A splendid day – part 1

Let me tell you about my lovely day.¬†Cousin Joshua is in town, so I’ve taken a couple days off work to hang out with him. On Tuesday, we traipsed around Northbridge because it’s delicious and there’s lots of stuff to do there.

The best part of the day was getting to sleep in. ON A WORK DAY. :D The second best part was seeing this splendid tree frog that’s at the top of this post. That was at the WA Museum, the rest of which was pretty rad too, but I’ll get into that later. Before the museum came breakfast…

First stop was Northbridge Chinese Restaurant. We went¬†specifically for their eggplant yi min, but ended up getting a heap of dim sum as well. I love eggplant, but can understand how the bitterness can be off-putting. This eggplant dish wasn’t bitter at all – it must be the sauce they use in the noodles; eggplant texture, potato-ish taste. Very nice. Highly recommended.

For anyone interested, I’ve updated the dim sum guide with a couple of new items.

The WA Museum was next and waaaaaaay bigger than I thought it would be. Not as big as museums in London and Beijing, but still big enough to lose time in, even as an adult. I was really impressed that the place didn’t smell like kids – you know how places geared towards kids have that gross saliva smell? Yeah, nothing like that here. It was a clean museum. :) Yay!

They have a room known as the Discovery Center, filled with knick-knacks from civilised history, treasures from other cultures, live reptiles and insects in little terrariums, and heaps of preserved dead ones. These lizards pictured above were very alive. The bottom one bobbed its head as we approached.

This is a doll from some decade in Australia. Not sure what’s up with that face. Maybe it was fashionable back then to look creepy and over-blushed. In the same display drawer was a Barbie from 1995 – can you believe that period can be considered history already? Farknellaye.

This was cool – an Aboriginal baby doll in a display case. It was certainly something to think about after visiting the Noongar and Stolen Generation exhibition room. Which was… interesting. Hard to fathom that the “breeding out the black” thing happened in the last century. Bit pathetic really, though I do feel more appreciative of the tolerant age we live in now.

The Diamonds to Dinosaurs room was rad. Heaps of bones and rocks like a boss, with a whole section of display cases full of different crystals. There was one greenish rock encrusted with white aluminium compound crystal (aluminium sulfate, I think) – totally looked like fungi and algae growing on the side of something, but it wasn’t alive, it was CRYSTALS OMG. In my next life, I want to be a geologist.

Outside the museum was a giant cootie catcher, meant to be a tribute to the idea that everyone has stories to tell. I’m not sure what stories they referred to exactly; maybe just acknowledgement of the fact that even if you don’t get to hear what goes on, stuff is always happening in everyone’s life.

I have to go make dinner now, so will leave it here. Part 2 coming soon.