Fun at galleries and goodbye to new friends

Saturday, March 08, 2014 

After a yummy and severely filling lunch at Malaya Corner, we decided to check out the Gallery of Modern Art.

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Yoni had been before so it was Michael’s and my first visit!

Although I quite enjoyed my time and found many pieces to be very artistic and talented, I found myself wondering if I was being trolled throughout the visit.

Like music, food, dance, and other forms of art, I understand that everyone has their own taste, some of which are cultured, developed and acquired while others are innate. I certainly don’t like all types of music or food but can understand if others enjoy them.

However, when it comes to modern art, I can’t help but wonder if there are hidden cameras around. Recording people’s ridicule or attempts to be appreciative and/or sophisticated with certain art pieces. A 3-hour video of two brothers chewing the same piece gum and passing it back and forth to each other. A grown man, on video for 45 minutes, dancing the twist with gold tassels hanging from his nipples.

Sometimes I just don’t get it. And the museum pays for these art pieces! We all joked that we just needed some time, money and a ridiculous idea in order to be displayed in a museum as well. That’s seriously how some of the pieces made us feel.

This was another art piece – Gold tinsel being blown from behind by a pivoting fan. Needless to say, we didn’t understand it but still had fun.

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A few more silly moments

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Posed so well he hid the original

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Shadow boys

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Yoni’s food baby!

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Taking a rest and enjoying the view out the window

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Entrace to Cai Guo-Qiang – Falling Back to Earth exhibit that you need to pay for entrance Yoni wasn’t really interested but Mike and I will come back another time to check it out.

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We also walked through the Queensland Art Gallery although I didn’t take many photos

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Richard Long’s Ring of Stones (1982)

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We then headed to the Sciencentre, which is always my favourite. Here are a few random photos.

Jelly fish made of plastic

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Coincidentally, we ran into Dan and Prasan at the Sciencentre. They are both 3rd year med students on exchange from Queen’s University (Canada) and completed their Paediatrics Rotation with us these past 2 months. We had discussed grabbing a drink before they flew out later that night, so off we went!

Enjoyed the extensive beer menu at The Burrow. Mike’s new find – Kwak (8% Seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience)

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Prasan was my silly group member, he will be missed!

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Group photo! Lovely getting to know you guys, safe trip home and all the best with your studies!

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Evening catch up with friends @ The Burrow

Finally had a catch up this past Friday with Kee Ping, Amanda and Xuan at The Burrow.

With a great drinks menu and nice atmosphere, The Burrow was an easy choice and luckily we could make reservations so didn’t have to wait in line for a table.

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Beers for everyone! And of course, food. We got a few dishes to share:

Unfortunately, some of these dishes are part of their Oktoberfest menu which isn’t online so I can’t give you the full dish name and all its components.

Pretzels with Pepe Saya butter. I love Pepe Saya butter but the pretzels were unfortunately quite tough and definitely not worth $7/each.

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Main component of this dish was the crispy pork belly, which was lovely! Also had roasted peaches and something-I-can’t remember wrapped in filo pastry. Tasty dish!

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Dip-ah-dee-do-dah – A selection of fresh house dips, crisp bread, ciabatta, zattar and flavoured oils. The selection was different than what Mike and I have had before but still very tasty! Very generous portions of dips, and so would do with a bit more breads!

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This dish’s main component was slow cooked venison with spätzle, apple and berries. When we asked what spätzle was, our server said her best description would be “similar to gnocchi”. Unfortunately, although the venison was tender and nice, the spätzle (that we were all trying for the first time) tasted more like stale deep fried batter. We’re still unsure if it was meant to taste that way, or if we just got a bad batch… And why make the pieces so tiny? So difficult to eat when they just roll around on your fork and then onto the table.

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We also got some Gnarly fries (curly fries) and Chips Ahoy! (beer battered fries) with aioli sauce. On a good note, the fries never disappoint.

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We’ve been to The Burrow many times and love the service, drinks selection and quality of food. Unfortunately, we found our food hit and miss tonight but will still be back again in the future 🙂

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