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Footscray Market

Food is one of the things that I love. It is truly interesting how much joy it can bring, how creative you can get with it, and how each spoonful can be quite simple or complex, and both fantastic. Cooking, baking, and doing the grocery – I can just get lost doing them for hours on end.

So one day, I decided to go on an adventure and go to Footscray Market. It was just wonderful. Shopping for fresh produce, discovering new ingredients, and finding such great bargains, all of it just makes the trip more appealing.

Footscray Market is smaller compared to Queen Victoria’s Market, but it is packed with a great array of produce. You will find a lot of Asian greens, spices, and other items here.

Shopping in markets can be far cheaper than heading out to the nearest grocery store. It gives you a better idea of what fruits or vegetables are in season and gives you a far better range when it comes to variety. Also, you can get some real bargains, especially when you are keen on getting your money’s worth. For less than $80, I was able to haul all these goodies home from my trip to Footscray Market.

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Strawberries $1/punnet, Cherries $8.00/kg, Watermelon ₵79/kg, Seedless Grapes $2.99/kg, and a Melon priced at $2/kg

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Eggplants $1/kg, Squash ₵99, Bittergourd $2.95/kg and Okra is $8.99/kg
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Roughly a kilo of Green Mung Beans $1, Chayote $2.99/kg, a bunch of Bittergourd leaves $1.48, and Chili leaves $1.48

A jar of spicy sardines I had found at an Asian grocery was marked at $4.50. I had bought two but was charged only $3. Why? As it turns out, it was $3 for two bottles. See? I told you I was getting some real good bargains. Anyway, moving on.

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Mama Sita’s Sinigang sa Bayabas Mix $1.20/pc, Pandan leaves $2, Broccoli ₵99/kg, Carrots $1.49/kg, Coriander $1.00, and Mongo Sprouts or Mung Bean Sprouts for roughly ₵78. I also bought a cucumber for $1 but forgot to take a photo of it.

Vegans need to look away at this post and anyone who is squeamish about seeing a whole fish. If you get upset, it’s not my fault. You have been warned.

Anyway, the only upsetting thing that I had bought at Footscray Market was the frozen mussels. They were somewhat dirty but I didn’t mind. At the time, I had thought that frozen mussels was commonplace. But it was a bad idea, bad. They turned out really rubbery. We couldn’t eat a single one at all.

As for pork, I bought some but I don’t think it is essential to post the pictures. The price at the time for Pork Shoulder was $12/kg and Pork Liver at roughly $5/kg.

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Frozen mussels $4.99/kg, Tilapia $4.99/kg, and Taiwan Bangus (Yup, that’s what it said) $6.99/kg.

So there you have it. More than a week’s worth of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables for less than $100. I hope to venture out into other markets and buy more great items. And by then, I would probably have more time to capture pictures of the place.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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Happy Australia Day Mate!

Today, the whole country is celebrating Australia Day!

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Happy Australia Day!

A lot of grills are fired up for the barbie. The flags are waving proud. And everywhere, everyone is gathering for today’s festivities. Enjoy Australia Day everyone!

P.S. I thought I published this already, instead it was saved in the drafts folder. Doh! Oh well, it’s the thought that counts.


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Australian Open 2013

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The Rod Laver Arena is full of excited tennis fans

Melbourne is buzzing with activity the past few days. The streets are flooded with the colours green and yellow. The televisions sets at home are fixed on Ch. 7. What else can it be? It’s Australian Open 2013!

It’s my first Australian Open in Melbourne. I must say, every day is a temptation. You want to get in on the action. You want to dash to Rod Laver Arena or Hisense Arena. You want to be there on the grounds with everyone and root for your favourite player.

I am a Serena Willams and Venus Wiliams fan. I am so damn proud of them. They changed the game of tennis.

Unfortunately, Venus was out of the running for this year’s trophy. And, they didn’t make it to the semi-finals too for the Women’s Doubles category. They were bested by the duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

I’m glad I didn’t watch that game or else I would have had my heart broken twice. Yes, I am that emotionally invested with these sisters. In fact, I am so freaking weird and superstitious at times that I believe I jinx them when I watch them play. How do I watch a game then? I turn away from the television set when either one of them losses a point to their opponent. I let my partner do the watching for me. I believe she’s imbued with good luck. And when it’s all good, I resume watching. I am dead serious.

Today, Serena Williams will be competing against Sloane Stephens. It’ll be a great match to watch since I l support both of them. But then again, my ticket is for the 5pm session so I won’t be seeing them live in action. I know, I know. I’m a bad fan. But hey, I am grateful to be watching Australian Open with a free ticket. Yeah, someone else paid. And no, I am not sponsored or affiliated with any names or brands mentioned on this blog or blog post.

So, for now, I can only but give a few reminders to other arena-watching-newbies like me.

AUSOPEN TIP #1
There really is no way of knowing who you’ll be watching days before you buy your ticket. But, if you plan to buy your ticket the night before, then you can easily view the updated tournament schedule the following day.

AUSOPEN TIP #2
Entrance to the venue can be limited by arena and by time, especially during the qualifying rounds. Your Hisense Arena ticket won’t get you in Rod Laver Arena. And, your day session ticket won’t permit you to watch beyond that time. Once again, make sure where and when your favourite player’s tournament going to be held.

AUSOPEN TIP #3
So, what’s a girl to do? Buy a ground pass! You can catch a glimpse of your favourite player practicing on one of the open courts. There’s a designated court and time when they’ll be warming up. It’s usually an hour or two before their scheduled match. Just seeing them up close for once is a dream of a lifetime. At least that holds true for me.

AUSOPEN TIP #4
It’s really better to prepare early on for events such as this. Check the weather, slather on the sunscreen, get your shades, and hold the coffee. You don’t want to be going to the loo every now and then.
And oh, don’t forget your jacket. Australian summer is a bit finicky. At times, it’s 16C in the morning, heats up to 24C to 36C or more during the rest of the day, and then cools down again to 20C and below.

AUSOPEN TIP #5
Explore the grounds and be aware of the people around you. They give you more clues than you can imagine. The lines tell you where the good eats are at, where the toilets are, where the freebies are, and of course, where the same people are cheering for your favourite player.

AUSOPEN TIP #6
Dress to your fancy. It’s the time to let some of your finest summer wardrobe see the light of day or night for that matter. Or if you prefer, let loose and wear a more festive attire. You’re sure to see avid fans out there like you and me.

AUSOPEN TIP #7
Check what you can’t bring in with you. As much as we love to capture as much photos as we can, tripods aren’t allowed and so are camera lenses with more than 200mm.

I’ll be adding more to this list, if ever you need more tips. For now, let’s enjoy the Australian Open 2013!

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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Jodie Foster is an Out and Proud Lesbian

There’s no mistaking it. You don’t have to read between the lines. A big-name Hollywood actress has come out and it’s Jodie Foster. Did you watch her during the Golden Globes? Did you pay attention to her speech? Jodie Foster’s words says it all, albeit a bit too subtle for some. She is gay. She is a lesbian. And you know what, she couldn’t have done it at a better time. Receiving a Cecil B DeMille award and broadcasting it on live telecast at Golden Globes for the whole world to see and hear takes a lot of grace and guts.

Why now? Why on Golden Globes? Why name her former girlfriend and partner for the whole world to google? Why? Why? Why?!

It is so easy to complicate matters when you fail to take in the actress’ words and intentions. Why should her private life be of concern to the public in the first place? Can you imagine how the publicity of her sexuality becomes just another fodder for the media to feast on, where in this day and age, as she puts it, your private life becomes a cheap, money-making franchise for a reality show and a fragrance line? Should she really stoop to that level and jeopardize her private family life? An actress of her calibre?

I can’t pretend to understand everything. I don’t know the pressure famous and influential women go through, how hard it is to separate their public life and private life, and how much effort it takes to screen out the prying eyes of the media and all the unwanted attention. Still, I think it is important for women to come out of the closet. Whether you are a public figure or not, I think it is a responsibility we owe to our predecessors who have set the path for us, we owe it to every scared woman out there to help them find their voice, we owe it to ourselves to be proud of who we are. Because just by coming out, we come to represent, we come to claim our space, our rights, and dignity. And by doing so, we help others find the opportunity themselves.

The circumstances vary for each and every woman out there. But let me just say, congratulations! It truly takes a lot of heart to come out. It takes a lot of courage to come out. It takes a lot of sacrifice to come out.

As women, as lesbians, we are made of the sterner stuff. And truly, we can and we will overcome anything and everything until equality fully lives up to its promise. This is our campaign.

To see and read more of Jodie Foster’s speech, you can view it here on GLAAD.org or at the Advocate.com


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Things to Do in Melbourne: A Summer Day at Luna Park and St. Kilda Beach

I had to stop myself from jumping out of the tram as it passes through Chapel St. on our way to St. Kilda Beach. It was lined with beautiful shops, restaurants, and cafes. It seemed everybody was carrying a bag or two.  What made it all the more tempting were the sale posters the stores had put up and all over their windows.

Our original plan for the day was to get a pizza at Portone Woodfired Pizza along Carlisle St., but sadly they were on a holiday break during the time. We had to go to another shop to get our fix instead. If you’re not too keen on getting a slice of pizza, there’s more to Carlisle St. to be discovered. I do encourage you to explore the area as it is only a tram stop away from the St. Kilda. And if you’re like me, any excuse to try local food stores and favourite hang outs should be reason enough to at least walk a few blocks around the area.

Finally, we make our way to Luna Park – celebrating its 100th summer of fun.

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The Colorful Luna Park – Celebrating their 100th summer of fun

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One of the rides at Luna Park. Back home, we call this one Anchor’s Away

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One of the rides I would have thought of twice before riding. It doesn’t only rotate, it does its own revolution too or something. That’s as far as I go on describing this wicked ride.

My partner can’t go on rides. She really can’t. So we settled for the booth games and found ourselves going home with a lovely pair.

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Yup, we just stood back and watched.

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I was so good with this one, I was able to put 4 out of 5 balls at the number 5 slot. I forgot that I needed to aim at the number 6 slot. Next time then.

I had named the giraffe Cadbury and the black puppy she named Luna.

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Our prizes and new pets

We took our newfound pets for a stroll along the beach. I was warned the water is too cold for swimming even though it was summer.  They were right. I could only dip my feet in the water and that was about it.

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Dipping my toes in Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach. Brrrr

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On our way to the St Kilda Bath House

All that walking and strolling deserves a reward. So, we went to Acland St. and treated ourselves to cake and coffee.

The selection is endless. You might find yourself ogling at the window displays a long time before making your choice. I did. So don’t worry, you’re not the only one. And a lot of people really do, so there. Monarch Cake Shop, Acland Cakes, Le Bon Continental Cake Shop and Europa Cake Shop all sit in one block. You can take your sweet time deciding what you’ll have with your coffee.

Our short and sweet escapade allowed us to go home early, without feeling too exhausted or rushed for dinner. So, if you want a no-fuss itinerary for a day out, a trip to St. Kilda Beach is always a good idea.

PS. I apologize for the absence of food photos. Probably next time or in a new post. Thanks.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

© LezGoMelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com 2013 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including photos if any, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Lezgomelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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10 Tips on Moving to Australia: The Cost of Living

It’s hard to calculate just how much change you would have to get accustomed to when living in a different country. Settling down in a new house, in a new neighborhood, all of it can take some time.

But after a month of two, you should be able to find your way in and around Melbourne with ease either by train, tram, or bus. You can easily map out where the nearest convenience store is , where the post is so you can drop your mail, where the bottle shop is so you can grab a cider or two, and of course, the nearest market or grocery for fresh produce.

You can easily build your routine within a few weeks, but how much is the change going to cost you? I have tried my hardest to research about the cost of living in Australia. So far, there isn’t a concrete or fixed amount out there. I guess it all depends on the lifestyle you live and what you can afford. But, to give you a rough idea and maybe help you manage your budget, here is a list of expenditures you can expect on a weekly basis for a couple with no kids:

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One of the many city views on Federation Square, along Flinders St

1. Rent

The closer you are to the city, the pricier and the smaller your unit or apartment becomes.  The same holds true for really popular streets or neighborhoods. Nevertheless, you would be spending roughly $300 – $350 per week on rent for a 1 bedroom apartment located near the CBD.

2. Health Care

For a couple, you would be spending roughly $100 every 2 weeks for health care coverage. The estimates vary if you are availing private health care, which policy, and other extras.

3. Food

Every week, I try to keep my grocery down to a maximum of $50. However, that budget can be very limiting especially if you like variety in your diet. It also doesn’t include any toiletries and other household effects like cleaners.

Remember, almost all products are priced at $1 per piece or more. This partial list, as of December 2012, costs roughly $23.  Imagine if you add in your beef, chicken, pork and other produce, not to mention your rice, it’ll only cost more.

2 Litre Milk                                         $2.00

250g Butter                                        $1.40

500g Spaghetti                                  $0.69

750g Bread                                         $3.50

Brown Vinegar                                  $0.95

1 Dozen Caged Eggs                        $2.90

2 Litre Pineapple Juice                   $2.77

1 kg Cashmere Potatoes                  $2.98

1pc Iceberg Lettuce                         $0.90

250g Strawberries                            $1.98

1kg Tomatoes                                    $2.50

 

4. Utilities

Electricity is responsible not only for your refrigerator and television, but also your electric stove/ oven and your hot water, unless, of course, it runs on gas.  Your bill might run up to $100 per month or more with additional appliances in the house such as dishwasher, dryer, or heater.

Depending on your tenancy contract, water bills are due quarterly or yearly, and may or may not be paid by your landlord. Please check with your agent accordingly.

5. Communication

Buy a prepaid sim for $2 and load up. Network to network text messaging is free, but other than that, you need to pay for calls and data. Without international calls, you may spend just $30 a month.

6. Internet

If you have applied for an ADSL connection, it may cost anywhere from $49/month or more, depending on your data plan. On the other hand, if you have bought a prepaid internet kit, you may spend more than that if you are unaware of your consumption. If you make video calls every day, watch a ton of Youtube videos, and download a lot of files, you can spend $25 in an instant. A budget of $20-30 per week is good for a modest use.

7. Transport

If you commute to the city everyday by train or tram, you may spend roughly $30 per week, excluding Saturdays and Sundays.

8. Take away

Running errands can leave you hungry. Sometimes, you just have to grab a bite to eat. The cheapest ones out there are $5 pies and $5 baguettes. Wash it down with $3 coffee and it’s a simple break you can indulge yourself in. Yes, indulge. Australia makes great coffee.

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Dining in one of the many cafes and bistros in and around Melbourne is exciting and all too tempting

9. Dining out

A plate of grub can cost anywhere from $10 to $18 and it all depends on where you eat. An average meal costs $10, be it  TexMex, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Fish and Chips.

10. Entertainment

Ticket for two at the cinemas can cost anywhere from $40 – $50. A walk in the park or on the beach, free.

Now, you have a more realistic figure for your household when it comes to making your weekly or monthly budget. Hope it helps you. If you have better ideas, why don’t you share your own thoughts and tips!

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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A Prosperous First New Year Melbourne!

Happy New Year!

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2013 flashing on the jumbotron at ACMI Fed Square Flinders St, Melbourne

It’s our first time celebrating New Year in Melbourne and I must say, we did the touristy thing and headed to Federation Square for the fireworks display along with a million people. It was fun to see a sea of people on Flinders St. for a change, but I doubt that we’ll be doing that again next year.