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Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Things got pretty dark back there.

A couple of weeks back when I originally wanted to share these with you, the sight of these pictures would remind me of a time and a place that felt a world away, at complete odds to where I was. That fact totally gutted me at that point in time, sitting in my apartment in Singapore, 3am in the morning, I was truly about to write something like the following:

Life is becoming an endless list of chores.
Feeling drained of energy and inspiration. I yearn to come back to this fall and just lay still, breathe and listen to the sounds of the fall and feel the trickle of the fall.


After that little draft, things got in the way, the said 'endless list of chores' got the better of me; some part of me shirked from the thought of sharing this pitch-dark moment. Two weeks later, I'm here once again. Wouldn't it have been nice to share a simple story, an enchanting experience, and immerse you all in a little escapism? 


But that's just not possible this time. Too many triggers, too many mixed feelings attached.
This time, you'll have to take the 'light' with the 'dark' aftertaste.


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the fall

Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Every time Amanda's back in town we really try to make the most of it. It's become a ritual of sorts: short little hour drives around Auckland, exploring new little gems of nature, de-stressing with impromptu swims, absorbing every single scene of nature that unfolds. This time, we were blessed with this incredibly long summer; in fact Autumn has only really begun to creep in now. One particular late afternoon drive brought us out to the West Coast (one of our favourite areas, actually). We ventured through the many walking trails near Piha and by sheer luck chanced upon this Fall just as the sun was setting.
It was perfect.

Every time. We rediscover simple reasons why we'll always love this place.

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27 days on...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Daym! This year - it just kicked off with a bang! Definitely no half-arsed year to be had here, it's telling me. Funny how you can taste these things, huh? Better grab the horns, quick.

Our year to date? Well. If you'd actually like to know. Been chomping through lists of to-do's. Oh, the frontal cortex? Yeah that's coming along nicely too. Same with the wisdom teeth. Slowly but surely.
No, Lisa, we haven't up-ed and de-rooted off to Italy... but i see what you're doing there, seeds. Planting little seeds...i like it! We're both still very much grounded in our Southern Hemisphere/Equatorial positions. Some of us are, however, plotting little adventures into the European Continent. Others are plotting adventures into the hot sun for Laneways tomorrow.

You know what we miss most about blogging? It has to be this constant need for self reflection, self justification and just, generally keeping your perspective in check. Inevitable when you're constantly putting your words and pictures out there. That stuff keeps you sharp and true. To Yourself. So in the spirit of being alive, and for our personal sanity. We bloody hope to get back on this pony.
dozo yoroshiku.



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Dress: h&m
Pants: vintage
Sandals: pull & bear
Hat: The Warehouse

tranquilize

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Can - Mary, Mary, So Contrary


Postcards from days so free of care ~ well at least it always seems this way in photographs. Bathing in the late afternoon lull and gazing up above at clouds passing by; feeling the calm that spreads into every dark corner as your lungs draw in the gentle perfume of lavender fields in the tuscan countryside.

Mind if I rest for a moment here? Let time race by just for a bit while I let my breath catch up...?


Dress: chocol raffine
Bag: Chanel

a silent devotion

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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This remains a space we keep wanting to come back to. And being reunited with each other again. In this land. With the family. And the camera. With the last chill in the air. Feeling a warmth that I remember.


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Top: otis & maclain
Pants: thrift
Turban: vintage

sunbleached

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Summer is only now whispering its final goodbyes. Feeling chillier toes, goose fleshed-arms and the need to reach for a source of warmth more tangible. This is how I've stayed alive and warm.

Easter Weekend flew by.
For three nights, we left our quiet airy homes, got off the cold empty streets and stumbled down below St Kevin's Arcade into a labyrinth of cosy spaces, dimly lit in orange + red, filled with the low-hum of private chatter, smoothed over with the sounds of guitars, cellos and harmonising vocals. Over those nights at the Borderline Festival I excitedly started on my first-ever roll of ISO 1600 film. And to my utmost delight, one of our most beloved New Zealand artists, Chelsea Jade, performed with her band Watercolours. Listen here. You may recognise this track, we seem to love posting it, often.



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Skirt: Vintage (R.I.P. this is not a love shop)
Top: Pull and Bear
Florals: Souvenir from Vietnam

(backspace)

Monday, March 12, 2012

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near-calamity

Monday, March 5, 2012

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"Stay indoors and do not walk outside or drive unless absolutely necessary", the weatherman had warned. Apparently we were in for one hell of a storm. As one of my last days in Auckland, there was no way I was gonna let any storm interfere with my plans. I definitely couldn't.

All morning the rain and wind onslaught just kept swinging between 'intense' one minute then eerily peaceful the next. So, in one of those peaceful periods, we decided to take a chance. There we were, 3:38pm on Saturday afternoon, in the car, on our way to Bethells Beach. One of the many spots around Auckland that I wonder if I could ever truly get bored of. Every time we come here in rain or shine we're always left wondering how it manages to be so mind-blowingly dynamic and beautiful. This time was no different.

Shame, the little motor van cafe usually tucked in the shade on the lee side of the beach wasn't there that day. I was seriously missing their tasty hot chips and that red velvet cake! I guess you can't always have it all.


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1 , 2 + 3. Calm moments on a stormy day at Bethells Beach, 45 minutes out from Auckland.

chilling in the long white cloud

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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The WBC - Recline Dub


After working in Singapore for 6 months, a trip back home to good ol Auckland was way overdue. Touching ground and seeing the fluffy white clouds floating past, followed by the rich greens and blues below, it's instantly soothing to me.

I'm home! And boy, do I miss the intense blue skies, breathing in cool air, the feel of carpet under my bare feet, playing with my lil niece, rummaging through thrift stores, the smell of thrift stores, eating (heaps of) yoghurt, hot chips, tamales, ceviches, mojitos from all my favorite stores, getting back into my old 'comfort' routines, driving to random beaches, listening to my old trusty radio stations and the sensation of a windy day.

Now, its Wednesday. And I leave all this goodness on Sunday! No way, too early right? So in response to that, the last shot is pretty much my personal version of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'.

(By the way, anyone have a good recipe for tamales they can share?? my current favorite food.You'll really make my week!)

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Cap: Gap
Dress: Browny
Boots: Nike

souvenirs of another world:

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Events, unrelated.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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A series of random facts / news; almost completely unrelated, but significant to us.

+ Sitting in the Singapore apartment, looking out at the industrial scene of oil refineries and container ships, every few nights a week, a blaze at the Palau Bukom would be visible. Every time a small blaze appeared atop the tall chimneys, we would wonder, "Is this all part of a 'normal' day's work in the refineries?" or is this fire an outward sign of panic and alarm, silenced by the distance and isolation? Every time we were curious but brushed it off. One day last month, it set ablaze. This time the smoke streamed straight into the sky, grew thick, dense, dark and heavy. We knew this time it was nothing that could be brushed off lightly. We read about it in the news soon after.

+ Off shore from Tauranga, Rena a container ship sits, sliced and spilling with oil. Seeing the containers sliding off and seeing the effects on beaches on the news, while being so far away. Heart breaking and helpless.

+ Freak accidents! Every so often we hear about escalators and lifts going haywire and killing people... especially in China. This is making me think twice every time I hop onto those escalators I use everyday.

+ Kids run-over by cars, then left, ignored, stepped around, detoured around, just to have it happen all over again. Happens in China... Dumbfounded.

+ Might be in China for a week. November.

+ All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup 2011, its bringing up sweet childhood memories of Black Magic winning the America's Cup in '95. Parades, Sausage sizzles and grins all 'round.

+ 1Q84. The English translation of Murakami's book was released yesterday. It's comforting to know there's one more Murakami book I can read in the world.


1.View out the window, thick smoke clouds rising from the Palau Bukom.

won't tomorrow come?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Us, back then...

Monday, April 25, 2011

polaroid splore 2011

This is us when we were 9 and 12 years old.

... just joking!

A polaroid of us from Splore festival February this year taken by one of the egermeister girls. She insisted on taking our photo from this high angle.

Hope you all had a great Easter!

Tails of summer.

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Our good habit of early morning walks - completely dead now.

Once upon a time, we took walks down past the marina then stroll along the beach; greeting all the early risers, old couples and dog walkers; breathing in the crisp, slightly warmed air while the water bathed in the first floods of light. One of our motivations was to bring along our camera to capture some fragment of this quaint time of day. Another, was the Swiss Cafe we often stopped off at on our walk home. It's their croissants: plain, almond, poppy seed and custard! Oh what will we do now with the summer's tail fading, and suddenly we're in mid-autumn!

Kings of Convenience - Cayman Islands

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