Archive for the ‘Me’ Category

breaking through the white noise

February 16, 2017

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I know there’s been some radio silence around the place of late.  I’ve been keeping busy.  Alongside my work and church commitments, I’ve been helping out with a start-up clothing label.  A.BCH is the brainchild of my friend Courtney; a fashion label with an eye on ethics, sustainability and transparency throughout the supply and production chain, and I’ve been helping with some of the production side in my spare time.

The label finally launched last Thursday and you can check out the webstore here and instagram here.

In the image above I’m wearing my new A.BCH A05, an organic linen button up shirt, along with A06 organic denim tote, a limited edition print created for our research and development night late last year.

I love our stuff, and can’t wait to see the business expand and grow, and hopefully make a difference in what is one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

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).

Hello. Hi. Hello.

June 9, 2016

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This was my face on Tuesday 8 June, 2016.  Hey.

(Somehow this is the most popular picture of my face that I’ve posted on the Internet ever.  Weird.)

not hiding, hi

April 1, 2016

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The other day while no one was home someone came and denuded our back area.  I’m not pleased.

Also today without warning at 7 am our neighbour arrived to announce that they were coming to take down an asbestos wall between our properties.  Apparently the property agent had a week to let us know it was happening.  They didn’t.  So now there is no wall between us and the neighbours.  How exciting.

Last weekend was Easter, and I led a team of volunteers to have church in an arena at the tennis centre.  I’m not sure exactly how many seats we had allowed for (my guess is somewhere between 2-3 thousand), but there were more people than seats so that’s always fun (cue me running around like a crazy person).  But we smashed it because I have an amazing team.

And then I started a leadership development course through church on Wednesday night (participating not leading just to be clear), which will be a challenge, and while it will make me uncomfortable it’s good to be prepared to grow.

It’s always tempting to just crawl under a rock and hide.

But anyway.  Hi!

feel good time

February 22, 2016

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I started knitting a new scarf this week.  It’s going really well.

portrait of the artist…

January 13, 2016

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(one of my favourite things I’ve learned to do in the last year is making my own gifs)

bye 2015; hey there 2016

January 1, 2016

It’s been a year.  Such a year.  Ups.  Downs.  Kind of an emotional rollercoaster really.  I feel like I’ve been very stretched this year with a lot of things that have happened, and also really grateful for so much good I’ve got going on as well.

Last night when I was with a group of the team [fam] from church seeing in the New Year, we went around the group talking about what we’re thankful for in the past year, and for so many it was a sense of belonging that has been found at Hillsong Melbourne, and in the teams where we serve together.  It truly has become a family for so many, and I’m glad to see that we can all be there for each other through the storms life throws at us, and celebrating the good things as well.  It’s been a huge step for me moving into a leadership role at church, and what with everything else life has thrown at me this year, relationally and emotionally, it has been a constant challenge.  But I’ve always had people around me to support me and talk me through how I’m feeling, and the sense of God’s faithfulness and his grace in every season has been unbelievable.  These guys are some of the very best.

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And not only at church.  There’s a real sense of community with people at work as well, and it’s also become like a surrogate family, which has made going to work a real joy.  Not that there haven’t been some significant challenges there as well, but they are truly such a great crew it makes everything worthwhile.

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Despite how challenging the year has been, I’ve felt a real sense that the coming year is going to be a lot more settled.  I’ve been feeling a lot more positive about the future than I can remember feeling before.  The best truly is yet to come!

(I totally stole these pictures from people on FaceBook/Instagram… sorry guys).

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December 24, 2015

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This is me at a Christmas Eve-eve party with some work peeps.  Happy season!  Bye.

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November 19, 2015

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I haven’t picked up my camera in a while.  I haven’t felt it.  That thing.  You can see how long it’s been.  Just look at the last post.  Sometime at the start of spring.  But yesterday while I was sitting on the sofa in the back yard, another thing I haven’t done in a while, I saw myself reflected in the glass doors and just had to capture the essence of what I had seen.  I’m calling it After Adam (ha!).

I’ve stopped cutting my hair and my beard.  I’ve never had my hair grow so long before.  I’d always gotten tired of it, or decided it was time for a change.  Maybe I’m becoming more patient.  Less restless.  Whatever, I like it.

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That monstera deliciosa coming on so lush.  And I’ve finally had success with sprouting an avocado stone.  All it took was forgetting about it and assuming it was dead.

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While I had my camera out, I saw this light shining in through my bedroom window.  At first I assumed it was the golden hour, but later I realised it was because of the fires in Western Australia creating a red-gold haze in the sky.

It’s easy to forget to remember that everything is abundant.  Especially when it sometimes seems like the world is falling down around us all.

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August 12, 2015

It can be so easy to be swept along by the tide of life and forget to stop and think.  I’ve hardly ever been good at staying updated with what’s happening in my life on here, because life is just… life? and it keeps going and keeps going, but considering how bad I am at staying in touch with people I should probably at least make an effort.

So as you know, it’s winter.  Melbourne just suffered its way through the coldest July in 20 years (it didn’t feel all that cold to me, but whatever).  This has found me sitting wrapped in a duvet and basically on top of my heater most of the time.  I’m ready for a change.

Church is going well… it feels good to be part of a community with some really great people, and to have a team of volunteers around me who feel like a family (I don’t know if I’ve mentioned but for the past few months I’ve been given the responsibility of overseeing the whole hosting team for one of the evening services, which considering we meet in a theatre which has three levels, and is quite a juggle logistically, is no small challenge).

(That’s me in the beanie in the top left picture)

Work has been going along nicely as well.  I’ve been managing more consistently and been feeling a lot more settled in general.  I was just thinking the other day about how great it is to work with actual adults, most of whom can be relied on to take responsibility for their work and get it done, as well as just be great to be around in general.  I’ve had some annoying technical stuff happen on my shifts in the last couple of weeks, and the staff just keep things going whilst I’m running back and forth like a crazy person.  We’ve got a good team.

And lastly, it’s my favourite time of year: the International Film Festival.  This year I have 25 films booked (just nine left to go now before it finishes up at the weekend), I’m pretty sure that’s more than I had last year even.  I haven’t had any huge stand-outs this year, mostly because none of my favourite directors have films playing, and I’ve also not gone to a lot of films because they’re already scheduled for release at work over the next few months.  I’m going to predict that my favourite film playing this years festival is one that I won’t see for a while… the new adaptation of Macbeth by Australian director Justin Kurzel, which looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  I had an early feeling it would play the festival but it wasn’t in the programme, then on Tuesday they announced it as a surprise screening this Sunday afternoon.  It is already sold out, and also I couldn’t have gone anyway because church.  But seriously.  It releases theatrically here in October, and I can’t wait.

Anything else?  Oh love life.  What love life?  Forever alone.  Undateable.  Yadda yadda yadda.  Singletons unite!

Life.  Oh life.  Ooooh li-i-i-i-fe. Oh life. Do-do-do-do.

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