Archive for the ‘exploring’ Category

a long walk along a lonely beach

April 21, 2017

or From Sandringham to Black Rock and Back Again

I had an unexpected day off work, so even though it was threatening to rain the entire time I caught the train down to Sandringham and walked along to Black Rock and back.  I saw virtually no one in the couple of hours I spent down there, which suited me just fine.  It’s nice to get out of my usual little bubble and get some air up in me, both literally and metaphorically.

Singapore: the end

December 15, 2016

I spent my final day wandering around the city centre.  The Orchard Road shopping precinct is pretty intense, lined with shopping malls, but one doesn’t have to wander too far to find things of interest.

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me @ the singapore squirrels: *kissing noises*
squirrels: *run away*
me: hey come back lil buddy !
squirrels: *don’t come back*

Then all that remained was going back to the airport for a 7ish hour over-night flight back to Melbourne.

Singapore: the third day

December 14, 2016

By this time I had walked well over 80 km in the three days I’d been in Singapore.  The third day saw us head up to the MacRitchie Park/Reservoir which is a jungled nature reserve and water catchment area.

So, on with the show.

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I had more than one person tell me before I went that Singapore is the cleanest city I’d ever go to, but I have to say that isn’t really the impression I got when I was there.  Maybe it’s because I was taken around areas that aren’t on your usual tourist checklist, but I saw my share of grime and litter (Singaporeans blame it on visiting Malaysians I’m told).  Also, who expects to find a ditch that had been recently de-natured and had apparently been used as a dumping ground for random rubbish including Eames-style chairs ?  Certainly not me (but I do love that kind of thing, so…).

By the end of the third day my feet were ready to part with the rest of me and go to an early grave.  RIP.

More Singapore: day two

December 14, 2016

Look!  It’s more of what I did in Singapore.  Day two featured the Botanic Gardens and a visit to Singapore Art Museum which I didn’t know was hosting work from the Singapore Biennale 2016 (which I didn’t even know was happening—good timing, hey?).

So, first the Botanic Gardens…

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From there it was back to the city, and after conferring with my Spoon friend I decided I wanted to see some contemporary art, so on to the Singapore Art Museum housed in the former St. Joseph’s Institution, an old catholic school for boys.

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Dex Fernandez
I Wander, I Wonder, 2016
Acrylic paint
Site-specific installation

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Pannaphan Yodmanee
Aftermath, 2016
Mixed media: found objects, artist-made icons, concrete and paint
Sight-specific installation

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Martha Atienza
Endless Hours at Sea, 2014, 2016
Video, sound and light installation, water, stainless steel, aluminium, mechanics, LED light and air compression

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Deng Guoyuan
Noah’s Garden II, 2016
Aluminium alloy steel frame, mirror glass, LED lighting, real and artificial plants and rocks

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Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Jaonua: The Nothingness (King of Meat:The Nothingness), 2016
5-channel video installation

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Agan Harahap
Mardijker Photo Studio, 2015
Installation with framed photographs (digital C print on paper)

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Munem Wasif
Land of Undefined Territory, 2014-2015
Archival pigment print and museum rag board

I had a lot of people mention how good the food is when I said I was heading to Singapore, and I’m pretty particular about what I eat so this night really proved it to be true.  I mean, they probably weren’t talking about the Indian food, but man, the mushroom curry I ate was next level.  So good.  Little India was pretty amazing as well.

And here’s a picture of one of the Singaporean kopitiam or coffee shops that are all over the city.

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Okay, bye.  (More coming soon).

Singapore: the first day

December 13, 2016

I’ve been needing a break for a while.  To get away from everything.  So I made a decision, and last week I took off to Singapore for a few days.  I was visiting someone I kind of knew through the Internet and seeing a part of the world I haven’t previously.

Here’s a kind of look at some of what I pointed my camera at…

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What you see here starts at East Coast Park and winds around to Gardens By the Bay, into the Cloud Forest then through the city and ending up on Fort Canning hill.  It seems that I didn’t take too many pictures of the city because I’m far too obsessed with the tropical plants.

More coming soon…

enjoy nature

June 9, 2016

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I Went to the Dandenongs Only About Three Years After First Intending To and Some Things I Saw There.

These were taken at The 1000 Steps.  We only made it up about a third of them because I had taken Alex (new friend from work) there against her will (I mean, she drove, but…) and there was no way she was going to the top.  So we went back down and drove to the observatory which is in a different part of the Dandenongs.

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HI MELBOURNE!

Beach Times

February 21, 2015

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EDIT: This week, a group of us from my work rented a house at Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula to get away from it all for a couple of days.

It’s hard to believe that this is the sum total of travel I’ve done since moving to Melbourne.  That’s basically two years of not leaving the city.  I sure needed to get away, and I took Caroline along for the ride.

I also saw some echidnas in the wild.  First real wildlife sighting since moving here.  Bats, possums and foxes aside.

The other good thing about going away is how much you appreciate home when you come back again.

 

the explorer vs. the pleasure-seeker

September 18, 2014

the explorer

the pleasure-seeker

Brunswick East through Heidelberg

September 4, 2014

I went for a walk.  It was somewhere between 5-10 kms.  I’m not sure exactly.  It took a couple of hours and I found some parts of Melbourne that I love now that I didn’t even know existed.  As seen below…

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I love semi-wild parks!

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Croquet anybody?  Mostly I’m imagining a bunch of this going on…

alice croquet

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Look at it!  It’s called RAVENSWOOD!

Brb, moving to Ivanhoe.

Dune dance

June 6, 2013

I took this video on the day I almost died.  I only just got around to uploading it.

What you are seeing in the video are the seed heads of some kind of dune grass being blown around by the wind, and they almost look like they are peforming a sort of elaborate dance.  I randomly set it to Debussy’s Clare de Lune, which actually suits the visuals really well.