It was a wet, wintery night in Sydney and time to see a good movie

Mr Movie Buff arranged to pick me up from KTs Haymarket headquarters and we headed off to see the Great Gatsby Goldclass style.

Arriving in the ambience of the Goldclass lounge makes for a relaxed indulgent experience. The mood lighting and comfy seats, delicious food and drink menus tempt your senses alright. It might just be that you find that you just have to order yourself a cocktail. This time it was a Midori Splice for me and a light beer for Mr M.B.

After selecting a delicious two course meal that would be delivered throughout the show to our table we headed for our seats. If you are going to sit around for 142 mins you might as well be very comfortable and that we were, in these spacious arm chairs that come with footrests pointed to the ceiling and I prepared myself for a fun night.

If you are driven by visual beauty (as I am) Baz Luhrmann didn’t disappoint with his cinematic vision of a story told with exquisitely breathtaking scenery, amazing costumes and a creative music score.

The first course had arrived which was a section of seafood on a platter to share accompanying our glass of white wine.

The musical score was kind of interesting, as with Moulin Rouge, it has slices of modern music to fit with a bygone era. It works really well.

I must admit though, I thought the storyline was a little thin but the acting made up for it.
I am a fan of Leonardo Dicaprio and he did an amazing job but I couldn’t help feeling that he did not live up to the original Gatsby -Robert Redford. Perhaps Leo was not old enough to play the part. In my view Leo lacked the suave maturity of a much more polished Redford.

Desert has arrived and a selection of delectable sweets such as sticky date pudding and I could not refuse although I realized my virtual personal trainer would not be happy.

In conclusion, I enjoyed my time with Mr Movie Buff and his cinema experience and decided to accompany him to his waterside apartment overnight to discuss the movie and take the opportunity for some roleplay acting of our own.

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One of my very favourite things to do is go to arthouse cinema, so it was with much pleasure that I had a recent invitation from Mr Movie Buff. The plan was that we go to dinner, a movie and then share an overnight experience at his hotel (Marriott). Well, who was I to argue, after all these are three things I really enjoy – dining, viewing and relaxXxing.

One of the most scenic places in Sydney has got to be Circular Quay. There’s something very magical about the location, being right on the harbour and of course there’s Opera House, so why not take a stroll to the Dendy Movie theatre like we did and partake in a mystery movie.

But before we got to that, a delightful seafood meal was waiting for me. Unfortunatly by this stage the wind had picked but the romantic in me suggested we dine outside overlooking the glorious view anyway Thankfully there was a outdoor heater and Mr MB was so brave. (He must have been freezing but didn’t complain once, well perhaps once- but nicely). I did notice he had to lift his hoodie up to cover his head from the gale force wind chill factor sent directly from Antartica that prevailed upon our romantic evening.

It goes without say, I don’t think my future as a outdoor event organiser was gaining any momentum.

After a delicious but windy meal and with time still some time left, I directed my fellow diner to the Guylian Café where we had the most delicious pot of hot chocolate made from real chocolate. If you haven’t ever been, its the kind of place where they have their own specialist pastry chefs and the array of desserts is mindblowing. It was lucky in one way we had just finished dinner because the spread of deserts that surrounded us would have been extremely tempting under any other circumstances.

The time had come for the main feature (no, not that, that’s later …) the movie which was called the Ghost Writer and if I don’t say so myself was quite a thriller. It even starred Ewan McGregor – gawd, he was so good in Moulin Rouge.

Mr Movie Buff wasn’t living up to his name as he dozed off a few times, leaving me somewhat deflated but somehow I don’t think it was entirely my fault.

Well the thriller was over and we strolled back to our 5 star accommodation where I suggested we make an action flick of our own.

It didn’t take much to motivate the movie buff to put his directors hat on and call the shots.

What else is left to say here, but “ it’s a rap”

Having funI may not sing too well but I’d like to share a few of my favorite things.

Shopping

While most would see this as another task, I like to look at it as an adventure.  It’s all about assuming the role of the hunter you see. First you find the target and then it’s all about the planning.

Take D.F.O. (Direct Factory Outlet) as an example, I arranged a few hours there for my exhibition recently. Part of the campaign was to carefully select a friend to accompany me, (actually he was there to carry my bags). Anyway, we hit the centre with precision, making sure we picked a day in the early week where crowds are at a minimum. We parked in just the right place alleviating any problem with fatigue and exiting when the mission was completed.

I’d done my homework and with swift, cutting edge maneuvers, wind my way through various retail establishments selecting the best bargains after memorizing all the catalogues the day before. To be honest my associate did have problems keeping up, but we got over that with some words of encouragement and a pit stop for a rest and refreshments. Then we were off to complete the last of our raids departing before the mad rush to exit. With all our operation successfully completed and a spring in our step head out of Homebush with our prize booty.

Movies

Who wants to go to the movies with the plebs when you can go in style? Ooooh yes Gold Class! thank you Greater Union for presenting this decadent pleasure.

A different associate came this time and why not? Someone’s got to pay 🙂
Just as long as he stops gas-bagging for five minutes so I can watch the movie that is.

Starting off with a glass of dry white, I look forward to the couple of courses of tasty treats that comes my way in fully customizable intervals throughout the movie.

They really make you feel like you’re a V.I.P. There’s the ambient mood lighting and relaxing atmosphere on arrival.  Your booking can easily be made online and I always enjoy the queue free special entry. A friendly attendant ensures you are personally greeted and taken to your seats. The seats are unbelievably comfortable and there are plenty of gadgets to play with including the fancy footrests and the shared tray table. It’s just like being home – but better. You’ve got the latest movies, a progressed surround sound and huge screen.
If you’re going the cinema, I reckon its well worth it to pay a little more and step up a class.

Shows, theatre and entertainment

If you really want a memorable night, why not spoil yourself at one of Sydney’s many entertainment venues. There’s something for every taste from opera, to musicals and live music.

Lately I’ve been going to a few stage shows and quite a bit of live music. Admittedly, pogoing in the mosh-pit is somewhat of a distant memory for me and these days I tend to gravitate toward the dinner and show kind of vibe.

This week I saw Mark Seymour from the Hunters and Collectors at the Basement.
Mark Seymour is one of Australia’s’ best singers and song writers. The beautiful “Throw Your Arms Around Me” is in my opinion, probably one of the most iconic Australian love songs ever written.

The Basement itself is a popular and lively venue, it does get pretty crowded however and I recommend taking the dinner show option for your best viewing vantage point.

Dinner and overnight Stays

This is one of my very favorite activities and I’m very lucky that I have many clients who also enjoy the combination of a fine dining experience and an overnight stay at some of Sydney’s lovely hotels.

My last experience of fine dining was at the 2009 restaurant of the year Bilson’s. Bilson’s is located on the ground floor of the Radisson Hotel.

The Radisson does a package of accommodation, dinner, late checkout and also includes a bottle of Moet champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival. The suite itself is spacious; the bed very comfortable and best of all there’s a bath that’s big enough for two.

The food at Bilson’s is just superb and the waiter service outstanding.
Each beautifully presented course is explained to you by your waiter. The staff delivers exactly the right mix of attentiveness without being in anyway intrusive. Because the food is so awesome and the experience so world class my companion and I had some fun conversation (playing amateur master chefs) about the various ingredients and the exploding flavours on our palates.

After some carefully selected wine to compliment each course, I was feeling a touch happy and luckily the suite tour just happened to be upstairs. Nice and convenient (wink). I was feeling in a very joyous mood if you know what I mean, so the next few hours were very satisfying.

Given five hours sleep appreciation, I feel the stirring passion of the moment and served my own version of a full breakfast.