Sydney sizzles

Sydney hit 39 degrees today (13 degrees above the norm for this time). With a total fire ban in place you would have been an idiot anyway to even think about cooking a BBQ or anything else. A good day to put the washing out (bone dried in 40 minutes) and stretch out in front of the air conditioning unit!

Movie: Deja Vu

Steve and I can’t see to come to a consensus on this one. I really enjoyed it, on the edge of my seat the whole time, really drawn into the movie. However, we have since decided that we need to come up with a number of categories then get the average across these. Why? Because I seem to give a great rating to all movies even though there may be some aspects to it that I didn’t like. For example, the thriller content was great, the lead character believable but distant therefore a connection wasn’t really made. The other characters were non impacting even though there were some great celebs involved in the project. So the categories will be: Main character connection, supporting characters, location, music score, believability, intelligence factor. So here we go – Main character (6), supporting characters (3), location (5) loved seeing the different aspects of New Orleans, Music (1) can hardly remember any at all, believability (5) the idea was great but didn’t go into enough and follow the technology enough to get totally involved in it, seemed like it wasn’t a big part of the move, intelligence factor (4). Giving this movie a total score of 4 out of 10.

Movie: Babel

I must say that I probably hadn’t read the blurb on this movie well before I went nor seen a trailer for it. I thought it was going to be a action thriller. It would fit into neither category. At this stage I am still pondering over this movie even now at 5 days out from it. This has to be the longest time I have bothered thinking over a movie so at least this is a good sign. Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt, although in the movie, weren’t the core focus. The movie revolves around 4 groups of people or individuals and how one incident affects their lives in differing ways even though they are in different parts of the world. The more I think about it the more I like the idea of the story but it left me rather depressed purely because of the connections made with the characters. This again, is also a good result as it means they were incredibly believable. I also walked away being more self aware of how judging a situation without really listening (with the ears and eyes) to the differences be it cultural/physical/language, can lead down a path of misdirection. While still mulling over it, at this stage I would give it 7 stars out of 10.

The best kebab in Sydney

Before we hit the beach at Clovelly for a swim and snorkel we needed to fuel up. So what better fuel than a perfect grilled chicken sish kebab from Sabbaba in Bondi. Now I must say that Bondi is seriously over rated as a beach. Far too many kiwis and brits (coming from a fellow kiwi I am allowed to say this!) 🙂 However, Sabbaba has got to be the best thing about Bondi that we have found so far. Soft homemade pita bread, tabbouleh, hommous, grilled chicken, baba ganoush etc. Yum. Topped off with homemade falafel. The best. Now time for a swim to burn it all off! P.s. down by 2.3kg’s this week! [[popup:p1000249.jpg:(thumbnail):Sabbabba kebab:1:center]]

Day one of “The Plan”

Well, so far day one has gone quite OK. Errrrr, although I didn’t actually complete the whole 1.5 hour exercise I was targeting. Come to think of it, I swam today instead of boxed and didn’t do the Bay Walk but opted for the walk around Petersham Park. Bugger! Hey, exercise is exercise right. Now if I can just include the energy spent lifting the cinnamon roll to my lips I think I should achieve the 1.5 hour a day exercise plan for day one. 🙂

Happy New Year 2007!

First day of the new year and it has been a great one. Fireworks, friends, good weather and a bit of healthy exercise to combat the over eating. Then today a good sleep in followed by a day at the beach. This time last year is was 43 degrees and not a breath of wind. Today around 25 degrees, starting out rainy but then breaking out into a stunning Sydney summer blue sky. Ahhhhh, gotta love it.