Tuesday, April 26, 2011


ANZAC Day. Its got nothing to do with the bank and everything to do with biscuits, getting up early, and footy. Well, to Gen Y's anyway (except for the getting up early part).

But what its really about is of course, remembering the landing on Galipoli in WWI (if you dont know what that is, read a book or get the movie, it features a young Mel Gibson pre-anti-semitism). A day that marks the bravery/ ingenuity/ and valor of Australian troops.

Even though I'm first generation Australian, I can appreciate this contribution to Australian society, plus it's a day off... Well on this day off, i took some time out and headed to the Shrine of Remembrance to take it in, quiet; sombre; and basked in the very orange light. Photos below.

BUT HEY ANDY! WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER WARS?! You know like the one your grandparents were in (Vietnam War)?

That's what Remembrance Day is for. We'll get to that in about seven months.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

my birthday!

And that's about the time she walked away from me
Nobody likes you when you're 23
I'm still more amused by TV shows
What the hell is ADD?
My friends say I should act my age
What's my age again?
What's my age again?

                 - Blink 182

I turned 23 this weekend. It's weird because I still feel 22, and currently I'm in the funny period where, when someone asks how old you are and you instinctively respond with your old age and then awkwardly  correct yourself like your a toddler just learning about the number of solar orbit's you've experienced. But like that bright eyed toddler, I'm looking forward to the year ahead!

How'd I spend my birthday? Well I actually spent the night of the 19th (my birth date) at a friends birthday, she too was turning 23. It was fun, the food was nice and the drinks were flowing but I just wasn't in the mood (guess old age was catching up too me).

The night before however was raucous! We'd spent it singing karaoke at the aptly named "Partyworld" in Melbourne Central. Nothing like a bunch of 20'somethings gathered in a dimly lit room, getting inebriated and screaming out dated pop songs, rock anthems and seductive love tunes. Love it!

It was a truly joyous occasion as I got to spend it with quality company, comprised of people that I value in my life. To be honest, I'm not one for birthday parties. I don't feel the need to throw superfluous soirees to mark the anniversary of my birth, although I do enjoy entertaining my friends and to see them smiling and having a good time is a present in itself.

Highlights: Mine and Tony's rendition of the 1980's classic "Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley; Denny and Charlie singing "Shape of my Heary" by Backstreet Boys (they sung poorly but they never sing so it was sort of an occasion); the hot barmaid spilling Tony's pints thus him getting 2 pints for free (he is having A LOT of luck with barmaids lately)!

Lowlights: The freaking venue powering down five times and making Tony sing the first four bars of Green Day's "When I come around" 4 times!

Until next time...

Oh! Almost forgot photos! They're not very good this time round as aways when you're partying!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

week leading into my birthday

Straight off the bat, this isn't going to be an insightful blog filled with discussion of current affairs. However I do feel  privileged to be able to go out with friends and enjoy myself in a city that I love and call home. Other people around the world namely Japan, Libya, Egypt, and I suppose third world countries, are not so lucky.

That was my preamble, now on with it. It was the week before 23, and I was feeling deserved of carefree fun and entertainment before I grew older.

The weekend kicked of on Friday night at the Moonlight Cinema in the Botancial Gardens. On screen was "Hereafter" starring Matt Damon, directed by Clint Eastwood. An ok movie (I gave it 2.5 stars, labelled harsh by my companions), but the best part of the weekend was yet to come.
Saturday night, Belle & Sebastian night! My mate Tony and I headed out into town, two blokes ready to immerse themselves in the aural rollercoaster that is Belle & Sebastian. The highlights were definitely their cover of The Kinks - Victoria (getting me pumped about the Commonwealth); We Rule the School (one of my favourites) and The Boy With The Arab Strap (they got 6 people dancing on stage with 'em, lucky devils!).Although Tony could argue the French barmaid was up there! After the show, we capped of a night out UK style, that is with some greasy Indian food, oh yeah!

Not a bad start to my final week of being 22. No original photos this week, I haven't taken my camera out in a while much to my chagrin, but below is a photo of Stuart Murdoch from the B&S Gig (photo credit to Luciana Longo who beautifully reviewed the gig link - http://www.groovemag.com.au/music/20110314719-live-review-belle-and-sebastian-the-forum-melbourne# and her blog is http://onegirlandherfur.wordpress.com/ ).  Hopefully I'll be back soon with some photos and exciting stories.

Photo Taken by Luciana Longo, 2011

Signing off,

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blog virgin. Optimistic.

So this is my first ever blog post. I won't lie, I've always wanted to start one, but I kept putting it off as I was too lazy to begin. But the old me is gone and a new one emerges!

So where to begin? Should I dive into some controversial topic to spark debate or take the more self-centered approach and discuss "me" in my inaugural entry?

After taking a moment to deliberate, I have chosen the later, as I have no followers to debate with yet.

Well... this is me, On the verge of 23 (March 19) and always looking to the future. I'm back at university this year pursuing a Graduate Diploma of Marketing; a degree which I hope to combine with my love of sports, fashion, and food. Those last four words pretty much sum me up, but of course I also possess those "unique" nuances that make me human, I guess the objective of this blog to slowly share this "uniqueness" with the world.

Also, I've recently, I've inherited a digital SLR camera, so I hope I can share how I see the world through my camera. Below are some photos I've taken around Melbourne during since I've gotten the camera. Enjoy.