Freshman Fall

HELLLLOOO! If you saw my previous post ‘The Rhode to Brown Part 1’ and took note of the Part 1, you can see that I never followed up on the rest of the parts. Originally I intended on uploading each city I visited on my travel as its own part but then college got in the way and I never got around to it… Yes, I know that’s a poor excuse.

Although my first semester at college was initially overwhelming then became both exciting and hectic and finally progressed to stressful, I did manage to get out with my camera and take a few snaps. Nothing artsy here, but hopefully it gives you a feel of my beautiful campus and the quaint city.

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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.

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

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

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

~Mattie Stepanek

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The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness

~Psalm 18:28

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Let there be light…

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“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

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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. 

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China through my lens- Part 4: Guilin

Yangshuo, Guilin is my favourite place I travelled to while in China. (You can read about my travel adventure and thoughts on Yangshuo in my earlier post under travel!)

Yangshuo thoroughly satisfied my inner photography cavings. Without further ado, here are my photographs.

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These photos are taken at the ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ perfomance. Unlike any other theatre performance, this spectacle is performed in the world’s largest natural theatre. The water of Li River is the stage and the misty hills in signature style of Guilin’s mountain ranges are the backdrop. Many of the performers are actual natives in the rural Guilin region. This show is a must see for any traveller in Yangshuo and it certainly leaves a lasting impression!

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This is one of the walls in Ryley’s Cafe. If you read my travel diaries post on Guilin then you will know how much I adore this place!Image

The board with an abundance of notes left by customers!

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Photos inside the Silver caves. The cave is HUGE and the formations are very impressive. The coloured lighting makes everything feel rather surreal as you walk through.Image

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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.

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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 (:

China through my lens- Part 2: Guangdong

Next we flew from Chengdu (Sichuan province) to Guangzhou airport (Guangdong province). ImageImage

 

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I revisited the panda house at Chimelong zoo in Guangzhou. They are cutest creatures ever to roam this earth. The pandas are definitely the highlight of this place in my opinion. Along with the international Chimelong Circus show! (This show is a must watch if you ever go there)

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Look… its a giant sea lion!!

 

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White whale performance

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While in Zhuhai I also went to Chimelong ocean kingdom park. It is very similar to Ocean park in Hong Kong. The only drawback of that day was the time it took to queue. Talk about waiting for 45mins for a 2min ride!

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A pretty place I found while on my run.

 

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