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Week 32 of Marathon training by Akira

I think I may be allergic to dairy. This morning I had milk and last night I had yoghurt and I kept on coughing and I spewed this morning. I just finished my period. I think I have too much too frequently in the last few days.

Either that or I have too much fiber. I can’t have had too much fiber according to myfitnesspal.

In this week’s meditation we learned that life has its ups and downs and that there are many stressors throughout the day. This is quite normal and we just have to deal with it. Whether it is a fight or not.

My short run was just fine. It was 8km with not a lot of walk breaks. Yoga was all about stretching and lifting- something that I have difficulty with. I have difficulty with balancing.

At the end of that run one mentally ill lady scared me on a busy Clarendon st in South Melbourne. It was such a rare occurance which made me think more about the Salvos and the good work that they do. So if you can please buy a book off us and help the Salvos achieve their goals.

This week’s gym session was good but not great. It could have been a lot better if I had eaten more food and not thrown up. But oh well there is next week and I burnt 250 calories just by spinning.

This weeks long run had been great. I felt like I had a lot of energy and lots to give. I did at one point pee on myself in my pants but that was because there was no toilet anywhere to do so.

On the first part I took it too slow- this was due to drinking too much alcohol at the food and wine event. It was mainly for a tasting. Then along the way we passed by the Hawkers Bazaar in Malaysia Hall. Then we took a look. Here there were a lot of meal items for $6-$8. Not bad but if your run is finishing late then it is not a good idea.

Then we took a detour along Chapel st to St Kilda. It was fun and very vibrant for a Sunday afternoon.

At night Point Ormond Hill looks great. It is hard to see but I enjoy the eerie side of things. I don’t enjoy the horns though along St Kilda Road but oh well. At least they are not horning me.

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QVM on Sundays

Queen Victoria Market has a different vibe on a Sunday. Here we can enjoy street food and pat lots of dogs. Many of their usual stalls are not open on a Sunday. But however the wine stall was and so were many other gift stalls.

To get there, there are free trams in the city (route 19, 57, 59 all heading to the suburbs). Or you can walk.

There were no lines for the toilets this time which is great. As for the tap there is a funny knee thingy which you push with your knee to turn the tap on. Don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time, a lovely local will help you.

I enjoyed El Rincon’s chorzio eggs. The chorizo was finely chopped. The sauce and the bread not so much. The smell of the BBQ got to me. I didn’t like the sauce nor the store bought bread.

There are kids activities here too.

Do come by to the Sunday markets as they run many events here which are free of charge such as the Malaysian festival.

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St Kilda festival and why I like it by Akira

The St Kilda festival means a lot to me as an International student and a health freak. For a start it is free and there are a lot of free exercise activities such as Zumba. I can teach Zumba and next year I would like to teach it as I am an amazing teacher. I have been teaching Zumba for a while at various gyms and all over the world.

Here it was a cold but sunny day and here I always enjoy free watermelon from Hare Krishna. How can anyone say no to free things? There was free coffee and iced tea but as usual it has too much sugar in them. And I don’t drink coffee. I am not an alcoholic but every now and then Katherine loves to have one drink. This one was a Sav Blanc and in a cute glass for a pricey $9.50. According to her it was the watered down version. We enjoyed it at the New World stage along with a live band.

We sampled the same ole sweet potato chips from Nandos and they gave the same ole vouchers that we got in the city but never used. The lines to Nandos was really long.

The cafes and bars along Acland st were filled with people drinking alcohol, but it wasn’t too bad until after 6pm. That was the time when people had dinner and then stayed to watch more of the live shows.

There were also games but we were not interested in them.

By 6pm the people started coming. Before then it was not too busy. People came by tram and by then the trams were fully packed. Even the train home was packed. Thank god we left after 6pm to go and train for the marathon.

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The Big Design market

This market is held in the underground car park and here it was quite busy with people. Here they had Billy Van Creamy ice cream which people say that it is quite good and they were right. Except the sorbet was on the bottom and it kind of fell apart by the time I got there. I paid $7 for good ice cream on a warm day.

The Big design market is full of designs but it also features food items like Sticky Balsamic and Prickly by nature as well as Tin Shed Charcuterie which have all their really nice duck pates and rilettes. Prickly by nature have some yummy sauces on offer. Sticky Balsamic are a Geelong based company and they also do great sauces. Most of the market had many good specials. But of course knowing me, no money to buy things.

This market only comes around once in a blue moon so check the Facebook page for updates

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Lets move 365: The Sunday Art market

The Sunday market is on every Sunday from 10am-4pm and its free. It is outside the Art Centre and its a must see for all tourists and everyone alike. Most people come here with their kids as they have some really cool kids stuff such as juggling balls at $20 for a set of three. Other things are the make your own necklace at $10 and the make your own broach set at the same price.

We have been going there for years and everytime it has gotten a wee bit smaller. But the Dutch pancakes guy is still there and he’s now charging the proffetjies without ice cream or cream for $7 (ice cream or cream is now an extra $1- it used to be included). It was $6 but they included the ice cream at no extra cost. Now there is an arepa and gozleme stall.

The stallholders seem to get stricter and stricter about photos. Why is that? We used to be able to take lots and lots of photos of stuff but what happened?

Well if they would love tourists to stick around then they need not be so strict on the photos and more stalls please if you can.

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St Kilda Esplanade market by Akira

This market is one of the best markets in St Kilda. Here they have food, clothes and artworks. on a very peaceful and lovely Sunday you can find punters and tourists alike wandering down the market to find that perfect gift for someone. You can also find dogs as well.


Here they have the finest foods on offer. Here we tried the sauces and honey on offer. The honey was from Paul’s Honey and the people at the St Kilda visitors hub were promoting them. The people that are there are the friendly volunteers and you can apply to volunteer there yourself.

Here there were a few food trucks. Last year when I came there was no such luck. They change all the time.

Do take the tram from the city to the market. The route number 96, 3, 3a and 16 all service the esplanade  where the market is and it is only $6 for the tram trip as the market is free.

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Prahran Market’s latest truffle offering by Akira

Last weekend Prahran market had their truffle festival and it was free for all to attend. Having truffle in food is a lot of fun but it is expensive to buy hence all the truffle items are expensive. Every year Melbourne has its own truffle festival like this one

Here they really took all of the punters views into consideration this time where there were not too many stalls and too many people. This time they also had many samples and real truffle items to buy. They also had the all inclusive map telling us what events were on and where.


There were also some truffle hunts done  the lovely shepherd dogs. Many people tried the red wine which was lovely and the sliders. I had the crepes with truffle sugar which I did not think possible as truffle was mainly used for salty items. I thought of truffle as oil and truffle salt.

Now I know that truffle can be used with sweet items. Here I like it like this. Many thanks Prahran market for hosting this event. DO buy your truffles when you can.

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Lets move 365: Aunty Maggie’s Chocolate festival by Akira

Last weekend on Saturday there was a huge chocolate festival at Aunty Maggies. A lot of people came down including not so regular shoppers.

I love chocolate. I mean who doesn’t. It really was a delight to the senses. Here we tried many chocolate things including the homemade chocolate cake which was just a delight.


There were a few mylk shakes which did not have any dairy in it. And there were some which did. I didn’t really like the chai one which was dairy free. Here this one had lots of spice. In fact too much. And I also enjoyed red wine with the chocolate as the chocolate brought out that sweet winey taste to the wine and it reminded me of being sexy and being womanly is a good thing.

Do buy your chocolates from Aunty Maggies at: 72 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.


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Lets move 365: Goldsborough Market and Slate

Goldsborough Lane is in the middle of the city where all the office workers work. The Goldsborough farmers market is on every Thursday from 4:30pm-7:30pm during the winter. The aim of the market is to bring people together over healthy food as Goldsborough lane and that part of the city have some unhealthy food choices. The other aim is to inform people as to where their produce came from. Most of the shops shut at 4pmish.

There are freshly baked breads from Souradough Kitchen and fruits galore. There are also some handmade sweets and chocolates for those with a sweet tooth. But what people like are the duck pies which are priced at $8.50 per pie.

There are also sauces, cheeses, eggs, honey and jam available for people to take home.  Most of the stallholders are happy answer your questions. Many of the stallholders are happy for you to try stuff.

And if you want a beer to go with your duck pie (or a tea to go with your cake or bread purchase), look no further than Slate. Here Slate are open for dinner during the weeknights and they have happy hour where the wines are priced at $5 each. I’m not too sure about the beers as I went in for a $4 pot of tea to warm me up. And warm me up it did.


Do come on by to this market but note there is no EFTPOS available.


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Lets move 365: Wicked Chocolate festival at Prahran Market

Wicked Chocolate was a free festival at Prahran Market and everyone enjoyed being out and about and trying lots of yummy chocolate.


This was really wicked. Everyone enjoyed themselves and having ice cream on this 23C day. Here I had the buy one get one free which I was willing to use and so I did.

Whilst I didn’t get into the spirit of booze I loved my chocolate ice cream very much. Fritz gelato had won many awards for the best ice cream and I am glad that they are at the Market.

Chapel st Cellars had a Chocolate Martini for $12 but I wasn’t going to have any booze. There was rocky road from Sweet Greek but I’m not a huge fan of Rocky road. However I love a good dark chocolate and a great chocolate fondue with friends, books and red wine on a winters day. When I see a chocolate fondue I can imagine winter and a book club.

There were many free chocolate samples for us to try. As for us we went a bit bananas over them. There were a few ticketed events but they were $22-$45 for a few chocolatey things. And they were sold out very quickly.  People ranted on Facebook about not being able to find lots of chocolatey things but in fact there were many chocolatey things at the trader shops (their actual shops). You just had to keep your eye open.

Chocolate is a good way to distress before the exam and I’m glad that Prahran market decided to hold this event in the weeks leading up to exams. Many thanks Prahran market for this event.