the next step…

It’s been 90 days since I stepped foot in London. We now live in a small little two bedroom flat on the west side of town. It has been a crazy three months of settling, if you can call it settling.

Month 1 – Glastonbury, sleeping on partner’s sister’s floor, moving about between hotels and temporary accommodation, sick as dogs, house hunting, started new job.
Month 2 – Found housemates also family friends, more house hunting, more moving, working, found apartment, move in, partner moved to Sheffield for training, birthday parties, lots of drinking.
Month 3 still going – Travelling between Sheffield and London, partner still in Sheffield, Olympic park tour, London Design Festival, London Open House, settling, working.

You get the idea.

London is such a fabulous city. Everything is happening here. One just can’t do everything in a day.
I love the fact that I am here and am having a chance to get to choose what to go to.

There is an exhibition at Gimpel Fils on Corinne Day‘s work.
Her famous sitter for her photographs is none other than Kate Moss.

I am hoping I will get to catch this before the end of this month! If you are in London, do catch it before the 1st of October!

For now, let’s get this work week over and done with.

Wanderlust

One of the few things that has been on my mind lately… holiday.
I haven’t exactly planned a holiday this year (ok… I have already forgotten about my Chinese New Year trip to Singapore and Thailand!)!

The London move is the BIG MOVE.
Happening in about 16 days really. 20 days to be exact. Stopping over in Singapore before then to see family and have a bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Being located in Melbourne, Australia puts me in a rather long distance away from many countries. In Singapore, I have South East Asia within my reach. In Australia, I have Tasmania and New Zealand. Ah, you get the picture.

Just thinking about this, I swear that I cannot wait to move to London! The number of choices on how I would spend my 30th birthday is beyond imagination!
Bologna? Aarhus? Reykjavik? Copenhagen? Venezia? New York?

But who knows, I might just be sitting at the FAT DUCK having a taste of “THE SOUND OF THE SEA” by Heston Blumenthal.

Bliss.

London

For years and months, I have been ranting about moving to London. Back then, my friends, who moved to London were telling me that I could get an architectural job in a jiffy. I always replied with a “give me a couple more months“…

Just when I was about to pack up and go…The GFC hit. real hard.

Now, most of my friends who were in London back then, are now back in Australia.
I am the only one adventuring out there this time.

When I decided to quit my job at COX, I was rather regretting the fact that I had to go. My job at COX is pretty darn cool and possibly one of the best places that I have worked at. We always have to make tough decisions at some point. Had to tell myself that if it’s not now, it might be never...

A lot of uncertainty lies within me. People are telling me that there are absolutely no jobs over there and that the English are coming over to Australia… *crossing my fingers*

Looking through photos of London does inspire me. I remembered why I have always been wanting to head over. The galleries, the life, the opportunities… just the way the city is. I can’t wait to meet people, discover the city and get to know it better.

I know I always have Australia to rely on (afterall, I have been here for nearly 10 years). But right now, the other side awaits.

sydney and annie leibovitz!

So tomorrow, we are heading to Sydney at 7am in the morning.
This trip has been planned in 2010 so that we could catch a glimpse of Annie Leibovitz’s – “A Photographer’s Life-1990-2005” exhibition at MCA.

One of the photos that I really admire from her is the one below, of Angelina Jolie.
Love the colours and it just exudes the mysterious beauty of AJ.

Another series of her work are the Louis Vuitton advertisements that you had probably seen in many magazines in the last year or so. The photos depict a kind of journey, a great way of telling a story for the Louis Vuitton brand.

I am really excited about this trip. Will blog about the exhibition once I get back!
I might also include a food review too!

Bespoke Press

Recently we received a “SAVE THE DATE” invitation in the mail for a wedding in 2012.
There have been lots of wedding invitations and engagement parties over the last few years. I am guessing that it’s because my fellow friends are all at the age of marriage and babies. Such a nagging feeling every time I get an invite.

The design of invites can be taken quite lightly by some people… I once saw an invite which looked like it was torn on the sides. In my head, I was yelling “Goodness me! What were they thinking???” I suppose a lot of times, it comes down to budget. Good design can also be done with a budget. So do make sure that you will be getting some help from your creative friends!

Bespoke press is a Brisbane letterpress design company. When I came across their website one afternoon, I was so impressed. The design, the fonts and the craft of the letterpress were delightful! They have their own blog where they feature their latest creations! Be it menus, invitation, order of service, save the date… they do it brilliantly!

Here are some images of their work from their website:

Tithi Kutchamuch – tithi.info

Came across this Thai product designer, Tithi Kutchamuch, and I am fascinated as well as inspired by the gorgeous jewellery pieces. The thought process and creativity has blown me away.

Vase Garden

Vase Garden as rings

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Personal Space

Personal space – I find this intriguing.
I haven’t been amazed by designers in a while and this girl managed to capture my attention with her pieces.

2011

My very first post for 2011…

Was just looking around my blogs and I realised that I have managed 4 blogs in the last year. Not sure where I was going with that but there were websites that was exploring my design/photography inspirations… some that expressed my ideas… some, just pure mind thoughts.

2010 ended with a blast… Was at Byron Bay and had the time of my life… hanging out with my dude, his friends and then it was Nimbin with his family. Enjoyed every bits of it especially Nimbin.
Nimbin is this quaint little place in Northern NSW about an hour or so drive inland from Byron Bay. People know it for the ‘marijuana’ / hippie/ 1973 Aquarius Festival (it celebrated alternative thinking and sustainable lifestyles)…

Our experience in Nimbin was rather different… We had heaps of rain and stayed indoors at this lovely house within a 25 acre block. It has its own vege patch, cows (that supplied the beef) and chicken (eggs). Fun was the conversation, the walk through the block in a pair of wellingtons and a stick in hand (this to get rid of spider webs), the picking of fresh vegetable and passionfruits, the taste of fresh milk (REAL FRESH from the cows somewhere in the area), the real Python outside the window one evening when we were having dinner as well as observing the frog on the window catching its prey.

I could go on to write about our adventures during our 2 days stay there but the bed is too tempting right now.

For now, 2011 is going to be about recovering for new adventures… stay tune!