I’ve lived in Melbourne for nearly 10 years now, and I’m thankful for every day of it.
I love the life here, and I try my very best to assimilate and learn of the cultures here. Heck, I even support a footy (AFL) team!
*Hint – it has nothing to do with birds of any kind and I love puppies
I love passing on my knowledge and experiences from my own cultures to my new found Australian friends and work colleagues. They in turn find it quite amazing and interesting on the many superstitions, traditions and cultures I hold dear to my heart.
That being said, as time passes by, I find myself saying that ‘home‘ is Melbourne and ‘us‘ is Australians more and more each day.
It’s hard living in two worlds, and I am proud of where I have come from and what I have done to be where I am today.
I thus, am very proud of any Malaysian or Australian that make it big, draw successes and live their dreams.
Especially if they have left their home country, their comfort zone, their friends and family, to achieve those dreams.
In 2010, the Australian Government committed AUD$20 million to build up the Brand Australia Program in four years.
The general purpose for this contribution and commitment is to enhance public global awareness to the success stories of Australians around the world.
Through the brand ‘Australia Unlimited’, the aim is to raise awareness of contemporary Australian credentials in business, science, education, technology, creativity and not-for-profit activity, which is where this great iPad magazine app comes in.
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In a format that is engaging, fun and interactive, this Australia Unlimited iPad Application will showcase Australia’s creativity, innovation and intellect.
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If you are wondering what the significance is with Australian Unlimited and this blog, it’s pretty simple.
This blog as you know deals mostly with food, travel and entertainment. So technically, this app features all three of these topics in this month’s issue, with a feature on Bill Granger (Food), Australians overseas (Travel) and Entertainment (this is an online magazine!).
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The brains behind this fabulous initiative have decided to offer Two of my fantastic readers a Signed Hardcover Cookbook by Bill Granger each.
Win 1 of 2 latest cookbook by this renown chef, “Bill’s Basics” by joining this competition.
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All you have to do is:
- ‘Like’ my Facebook page (if you haven’t done so already), if you have (you are amazing!), skip this step
- Leave a comment here telling me who is your favourite overseas Australian success story
*Please leave a valid email address (emails won’t be published). Competition is open to Australian Residents only. Delivery to Australian addresses only.
The competition closes Monday, 12th March 2012 at 6:00pm. The winners will be drawn randomly on Monday Night, the 12th of March 2012! Results will be published on this post.
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12/03/2012, Announcement: Winners of the Bill Granger Signed Cookbooks for Australian Unlimited Competition!
Thank you to everyone who signed up, liked my Facebook page, downloaded the wonderful online magazine which is the Australian Unlimited iPad App and nominated your favourite Aussie making waves overseas!
With no further ado, the two competition winners selected by the Random Number Generator are…
Congratulations to Kathy Mason and April !!!
I will be in contact shortly for more details 🙂
Can I get away with saying Geraldine Brooks? Alas, I have no iPhone or iPad, so I can’t make use of the first part of this post. #luddite
LOL… you silly goose!
P.S. Is it just your personal facebook page, or is there a blog facebook page? I cannae find it!
Geoffrey Robertson QC, an old Eastwood boy, who is now regarded internationally as one of the world’s best human right’s lawyers and advocate, academic, author and broadcaster!
Oh nice one! Can’t say I ever heard about him. Thanks for sharing!
Germaine Greer, I may not agree with 100% of her ideas but I appreciate that she has had, and still has, the balls to speak up!
But she went on UK Celeb BB… I can’t forgive that!
Phar Lap-inspires people to this day-a true ambassador for the Australian spirit of true grit:-)
A horse? Okay… lol.. but yes! Phar Lap lives on – embalmed at the museum I last saw!
May sound a bit silly..but I’d choose Geoffrey Rush as my pick. I find him very inspiring and a fantastic actor
After his excellent acting in the Kings Speech, I can’t help but agree 🙂
Nicole Kidman, she has been an awesome ambassador for the Aussie way of life and how Aussies are the best there is
Yes, but her forehead!! I do love her 🙂
Now liking you on facebook! I would have to say Rose Byrne. Anyone who can play the range of roles she does (Bridesmaids my absolute favourite!) with such commitment and style is pretty darn amazing.
I never realised she was Aussie!!
Mel Gibson! Even though he may have got a bad rap lately, he’s still one of Australias icons
Ahhh Mel, from Mad Max to Braveheart to What Women Wants.. his come a longggggg way!
Elle McPherson..beautiful in every way!
She’s not the Body for nothing 🙂
Dick Smith aged 17 he got a radio license and began the “Dick Smith Electronics” he is a known household name and knew how to publicize and get his brand out there amongst larger brands!
Good ol’ Dick!
OHH that’s is a great app 🙂 And I know what you mean by trying to assimilate ~ even though I was born and raised in Melbourne sometimes I still think I’m too Asian for my Aussie friends hehe
Hmmm I dunno why but I think of Curtis Stone, because he’s really the first Australian chef to go to the US and make a name for himself 🙂
Oh my mother loves Curtis! But after all the Coles ad… but Oprah loves him, and we got to agree with Oprah!
Perhaps not as famous as some of the others being named here (which is a crying shame!) but I’d have to go with Kirsty Sword Gusmão – strong, hard working, fights for what she believes in, basically epitomises what we like to believe is ‘the Australian spirit’ (but which is sadly lacking these days).
I love all these names! I am learning so much!
Nicole Kidman, she has made it into the big time in the US.
She has… I still love her in Batman!
What a great write up of the competition, I-Hua!! Stellar job indeedley-doodle-doo. I’m sure the PR guy from Ogilvy (ahem ahem!!) is stoked at this post. I wanna win those books and have have liked your FB page liao. For me, Heath Ledger is my biggest OZ pride. It helps that he indirectly promotde the country and his talent (as well as all that Oz has to offer) by speaking in his natural Australian accent in 10 Things I Hate About You haha! Anyway, jokes aside I think he did show the world how great Aussie actors can be. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are right up there in the ranks toO!
*sticks tongue out* I LOVE HEATH!! RIP LOVE HEATH!!!
Rose Byrne, she has done incredibly well in such a tough industry and environment
And another one for Rose Byrne.. she sooooo pretty!
I have to say Elle MacPherson. She’s represented herself and her origins well and continue to be a respectful and graceful.
She is very hot!!
There are so many, but one of my favourite overseas Australian success story is Rose Byrne. If you haven’t watched Damages yet, you need to do it ASAP!
Yeah she’s hot!
nicole kidman! an amazing australian who has never shown that she is ‘up herself’ but is a true aussie 🙂
SHE IS 🙂
Geoffrey Rush- absolutely brilliant as David Helfgott in Shine
I love him too!
Boo me if you wish, but Warnie – he’s rejuvenated cricket in India and given his time to this wonderful country, plus he’s bagged himself a celebrity as his girlfriend – keep being yourself and we’ll keep trying to cut down this tall-poppy
Hmmm it’s not so much tall poppy when it comes to Warnie I think 🙂
If you’re not supporting Hawthorn, please leave now 🙂
😛 You get out!!!
Nicole kidman a proud australian who always travels back to home ground, shes an inspiration to many, family orinatated, talented and such a beautiful personality
Many have said her, and I think so too!
I’ve seen her concerts 4 times! Yayy!
C’mon she started on POPSTARS so didnt have much chance of making it but is slowly getting there!!
Hmm.. she was also engaged to one half of a punk band..
Ryan Christian Kwanten what a guy! From neighbours to True Blood I love the exchange, I love his role and hope he continues on his successful path!
Mmm… true that!
Sara Douglass – I love Aussie authors and how they aer taking the world over one book at a time
I have all her books.. *sigh*