Sunday, March 27, 2011

More Love for Japan

...from Manly, 26th of March 2011

I was out with my camera tonight and asked people to share some love for Japan. Everyone was wondering what we were writing/drawing, and a guy even wanted to donate some money. :)

Please spread the word and make a donation. I bet there are several local charity funds, or you could contribute directly to the Japanese Red Cross. There is also Download to Donate, run by Linkin Park's Music for Relief - similar to Songs for Japan, you can download a collection of songs to help. And then of course there's Google. :)

*A big thanks to all the lovely people who participated in my little "project" tonight - keep in touch! x

Saturday, March 26, 2011

One love for Japan

The Japan tragedy has got me thinking a lot. I can't even imagine how enormous the loss for this beautiful country is, and hope, that with the support of the whole world, it will slowly, but steadily, recover. I feel horrible sitting here whinging about my uni work, where a few hours away up North, indescribable things have been happening that make one's heart break.
Also, with all the other disasters that have happened in the recent months, doesn't it make you wonder where our world is heading to? I have to admit it is frightening me... And although we want to remain positive, I think Japan gave us a very alarming wakeup call.

It is probably the smallest thing I could have done, but I donated some money at college and also purchased the Songs for Japan album from iTunes, which proceeds are completely contributed to the Japanese Red Cross.

I am praying for you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Busy being busy

College week 5 - we're nearly halfway through the term. Can't wait for term break really, can't wait to run back into the arms of the days with lots of hours to sleep, even more hours to do nothing, quite a few hours to cook and eat and laugh and relax and walk around barefoot. We're just way too busy being suited up and meeting deadlines and rushing off to work and trying to eat something proper these days, and a free day is now often spent catching up with the outside world rather than lying at home wasting precious minutes of sunshine or fun. Resting and blogging and editing pictures belong to rare hours of the night, most of them usually spent resting. And there's not really much to blog about anyway - I don't think you're interested in my upcoming Human Resources presentation or my academic essay plan. Not running a study tip blog here. :D

Anyway, some stuff outside of college and work world that's been coming to my mind lately...

1- Next holiday: been thinking about going on a quick trip with my mates during term break, especially as I'll be celebrating my 21st this May. Considering Gold Coast (Miami much?) or Melbourne (I know, again! But it's not too far from Syd and heaps of fun), but nothing has been planned or decided yet. Let's see how we go, most likely my awesome friends will get lazy and pull out last minute, and we'll end up booking a room in Sydney or having hot pot and getting smashed at home instead. *sighs* ;)

2- My birthday: speaking of my 21st (which is not too far away anymore), although I'd love to have a cosy house party or a barbecue down at the beach, I also wanna go for a really good dinner this year. I got this list of Sydney restaurants I wanna go to, still a few thousands to tick off (jokes. Let's say around 50). Top candidates would probably be Cafe Sydney, Duke, Porteno, Ms G's, Bistrode, Marque and Bentley. Omg I'm getting all hungry.

3- Lipstick: as most of you know I'm rather an eyeliner girl, but I am actually a big fan of nude/beige lips too. M.A.C's Viva Glam Gaga 2 has really caught my eye, and what's better than shopping for a good cause: all proceeds go towards the M.A.C Aids Fund. Red lips and black eyeliner are hot as well, but maybe I'm a bit too tanned for that.

4- Moving apartments: Polly and I will be moving out of our adorable apartment by the end of May :( but I'm also excited about settling into a new place. Will definitely make some time to go to markets and find a sofa for our living room, and really want to make a photo wall for my own room. Don't wanna think about the whole packing-moving-unpacking process though. :(

Well yeah, that's pretty much it, because most of the "off duty" time is spent thinking about how to sort out assignments and presentations and doing research and whinging that there's too much to do. And what to (hopefully) do on weekends, when I allow myself to breakaway from thinking about all that !@%$#! for a bit.

Some pictures I've taken recently, edited in the late hours after work last night.

1* My bedside table * 2/3/4/5* Manly beach, Manly to Shelly swim * 6* Pretty much self-explanatory. * 7* Eggs In Situ * 8* Ivy Pool Club * 9* Osborne Road, Manly * 10* Nic Henstridge @ Jah Bar * 11* Chucks in the sky

Ok, back to real life. *sighs* Toodles x

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy days

Sunday night was Shore Club night and Charlie said if I was coming out he'd treat us with breakfast. I was gonna go for a bit anyway as I had promised Polly that I would, so this was the coolest bonus I could've gotten. Tuesday morning we started school at 10 so we rolled off to college happily after being fed with pancakes, several types of spreads and fruit salad all morning. We're lucky to have at least one Frenchman left in the house.

Speaking of being fed, last Saturday after work I went to see my Italian college bud Nicola at his workplace, Via del Corso at Westfield. I went home with a stomach full of ice cream (try the lychee sorbet, oh em gee) and a box of macarons. To die for, as usual.

I know the song has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but the breakfast was on Tuesday morning so I thought of it.
We were finding out who we are.

My life be like ooh aah

[March Into Merivale launch party, 24 February 2011 - with Irina, Polly and Charlie]

(and Mr Justin Hemmes himself! I only realised that he was on the picture once I got home)

[Marco Polo @ Ivy Pool Club, 27 February 2011 - with Irina, Tamara-Lee, Polly and Polina]

(yes we made friends with all the photographers)

It was refreshing to be out with all these adorable people. And of course The Ivy never really lets us down (unless it's Ivy Bar on weekend nights ugh) so I was literally euphoric after an incredibly yum food tasting at the launch and a Sunday arvo spent slurping cocktails poolside (and swimming of course).  But again I have to stress: it's especially the people I was with that made my week. Without you guys I would've spent my days and nights in bed watching How I Met Your Mother. Which I still do every now and then when I have time, but in a totally different mood.
Big hugs and shitloads of love. x

*credits to either of the four girls for taking some of the pics above :)