Friday, 30 October 2015

Daydreams

Work has been a little bit of a drag lately coupled with the fact that my boyfriend is in lockdown due to upcoming exams. Separately, they aren't major down-ers but together, its making my life a little uneventful lately. I have already planned my Saturday to remind myself that I am capable and responsible for making my life awesome (something which I sometimes do forget). When I am feeling this way, I end up daydreaming and planning for trips.

Two months ago, I was feeling the same way and ended up planning for a tentative trip next year. I work to live and I definitely am not someone who lives to work. And what I love is to travel.

I envision that around mid August next year I will be visiting Mongolia! I have already figured out the flights I would take to get there, my hostel and I am almost certain about which tour to take. I spent almost two full days at work planning this out (the other grads and I were left unsupervised for two days and weren't given any work). Clearly I have plenty of time to figure out things like tours, but right now, I don't know how much money I am willing to spend. There is this amazing 18 day horse "tour" for around $4000. Firstly, I have never been on a horse. Secondly, it is a heck of a lot of money.

I think that I will visit South America sometime in the summer of 2017/2018. I will do the W Track in Patagonia. I want to visit Bolivia and Peru. South America (in particular Patagonia) has been on my mind for the past two years and I was 'reminded' by V. Actually, he was being a condescending prick and told me, 'plan it. Don't just dream'. Mate, I am perfectly capable of sorting out my life and planning my 'dreams'.

For next Easter, I was wanting to fly down to Hobart and explore Tasmania for 3.5 days however as it is a long weekend, spending $350 for flights on Jetstar wasn't too appealing. I think I will do a road trip in NSW. I am thinking about Jindabyne for the hikes and maybe Junee. But I definitely want to visit Laurel Hill. I originally wanted to drive to Broken Hill but at a distance of 1146km or a 13 hour drive, I have had to scrap that idea.

Of course, life happens and plans/dreams change. But these are goals and they give me a little more direction.
Monday, 19 October 2015

Life Update

When people ask me what my hobbies are, I usually say something along the lines of: hiking, travelling and film photography. But what I usually forget is that blogging is definitely the hobby that I have maintained the longest. I have been blogging in some capacity since 2005. That is a decade of blogging. A decade of sharing my life online. There aren't too many people in my "real life" that know about this hobby and to be quite frank, it isn't something I disclose either. Long are the days of my private LiveJournal, but I still prefer having the separation between my "real life" and my "online world".

What I also find interesting is how I - and a lot of other bloggers - have changed over the past few years. The days of text heavy posts have now been replaced with posts with large images with minimal text interspersed throughout. I wonder if it is because people have a shorter attention span or simply, people just don't have the time to read that much text anymore. I too am guilty of making my "posts" look pretty and I am usually reluctant to submit something without at least one photo. But this will be a post without a photo; a challenge to myself. I have now been spending a lot of time with someone who is a) not familiar with my blogging hobby and b) does not document their life in photos in any capacity. This has made it a little harder for me to take photos, but truth be told, is this really a problem? There was a point a few months ago where I thought that I was succumbing to the current mentality of: 'if you didn't take a photo, were you really there?'

Onto the things that has happened in my life in the past few months which I did not document photographically.

  • Went on a rowboat in Lane Cove National Park.
  • Visited Luna Park and went on the rides for the first time.
  • Visited Malaysian Festival
  • Watched Les Miserables and it was amazing. It is probably my second favourite musical (first one is Wicked)
  • Eaten at: Hurricanes, Three Williams, Devon, Brewtown Newtown, Mary's and Rengaya

Yes, this seems to be quite a boring post. But at the end of the day, I blog for myself and this is what I want to produce for my blog.
Thursday, 15 October 2015

Colour Film: A Roll from Three Years Ago

Film photography is usually quite similar to a time capsule. The period between when I take the photo and when I develop is usually quite a while. However, I have to say that this roll takes the cake. These photos are over three years old. I wrote about it here which is when I went to Thredbo back in July 2012. I am no longer friends or in contact with anyone that I went on that weekend trip with. This really was quite the trip down memory lane. I actually don't even remember taking my Olympus Trip with me.

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I am so glad to be finished with uni!
Sunday, 11 October 2015

Colour Film: Floriade (Canberra)

During the Labour Day long weekend, I headed to Canberra for the day to visit Floriade. The last time I went to Floriade was when I was 6 or so (17 years ago...) and the last time I visited Canberra was when I was 11 (12 years ago...). In short, it has been a while.

For the past month or two, I have been spending most of my weekends eating out and doing typical weekend activities. Although they have been fun, heading to Canberra triggered a different feeling; I guess I really do miss heading out of Sydney and seeing "new" things. I miss travelling.

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I was in Canberra for around 4.5 hours and got a little bored very quickly. I guess it might be the planned nature of the city, but it reminded me a little of the US. It must have been the wide roads which were largely deserted. 

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Naturally, I chose to shoot in colour rather than black and white. I shot with Fuijifilm Superia X-Tra 400 as it was the only film sold at the camera store near my work. I am actually a little disappointed with this film. I still have two rolls to go, but from this roll the shots are all overexposed (I have adjusted it after scanning which is something I have never done before). In addition, the place where I have gotten my colour film developed for the past 5 years has been sold and I'm not too impressed with the new staff. Firstly, I really dislike the fact that places don't sleeve negatives anymore. Secondly, not only were the negatives uncut, but they had rolled 3 of my negatives together into one film canister. No. No. No. That's just asking for my negatives to be scratched (which they were) and to have dust on it (which they did). Not impressed. I will take my money elsewhere.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Colour Film: London

I feel like colour film captures the true colours and mood of the situation more than digital does without postprocessing. I didn't realise until I got to London that I had accidentally brought one roll of colour film (the other 5 were black and white). As I was scanning in this roll, my heart ached a little. Although there is something quite special about black and white, colour just looks and feels amazing.

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Reminds me of EVE from Walle.

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I have stayed at this hostel twice now.
Friday, 2 October 2015

BW Film: Paris

Paris looks amazing in black and white. That is all.

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That is one crazy swingset.

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