Saturday, April 28, 2018

Coffee down caffeine alley

I swear, the best thing about Melbourne is its coffee!

On a short trip to Australia’s capital of cool, I managed to enjoy several wonder cups of coffee. You couldn’t just have one as there would be another super cute café that looked so inviting.

So early one Saturday in April I went on a quest to have a perfect Melbourne breakfast because if you don’t know this is a big deal in this city. 

So, I moseyed down to the area not far from Flinders Street Station where there are many little allies that house many little cafés in areas not much bigger than a postage stamp. 

First of all, I visited Il Tempo which I think offers pizza and pasta later on in the day a cross the way but is open first thing in the morning for breakfast in this hole in the wall. The muesli looked like a good option so it was that I choose but it could have been anything from their contemporary but traditional menu. 

Their menu isn’t innovative or different to any other cafés you’d find down the ally, but that is ok because it’s all about the vibe, quality and the opportunity to people watch.  

My muesli was perfect and so was my Long Mac and there was a perfect view to watch the world go past.

Once I had finished, I went down the ally and I couldn’t help but to stop for anthor place for a coffee. I could seriously live here as I’ve always dreamt of living about a café. Would I get any work done? No, probably not but that’s the thing with dreams, they are unrealistic! 

Anyway, until next time because I’ll be back soon to drink more coffee and dream about living above a café.

Il Tempo 2 - Pasta Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Conversations I'd rather be having

Recently on the ABC RN show, 'It's Not A Race', one of the questions that the panellists were asked was what conversations they would rather be having about belonging to an ethnic minority.

While I'm not claiming to belong to an ethnic minority, being disabled does place me in the minority. 

When you're disabled, there are a lot of assumptions placed on you and conversations that able-bodied people think they are entitled to have with you about your body and general existence. 

These are some things that I wish I could be talking about:

  • people doing it for themselves rather than only seeing People with Disabilities within the dichotomy of 'victim or hero';
  • how I can add value to the wider community rather than just the disability community and where the opportunities are to contribute;
  • my other interests, I am more than a one-issue person. I am more than what is holding me back;
  • what defines me and how my disability is actually not a big deal. It is not a huge part of my identity, I promise. I do have many other interests and there are many other factors that make up who I am and don't ever try to fiddle with that!!
So the next time you meet someone who is slightly different, just chill-out and treat us like anyone else.

It is not that hard! 


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