12/07/2008 - 12/07/2008 88 °F
Dawn and I heard about a competition held every year at one of the area’s most popular beaches, Bondi Beach. The competition is the Miss Bondi Competition for 2008, similar to the Miss America Competition only without the silly requirements of needing a talent or being aware of global issues. The competition is solely based on how well the contestant looks in a bikini. This didn’t hold much appeal for me, but Dawn really wanted to go. So we headed off to Bondi Beach to take in some of the local scenery.
The contemporary Miss Bondi contest has been an annual event on the Beach Road Hotel calendar for the last 13 years, but its origins date back to 1937 when Pearl Goldman was crowned the inaugural Miss Bondi before going on to a successful career on screen and as a model. One former Miss Boni winner ended up winning Miss Australia and then Miss Universe in 2004 (Jennifer Hawkins).
Actually, the Miss Bondi 2008 Competition is trying to appeal more to women. This year there is a new format where girls come out first in a fashionable outfit (glorified swimsuit cover) that apparently the women in the audience will appreciate. I guess it is equivalent to the formal gown portion of the Miss America competition. However, I believe it is just a tactic to keep the oggling men near the bar longer (and I didn’t see many women making it out to watch the girls). The competition started around 3pm and concluded a couple hours later, but the bar was absolutely packed. I made sure Dawn had a good view of the stage and we settled in to wait for the show to start.
Our friends Hailey and Rob met us at the Beach Road Hotel (remember, hotel could mean bar, traditional hotel, or both). The show started up and the contestants were introduced one at a time. The girls had to walk the length of the stage, which ran along the far wall of the bar, and show off why they should be considered Miss Bondi 2008. $10,000 in prize money was at stake, so some of the girls put forth a lot of effort. After walking the catwalk, the girls had to answer 1 or 2 of the following questions:
"What is your favorite part of your body?"
"What is your favorite food?"
"What is your favorite thing about the beach?"
I think the host actually turned off the microphone when the girls talked, because I never heard any of the answers. After answering their question, they strutted up and down the stage and left. At the end of the competition they brought all the ladies back up on stage for one last display.
After the competition we walked back towards to beach and took a leisurely stroll across the sand. Bondi Beach is absolutely beautiful and there is a natural rock sand bar about 800 yards into the bay that keeps the waves from getting too wild. Lots of people were swimming and lounging in the warm sunlight. It was easy to see why this was one of the more popular beaches.
We eventually made our way back to the train station, but before heading back home Rob and Hailey mentioned a restaurant with “the best Mexican food in Sydney.” Mexican restaurants are few and far between here, and most Mexican restaurants are upscale and grossly overpriced (especially when you are looking for a Moe’s or El Rodeo equivalent). For $10 I was able to get the best burrito I’ve had since leaving the US. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Bondi.
PS – My work called from their Christmas Party while we were getting on the bus to Bondi. It was great hearing from them, but it’s still hard to adjust hearing “Merry Christmas!” when it is 85 outside.