Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea, Part 3

The stag is my absolute favourite piece from Sculpture by the Sea. It's just so poetic, from every direction that you look at it. Someone reblogged this image on tumblr and captioned it "expecto patronum". Until reading that comment, I didn't make the connection between the sculpure and Prongs. I loved it even more after that.

Another piece that I really liked is the golden buddha, second from the bottom. The full titles reads "The Golden Buddha's Seaside Holiday". Hilarious! (p/s: My family is Buddhist and I am in no way insulted by it at all.)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Just A Minute, January 2012

Watching...Full House. Old school 80's fun!
Reading...The Daily Beast and Politico.com
Finding...myself sick constantly. I just recovered from the chicken pox at the start of the month and I am now ill with viral conjunctivitis. I resembled a one-eye monster. NOT. PRETTY.
Listening...Warrior by rookie kpop group B.A.P.
Drinking...Starbucks Brew of the Day. Because that's the cheapest semi-decent coffee I can get around my workplace.
Enjoying...The Republican Presidential Primaries. I love Election Year!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea, Part 2

These artworks were found on the hill-top clearing between Bondi and Tamarama beaches. I love how these set of artworks seem to be chosen for how witty they are.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea, Part 1

The reason we were at Bondi Beach was to visit Sculpture by the Sea, an annual art festival that transforms the coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach into a sculpture park. We started from the Bondi Beach end, and these are some of the sculptures we encountered at the beginning of the trail. I love how the artists for this set of sculptures really worked with the spots they were given and created sculptures that belonged rather than something that was plonked down. More pictures to come in the next few posts.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bondi, Red & Blue

Two different type of films used to snap almost the same scene. Which one do you like better? Me, I like the redscale one.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bondi Beach

As a person who rarely gets to visit white, sandy beaches with crashing waves in the distance, being at Bondi Beach was thrilling! Sunny and warm, it was the best kind of day to be by the sea.

How I envy the people who get to live by the sea in those beachfront condos.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Luxe Bakery, Newtown

After our cup of Campos Coffee, we headed next door to Luxe Bakery for a proper plate of breakfast. I like the decor, very industrial-chic. I also found it kind of interesting that the place's clientele is so varied, there were ladies on their days off, businessmen having lunch meetings, families stopping in for a bite and us, tourists discovering a new cafe.

Luxe Bakery is more than just a bakery, it has a full kitchen cooking up a storm. They offer both breakfast and lunch options. We chose mostly breakfast-y items. Quiches, croissants & scrambled eggs and ham & cheese sarnies. Mm-mm-mm.

I am very very behind in my posting schedule because work has been keeping me chained to the desk till late in the evenings. I have so many things I want to share like the progress of my 5 before 25 list, I am steadily crossing them out! Chinese New Year is also happening this coming Monday & Tuesday, lots of festivities to come and I plan to capture them all on my LC-A. :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednes/day of discovery

been a little busy this week, with meetings on my schedule everyday. not feeling very much in the groove today. so, a simple round-up of photographs i am very taken with.

quiet, lately. ida
hey life. anna
one morning last week. brian
new zealand on film. sian
prawn linguine. nicole
lights. hivenn

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Campos Coffee, Newtown

I am a compulsive research traveller. Before I step on the plane, I like to trawl through travel guides, websites and blogs for interesting places to visit. I like to look out for places with interesting concepts or are off the beaten track, read other traveller's experiences and flick through their photo albums.

When I researched for cafes in Seoul last year, I hunted for cafes that were visually appealing rather than for the quality of their food and drinks. But in the time between the two trips, my taste buds finally grew up and I began taking an interest in and appreciating a good cup of coffee. My research, this time around, naturally centred on cafes that took their coffee more seriously than their decor.

It didn't take much for me to discover that in Sydney, Campos Coffee was the coffee of choice. Campos is situated in Newtown and is slightly out of the way from Sydney Central but we didn't let a thing like distance hamper us from getting us a cup of the best coffee in Sydney. (Also, it helps to have a friend who has a car.)

From my travel notes, my impressions of the coffee was that it was "full-bodied" and "very strong". And to my surprise as I was reading the website to write this post, I actually got it right! The coffee they had in November is described as "The body is full and lively on the palete." Not bad for a coffee newbie.

For a big-time coffee house, Campos in Newtown is located in a fairly small space. There were only about 5 tables in the back and counter seating by the windows. We walked in during a lull and managed to snag a table but as we drank our coffee, others were coming in non-stop and had to settle for takeaway cups. This is not a place where you can sit and linger over your coffee and not feel guilty.

By the way, you know a coffee house is serious when they actually have a spare roaster to put out on display.

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