Monday, June 27, 2016

Vic Park Indian provide takeout wonders

There are times when you don’t want to cook but you don’t want to eat out either.

Tonight was one of those nights!

Collapsed on the couch after a long day at work, I flicked through Menulog and chose Vic Park Indian. I’ve eaten there before and loved their food and they were a 20% discount on first-time orders on Menulog.

My family and I usually love Kormas so it was easy to choose the Lamb Korma and let me tell you, it was the epitome of perfection. It was rich and creamy while the lamb was cooked perfectly.

Lamb Korma and Zeera Aloo

To try something a little different, I picked the Beef Dhansak and Zeerah Aloo which were spicy without being hot. I picked the medium level of hotness which was far from overbearing, I could even go a little hotter which is something to keep in mind for next time.

Beef Dhansak

The Garlic Naan was crunchy and warm.

It took a little less than 30 minutes from ordering to receiving the food which was a perfect length of time to rally the family over for dinner.       

All in all it was a perfect night in.




Vic Park Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Have we forgotten how to govern?

In a recent Quarterly essay, Laura Tingle argues that our current political system has forgotten the lessons of the past. 

It is an essay about maintaining a sense of perspective and history. As Tingle states ‘the role of memory in politics and policy-making in Australia’.

Market forces have meant that both the media and the public service have to be as slick and efficient as possible. This leads to Laura Tingle to argue that, ‘people no longer knew what they wanted from, or what they could expect of, government. The results that there is a disconnect’.

Individuals become apathetic, society wants big government services at small government tax levels, politicians find it hard to communicate and use stunts in an attempt to engage their electorate.

People get sick of hearing about reform which Tingle see as a ‘hollowed-out word which you attach to anything you think voters won’t like in the hope that it makes you appear a strong and decisive government’. Hollow, short-termism now is the norm with a focus on winning the next election.   

While governing to win the next election is now common, there has always been a steady public service and media that has held a reservoir of institutional memory for the MPs to tap into.  She argues, ‘there is a growing loss of institutional memory about how things have come about, and, more importantly perhaps, why they did. Without memory, there is no context or community for the making of new decisions’.       

But in recent times, the public service has seen an exit of those who been with it for many years - meaning that there are fewer people who have known what has been tried and worked as well as what has been an epic fail. Tingle also states that ‘the problem we have now is that public servants don’t necessarily stay on and live with the consequences of policy decisions’.

Part of the problem now is that the gap the service has been filled with political appointments with an ideological agenda rather than a drive for what is the best for the country.

This is another essay from a political veteran and political genius. Laura Tingle has seen governments come and go for long enough to see the bigger picture and the fallout of the current era. A must read for anyone contesting this year's election and the journalism class of 2016.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Laksa Supreme kicks off weekend!


When I finished work today I was as exhausted as I was happy as much as I was hungry so I decided to stop for some noodles on the way home.

I’ve heard good things about the Noodle Forum so I decided to pay it a visit.

They do not have a huge menu which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if the food is good why do you need a lot of choice, right?

It was easy to decide on laksa supreme and some dumplings.

The dumplings were great and I loved their tasty fillings and slightly smoky exteriors.  They were very filling so next time I’ll pick some up for lunch at work!  


Soon after the dumplings came out the Laksa came out. It was a huge bowl of steaming noodles in a golden liquid!

It was generous but lacked in terms of presentation. Luckily it tasted good! 

The noodles were a bit like a ball of wool and the tofu a bit like a sponge but the soup the delicious that my tough week at work seemed to float into history.   

 Love this place, will be back!


Noodle Forum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

What is it about Tony?





We all know someone who is a little sneaky and up to no good. Some might be called Tony but most will be called something else.

Tonight was a celebration of sorts – of my twenty-first birthday as well as surviving the effects of a really sneaky tony. So sneaky is he, and so incompetent, that his name does not dignify a capital letter.


Down a lane in Northbridge is a tiny doorway (that is unmarked) to one of Perth’s coolest bars which you can only enter with a password.   

I vaguely knew where it was but luckily we saw some girls enter this unmarked doorway so we knew where to go and, armed with the password, (check Instagram/facebook), we got to enter.

This bar is complete cool with a touch of New York!

It is small, trendy (including dudes with well-kept beards and man buns) and oozing trendy and sophistication.

Sneaky Tony’s is a rum bar but has a great drinks menu.

Their food menu is somewhat lacking but is cool enough, it is Northbridge after all so if you want to eat there are places to go nearby.   

This place is fantastic and I have fallen in love with Tony, even if he is sneaky!




Sneaky Tony's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thanks Mrs S

Today is my birthday and I wanted to start the celebrations with a breakfast with my friends.

We started with coffee (Short Mac – Trad) while we perused the menu. The Almond, Oat and Honey Granola looked especially inviting so I ordered it alongside another coffee.


Our orders came out quickly and my Granola was perfect. It was beautifully presented and tasted lovely. It wasn’t soggy in any way and was light and fresh. I would totally recommend it as an alternative to dishes based around bread or eggs.

The pastries and the cakes here are also lovely and go well with their great coffee. The bagel impressed my America loving friend and it went well with vegemite. 

This cafĂ© does get quite busy so it is best to come early. Thanks, Mrs. S for a great start to the celebrations.






Mrs. S Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bolting the door on busy


Life some times can be super busy and often like I feel like I’m juggling more things than I can handle.

With getting up early to read board minutes/agendas, preparing for meetings, attending meetings, studying for a MOOC, completing pre-reading for leadership course and a community project while holding down a fulltime day job can be rewarding, time to relax also needs to be scheduled.

Burning the candle at both ends can be worthwhile but there has to times when I have to stop and recharge those batteries for me to handle these competing priorities.

This weekend was perfect.  It was so chilled and relaxed!

I got to sleep in, read for pleasure and take my time doing things that I don’t normally have time for. I got to take stock and reassess what I’m doing.   

I've been enjoying great music and some Salman Rushdie as well as lots of cups of coffee.



I love my life right now, it is so challenging and so interesting but it is hard work. But by having a weekend which focused on chillin’ was the perfect anecdote to a busy life.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Eating from the Urban Bowl



Tucked away between the office towers of Perth is a Vietnamese eatery that makes the best pho this side of Northbridge.

It is unassuming but makes a wonderful bowl of Pho that cures the lunchtime slump. The good thing about the Urban Bowl is that their Pho also comes in a cup if you’re not up to having a full bowl.

Their Spring Rolls are beautiful and are big enough to be a lunch in itself.



The only down to the Urban Bowl is that it shuts at 3 pm which is so Perth.

It always comes back to this question, why is it that Perth shuts down so early. Why is it that, apparently, you stop needing a bowl of Pho or a coffee after 3 or 4 pm?

The answer probably comes down to the lack of people hanging out in the city in the late afternoon and evening but really that is so boring!


Urban Bowl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ancora Imparo

Ancora Imparo is the motto of my alma mater and can be roughly translated as I’m still learning. 

For almost a year now I’ve had a bit of a side hustle in the non-for-profit sector to my full-time day job. Becoming a board member to a community service organisation and a peak disability advocacy organisation has been a great experience but it has been a bit of a learning curve.


Governance is something that I’m getting up to speed with. Risk appetite, strategy, reading financial documents and keeping up with the ever-changing legislative landscape are things that I am still learning about. Luckily, I’ve managed to go to an AICD course which helped but made me realised the complexities of running an organisation.




Leadership was another area that I wanted to develop. With two board roles comes responsibility and I want to learn how to be more effective in my advocacy. As Gandhi once said, ‘be the change that you want to see on the world’ and I thought doing Leadership WA’s Rising Leaders’ programme would help in that.



Finally, I am a bit of a newbie to the whole disability community and I’ve completed several MOOCs. The subjects were dry and they were a little more intense than I was expecting but it was good to get back into the discipline of study without having to pay for either of them.  

Time management was something I had always wanted to fine tune and with work, music, gym and side hustle I am still learning how to fit everything in. Life is great but it is full on but that is what makes it so interesting.




 
 

  
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