Showing posts with label outing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outing. Show all posts
Thursday, 16 January 2014

Sacrilege

This summer has been completely unexpected and amazing. I had always hoped that I would have gotten an internship. However, I didn't. In the end, I completed a summer school course and also re-met a Boy.

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We went to watch The Book Thief which is actually one of the worst films I have ever seen. On par with 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Sacrilege at the Sydney Festival was the key thing that I wanted to visit and it was amazing. I can't remember the last time I was on a jumping castle and it was just ridiculous fun.
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We finished the day watching the sunset and chatting at Pyrmont.

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

I am Back!

Lo behold! I basically stopped blogging from the moment that I left the country to embark on my fabulous and amazing exchange experience in the US of A! But I am now back in Sydney with a lot of spare time before semester of my fourth year commences. Yesterday I went to meet up with a fellow exchange acquaintance for lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks. He ordered the Bananarama and I ordered the Mexican Potato pancakes.

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We then decided to walk around Circular Quay and I snapped some photos of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, before heading over to the Botannical Gardens.
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Sydney
Sydney CBD

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Taylor Swift 'Speak Now' Concert

Yesterday I attended the Taylor Swift 'Speak Now' concert. Two years when I attended her 'Fearless' show I was relatively near the front but this time I wished to be a little closer to the stage. Truth be told, I wasn't very excited about attending the concert originally as I felt as though I had 'outgrown' her music. Her songs were lovely but I found I connected more with other artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Allie Moss and Amy Kuney.

I arrived at the arena earlier than I had expected (2.30ish) and sat in line. At this time, there was a lot of groups scattered in the line, most sitting next to the fence or the wall (so they could lean). Awkwardly I asked the group of girls nearby if I could sit there, worried that I was taking someone's spot but alas I was not.

At around 6pm the gates opened and like cattle, we were herded through security. Compared to the previous concert, the security felt a little more lax; last time the security guy went through my bag whereas this time I just opened it and he barely glanced and waved me through. Alternatively, I may have simply gotten a stickler for protocol on the previous occasion. I was fairly nochalant waiting in line before but seeing everyone really excited was, well exciting for me too. It was at this stage that I lost my friend and her friend. In the meeting room before heading to the floor, I made a friend. Now this is where it gets random. I asked him if he had come with anyone because he was male (yes, it was a presumption but usually accurate) and he told me no. Shock #1. He then asked me if I spoke a certain language and I told him no so I asked him if he was an international student and he told me yes, from China but was studying in Canberra. Shock #2 (he drove all the way from Canberra and was going to leave straight after the concert). Trying to make small talk, I asked him about the merchandise bag that he had and he pulled out a 40cm x 20cm sign which had LED lights that spelt out 'Taylor'. Shock #3. It was just so unexpected. We decided to be mosh buddies then and there. (Side note: when I am happy, I tend to be very very random. After he told me that he was studying the same degree and with the same major I hi-fived him. I don't know what compelled me to do that). People slowly got let in and obviously there was a mad rush where, I am sure, that I had at least 6 different bodies touching mine. This was when I grabbed onto his arm (because we said we would stay together) and then he held my hand. For the first little while it was 'okay' because I was too busy trying to breathe but then it got awkward so we just linked arms. I also got given a glow stick necklace from him! We got onto the floor and we were second row behind the barricade but off to the left of the stage (which was the angle that I wanted to be at). At this stage I was so excited I think I sent a text to my friend that said 'I am so ducking close!!!' because I don't have the f-version in my dictionary. Oh auto-correct. Thankfully as I was so close to the front I was able to put down my bag in front of the barricade and the security people were able to squirt water into our mouths which was much needed.

Hot Chelle Rae was the opening act and I admit, I had not heard of them or their music. But it was pretty good and the lead singer was incredibly attractive. Surprisingly thin too and the girl to my right knew all the words and was singing; she was probably one of the few people who knew all the words to the songs.I didn't get too many good shots of the band as I was still trying to figure out the camera settings.



(Once you get past the amusing blurred face, look in the bottom left hand corner of the security guard. LOOK AT HIS EYES.)

Finally Taylor Swift started with 'Sparks Fly' and cue screaming. The worrying part was that for a few seconds, I couldn't 'hear' the screaming (or more accurately the true extent of the screaming) so I had to cover my ears but then my ears were fine after that.



(The light glare was terrible, but there is just something I love about this shot even though you can't see her)












(If you look on the underside of his guitar he always had extra picks to give to the crowd. The girl next to me got given a pick!)

After she went to the mini stage, there was this massive push at the front and the girl in front of me was being incredibly annoying. Since she was at the front she intentionally used the gate to push herself back and subsequently push everyone else behind her. Around this time till the end of the show, I was pressed up against the girl's ass in front of me, someone had one hand around my waist (or maybe their hand just got stuck there), someone's elbow/ face was on my left shoulder and my head was resting on someone's cheek. The girl's shampoo (or conditioner) in front of me reminded me of coriander. It got to the point where whenever I lifted my arm to take a photo, I couldn't bring it down completely and more often than not I just my arm resting on my head. There was no air and there was a moment where I felt sort of weird but I just pushed past that. At that time, I was immensely grateful for working at the pie shop where there was no air-con and it was permanently incredibly humid and at around 30 degrees; it taught me how to breathe when there was no air.



















But it was totally worth it! The last time I went to the mosh, it was fun but definitely not as fun as last night. Being around so many people who are just singing and jumping is just really infectious. On a side note, I couldn't for the life of my understand why the two girls in front of me had their long hair down. Everytime I had to lift my hand/ was moved my hand got caught in their hair and I was so tempted to offer them a hair tie but they were just so annoying that I didn't really care in the end.

The night was amazing and it reminded me why Taylor Swift is so truly amazing and she is gorgeous beyond words. I've said it before, but hearing her talk made me realise how 'American' her accent is. Which doesn't make sense because I know that she has an American accent, perhaps it just gets warped a little in recordings (interviews and other recorded audio). Or maybe it is because it becomes even more evident surrounded by Australian accents.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

"Day One, Day One, Start Over Again"

With only half a week left of my summer break, I am a little apprehensive of returning to university and the hectic workload that accompanies the environment. Despite the stellar weather that Sydney is experiencing as of late, I have been sitting at my desk marathoning the entire House series with only 1.5 seasons left to watch before I am completely up to date. Nevertheless, yesterday I went out to the city in the car. There is nothing I love more than having the window down with my face right next to the window, and despite the whiplash from my hair, it is incredibly relaxing. It also provides a great opportunity to take photos that I would not be able to take if I was walking.





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This is probably my favourite place on USYD campus.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Kayaking

Middle Harbour

Life Jackets

This morning my friends and I went kayaking at Middle Harbour in double plastic kayaks. The weather was gorgeous and perfect for kayaking as it was warm and yet not hot due to the slight wind. I was paired with the girl who I first met at kayaking three years ago and who - embarrassingly- saved me as I had struggled to swim ashore due to my sand-bogged trainers. This time however, that did not happen as there was no one around to capsize our kayak. With the help of a local kayak-er, he gave us a map and told us to travel under the bridge and to a small hidden bay. In hindsight, it was a little ambitious as we were 3/4 of the way there and realised that we would not have gotten there and back within our 2 hour time slot. I didn't bring my camera for fear that I would have gotten it wet and hence I do not have photos of the gorgeous houses, staircases and overall scenic view that we saw. One of the best part was floating next to the pelicans; I never realised how beady their black eyes were.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Girl's Night

Christmas Present
With only 5 sleeps until Christmas, it is surreal that it is already that time of the year and there is only 1.5 weeks till 2012 arrives. Christmas shopping is complete and earlier this afternoon I finished Christmas wrapping for the final few gifts.

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I was never an orchid fan until 5 months ago when the plant was gifted to my family. In hindsight, it is probably the best gift that someone can give as it continually blooms and so quickly as well. A few months ago, I purchased my first Swarovski crystal ornament; a sunflower. Oddly enough, the price of the crystal was double in Australia compared to the US which was incredibly bizarre. The purchase of the crystal was due to my aunt purchasing the larger version and the small flower was costly enough and I cannot fathom how expensive the crystal had cost her. Baby flower looks insignificant next to 'Momma' flower.




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Girl's Night
Two years ago I finished highschool and it feels as though it was a lifetime ago. Reading through the Tumblr tag for 'ATAR' I stumbled upon this entry. I have extracted the key aspects of the entry below:

Beside from finishing school with ‘knowledge,’ we left with our close friends. They were more important and significant to us then ever. They understood what we were going through in school, the pressures of living up to parent’s expectations and getting into our ‘desired’ course.
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We grew up. We’ll, let’s just say each of us soon became preoccupied with our own things.
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Everything is so different now. I may have lost friends today that meant the world to me exactly one year ago. But it’s okay ... Overall, you don’t know who your true friends are at the end of year 12. It’s the year after. You will realise those who make an effort to stay in touch, and those that just put the blame on you.

Tonight I spent a night with my highschool friends and most of the time, I have difficulty wrapping my head around the idea that they are no longer the 12 year olds I once knew - we are all in our 20s and entering our third year of university next year. It's odd to sit and realise that we have all grown up, matured emotionally and intellectually and our friendship has shifted, as it naturally should. Though whilst we still interact to a similar manner as we once did during lunches and recesses (that word is odd and I do not believe I have ever heard the word being used since completing highschool) it is different as we have changed. In some respects, the conversation is more enjoyable and free flowing.