog), Nikki is stocking some Peak Chocolate at her studio – yes, a pre-workout dark chocolate for endurance, focus, muscle and strength containing 80% cacao and Himalayan salt.
While I’m not sure about the science to back up the claims, I bought a pack and had a taste last night and it’s pretty good – I just wouldn’t eat it before going to bed as this ‘performance chocolate’ contains guarana!
Another local friend who is a serious coffee aficionado has been raving about Gridlock Coffee in West Heidelberg who roast Grinders coffee on-site and also have a cafe. He and his partner went there for a coffee three days in a row so that’s saying something.
I hope you had a good weekend enjoying the sunshine. While some of us are gearing up for race season, I also wanted to mention a few of the more glamorous resort wear brands I’ve come across if any of you have plans for a beach holiday over Christmas. While I’ve previously bought from Byron Bay-based Spell & the Gypsy, another boho label is Faithfull the brand. If your taste is more simple then another label based in Byron Bay, St Agni, has caught my eye – they do absolutely beautiful modern linen and handmade leather goods. Their slides and loafers, in particular, are gorgeous.
I’m so glad it’s Friday today and can’t quite believe how frantically busy this past week has been. While I’ve managed to make it to both a training session at Cinch PT and my yoga class, work’s been a bit out of control with not one but now two lectures on the go and starting to plan and program for 2018. It’s been a very busy start to Spring, but at least it’s taken my mind off the weather! Hello Melbourne – what is with this weather? Never mind…
These two houses which have just come on to the market have both caught my eye – the former (train) Station Master’s house at 18 – 20 Alexander Street in Greensborough which has some beautiful period details as well as the light filled, modernist house at 7 Helene Street in Bulleen, where I grew up – I love those clerestory windows.
It’s nearly Spring and I’m feeling the need to start exercising more. I missed weight training at Cinch PT last week but Mr Rosanna was there for Super Heroes week! I didn’t get to see Nikki Ellis all dressed up as Wonder Woman but she’s always inspiring whether in costume or not. Mr Rosanna and I have been watching too much Netflix over the winter and have more recently got right into The Defenders about modern day super heroes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist fighting crime in New York City.
Speaking of getting physical, we have both signed up for the Olivia Newton John Wellness Walk and Research Run which is being held at La Trobe University on Sunday 17 September. Despite currently having cancer treatment, Olivia is expected to make an appearance and was there last year, along with Bindi Irwin.
Melbourne Fashion Week also starts this Friday and tickets are now on sale for runway shows. I’ve booked in to one of the NGV Friday Nights where you can enjoy after hours access to the House of Dior fashion exhibition while listening to some funky beats from a number of Australian and international acts, DJ sets, dining and bars. The Kate Miller-Heidke gig is already sold out so best to book quickly if you see a show you like.
On a more local note, there’s a Speaking of Sustainability – Banyule Toastmasters event being held tomorrow night at Hatch Community Arts Space in Ivanhoe from 7.15 – 9.30 pm. They’ve just held their 33rd meeting and a number of members won Community Sustainability Awards at this year’s Banyule and Darebin Awards. It’s a topical subject and the ability to speak publicly is a very useful skill to have both in work and life, coming from someone who was quite shy as a child. You can’t shut me up now….
I made it to my first training session this morning with Nikki Ellis at Cinch PT, after having had to deal with some niggling minor health issues to start my year. I was lucky to get the last spot as classes have been very busy since the New Year. I expect to be in all sorts of pain tomorrow! Although Nikki tells me that her word for the year is ‘sore’ while my word for the year is ‘expansion’ (although I didn’t mean this in the physical sense!).
Apparently Nikki was reading about words for the year on Mamamia and if you are a fan of Mia Freedman she is going to be the guest speaker at this year’s Banyule Women in Business Lunch being held on Thursday 9 March (the day after International Women’s Day) in the Great Hall at The Centre Ivanhoe. I had dealings with Mia’s agent last year as we actually invited Mia to be on one of my lecture panels but unfortunately the stars didn’t align as Mia was going to be overseas. I think this event is likely to sell out so I would book now if you’re interested in seeing Mia.
Speaking of inspirational women, I discovered 98 year old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch online a little while ago as she’s currently featured in ads for activewear brand Athleta. I’m also looking forward to returning to yoga classes soon, which I’ve missed as my teacher is currently away in India.
I just wanted to mention some local art exhibitions that are launching next week including Atmospheres & Environments at Hatch Contemporary Space in Ivanhoe as well as My Melbourne, Here and Now by Hans Schiebold and Bella Italia by photographer Heather Davies at Montsalvat in Eltham. Puesta del Sol is also on poolside at Montsalvat next Thursday night if you’re after some food, drinks, music and art. Have a great weekend!