Dinner With Brisbane’s Lord Mayor

08 Aug

The 22nd of July has truly been one nerve-wracking experience of mine here in the city. Having to share the same dining table with the city’s head was one opportunity I was not at all expecting. In truth, what rendered my relaxed nature useless was the fact that I even got to seat next to The Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr Graham Quirk himself.

But of course there are many things that still send shivers down my spine like seeing an ex-girlfriend’s profile picture on Facebook (silly example), getting final results for a “uni” exam, among others.  Trust me! That night was one of them.  Left unaided, I finally found a way to cool down my nervousness and get back to my senses by admitting it in public that very same night. Just before it was my turn to say something about our Brisbane experience as student ambassadors, as requested by the dinner host himself, I said:

“Not only do I get to share the same table with the Lord Mayor, I get to seat next to him—it’s really nerve-wracking!”

While everyone was laughing, slowly I picked up myself and continued on by sharing “If Brisbane City was a person, I would be able to see so much of myself in him. Despite many adversities in life—like early this year’s floods—still that person managed to remain resilient.”

With the story of my childhood in mind, I have reminisced a bit of my past to begin seeing what could be the future that lies ahead.  It may be a little obscure for now but trusting in the possibilities of goodness I can only rest my shoulders as yet on wishful thinking.  More importantly, I know I will not be alone.

Albeit a plain reassuring mantra of mine “Life can only be understood BACKWARDS, but it must be lived FORWARDS,” I remain confident that just like Brisbane, coming together, at least forestalls whatever inundating situations.


And according to a former professor of mine now dean at Silliman University,

“Whether one creates a whale of a difference after everything one has been through, or whether one continues to live in a rut, is your own decision.”



 Au Courant’s Corner is also back and now better than ever.

I admire the sheer humility that the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk exudes, looking at him whilst on a quick auctioneering demo for us (not shown in video), I’m very sure that anybody can easily get an impression that he is a man who has a modest estimate of his own worth being the father of this city—which in fact he is— and always ready to submit himself to his constituents even with foreigners. Truly, he is the Right Honourable.

This webisode also examines the life of a ‘cool pare’ as he recollects how it is like growing up in Singapura”the Lion CityLeong Ming En tells it all in an interview as to how the city got its name & came to be!


Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Study Brisbane



4 responses to “Dinner With Brisbane’s Lord Mayor

  1. Carmela Fillone

    August 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Xave… this is great…

  2. Xavier Villagonzalo

    August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you Carmella! Hope you enjoyed the webisodes as much as I did.

  3. rosanna

    August 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    keep it up vier!! i see a brightest future towards you… i am proud of you,,,.GOD bless YOU….

  4. Xavier Villagonzalo

    August 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you so much Rosanna! I really do hope I can see you again, hopefully in God’s due time… Please take care always in Switzerland. God Bless you too.


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