Category Archives: Melbourne

The Tirhatuan Sanctuary is the perfect Melbourne getaway

This was exactly the stay I needed! Sanctuary is the perfect word for Manuela’s beautiful space at The Tirhatuan Sanctuary. The moment I walked in I felt the tension from my body go and knew I was in a warm and welcoming place. The decor in her home is incredible and you feel very much immersed in nature. 

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Not only is the home surrounded by trees and a wonderful thriving garden, but you have the mountain ranges nearby. There is a golf course across the road where we went for a wonderful sunset walked and Manuela shared her extensive knowledge of the area. 

Manuela can also cater for guests and the food was amazing. I was offered champagne on arrival, teas and hot drinks at regular intervals and there were always snacks at the ready. I was given a nourishing soup for dinner and a lovely fresh breakfast of juice and avocado on toast. All for a very reasonable additional cost. The food and drinks are all vegan, and although I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, I didn’t feel without. It was delicious and refreshing. You’ll never go hungry here.

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Macca the guardian cat watches over the house.

I’m often travelling to Melbourne and will make this a regular stop. It’s a bit further out but after a busy few days of work nearer the city, it was exactly what I needed. I left feeling rested, fresh and generally calmer. Highly recommend the Tirhatuan Sanctuary for a relaxing retreat and getaway.

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Activities for guests to relax and switch off.

Book your next stay at The Tirhatuan Sanctuary through Airbnb 


Cath Styles in SHIFT at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

EXCITING TIMES! My gorgeous and talented friend Cath is back at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a brand new show, SHIFT!

I’ve always found it fascinating how Cath juggles her professional career psychiatric nursing, with her passion and love for comedy. She nails both but add in family, friends, and life as well as your two work lives…. things get interesting.

It’s on from 5-17th April and we’ve got 2 x Double Passes to giveaway.

Tell us when and how you have lived a double life?

You can pick the date you would like to attend – just answer in the comments below!

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We invite you to explore the craziness of a way of life where strange is normal, and normal is strange as Cath Styles presents her new show SHIFT at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016.

Cath Styles has been a psychiatric nurse for 25 years, and a comedian for 10. Between the nights, evenings, weekends and holidays she’s worked in both jobs, she’s never had a weekend off. Ever! Shift is the show where both her worlds collide, and explores her on again, off again, love affair with her (paying!) job.

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No stranger to finding the funny in the dark and bizarre, the creator of festival favourite Darkness and Light blends stand-up and storytelling to tell touching, and twisted tales of her enduring 25 year fling with psych nursing.

The show will run from April 5 to 17 at The Downstairs Lounge at the Grand Mercure Hotel at 6.30pm. Details for…

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Kirsty Mac presents MANFLU at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

Kirsty Mac is bold, unapologetic and damn funny. She’s bringing her new show to Melbourne and it opens tonight. Manflu!

I’ve seen a number of Kirsty’s performance and love her wit, way with words and her ability to bring the laughs with the most serious of subject matter.

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A bit more about the show:

What is MANFLU? Have you had it? Is it contagious? But most importantly, could it be messing with your mojo…

MANFLU is all about the history of the patriarchy and the systemic history of oppression for all genders. Stories and jokes about domestic violence, pick-up artists, mens rights activists and how Kirsty Mac is beating them all at their own game. ‘But if you’re expecting a man-hating diatribe that’s only after smiles of solidarity from sisters in the audience, you’re going to be disappointed.

‘Raucous and rude, sweary and sexy. ★★★★’ Sunday Herald (UK)

‘Mac succeeds in taking on the world. ★★★★’ Herald Sun

Venue: Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders Street

Dates: 31st March & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th of April

Time: 7.00pm

Get your tickets: Trybooking and at the door http://www.trybooking.com/KCHQ

 

Also!!! The Venue, Speakyeasy HQ, have a special drinks offer on! See the post:

Speakeasy HQ is excited to announce the launch of a new cocktail shooter “INOCULATION”! 

The shooter is being launched alongside the hilariously sassy Kirsty Mac is Feminazi new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Manflu!

Come and see the show, and get your flu shot today!!

The show will be launching tomorrow, with 12 shows in total – 31 Mar – 17 Apr

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Lauren Bok presents Is that A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016

I’m so excited to see Lauren Bok in her first solo show, Is That A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016! It opened last night and tonight will be my first night at the show!

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This super talented lady has been in a number of ensemble casts and co-written shows with other performers. She’s now branching out on her own in this hilarious piece. I got a sneak preview in her spot at Festival Club last night, and this girl has got it going on.

A bit more about the show:

Life is a Burrito.

We’re born, we are shoveled into a channel of carbohydrate, and the weight of life’s commitments are thrown on top of us.

The Tomato Salsa of Dreams. The Guacamole of Expectations. The Sour Cream of Hope.

This is the debut solo show from comedian and spicy hot tamale Lauren Bok.

Lauren Bok is a Melbourne-based comedian with a bright, witty, physical style. She is a regular on the comedy circuit in Melbourne and interstate, and appears nationally on Channel 31’s Live on Bowen, Games Night, OffBeat and About Tonight.

‘Genuinely funny, entertaining and witty. ★★★★’ Beat Magazine

‘Very quick and hilarious while thinking on her feet.’ YAWP

‘Solid material with plenty of verbal imagery.’ Squirrel Comedy

‘The wild one, with her constantly shifting facial expressions and intense physicality.’ Pop Culture-y

Carpet Room
Forum Theatre
March 24th – April 3rd
8.30pm

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

She even has a special Easter themed burrito for opening weekend, nawww!

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Juan Vesuvius presents “Calypso Nights, Juan Two?” at MICF 2016

Last year I saw Juan Vesuvius perform his clown DJ show, Calypso Nights, at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and it was an absolute stand out! It’s stayed in my mind and I’m so excited to be seeing “Juan Two?” tonight! Getting my Calypso moves ready and hunting down the maracas! Come along for opening night.

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More about the show:

Following his music-infused cult hit, Calypso Nights, award-winning Venezualan DJ Juan Vesuvius is back with a brand new adventure in Caribbean music, politics and absurdism.

Calypso Nights: Juan, Two? is the second instalment in Juan’s mission to heal the world with calypso. Wow. Beautiful.

Using his unique brand of vinyl-mixing, maraca-wielding comedy Juan will guide you on a journey that is part music lesson, part dance party, part psychedelic chutney trip.

Winner The Skinny Genius Award 2014 (Ed Fringe)
Nominated Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

“It’s Doctor Brown, the Mighty Boosh and Sacha Baron Cohen in one man.” – THE NATIONAL (Scotland)
”Delightfully bonkers” ★★★★ – THE LIST
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CALYPSO NIGHTS: JUAN, TWO?
24th March- 17th April
9:45pm (Sun 8.45pm)
Roxanne – Parlour Room

Accessible performance:
Wednesday 30 March

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

Also here is a sneak peek at Juan’s crazy antics:

Juan Vesuvius Ibiza vs. Melbourne


Epic bike fails of Melbourne

Since living in Melbourne I’ve vowed to get back into my commuting lifestyle of the cyclist. With all my good intentions, it’s turned out to be nothing but epic failures. Perhaps having a half decent bike would have been a good start to my cycling habits but alas no. I tried to dust off my old bike from when I lived here 18 months ago and it just isn’t up to the standard.

This is the 3 strikes which left me to abandoning my bike pursuits. From here on out, it’s joy rides only for me. I’m not a bike commuter. Enjoy my #epicfails.

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11/06/15 – On the bus, in Lycra shorts in #winter#bikefail. Rode to the petrol station, tried to pump up tyre, tyre deflated completely. Also realised caps for valves are missing… So now I look like a #cyclist …. On a bus!!!!

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14/06/15 – Epic #bikefail #2. Rode to train and then had the intention of riding from train to the #1000steps for my walk. Nope! Train replacement bus from #Blackburn. So I’ve had to abandon my bike at the station and now will go on for anyway… Perhaps #Melbourne, you’re telling me something… I’m no longer a #cyclist.

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15/06/15 – Epic #bikefail #3. 3 strikes you’re out! I tried to give you a good run my old friend but let’s face it … You’re crap! My second hand/ or even 5th hand bike is no good for riding to work. I got to the train station today where I left it yesterday & planned to ride to work from there. But no love. It was squeaky struggle street all the way. I’ve admitted defeat & left it at another train station where I shall walk it’s sorry butt home tonight. Sigh. Back to tram commuting for me #Melbourne

Wish me luck on my other excercise and training ventures!


Meeting Inspirational people on Public Transport

One day in Melbourne I was catching a tram as I did perhaps 3 or 4 times a week to get into the city. You sit down, play on your phone, talk to your friend or generally go about your own business. Occasionally someone sits near you and smiles or says something. This day, Trevor Brown sat down with me and my friend and started chatting with us. Little did I know that this would form a digital friendship and I would be eager to learn more and more about his story.

In our brief 10 minute ride, Trevor told us that he had been homeless. He was so open and honest about it. He was also very proud to tell us that he was now a published writer and handed me his business card. As a fellow writer, this was something I was certainly interested to learn. From appearances, you would never know that he had once lived below the line and had struggled to re-build. Now, he wants to share his story and help others. 

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The lease I can do is share his story here. These are the words of Trevor Brown:

“Just a brief information about my history..

 

I was homeless living inside my small van for six years from 2008 to 2013, with five of those years basically on the streets of Melbourne. During my first year up in the bush area of North East Victoria I battled against depression and nearly stepped of the planet, I just wasn’t happy….during what I call my darkness zone a story was sparked and run through my head and I started writing it. At the time I didn’t rate my writing…. That’s my first book I’m still writing only a few thousand words to go and why I thought about becoming a writer….

 

Last year 2013, I headed back to school to do my VCE (Year12) course and about this time of the year the editor of the “Big Issue” magazine advised that he wanted to publish my article about my time on the streets, this become my first article, the first page of my folio.

 

Now I have had 4 article published in the Big Issue, a couple of other articles published in other magazines and a couple of weeks ago was broadcast on the Big Idea program on ABC National radio talking about “Social Inclusion in learning” 

 

 

Anyway I finished another article yesterday about a homeless guy who was murdered and how many people came together to remember him last week in the city the editor has already responded that he likes my article….
 
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Trevor Brown Article

 

I may be again on the radio in a couple of months….2014 is starting to shape up nicely and remember this time last year I was still in my van on the streets….Now I don’t even have my van…or anything parked in the driveway.

 

Anyway that’s just a bit of info…As for my art, I use it drawings and painting to have somewhere else to throw my creativeness and it helps me write…Over Christmas I also did some street art in the middle of Melbourne…

 

Anyway Not sure if this is the type of info you wanted, but that’s my part my story anyway….

 

I’m only starting out but as I said when my first article was published, “Everyone who has ever gotten anywhere started with ‘one thing’ and this may just be my ‘one thing”…time will tell.”
 
Thank you for your story Trevor, and I think this quote is for you!
 
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Ringing in the New Year at Eureka Tower in Melbourne

This year I’ll be ringing in the New Year on top of Melbourne, literally! We will be sipping on champagne at the 89th floor of the Eureka Tower, Australia’s tallest tower and event space.

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The incredible thing about NYE here is that we will have the most unique view of the fireworks in the city…… From above them. There are 6 firework sites around Melbourne and with a bit of luck, we should be able to see them all.

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View from Eureka

I shall be attending this shindig with my dear friend Kenny who will be visiting from Darwin where he is in the Australian Army. As soon as I mentioned this event to him he was in and was hounding for when we could book tickets. We’ve taken the Gold Package because we feel, if you’re going to do it, do it WELL!

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This will be my 4th visit to the Eureka Tower and I’m sure it will be as wonderful all the other times but maybe just a tad more exciting. It will be an extra special day for me as I arrive back from 6 weeks of holidays in Europe at 9.30am that morning. A nap may be in order before I put on my party dress and welcome in 2014!

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For tickets and reservations visit www.eureka89.com.au


City 2 Sea Melbourne 2013

It’s always fun to run around Melbourne on a beautiful Spring day!! And Sunday 17th September was perfect for the City 2 Sea race, 14km run.

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I have done this race before in 2011 and I did the City 2 Surf in Sydney 4 times – so I knew what to expect and I knew I wasn’t ready. Perhaps training 2 months out instead of 2 weeks out would have been better. But still, it’s a fun run and I did indeed have fun!

Exhausted at the end

Exhausted at the end

 

We started off near the National Gallery of Victoria off St Kilda Rd – And it was packed. More than 13,000 people there and everyone with nervous energy. Lizzie and I were excited and a bit scared to get going but so happy with this weather.

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I tracked my progress along the way taking photos at the 4km mark, 6km mark, and 10km mark … perhaps this did slow me down. Especially the 4km mark when I stopped with these two ladies to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Why? Because Westpac was donating $50 for every person who stopped and sang! How amazing! As if we wouldn’t stop!

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It’s always a great achievement to compete in one of these races and although I wasn’t quite as fit as I’d like to be, I did laugh and smile and have some lovely moments throughout the race. Especially when I saw my event manager friend Boydy at the 7km mark and get a big hug and chat from this incredible girl who had done such an amazing job working on this event.

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Motivation as we run form Adidas

Motivation as we run form Adidas

 

Another great thing about competing in an event such as this is being invited to attend the VIP City 2 Sea After Party. I will run a 14km race every week if it means finishing up with a couple of ciders and some beautiful gourmet food! Lying in the sun, relaxing with my friend on a Sunday having achieved so much so early in the day. Oh and then to finish with a massage!!

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City 2 sea – Hope to see you next year!

 

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Finish 14km success

 


Night Noodle Markets Melbourne 2013

Night Noodle Market has been mentioned a number of times on this blog – but this time for a different location, Melbourne. The famous Sydney food event as part of Good Food Month is now offering Melbournians the experience of this festival.

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Set up in Alexandra Gardens just off the hub of the city- the Yarra River, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, the Night Noodle Market is easily spotted by commuters as they hop off trams and head for trains. It’s a beautiful sight in the early evening seeing lots of people flocking into these beautiful gardens to enjoy a wide variety of flavours and foods.

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Lights through the trees, Asian style decorations, bar areas decked out like the Oktoberfest marquees and food stalls as far as the eye can see. I was lucky to attend on the second night of the festival and it was pumping. The opening night had attracted 25,000 people and actually temporary close the doors to manage the flocks of people.

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Night two was perfect with a warm atmosphere of light and relaxed people tasting amazing food from all around Melbourne. Queues were long and you did have to wait but it honestly didn’t take too long, and if you’re up for trying anything, just jump in the shortest queue. You can also stick around til late and grab some last minute goodies – like the delicious Indian street food of chaat from Autorickshaw. 

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I was here with my visiting friend Boydy and we managed to meet up with another few of her friend and make a real night of it. Sharing food, having a few G + T’s from Tanqueray and laughing amongst the colourful lights in this festive area.

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The festival is running as part of Good Food Month so make sure to get some friends, grab a picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible Summer atmosphere with some tasty eats.

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Night Noodle Markets

November 18-30, 2013

Mon-Tue: 5-9pm; Wed: 5-10pm; Thu:-Fri 5-11pm; Sat:4-10pm; Sun: 4-9pm
Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

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