Author Archives: Ruki D.

Forest Therapy: Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) is one of Melbourne’s true gems. A free, manicured, palace of serenity just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of CBD proper. Over the last two years I travelled across 50 countries…

Eggsistentialism at the Melbourne Fringe 2018

If you happen to be a woman in your 30s there is a 99.9% chance that someone has questioned you about your re-productive plans. It is rather astonishing how what we do with our body appears to be everybody’s business…

Electric Castle Festival 2018 – Romania

Personally, I would say Romania is an unknown quantity for most Australians. Beyond Dracula and historical facts garnered via Vlad (What We Do In The Shadows) most Australians wouldn’t have the foggiest about the country, the culture or the people….

Envision Festival 2018

On the beach and in the jungle. This is how Envision Festival was first billed to me, and I was sold. Held along the ‘whale’s tale’ of Costa Rica on a divine parcel of jungle-meets-coast (Rancho La Merced), Envision Festival…

Ripponlea Food & Wine

Ripponlea Food & Wine is located just near Ripponlea station on Glen Eira Road. The venue used to be a ballet shop, which I’m told was a booming business, prior to that it had further history – but I’ll let…

Green Man’s Arms – Carlton’s New Vegetarian Pub

Green Man’s Arms is located on the corner of Elgin and Lygon St in Carlton. It occupies the prior home of Percy’s which was an institution for Carlton locals. I myself spent many an university night there pumping out karaoke…

Melbourne Music Week 2017: Opening Night & DJ Hell

Melbourne Music Week is a feature of the year for any festival-loving Melburnian. The flagship music festival of the City of Melbourne, it has developed a reputation for innovation edgy-ness and out right ‘how are they doing this?!’. After a…

Night Noodle Markets 2017

The Night Noodle Markets, presented by Citi, are a feature of Melbourne’s foodie event-goer calendar. Located in the beautiful surrounds of Birranrung Mar the Night Noodle Markets make a fabulous use of the natural space its given. A feature of…

Hallowine – Decadence & Decay

Ghost Host are the experiential purveyors of ‘vorfreude’ – the intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures. This word is so, so apt when it came to their marquee 2017 event, Hallowine Decadence & Decay. I was so, so…

Merah Malaysian

Merah is a lovely new Malaysian/South East Asian restaurant located on High Street, Northcote. Merah itself means red in Malay and the team’s inspiration comes from spice. Particularly their love of sambal, which for mine is the baklava of South…