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22 degrees at 2am.

Now we have arrived in Cairns! The flight went exceptionally well and the hostel arranged a free shuttle bus for us from the airport. Slowly we’re familiarising ourselves with the town, getting the hang of the “backpacker lifestyle”, and are planning more in detail about what we want to do from here. Cairns is a remarkably beautiful town and I’m so excited to be here! A more in depth post will be sure to follow soon.

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetToday we took a walk down to St.Kilda, a beautifully quaint town nestled by the beach. The sun provided us with a warm 29-degrees. In the center lay Luna Park, a patch of green with a theme park and surrounding dancing acrobats and performers.

After some exploring in the town, we got down to business and found work/accomodation in Cairns, and will move up there on friday! So far Australia has been treating us generously with nice weather, good humour, and some luck. Looking forward to travelling up east and experiencing some tropics.

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Spring in October

So far we have been bossing the streets in Melbourne. It’s been known as the most European city in Australia. The edgy graffiti is gorgeous and the streets are filled with musicians and stunning architecture. We purchased our first “Myki” metro passes and are ever so slowly falling into the Aussie lifestyle. The inspiration is endless and we found ourselves in Art shops strewn over the city, not to mention Rebecca found my Asian doppelgänger. I think we’ll stay here for a while.

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThe past couple of days we’ve been all over Sydney. We live at Wake Up Hostel located near China Town, which I might add we didn’t know in the beginning. It felt as though we hadn’t left Hong Kong and couldn’t find anything remotely Australian. Soon enough we strolled onto George Street into Hyde Park and found the city’s heart and center amongst sunshine and a “no worries” mentality. I adore how the concrete jungle merges with the real jungle.  The iconic view of Sydney’s Opera House and Bridge was stunning. We visited the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Art Museum. Cherry Blossom trees covered the gardens where we found our first spider…eating a bee. Let me repeat that a spider was consuming a bumble bee. Our first achievement unlocked. Tomorrow, we will be travelling down to Melbourne to visit Rebecca!

 

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAfter 32 hours of commuting through the eastern hemisphere, we have finally made it to Sydney! The captain, short after arrival, made an apology about the weather being 20 degrees and slightly cloudy. Was this supposed to be bad news? We made the trip without any worries and found Sydney to be all we imagined. Tomorrow, the work begins.

passportThe suit case is packed and standing in the hallway, tickets and passports all sorted. Soon. Family and friends are making their goodbyes and I feel a sense of wanderlust overcoming me.

“It’s the unknown that draws people.” – E.A Bucchianeri

tumblr_nbwyzrrRYZ1spnyg9o1_500We’re always interacting with each other. Our lives collide, and leave imprints on others about our nervous laughters and sloppy hand gestures. Social psychology is a composition of unwritten social rules that structure our behaviour, things that are almost so obvious that we miss them completely. Let me enlighten you.

  • Try to notice eye color whilst smiling when meeting someone. It might be because you look for a second or two longer, but all I can tell you is that people really respond to it.
  • Look closely at a group and notice who is closest to who by who each person looks at when laughing at a joke. People instinctively look at and agree with the person they feel closest to within the group. This will also help point out the (if not obvious) group leader.
  • Nodding whilst talking tends to sway people in agreement with you. They will begin to mimic you and nodd back to you.
  • If you ask a question to someone and they only partially answer, just wait, they will keep talking. Holding eye contact and it will put a strain on them to continue.
  • If you need a favour, begin with “I need your help”. The other person will most often feel obliged to help you when putting yourself out there.
  • Joining a conversation, notice if their feet are pointed towards you. If not, they probably don’t want you there.
  • You can notice if someone is interested in what you’re saying by folding your arms. Humans have a tendency of copying those we like. If the other person folds their arms too, they’re interested.
  • If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.

flowerartsyIt’s friday and amongst all the chaos I think it is a profound thing to sit and illustrate. It’s simple and fulfilling and doesn’t cause wars. If only I could fold my piano neatly into my suitcase and bring all my books.

“Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” – Roy Adzak

koAlready September.

Luckily my little windy town is giving us a small speck of warmth before autumn hits. Nevertheless, I have some of my own life-hacks to share with you. Only 2 weeks left before my departure to Australia. Did someone say nervous?

  • Freeze your candles and they will last longer.
  • Tea bags reduce swelling, itching, irritation, almost everything on your skin.
  • Use the inside of a banana peel to rub your teeth into a whiter smile.
  • Enter the ingredients you have at home on supercook.com and it will tell you what you can make and how.
  • If you’re baking and out of eggs you can substitute with half a banana.
  • Almonds are psychologically proven to help relieve stress.
  • Put chapstick on a paper cut to reduce sting.
  • Exercise will help conquer winter depression.

Have any other hacks? Share them!

pretThis has become the most relevant thing in my life right now. Change. It is something so fundamentally horrid and necessary. Some periods of change are so confusing we don’t even recognise that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled across a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually growing larger, mentally, than we were before.

It is also something we can see head on, happening before us out of choice. We tend to feel it, as everything must feel the weight and inertia of the earth. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing of what is happening or going to happen. It’s painful, it’s inevitable.

It is realisation.

I’ve become to learn that there isn’t a how to guide in embracing change. It is a realisation. A jump. A must. A mind set that you won’t regret because no amount of growth is ever bad. Only the lack of it. It can only affect you positively even if you may not believe it. It is so existentially cliche but holding yourself back is what you will regret. What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same. Doing the same things with the same people. I doubt you’d be happy. So why are you afraid of change? In the end of it all, we move forward.

mediaWe possess a device in our pocket that allows us the entirety of information known to man and we browse cat videos and get into arguments with strangers. This generation is blessed with technological advances and shame it. Social media selfies, hashtags, lol cats, and Justin Bieber. That desperate attention for likes to somehow validate ourselves. All together it’s a big fat face palm. Hypes and viral videos come and go and unwind a friday afternoon however we forget to look up and remember there is a physical world above the virtual one. This seemingly small matter has been brought to attention though and raised more awareness about looking up. You can find the link here. This hit the fan back in April but seems to already have been forgotten.

The world is only getting smaller and the vast distances between nations and oceans have been reduced to the peripheral arc of a laptop being opened; the ‘click/drag’ of a mouse over its designated area on the computer table; or even the distance from one’s hand to their handheld device and/or tablet wedged firmly in their trouser pocket or in the outer sleeve of their carry-bag. 

Much of the current generation have never lived without the Internet; being born and raised in a world that is constantly connected. It has become an addiction, a second limb; the relative ease with which we can dissociate ourselves from our surrounding reality and access the cyberspace has inevitably altered the landscape of human interaction and relationism.

Oh that sounds fancy.

Tried this out today and it is absolutely yum. I’d say it fits in perfectly to begin autumn which unfortunately has come so soon. 32 days left until that airplane will take me far far away to new and splendid things and I’m so very looking forward to reporting to you lovelies from there.

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imageIt saddens me that beautifully written literature that forms minds, carves understanding, and builds depth is no longer as valued in today’s world. What is written may only be read through screens, and the content of these screens seem materialistic, product-placed, and build empty headed drones that no longer question what they read.

Maybe it’s not the screens, but the content of these screens. Philosophers used to be adored and seen as the wisest of men. Now taking those positions are politicians, presidents who rule a corrupt self-serving system that abides to those who have money and have monopoly on what media we see. It is a shame that philosophers and their ideas and relentless questioning of the world we live in aren’t revered anymore, but taken little consideration to.

Sure, ideas don’t build cities but they are the foundations of it. I find myself falling wholeheartedly into books and poetry and philosophical concepts, but I feel I find myself close to alone in that regard. At least, there are no forums for this kind of expression on the internet. Facebook is for photoshopped images and selling a product that is yourself, the food you eat, and parties you don’t take part in. Twitter and Instagram is quite the same.

Where is the room for that eye-opening, heart-wrenching, life-changing, and fucking desirable texts, transcripts, novels, books, quotes, poetry, the written word that is written to inspire people and to teach kindness and love and challenges us to use our language and express the way we feel because isn’t that what’s most important after everything that we make damn sure and scream loudly and get in better touch with our inner philosopher like what does this all mean and why the fuck are we here.