Welcome to 2009 …
So we did it. We compiled a list of 200 things to do to enrich your 2009. For those of you who haven’t made resolutions yet, or have resolved never to make them again, this list has done the work for you. Our Trespass team, including your Co-Editors and Andy Geeves, Sandi Tighello, Alyssar Helweh, Jess Paine and Brad Hills has been hard at work gathering intelligence from all corners of the globe, and writing up their top suggestions for things to do this year – places to eat; theatre and exhibitions to see; places to picnic, watch the sun rise and set, indulge in the finer things in life, adhere to a budget; books and blogs to read; and ways to be kind to yourself that will ensure you’ll spend this year looking as good as you feel.
We’ve also given you nine mantras to embrace this year, just to get you thinking about the different steps you might take to make this year even better.
We have a good feeling about 2009, and we are so lucky to be bringing such a wonderful readership as you into the new year. Big things are planned for this little magazine, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
Here’s to the year ahead, let’s make it a good one.
The Trespass Team
We love our food, here at Trespass, so it is rather fitting the Eat part of this magnificent list is the most comprehensive, spanning countries across the globe. Our writers attacked their mission to list their favourite eateries with gusto – we only ask you attack the following menus in the same manner.
1. Toko, Crown St, Surry Hills NSW – A Japanese establishment that is pure class and where Japanese chefs make their sushi and the like in front of you. It is clean, fresh, and delicious, and they have the best prawn tempura in the history of human events. Sushi and Sashimi platters work their magic well and desserts are to die for, with items like fig and ginger puddings, and a three-flavoured platter of creme brulee on offer. They don’t take reservations though, so make it in an early night unless you’re prepared to wait at the bar and drink cocktails all night (and the issue is where, Trespass?)
2. The Italian Bowl, King St, Newtown: Cheap as Chips Italian take-away (though there are a few tables to sit at if you’re particularly inclined). With many pasta options, mains of veals and chicken, as well as the usual salads and garlic bread, this is the place to eat great food on a budget. Proof? There’s always a long line of take-away-ers. But that still shouldn’t deter you. This place is good.
3. Chahine’s Lebanese Cuisine, Shop 3, 7-9 Cross Street, Bankstown, NSW – Get a fabulous array of mouth-watering Lebanese dishes, from mezze to meat platters and more, plus softdrinks and coffees, for only $50 on the royal banquet (minimum four people). Plus, enjoy live lebanese entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. A great oriental night with great food and relaxed atmosphere, with a new branch opening soon at North Ryde.
4. Lauderee Tea House, Rue Bonaparte, Paris, France: For the best macaroons in the world. When Marie-Antionette said ‘let them eat cake’ surely it is because she knew the French do it better. Word’s cant describe the delicacies that this tea house has to offer, so if you’re ever in the region, you simply must try for yourself.
5. La Tupina, Bordeaux – the view when you walk in is of a fire smouldering and three chubby chickens twirling above it. If this isn’t the most charming, authentic bistro in France I’ll eat my shoe. Committed to preserving the cooking traditions of the south west of France, after sampling their potatoes cooked and smushed in duck fat, you’ll never eat them any other way. Check out our own Victoria Haschka’s food blog for more information.
6. Asador Etxebarri, Spain – with a view out wooden square windows that makes you want to sing ‘the hills are alive’; is shrine to barbequing in a four building town 40 minutes outside of San Sebastian, Spain . Etxebarri is so committed to the pleasures of the flame that everything does a dance across their custom built grill. Even the butter comes smoked. Will change the way you feel about meat forever. More at Tori’s blogspot.
7. Chinese noodle restaurant, Haymarket, Sydney – hand made noodles and dumplines to drool for. Just under the Burlington centre in Sydney’s China town hoards hightail it here for some of the best dumplings and Northern Chinese food you’ll find. Giggle at the grapes on the ceiling, ignore the debris on the floor. Don’t miss the lamb and carrot or pork and chive dumplings and don’t forget so souse them in vinegar, soy and chilli.Those in the know don’t wear white tops. Bring your own beer.
8. Mad Mex, Sydney – salted margaritas wash down pulled pork burritos with guacamole, salsa picante, lettuce and cheese in a particularly charming way. . Just one block from Taylor’s square there was never a better way to steel your stomach for a large night, or recover from the one before. Cheap, cheerful and a noble challenger to the notion that Sydney has no Mexican food of note.
9. Sonoma bakery cafe, Waterloo – there’s a parkng lot the size of a primary school playground at the front, but you don’t want to miss their latte art, cherry danishes or the rhubarb slurry that gets dolloped ontop of their soaked muesli cup. For $4, served in a capucino mug it’s one of the best value breakfasts in Sydney. See more here.
10. BiRite creamery, 3692 18th Street, San Francisco – we always knew that ice cream was good for your soul. With a permanant queue out the door this ice cream parlour is devoted to using local, organic ingredients, created in a sustainable manner. Their salted caramel icecream helps you understand why dipping fries in caramel sundaes always tasted so good.
11. The Maltese Cafe – 310 Crown St Surry Hills and 523 King St Newtown. This cafe is renowned for the fresh pastizzis that are baked daily on the premises. Choose from savoury (such as spinach & ricotta, chilli con carne and chicken and mushroom) or sweet (such as apple) fillings which are lovingly ensconced in cripsy-on-the-outside yet fluffy-on-the-inside pastry. At $1.60 a pop, these little bundles of golden goodness fill you up without breaking the bank. Their house-made tomato and garlic dipping sauce is also a must.
12. Table for 20 – 182 Campbell St Surry Hills – tucked away behind the doors of an everyday terrace in Surry Hills, Table for 20 is a unique dining experience. Inspired by local dinner parties that affable owner Michael Fantuz used to host, reservations are negotiated via SMS and if you’re lucky enough to get a spot you’re in for a treat. Less of a formal dinner and more of a block party vibe, the atmosphere is contagious. Everyone is here to have fun and you’re guaranteed to know your (potentially new) dining neighbour well by the end of the night. Fantuz is friend, owner and host all rolled into one and he and his staff ably deliver the delights of the $60/head 3 course meal just like your mamma used to make (if you’re Italian that is) to all the customers seated around the 2 big communal tables. Be sure to journey upstairs to the homely Sticky bar after dinner to enjoy a few drinks in the comfort of an armchair and the company of new found friends. More here.
13. Guylian Cafe – Shop 10, Opera Quays, 3 Macquarie St and 91 George St Sydney – first came those delicious Belgian chocolate seashells fillled with praline and now comes the cafe. This is everything a sweet tooth and their dentist could hope for. A cafe after my own heart, the menu contains a modest amount of savoury and a veritable army of sweet options. Highlights include the praline milkshake (the liquid equivalent of a Guylian seashell), the hot chocolate (featuring a slab of one of three chocolate varieties slowly dissolving in hot chocolate milk) and any one of their fantastic selection of cakes. Friendly and efficient service also makes the Guylian Cafe an enjoyable place to visit. Sure it’s expensive but good golly is it worth it.
14. Two Front Doors – 287 Great Western Highway Lawson – An old and unassuming shopfront on the Great Western Highway hides a Blue Mountains gem which is popular with locals but easily missed if you’re not in the know. Within its purple walls, a Turkish influence pervades hearty breakfasts, lunches and interesting snack selections, all served up next to the best coffee between Springwood and Katoomba.
15. Doytao Thai – 543-545 King St Newtown – Good old reliable Doytao. With the large amount of background noise and minimal approach to aesthetics, this restaurant may be more suited to a pit stop with mates before a night on the town than a first date, but that doesn’t make it any less fantastic. Its perpetual busyness is testament to its deliciously fresh Thai food, served up in large quantities by frantic yet polite waitstaff who deserve a medal for their seamless running of operations. Make sure you book to avoid missing out on a table during peak times.
16. Dionysus, Fira, Santorini – if you ever find yourself on this beautiful Greek island, you will not be wanting for delicious food and plentiful wine. In the winding, cobbled alleyways of Santorini’s main city, Fira (often also called Thira) is Dionysus which serves generous portions of fresh, delicious Greek food for prices that are very kind to your wallet. NB: If you’re female, a couple of smiles will most likely get you a free carafe of wine or two.
17. The Elephant Boy Café, Bowral, NSW – enjoy a coffee or a hearty lunch settled in amongst old books, in this cosy Southern Highlands café. The coffees come in big cups that take two hands to hold, and are a welcome reprieve from the cool Bowral weather. It’s usually busy, so if you’re heading down on the weekend, it might be wise to book.
18. Lenny’s Bagels, Upper West Side, NYC – in a city that prides itself on quality bagels and gruff customer service, Lenny’s Bagels has both in spades.
19. Magnolia Bakery, Greenwich Village, NYC – you know the cupcakes Carrie and Miranda are eating when Carrie confesses to having a crush? They are from this adorable little bakery that churns out such popular cakes, customers are limited to buying a dozen at a time. But it’s worth the queue and worthy of the hype.
20. Intelligentsia on Sunset, Silverlake, LA – best coffee you can find … in LA anyway.
21. Jack Stack BBQ, Kansas City – any restaurant that serves “Burnt Ends” has to be good. And it is.
22. Pizzeria Mozza, N. Highland, LA – this place is usually booked out a month in advance but the pizza’s are worth it.
23. El Cholo Mexican Restaurant, S. Western Ave, LA – this has been the best Mexican in LA since 1923, amidst the many options.
24. Chipotle Mexican Grill, USA – okay, so it’s fast food … but if you need something quick you can’t go past it. Awesome.
25. Bistro Vue, 430 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne – the most gorgeous and decadent Parisian bistro in Victoria. Full of French fare, from the basic to the fancy, it will set your taste buds alight.
26. Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne – traditional Italian food, from pasta to cured meat to fresh, crunchy bread, makes this ambient restaurant stand out from the rest – because it doesn’t try to be amazing, it simply is.
27. Manuka Honey – New Zealand’s finest – the best honey, with the best taste and the most health benefits.
28. Harveys Restaurant, 10 Murphy Street, South Yarra, Melbourne – lunch and dinner are great, but nothing beats a fabulous breakfast. And Harveys delivers just that. Have your poached eggs, wilted greens and pan seared mushrooms with a side of Veuve Clicquot, because some days, there’s simply no other way to brunch.
29. The Elephant Café, Edinburgh, Scotland – this is where JK Rowling penned large parts of Harry Potter, as a struggling single mother. Soak up the determined vibes.
30. Tropical Bar, Fira, Santorini – this tiny bar has the best view and the best cocktails on offer in the winding town of Fira, perched precariously on the cliffs of Santorini. Get in at around 6, order a strawberry daiquiri and watch the sun set. You will never forget it.
31. Georges, Rector St, Financial District, NYC – no frills décor but a simply brilliant New York breakfast. The perfect way to kick off your day in the city that never sleeps.
Maybe you drive past them everyday; maybe you’ve been saying for the past five years ‘I really should see that’ – make this the year you actually do it. All these wonderful sights listed below have been cherry picked by our intrepid writers because they are well worth your time. Stop putting it off, make new places part of your week.
32. The bottom of a box of Laduree macaroons in Paris. They’re incredibly cruel. They make 18 flavours, but only fit 15 in a take away box. Squishy yet crispy, dense yet light, macaroons are everything to everyone, particularly when they come in flavours like lavender, rose, chocolate cherry and hazelnut. Pick up a box. Go sit by a fountain in Paris and don’t stop until you’ve eaten the lot. Possibly book in an appointment to see your dentist when you return home and walk for the rest of the day to help recover from the sugar shock. More here.
33. The view of Phi Phi Island and bay, while rock-climbing on its limestone cliffs. Nothing helps you work off an excess of banana pancakes quite like it.
34. The Oscars. Except this year, make an effort. Try and see everything that’s been nominated. Get a group of friends and a large television, dress up, get some decent food and play some drinking games. Before the day place a bet on who’s going to win what. On the night if anyone wears a pink dress, take a drink. If anyone thanks their mother, their wife, or their personal saviour in a speech, take a drink. If you get the recipient wrong, take a drink. You may need to take Tuesday off.
35. The lights of Las Vegas. Nothing will prepare you for the bling factor. Try not to think about the sustainability implications. Try to ignore the people in GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS tee-shirts offering sexy women at your doorstep in twenty minutes. Walk around wide eyed and keep your wallet closed.
36. Watch the sunset over Sydney Harbour from Manns Point Park, Greenwich – Grab your lover and a picnic (and maybe some friends) and wind your way through narrow backstreets to Manns Point Park at the back of Greenwich. Spread out the picnic blanket and exhale slowly. Lose yourself in long and balmy summer evenings over a couple of glasses of sauvignon blanc, crackers with quince past and a good brie and a backgammon board. Then kick back and enjoy the moving postcard as you watch the sun set over Cockatoo and Goat Islands, the back of Birchgrove and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney in summer doesn’t get much better than this.
37. Visit Maroubra beach – Bondi Beach’s poorer and less self-conscious cousin outshines it in every way. Less traffic, tourists, cosmetic surgery and posing coupled with more parking, friendly locals and room to move makes this beach the most interesting, easily accessible and chilled out beach in Sydney. Local bra boy antics and interactions with police are also fun to observe.
38. Walk the backstreets of Balmain and Birchgrove – So close to the water yet so peaceful, glimpses between historic houses afford previews of Sydney Harbour before it is revealed in all its glory from a number of reserves around the Balmain/Birchgrove foreshore. Stroll the day away amongst winding back alleys, old workers’ sheds and wharves and then satiate the appetite you’ve worked up with dinner and a drink in one of the many cafes/restaurant/pubs in and around Darling St.
39. Drive out to Mt Hay in the Blue Mountains – Get back to nature by following the somewhat perilous Mt Hay Rd (on the right hand side of the Great Western Highway but accessed via the left hand turn off to Leura Mall) through the bush and out to Mt Hay. Walk along the track to the lookout and be rewarded by 360 degree panoramic views of the Blue Mountains National Park including spectacularly sheer cliff faces and lush green valleys. Try to resist the urge (and joyously fail) to spread out your arms and let a Di Caprio-esque “I’m the king of the world” escape from your lips.
40. See something which is part of the Sydney Festival – The amount of talent that arrives on our shores for the Sydney Festival form 10-31 January is mindboggling. With so many things to do and see in such a short amount of time and with so many of these opportunities being free or cheaply priced there’s no excuse not to get out there and kick up your heels with the culture vultures.
41. The sun rise – anywhere in the world, but if we’re being particular, here are some don’t-miss-them-for-the-world locations;
42. Perissa Beach, Santorini
43. Macmasters Beach, Central Coast, NSW
44. Granada, Spain – from the top of the Alhambra (although this may be tricky, don’t blame us if it doesn’t work out)
45. Kauai, Hawaii
46. With your best friend, as you walk home, shoes in hand, after a big night out
47. The sun set – anywhere in the world, but make sure it’s with a glass of wine. Oh, we’re being particular again; okay, try …
48. Tochi, South Siena, Italy
49. Uluru, Central Australia
50. Paris, France – in front of the Eiffel Tower, with a picnic and plenty of red wine
51. San Francisco, USA – watch it set behind the skyline
52. Oia, Santorini – yes it will be with a lot of other people, but it holds its magic and gets a well deserved round of applause at the end
53. The Mousetrap – St. Martin’s Theatre, London, the longest running play in the world, with over 23,000 performances since 1952
54. Melbourne Kayak Tour – no-experience-necessary, incredibly unique way to take in a city skyline. With a fish-and-chip dinner provided, it’s the perfect way to meander through a city. Beginning at Docklands, the tour moves up the Yarra River, under the Bolte Bridge and past Crown, Southbank, Flinders Street Station and the sporting precinct.
55. Palio, Siena, Italy – this brings out the natural dramatists in every Italian. it’s a whirl of colour and noise and you will absolutely get swept up in the excitement of it all.
56. The Atlantis Bookstore, Oia, Santorini – pick up some leather-bound tomes, then hang around to watch the sun set.
For Australians, 2009 is going to be the best time to travel. To see our own backyard and pop over and visit our neighbours. Why? Simple. Our tourism industry is set to lose nearly half a billion dollars because a certain crisis is forcing people to tighten their belts and strike travels plans off their list of things to do in 09. So, in an effort to make things a little more enticing, ticket prices will plummet and the government will bend over backwards to make sure we spend some money at home. So take advantage of this. QANTAS has already run a 2-for-1 deal, and we’re pretty certain it won’t be the last time the airline giant does something like that. Smaller airlines have fantastic deals around Australia, and to Asia, the Pacific and New Zealand. And that’s even better news for international globetrotters, because your currency is bound to be stronger. So don’t let a little credit crunch stop you – travel is more possible than ever. We’ve listed a few local and international trips to whet your appetite.
57. The Gold Coast
It’s not just about schoolies and Sea World. It is possible to have a glitzy getaway to the Gold Coast. Get a cheap flight and use your saved pennies to stay far above the madding crowds at the top of the Q1- the tallest building in Australia. With views that go on and on and on you’d be tempted not to leave these serviced apartments. If you have to go out you could do much worse than a romantic dinner for two downstairs at Absynthe, with its seven course tasting menu. if the budget doesn’t quite stretch then the pies from Absynthe’s baby sister bakery down the road are a perfect foil for a beach sunset.
58. Vipassana Meditation Course, Blackheath NSW – Living with a bunch of strangers in complete silence for 10 days whilst rising at 4am and sorting through the layers of your psyche by meditating for 12 hours a day might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is something different to do and it sure is a break from the routine mundanity of everyday life. If you do decide to give it a go, know what to expect. This isn’t a retreat with spa baths, facials and gentle yoga classes people, this is 10 days of hard work with apparently life changing results. If you don’t like it when you’re there, I’ve heard it’s easy to escape back to civilisation if you creep away under the cover of night’s shadows. Bookings are made via the website and payment is on a voluntary basis. See here for more details.
59. Yountville, California.
From November to January the main street is lit up like a continuous Christmas tree, with 1000 Tinkerbell lights trapped in the trees. The town that Thomas (Keller) helped build is a foodie mecca, with four of his establishments lining the main drag of Washington street. If you’re feeling flushed it’s all about French Laundry (number 5 restaurant in the world), next step down is his French bistro Bouchon, then Ad Hoc with its daily single, set menu, which he set up two years ago for three months- except no one’s let him close it since. Those on a tighter budget can still get a taste of the good life at the Bouchon Bakery. Stay at the Vintage Inn, bask by a fire, swirl in a spa and eat at them all if you want to get very fat and happy, in a hurry.
60. Tenby, Wales – locals claim this is the most photographed town in the UK. Whilst we’re not entirely sure of this claim’s accuracy, it’s worthwhile checking out. Plus, you get the novelty value of wearing a ski jacket on a beach.
61. Dubrovnik, Croatia – recent bad publicity shouldn’t deter you from visiting this beautiful, quaint town. It is an absolute must on any tour of Europe.
62. Melbourne – Ultra cheap flights make the possibility of a weekend in Melbourne a reality. Grab some mates, stay at the UniLodge on Flinders St and the (Melbourne) world is your oyster. Discover bright sneakers, multicoloured laneways, hole-in-the-wall bars, cake shops, art galleries, live music venues and coffee standards that Sydney-siders could only ever dream of.
While you’re there, check out;
63. Tidal River, within Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria – Wilsons Prom is magical – but there is something rather special about Tidal River. Whether you’re there escaping from the daily grind, soaking up all that nature has to offer, or whether you’re there to surf, swim, fish, hike or camp, it doesn’t really matter. Tidal River is the place to find yourself again.
64. Southern Star Observation Wheel, Docklands, Melbourne – the third highest wheel in the world features many a sight to take in – from Melbourne’s city and beyond.
65. Melbourne‘s Laneways – ACDC Lane, Bennetts Lane, Exploration Lane, Hosier Lane – to name a few. Why? Because they are often the places with the best gems: street art, live performing art, and the best bars, cafes, galleries and shops. Choose a coloured door and walk upstairs…you never know what you might find.
66. The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, One Southgate Avenue, Southbank – spend a weekend at The Langham and it’s guaranteed you’ll emerge refreshed and revitalised. While the food is spectacular, and the rooms are amazing, and the comforts absolute first class, the highlight is certainly The Chuan Spa. Take a therapeutic rain shower, have a soothing massages, a spot of hydrotherapy, a body wrap and a facial – all the while harmonising your Wu Xing elements. Divine.
67. Victoria – The Dandenong Ranges – the lush, green hills spawn for miles and are filled with all sorts of flora and fauna, not to mention a whole lot of breathtaking forest and national park. Take a long walk. Spend the night in a cottage. Dine by a log fire. Pick strawberries. Drink wine. Experience tranquillity.
68. Central Coast, NSW – just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney, lies a stretch of beautiful beaches and a community that lives the coastal life in all its laid back glory. Grab some friends and split the cost of renting a beach house. Make sure you eat fish and chips in Terrigal and grab a morning coffee in Hardy’s Bay.
69. Perth – this city is fast gaining a reputation as a destination of choice for Sydney-siders and Melbournites who can’t afford the real estate, or are simply sick of the pretension of their better known cities. The biggest state in Australia encompasses some of the most beautiful sights to be seen in our fair land, and tickets are going cheap.
70. Cambodia – This fascinating Asian country largely avoids the kinds of tourists Thailand attracts in hordes. Mix it up and make Cambodia an Asian destination of choice.
71. Vietnam – The same goes for Vietnam. Bordering Cambodia, this is the thirteenth most populous country in the world.
72. The Northern Territory – if Baz Luhrmann’s epic wasn’t enough to stir in you an intense desire to see the extraordinary beauty of the Northern Territory, then we can’t help you, sorry.
73. The Australian country – we’re not just about the beaches (although we do them pretty well). Hop in the car with some friends and head inland. Our land, after all, is beautiful, rich and rare.
74. New Zealand – okay, so you’ll have to put up with their accents, but New Zealand is said to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with unmatched scenery. Plus, you can ask them to say ‘fush and chups’ over and over again.
75. For those who find themselves in LA, drive up to Big Bear for a weekend ( two hours NE of LA) – not only a spectacular drive up the mountain, but the best skiing going round.
76. For those planning a coastal or country mini-break in Australia this year, try Stayz – it lists rental properties Australia-wide, from the luxurious to the simple.
77. Venice Biennale – Sydney based video artist Shaun Gladwell should make the Australian pavillion the place to be as he spearhead’s Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale this year.
78. Saturn’s Return, Sydney Theatre Company – the reprisal of Tommy Murphy’s exploration of approaching 30 angst on the bigger stage at Sydney Theatre Company is something you don’t want to miss; if only for one of the best scenes involving a baby you’ll ever see.
79. Masters of Their Domain – Seven exceptional artists from COFA’s Masters of Arts program. Jan 14th-20th at Gallery at Wentworth, 17 Bligh Street, Sydney
80. Monet and the Impressionists at the Art Gallery of NSW until January 26th – A small but impressive collection of works from artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas. The exhibition is carefully planned and well laid out and information is presented in bite sized chunks which allow you to take home new knowledge without becoming too overwhelmed.
81. Yinka Shonibare at the MCA until February – Strongly influenced by the time he spent in Nigeria and London, Shonibare’s most striking creations are headless mannequins which sport colourful Victorian outfits made from Dutch wax-printed cotton. Juxtaposition and contrast are used across a number of different mediums to explore themes of identity, colonialism, social justice and class structure.
82. A Language – take a leaf out of our European and Asian friends, and work towards becoming bilingual. English speakers tend not to learn a second language because we don’t have to – but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t.
83. Attend the Writers’ Festivals that take place around Australia
84. Sydney Writers’ Festival
85. Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne
86. Young Writers’ Festival, stay tuned to the website for the location in 2009
87. If you’re in the area, check out the Edinburgh Writers’ Festival which routinely draws the big guns
88. Get qualified – go back to Tafe, uni or college part time and get another qualification. It will keep your brain in shape and make you more employable (when the job market picks up).
89. War of the Roses – put on by the Sydney Theatre Company, running January and February. This is The Bard distilled and compacted and stars Cate Blanchett.
90. Muscle Beach, Venice LA. Okay so not technically an exhibition, but plenty of exhibitionists.
91. Australian Centre For The Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne – the best place in Australia to witness anything to do with the moving image – digital art, film, installation pieces, video games – on a local and international level. The ACMI building itself, a part of Federation Square, is a spectacle – something that needs to be absorbed and discovered in person.
92. The Golden Age Of Couture, Paris and London, 1947-57 – The Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria – running until March 22nd, this exhibition features pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and explores one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history. Dior features heavily. Enough said.
93. Setting The Scene – ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne – running until April 19th, Setting The Scene is an amazing collection of film design sets – sets you get to walk and poke around in. The exhibition also features story boards, sketches and models – covering all aspects of set design. A truly memorable collection, featuring films sets and sketches of Australia, Metropolis, Mon Oncle, A Clockwork Orange, Cabaret, Alien, The Matrix and more.
94. Gomez – The Metro Jan 10th – Legendary UK ensemble return to Australia to play their album Bring It On in its entirety, celebrating the tenth anniversary of its release. With a musical versatility that allows them to reinvent themselves faster and more effectively than Madonna and with a lead singer who possesses one of the smoothest voices around, this will be a great gig to kick the year off.
95. The Streets – The Forum Theatre, Moore Park Feb 5th – Mike Skinner is the Shakespeare of Gen Y. Skinner is a master storyteller who is able to effectively communicate the universal truths and humour found in mischievous tales of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll which are inspired by his Birmingham estate upbringing. Pair this with smooth melodies, wicked beats, catchy hooks and a reputation for dynamic live performance and you have one helluva concert to look forward to.
96. Kings of Leon in Australia – yes we know their latest album has devastated die hard fans, and this concert will divide the long time lovers from the new bandwagon jumpers, but it will be worth it anyway.
97. Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga – May 23rd, Acer Arena, tickets from $99. Don’t even pretend you don’t want to.
98. Andy Bull performing live, anywhere, any time. Check his Myspace for tour dates.
99. A movie a week – rent a DVD a week and expand your pop culture horizons
100. More Australian music – we need to support our local acts. Keep an eye on our Music Ed’s weekly gig guides for what’s happening in your state.
101. More theatre – for those in Sydney, keep an eye on what’s happening at The Belvoir, the Opera House and the Sydney Theatre Company. Or, go local and support the dramatic arts in your own community.
102. Short and Sweet – starting this week in Sydney is the world’s largest festival of 10 minute theatre. Newtown Theatre, tickets from $22
103. The Moonlight Cinema – for Sydney-siders, this is the best way to while away a balmy summer’s evening. Pack a little picnic and some wine, and watch the stars under the stars.
104. The Mardi Gras – lather on the glitter, spritz some of Kylie’s Darling and perfect your Dancing Queen moves.
105. Dave Matthews Band at the Madison Square Garden in Vegas – May 2009, and you may have to sell your first born for tickets.
106. Elbow at the Wembley Arena in London
107. If you are determined to check out a film festival in 2009 and money/the small issue of living on a large, isolated island, is not a deterrent then try the Toronto Film Festival. Cannes is so done and Sundance drowns in boho chic. For a festival minus the red carpet and accompanying frou frou, Toronto is the one.
108. Exit Music Festival – Novi Sad, Serbia – this massive music festival which began eight years ago as a reaction against Milosevic regime will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Throw in some Serbian liquor and the dramatic setting of a fortress and you will wonder exactly what you’ve stumbled into.
109. Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria – opening on the 8th of February, this promises to be one of the most exciting music spaces Melbourne has ever seen. Already brimming with a classical program list, and having a myriad of functions for its space, it’s well worth checking out the varied music program for a serious dose of culture.
110. St Kilda Festival, Melbourne – there’s nothing better than a massive street festival. And the St Kilda one has to be Melbourne’s finest. The free event is jam packed with music – young bands, old bands, dj’s, singers, instrumentalists – you name it, St Kilda Festival has it covered.
111. Girls: invest in a good skin care regime; take the time to have an expert evaluate your skin type; spend the little bit of extra money on quality products (we love Clarins, Dermalogica and Endota Spa – none are outrageously expensive, a la Crème de Mer, but they are worth the extra few beans for a happy, healthy complexion.)
112. Boys: the same goes for you. Try Facestuff’s new range of male skincare products. The cleanser, exfoliant and moisturiser ($23.99, $29.99 and $27.99 separately or $69.99 together in a gift pack) don’t just make your skin feel fantastic. They are easy to use, effortlessly incorporated into a low-fuss daily routine and won’t threaten your masculinity. Visit www.facestuff.com.au for stockists and ordering information.
113. Drink more water – it’s good for you.
114. Take up a weekly sport – join the local team. Get back into tennis/soccer/basketball/rugby/swimming. You’ll meet new people, and reintroduce yourself to those muscles you forgot you had.
115. Have your cake and eat it too – re-evaluate the way you look at food. Stop thinking of foods as existing in disparate categories; good and bad. All food is good food, and if you enjoy eating it, then don’t deny yourself that pleasure. Have the creamy pasta dish, but have a green salad on the side. Satisfy that ice cream craving, just walk to the store to buy it. When was the last time you heard of someone on their death bed saying ‘God I wish I’d gone through life five kilos lighter.’ It’s not a priority people, food is for the eating.
116. Laugh – as often as possible.
117. Cry – you have tear ducts for a reason, and there is no greater tension release.
118. Walk – somewhere, once a day, everyday. It clears the head and tones the pins.
119. Enrol in a class – dance/art/writing/photography/painting
120. Embrace the humble mantra – Set yourself some mantras, and live your life by them. Base them on inspirational quotes, motivational figures, or words that really resonate with your reality. Think of it as living by your own laws.
121. Live soulfully – revel in the company of friends and family, love with all that you are (even if it’s a pet) and live spiritually, whether it is in organized religion or meditation with the universe.
122. Treat Yourself – Go out to a lavish dinner once in a while, buy yourself a bottle of pricey champagne or wine on a special occasion, and invest in a fabulous bag or pair of shoes at least once. Even if you have to lay-by it to make it happen.
123. Save – open a high interest account, and tuck away a small amount every week. Use it to buy nice things for yourself when you’re feeling a little down. Or splash out on a plane ticket at the end of the year.
124. Plan an Overseas Trip – there are few things more exciting in life, than mapping out an itinerary for a country you’ve never been to before. Or maybe you have, and you’re desperate to go back. Pick a place, buy some books for inspiration and start saving. Make 2010 the year you trot the globe.
125. Combine your reading time with any or all of the following: the late afternoon; a banana chair; a green patch of grass; the shade of a large tree; a cold G&T with truckloads of ice.
126. See a therapist (seriously). Looking after your mental health is vital and of equal importance is looking after your physical health. A good therapist is like the person you feel most comfortable talking to but without the personal baggage. You can talk through all of life’s big and little issues with them in an environment which is completely non-judgmental and confidential and without feeling like you’re being a burden. If you get a referral from your GP to see a registered psychologist with a Medicare Provider Number, you’re eligible for a Medicare rebate for 12 sessions each year. If your therapist bulk bills, this means they’re free. Visit the Australian Psychological Society’s Website www.psychology.org.au for more information and to find a registered psychologist near you.
127. Use hair masques – be nice to your mane and treat it to a hair masque every now and then. A deep cleanse, super hydration, strengthening or mending masque will give your hair a new lease on life.
128. Invest in a signature scent – the power of your sense of smell is limitless. It can improve your mood, make a stunning impression, complete an outfit or capture a moment in time. Take the time to find one that suits you.
129. See a psychic – banish your inner cynic for just a couple of hours, and submit yourself to the possibility there may be things others can see and understand that we can’t. It’s just another way to understand yourself.
130. Do High Tea with your friends at home. A pretty tea set, some tasty cakes and biscuits and a touch of classical music in the background.
131. Paint a feature wall in your room – depending on what you want to get most out of this year, choose a colour that suits that desire and refresh your perspective.
132. Write more snail-mail – there is nothing better than receiving mail.
133. Eat a full breakfast everyday
144. Sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind. If you constantly accept ridicule – from a workmate, a friend, anyone – then you most probably deserve it. If you constantly turn the other cheek then you deserve to be slapped. Learn to stick up for yourself. Learn how to fight back. Respect yourself. Be your most courageous defender. Be your own best friend.
145. Pause. Stop. Breathe. In the pursuit of happiness, in the pursuit of success, and planning, and creating, and doing, find a little time each day to pause. Don’t be afraid to stop being busy. Realise that life is full of wonder and beauty and you may just be running through it. Meander. Stroll. Cruise. Fiddle. What’s the rush?
146. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
147. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
148. The Odyssey – Homer
149. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
150. Middle March – George Eliot
151. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
152. Sons and Lovers – DH Lawrence
153. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
154. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
155. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
Ten of 2008’s Best
156. The Monster of Florence – Douglas Preston
157. The Tales of Beedle Bard – JK Rowling
158. Hitler’s Private Library – Timothy W. Ryback
159. How to Read the Bible – James Kugel
160. Saving Darwin – Karl W. Giberson
161. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
162. The Good Mayor – Andrew Nicoll
163. Netherland, a Novel – Joseph O’Neill
164. The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
165. The Northern Clemency – Phillip Hensher
Tracy Quan’s online columns
166. Guardian, UK
157. Unleashed on the ABC
Other great online reads …
158. Go Fug Yourself
159. A Mish Mash of Everything That Matters – Sandi Tighello’s blog
160. Girl With a Satchel
162. Vanity Fair
163. Shakespeare – at least one of his plays. Set yourself the challenge.
164. International newspapers, or their online counterparts
166. A wine appreciation course
167. A barista course; in Sydney Toby’s Estate does some great ones.
168. Train for and run a mini marathon
169. Grow your own herbs – for your cooking, we mean
170. Go to the movies once a week – there is nothing quite like escapism
171. Spend hours in The Constant Reader, Crows Nest, Sydney
172. Sing in the shower
173. Buy yourself flowers
174. Clean out your wardrobe
175. Attend a protest/rally for a cause you believe in
177. Spend time with your loved ones
178. Start that project you keep putting off
179. Go on more picnics
180. Get more sleep – life isn’t a competition to see who can be the busiest, most stressed, most in need of a sleep-in. Just switch off your computer and go to sleep. The world won’t end.
181. Play trivia with your friends at the local pub
183. Believing everything you hear or read
184. Thinking the media is always right
185. Being so hard on yourself
186. Thinking everything would be so much better if you lost 5 kilos
187. Buying things you don’t need
188. Drunk Texting/Facebooking
189. Thinking you can’t make a difference
190. Cutting tall poppies down – give them their moment in the sun
We’re just going to say the names, and when you start hearing them everywhere, think of us and smile.
191. Maria Mena
192. Lykke Li
193. BC Jean
194. Lovers Electric
195. Little Red
196. Vampire Weekend
197. Andy Bull
198. Brandon Walters
199. Danielle de Niese
Work to live, don’t live to work
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle, or to be the mirror that reflects it -Edith Wharton
When confronted by two evils, always pick the one you haven’t tried before (thanks Mae)
Change is a beautiful thing (and this year is going to be all about it)
If you don’t know where you’re going, you can’t get lost (sometimes it’s not such a bad thing to just drift)
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these. – Bob Goddard