The XX – Stars
The research is endless, with so much you can read online, on blogs, news sites, travel sites etc. Everyone who’s been is more than happy to share their take of the place with you, what you should look out for, what’s good to try. It’s exciting as hell, with all the planning, but this just raises the expectations subconsciously. Don’t get me wrong, these are definitely note-worthy tips and insights to remember, but every experience in itself is unique.
The Top 13 places, as recommended by The New York Times, to rub shoulders with Melbourne’s ‘it’ crowd, to eat, breathe and live the culture seems enticing. Sure, all these planning seems to give this trip some order, but how much of it will i possibly follow? Being the free-spirited girl I am, having some sort of plan always puts restrictions to things. Isn’t travel all about discovering new sights, sounds and meeting all sorts of people who come your way?
I had always thought the fun and excitement came from the great unknown, the mystery in foreign land that you know nothing about, and the moment where you encounter everything for the first time. Planning sets expectations, and expectations often lead to disappointment because the greed in our human nature always asks for more, and thus, is never satisfied. Pictures are edited, experiences are personal and subjective, reviews might have an agenda, and travel sites market only the best. These ‘farang’ areas are usually the eye shadows, mascara, and concealers of a city. It is what makes a city look beautiful and appealing, not exactly what it really is. To me, it’s the hidden imperfections that gives a place character, the tucked away gems that adds that spark in the eyes, and the rustic rugged edges that gives it the charm and demeanor it possesses.
Sure there are places to go, sights I would like to visit, but the whole mystery of what the place is actually like, how it smells, the bustling crowd or the serene nature of it always intrigues me. I’d rather have no clue about what to expect than to go with a check list of things I’d like to tick of.
For now, browsing through all these sites just makes me more anxious of jumping on that plane!
Good Days Bad Days – Kaiser Chiefs
A girlfriend of mine shared this with me, and trust someone to come up with something so apt! Well if only it was all that simple hassel free. That said, this is so perfect for a ladies night out-ish type of party. no it’s not for me, i just found this amusing! i’m sure there’s one out there for the boys as well.
Imagine the whole process it cuts out, the pin-drop-awkward silences, the “no-thank-you-i’m-trying-to-be-polite-here” smiles, the shut-up and drink up moments. On the flip side, can the things that really attract you, the tingles in your fingers, the coy gaze, and that twinkle in the eye, really be penned down and documented?
Calendar girl – Stars
Le Chocolat at The Club
The jump from the overdose of pressure and stress to having absolutely nothing to do can be quite a big leap. A couple of weeks back at this time on a Wednesday, I’ll be fighting the Z-monster busy churning out some sort of report, or if im lucky, a nice piece of writing. and now, it feels like I’ve taken a big leap into the vast ocean, where everything seems so carefree and the opportunities are endless.
Le Chocolat is a pretty nice quaint little cafe. I’d much prefer sitting outdoors but the sun looks like its out with a vengeance today. I’d never expect so many people to have nothing to do on a Wednesday afternoon, and just bumming around. Apart from the rather odd music choice for a cafe, yes, it’s blasting club hits like flo rida, I must say it is a rather nice place to sit and let the afternoon go by. The layered chocolate cake’s pretty good, a bit on the sweet side, but with a nice mix of textures between the layers.
I actually did not realize how much I miss writing until I took a writing test a couple of weeks back. In this line, press releases, media pitches, briefing documents are churned out on a daily basis. But how much thought and creative thinking actually goes into developing one? I do find myself guilty of simply going with the flow at times, and staying on the safer side of things, just to please the people around you. Being safe hardly delivers outstanding results. How many success stories have you heard actually result from taking the tried and tested method? Perhaps this is the reason why boutique agencies are currently on the rise, and also possibly explains why Apple’s bold enough to create their own market share and their own voice, as opposed to stealing space from its counterparts.
you’re brave, you smile.
a smile that masks everything,
a smile so real, it seems like there’s no paddling
beneath that calm surface
but still waters run deep
till we lay our heads on strawberry fields
to bask in the warm sunshine
living like there’s no tomorrow
living like today’s your last
living like ever moment counts
living like you don’t have a pass
what’s love when you ain’t got a lifetime
what’s there for you to lose
when you’ve lost it all
i get these weird tingly feelings,
every time i see couples holding hands
part of me wishes to be a part of that cast
part of me will never understand
the things beyond comprehension
the things beyond anyone’s control
the reasons to justify actions
the story never told
so you fight, for what’s left to be fought
yet you find yourself back at the start of the line
cashing the wind and caching the leaves of autumn
that glimmer of hope that helps us sleep at night
thinking there’s sunshine after rain tomorrow,
perhaps the storm has yet to approach
maybe it is already gone
the champagne’s popped,
bubbly to go around
a catharsis, to fill a void, to share and my canvas
Isn’t it amazing, how 17 can be?
Isn’t it so exciting, just like romance novel’s scenes.
Colourful pictures on the wall,
always waiting for the telephone call.
A cry in the dark, a broken heart, a first-time kiss, I’ve seen it all.