Friday, 25 November 2011

All I Want for Christmas ...

Breaking Dawn ...
Earlier today I went to see 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' with my university friend and I was genuinely surprised in terms of the quality of the film. I went in with almost no expectations as I had based this from the previous films in the series. On a scale of 5 stars on my Twilight-movie-scale, it would probably score 4 stars. The first thing I noticed was that the soundtrack was amazing and truly beautiful. The second thing I noticed that part from Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) everyone else in the film was acting fairly successfully, although it may be that I was distracted by the amazing soundtrack which I have listened to all day. 'Turning Page' by Sleeping at Last is beautiful:
i surrender who i’ve been for who you are,
for nothing makes me stronger than your fragile heart.
if i had only felt how it feels to be yours,
well, i would have known what I’ve been living for all along.
what i’ve been living for.
 As it was written exclusively for the film, the lyrics are of course very fitting to the circumstances. Overall, most of the film and the soundtrack that accompanied it was nostalgic; it transported me back to an earlier time where things were simpler and things were different. Though truth be told, it doesn't feel all that long ago. I think it is time to re-read the entire series, something I haven't done for nearly 2 years now.

Christmas is exactly a month away and it is bizarre that it is already Christmas and almost the end of 2011 with 2012 just around the corner. It's bizarre how fast time moves sometimes. What I love about Christmas is the Christmas decorations in shopping centres and the tree at the Queen Victoria's Building is definitely my favourite place. The Christmas tree is 3 storeys high, 24m and adorned with 144 000 Swarovski crystals and 60 000 lights. The tree is so impressive and yet impossible to capture. I have a soft spot for Swarovski crystals; they are absolutely stunning and I prefer them over diamonds.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

You Call Me the Mountain and I Call You the Sea

I always claim that I am not a beach girl. In part, that is true; I dislike the sand, well more accurately, the sand getting everywhere. At the same time however, there is something incredibly calming about beaches especially when they are not that crowded or the day isn't that hot and humid. In preparation for my morning at the beach with my friend, I slathered on an excessive amount of sunscreen, waiting for the first layer to dry before layering another on top. I think by the time I was ready to leave the house I had already put on 4 layers of suncreen. With my quick Google-ing, I couldn't see anything wrong or hazardous to my health to put on too much sunscreen (I get plenty of Vitamin D as it is). Consequently I didn't get tanned or burnt at all despite lying down in the sun!

It was lovely spending the morning with my friend who I hadn't really spoken to in a while. Seeing the little nippers running around was a little nostalgic; the sense of age and maturity in comparison to the 5-6 year old children. It is comforting to realise that we are all human, and we all face the similar struggles and yet the way we deal and handle with such problems defines who we are as individuals. Fear is what prevents us from developing, growing spatially in time and space, and yet paradoxically, fear is also what keeps us safe.
Friday, 11 November 2011

Bondi - Sculpture by the Sea 2011

Bondi Beach

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Three years ago I visited the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach. I don't remember the sculptures and artworks I saw, though all I remember was that it was sweltering and it was a very foolish choice to be wearing black skinny jeans. In hindsight, I think it was the start of change, the first movement towards the path that I am now on. I was with people that I never truly spoke to again even after that one day and even now, my path has diverged from theirs.

Today, I went with my father to see the exhibition once again. Luckily I had picked the day where it was not only not that hot (it was said to be only 23 degress Celsius) and it was not raining.

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There was this girl who was sitting at the edge of the cliff and I took a photo of her. I have always wanted to sit at the edge but alas I have a fear of heights and I would be scared that I would fall over. And yet, I think there would be something incredibly calming.

The highlight of the day would definitely have been see the pods of dolphins; there must have been over 30 swimming in the ocean!
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Takumi + Beach

My friend J and I caught up for lunch; post examination period never feels as exciting as I imagine it to be during examination period though. We went to visit Takumi, the sushi train on Level 3 at Market City. At $3 a plate ($2.50 if you show your student card!) it is definitely on the cheaper end of the scale and I guess, for $2.50 you can't really be that picky. But I am.

I don't particularly eat Japanese and I have issues with slimy textures. Basically that means I don't like/ won't eat anything raw and mushrooms. The issue that I have with sushi train restaurants in general is that there is a tendency to have the same few plates and whilst you can order certain rolls from the menu, I feel as though it really retracts from the experience. The selection was sub-par and the place was so hot. I don't think the air conditioner was working where we were sitting.

The first thing my friend picked was this squid + rice sushi. I don't eat squid because a) it is slimy and b) it is chewy. Too chewy.. But I tried it because I didn't think it was that bad. It was so chewy that I couldn't handle it anymore and didn't want to swallow it whole so I ended up spitting it out in my napkin. Cool.

J ordered a handroll for me but got me the wrong tuna roll (I wanted the canned tuna type roll). As said previously, I don't like slimy textures and I really tried to eat the tuna but I just couldn't. I think a large part of it isn't really the texture per se, but more the idea; when I was eating it without looking, it was 'fine' but then once I thought about it I couldn't eat it anymore.

J had never tried soft shell crab before! Though it was so salty.

All in all, granted that we paid $25 for 10 dishes, price wise, it wasn't too bad. But I'm not sure if I would ever go back.

I had been hearing a lot about matcha and actually googled it earlier that morning. I normally have issues with red bean, but in the drink it was fairly nice since the drink itself wasn't very sweet.
Matcha Milk Tea + Red Bean

We then visited 'Dollar King' (where everything is not $1) and I saw these adorable figurines.

Until this afternoon, I did not realise that I hadn't been to a beach in over 2 years despite living relatively close. The water was lovely and the wind was perfect in contrast to the sweltering sun. Though, I am sure I looked a little out of place with my business skirt and blouse, standing at the water's edge whilst everyone else was in board shorts and bikinis.