Friday 11 November 2011

Bondi - Sculpture by the Sea 2011

Bondi Beach

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Three years ago I visited the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach. I don't remember the sculptures and artworks I saw, though all I remember was that it was sweltering and it was a very foolish choice to be wearing black skinny jeans. In hindsight, I think it was the start of change, the first movement towards the path that I am now on. I was with people that I never truly spoke to again even after that one day and even now, my path has diverged from theirs.

Today, I went with my father to see the exhibition once again. Luckily I had picked the day where it was not only not that hot (it was said to be only 23 degress Celsius) and it was not raining.

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There was this girl who was sitting at the edge of the cliff and I took a photo of her. I have always wanted to sit at the edge but alas I have a fear of heights and I would be scared that I would fall over. And yet, I think there would be something incredibly calming.

The highlight of the day would definitely have been see the pods of dolphins; there must have been over 30 swimming in the ocean!
Thursday 10 November 2011

Takumi + Beach

My friend J and I caught up for lunch; post examination period never feels as exciting as I imagine it to be during examination period though. We went to visit Takumi, the sushi train on Level 3 at Market City. At $3 a plate ($2.50 if you show your student card!) it is definitely on the cheaper end of the scale and I guess, for $2.50 you can't really be that picky. But I am.

I don't particularly eat Japanese and I have issues with slimy textures. Basically that means I don't like/ won't eat anything raw and mushrooms. The issue that I have with sushi train restaurants in general is that there is a tendency to have the same few plates and whilst you can order certain rolls from the menu, I feel as though it really retracts from the experience. The selection was sub-par and the place was so hot. I don't think the air conditioner was working where we were sitting.

The first thing my friend picked was this squid + rice sushi. I don't eat squid because a) it is slimy and b) it is chewy. Too chewy.. But I tried it because I didn't think it was that bad. It was so chewy that I couldn't handle it anymore and didn't want to swallow it whole so I ended up spitting it out in my napkin. Cool.

J ordered a handroll for me but got me the wrong tuna roll (I wanted the canned tuna type roll). As said previously, I don't like slimy textures and I really tried to eat the tuna but I just couldn't. I think a large part of it isn't really the texture per se, but more the idea; when I was eating it without looking, it was 'fine' but then once I thought about it I couldn't eat it anymore.

J had never tried soft shell crab before! Though it was so salty.

All in all, granted that we paid $25 for 10 dishes, price wise, it wasn't too bad. But I'm not sure if I would ever go back.

I had been hearing a lot about matcha and actually googled it earlier that morning. I normally have issues with red bean, but in the drink it was fairly nice since the drink itself wasn't very sweet.
Matcha Milk Tea + Red Bean

We then visited 'Dollar King' (where everything is not $1) and I saw these adorable figurines.

Until this afternoon, I did not realise that I hadn't been to a beach in over 2 years despite living relatively close. The water was lovely and the wind was perfect in contrast to the sweltering sun. Though, I am sure I looked a little out of place with my business skirt and blouse, standing at the water's edge whilst everyone else was in board shorts and bikinis.