You can see a few more photos from the trip over on my Instagram.
Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land until 21 June at GOMA
This is the first major exhibition of New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai’s work. Best of all, the exhibition is free and you can see some photos in one of my previous posts.
The Australian leg of this iconic film festival tour consists of two and a half hours of mountain-themed short films. This one’s for the adrenaline junkies and wanderlusters.
Crochet Step by Step: 15 April at Rouge Coffee
If, like me, you never took any notice when your grandma offered to teach you how to knit and crochet but in hindsight you should have paid ALL OF THE ATTENTION then this workshop will help right those wrongs. Tea cosies and snuggly beanies ahoy!
Brisbane Twilight Markets: 17 April at King George Square
I’m a sucker for markets and also late night shopping in the city so this kills two birds with one stone, as well as my wallet.
If you’re under 25 and interested in learning more about Brisbane’s iconic community broadcaster then head to Street Soundzzz for station tours, workshops, markets, and live bands.
An Evening With Noel Fielding: 27 April – 7 May at QPAC
Most shows are sold out but if you stalk the ticketing page you might just get lucky!
(Top image taken at Doughnut Time/Alfredo’s Pizzeria but doughnuts and pizza are every month foods, amiright?)
I’m heading down to Sydney for a long-ish weekend in April, and as such am only bringing carry on luggage*. Finding the right carry on bag is always tricky for me and the last time I travelled I used a large bowler-style bag. However, this time I’m thinking of sticking to a backpack like the KĂ„nken backpack from FjĂ€llrĂ€ven. It’s roomy enough to fit a few changes of clothes and light toiletries without being cumbersome to carry. I’m heading down for an engagement party so will need at least one dressy outfit but for the rest of my stay I’ll largely be wearing casual tops/jeans/skirts. It’s a given that I’ll be wearing bulkier things like jackets and boots on the plane, leaving room in my carry on for lighter objects. I’m terrible at packing light and have enough trouble deciding how many cameras to bring (I’m thinking of leaving the DSLR at home but argh!) so this will definitely be an exercise in restraint. Apart from things like clothes, tickets, and personal effects, these are a few of my travelling essentials.
– Socks. Because bare feet on planes/trains/buses are gross.
– Headphones. There’s nothing worse than having time to kill and realising you don’t have any headphones to plug into your phone/tablet/laptop.
– Pouch. It’s always handy to have something to store loose items in. This one really speaks to me because it’s pretty much the only way I can get on a plane. I’m not super anxious about flying and I always enjoy the view but at the end of the day it’s just not my favourite thing to do.
– Not pictured: patience. Sometimes everything goes to plan. Sometimes it doesn’t. Stressing out doesn’t help so you might as well just sit back and try to enjoy the ride.
Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land
1. He KĆrero PĆ«rÄkau Te Awanui o Te Moto: Story of a New Zealand River, 2011 & Rules of the Game, 2015
2. Home Front, 2015
3. The Horn of Africa, 2006
4. The English Channel, 2015
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
5. I forget what this series was called. Oops.
6. Woman With Dream, 2007
We Can Make a Better Future: Japanese Art After 1989
7. Y.N.G.M.S. (Y.N.G.’s Mobile Studio), 2009 by Yoshitomo Nara and graf
8. PixCell Double Deer #4, 2010 by Kohei Nawa
9. Soul Under the Moon, 2002 by Yayoi Kusama. I’ve visited this installation pretty much every time it’s been on display at the gallery. The first time I was still in high school. I still love it.
Park the Truck: 6 March at the Roma Street Parklands
Marie Claire Up Late: 12 March at James St, Fortitude Valley
Alliance FranĂ§aise French Film Festival: 13 March – 1 April at Palace Cinemas
– First up, most importantly, it works. So that’s always a major ‘pro’.
– It’s gentle on nails and skin, and nowhere near as abrasive as some removers can be.
– A little bit of nail polish remover goes a long way. I used one lightly soaked cotton wool ball per hand, but probably could have stretched it more.
– The white peach fragrance smells pretty damn good. Although, as much as you’ll be tempted, it’s probably best not to sniff it straight from the bottle.
– It’s a cruelty free product, so good vibes all round.
– It does take a bit of rubbing to start getting the nail polish off, as you can see in the video. However, as the remover is quite gentle, the rubbing action doesn’t really strip the nail or damage it in any way.
– At $20 a pop it’s much more than what you’d pay for a supermarket/chemist nail polish remover.
– Those outside of Australia might have some difficulty trying to get their hands on a bottle.
Clockwise-ish from top left:
1. Lack of Color ‘The Spencer’ Wide Brimmed Fedora
2. Gorman ‘Prowl’ Sunglasses
3. The Beach People ‘Aztec’ Roundie Towel
4. Seed Heritage ‘Cara’ Espadrille Slides
5. Molten Store ‘Wild One’ Weekender Bag
6. Kuwaii ‘Rationale’ One-piece Swimsuit
What: Lake Patenggang and Rancabali Tea Plantation
Where: Ciwidey, around a two hour drive south of Bandung, Indonesia.
Entry cost: I can’t remember the exact cost but it was basically loose change. However, the international tourists in my group did get charged a higher entry fee (even me, and here I was thinking I could fool them all).
– Time your trip wisely. We ended up travelling back to Bandung during peak hour and ended up in a hellish 3+ hour traffic jam.
– The roads around the mountain are winding, narrow, and quite hectic. There was quite a bit of swearing coming from us girls in the back seats. Make sure you have an experienced driver, or at least someone who is familiar with the area and Indonesian traffic.
1. Jasmine Dowling for Club of Odd Volumes Pillowcase
2. Fenton & Fenton Star Light
3. Zoe Karssen ‘Midnight Lovers’ T-shirt
4. Pink LouLou Star Ring
5. Crescent Brass Bottle Opener
6. Many Moons Boxed Card Set
The soaps are available to buy through Kester Black’s online store or from selected stockists across Australia and New Zealand.
In other news, I’m off to Indonesia tomorrow for a couple of weeks. If I was more organised I would have set up some scheduled posts but instead I’m going to wing it. In the meantime you can keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
[Images via elizabethbenotti]
[Images: RUBY NZ]
Who: The Velvet Underground & Nico
When: March 12, 1967
Listen for: Jangly guitars, general Lou Reed steez, Nico’s chanteuse-ing, references to The Factory
Song you probably would’ve heard without ever having listened to the album: Sunday Morning
Song that will stick in your head: Run Run Run
Follow up with: White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, Transformer by Lou Reed