Australia – Lac-Viet

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Viet is a local with a penchant for strange foreign language films and making stuff, like food, furniture and clothing (you can view her fashion collections at www.lac-viet.com). She currently lives between Sydney and London.

I was born in….Sydney, I have spent most of my life in….Sydney and London and now I live in….Sydney. My favourite local films are….can’t remember the last Aussie film I saw as they aren’t all shown on overseas cinemas but I loved Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Strictly Ballroom back in the day. I got sent the Tropfest dvds each year while I was living overseas, which are always enjoyable. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to…..my parents’ voices (on the phone) and maybe Nick Cave. I remember dancing drunkenly to Down Under after the Socceroos tied with Croatia in the World Cup soccer, some years back, in London. Doubt I would ever do that here but things like that are definitely heightened when you’re overseas. My favourite time of the year is……autumn in Sydney (beautiful amber leaves everywhere, not too hot and just before hayfever strikes) and spring/summer in Europe when the cities and canals come alive. My all time local hero is…..I suppose most kids growing up in Marrickville, Sydney in the 80s thought Jeff Fenech the “Marrickville Mauler” was pretty entertaining. Later I remember admiring the former Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court (even though he is a monarchist) and then decided we were kindred spirits when I found out that we were born in the same hospital and went to the same schools. He has had a far more remarkable life – but I have 40 years to catch up to him! My favourite local phrase is…..Haha, there are so many! Maybe “I love youse all” (infamous Jeff Fenech quote). My favourite words of wisdom/words to live by are….I have a terrible memory for these things but I recently read The Happiest Refugee for book club and remember the author, Anh Do, quoting his father: “there are only two times. Now and too late” – which I will try to remember when I find myself procrastinating, which is most of the time! What I love most about my home (country) is….that there is water everywhere. Literally. It just takes a minute to walk down to the river, which leads to the sea. And the water out of the tap actually tastes good.