The Melbourne General Cemetery

Last week I popped into the Melbourne General Cemetery. It was a nice day and my partner was meeting with a client in nearby Carlton so I thought I’d take the opportunity, however brief, to have a look around. Cemeteries have a special beauty to them and are always interesting to explore. The Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1852 and replaced the Old Melbourne Cemetery, which on the site of what is now the Queen Victoria…

Continue reading

NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is full of wonderful museums. I was in the city recently and decided to pop into the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV has two locations. One is the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square, which is a home for Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. It’s excellent and I highly recommend it. The other location is NGV International on St Kilda Road. NGV International houses collections…

Continue reading

Forest Glade Gardens

This weekend, my partner Theo and I visited Forest Glade Gardens in Mount Macedon with some fellow photographer friends. It was not one of those brilliantly sunny days, but the beautiful autumn colours of the resplendent gardens more than made up for the chilly, grey day. Forest Glade is a private garden and popular with tourists so expect to see quite  lot of people, but it’s large and easy to find quiet nooks and crannies.…

Continue reading

10 Tips for Your Visa Process

I’m not an expert and I’m not a lawyer or migrant agent, but I’ve spent a year working on putting my visa application together. With the benefit of hindsight, I offer you some tips to make your process smoother. I applied onshore (that is, from within Australia, as opposed to offshore) for a de facto partner visa subclass 820, which is a temporary visa. If granted, if the relationship is still intact after two years,…

Continue reading

The London Tavern, Historic Beechworth

Last weekend, Theo and I had the pleasure of spending a few days at the London Tavern in the historic gold-mining town of Beechworth. Beechworth is a picturesque historical town located north-east Victoria. It’s famous for its gold rush boom during the mid-1850s. It’s also famous for its links to outlaw Ned Kelly. Built in stages between 1859 and 1864, the London Tavern was the first brick hotel in Beechworth and was notable for its…

Continue reading

York Butter Factory, a Coworking Space

In December, I discovered my first coworking space in Melbourne, Inspire9. Recently, my WordChicks Meetup group met at another coworking space called the York Butter Factory. A coworking space is a shared working environment designed for work-at-home professionals, freelancers, independent contractors, and other types of workers who end up working alone. A coworking space gives you a place to go when you’re looking to escape the cabin fever of working from home and when you…

Continue reading

A Weekend Away at Mornington Peninsula Beaches

Last weekend, Theo and I went away with our local photography club. With just my iPhone and Canon point-and-shoot, I’m not much of a photographer, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to the beach and explore a new area. We went to Rye along the Mornington Peninsula. We stayed at the holiday home of one of the club’s members and Friday night was all about settling in and yummy barbecue. On Saturday,…

Continue reading

The Melbourne Star Encore

Last month, my partner Theo and I went on the Melbourne Star. This week, we went again. For our birthdays (mine is in November and Theo’s in December), his sister and brother-in-law gave us encore tickets on the Melbourne Star. That means you can go twice within 30 days. The first time, we went around sunset. This time, we decided we wanted to see the night lights. As it turns out, it’s not that impressive.…

Continue reading

The Tourists are Missing Out

February is officially over and so is the Expat Blog Challenge, but since I missed a few days of it, I thought I’d keep going into March and complete it. On Saturday, February 15th, the prompt was, “What the tourists never see in my town that they are really missing out on.” I had to think about which town is “my town” and decided that both Miami and Melbourne are my towns. Let’s talk about…

Continue reading

Undiscovered

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is, “Something I still haven’t seen in my expat country.” This one is easy. I haven’t seen a wombat. This one comes up a lot because my partner Theo loves wombats. He says they are the best to cuddle (better than his dog Sam and better than me, I guess). I got close to seeing one at Healesville Sanctuary, but they weren’t around that day. I saw a…

Continue reading

Top 5 Attractions Under $50 in Melbourne

Melbourne Infographic

I received the following infographic from the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport hotel and I thought I would share it. It’s a great little guide to some terrific local attractions. I’ve never mentioned Degraves Street, one of Melbourne’s awesome laneways. It’s definitely worth checking out. Thanks to PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Hotel for the creation of this attractions in Melbourne graphic. View Larger Image. Do you know of any other budget-friendly things to do and see in Melbourne?

Continue reading

Inspire9, a Coworking Space

A few weeks ago I attended a Girl Geek workshop about WordPress at Inspire9 and I just had to blog about this terrific concept and amazing place. Inspire9 is a coworking space. That is, a shared working environment. Unlike a typical working environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same employer. They are work-at-home professionals, freelancers, independent contractors, and other types of workers who end up working alone. There are many advantages to…

Continue reading