Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Australia Day

I am Australian by choice.

I think that is just as powerful as living here by default.

I am also Filipino.

26 January is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Britain in 1788. And on this day we celebrate Australia Day.






Fusion of cultures...celebrating Australia Day under the shade of a mango tree...under the bridge



Snags (sausages) on the traditional Aussie barbie (bbq)




Traditional dessert



Fusion again...bbqed meat on Thai inspired salad



New generation of Aussies


Glimpse of fireworks

12 comments:

Edik said...

looks exciting Elmer! i am sure Filipinos in Australia had a great time. and when Filipinos converge, food surely overflows.

The Beancounter said...

It was a very good mid-week break for all of us...pinoy style bbq was overflowing indeed!

david said...

Hi Beancounter,

I'm a native Australian, and I totally agree with you that choosing to be Australian is as meaningful has having been born here - in fact, it's much more powerful. Enjoying the blog.

The Beancounter said...

thanks David!

And thanks for taking the time to read my blog...

Dax Francisco said...

Ang galing naman, may mango tree pala dyan. Dito hindi nil alam ang hitsura ng puno ng mangga. :))

Malou@IMPROMPTU said...

We Filipinos are all over the world, yet our spirit of being a Filipino lives on!
Im sure you had so much FOOD and FUN during the Australian holiday!

The Beancounter said...

Dax, we're the Au state that grow mangoes. Iba ibang varieties except for the Pinoy ones...

The Beancounter said...

Absolutely Malou!

Dax Francisco said...

Dito, ang mangoes na nabibili mo sa grocery (local, Asian, or Pinoy) eh wala din Pinoy varieties. Usually bland ang lasa, hindi masarap, imported from South America. Yung pinakamasarap so far na natikman namin eh yung mangga na nabibili namin sa Canada (close to Pinoy varieties). Kamusta ang Australian mango? How does it fare with Pinoy mangga?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I could feel how you feel. Tama ka, we chose to be where we want to be and also feel proud of where we came from.

The Beancounter said...

Thanks Nomad for empathising...i think unless you've actually made the same decision it's hard to explain...

The Beancounter said...

Dax, there's an aussie variety called Kensington Pride. The taste is pretty close to Pinoy mangoes pero ours remain the best IMO. They look like "indian mangoes" on steroids... OK din sya kahit hilaw...