Feeling like a Potts Point Princess

IT’S  a Sunday morning, the fog has settled over the towering star trees that line Victoria Street and my coffee is steaming hot. It’s from Holm Café, a cute hole in the wall coffee shop about 150m from home. Elisa and Sofia, the lovely new owners, make it for me with a big bright smile every morning. One could say my morning coffee has become more like my morning ritual.

About four months ago, my husband and I packed up our house and our 4-legged daughter and traded in our hectic lives in QLD for a change of pace in Potts Point. We spent the night driving down from our Brisbane home in the Sunshine State and arrived on the outskirts of Sydney as the sun took its place in the sky. Cheesy huh? Maybe so, but it was the perfect introduction to what has been a perfect few months for us. In April we accepted a job managing a cute B&B, the Victoria Court Hotel on Victoria Street, and so far, things are going great – our guests are lovely, we are busy and we managed to find a very small team of staff who brighten the mornings. A bit of a change to my days filled with deadlines as a magazine editor and the sweat and early starts my husband dealt with managing a boxing gym. Yes it was a big change indeed, but you know what they say about change…

So, here we are, settling in to our new home, our new jobs and our new life. And it’s funny, because despite the fact that we live less than 2km from Sydney’s big, brash, bold city CBD, it can easily feel like we are a world away here in Potts Point – this gastronomical urban sprawl that I’ve fallen madly in love with!

They say Sydney isn’t friendly, well I beg to differ. When you walk down the street here people say hi, they take the time to chat, they smile. This city suburb has a certain community feel to it, a togetherness if you will. And yes, there are the bed eggs, god knows I’ve met a few of them already, but what city doesn’t have them? Kings Cross is on our doorstep, but even the flashy lights of the strip clubs and the weekend party noise isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s starting to feel normal. This place is starting to feel like home, and with neighbours who know your name and shop owners who write cute messages on your coffee cups; Im starting to feel like a Potts Point princess!

*Over the coming months I will be documenting my Potts Point journey – let me introduce you to the taste sensations that are the restaurants here, the skillful hair stylists at salons that dot the neighbourhood, the muscle soothing massages, the arts, the tours, the shopping – I will experience it all and share it with you! 

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The truth about love

May I just start this blog by saying OMFG PINK WAS AMAZING!!!

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Ok, now that’s out the way…

Last weekend I took a trip to Sydney with a bunch of wonderful women to see PINK live in concert on her The Truth About Love tour.

It was the first time I’d seen Pink and wow! That woman is amazing!

Not only can she sing, she can act, dance, swing from the rooftops (while singing!!!!) – and still look like a million bucks.

She has become my new inspiration. I mean who doesn’t want to ooze sex appeal, sing like a queen and sport a set of abs like that!

Her career has spanned over a decade and unlike some artists, the ones you think back to the original albums you loved and then realise they got worse and worse over time, Pink has done the opposite. She’s made like red wine and got better with age.

I was mesmerised throughout the entire show, from start to end and then some. I would go as far as to say this was the best concert I’ve been too… and that’s a big call because I’m no stranger to concerts.

Her songs are catchy, and her attitude and confidence on stage makes her sexy as hell! If I was going to switch sides, it would be for Pink. No doubts about it!

And then you add the fact she is also a mother – this woman pretty much has super human powers.

All hail PINK!!! And her truths about love 🙂

Bondi Vet – A hero to animals across the globe

vet1 The 5th season of Channel Ten’s Bondi Vet is on air now, so I caught up with Dr Chris Brown in between his busy schedule to chat animals and the show.

What made you want to become a vet?

It’s a funny thing; I guess you could say I was born into it. My dad was a vet and so when I was young I was always brining home injured birds and asking pet questions from John in the third   grade or my teachers. So my Dad would clock off at about 8pm and then clock back on at home answering all of my questions.  As a kid we had all kinds of animals around the house all the time. Dad would bring home possums, koalas, cows, dogs, even a penguin. My brothers and I would care for them. The penguin was actually attacked by a dog I think and needed extra care and rehabilitation which is why he was brought back to our house. It was quite special really being surrounded by all of the animals all the time and learning early how to care for them.

Did you ever image when you started out that you would be a celebrity vet with your own tv show?

Um, no, not at all. It’s actually funny how it all happened. I was in a pub after work one day in Sydney and chatting to a female friend at the bar. I was telling her all about the work I was doing and some of the interesting cases I got and a media agent overheard the conversation. When she left he came up to me and sort of laughed and thought I was telling stories and pretending to be a vet just to pick her up. He walked away but came back later and said; look if you were telling the truth then I have an idea. That’s how Bondi Vet came about. Before that my only stint in the media was in a school production where I was Dairy Springer. It was a spinoff of Jerry Springer.

Can you describe a typical day in the ‘office’?

I actually alternate between three typical days now. Sometimes I will just be working as a vet in the Bondi clinic and because of the show I get all sorts of cases come through the door now. I start my day off with a swim or a run to wake up and head in for the day. Other days I’ll be filming for Bondi Vet either in the clinic or on the road, mostly on the road these days, and either domestically or overseas.  The third day is filming for The Living Room where I’m out and about doing travel pieces. I could be doing anything like running down the streets of Japan half naked, the days are really mixed up.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

I love being able to help the animals I meet and to see that special bond between animal and owner.  And I enjoy the fact that by treating one animal on screen, we can actually help many more animals. One lady actually phoned the clinic and told us about her cat who had a litter of kittens and none of them were breathing. She remembered the episode where a similar situation occurred with a litter of puppies and we brought them all back with mouth to mouth resuscitation. She went back to the episode, watched how we did it and saved all the kittens. That’s quite incredible.

What can viewers expect from the 5th season of Bondi Vet which is airing on channel 10 now?

They can expect more compassion and seeing that special bond with animal and human. The show is pretty well known now and so people are bringing in all sorts of cases so I think this season the challenges are bigger but so are the rewards. We are also getting more requests for help from overseas. I’m actually heading to Kenya for something pretty special so keep an eye out for that. We are actually going to an area very isolated, I don’t think any other TV show has ever been there, and we will be working with a lot of zebras and rhinos but that’s really all I can say for now. I guess as far as cases go, we are helping a 6m salt water croc, some pretty special dogs, and so many more amazing animals.

Featuring charismatic vets Dr Chris Brown Dr Lisa Chimes, Bondi Vet is an unscripted 30 part, one hour television series set against the breathtaking backdrop of Bondi in Sydney. Bondi Vet airs on Channel Ten, Saturdays at 7.30pm. Visit http://ten.com.au/tvshows/bondivet.htm

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