Love never fails

 

Corinthians The Urban Ma blog

 Friendship and coffee in Hoppers

20 years ago was when it started. A friendship between high school friends going through everything from the deb ball, VCE exams, uni, finding ourselves and our first jobs, through to 21sts, engagements, weddings, and now babies. It only seems fitting then that along a row of shops across the station back in the suburb we met in high school stands Corinthians.

You’re probably well acquainted with the verses from Corinthians as it is the most popular reading recited at weddings. And as much as it can get repetitve hearing it over and over again, I guess it’s so popular because people can relate. “Love never fails“. And I am so grateful for the love that I have experienced between a group of girls I met several kms down the road from this cute little cafe.

A friend and I caught up for lunch on a cruisey weekday afternoon enjoying good coffee with a mushroom burger and risotto. We even got a take away coffee for another friend who couldn’t join us so we took it to her work – how’s that for a personalized delivery service :) And thank goodness for midweek catchups, this  – yayyy for parental leave and flexible workplace arrangements!

Even though everyone has moved and we don’t live as close to each other, I love every catch up that we have as I always learn something new, always feel at ease and relaxed, and always leave having so much gratitude for everything we are blessed with.

#itsthesimplethings. Really!

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Corithians decor Corinthians The Urban Ma blog menuSuch a variety of sweets and savouries available with gluten free options as well

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Corinthians kid friendly cafe The Urban Ma blog

 

Kid -friendly with some toys for Daniel to play with while we eat!

Move more, nourish your body

Lyle and Matt workshop

JT Dancers Workshop at Passion Studio
1/594 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

After listening to one of Michael Hyatt’s recent podcasts (Slay your Dragons before Breakfast), attending a conference in the Gold Coast, taking part in the Steptember Challenge and not fitting into a few of my work clothes (eeek!) I have been wanting to get back into the studio for some good old dance love.

I love the feeling of being surrounded by happy, active people. It always makes me feel so energized and inspired to just enjoy movement and music. I don’t think we were made to just sit and watch tv or lounge around, which don’t get me wrong, is totally what I need and crave sometimes! But sometimes it’s just getting up and being active gives you that thrilling rush. Whether you like to dance, run, surf, ski, ride, walk it doesn’t matter. Anything that gets your body moving will benefit your body, mind and soul. Last night was definitely no exception at the workshops of Lyle Beniga and Matt Aylward who are down in Australia for JT’s concert.

I missed out on the first class due to mummy duties but thankfully my wonderful sis was able to look after D so I made it to the second class. Even just by standing there watching and listening to the choreographers, you learn so much. It’s getting me more and more excited for this year’s ADCC finals in November (tickets available on Moshtix).

Hope everyone can make it down to MOD tonight for the second lot of classes this time with Lyle and Ivan Koumaev. Last night it was a full house at Passion Studios so make sure you get in early! See Triple8Funk here for more info.

What gets your body moving? And if you do like to walk or run, let me know where! – I can always use some new places to see :)

Happy hump day everyone!

This is the routine Matt taught last night. Super fun! Thanks so much Matt! Subscribe. Like. Comment!

Check out Lyle’s channel for more amazingness. Subscribe. Like. Comment!

And finally got to meet and watch Ivan dance live. Here’s a clip of one of his pieces from SYTYCD awhile back now from Season 2 with Alison

We are so blessed to be able to take class and enjoy dance. There are many others who don’t get that same opportunity. If you would like to help those with cerebal palsy I am currently completing the Steptember Challenge with some work colleagues. Cerebal Palsy is a physical disability that affects a person’s body movement and their muscle coordination, balance and control. See here if you would like to help our team out or find out more information.

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Chasing Father’s Day lunch

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Father’s Day lunch at TGIF
Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre

What a Sunday adventure! We got the address mixed up and went to the wrong TGIF – Doncaster instead of Forest Hill Chase shopping centre. But all was good in the end and D got to have a meat-filled Father’s Day lunch with his YeYe (Chinese for grandfather!) and his uncles, aunty and cousin Will at TGIFriday’s. Thank goodness for the online menu – I looked it up on the drive there and sent a message to my sister-in-law so she was able to order for us!

A family friendly atmosphere with high chairs and change facilities for the babies and toddlers. Also situated next to the games and movies so D was free to run around afterwards. The staff were friendly and happily refilled our lemon, lime bitters and made sure we were happy with our meals. Now I just have to eat right for the rest of the week and get  my running shoes on!

Parmesan Meatballs – Three breaded meatballs smothered in marinara, melted Monterey Jack, Parmesan & Romano. Topped with fresh tomato-basil bruschetta
Jack Daniels Mixed Grill - Crispy Shrimp, Half-Rack of Ribs, Chicken
Baby Back Ribs – Slow-cooked baby back pork ribs basted in Tennessee BBQ sauce, then fire-grilled. Served with seasoned fries and ginger-lime slaw

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Mummy Mondays – 5 tips for a beautiful Saturday stroll

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Saturdays in Spring 

 Saturday morning music lessons in Williamstown followed by a coffee from Crowded House and a stroll down to the tennis courts. This has been our Saturday morning ritual the past several weeks and with the sun shining so brilliantly yesterday we took D around to the other side of the bay. Airplanes, skaters, bicycles, sand, people. waves, motorbikes and cars were just some of the words our little man proclaimed loud and proud as a myriad of activities unfolded in front of him. It’s so beautiful seeing how much D appreciates and is amazed by the simple things. It was also helpful parking far from the main area as it helped me reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps for my Steptember challenge before it even hit 1pm :) Walking and taking in the sights of the St Kilda area was a perfect way to spend and make the most of a sunny Melbourne spring day.

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Williamstown MelbourneSt Kilda beach
The Urban Ma at RepublicaSoothing outdoor swingtime with Baby D
Lunch with DThe chicken and corn pizza special with chipotle mayo. The roasted beetroot, pumpkin and lentils with goats cheese was divine!

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the Urban Ma blog RepulicaThe Urban Ma outdoor funAt first he was unsure. It didn’t take too long til he was enjoying the sand in between his toes and running around trying to use the shovels, buckets and trucks that some other kids were playing with. Note to self – keep some beach toys in the car from now on!

D at St Kilda BeachThe Republica St KildaVictoria Gardens, RichmondAfter beach time, it was home decor shopping at Ikea. We didn’t even get up the stairs when Baby D started squealing “Lightning McQueen, Lightning McQueen!!!”. I LOVE seeing him get so excited

Note to self for sunny Saturdays in spring:

1) Bring a spare pair of shorts and thongs for playing in the beach
2) Bring some beach toys for D to play with in the sand
3) Always bring a water bottle and some snacks
4) Always carry a scarf and warm cardigan (Melbourne’s sun can be deceiving – it got a bit chilly under the shade while we were having lunch, no wonder all the tables in the sun were full!)
5) Enjoy the simple things – the crisp, fresh air, the sights, a leisurely stroll

Thai in the Western Suburbs


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 Caroline Thai
Shop 9/218-222 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

Along with Yim Yam in Yarraville, Caroline Thai family favorite time and time again (see previous post here). We booked a last minute reservation last Saturday night as we felt like keeping it local. The place has expanded from one shop to occupying the space next door and even with the extra tables Caroline Thai still draws a full house so it’s always a good idea to call ahead or order take away.

We ordered the following and loved every dish except the papaya salad was so spicy (we ordered it mild) that we had to gulp down some Thai milk tea with every mouthful! I’ll have to remember next time to make sure it’s not too hot. The waiters were accommodating in getting us a high chair and also presented D with plastic plates, cups and cutlery. Toddler D loved it! – another Thai food fan I see :)

We enjoyed:

Golden Nest – Stir fried chicken with king prawns with red wine in chef’s special sauce with cashew nut on a golden nest of deep fried egg noodles
Seafood Tom Yum – Spicy Thai style sour soup with seafood lemongrass, lime leaves, mushroom, baby corn, tomato and chilli
Red Duck Curry – Thai style roasted duck in red curry with tomato, pineapple and vegetables
Som Tum Pu – Traditional North Eastern paw paw salad mad from mixed paw paw, carrot, bean, cherry tomato, garlic, peanut, shrimp with secret salad sauce (we ordered the
Thai Milk Tea
Banana fritters and ice cream
Coconut pudding and ice cream

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Caroline Thai Golden Nest The Urban Ma papaya salad The Urban Ma banana fritterCaroline Thai The Urban Ma dessertWe were too quick to tuck into the tom yum soup for me to take a pic!

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Australian Dance Crew Championships – Sydney Prelims 2014

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2014 Australian Dance Crew Championships – Sydney Prelims
Roundhouse Theatre, University of NSW

Teaming up with DG and Dancekool Studios this year UEG Events hosted the Australian Dance Crew Championships in Sydney with a twist – the Super Eight Battles were weaved in between the entertaining dance crew showcases and competition numbers! It always make me feel happy inside watching all the kids and the young at heart giving their all on stage. Dance moves me, no matter what genre and last Sunday no exception.

Super Eight 8 on 8 Freestyle Battles

Re-Fresh vs. HOPE
Falvor Familia vs. Sole Rockers
World Square vs. Golden G8tives
Rize Bubbles vs. Pop Your Nation
Soul Predatorz vs. Old Fellas

ADCC 2014 Sydney Prelims

CDC
Hellraisers
Relentless
Behind the Front
3D Reborn
Gen X Crew
MOV
Boondocks

Showcases: 

Juniors: 1st Hellraisers, 2nd CDC
Open: Behind the Front, 2nd MOV, 3rd Gen X Crew

Behind the Front ADCCMOV ADCC 2014Relentless ADCC 2014Hellraisers ADCC 2014ADCC 2014 collageADCC bboy battleBboy Daniel ADCC 2014ADCC The Urban Ma blog behind the scenesBehind the scenes with Baby D – getting inspired by the battles and wanting to do a hollowback

Mummy Mondays – Junior Jamming

Deakin Edge Melbourne Fed Square

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Junior Jamming with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Deakin Edge, Fed Square Melbourne

Working full time means that weekends are the days we get to take baby D out for some fun in the park, at the shops, in the backyard or at music jams. This term we’ve been enjoying Saturday mornings at Mini Maestros and last month the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had their own jam session. Held at the gorgeous, 0pen space at Deakin Edge, Fed Square, 7 musicians and an engaging conductor took the kids through a musical journey. Suites from Peer Gynt were beautifully played right in front of us with the little ones getting in on the act shaking, clapping and dinging their percussion pieces!

The kids learnt how to use their castanets, tambourines, maracas, bells and triangles at different volumes and tempos and even got to stomp loud and strong for the finale number. Afterwards, the kids had a meet and greet with the musicians.

Such elegant music live for us to hear and be part of. I definitely would recommend this to all parents as a must-do activity to share with their kids. It is a free program however places have booked up fast so check out MSO’s website to put your name down for the wait list and for future events next year.

Junior Jam Melbourne Symphony orchestra
IMG_1731Daniel having a play with the french horn 

IMG_1729We had a nice chat with the oboe player and even found out that this instrument cost her around fifty to sixty thousand dollars!

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IMG_1727Daniel got startled by how loud the flute was able to be played!
IMG_1725We were shown how the snare drum worked
IMG_1713IMG_1710Out of all the things Daniel could’ve picked up, he chose the eggs!
IMG_1709 The Urban Ma Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Outfit of the day:

- beanie from Fred Bare Kids
– Bear jumper and skinny leg jeans by Target
– blue cardigan from Myer
– moccasins by Freshly Picked 

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