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.



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.



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.