Monthly Archives: May 2013

Incredible Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka Tower, Melbourne

I was so lucky to be invited to the Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka 89 on Tuesday May 14, 2013. Hosted at the incredible Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne. This is an experience you don’t want to miss. Go to the Eureka Skydeck and see the city like you have never seen it before. You can also have an incredible 5 or 7 course deugstation meal here! Bon appetite!

 

Views from Eureka 89 over Melbourne

Views from Eureka 89 over Melbourne

This night was to showcase the brilliant events space on offer at Melbourne’s tallest events venue. Amazing food, incredible wine and the most spectacular views as far as the eye can see. The Oyster bar was the most impressive

for me with incredibly fresh oysters beautifully presented. A glass of bubbly hand and trays of delicious food such as mini crab fritter hamburgers and duck mini pies came around throughout the evening. I took my writer and photographer friend Tamie Wexler from website Now Rip This and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

 

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Eureka 89 is a premier event space located on the highest floor of the Southern hemisphere’s tallest residential building, Eureka Tower. Combining sleek design with amazing views across Melbourne, this state of the art venue boasts stylish food and a uniquebeverage offering.

Eureka 89 offers two exclusive event spaces suitable for an array of events of the highest standard.

Reflection of the room with incredible views

Reflection of the room with incredible views

 

Eureka also offer a unique dinning experience in this wonderful event space. 5 or 7 course degustation menus with matched wines. Can’t wait to try this next month. See the menu below.

 

Degustation Menu Autumn 2013


Sydney: Ideas for a one week visit

Here are the things I think you MUST do in Sydney and the amount of time it my take.

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Sydney is my hometown and although I’ve been living in Melbourne for 2 years, I’ve now visited more than 20 times! That’s a lot! So I have had a chance to see my city as a tourist. But also we were fortunate to have many overseas visitors as I was growing up so I got to explore a lot more of Sydney then I usually would.
– RED bus – Do this your first day, hop on hop off, gives you a good idea of the city.
– Bondi Beach – Famous must see, just an afternoon or a night meal (You can do this on the red bus)
– Coogee Beach for a Sunday morning walk – or afternoon beer.

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– Circular quay – visit opera house, the botanical gardens, catch a ferry on the harbour, visit the Museum of Contemporary arts, shop in the rocks.

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– Dinner at the Lowenbrau or drinks at the Argyle in the Rocks – beautiful area
– Darling harbour – shopping at Harbourside! Great Aussie items here
– QVB shopping in the centre of Sydney
– Australian Museum – next to Hyde park, visit Old Sydney nearby and walk in the park. (afternoon)
– Ferry to Manly and spend the day at the Mall, Beach and bay! Amazing bushwalks – Spit to Manly Bushwalk.

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– Taronga Zoo – best view in the world.
– Coastal drive – Symbio animal park, hang gliders at Stanwell Tops, cliff drive to Austinmeir. Lovely area near where we grew up.
– Sydney Aquarium – one of the best in the world! Honestly!!
– Wildlife Centre-  great educational place, but if going to Zoo and animal park in Melbourne, might give it a miss.
– Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk – afternoon (don’t pay for twlight as you will get sunset on this trip.)
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– Centrepoint Tower- view of the whole city, edge experience, can also have dinner here.
There are many beautiful parks and walks in Sydney – and from Darling Harbour you can walk to many places – Chinese friendship gardens, Pyrmont, The harbour itself, Hyde Park and Circular Quay.
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Pyrmont

If you do live in Sydney, can I encourage you to put on your tourist hat and go out and see your city with new eyes? I’ve been lucky to travel overseas a lot in my short time and the best part of that was coming back to Sydney and seeing it from a new perspective. Exploring new bars, new areas, visiting attractions and getting to see it for it’s inner beauty.
Don't miss out on a ferry ride

Don’t miss out on a ferry ride

Enjoy Sydney!

Famous dishes of Kyhber Pukhtunkhwa (Pakistan North -west Province)

These posts are part of a fabulous series on “Foods of Pakistan” from my friend Bilal Ulmer. Thank you for sharing your culture with us!

I wrote about Pakistani places in my last episode in February 2012. Food focuses the culture and weather of the region. Here I decided to write about the rich food of Pakistan in different cities. This is also a gift for Emma Lovelly to enjoy untouched Pakistani food. 

Episode 1

 Palaw is a made by cooking basmati or long grained rice in a brothy sauce (which makes the rice brown). This dish may be made with lamb, chicken, or beef. Qabili palau is baked in the oven and topped with fried sliced carrots and raisins. Chopped nuts like pistachios or almonds may be added as well. The meat is covered by the rice or buried in the middle of the dish. It is famous in Peshawar and throughout Kyhber Pukhtunkhwa.

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Mardan Perras / Badayooni Perras

Every city has its own specialty of sweets. Mardan is famous for a type of sweet called, Badayooni Perras. This is a unique type of sweet made of a special recipe. And this recipe is a secret to everyone.

It has got a unique flavour. No one in the country can make such a tasty sweet. According to the owner a lot of people could make similar sweet but they can not produce the taste of Badayooni Perras.
The price of Badayooni is affordable to every one. The current price is 110 Rupees per 1Kg or £1.00 per Kg. This is one of the souvenirs of Mardan. The people all around the world like the perras and appreciate the taste.
The people of Mardan are happy to have such a good souvenir of their city. In Mardan there are so many shops selling Badayooni Perras but one shop is more popular than all others. They claim to be the best and the taste has not changed since 1950.
So if you have friends from Mardan who are visiting you abroad, do not forget to ask them to bring you Mardan Badayooni Perras. And tell them to go to the shop early as the stock finishes within hours of its production.
Mardan Chapli Kabab

Pushtuns are famous for their hospitality. A variety of food is available to please the guests. Every region has some special food or meal to offer. Kabab is one of these food items which can be found in every small village of Pukhtunkhwa.

It is made of mince, onions, tomatoes, chillies, maze flour, coriander and a few other spices. Mardan is one of the places where you can get the best Kababs. People from other regions come over here to enjoy eating Kababs. The famous names of Kabab Hotels are Thooth Karhay, Omar Kababi, Shah Gul Kababi,Kanrha Kababi Par Hoti, Abdul Haq Mayar,T akhtbai Kabab,S hahbaz Garha, Lala, Baba and Kaka Kababs, Shankar Kababi and many others.

Kabab is now a days a favourite item of the party dishes. It was originally flat oval shaped but now a different kind of Kabab called seekh Kabab is also available. Kabab is more consumed in winter as it keeps the body warm and is considered good for flue. In some Kababs eggs and Bone marrow is also added. It will cost you 120 rupees per kg (2 dollars) but you will never forget the taste. And especially if you have a day out climbing up Takhtbai or Shahbaz Garha mountains to see the Gandhara History in Mardan.

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Waziristan dryfood

The staple food of the tribesman is wheat or maize bread. Milk is consumed in its various forms. Roasted meat larmin is relished. The people of Waziristan generally like a fried goat dish called palawoo, served in hilly areas.

Dry food of this region is famous all over world.

 

 

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Work hard. Play harder. Enjoy the life that you have been blessed to live.

Recently I shared an email from a lovely young woman who shared with me her admiration for the way I live my life. This was a huge compliment and such a great validation for what I am doing in my life.

I posted her email to a blog here: http://lovellycommunications.com/2013/05/20/an-email-reminder-of-why-i-do-what-i-do/

I’d like to also share with you my response to her and the advice I gave in how to live and work the life you want. This was a great reminder. Maybe ask yourself “Why do I do what I do?”

Infinite possibilities in the Salt Flats of Uyuni Bolivia

Infinite possibilities in the Salt Flats of Uyuni Bolivia

Darling you brought tears to my eyes!
 
Thank you for validating my life choices and for reminding me of why I do what I do… It’s because I’m Living!
 
Life has ups and downs. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother, this is going to be a tough time, but I promise you there is a light at the end of the tunnel and the best advice I can give is to take each day as it comes and not think too far head. Everything happens for a reason and life will take it’s course. We must make the most of each and every day.

Working at events with wonderful people. Comedian Gina Yashere

Working at events with wonderful people. Comedian Gina Yashere

 
You have inspired me to take my own interview – I write one for my Travel Blog and one for my Lovelly Communications website. I ask people I admire to respond to the interview and I post it as a blog. I’ve been meaning for some time to answer the questions myself- and tonight I will do that very thing! With this, I think I’ll answer many of your questions – and actually some of my own.
 
Everyone has that fear and that doubt when finishing college. For me actually I wished I had nothing on, I wished I had the world open to me and no plans. But I was already running my business, I had 2 contracts and a huge event to run. I knew exactly what I was doing the day after my final exam, 10 hours of work! But I loved it. My advice is to find a balance between work and play. I live to extremes and especially at that time after college, I worked myself into the ground- took a month off and then travelled for 3 months and it made me stop and think what do I want from my life? What’s it all for? And then… I moved to Melbourne – a new city in my same country and doors went flying open and opportunities were in abundance.
 Meeting wonderful people in Business such as Cheryl Lin who inspired me. Love Melbourne for this.

Meeting wonderful people in Business such as Cheryl Lin who inspired me. Love Melbourne for this.

Ok so I feel we have many more conversations ahead of us but here are some life lessons I’d like to pass on to you:
 
  • Change is the only constant. You need to learn to accept change and move with it. Change is always happening and will always happen, your ability to ADAPT is what is key!
  • Live each day as if it were your last! Recently I lost a friend to a heart attack. He was 24. It shook me to my core. He lived his life with passion – he climbed Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu (actually with me) and he made the most of life. Do what you love and just live.
  • Life has ups and downs. Don’t ever ask for normal. You know on a heart monitor what happens when the line is straight and flat… you’re dead! So go with the highs and lows- this means you are living!
  • Don’t look at the rest of your life and feel overwhelmed. Start to look more short term. Take each day as a lesson – mistakes you learn from and opportunities are there for taking. IT’s all about learning. Don’t let it overwhelm or consume you – then you won’t enjoy.
  • You don’t need a lot of money! Please don’t think I’m rich. Well actually, I am Rich! I’m rich in memories, in friendships, in the blessings that life has given me. $$ come and go – it’s the memories we make and the moments we share that make it all worthwhile.

Have fun at work! I love the snow and getting to work with Mt Buller promotions.

Have fun at work! I love the snow and getting to work with Mt Buller promotions.

 
Work hard. Play harder. Enjoy the life that you have been blessed to live.
 
So let us speak again soon – I hope this gives you hope and you continue to read the blogs.
 
Start a blog! Today! I broke my back and was house bound – I took the time to rest and to start this blog and business I’d been wanting to start for years! I’m so thankful for breaking my back- it made me stop, think, rest and to start doing the things I wanted to. Everything happens for a reason. So all you have to do is start – the rest will come.
 
Thank you again! This is a beautiful gift you have given to me.

Anything is possible. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Inspired Adventures for Alzheimer's Australia NSW

Anything is possible. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Inspired Adventures for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW


Do you have passion for life? Do you have a dream? Do you have a goal?

Recently I received the most beautiful email from a young woman who shared with me her passions, her aspirations and her dream.

She also shared with me her admiration an gratitude for the choices and actions I’ve taken in my own life. I was absolutely flattered and actually moved by this gorgeous email she sent to me.

Working next to a beautiful waterfall in Dharamsala, in India

(Working next to a beautiful waterfall in Dharamsala, in India)

This email reminded me of why it is I do what I do. What drives me and how passion is so important in our work and our lives. I’m so fortunate to do what I love for work and also to be able to travel with my work and meet so many wonderful people. I am thankful for getting to follow my dreams and I will continue to work towards my goals.

Working next to a beautiful waterfall in Dharamsala, in India

(Working next to a beautiful waterfall in Dharamsala, in India)

This lovely young lady has given me permission to share it here.
Hello Emma! 
 
            How are you? I wanted to reach out to you regarding your blog and company. I’ve briefly reviewed both and was relieved to finally found someone who travels the world, blogs and is an entrepreneur! This might sound strange but I have been trying to find someone who does just that because it’s exactly what I want to do with my life.. I think. I’m a senior at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Marketing Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and have been desperately seeking an answer to the question of what I want to do when I graduate. 
            Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been passionate about writing and traveling. When I was 12 I traveled to Australia as a “People to People Student Ambassador” and ever since have been intrigued about our world and everything in it. My family doesn’t do much traveling besides the typical family vacations to florida every summer. Last August I backpacked through Nicaragua and Costa Rica with my friend for two weeks and it was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I’m hooked and have been trying to travel and experience new and exciting things ever since. It’s something that I’m very passionate about and want to turn it into a career somehow. 
            Traveling can be expensive, as you know, and I honestly don’t have a lot of money to spare because once I graduate I have to start paying back my student loans. Yuck! It’s hard for me to see a light at the end of the tunnel because I’m not sure what the pay is like for a travel writer. That’s where my PR skills can come in and why I already admire you so much. You have turned your skills into a business that allows you to work online and wherever you are around the world, no? I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to hear your story of how you got to where you are, how you started your business, what your typical day consists of and many more questions that I’m sure I will come up with. 
            While at my internship today, I found out that my grandma was rushed to the hospital. She’s okay, but I’ve been pretty down because I know that the time is approaching when I won’t be able to open my mailbox to her cookies and heart-warming letters anymore.
Seeing that there is someone out there that is living my dream life has brightened my day. 
 
Thank you!
 
 

Do you have passion for life? Do you have a dream? Do you have a goal?

Voice it! Go for it!

Thank you lovely girl for reminding me why it is I do what I do!

Travelling the world and working in my own business. It's a Lovelly Life

Travelling the world and working in my own business. It’s a Lovelly Life!


Random Acts of Kindness on your Monday :)

A beautiful blog about Random Acts of Kindness! Well said!

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So today my mum called me to say I had a letter from Victoria Police.  Fearing the worst I told her to open it so I could find out how much it cost to run a red light or where I was when I’d been speeding despite not remembering doing either act.  Alas! It was a letter informing me that my, brand new I might add, Kate Hill wallet that I lost weeks ago had been handed into Flinders St Police Station in Melbourne with all contents! I’ve been too poor to buy a new licence or student card and now I don’t have to! I worked out it was going to cost around $100 to replace all my cards in my wallet but now, thanks to the kindness of a random stranger, I can keep my hundred bucks in my savings account!

This got me thinking… People today talk…

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Melbourne: Ideas for a one week visit

Melbourne is now my home! I moved here two years ago and I love exploring my own city. In that time I’ve probably been away for about 6 months of that time if not more with 2 x 2 month overseas trips, week long trips to Sydney, other parts of Australia and overseas. When I am here – I love embracing the arts that this city has to offer and indulging in the many wonderful cuisines offered at great restaurants and bars around the city.
Here is my list of activities and things you can do while visiting for a week. There is a lot more on offer but in a week, I think this will keep you rather busy.
Beautiful Melbourne

Beautiful Melbourne

Things to do in Melbourne:
– Arts Centre – plays
– Shopping on Chapel Street
– St Kilda Beach and Luna Park
Watch a play here!

Watch a play here!

– National Gallery- Monet exhibition
– Melbourne Aquarium – baby penguins there for another 6 months until they are all grown up!
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– Draculas – Theatre dinner restaurant (This is a MUST – dinner and show. Very famous!!)
– Eureka Skydeck – 89 floors, view of Melbourne – you could also have a wonderful meal there, 5 course degustation menu. www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/
Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka

Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka

– Great Ocean Road = 2 days
– Phillip Island – 1 day, drive there and back. Penguin parade and animal park
– Rooftop Bar
Best place to be in the afternoons, Rooftop Bar

Best place to be in the afternoons, Rooftop Bar

– Shrine of Rememberence – War memorial
– River cruise on the Yarra River through the city.
– River boat to Williamstown for Fish and chips.
– AFL Match at the MCG – or stadium tour.
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MCG tour

I think this should be more than enough for one week!
If you are up for the Dinners, you should book these in advance so you don’t miss out.
Enjoy my city! There is so so much to do here!

Austin Texas in Pictures

Austin, Texas is a cool, funky and clean city in the South of  the Unites States of America. The capital is rich in history and political stance in the country but has incorporated a young vibe with the many universities of the area. There were lots of bars… we found many of them. Cheers Texas!

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I was there for just 3 days and over the holidays as it was thanksgiving which did somewhat affect the normally bustling areas of 6th street and downtown. However, we still found places to party, experience the atmosphere and with only mild winter weather, we enjoyed being out and about.

 

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Thanksgiving Cheers!

 

Here is a summary of the trip in photos:

 

Rainey Street- alternative bars, restaurants in old houses

 

 

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Staying at Motel 8… Stay Classy Austin!
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USA Shot! Captain America! Shots were $1 to $6 max and that’s our amazing bar tender AlanIMG_3363

 

Jackalope the Rabbit – you can’t take a drink up here!IMG_3356Welcome to Texas!
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Some Important Hindi to Learn

On my last trip to India, I found a marvellous book for learning Hindi! Yes I thought, finally I can speak the language of the country I love so much.

Saying Namaste to the King of Udaipur, The Maharana

Saying Namaste to the King of Udaipur, The Maharana

I was proud as punch of my new purchase and couldn’t wiat to test it out on my friends….. Apparently it wasn’t to be quite as useful as first thought.

My friends in Mumbai having a good giggle at my hindi attempts. Namaste!

My friends in Mumbai having a good giggle at my hindi attempts. Namaste!

Here are a few of the phrases from the book:

 

ba skae agae, bin ba jana

The buffalo is as impressed with your flute playing, your playing a flute in front of a buffalo.
My friend Priyo laughing hysterically at my hindi book

My friend Priyo laughing hysterically at my hindi book

kanghali mae, ata jilah
– a poor mans flower is always wet
The princess of Hilariously Spoken Hindi

The princess of Hilariously Spoken Hindi

Note, If you do want to learn Hindi – make sure to ask your trusted Indian friends. Or do a lesson in Hindi with actual teachers – don’t spend $8 on a book….my bad!

Declared the Taste Master at the Master Wine Challenge 2013

Ok so it’s not as glorious or award winning as it sounds-  I was picked as the person on my table to go in a blind folded wine tasting competition… and I didn’t win! But I had so much fun!

Master Wine Challenge 2013 was hosted at the River’s Edge Events room in Melbourne by the wonderful team at Hurrricane Events. I had a great time last Thursday 16th May.

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I was proud to be asked to attend again after having a wonderful time at last years Master Wine Challenge Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Last year we were there to mingle and be an honoured guest of Hurricane Events. This year I was there with my Lovelly Communications hat on as social media advisor to Hurricane who recently launched their Social Media Campaign. Very impressed to see them hosting a Twitpic competition on the night with lots of entries coming through on #masterwinechallenge. I was like a proud mumma bear of Social Media– Well done Hurricane Events!

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Great wines, 5 course degustation food, competitions and fabulous people. Oh and incredible view of the beautiful Melbourne riverside. What more could you ask for at an event!

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An expert wine master was on hand to host the night and teach us about the wonderful grapes we were sampling. Nick Stock (@stockwines) is not only a wine conneisseur, but a wine expert and he now owns his own label TwoFold. Brilliant riesling.

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Loved the food, loved the company and was even invited to be the Taste Master for a special competition. Blindfolded on stage sampling a beautiful red wine. I didn’t win but we had a whole lot of fun taking part.

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Thank you Hurricane Events and we hope to see you next year! All the best for the rest of the events around Australia.

More about Hurricane Events:

Twitter: @hurricaneevents 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneEventGroup

Website: http://www.hurricaneevents.com/

Video of last years Sydney event: http://vimeo.com/53369839

 


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