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Weekly Diary ~ numero uno

23 Apr

What I got up to this week!

Monday morning: Bondi Junction

I had my kid sister staying with me for a couple of days and thought it might be nice to show her around. Originally hailing from the Central Coast, my family never really gets to see much of Sydney outside the CBD itself. Sooo, where to take a grumpy young teenager who probably won’t be impressed no matter where you take her?

I picked Bondi Junction/Beach. Kids like those, right?

First I took her into the behemoth that is Bondi Junction Westfield. Hmm… it wasn’t exactly a winner. As much as I like the place for all the crazy designer furniture and pretty expensive dresses I will never be able to afford, the sister was completely indifferent. Fair enough. I even showed for the amazing view from the beautiful level five food court (you can right down into the Harbour!). Her response?

“Can I get Maccas?” Uhh, I guess. And off we went.

Monday afternoon: Bondi Beach


After lunch we headed to the bus interchange and hopped on the 381 to the beach. We got really lucky, it was such a beautiful day and the place was so quiet! We hopped off by the Pavillion and decided to attempt a section of the Coastal Walk. My goodness did we make the right decision! After craning our necks as we walked past Icebergs on the off chance of seeing some kind of C-lister, we made our way to Marks Park.

I’d done the section from Bondi to Tamarama before during last year’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, but the works must’ve distracted me from the beautiful view. Seriously, if you ever need to inject some natural rugged beauty into your day, then do it here! We looked out at the ocean for ages in the vein hope of spotting a dolphin, or at the very least some type of interesting seabird. Lucky for us there were plenty of birds and whilst they bored my sis, I liked watching them hang still in the air as the sea breeze held them up. Simple pleasures! We left after spotting a keen as fisherman setting up camp on a very dangerous part of the rocks as the tide came in. It was mutually decided that we could do without seeing someone die that afternoon.

As we headed back onto Campbell Parade I suggested we get ice-cream. And in true fashion, my sister’s response was this;

“Can I get a McFlurry?” Uhh, sure. But next time I get to choose. Maple Walnut please!

Wednesday afternoon: Oxford Street and Pitt Street Mall

Me and the bf headed to Reverse Garbage on Taylor Square to find some cheap toga materials for the next night’s shindig. That place is so insanely good! This is RG’s second store (their main base is in the Addison Road Centre in Marrcikville; it is huge and totally worth a visit!) and in keeping with the setting it’s more focused on cheap design materials. I managed to get over 4 meters of beautiful dark emerald coloured material for $4! The place is full of tonnes of other stuff too; we spotted piles of straw hats, huge bundles of ribbon and kooky space vixen costumes. Only in Oxford Street!

The queue for Zara! (Getty Images)

Next we made our way over to Westfield Pitt Street Mall for the grand opening of Spanish fashion giant Zara‘s first store in Oz. What a friggin nightmare! We snaked through the velvet roped queue for a good 15 minutes; which doesn’t sound like that long, but it was just to go into a shop for chrissake! Not that getting in meant you could actually do anything. There were hoards of crazy women groping and grasping onto everything they could find, the line up for the waiting rooms ran the entire length of the shop and the queue for the checkout was just as bad. That’s not to say the stuff they have in there wasn’t worth the ordeal. Zara is pretty brilliant. I’m currently mourning over the fact that I wasn’t able to get my hands on this gem of a dress during our visit. We came at the end of the day, which was a bad idea as there was hardly anything in my size left! Fingers crossed the crazy’s will be gone soon and the lovely tulip-skirt dress will be back on the shelf in my size!

Friday: Eastern Suburbs

Clovelly

It was a good ol’ Friday alright! It also happened to be mother dear’s birthday (I’m not allowed to say which one!) so the fam decided to visit my side of town. After taking a wrong turn on the way to Coogee Beach (my bad!) we ended up in Clovelly, which turned out to be a blessing in surprise. I had never been to Clovelly before, but I am now keen to spend every day of every Summer there from now on. It’s a quirky little bay that looks like a lagoon that has morphed into a concrete swimming pool, which then opens itself out into the ginormous Tasman Sea. Overlooking the bay is Waverly Cemetery, which gave the place a sort of creepy vibe. After checking out the view and growing increasingly annoyed that I hadn’t brought my swimmers and snorkelling gear, we headed off for lunch. We ate at the lovely Clovelly Hotel, which had great water views and a very pretty outdoor terrace. Although I thought the menu was a little pricey for pub food, my cynicism was brushed aside when I saw just how big the portions were. On my plate was a chicken parmigiana as big as my head, a decent serving of chips and a delicious coleslaw-type salad (I don’t remember exactly what was in it, it disappeared quite quickly).

Afterwards we decided to take a scenic drive up the coastline, and to stop and Bondi for ice-cream. Driving down Bondi Rd we spotted the enticingly titled House Of Chocolates. Needless to say everyone raced out of the car. The place sells hand made gourmet chocolates, as well as international brands and traditional favourites. And don’t even get me started on the ice-cream! Soooo much to chose from. After umming and ahhing for a good 10 minutes I finally picked Peanut Butter Disaster, a flavour from the Marrickville based Serendipity. It was heaven in a plastic tub! We drove on through North Bondi, Dover Heights, Vaucluse and Rose Bay. In true coastie fashion we spent most of the time sniggering at the rich people and the ugly architecture they’d commissioned years ago believing it to be trendy. We forgot the fact that ugly architecture is totally worth it if you can see the Harbour from one side of your house and the ocean from the other. *Sigh!*

So that’s the week that was. Next week I’ll be at the Enmore working up a fit of giggles at Stephen K Amos, having another go at Zara and embarking on a rare encounter into the Sydney nightlife, like normal people my age should. If you have any suggestions as to what else I could do to liven up my mid-sem break, please do share!

~Lauren

TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! … and some other stuff going down this week.

19 Apr

Toga Party @ The Roundhouse

Been waiting for an opportunity to get your John Belushi on and party down in your bed linen? Well lucky for you the lovely folks at ARC & The Roundhouse are giving you a very good excuse to do so this Thursday. Yes this Thursday, which means you get to sleep through your hangover into Good Friday. Genius! The night will be super wallet friendly too, and not just because your costume will merely consist of a sheet you stole from your housemate’s bedroom. Entry is free all night for ARC members and before 8pm for everyone else. You can hit up the round house website < http://www.unswroundhouse.com/event.aspx?id=59&gt; for more info, including how to make a toga (which I recommend you do people, we don’t want to be witnessing wardrobe malfunctions all night!!)

Hip Hop Karaoke

Hey guys, someone made karaoke cool again! Impossible you say? Umm, I think again nerds. Tomorrow night come to GoodGod Small Club to witness the magical genius that will Hip Hop Karaoke! Tomorrow’s going to be a 420 Edition, so if you can pull off a decent Snoop impression you’ll be most welcome. However, don’t worry too much if you’re not an aficionado of the hip-hop. The night is all about letting loose, having a laugh and cheering really loudly. Entry is $5, but you’ll score yourself a free drink if you perform so the night pays for itself! The night starts at 8, but get in before 7 for $15 margarita jugs! More info here < http://www.goodgodgoodgod.com/>

We Had Parties

This five-day weekend is going to be pretty awesome! If only we could celebrate by combining all of Sydney’s best club nights into some sort of clubbing supernova for the ages. Well guess what, it’s happening! We Had Parties will be brought to you by the folks from Last Night, MUM, Girl Thing, Teen Spirit, F.R.I.E.N.D/s, Ghetto Blaster and P*A*S*H. The “Rumble in the Jungle” theme will be spread over both levels of the Gaelic, so prepare to get your fight on downstairs in the boxing room, or head upstairs to get wild in the jungle room. Thank goodness you’ll have two whole days to recover! Tix here http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=46311


TV, dinosaurs & sexy stories

10 Apr

Jurassic Lounge

If you haven’t yet experienced the radness that is Jurassic Lounge, then why the flip not? Remember those trips you used to take to the Australian Museum as a kid? You were freaked out by the skeletons and found the stuffed birds sooo boring. Well now imagine the same setting with a drink in hand, DJ’s spinning in the background and plenty of mood lighting. Awesome right? But sadly next Tuesday will be the final night of the program. Make sure you’re there for the usual live performances, torchlight tours and Silent Disco as well as face painting, VJ’s, short films, and local artist Houl painting up a storm. Entry is $15 and includes a free drink. Head here for further deets – http://www.jurassiclounge.com/apr-19-2011/

Erotic Fan Fiction Readings

Forgive me. I couldn’t not write about this. I saw it on the City of Sydney website and it made me laugh so hard. For those of you unacquainted with the world of erotic fan fiction, it’s basically the practice of turning your favourite stories, characters and idols into something into something gross, yet sometimes hilarious. This cultural phenomenon is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a fairly large scene in Sydney. Even the Sydney Writer’s Festival is bringing their EFF event back for another year! So if you enjoy creative writing with a seedy twist, head along to Surry Hills library this Thursday from 9-10pm. If this isn’t all ready too much information, check out the website here http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/10151-erotic-fan-fiction-readings

Friday on My Mind @ AFTRS

After a long week of work/uni/whatever, you’re always aching for some more brainfood yeah! Well the Australian Film, Television and Radio School has got you covered, with talks every Friday with some of the most renowned members of the Australian media industry. Former speakers have included documentary makers, screenwriters, animators and film directors working on everything from All Saints to Happy Feet. Talks take place 5-6pm at AFTRS HQ in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter and seats are strictly first in, best dressed! You can find out more info here – http://www.aftrs.edu.au/whats-on/friday-on-my-mind.aspx

Gore on show & indie cred for sale

4 Apr

A Night of Horror International Film Festival

A festival of blood, screams and all things gore. How lovely! Kicking off last Thursday, the festival program is brimming with some of the best local and international films out there, alongside a few special events. Fans of fright will be able to enjoy a mixture of contemporary and classic horror features, as well as short film screenings and workshops. There will even be a horror screenwriting forum this Thursday night, where some of the brightest filmmakers from the festival will be dishing tips on everything from writing a great horror story to getting that story on the screen. Check out the website for everything that’s happening this week – http://www.anightofhorror.com/

Garage Sale Trail

Love trawling through people’s garbage but hate lurking around at night to avoid angry neighbours? Well you’re in luck my friend. This weekend garages around the country will be opened up to junk collectors of all sorts as part of the national Garage Sale Trail. Wether it’s comic books, retro furniture, old records or vintage threads you’re after at one of the hundreds of garage sales already registered in Sydney. Even the City of Sydney Council is getting involved, hosting garage sales at Glebe and Surry Hills libraries as well as providing maps to the best spots in those suburbs. Find out more about what’s on sale and where here;  http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/ or just wonder the streets on Sunday until you find something rad!

another week, some more stuff to do

30 Mar

Razorhurst

This video game meets walking tour takes you back to depression era Sydney to explore the seedy underworld that once dominated Darlinghurst and the Eastern Suburbs. Find out all about the bordello queens and coke barons who terrified Sydney siders for years, and get wrapped up in their world of sly grog, drug dens and razor wars. You’ll be given a nifty GPS movie player to guide you around on your quest and one hour to complete the game. It’s a great (and free!) way to learn more about the city’s sleazy history and discover a pretty rad area while you’re at it.

Visit here to book – http://www.razorhurst.com.au/

Fools Rush In


April Fools Day may not have the same reputation as St Pat’s or Oktoberfest as a boozy-good-times holiday, but heck, it’s week five! We’ll take any excuse to get loose. Lucky for us then than the impossibly cool people from pedestrian.tv will be taking over FBi Social at the Kings Cross Hotel this Friday for Fools Rush In. The night will feature a gazillion of Sydney’s best DJ’s (plus a member of the Chaser!) playing classic party jams and indie anthems till late. It is a subscriber only event, but hey, signing up to a very rad and very free newsletter is totally worth it.

It’s a free event, just make sure you head here to sign up & RSVP – http://www.pedestrian.tv/rsvp/fbi