Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Here we are. The second last day of 2014.

I've been mentally writing this blogpost of a while now. Once we hit November I already began to look back on the year of 2014. I began to collect elements, events, emotions that played pivotal roles in sculpting 2014.

For me 2014 was a year that pushed me to my limits. It was the year that I experienced the most downs and ups. This has been the year that I've grown the most. As a kid you're always in a bubble - safe from everything. When I turned 18 I still felt like a kid. But this year, so many things happened that taught me lessons, hurt me and made me stronger. My best friend said she thought I matured a lot more this year and I didn't really put it together until I began to reflect on the year.

2014 was the year I lost someone I loved dearly. 
2014 was the year I met people I never would have imagined.
2014 was the year I began to become more aware of the "real" world.
2014 was the year I began to become more aware of big issues in society
2014 was the year I lost my direction and found it again (i think)

2014 was the first time in my degree where I really just woke up each day dreading university. I had never felt that before. Last semester was hard. I remember days where I was so stressed out I cried at the library - yeah it got that bad. But it got better. I think it was hard because I didn't have the motivation to produce good work. Luckily enough, I had a killer tutor who kicked my ass into working in a mindset I had never experienced.

I still can't believe another year has gone by. I'm about to enter the last year of my degree. How has this all happened?

Anyways, hope all is well on your end!

P.s. this song, the vocals are so on point - so relatable


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


1. Syd's
2. Syd's
3. Luna Park
4. DIY Macbook decal + my ugly feeeeeet
5. Glassware at IKEA
6. Behind the bar at The Grounds
7. The office next door
8. Rhett and Link on GMM
9. Devon date with Molly FOOD #1
10. Devon date with Molly FOOD #2
11. 6am sunrise (why I was up at that ungodly hour, who knows)
12. #selfie
13. Sheila, when we went to the Star
14. Luna Park (a mother and her two sons)
15. Monument Valley


About less than two months into the summer break, here are some happy snaps I wanted to share.

Points I'd like to make:

- Luna Park, spontaneity at its finest with my buds Syd and Josh 10/10 [was actually a perfect night - ice cream, fire works and well we beat the system ;) ]
- Rhett and Link, these guys make me laugh so hard like I honestly don't know what it is but I aspire to have the type of friendship they have. 10/10
- Devon Cafe, got the window seat but food is not bad 7/10
- OPM at The Star, last friday night. Girl's night out 8.5/10 (minus points for feeling like sardines)
- started a new job, and sadly said goodbye to my old one 7.5/10
- met up with friends I hadn't seen in ages 9/10
- watched Interstellar (MUST watch if you liked Inception) 9/10
- Monument Valley, I think its $5 on the App Store. But the design of this game is so minimal and freaking (ugh) so beautiful. Everything is in a 45-45 axonometric and my architecture feels are screaming in happiness. Wish there were more levels 8/10
- on another note, my thoughts are with the families and the two people who sadly lost their lives early this morning to a hostage situation in Sydney CBD. While on the train today I noticed a sombre look to everyone's faces and it's just heartbreakingly sad that such an event has occurred. 
- just a day over two weeks till the new year; holy moly 2015


Thursday, December 11, 2014


If you've ever been to The Grounds of Alexandria, you'll know how good the food is, especially the coffee. It's always bustling with people, the energy is amazing. It's just always busy. The lines are long, but it's always worth the wait. It's a very rare opportunity for a customer to be able to witness the cafe empty. Luckily last night, I got to.

In the cafe industry there is something known as a 'latte smackdown'. Which is a pretty straightforward thing: a competition where the best baristas bring out their lucky barista jugs (and I'm not kidding some of them have engravings, stickers, custom made jugs) in order to compete to see who can create the best coffee art. Now I mean, I'm just a casual drinker of coffee, it's not an essential to my way of life - it's more of a social thing or a pick-me-up type of thing. But the people last night, COFFEE is their passion. As dim-witted as it sounds, it's never really occurred to me that there was such a hype over these type of things. The life of a barista. It's something completely out of my field, but it was interesting watching all of this unfold before me as a fish out of water.

People used jargon such as cold pressed, cold dripped, rosetta - shit I ain't never paid attention to or knew of. Nonetheless, the smell of grounded coffee has still not left me. That smackdown went on till quite late into the night.

I was given the opportunity to shoot the event, capturing the baristas in action and the coffees they produced. Below are a small collection of some of my favourites. I like how they're so immersed by the coffee as they focus their pour for accuracy. It's just quite eye opening witnessing other people and their passions in action.

The event was sponsored by Almond Breeze, with a $1500 cash prize. From my understanding of 'coffee', almond milk is a lot harder to work with to produce coffee art. It's got to do with the formulation or something. I think. Nonetheless, it was quite an eye opening event and an experience I won't forget.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Design by Aakash Kedia, more of his work here

I was lucky enough to study F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby in my final year of high school. I thoroughly enjoyed english in Year 12 surprisingly. To be honest it wasn't one of my favourite subjects throughout school but once I got to my final year I got to study Gatsby, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hamlet, The Crucible and The Fiftieth Gate. I loved writing about all of these texts and they grew my love for literature. 

Recently I got round to watching Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation of Fitzgerald's work. It was just as I remembered the book. It was interesting putting my study and knowledge of the text into a cinematic context. I would still describe the text the way I did two years ago in my essays. 

Below is an extract from one of my essays on TGG:

19th Century America has encouraged individuals to recreate themselves, however this is all based on a myth and thus Fitzgerald explores the detrimental effects in believing in the illusion of idealism and the American Dream will have on people like Gatsby. The American Dream was a notion that allowed Americans to believe in their ability to achieve anything – wealth, class and love. However the damaging part of Gatsby’s dream of recreating himself and to be worthy of Daisy and her love is that he doesn’t know that it’s a fantasy and that Daisy isn’t worthy of him. Fitzgerald is condemning the extreme idea of America’s belief of grandiosity. His censurable attitude to the American Dream is a reflection of the social reaction to WW1; people became insular, turning away from idealism. In one of the most significant scenes of hope, Nick witnesses Gatsby trembling with “stretched out his arms… nothing except a green light” at the end of the dock. This objective correlative is the representation of a state of mind to illustrate the difference between Gatsby and the others as he is looking towards his goal, the green light is ironically his passion and desire: to be accepted in this corrupt society. However, Fitzgerald is alluding that Gatsby is unlike Tom and Jordan, he is solitary and this will allow his society to imprison him in this fantasy that he can reinvent himself. Despite this, Fitzgerald sets the novel through the eyes of Nick Carraway whom composes the events in a manner that allows him to be both within and without that story, distancing the audience from the action, a Modernist technique that Fitzgerald employs to introduce a tone of uncertainty. However, Nick is capable of being an unreliable narrator and by having the narrator commenting on his society, Fitzgerald is being self-reflective and guiding the audience to realise that this is not the truth. Nick’s description of this wasteland is full of symbolic resonance – “the valley of the ashes” – through a literal allusion to T.S. Elliot, Fitzgerald contrasts it to the imagery of what has come to be known as the ‘American Dream’. Gatsby’s dream of achieving class status based on an illusion makes him different to everyone else, as he is the only one to make an effort to achieve his ambition. Nonetheless, Gatsby does not realise that the American Dream is out-dated – “he did not know that it was already behind him; somewhere back in that vast obscurity.” Fitzgerald is pointing out that it is hopeless for a dreamer to achieve his potential in a society that is guilty of trivialisation. 

What I loved about this text was that the ideas that were present in the 1920s are still themes that are well and truly still present today eg. money can't buy happiness. 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


As blogged about previously, I travelled to China in February with my Gran. While overseas I wanted to film some of my adventures - something I hadn't done before. Hence, the quality and the cinematography are a bit odd and shaky at times. Nonetheless I finally got round to editing the footage and putting it all together. I present to you - GRACIE + GRAN | CHINA 2014

As mentioned in the earlier post, I was so grateful I got to spend some good quality time with my gran. Uni and work get so hectic, I rarely get to see my grandparents. I am so so soo lucky that both sides of my grandparents are here and that there's so much history and knowledge that all four of them hold. The thing about creating this little film was that it allowed me to remember each event more vividly and something I can now show my gran in a different media to just photos.

First thing I did was send the yt link to my gran, it took a while for me to explain to her how to play the video over the phone. She likes it :)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My favourite band ever - Young the Giant.
I'm pretty sure I would've mentioned them before, but last year they released their long-awaited second album, Mind Over Matter. Veering more towards a rock-electric genre in this album, they always perform their songs acoustically in the most beautiful locations - caves, hilltops etc. Paired with Alexander Shahmiri's (i follow this guy on Instagram @intheopen) cinematography, their In the Open sessions are like a really good jam sesh with your mates. Sameer Gadhia's voice is pure perfection and these videos are honestly just beautiful.

I'm still waiting for them to come tour Australia one day. Pls.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Taking my own advice from last year, my friend and I ventured to Bondi to check out Sculptures by the Sea in the afternoon/sunset. The artworks this year were mediocre and in all honesty last year was better, but nonetheless it was good fun to get out and get some fresh air.