“In dreams you don’t need to make distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don’t exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don’t hurt. Reality is different. Reality bites. Reality, reality.” – Haruki Murakami – Sputnik Sweetheart.
Continuing with my obsession when in europe; narrow walls and small lane ways. I think I like to capture these scenes because you never know who will come walking, running or riding down these lane ways, the unexpected is what makes it so exciting. Each frame is never the same. I just want to tell a story.
“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” - Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore.
I am really excited about the new Murakami book soon to be released, anticipating for the english translated version. I love his style of writing, so nostalgic, so poignant, so melodic. Reading his books is like living in a moment, where things falls into place.
This is one of my most favourite quotes from his novel “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”.
“I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.”
How true that is.
Breakfast at “Three Bags Full” in Melbourne, from a while back. This is such a popular place and the space is pretty crowded, there’s normally long queues waiting outside, especially on weekends. One thing I would love to see in Melbourne cafes is better lighting, whilst the ambience is warm and inviting, it doesn’t spark the inspiration to take photos because the lighting is a little poor. Here we were lucky to be early and were seated at the end of a communal table, giving the odd chance to catch that little glimmer of light.
It’s been a little while, thought I should update this little blog a little bit. Summer has been kind of crazy here, hot scorching days and then storms the next, it makes the soul a little restless. I am really looking forward to winter, though I am quite jealous that Melbourne’s winter will never amount to the beautiful European winter where snowy days are just the norm, it hardly ever snows here!
Something about the coziness of a cafe, whilst cupping a hot latté and putting the monkey mind away which makes life a little more relaxing; well at least for that hour or so. Cafes allow us to be our introverted selves, whether tucked away in a corner reading a book, occupying time by listening to music or just simply indulging ourselves in a quiet moment to reflect. Life can get very busy very quickly, work occupies our life, everyday traffic consumes our time. Sometimes it’s nice to just slow down and take a moment to pause.
A lot of coffee talk has been happening around the office lately regarding different roasting and brewing methods, this makes drinking coffee all the more interesting.
*note: the first three photos was taken with digital, the remaining on an iphone, all processed using VSCO film.
Happy New Year! May 2013 be a fruitful year full of new adventures and prosperity for you all. Another year, hopefully this one will be filled with ample of new discoveries and learnings; in self and in life.
Another year has started. Whatever happens, lets make a promise to ourselves to try to do something we’ve always wanted to do but never got around to it for whatever reason; whether it’s something big or a small simple change of habit. Who knows if we’ll achieve it and succeed, but at least we won’t go down without trying
Can’t believe this year is almost over! The year flew past so fast in terms of time, but that’s not to say it hasn’t been a long year in other avenues of life. I am definitely looking forward to 2013. In 2012 I got to travel to a destination which I never thought I would get to do in this lifetime, Italy. Of course you dream about travelling to each corner of the world when you’re young, but I never thought when I actually grew up, my dreams of travelling would turn into reality. I’ve crossed many continents in the last eight years and for that, I feel blessed and grateful for those small opportunities in life.
Well, Christmas is just around the corner, I am definitely enjoying this short break with a chance to relax, drink a few cups of coffee, read a few books, visit the cinemas for some amazing movies currently showing (just saw Les Misérables, what an amazing movie! I can’t wait for The Life of Pi), soak up the Melbourne sunshine and of course feast on Christmas day
These words encompasses the sense of being who you are, doing what you love, believing in what you do without comprising the best part of you for others, especially those who don’t value individuality.
Life is what it is, with every peak there’s bound to be a bump in the road, even the most humble of humans experiences this, that’s part of living life. It’s about taking one step at a time, learning (whether you succeed or fail) and making sure the lessons sink in. Along the way having fun as well. So I leave you with these words.
Travel as much and as far as you can; open your mind and eyes to the world of possibilities out there.
Eat and drink, be merry; for life is too short.
Have compassion; we’re not all the same, we all come from all different walks of life. Some more difficult than others, but just as fruitful.
On another note, this season makes it extremely difficult to catch up on blogging (trying me best, bleh) as the end is coming to a close. Though you can find me more active on other spaces which are less time consuming such as tumblr and pinterest
TUMBLR: AFTER THREE
I started a tumblr called “After Three” for inspiration I find floating on the web. Things that I like. It’s called “After Three” because everybody needs inspiration after 3pm, 3:30-itis
A walk through the streets of Milan on a sunday, everything was closed but it was peacefully nice. I really do like Milan a lot, despite what I’ve heard of it as being a boring city with just “fashion” on its’ mind, I found it to be one of the more laid back cities in Italy. I love the beautiful streets of Milan. I love their little cafes and the coffee is quite nice in Milan. One of the good things about travelling to this city in August was that there was less tourists in contrast to the south of Italy.
This roll of Kodak Portra 160nc is such a keeper, I really love the colours when scanning, so glad I’ve still got a few rolls left in the fridge.
A sudden impulse to take photos, luckily polaroid films were in reaching distance. A little bit of a still life theme. For the love of pancakes, books and coffee.
After discovering I could brew my own filtered coffee, I’ve taken on a new found respect for different types of coffee beans and brewing methods. I’ve started out brewing with a 3 cup Chemex, which was a really beautiful flask to look at but a hassle to clean each time. So I invested in a little 1 cup Hario pour over (pictured below), the best little investment I’ve made in a while. It’s so small and versatile, totally easy to clean and now I can brew my coffee quickly and easily everywhere I go
Reading has been on the agenda for the last few months, the book worm in me has emerged. This all started when I picked up “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “The Kite Runner” a few months back (which are SUCH good books if you have not read them yet), since then I’ve been spending every spare moment reading. I remember the last time I was this addicted to reading was in high school, an entire day would be spent reading novels, but when uni started and work came along, I think I started to dislike reading because of the vast amount of technical information I had to read and absorb for work. Even to this day I really dislike reading stuff like manuals, especially camera manuals!
Anyways, I used the FP-100C polaroid film to take these photos, with a 21mm extension tube strapped onto the hassy. I like to use the extension tube to get closer to the subject, it especially helps when you’ve got a 80mm lens, but I have to say it’s a little pain because I ended up jamming my lens onto the hassy body AGAIN! Ok, partly my fault when removing the extension tube, but I wonder if it’s just better to use a close up filter, less hassles maybe.