Burwood: Heritage? Progress? Pride?

I’ve been to Burwood a couple of times while I’ve been here. Ordinarily I try to avoid the place. If you’ve been to Burwood you’ll know why. But since I’m only in Sydney for two weeks every year, I like to remind myself of why I wouldn’t ordinarily take in the fauna of Burwood. When the new Westfield opened I tried to avoid going there (crowds, idiots with their $400 coffee grinders that have had $3000 worth of work done on them; usually a spoiler and a red paint job, etc) but since everyone I knew had decided to go there on the opening day I caved in.

I was looking for the NRMA office since it had moved into the shopping centre since the last time I needed to visit their office (last year, for an international driving permit). To find it I used one of these things,

Hey God, what should we do with the extra scrotum skin?
Hey God, what should we do with the excess elbow skin?

Technology is great, as long as it makes life easier. Technology is not an end in itself, despite my employer constantly trying to convince stakeholders of this. Whereas you used to have a floor map and a listing of stores on the floor (and possibly other floors) and you’d have to find the grid coordinates and then work out how to get to the store, this one allows you to enter the name and then shows you the path to take. EXCEPT, only one person can use it at a time.

I digress, back to the NRMA. You know how you used to walk in and take a ticket, then wait for your number to be flashed on one of 15 windows so you end up playing a really disappointing game of whack-a-mole? Not anymore! I walked in and a chirpy guy asks me how he can help me (you know, customer service) and how I would like to pay for the service I need (straight to the point, I like it). He then asked me to take a seat and wait for a desk to become available. A few minutes later he chaperoned me to the desk. KInda awesome.

Nearby, there was this sign for a new Robbie Williams album. The title shouldn’t really be a surprise.

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Then it was off to the supermarket to find Aussie stuff for my Korean friends. In Ulsan, they are all women even though the population is overwhelmingly male. There is a reason I don’t really have any male Korean friends in Ulsan, aside from female friends’ husbands.

You know how people complain about Christmas decorations and carols in November? How about Easter eggs on December 30?

creme eggs
Creme eggs are pretty awesome, though

On the way out to the park – Burwood Park is the best thing about Burwood – I wanted to get a pearl milk tea. There’s an Indie Kids store next to the pearl milk tea place playing N.E.R.D.’s She Wants to Move. Awesome song, but I wouldn’t want to be a parent having to answer questions about it.

For the youtube impaired, here are the lyrics

Shake it up.. shake it up girl
Shake it up.. bass
Hey! Shake it up.. shake it up


[Verse – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]

She makes me think of lightning in skies
(Her name) She’s sexy!!
How else is God supposed to write
(Her name) She’s sexy!!
Move, she wants to move
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her
She wants to move (she wants to move)
She wants to move (she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her (damn!)

[Chorus – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Mister! Look at your girl, she loves it!
(Look at her) I can see it in her eyes
She (come here babe) hopes this lasts forever, Hey!!

[Verse – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Her off beat dance makes me fantasize
(Her curves) She’s sexy!!
Her ass is a spaceship I want to ride [sound effect]
(Her ass) She’s sexy!!
Move, she wants to move
But you’re hogging her, and guarding her
She wants to move (she wants to move)
She wants to move (she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her (beat it!!)

[Chorus – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Mister! Look at your girl, she loves it!
(I know you love it girl) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever (hey) Hey!!

[Interlude/Bridge – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Ehh, this is your part girl
Uh, this is your part girl!!
(Move, she wants to move) c’mon!
OWW! (Move, she wants to move) ehh
Man (and move, she wants to move)
(Move, she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her
BEAT IT!!

[Chorus – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Mister! Look at your girl (damn) she loves it!
(She loves) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever, Hey!! c’mon
Mister! Look at your girl (look at your girl) she loves it!
(She wants it) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever, Hey!!

[Outro – Pharrell Williams (Shae)]
Somebody get us some water in here!
Cause it’s HOT!
(Yo why you, why you, why you wit that fool?)
HOT y’all! Hey! Huuuhh!
(I like it when you’re wet baby) Ehh

 

I had pho for lunch (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup). This was a mistake, but I should have known better since they had a sign saying 월남쌀국수 (Koreans sometimes use the old name for Vietnam from Chinese 越南), though I don’t think it was run by Koreans. Flemo is still the best place for pho.

Burwood today looks quite the same. From the mock Arc de Triomphe. A friend in Paris said a member of his family marched with Napoleon, and so the family name is on the monument.

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A lot of places in Sydney have war memorials, though rarely as big as this

…to the ducks and ibis…

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This seat is taken
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These ducks are vicious. No seagulls around here.

…to the statue of Confucius.

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A true blue Australian

Actually, I don’t remember this one being here at all. It was erected by Burwood Council to honour Confucius’s contribution to the Burwood community and Australia. There are also some pretty bad spelling errors. I wonder what would happen if I decided to erect a statue of Rolf Harris in Ulsan. Migrant communities seem to have a habit of doing this, not just in Australia.

And, that’s it for Burwood until my next Sydney visit.

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