Geelong: The land of Baywalk Bollards!

One can never run out of weekend gateway ideas in Melbourne, especially when you have a plethora of options at your disposal.

Last week, I was at Geelong for Cricket Australia National Inclusion Championship and I took this opportunity to explore Bellarine and Geelong.

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Just an hour and half drive away or if you wish to catch the V-line train from Southern Cross which takes approximately the same time. So, after finishing my work on Day 1, I headed straight to the famous Geelong Waterfront claimed to be Australia’s: One of the stunning waterfronts, I was overwhelmed by the massive stretch and meeting the local characters on the boardwalk.

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Geelong Waterfront

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Hop on to the beach and walk all along the waterfront stretch from one end of the City to the other where it connects to the beach. There’s no dearth of good food and drinks, with two major shopping centers. I wasn’t keen in exploring any shopping joints as the view from the restaurants opposite to the waterfront was worth the time.

So I found a cosy café for myself to grab on some munchies and a Beer, treating myself with the Gorgeous view and watching the kids and family having fun on the Promenade.

Be it Swimming promenade, Children’s pool, enclosed sea baths, diving platforms or shopping arena, the waterfront has everything to offer.

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Boardwalk!

Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.

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Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.

There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.I spend the rest of my evening taking a long stroll along the broad walk and grabbing some gelatos from the mobile food trucks!

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If you thought waterfront is the only thing Geelong had to offer, then you might be wrong! No, I am not talking about the botanical gardens nor the beaches, perched a few kilometers away from the Geelong station, the Deakin University Waurn Pond campus, it’s a must visit destination at Geelong.

I stayed at the campus for the next 2 days along with the National Inclusion Cricket Teams across Australia. A massive campus spread across several kilometers, this campus consists of quite a no of ponds and picturesque photo points.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond

While exploring the campus, i stumbled upon a 150 years old chapel at the other end of the campus.You dont have to be a student to visit this place, drive along the signs to spot a pond or click yourself against a beautiful backdrop, that’s what i did.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond Campus!

So the next time you plan Geelong with family or whether you travel solo, make sure to visit the Deaking Waurn pond campus and click a selfie with the Bollards.

Are you Pageant Ready?

A brand-new year is here; make the most of it by setting your Pageant goals and resolutions. Getting Pageant ready isn’t that tough as it looks like, here are some pointers to make you define your Pageants goals in 2017.

Upcoming Pageant:

Do a read up on the pageant that you wish to be a part of, its ideal to have a look at the past 2 years Grand Finale videos to get a fair idea how the contest looks like. International and National pageants would be different, so the preparation depends on what kind of competition your entering, the number of participants, their core competencies and their backgrounds and the Pageant Objective.

I always prefer to do this prior study before the Big day arrives, when I take onto them on the big stage.

Diet:

The most important aspect of your journey.

You must have heard this “you are what you eat”. Well yes indeed, having a perfect balanced diet is the right way to begin the Pageant Journey.

Being a perfectionist by nature, whatever I aim for I do it the right way else I really don’t.

Post child birth it was a tough choice to eat right and healthy at the same time.

So, what makes it right; here are the tips, Portion control, this word changed the way I look today, yes indeed. What does Portion Control mean, whatever you eat, consume it in a smaller portion of the actual quantity. By doing this your making your body consume lesser calories at the same time getting used to smaller portion too.

Say NO to junk food, everyone loves coke, pizza, burgers and chips, even I do, but if you aim to be a beauty queen these are a very little sacrifice you make in this journey.

Say YES to water, with 70% of our body composition being water, why we prefer to drink it less?

Replace food with water; if you do that you tend to feel less hungry and at the same time tend to eat less too. I always drink a lot of water since my pregnancy days and that habit has still stayed on, which helps me.

Fitness:

Well most of the Mrs Pageant’s doesn’t require a Swim wear round, but some International pageants do. So, does it matter if they have a swim wear round or not?

Staying fit is a lifestyle and everyone should own that exquisite lifestyle, no matter who they are and what they do. You must have heard people saying fitness is a Journey and one should exercise not only for a good body but also for a healthy life.

So here are the tips, no need to join a Gym or join an aerobic session at your neighborhood. If your food intake is healthy this below combination of exercises would help you.

20 mins of physical activity every day/daily is a good way to maintain that healthy weight. A combination of Jogging, running, swimming, squats and planks, whatever suits you, can comprise your exercise regime.

If you ask me I would say dancing is the best way to sweat it out, I enjoy and I love to dance so it serves both the purposes.

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 Bigger Picture:

Whatever you aim to do, always look at the larger picture of where and what you wish to do by entering the chosen Pageant.

I keep getting a lot of question from the aspiring women that, I wish to win this Pageant please guide me, etc. Now the only question I ask them what you wish to achieve by winning it. Once you set your goal straight, it becomes easier to pursue the Journey as well.

Remember focus, perseverance plays the key to any success!

 

Eloquence:

Persuasive talking does the work and if you have a gift of Gab, you tend to win this game easily.

Work on your eloquence, read up, the google has a plethora of pageant questions available as a ready reference, few with answers, few without.

Practise talking in front of the mirror, which I normally do or ask your friend or partner to ask you question, this would definitely help.

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Appearance:

Remember the first impression is the last impression, the way you appear makes or breaks the opinion of the Judges.

Make sure to flaunt outfits that suit your body contours and your personality. Like what?

Well, you will always see me wearing high slits gowns and dresses, if you wondered why? Well here is the tip.

If you are petite like me and want to stand out among taller woman in the pageant, where they are way too taller than you. A high slit dress or gown takes away the attention from your height to your legs, well in that case make sure u have a toned pair of legs.

Always carry extra pair of shoes always, you may never know when your gorgeous pair of heels gives up!

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Confidence:

Well I kept this element last because once you have done the above preparation, this element maximizes automatically and trust me most of the time this is the only element that makes you the winner.

So, like I always say confidence is the most important accessory that you carry along with you in the entire journey.

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Well to summarize, these are my guidelines to make it big in any pageant, I am sure everyone has their own way of looking at a competition and there is no right or wrong way to it.

Do feel free to place your questions or comments.

Happy reading and all the best to the aspiring Queens!

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Night out at the Etihad Stadium!

Who doesn’t love Cricket, and specially when you get to learn the tactics of the game from eminent Players like Peter Siddle (Renegades BBL Player) and Luke Hodge (AFL Hawthorn Player).

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Peter Siddle and Luke Hodge

This play session was organized in association with Renegades BBL Team and the NGO Ladder, who assists young talents to be recognized in their respective field of sports be it AFL or Cricket. Every AFL player is associated with the NGO Ladder and they donate certain amount to Ladder each game of AFL they play.

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Clinic with Peter Siddle

Etihad stadium saw a whooping number of kids aged 4 years above dropping down in their cricket jersey to enjoy their cricket play date with the players. This was the first of its kind of workshop organized by the BBL team and while talking to the Big Bash League team, they expressed they wish to continue these workshops for all age groups in future.

The players gave their insights about the game and also had an one to one chats with the Volunteers from Ladder, fine tuning their bowling and batting skills.

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Volunteers from Ladder

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The volunteers from Ladder were present who were helping the kids practice, this followed by the clinic by Peter Siddle and Luke Hodge.The session ended by a movie on the Hallowed Turf for all the kids.

All in one this 3 hour play session was fun filled and energizing one, as all the cricket fans look up to this Saturday’s game of BBL06 at the Etihad where Melbourne Star takes on  the Renegades! Grab your tickets here