BUZO, Woollahra Review: “Our evolution begins by not being defined by one country”

Growing up, I had a very Asian style eating habit.  If I was at home, meals were hot, served with meat, some veggies, sauce or soup and then served over rice.  I can't walk past a Thai, Vietnamese or Filipino place without going, "Oooh, I could go a round of rice and chicken". It's a habit I carry today.  I think of Asian food as "comfort" food, reminding me of my mother and grandmother, who did most of the cooking when I was growing up.  Alright, stuff it, all of the cooking (I cook now, ...

From Sudan to Sydney: Yasmin Ibrahim Mohamed’s love for music travelled with her to Australia

This week is Refugee Week, a chance for the wider Australian community to recognise the contributions that refugees bring to the country.  Refugees have sought a new home to escape persecution, war or natural disaster, and refugees have been settling in Australia for decades.  Refugees have definitely made a positive impact in their new country, and here's a list of people who were refugees, or children of refugees: Freddie Mercury:  Born in what is now known as Tanzania, this frontman for ...

Ethica Accessories Trivia Night

Everyone enjoys a good trivia night session, and everyone enjoys it more when it's for a good cause.  If you're a community-minded smarty-pants, and want to support an organisation that helps impoverished women earn an income through the sales of quality goods, head to the Ethica Accessories Trivia Night on Thursday, 16th June at the Isabel Menton Theatre, 11 Mount Street North Sydney. About the Ethica Accessories Trivia Night The trivia night on Thursday, 16th June at the Isabel Menton ...

The 2016 Sydney Film Festival brings 2 Filipino films to the fray

I was 5 when I moved to Sydney from Manila, so my knowledge of Filipino films, filmmakers and actors is non-existent. I couldn't name a popular Filipino actor if they walked past me on the street.  I grew up with a couple of people who knew them so well they developed crushes them, in much the same way I did for American film stars when I was a teen.  When I was in high school, a friend tore down a massive street poster of Stephen Dorff (does anyone remember him?) and gave it to me for my ...

Aussie singer Cosima De Vito on Postcards from Italy, Sydney Opera House

When Cosima De Vito withdrew from season 1 of Australian Idol in 2003, I felt a little sad. I had followed the season for a while and Cosima was the one with the clear, silvery voice, if that is even such a thing.  It rang out, most evident (to me) in her performance of Cold Chisel's When The War Is Over.  Did everyone go to school/uni/work whatever the next day with Cosima's "Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away" reverberating in their heads? She left because of throat nodules, and ...