24 February 2010

Fooling around with my sister and cousins on the first day of Chinese New Year at my grandma's, I struck this pose with my mum in mind. I remembered a picture of her doing the same, and meant it as an homage. Digging up the picture today, I realized that the setting wasn't in the garden as I had thought, but in front of their old home. Looking at her what-must-be-10-inches-high platform clogs, I think mommy dearest worked the pose with much greater aplomb.

2:34 PM;

17 February 2010

Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman are completely charming in this short film, Non Plus One, shot by Gia Coppola and Tracy Antonopoulos, showcasing Opening Ceremony's Spring 2010 collection. I spot Tennessee Thomas and Jason Boesel (from Rilo Kiley!) in there too. It starts a tad slow and silent, but wait for the song "Is This Sound OK?" by Schwartzman's Coconut Records to come on, it's great.

12:31 PM;

11 February 2010

My Dream is behind the Mountain

Photographer: RIĆOR

In the more fugitive, trivial association of the word exotic, the charms of a foreign place arises from the simple idea of novelty and change - from finding camels where at home there are horses, for example, or unadorned apartment buildings where at home there are pillared ones. But there may be a more profound pleasure as well: we may value foreign elements not only because they are new but because they seem to accord more faithfully with our identity and comitments than anything our homeland can provide.

- The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton

11:47 AM;

08 February 2010

This is probably the last daytrip we went out on after Bridget left for Sydney with her friends, and with my aunt's family due to return home soon. A quest to visit a final round of car boot sales and art and crafts markets was unrewarded, probably because it was the Christmas weekend. All that endless driving did eventually bring us to a park with a fantastic lookout point for our last impression of the famed Gold Coast.

I know I said there wouldn't be a slew of pictures, but at the end of the series, I have to say the pictures were indeed plenty. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed documenting the trip!

1:38 PM;

Bridget and I went along with her friends on a drive to Brisbane for them to do some rock-climbing and me to suss out some antique centres. Things didn't go exactly to plan (with detours to a casino and going around in circles after dinner trying to locate our car) but it was all good fun.

Kangeroo Point, with its rock walls Chris and Michelle were very excited to scale

...but alas, the untimely rain that came along saw us finding shelter instead

...though that did give us the time to take in the riverviews and the Brisbane CBD across it

Paddington Antique Centre, housed inside an old theatre, where I felt like I've died and gone to heaven

...in the background the huge proscenium arch with Spanish mission tiles and plaster scrollwork

I could have browsed the whole day, but the rest had other plans, though I left happy with these buys...

top: a framed sketch of Trafalger Square and a framed floral tapestry

bottom: Portmeirion Botanic Garden salt & pepper shakers I snatched up at a steal!

top left: decorative picture frame bookend

bottom: mahogany cheese buffet

The other items pictured were picked up at market stalls, car boot sales and regular and outlet stores over the course of my trip!

12:33 PM;

Picked up from our house, we sped towards Gumnuts Farm in the Gold Coast hinterland where we would go horseriding. Winding around mountains, past meadows with their grazing horses and cattle, in the van driven by a loquacious driver formerly of the Eastern Bloc, was just as entertaining.

though Bridget and I used to go for horseriding lessons together, I'm afraid she's the only one who knows what she's doing

Anjelica (on the left) would later get past her early fears and excitement to fall asleep on her horse while we're on the forest trail

my horse, meanwhile, just gave me a lot of grief

setting off for the forest trail (the fun part compared to doing rounds in a field later, but that may be because my horse refused to even canter)

11:51 AM;

03 February 2010

Pictures from a day spent at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

this furry creature gave me a nice, warm hug (and poop in my napkin-covered hands)

feeding time with roo food bought from a vending machine

these tame, sleepy kangeroos are a far cry from the wild ones we tried to sneak a pic with at the reserve

...though that does make for better photo opportunities!

the reason I'm not in this picture is that these emus are scary

a presentation that was really funny and interesting

this owl's feathers allow it to be camouflaged against tree trunks

photo-time after the show with a python

a wombat ambling down towards its tea-time treat of sweet potato

this gargantuan croc propels itself with its tail to lunge for the chicken offered

Bridget, on the tram ride, as we head for the exit at closing time

evening feeding-time for the sanctuary's famous lorikeets

...holding out shallow dishes of milk for them

...but these gorgeous birds were such teases, never stopping for long

can you spot them amongst the pink blossoms?

1:01 PM;

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