Through the City Square on a Friday Eve

 

Summer seems to be here for Perth already , although we are officially still in Spring .Since today was a balmy temperature of around 28C , I decided to walk through the city square to catch my train home , and found myself in the middle of a city bustling with people and food stalls which were filling the air with mouth-watering aromas. In other words, Perth City’s Twilight Hawkers Markets have arrived, to keep our Friday evenings well occupied. The markets starts at 4:30 pm, ending at 9:30 pm, and run over the periods of 16th October 2015 until 29th April 2016, on Fridays. There were so many stalls selling food from cuisines ranging from Mexican , Asian favourites such as Indian , Singaporean , to those with vegetarian , gluten free and halal options. By the time I got there at around 6:30 pm, the markets were in full swing, and there were long queues in front of the stalls. Although my sensory perceptions were in overload, I did not venture to brave the crowds in the queues, as I had already had dinner before I left work, and boy, was I regretting that decision fully. But as the markets will be running until April, there will be many other Fridays. (Note to self: come early to avoid the crowds and lines)

On a side note, I also got extremely distracted by a street artist, who was painting some beautiful canvasses, and I must have spent about half an hour just watching her create beauty.

I am looking forward to my Fridays more than ever now!

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A walk in my hood

Having stuffed myself with a lot of carbohydrates, inclusive of that very yummy comfort food mac & cheese, during the last couple of weeks, I was starting to feel like a blimp. So I decided to sacrifice my Hell’s Kitchen viewing times, and go for a walk in my neighbourhood. It has been almost a year since I moved into this area, but I have not been out walking to explore it much. My old neighbourhood was closer to the city and was alive with a café strip, down which I would take a walk every Saturday. But recently I admit, I have been a lazy girl.

What I discovered on this walk was actually spring in full bloom, because every garden I passed was literally filled with flowers. They were all out in full force, roses, sunflowers, lilies, and many more that I did not know the names of. It was truly a day to admire the beauty of nature.

As I started my walk with only half hour to sunset, I could not explore the nearby river and surrounding woodlands, which I promised to myself to do on another day. But I did realise that I live in a culturally endowed neighbourhood, as on my return home, I could smell various different cuisines in the air, as many households were starting to cook dinner. There was smells of Indian spices, rice, and barbecue. All of which sensory overload led me into my own next comfort food adventure , which you can read about in my next post , soon to come up.

In the meantime, I leave you with some flowers of spring.

 

Open House Perth: St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, WA

The second place I visited on my Open House Perth weekend was the St. George’s Cathedral situated right in the heart of Perth City, on St. George Terrace. To be honest , it is one place that I always pass by when travelling in and out of the city , even catching the bus home from the stop right on the doorsteps of the Church . But I had never been inside to have a look until this weekend.

Being one of the few cathedrals to have been constructed of handmade bricks, the Gothic architectural look of the building is very impressive, and even though it is situated right next to modern bustling city thoroughfare, once you enter the building, you are immediately transported in time into a peaceful and calming atmosphere.

Inside the Cathedral itself are beautiful stained glass windows, icons, and memorials to WA’s pioneering leaders.

St. George’s Cathedral is steeped in history, and was restored to its heritage conditions during a restoration project carried out within the last few years.

Open House Perth : Como The Treasury

When I heard that the Singaporean Luxury Hotel Brand “ Como “ was set to make its entry into Australia by opening their first hotel in Perth at the Heritage listed Treasury Buildings , which were being renovated at that time , I could not wait to get a glimpse . And Open House Perth certainly provided the opportunity during last weekend, after the Hotel opened at end of October this year. All though only certain areas were accessible for the Open House visitors, from what I could see the 48 room hotel will certainly be beyond expectations in terms of décor and luxuriousness. Designed by architect Kerry Hill , the property has understated elegance , and dare I say so , a hint of old world charm , which gives it an aura which is totally compatible with the heritage inherited with the building itself.

I spent some time in the bar, and it is an idyllic setting to relax and catch up with a friend or two after an afternoon of shopping in the city. The service was impeccable and the hot chocolate was to die for.

Comfort Food : Mac & Cheese

Saturday was a busy day , filled with lots of walking since it was Open House weekend in Perth and I went sightseeing . I also managed to sneak in some shopping at the same time , so after making all those tough decisions about what to buy and what not to buy , I was craving some comfort food for dinner. Having recently watched a rerun of MacGyver , my head was filled with various images of Mac & Cheese , and , yes , I have no clue as to why my brain associated those two together. Normally I would rely on the instant boxed varieties when making Mac & Cheese , but the Bestie recently did a video on  How to make No Fail Mac & Cheese , and the words ” No fail ” immediately drew me to it. As you can see below , it turned out alright , even though the photos don’t do it justice , and I would have taken some more photos later on , alas there was none left , as Someone decided to have a midnight snack.

Here’s to MacGyver and Mac & Cheese !

Woman on a bench : Fremantle , WA

Sitting on a bench , by the beach , all by her lonesome self .Who is she waiting for ?

Rain, wind or shine, she waits

Sitting by the beach

Waiting for her ship to sail by

The ship that carries her dreams

To bring her captain home

Safe from his seafaring

Regretting the day she let him go

In search of coin and fame

Being Selfless, she let him go

So that he could build his castles

Never letting him know

He was taking her dreams, her soul

On that maiden voyage

Leaving her to be

The Iron Maid that awaits …and awaits …

( my friend asked for a poem ..of a sort ..to accompany the photo ..so I obliged )