Oops, quite some time has passed since my last entry.
The Saturday before last, Dean and I were in the city for his friend's birthday party (so lovely of her to invite me, I had a great time!) before heading out into White Night. We had plans to see The Hobbit at the Moonlight Cinema but it was cancelled due to a little sun shower at 5PM… Pretty disappointing seeing as it was the perfect balmy night for it.
The projections on the Exhibition Building were so next level! The leafy one above made us feel as if we were in a video game.
The following day, Dean, Bianca, her twin and I had plans to check out the Adelphi Rooftop Pool Bar… We were so keen but when we got there, the bitter man told us that he couldn't let us up because it was after 5PM (10 minutes past!), I had even called up prior to making our way there and the guy said the pool closes at 7PM and didn't even mention the 5PM cut off. He was clearly a stubborn person so we didn't even bother to reason with him… We just left and ended up swimming at Bianca's family's pool and having a jolly time.
After a dip in the pool we went down on to the streets to snack on delicious Asian street food, stalls were up to celebrate Lunar New Year.
We had a lie down along the river below the fire blowing [retired] water fountains.
On Tuesday after work I attended my second Personal Training class. It was difficult to learn all the different activities but it was lots of fun… I learnt that I can't do pushups, not even one proper one.
On my way to work on Friday, Dean waited by the road until I passed and captured me enjoying my sunny morning ride… I'm not ready for Autumn, I feel like summer didn't grace Melbourne this year!
Another photo Dean took after work when we rode to Fitzroy to attend the launch party for Melbourne Whip - a neat free publication featuring the bikes and riders of Melbourne.
P.S. I bought this Kloke dress on Thursday night at the preview night of the Magic Designer Sale, it's the comfiest thing in my wardrobe!
Dean and his bike are featured in this first issue.
That night while a group of Dean's mates and I were grabbing burritos from Trippy Taco, we heard of the chilling news that a young man had been killed riding his bike down Sydney road by a careless woman not checking before she flung her door open and forcing him onto the path of a moving truck. Every cyclist's worst nightmare and biggest fear because it's just so unexpected…
Watch the video below (couldn't figure out how to embed?!) before you jump to victim blaming conclusions like so many did on social media before footage was released (Note: In Victoria cyclists are to ride to the left of traffic, often wedged between traffic and parked cars - it's illegal to ride on the footpath)… The rivalry between motorists and cyclists in Australia causes me much grief - a person's mode of transport does not define them, we're all human at the end of the day and both good and bad road users exist regardless of what's getting them from A to B.
The poor lady in the video who lost her son to another dooring incident articulates her opinion well, views I totally share. A bunch of cyclists are rallying towards better bike infrastructure which would be ideal but I think education and awareness really is the key - most roads (that I've ridden, at least) are safe just as long as everyone is obeying the rules and sharing a mutual respect.
… Evident in some of the insensitive, irrelevant, ill-informed comments on the video, unfortunately we're not quite there with the respect part…
In my opinion there's no fair compensation for taking an innocent person's life and ruining others' (Truck driver + loved ones) out of a subconscious low regard for others (the word,"mistake" is too forgiving for my liking). Dangerous acts on a car, bike, motor bike and even on foot shouldn't be tolerated. It's not a nice way to be reminded but following some of the road casualties of late, I hope people have reflected and become more cautious and responsible on the road.
Saturday night 6 of us caught up over a feast at Gyoza Douraku and dessert at a place close by. We got to sit in the private room! Yay.
Nutella and peanut butter crepes with ice cream, caramel sauce and fruits… Was so good.
On Sunday Dean's family had a spare ticket to the air show so they (he) invited me to join them.
The shows were very spectacular… It all looked very dangerous to me.
The food stalls there were good!
It was a nice day out, something different for a change! The crowd there reminded me of the people from my hometown, Taupo (NZ). The enthusiasm of some of the grown men there (Dean included) was kinda pure and cute.