Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hoot my heart

Girl crush

Florence Welch
{Florence and the Machine}

Natasha Khan
{Bat For Lashes}

Marina Lambrini Diamandis
{Marina and the Diamonds}

Friday, May 21, 2010

But ...

I once dated a guy with an ingrained aversion to spreads, spreads, never did he eat toast or a sandwich with any spread whatsoever bar perhaps butter

... but what is toast without a hearty coating of vegemite or jam?

Then I dated a guy who strongly attested that he never had nor would drink hot drinks. Or soups. Something about hot liquid in his mouth gave him the heebies

... but what is a miserable wintery day if you can't cradle a hot cuppa in your hands?

Please, don't get me wrong, I didn't hold either of these curious idiosyncrasies against either man, in fact, in both cases it was they who revoked said dating.

But I consider it a blessing in disguise as my absolute favourite morning ritual on rainy days, at the moose and pooses, on trips to the countryside and when I was on vacation in Bali, is to drink cups of fresh, hot coffee and munch toasted 5 grain with lashings of butter and jam. Nom nom nom.

It just would never have worked out.

White Out

I recently had one of my first Diana Mini films developed and was sorely disappointed to discover I'd totally screwed them up, the shutter speed, the knack of winding on partially for a half frame shot, shame, but it's all a part of experimenting with a new camera yes? These have kinda grown on me ...

Dear Gemma

Dear Gemma,

a brief guide to living in an Asian country

food, food, food
our daily routine is based around it, we consume it every day, we love it, we loathe it, and it's going to be the biggest change to adapt to.
my advice as to how to adapt to this new, sometimes strange, at times down right scary, new diet?
get amongst it ~ with gusto!
and maybe start a regular exercise routine to try and counteract the inevitable effects ...

you're on their turf now
acquaint yourself with their culture ~ their rules, their traditions, their ideals, their way of life. accept that somethings we may find perfectly acceptable in our society may not go down so well in theirs. and likewise theirs ours.
the last thing you want to do is accidentally insult the masses by baring your shoulders on a sunny day (I write from Korea wearing a cardigan on a hot sunny day)

which brings me to ...

keep an open mind
be willing to accept, compromise and roll with the cultural differences. there's nothing worse than 'that' foreigner constantly proclaiming 'well back in MY country ...'

music, fashion baby
don't be afraid to succumb to the sweet temptation of Asian pop music, get amongst the dirty indie scene and don't be surprised when you find yourself dressing like a harajuku girl ...
expressing interest and having some knowledge of local music and culture will make it easier to make new fun friends, will expose you to more events and things to do you otherwise would have missed, and not to mention your kids will LOVE you ...

and have fun! such exciting new times await!

Love, Tash

up up and away


Life is for lists. Top three's (for now)

Top 3.
Reoccuring dreams
1. Creepy workmate lives in a secret room in my house and spies on me
2. Male prostitutes turn up for dinner at my parents house
3. High speed car chase (with appalling outfits)

Top 3.
1. Avocado and extra crispy bacon with a dash of lemon and black pepper on 5 grain
2. Leek and potato frittata
3. Berry compote

Top 3.
Celebrities I would have like(d) to have met
1. Sylvia Plath
2. Milan Kundera
3. Michael Jackson

Top 3
Embarrassing moments as of late
1. Saying 'good thanks' when someone said hello
2. Tripping over my clogs while walking with a new friend
3. Getting my head stuck in the bus doors

Top 3
New blogs discovered
My Funny Eye
Long Hair Forever Club
Fuck Yeah French Cinema

Top 3
Movies enjoyed
A Single Man
The Cove

Top 3
Road trip essentials
A mix tape to end all mix tapes
A religious dashboard figurine

Top 3
Lists to make
Before I die I will:
New food I will try at the supermarket this week:
Things that scare me to do list:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


"The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real."

Have you ever stared at yourself in the mirror for so long that your eyes watered and you could not recognise the person staring back at you? I find it terribly unsettling especially when feeling sleep deprived or slightly fuddled, but this experience is the only way I can try and explain Lucian Freud. His works are all starkly honest and unforgiving showing the simultaneous ugliness and beauty that all humans possess. Regarding his work he said,"I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be."

An interesting man who lived a colourful and varied life he moved to Britain from Germany as a child to escape the rise of Nazism. In later life he had many many lovers and is said to be the father of approximately 40 illegitimate children. His subjects are by in large from life not fantasy; his family, his friends, his children, his lovers and painters he knew became muses."The subject matter is autobiographical, it's all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement."

Words of inspiration

sometimes we all need a little reminding