The Rhode to Brown: Part One-Melbourne

The Rhode to Brown- get it? (I’m so punny… ) 

I am currently in LA and will fly to New York tomorrow morning. Even though I only left Auckland last saturday, it seems like that was such a long time ago. Much longer than just seven days. 

Travelling is exhausting. Ridiculously early wake up calls are not fun. Walking all day takes a lot out of you. Those are my petty excuses for not putting up a post this week. Regardless of the busy and tiring days I have been really enjoying every second. Well most seconds. 

I am too lazy and tired to write anymore, so here are a few photos from Melbourne. (All photos are raw) 

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These were taken at Hosier Lane. Famous for the myriad of street art in every corner of the lane. Seriously cool vibe if that kind of stuff is up your alley (no pun intended). 

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On our last night, we walked along the south Yarra bank back to our hotel. Such pretty sights with all the city lights!


Sunsets (2013-2014)

While I was sorting through some of my photographs on my laptop today I came across a folder of sunsets I had taken in 2013. I have combined some of my photos from 2013 with a few of the ones I recently took in 2014.

All photos are raw.


The sunset faded and blended from pink to peach to mango in a smoothie in the sky…


The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.


Sunset is still my favourite colour, and the rainbow is second.

~Mattie Stepanek


The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness

~Psalm 18:28


Let there be light…



“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
-Jo Walton

Creativity for the soul


As I was cutting out my photographs and choosing which sticker font to use while being surrounded by patterned paper, glue and bits and bobs of craft I felt perfectly content and calm. I know what you’re thinking; ‘This girl is out of control.’ Okay, so it may not sound like a pumping time but I can honestly say this creative therapeutic pastime is my ideal Sunday evening.


In the past two weeks, I’ve been doing quite a bit of scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is one of those hobbies I claim to love, but rarely have I actually scrapbooked. I went through an intense but short lived phase of scrapbooking and card making mania a couple of years back but have long lost touch with my inner ‘DIY’ self. I am a sentimental person bordering on being maudlin at times who dwells in nostalgia too much for my own good. What better way to channel this aspect of myself than in scrapbooking?


Photographs and photography are thoroughly precious and fascinating for me. My first project was getting those world challenge photographs printed (two years late!!). When I was looking through the printed photos I catched details I had never noticed before. I was living vicariously through these photographs of a much treasured and amazing trip in South East Asia.


Now, some people may think it’s completely pointless to scrapbook. You may be right. Yes, this scrapbook is probably not going to be seen by many and nor will I get any tangible return from it. Creating art for the fun of it seems to be less popular today. But what makes it so satisfying is that I am doing this solely for personal value.


Through the process of scrapbooking, I learned how invaluable creativity is. Sometimes in our lives, with the pressure and stress from school and work, taking the time out to do something purely for ourselves can be so liberating. Something creative. Something that gets the art juices flowing. Some form of self-expression. 


Movie Bucket List

I am a self- professed movie junkie. Although, I seem to know about many films but I haven’t actually watched many.


Around the end of 2013, I created a movies bucket list as the end of a hectic and stressful year coming to a close meant I could finally binge into the realm of film.  


  1. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
  2. Lost in translation ✔
  3. Into the wild
  4. Liberal arts ✔
  5. Somewhere
  6. Little miss sunshine
  7. Ginger and Rosa ✔
  8. Inception
  9. The butterfly effect
  10. The fight club
  11. The breakfast club
  12. Sixteen candles
  13. Fireproof
  14. Letters to God
  15. Facing the giants
  16. It’s kind of a funny story
  17. Ruby sparks
  18. A beautiful mind
  19. The help  ✔
  20. Extremely loud and incredibly close
  21. Intouchables   ✔
  22. Amelie   ✔
  23. Pursuit of happiness
  24. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  25. American beauty ✔
  26. Keith
  27. It’s a wonderful life
  28. Finding Mr Right
  29. Godfather
  30. V for vendetta
  31. Romeo and Juliet (Baz lurhman)
  32. Moulin Rouge
  33. The Pianist
  34. The art of getting by   ✔
  35. Midnight in Paris
  36. Love and other Drugs   ✔
  37. Silver Linings Playbook ✔
  38. Kings Speech  ✔
  39. Les Miserables
  40. Emma ✔
  41. An Education ✔
  42. New York, I love You
  43. Atonement
  44. Iron Man 1,2,3
  45. Spider man  ✔
  46. Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist
  47. Life is Beautiful
  48. Casablanca
  49. The illusionist
  50. Blood diamond
  51. Silence of the lambs
  52. Crazy/beautiful
  53. Stuck in love  ✔
  54. Casanova
  55. Short Term 12


As you can see I still have a long way to go before I even get close to checking everything off.


Currently watching: Midnight in Paris

Next up: (Most likely) Finding Mr Right. After seeing Tang Wei in Late Autumn (which is now one of my favourite movies of all time!) with Hyun Bin (K drama fans should appreciate this) I wanted to watch some of Wei’s other works.


I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the movies I’ve watched so far on my list but here are some gems I’d like to highlight. Note: In brackets I’ve included words that come to mind associated with each film)


-Lost in Translation (indie, artsy vibes, drama, culture differences, isolation, friendship)

-Ginger and Rosa (friendship, drama, history, cold war, coming of age)

-Intouchables (drama, comedy, inspirational, French, class differences)

-American beauty (drama, satire, love, conformity, identity, materialism) 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

I love looking at street photography and I think there is something so raw and captivating about looking at the plethora of detail in a street photograph. It is almost like people watching but through the photographers lens. It is also interesting the difference night and day can make on the ambience of a street photograph. This one below is taken on an iphone. I’ve always been a bit cautious and shy of taking out my DSL camera when out in a busy environment but I am starting to gain more confidence.




Taken at west street (Xi Jie) in Yangshuo, Guilin, China.

I call this one ‘I see red’


ps. feel free to go back to my previous written and photographic posts about my travels in China! There are more to come also (: