Monday, July 14, 2014

take the keys to my car and the keys to my heart and just drive

Reality is always especially harsh after a relaxing holiday. We just arrived home yesterday from a week in Tasmania with friends. Good food, beautiful scenery and the best company always make for the most unforgettable holidays. Many more photos to come.

Tomorrow I start placements, and next week marks the beginning of my last semester of university. Still an arcane road after graduation, but I'm counting on any and all signs for a spark of an idea.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Instagram: February and March

 Sashimi for lunch with my loves, Emme and Kwan

 Who needs a Valentine when you have the sweetest friends and colleagues?!

 Last week of holidays meant the last chance to read uninterrupted :(

 Feeling the end of summer

 Skipping the first day of uni to go through some of Dad's music. Got my priorities right (Y)

 Never enough Japanese food. Last catch up with Emme before uni became intense

 Made it to the top of the Pyramid! Celebratory dance!

 My new companion this semester that doubles as a huggable buddy on the bus

 Kebabs before group meetings

 Frozen grapes and my sister's homemade iced tea to help me smash the assignment

I lost. Surprisingly. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

all you need is now

(Valleygirl shorts, Fila sneakers, Miss Shop neoprene backpack)

Photos from this past weekend, when we enjoyed brunch at the Clubhouse overlooking the golf course at Brookwater. Attempting to tuck in my food baby in that second shot, after tasting one of the best pizzas we have had in recent years, and, of course, the classic club sandwich.

As we're nearing mid-semester, to-do lists are piling up and I'm trying not to freak out when I think about the amount of work I have to do in these coming few weeks. Ongoing mantra: keep your head straight and just focus on the now.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

granite belt adventures

7.30am start, and a misty three hour drive later, we were at Granite Belt. After a scrumptious lunch at The Barrel Room Cafe, where we tasted yummy homemade pasta and the most perfectly cooked salmon on squid ink linguini, we made the trip up to the Pyramid at Girraween National Park. We'd hiked the track twice before, but never actually made it to the very top of the Pyramid, so this time, we were determined. With a few rest stops in between the huge slopes, we finally made it! And the view from the top was 100% worth the exhausting effort. Needless to say, many victory dances were danced and songs were sung.

After the hike, we made our way over to the biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, where I finally tried a potato slinky! (I'd been craving them since first seeing them at Cheung Chau last year...) The most amusing thing about the whole trip, though, was that we'd originally just wanted to participate in the festival and buy some local apples, but at the end of the day, we left without even seeing a single apple...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

beautiful spaces

I've always been intrigued with interior design and how people position furniture for functional or decorational purposes. Maybe it's the inner snoop, but I always find myself curiously taking everything in when I visit other peoples' homes, during visits to display homes and even in the showrooms at IKEA... A couple of months ago, I was reformed to an addict to a drug, otherwise known as the Houzz iPad app. Endless pages of photos of beautiful spaces in the form of kitchens, backyards, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms... You can probably imagine how I easily traded hours of sleep in favour of clicking 'Add to Ideabook' to seemingly every picture. 

Maybe you can tell from these photos, but I'm really fascinated by designs where stunning views are showcased by huge windows. Or even when small windows offer just a mysterious glimpse of a mesmerising view. But I'm still pretty torn between a white, well-lit, clean, sleek and minimalist design to the darker, earthy, warm and homely designs... Also, I know most people have a strong partiality when choosing between mountains or the sea; but, really, for me, it's an impossible settlement.

These are just a few of the designs in my 'Ideabook' that really had me staring and noticing every detail and really ignited a sense of awe. There are a few designs which are really fun and creative, such as that Lego themed play room, but I probably wouldn't incorporate into my own house. 

I don't think I've ever posted about interior design on the blog, actually, so this post may seem kind of unexpected and insignificant, but it's surely just foreshadowing a major change in my life in the not-so-distant future...