Saturday, October 07, 2006

Florence Day 02

Had a pretty good sleep last night, considering that it was probably about 30 degrees all night. The fan in the room helped, which I shared with four other random woman who were travelling together. I took a few photos around town, one was on some famous bridge, not sure why its famous though...just looked beat up to me. In the third foto down I'm in some gallery...the U...Uff...hmmm Uffizi...I'm not sure. There were a couple of cool pictures in there ;-)

Florence Day 01

I'm in Italy im in iTaly! iM iN iTAly I'm In ITALY!!!!!!! I'm in FLORENce!!!! OMG! Put it in tHe Air!!!! Florence Florence Florence...hmmm it's more grimey than I thought. Okay, find base, set up camp, then spread and conquer. So sosoo so so os os much to see so little time!!!! arrrrr I'm in ITALY!!! YEAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

Train Ride to Italy

As you can see free these shots the ride from Ober Oesterriech down to Florence was a visual baquet with terrain going from lush pastures to barren craggy landscapes. A great begining to my 5day solo trip to Italy, a place I've always wanted to visit since those Renaissance Art days at Ag. Massive thanks to Frey who helped me so so soooo much in organising this trip and making sure I got there and back in one piece xo ;-)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Salzburg is tha Sheezy my Neezy!

The hills are alive with the sound of kiwi's. Can u hear them? sneaky little buggers. But honestly, how beautiful is Salzburg. Big ups to Jay Dee for organising the trip. It was an absolutely perfect day as you can see from the pictures. Literally not a cloud in the sky. The day was spent doing touristee things, we visited the castle, walked along the river visited the Mirabell Gardens and an awesome bier garden in which I bought home two wicked glasses. One day in Salzburg defintely isn't enough but we saw a hell of a lot and had a great time, onece again Jay Dee Bigup-yo-self!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Big Update

I traveled to Berlin on Thursday the 9th June with Freyja to see some New Zealand band…I can’t remember their name but maybe Renee can figure it out(I put a few images here…hmmm). It was roughly an 8hour train ride from Pregarten(Austria) to Berlin(Germany) – which could have been long and tedious if it had not been for my laptop, some Jim Carrey and the bottle of red wine myself and Frey drunk on the way. Heading into Berlin, I was amazed and sorry to say Frey :-p but it is by far the most beautiful city I’ve seen…maybe it’s all the green, or the perfect fusion of the old, new, organic and mechanical that make the city so beautiful(or the red wine). Who knows, who cares…Berlin in the summer is stunning. The only minor annoyance being all of the soccer nuts spread across the city like some plague of drunken Neanderthals. Anyway…after finding our hostel – we headed into the city for a stroll, lovely lovely. So that New Zealand band, myself and Frey arrived at the place of the gig to see a massive line of ex-pat kiwis with a few locals in the mix – and quickly decided to head to the front, which was a good idea as there was a much much smaller line to the side in which ticket holders were allowed to enter. After situating ourselves in the best position possible(up front, but to the left a bit) Fat Freddy’s did what they do best and when they dropped. Don’t you love those subtle gaps in the sound that remind you you’re in Berlin, watching your favorite New Zealand band. I’m still coming down from the whole thing, and it was so surreal it almost feels like it never happened, some kind of strange post-traumatic Fat-Freddy’s syndrome. I’ve gotta big BIG-UP Fat Freddy’s for an unforgettable night, and also a massive thanks to Frey(MB) for organizing the trip which was disturbingly flawless. Home in three weeks…u know it feels soooo good, when I know you’re skanken with me. One more thing – Jamie just got engaged to Rach, awesome brother, big love, look forward to being the best man…Can you say….go on say it. Bachelor Partaaaay!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Vienna Series - Numero Dos

Top images, more from taken at the Schoenbrunn. Thoses were taken from the very front of the palace just inside the gates. Gotta say once again how beautiful the place is...Vienna in fact is just so beautiful by the end of my first day there I was so overwhlemed and tired that I managed to go to sleep with a glass of red-wine in my hand. Unfortunately, the glass of red-wasn't in my hand when I came to my senses and instead was all down my leg and over the sheet LOL OMG. The woman running the place didnt to seem to mind that much though, and just said they'd do their best to fix it...ahahahah. The Bottom two images here where taken at the fountain in front of the Parliament building. One of many many many beautiful sculptures scattered across the city.

Monday, April 17, 2006

This is How We Do! - Hagenberg Ball

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Vienna Series - Numero Uno

OMFG - How amazing is Vienna! I'm gonna tell you. So far its the most beautiful city I've been to in all my travels(haha sooo many). But seriously, theres such an incredible amount of stunning architecture and sculpture - its really overwhelming. Okay, so pic details. Top left, I thought that this was a great place to break-out the scarf - this pic is taken at the Schoenbrunn, anyone going to Vienna has to check this place out - for me, it was the most beautiful place I visited. I could write all day about it, but instead I'll drop a link on the bottom of this post. Okay, Top Right picture, this of Hundertwasser-KrawinaHaus. Its a very strange and interesting piece of Architeture made by Friedensrich Hundertwasser.When looking at this up close, you've gotta wonder who gave this guy money LOL I was also told that later on in life he moved to our very own New Zealand and created a.....public toilet. check it - - I know...hmm. Okay Bottom Left, This is the City Hall. It looks even more spectacular by night, unfortunately I couldnt manage to hold the cam till for 2secs, so the night shots I took are pretty rank. Last but not least, this is pic was taken in Karlskirche Church. I've a hundert more pics and a lot more to write so I'll end part one here. Biggups to F - my personal tour guide, danke danke danke :-)

A couple of Links
http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/site/publicdir/#
http://www.pbase.com/philinnz/kawakawa_toilets

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Poser....ahahahahahaha

Sunday, March 26, 2006

more to come...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

SNOW GRILLING + DRINKING & AN IGLOO

So what is snow grilling? Its a BBQ in the snow! Other than the snow...its pretty much the same as a normal bbq - sausages, beer, people bunring things they shouldnt be, and an igloo...Oh come on! Don't all the bbq's you go to have igloos! Guess its just an Austrian thing :-p

There seems to be some problem with the blog/site or my new school network so I can't post any more pictures at the moment! Balls! Anyway people - Other than the bbq, Austrias been great so far. I begin collaboration on a high profile project here on Tuesday which should be wicked wicked - booyakasha! I am taking Japanese class, which is pretty interesting as the Japanese tutor hardly speaks english(though the students do) so its kinda a three way language course. Then I have karate - yes karate! - class straight after, which seems appropriate. Am wondering whether or not to wear my Karate Kid shirt to the next class.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Think of the many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedaly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realize the nature of the universe of which you belong, and of that controlling power of whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.

M.A Meditations II, IV

Monday, March 06, 2006

Room with a View

Now why would anyone want to stay in Austria? Well I have my own bathroom/shower and cleaner. You can get fairly good wine for 3euros a bottle, the language is great, food amazing and people generally friendly. I also just found a couple of guys who play hacky - and there are stupidly good. Oh what about the view from my window as shown above...magical :-p now if only i could speak a tiny bit more German.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

THE TREE WHICH MOVES SOME TO TEARS OF JOY IS IN THE EYES OF OTHER MEN MERELY A GREEN THING THAT STANDS IN THE WAY. SOME SEE NATURE ALL RIDICULE AND DEFORMITY...OTHERS SCARECELY SEE NATURE AT ALL. BUT TO THE EYES OF THE MAN OF IMAGINATION, NATURE IS IMAGINATION ITSELF.
William Blake

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Netherlands Numero Wha

More random images. (Left) Inge and Allard chilln in a classy Irish pub somewhere in Amsterdams Red Light District. (Top Right) Some delicious Dutch chocolate - god do they make great chocolate, loads and loads of it. (Bottom Right) Super Secret photo nabbed inside a store where Inges beautiful friend works - cheers for the bag of goodies Saskia ;-)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Netherlands Numero Toru

(Left) Making Hot Chocolate in the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem. They gave me a cup of hot milk and a stick with a piece of belgium chocolate on it. As you can see, you have to mix in the chocolate yourself. (Middle Top) Random Graffitti. (Middle Bottom) Me eating Stroopwafel with a rather sinister look on my face. (Top Right) the coolest knife rack I have ever seen, i think this would look good in Ruths kitchen. (Bottom Right) Inge and Allard outside Van Gogh Museum.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Netherlands Numero Rua

Photos: (Top Left), A random photo from a corner in Amsterdam - nice and grimey. (Bottom Left), A nice piece of graffitti I think I caught in Amsterdam. (Right), Some beautiful Dutch woman, not sure who though - drinking tea in the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem.

NETHERLANDS NUMERO TAHI

Holland was amazing! I absolutely loved the place and would love to live there anytime. The language, food and people to name a few of the great things about Holland. A VERY BIG THANKYOU TO INGE AND ALLARD for showing me such a great time and being great hosts. A EXTRA special thanks to INGE for being my personal tour guide XO. Photos (left), me kickn it with Anne Frank(Amsterdam) Top Right. me kickn it on the streets of Amsterdam, bottom right, me & Inge kickn at Openlucht Museum in Arnhem.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

SUPER SPASTIC BIRTHDAY CAKE REMIX!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SUPER SPASTIC BIRTHDAY CAKE!

This Super Spastic Birthday Cake was made by Uncle John for his two beautiful nieces - Letesha and Shayla - who are both celerbarating birthdays today! I hope you guys have an awesome day - eat lots of candy - and go mental! I miss you lots. Arohanui XOXOXOXOXO

Friday, January 20, 2006

Another Experiment

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

HOGMANAY NYE 2006


On the trip up to Scotland it almost snowed the whole way and at one stage we traveled past the ocean where the beach was covered in snow and sea the in fog. On arriving in Edinburgh we quickly found our residence, a cozy apartment about 25minutes walk from town. That night we decided to take part in the torch light procession where we raised our flaming torch(a massive candle) and “wove our way through the historic streets of Edinburgh with thousands of other people to create a river of fire that finishes with a spectacular firework finale. This was an experience that can only be ‘experienced’ to truly understand how special it is. Wow that’s deep LOL. Anyway…

We skip a night and it’s New Years Eve in Edinburgh. Hogmanay’s highlight, the massive street party which we had tickets to, has got to be the best New Years Party I’ve ever been to, one of the best things about being that you can take your own alcohol as long as it is in a plastic bottle. I managed to get half a bottle of ‘famous grouse’ in me and soon after it was madness on the streets of Edinburgh. All in all, Hogmanay was an amazing event and one I would highly recommend to anyone in the U.K during the NYE
. Special 'Big Ups' to Tash for organising everything and giving The D.A an unforgettable NYE, chur!

Snowing and Ninja

Heres a couple of pics before my birthday. It snowed for a couple days and was really beautiful. Oh, in the last photo I was bored one night, so I made a photo of myself as a Ninja using my new scarf(Thanks Kaela, Tesh and Shayla) and my Bonsai...creatives vs. weirdo, same thing :-p

Friday, December 23, 2005

a bonsai, some water paints and a cell phone


Heres how I made this. Firstly I did a sketch of the Bonsai by tracing a shadow it cast onto my bedroom wall. I then painted the tracing using black watercolour paint. Finally, i took a photo of the painting using my cell-phone(which only takes 640x480resolution images) and edited this in photoshop. I used a simple two colour gradient for the background, then duplicated the photo of the painting, setting each layer to overlay - then I used the paint-daubs brush effect to get the final look. Yummy!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

PICS FROM MY NEW BOOKS

I recently bought a number of books and heres the list; Design for Impact(a book about airline safety graphics), TIBOR(about Tibor Kalman), The Tao of Jeet Kune Do(By Bruce Lee, nuff said), A Type Primer(By John Kane)Replay:Ultimate Games Graphics(the title sez it all) and lastly Philosophers Explore the Matrix(U like that Mr Prier!). Some of these books I purchased second hand and they were ridulously cheap e.g Tibor - its over 400 pages and hard-back - cost only 5pound(roughly $12n.z) so I had to buy it. A Type Primer, which is an excellent resource on type was also only 7pound($18n.z) niceone!