Spotted in Brunswick

Twitter image of Beyonce photographed on Beith Street in Brunswick sparked a number of copycat memes.

Sake Restaurant

Yesterday we went to Sake Restaurant located right under the Hammer Hall on Southbank.

Unfortunately Sake Restaurant in Melbourne wasn't that great as its sibling venue in Brisbane, which I had a change to visit about two months ago.

Menu was slightly different to the one in Brisbane, missing some highlights, but even same dishes tasted differently. Sake was a way watery, so we even thought it was a still water by mistake. Quality of dishes was average, nothing exceptional or extraordinary as expected from place of that class. It all finished with 30 minutes wait for desserts despite almost no diners.

So the verdict is: overpriced place located in a nice spot (2/5)

Sake Restaurant Bar

Higher education in Australia

This year 4 Australian universities landed in the list of top 50 best universities in the world, according to QS World University Rankings.

27. The Australian National University
31. The University of Melbourne
38. The University of Sydney
43. The University of Queensland

So Australia seems to be a great place to pursue university education, even if it is a little bit expensive to live and study in.

Tesla in Australia

Tesla will start shipping its awesome electric cars to Australia next year around Q3, but are we ready with infrastructure?

Where in Melbourne, for example, I will be able to charge battery if required? It was promised up to 500 km on single charge, giving you a chance to travel to the city and back home, but what if I will need to re-change in one of suburbs? And what about trip to Adelaide or Sydney? Some power stations will be absolutely must on the road.

So far more questions than answers... maybe Ricky Muir, our newly elected MP from Austalian Motor Enthusiasts Party, will be able to push this issue through?

Home ownership dream fades

New figures by Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that the proportion of households that owns home outright has fallen from almost 42% (mid-1990's) to 30.9% (2011-12).

The share of renters has risen nearly 5 percentage points to 30.3% in the same period and the proportion of households paying off a mortgage has risen from 30% to 37%.

The survey of nearly 15,000 Australian households found one out of five is spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.

A hat-trick for Melbourne

Melbourne has been voted the best city in the world to live in for the third year in a row, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability survey of 140 cities worldwide.

Austrian capital Vienna took second place, while Vancouver lies in third position.

Eight of the top 10 cities are in Australia and Canada, including Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, with Auckland the only New Zealand city in that group.

Early Morning Start

There are certain advantages to start your work earlier that anyone else in the office.
  • Clean and on-time trains, no noisy commuters next to you
  • Almost empty streets, so you can save time simply walking faster
  • No queues for a cup of coffee
  • You will be the first to finish work
Can't say anything negative for this routine so far.

Flinders Street Station Design Competition

In November 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government launched a $1 million international design competition to rejuvenate and restore Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station.
On Thursday 8 August, the Competition Winner and the People’s Choice Award were announced.

Not sure if we need a new design for Flinders Station, but spending $500K on just design is ridiculous.

You better fix leaking root in underground pass to Degraves Street!

Winter in Melbourne

This time of the year in Melbourne could be pretty miserable with rains almost every day.

On the positive side, there will be free fireworks in Docklands on each Friday in July and August at 7pm.

Mornington Peninsula

Recently I have discovered few new places on Mornington Peninsula where I never been before.

Here they are:

Mock Orchards
1103 Mornington-Flinders Road
Red Hill

105 LaTrobe Parade

Main Ridge Dairy
295 Main Creek Road
Main Ridge

Green Olive
1180 Mornington-Flinders Road
Main Ridge

Gordon Studio Glassblowers
290 Red Hill Road
Red Hill