Koh Samui, Thailand February 2012
Was feeling quite burnt out from Uni, work, sporting commitments and social engagements. Woke up with a fever, body aches and a headache. There was no way Uni was going to happen today. Feeling like it’s time for a holiday - i’m day-dreaming about the clear waters of Koh Samui and that day we went on a day-trip to the beautiful Ang Thong marine park.
FROM WHERE YOU’D RATHER BE - Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Yesterday was Perth’s first really warm day of springtime - a reminder that summer is just around the corner if only we can get through the second half of the Uni semester. The end of November promises carefree beach days, no assignments or lectures and long balmy summer nights. Feeling nostalgic for summers go by. Here are some photos from a few summers ago when my friend’s and I thought we’d have a shot at recreating corona advertisements. I know I’d rather be at Cott beach at the end of a chilled beach day with some good mates and a cold beer. Hurry up summer! I miss you, I need you and I love you XO
Perth Royal Show - 30th September 2013
Celebrated a good friend’s 20th birthday by attending the Perth Royal Show! I can safely say she turned “20 years young”. Got there just before sundown - in that twilight hour when the fairground is at it’s most romantic. Highlights included petting baby lambs and kids (of the goat variety… i’ll have you know!) and going on crazy rides that let us fly high above the showgrounds and the city for a couple of adrenaline fuelled minutes. Happy that some things have not changed since we were ten - our capacity to have sweets for dinner, bertie beetle showbags and the thrill and pure hilarity of driving a bumper car. We got blue tongues from drinking slushies and stuck around for the fireworks.
Listen Out Festival Perth, Western Australia. 29 September 2013
Listen Out Perth, will probably be remembered as ‘Rained Out Perth’. This festival had great potential - awesome set-up in the middle of the Perth CBD with a banging electronic line-up featuring heavy bass banging collaboration between Hudson Mohawke and Luncie - TNGHT, sweet up-beat electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge and of course Disclosure was somewhat dampened (pun intended) by the lack of planning ahead for the foul weather. AlunaGeorge did not come on when she was meant too and there was little protection against the elements for festival go-ers, you’d think with weather forecasts and things the organisers would have been better prepared for the heavens opening up. All that aside this festival definitely had some great music despite the rough conditions. Rufus captivated the crowds with tracks such as “Take me” when the sun was still shining - posting a photo on their twitter with the caption “no rain. no gain”. Classix braved the storm, rejuvenating the wet cold and miserable crowd by giving them some tracks to really dance too. TNGHT played some sweet head banging beats, however disappointingly did not play the whole of Higher Ground - their most anticipated party track. Azealia looked the part of bad-ass bitch in her cut-out outfit. Disclosure’s set was as absolutely phenomenal as expected - not sure if their joke about taking the weather with them for the UK went down well with the crowd though! The talking Disclosure heads on the projection screen were an awesome visual touch and the tracks they dropped were varied - not just a playoff of well known commercially successful album ‘Latch’. The bedraggled crowd forgot about the freezing conditions from the first song up to the end song - Latch. Disclosure’s set demonstrated if the music is good enough people will dance in the rain and not care that they are getting wet!
nepal feb 2013 - places we stayed
The power went out between 8pm and 5am, so we would lie in the dark, in our sleeping bags and thermals talking about boys and life and travel plans and practicing our Nepalese phrases for tomorrows language lesson. Falling asleep was not easy - outside the thin walls we could hear people spitting in the street and stray dogs barking and the sound of the radio and odd screech of a motorbike. Teeth cleaning was done by candlelight featuring iodised water and detol. The mattresses were so hard, some nights I would sleep on the thinly carpeted floor just to give my back a break. But eventually the waves of sleep would wash over me and i’d realised how exhausted I was from the weight of even being a visitor in the third world.
Southbound Music Festival 2013, Busselton, Western Australia
Southbound tastes of sweet apple cider and nostalgia. It smells like Vegan food, suncream and freshly cut grass. My friend and I decide to go the day before - a display of spontaneity only possible in carefree summertime. The drive down is peaceful - a welcomed break from the monotony of a summer pouring beers by night and sleeping on the beach by day. Alcohol is not allowed in the campsite, so we sneak vodka by sewing it into a pillow. We forget the ground -sheet for our tent and our friendly neighbours from Bunbry help us bang in the tent pegs, they have brought walkie talkies and are already drunk when we arrive at the campsite at 11am, but seem friendly enough. The vibe is chilled, laid-back and hippy-ish. We get giggly from sweet apple cider and the weekend flies by in a blur of crowd surfing on deckchairs, dancing like there is no tomorrow and screaming till our voices are horse. SBTRKT was the highlight - eliciting a psychedelic sun-stroke delirium in their audiences. Flume made the people dance by spinning his decks, whilst Two Door Cinema Club made us hope the sun and fun would never stay far away.