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Sydney Life

Peter Alexander Sale

Bev and I received emails about this super-secret Pater Alexander sale online. We both ordered a pair of these super, super-cute PJs. Thanks to Bev’s extra discount we got them for only $17 each.


This movie is based on the book Bringing Down The House, about team of students from MIT university who formed a card-counting team to make money at Black Jack. The book had a lot of fictional elements to it and the movie even more so – which made it more dramatic I imagine, and more interesting to first read, then watch.

What did impress me was how smart the students are (which highlighted how very poor my own math skills are) and what a genius scheme it was.

We had dinner at Alec’s favourite Vietnamese place in Chatswood – Golden Bo. I had some kind of noodle and vege dish.

Alec’s sauce for his noodles.

Vermicelli noodles and spring rolls. Delish!

Mollini 40% Off Sale

I had a recent problem where my favourite brown boots ended up on a boat to Prague – to hopefully be seen again in around nine months. To get over my heartache, I took part in some extreme shopping today with a very patient friend.

Mollini had a one-day only VIP 40% off sale – enough to make any retail loving girl slightly bananas. It seemed there were many girls like us in Sydney – and they were all packed into the Mollini stores. We went to three stores to get these awesome shoes – the first two of which were packed and sweaty and strewn with shoes and paper. The last one was blissfully forgotten about by shoppers and we could finally enjoy trying on shoes without elbows in our backs.

The results make me very happy – one pair of brown boots to temporarily replace my favourites while on their European holiday, and a pair of brown Mary Janes that I was planning to buy full-price anyway. Awesome shopping day!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I just adored the Indiana Jones movies growing up. I still love them now and can watch them over and over, so I think there’s something special to these movies. Part of the magic lies in the casting of Harrison Ford as Indie. He is so dry and laid-back, and so incredibly grace-less that he’s more of an everyman representation rather than a superhero or even James Bond. Therein has always been the charm of Indie – charisma that women love and the everyman-ness that make guys feel like he’s a regular bloke just like them.

This latest movie comes some 17 years after The Last Crusade (which, incidentally, is my favourite of the trilogy). Indie is MUCH older and looks it, particularly in the beginning. When the bad guys start thumping on him, I wanted to jump in and yell “stop beating up the old man!”. In true Indie fashion though, he is tough, saves the day and doesn’t lose his hat.

I particularly enjoyed Shia LaBeouf as the young bad ass son of Indie’s former flame Marion (remember her from Raiders of the Lost Ark?). I really hope that the Indie movies continue, with Shia donning the famous hat.

I won’t go into the storyline – let’s just say there’s a mythical object, damsel needing to be saved and evil communists trying to take over the world. What it adds up to is another really enjoyable Indie movie.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This movie is by the guys who did 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (who are “the guys” anyway?)

The exposed female genitals in Knocked Up were really a warning of what “the guys” were warming up to … full-frontal male nudity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I was quite stunned by the frequent male nude shots – and equally surprised that there was no female nudity whatsoever – right on!

The movie started out quite slowly. Peter’s TV star girlfriend, Sarah, breaks up with him (cue male nudity shots numbers one, two and three). In order to get over her, he goes by himself on a holiday to Hawaii. Unfortunately, Sarah has also gone to Hawaii – with her new rock star boyfriend.

It’s here that the movie really gets funny, with cameos from the actors from the previously mentioned movies, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill.

A really entertaining movie. Over and out!

Toki Madness

One turned into two … turned into four? How did this happen?

I orderd a second-hand black Bambinone Tokidoki bag so I could wear it around everywhere and not worry about ruining it. Then Lisa brought me back an amazing messenger bag Toki from Haway in the L’Amore print – it’s gorgeous – and huge!

Sushi train for dinner at Chatswood! I don’t really like sushi, but I love edamane – I had two serves 🙂

Sweet pressies from Lisa – body wash and cute little Hawaii post-its.

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Today was the annual Million paws Walk at Olympic park, Homebush. Kahlua had an ear infection, so it was only Buffers this year who we took on the walk. I spend a lot of time reading about and trying to help with the injustices done to animals, so this is really one of the few days of the year that reminds me of how many people really love their animals, and it gives me hope for the future.

The start! Many many people and puppies.

Katia’s husband Ross and their lovely Irish setter Raf.

Sally-Ann and Michael walk their beautiful beagles Sammy and Leo.

Little Buff was overwhelmed by so many people and huge dogs. She did most of the walk on her own little legs but needed to be carried when she was worried about being trodden on in tight quarters.

This doggie had booties and saddle bags.

Family portrait.

Cuddles from dad.


Chilling out in the sun. Such a beautiful day!

Photography Lighting Class – Still Life

I have enrolled in a photography class with the Australian Centre of Photography – Lighting 1. I was a bit worried that I would be really behind in terms of technical knowledge as apart from the basics I am self-taught, but I did my first practical class tonight and I loved it.

We shot wine glasses in a studio using a tungsten light source – from an old projector. The shadows were fabulous. We added water and food colouring to get the beautiful colours.

The Chaser Age of Terror Variety Hour

I’ve long been a fan of the Chaser boys. I also find them to be quite hit and miss – so funny when they’re right on the mark, and groaningly bad when they do (and especially sing) things that I just think are in bad bad taste.

The Chaser live show, at the Enmore Theatre, is pretty similar in all aspects to the TV show – except there is way, way more singing. Can the boys sing? Um, no they can’t. Does it stop them? Of course it doesn’t!

The show included jokes about Heath Ledger (sorry, not ready for that yet – I’m still in mourning for Heath), Scientology and Tom Cruise (jokes like this NEVER get old), Kevin Rudd and many other prominent Australians. It also wouldn’t be the Chaser show without some George W. Bush bashing. Also always a pleasure.

The show only went for just over an hour, but it was high energy and completely entertaining. My favourite section was on internet dating, where the team created fake profiles of different kinds of girls to see if it was possible to find true love on the internet. Reading the real-life responses to these over-the-top profiles was insanely funny.

Iron Man and Mr Wong’s Kitchen

I love a good action movie, particularly when it is based on a Marvel superhero. I had never heard of Iron Man before, but after hearing some early rave reviews I was more than keen to see the movie.

Robert Downey Jr stars in the main role of Tony Stark, a brilliant rich play boy who uses his amazing mind to create weapons for the USA to use for “homeland security” if you get my drift. He is captured by a group of terrorists who want him to build weapons for them. Stark builds a robot to escape instead, and is motivated by the experience to turn his life around and save people rather than building weapons.

I just realised writing this how bad the plot sounds, but I really enjoyed the movie. I found it exciting, smart and funny. Robert Downey Jr is an actor who has shown a lot of talent over the years – when he hasn’t been on drugs or in rehab. It’s a shame that he’s been so screwed up as this movie shows what a great actor he really is.

After the movie we went to Mr Wong’s Kitchen. I absolutely love this place and its cheap delicious food.

Tonight however the service was really slow and the spring rolls weren’t fabulous. The vege fried rice and mixed veges were delicious however, so the meal was redeemed and I will be back for more.