Having fun on the Merry-go-Round
If you grew up in Canberra the Civic Merry-go-Round (or Carousel) is an icon. Even if you didn’t grow up here you know what and where it is. It’s carried thousands of children round and round while parents wait on the sideline; it’s been restored and repainted a number of times, and on 13 March celebrated 40 years of putting a smile on the faces of Canberra kids. But its life started long before that, and this year the merry-go-round also celebrates 100 years of operation.
I love Thailand and I love Thai food. On a recent visit we decided to get the low-down on Tom Yum Kung, or Tom Yum Goon as it’s sometimes known in Australia, and the most well-known dish on Thai menus. This hot and sour soup includes enormous prawns and is a popular starter for most meals and comes in a number of variations including Tom Yum Hed (vegetarian but contains mushrooms), Tom Yum Paa (with chicken), Tom Yum Thale (mixed seafood), and Tom Yum Nam Khon—a creamy version that contains coconut milk. After sampling the classic (Kung) dish in a number of Bangkok restaurants we finally managed to get the secret from Tip Top Restaurant at the Pat Pong Market.
Traditional Tom Yum Kung
Hot and sour is the key to the soup and the main flavours come from chilli and lime. But there are also undertones of salt and this comes from the fish and soy sauces, and you should be able to detect the chilli, lime, salt, and to some extent ginger, in every spoonful of Tom Yum. Continue reading
Team Surya at #fashfest Friday 2 May
Day 3 #fashfest showed that you don’t have to be 6 feet tall, matchstick thin, and under 25 to walk the walk at FASHFEST 2014, and huge kudos to the organisers, Andrea and Clint Hutchinson, for including models of all shapes, all sizes, all ages, and all backgrounds on the runway. Continue reading
Surya Magazine intern Hayley Daley at #fashfest
With the nerves of opening night done and dusted tonight was the night for a bit of FUN@FASHFEST and Surya Magazine was having a ball! Continue reading
Australians travel—a lot. They spread themselves across the planet and almost everywhere you go you’ll find them. Some reside there permanently; others are just visiting, and others are there for specific number of years. As world-wide travellers where is home? What is home? And what does home mean?
I call Canberra home; it’s where I live, it’s where I work and play, it’s where my family live, and I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else. But it wasn’t where I was born, or where I grew up. So what does home actually mean?
FASHFEST—Opening Night Rocks Canberra #fashfest
Rocked sideways with Rockstars and Royalty’s amazing gowns #rockstarsandroyalty by Vicki Kidd-Gallichan.
Rockstars and Royalty at FASHFEST 2014 #rockstarsandroyalty
Mingled with the beautiful people last night (30 April) at FASHFEST 2014 opening night. The champagne flowed, the selfies smiled, the VIPs were very … VIP, and the taste of anticipation was almost too much to bear. Continue reading
Canberra FASHFEST 2014—real fashion for real people!
Matchsticks not allowed! FASHFEST 2014 bites the bullet and showcases a new look for models on the catwalk as organisers Andrea and Clint Hutchinson auditioned plus sizes and mature age men and women to walk the walk in garments designed for Real People! Continue reading