Finally, we made it to a swimming pool after being here in Melbourne for MORE than a year! Mr. C isn't exactly a fan of swimming where else me? Although I can't swim, I loooove playing in the water. It was only later on in university years that I made Mr. C teach me how to swim.
We decided to try out the Monash Aquatic &Recreation Centre. It was huge and there were many parents watching over their kids having swim lessons. I wish I had swimming lessons when I was young. There were also some oldies and young people in the indoor 25m and outdoor 50m pool.
All in all, it was nice being in the water and practising my breakstroke swim that I dubbed the 'frog' swim. When I was sent to work in Johor Bahru in early 2008, the apartment I lived at had a swimming pool which my colleague, MelC and I took advantage of as often as we could.
When we got back to the apartment from work, we would put the rice to cook, change into our swimsuits and head downstairs for a quick and short swim. There were once we excitedly hurried to the pool only to find the pool filled with erm... young men and we made a beeline for the lift up back to our unit.
I don't know why but I guess we were feeling shy to swim with just ALL guys in the pool and maybe, a bit unsafe. In Malaysia, we tend to fret over our safety fairly often that it's like second nature to always think of the "what might happen" scenario and try to avoid putting oneself at the mercy of such situation.
After working up and appetite from our swim, we stopped by Rich Maha in Vermont South for some Indian food fix for dinner. I remember my first time coming here last year, the moment I stepped in, a familiar smell greeted me; it was the wondrous smell of home... of the yum curry in Malaysia (not the stinky rubbish smell ya).
Not only is the food here good, the curry is even better than those back home. Lols.
Roti canai and Naan with Mutton/Lamb curry
I reckon the food here is authentic. I believe if you go to a particular eatery, you can tell a lot about the food at the place by looking at its patrons. If it's a Korean restaurant with MANY Koreans, food served is generally authentic as opposed to a Korean place with more non-Korean patrons.
I realised that some Asian eateries here in Australia sometimes cater to the locals' tastebuds to the point that the food at times, have been altered till it no longer is as tasty nor spicy as it should be.
But as seen and tasted in Rich Maha, the food is as good as it should be.
The curry I had was awesome spicy and I had a kick dipping my roti canai with it. Loved Mr. C's curry fish and the special curry I had which tasted a lot like mutton or perhaps lamb curry. The mutton was tender and tasty!
Suffice to say, I had a satisfying meal and will be back for more! Now, if only someone somewhere sells Maggie Goreng like the ones back home.