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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
Site-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…

To Sydney, to Sydney, jiggety-jig

May 28, 2015

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Last week I dragged Caroline off to Sydney for a couple of days.  I went to see my favourite human, Sufjan Stevens, play some shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of VIVID festival (something to do with lights on buildings).

These pictures are some of the things I saw, a) flying there, b) walking down the south end of Bondi beach and around the point a bit, and c) the Opera House precinct.  I would post pictures of Sufjan as well, but none of those pictures came out at all well.

Sadly, I can’t say I loved Sydney, but the Sufjan was particularly good.

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April 24, 2015

And now for some prose:

The fluting cry of a storm bird floated down to the street from the darkening sky above the multilevel shop fronts.  We waited for the bus to come and anticipated hopefully the rain the call had promised.  It proved itself true to its word and I turned over, closing my eyes and drawing up the covers.

MEL>>BNE 2015

April 24, 2015

Caroline and Nathaniel go to Brisbane and some things they see whilst they are there…

The most important aspect of the trip was that I finally learned (relearned) how to knit.  This is the first thing I have knitted since I was really quite young.  It will eventually be a Slythenclaw scarf.  (That’s a Harry Potter reference if you didn’t know).

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We venture outside to catch the bus to the city.  Queensland is humid.

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Brisbane has an important service announcement for you all.  Ironically I took a picture of this on my phone also.

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Amber asked me to take a picture of her next to this guy, and I decided to copy her.  I said to her in all facetiousness, “Pretend you know how to use an SLR.”  The picture came out blurry.

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We found this brownie shop.  Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the salted caramel, but the turkish delight one I bought was excellent.  Judging from the noises that Amber was emitting the jaffa one was pretty great.  Caroline had the turkish delight also.  She liked it.  Also, they were all gluten free!  Amazing!  Not that that is a requirement that I have, but good for them.

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This is ostensibly the reason we went to Brisbane: Xiu Xiu play the music of Twin Peaks.  Atmospheric and exciting!  Bob was there in spirit.

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Also, this; from the David Lynch Between Two Worlds show at GOMA.  Bee Board c. 1986-87. It’s a crappy picture from my phone, but I like it.  I may have liked the merch more than the actual exhibition.

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This is from a Michael Parekowhai show that was also on.  I strongly dislike Michael Parekowhai (and have done since I was at ELAM), but I do like random empty chairs.  And pretty carpet.  I like that also.  It’s the same pattern as a rug that Amber gave me, but shades of blue instead of red.  These pictures are completely out of context from how they were installed in the show, but I don’t care.

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These are an example of the large spiders that are everywhere in Brisbane.  I took this outside GOMA, but Amber also has some around her home/property/thing.

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It’s Frosty Boy!!

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On the way back to catch the bus we took a shortcut through the Queensland Art Gallery.  It was closing so I just took some quick snapshots.  I don’t know who the artworks are by, but I like them.

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This is a different day when we were venturing home.  I think the partial illumination of streetlamps is one of my favourite things.

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This is what I like to call “progress”.  Caroline also attempted knitting things but kept making mistakes and having to unravel and start over.  I just pretended my mistakes were intentional and kept going.  I’m calling them “features and benefits”.

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This is Amber lying on the bed in the room Caroline and I were sharing.  She was feeling down because we were about to leave for the airport (I might be making that up).

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I would rate this trip to Brisbane thusly:

3 out of 10 for the dining experience (really bad run with the cafes).  Those points are all for the brownies and also some musk flavoured fudge I bought at the Eat Street Markets.
7 out of 10 for coffee, what we had was pretty good.
8 out of 10 for weather.  I like a bit of a change, and the storm bird delivered on its promise of rain.
Accommodation I would rate 9 out of 10.  It loses a point for being so far from the city.  (Amber I love your house!  I would’ve taken more pictures of it but I was lazy and also out of the habit).

That was last week.  Now we’re back in crisp and cool Melbourne enjoying Autumn how it’s meant to be.

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Dusk

March 20, 2013

8.00 pm

Day 22

March 18, 2013

And welcome to our glamourous Melbourne lyfestyle…

olde world charm

fishy bunks

all the doodads

This will be, let me see now… room number four we’ve had so far at this fine establishment, the Exford Hotel.

Twilight of the ninth

March 18, 2013

Girl talk and cigarettes