Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
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Oh, hello

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Welcome to 2014, a year where, already there are not enough hours in one day for sleep, work, play, plans, fun, sanity - yeah, we've already made a shambles of it. Case in point: 1:58hours and 17 whole days into this new year, only now am I saying things like, "Happy New Year", "How were your holidays?", "How was your New Years?" to you. Not our proudest moment at all!

You should be proud to know, though, we do already have multiple adventures pencilled in for the very very near future in the works. I do wonder when we'll ever get to the part where we actually share those experiences with you though! On that note, don't even mention new year resolutions, that's somewhere further down the ever-growing, ever-multiplying to do list. Priorities!


1. 31th december 2013, the last sunset of the year as seen from Flatrock/Wedding Rock Blue Mt, NSW.

I saw. I heard.

Monday, December 31, 2012

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We know, we've been quiet on this space this year, but we'd still like to finish off 2012 by sharing with you the soundtrack to our year. 
On reflection, this year has been about making something out of the unexpected. Doing grown up things in our child-like non conforming waysObviously, this is not a cutting edge compilation of the best tracks of 2012 but just songs that capture those moments, songs that transport us back in time and space. Even if its just for one breath

Pure and simple, our 2012 sounded like this:


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Nujabes - Kumomi



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Mara Hruby - Character



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St. Vincent - The Party



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The Rapture - In the Grace of your Love



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Grimes - Oblivion


1.Passing endless vineyards driving through Cianti, Italian countryside. 2.Rustic interiors in our Tuscan home, Fattoria San Martino. 3. Humid and sweaty early evening by the Colosseum4.Wandering the streets and courtyards in Milano. 5.Ladies in Saigon. 6.Bathers, trekkers and tourists in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

Take these quiet moments.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Breathe them in. They're hard to come by. 

So often I find myself drifting into deep thought, the xx was playing softly in the background. So many hours in-between, the xx also played. To a point that every word, beat, breath, gasp, silence gained its own weight and meaning. Played to a point that a single chord is capable of striking up a whole sequence of emotions, a specific moment. 

Listening to coexist - these teleporting moments are already happening.



The XX - Angels


1 . Morning's peacefulness in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

dream of Florentine

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Inhale Arno Air



Here is the first of our Italian offerings:
Florence.

A city we fell in love with.
Well, it seemed impossible not to.
What, with its glorious golden sunsets,
soaking the streets through and through,
bathing the Arno in warmth.
Racing up its many heights, and domes,
breathing-in the rich Renaissance city of Michelangelo, Giotto & Brunelleschi;
wandering the intimate cobbled streets,
discovering its bohemian heart, its craftsmen, its collectors of vintage and antiques.



Firenze Streetmarkets
Street art
Brunelleschi & Michelangelo
sun-drenched streets
Florentine ceiling-fresco
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Firenze rooftops
Brunelleschi is MAGIC
Bridge on Arno
river arno girls
Streets Firenze
Setting on the Arno

under the Italian sun.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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milano.vernazza.firenze.val d'orcia.roma. maybe that explains why we've been away?

Neon Tourist

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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This is proof of the hardcore tourists we can be.
We (pretty much) NEVER EVER join tour groups. We have a theory that (almost) everything is better done DIY. Though we'd never argue with having a good knowledgeable insightful guide to bombard with 101 of the most complex and difficult questions, including the meaning of life in their society. But otherwise, isn't wandering around by ourselves in strange cities all the more exciting, exhilarating and rewarding?

So this time was no different. It was the first day of the lunar new year. We planned a trip out to Yehliu, these wacky geological formations shaped by the onslaught of wind and wave on the north eastern coast of Taiwan. After confirming with the concierge that the site would be open for visitors, followed with looks of pure concern and worry the moment they discovered we were making the hour-and-a-half long journey on the public regional bus system, we headed out under the grey swelling clouds armed with an umbrella each. How do you truly prepare for a day of chilly rainstorms and wind lash anyway?

Somehow, in the name of adventure and interesting experiences, braving the wind and rain was well worth it. By the way, happy valentines day.


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1 - 8. Yehliu Geopark on a stormy day.

A Very 'Lunar New Year' To You Too.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

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A taste of our lunar new year in Taipei.
It's been a long time since we've spent new years in Asia. Lanterns in the middle of nowhere towns. Touristing in the rain, armed with ponchos and umbrellas. Nightmarkets and foggy towers.

By the way, our next adventure starts today.
Saigon here we come!


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360°

Monday, May 30, 2011

singapore

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Lucite Tokki -생일

Felt pretty spoilt at times in our stay in Singapore - chilling out at skyhigh lounges with prized views, skylines, citylights, cocktails and canapes which pretty much substituted dinner. Our days were spent on a tight schedule district hopping east-to-west, north and south looking for the right apartment. Yes, it became quite a routine. Just as we suspected in Singapore, it's all business before pleasure. So routinely we stalled some time between cocktails and bed, hitting the local sale.

Now, we've touched down in Auckland and we're chasing the time - it's all a blur. Sleep-deprived, jet-lagged and... 'Could someone please turn off the air-conditioning? No, wait. It's the cold i'm feeling.' So add in blocked ears and a runny nose to the mix of it all.

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the shape of what is to come

Monday, May 23, 2011

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So by the time you read this, we'll probably be arriving in Singapore. We'll be there for a week. It was such short notice, in fact we just booked our tickets on Friday.

I've been thinking for a few weeks now, whether to move to Singapore. So we're giving it a chance and will be going over for job interviews and apartment hunting. Of course this trip is not strictly business. We'll be mrt riding, grabbing some local bites, trying to discover some local hang-outs and snapping away like true tourists. So what's on the horizon? Change and uncertainty.

Oh,reminds me, we went through the trouble of hunting down a hotel that is convenient and has free wifi (you've got no idea how rare that is) so keep in touch.

Speaking of boarding airplanes and long-haul flights, we always happen to be listening to froufrou; dosing off, slipping in-and-out of consciousness through the tracks. Lately, we found Mt Eden Dubstep's mix. We've probably just listened to it non stop.

Mt Eden Dubstep - Let Go

Seconds, please?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

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For some lighthearted relief, we thought we'd share with you all a little infatuation that has been brewing strong in the past 3 months. Firstly, it's the desire to travel (but you all know about that one already). Secondly, the desire to travel in South Korea.

Where did this young love sprout from? I guess it all started when we first stumbled on thank you, ok. It's a wonderfully charming blog written by Katie Merchant who previously lived in Seoul. She documents her life and wanderings in the narrow streets of Seoul. Through her eyes we are invited to a side of Seoul that we never knew of; the art; craft; ingenius make-shift urbanism in the form of mini-cafes, pop-up stores and markets. All characterised by their warm homely charm. A whole different world to the limited bit of K-pop we have come in contact with.

From then on, we were quickly acquainted with a whole set of blogs with one thing in common, South Korea. Thank you, wowsan, Satu Palander, little miss twig, for letting us teleport there sometimes. And recandplay, thank you for the music (maybe more on them later?). Teleport with us. We promise, we'll also share with you a not-so-young love, food. Korean food. Mmm.

It's a mystery, why can we never convince our korean friends to go out for korean food with us?



10cm - 오늘밤은 어둠이 무서워요

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Berlin: a collective

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Lugging my camera around my neck, a map or two in tow. Locals/Passers-by chatting away; they always sound interesting but I don't understand a word ~can't register~ with just body language to help interpret the conversation they could be having. Street signs, shop windows are just much more curious when covered in words I can't decipher. Walking down the street. Thrifting in the markets. Seeing artworks in the museums and the squares. I miss the feeling of being in a foreign city.

Bought a huge box of tomatoes from the market on Sunday. Been making bottles and bottles of sauce & chutney ever since. I think I'm obsessed with the idea of stocking up or bottling. Be it tomato sauce, tomato chutney or the kimchi I made last month. Which reminds me, we're running out.


1.Silverware. 2.Accordian. 3.Gems. 4.Giant bubble-bubbles. 5.Nose and mouth sculpture in Neues Museum.6.Hairpin collection. 7.Mauerpark. 8.Ancient scripts. 9.Installation in Alexanderplatz. 10.Lego men.