Thursday, December 30, 2010

xmas spender bender.

Hello everyone!

The silly season has rolled on upon me really quickly and unexpected. I was still doing some last minute shopping on Xmas Eve within the few hours before I had to go to work. I know its nearly NYE and I've only JUST been able to update my blog, but I've had a crazy last few weeks!

Needless to say, the retail world was thrown into a frenzy over the last fews weeks for pre christmas shopping. My shopping centre picked up dramactically with fussy customers with a head of attitude and unreasonable requests. The weeks that persueded have been even more crazy and customers are packed up with even more attitude. I actually had an argument with a lady because she was telling me off when I was doing her a favour.....Anyway, enough talk of work.

Xmas itself, has sent me into a spending bender and I have been spending left right and centre on so many different things. Take a look at the photo below, most of them were gifts from friends family and Rick.

1. Singer sowing machine. 2. Oroton bag. 3. Chloe Wallet. 4. Various M.A.C and Makeup Store products and brushes. 5.Label M hair products. 6. Samsung ST600. 7. CameraCanon 430 EX II Flash. 8. Zimmerman Bikini.

Xmas Eve comprised of dinner, present giving, great food and drinks and lots and lots of photo and experimental shots with my DSLR and was spent at home with my Mother and sister. ( Dad is still in shanghai working).

I spent Xmas with Rick, his housemates and his mother (who is down from QLD). We spent the day again exchanging presents, eating and drinking and taking photos.

Sorry this post lacks much literary cohesion, but its been a while since I've read/wrote anything worthwhile reading.

I hope you guys all had an awesome Xmas and I'll see you in the New Year!

Monday, November 29, 2010


Replacing important documents such as passports and citizenship certificates are such a bloody pain. Who knew things like that take so much time and effort and have so many processes to? Not to mention how the hell did my parents loose my birth certificate? And to top it all off, because I was born overseas I have to make the application for the replacement of my birth certificate from the embassy of the country I was born in.

Yes! I'm bloody stressed out and as a result am taking a bit of time out from all the paper work and phone calls to arrogant government workers.

So I have decided to set myself little projects this summer to not only improve my productivity and efficently spend my days off, but also to improve certain skills to prep myself for uni. Yeah, sounds dorky but all the projects i've prepared are creative!

I'm not for one to write in lists but given the situation, i think a list of all my summer projects will be quite appropriate. so here goes:

1. i want to use my camera properly and take more photos to remind me of the good times with family, friends and Rick (especially before he leaves for Japan). It might seem stranged that i have had a DSLR for 2 years and still am a absolute newbie at using SLR cameras. I love looking at photos on other blogs and that has inspired me to make my blog just as beautiful with thoes photos.
2. acutally use my lookbook account! I've had one for a while now and would definately like to start posting outfit posts.
3. sketch items, i wanna take my notebook everywhere and practice site sketching preping myself for next semester!
4. learn to use sketchup, my most intensly hated tool for architectural computer modeeling only because i feel i can't use it efficiently.
5. spend quality time and spend it productively with RICK!
6. Post more posts on inspirations, fahsion and architecture!

that's all for now and all i can think of i guess i will add more when i think of more?
If I don't get up here by the end of this week, i hope u guys all have a good week!
until then, X

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Yes, i'm back. Blogging during uni seemed a lot harder than when I first anticipated. I even had a scare that my domain name for blogger had been automatically wiped due to lack of use? Can that actually happen?

Uni has wrapped up for the year and now i'm eagerly waiting for the release of results. In all honesty I'm rather scared of getting them as the past semester has been filled with illness, mishaps and an crapload of physical labouring at work, which may of course lead to failing marks. I hope, if all goes well, to apply for work experience with a Sydney architecture firm, just so I can get my foot into the door.

With all that negativity aside, I am so glad I,m on holidays now.
Work has picked up in terms of sales, traffic and customers and christmas is bringing in the customers who are spending up big. Although it is a lot more hectic, the days just seem to be going faster and faster.

The main reason for this post however is not to write about my uni and work, but rather to show off my new ink! I've been wanting a tattoo for a while now, but like most people, I was always undecided on what I wanted to get as it would be a life long commitment. I've always admired my friend Keena's tattoos and after much convincing and talking we finally made an appointment to go and get a consult. However even after it, I was still not too sure what I wanted and put off getting a tattoo just for a little longer.

I've had the idea to get this fixie on my arm for a long time now, and last Tuesday, on a total whim, Sandra and I went to a tattoo palour on Broadway.

I've been getting a lot of 'why'd you get a bike?' kind of reaction and at first it upset me, because I felt like i had to prove or justify why this tattoo is important to me. When I do explain the meaning of it to people, they think its adorable.

I don't want to justify why and what this tattoo means to me and I don't want to have to keep explaining it either. The only thing that does matter is that it has a senitmental value to it for me.

Either way, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Its just that the healing process is a bitch and i'm now trying to rub my arm against anything that will ease the itch!.

Until next time (and hopefully a shorter post!) I hope you all have a good weekend and i'll see you soon.


Thursday, September 16, 2010


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

camping trip.

I never actually realised how run down I was from work and uni until I actually got away last weekend. Although we didn't actually do much this trip, except for lazying around on the beach, it was good to just not have to think about anything and let the mind wander and leave the body to relax.

Seal Rocks is about a 3 hour drive north of Sydney. On a Saturday morning Rick, Keena and I headed out early for our little weekend camping trip. Treachery Camp is the only place in NSW that allow open bon fires at the camping site. The site is located right next to a beach, and on the rear side extends to an impressive expanse of forest. We set up camp in amongst the trees. The trees grew in such a twisted and awkward way, but it was such an awesome sight when the sun's light came in amongst the branches.

The water was a tad bit too cold, so we didn't end up snorkeling or surfing like we had planned, imstead, I just lazyed around the beach catching up with Keena, while Rick and his mates went surfing and spearing. It was relaxing and it was great that I was finally getting some sun! The beaches that scattered around the area were amazing little coves, calm waves and really white sand!

It was also the second time I had experienced an open bon fire and actually cooking all our dinner and breakfast on it!

It's a shame we had to come back. I'd loved to have spent more time away, but for now it's back to reality and I have a design esquisse due tomorrow, in which I am now off to cram!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I don't ever remember being this lazy with any form of university work. I've always been very organised and have never ever in my entire life been the type of serial procrastinator I have now seem to become!

So i'm here, trudging away at design studio, wanting to resolve my design more, but rather than productively doing the actual work, I find myself reading blogs and facebooking (something which I have not been on for 9 months straight) and wasting precious study time.

It's been quiet on the blogging front. Tomorrow will be the first day of spring and I will have plenty to do this spring. So by next week, hopefully, i'll have heaps of lovely, exciting and gorgeous photos to post.

I'm also eagerly waiting for some packages to arrive from overseas, all of which are containing lovely pieces that I can't wait to show!

Until then, have a lovely week!
Get out and enjoy the sun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

au revior.

The weather today was quite horrendous which made the trip to uni on public transport all that much worse. Productivity today so far has not been great, even though i'm bursting at the seams with inspirational ideas for fashion and architecture, I can't help but have my head wander. This weather seems to have cast a blanket of gloom over my mood and has somehow made me think so much of an morbid impending goodbye that will inevitably happen in 6 months time.

So here are a few images to reflect what i'm feeling right now.

Day 365 of 365 - Goodbye

forcing a smile & waving goodbye

Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam Hood

The Thing About Goodbyes... [232/365]

Y2 Day 44/365 24 February 2009: Saying Goodbye

Good-bye Kiss

"...She walked away, well her shoes were untied,
And the eyes were all red,
You could see that we've cried, and I watched and I waited,
'Till she was inside, forcing a smile and waving goodbye".

I really hope this horrible weather goes away, and soon.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

precedent study.

Architect: John Wardle Architects
Building: Melbourne Grammar, Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year Completed: 2008

*photo from John Wardle Architects Website

The brief involved designing a new entry threshold to the grounds of Melbourne Grammar school, consolidate library resources into one area and to provided additional supporting lecture and seminar space for the campus. The concept of the design looks at the idea of how the subject of learning becomes the face of the campus through a transparent library envelope. The emphasis is on providing an active space with access to knowledge in a variety of media, electronic as well as traditional forms. The library elevation is an open glass facade that exposes rows of books as well as thriving companion activities, symbolically representing both a repository of knowledge and a shift to a more open and engaging institution.

The newly designed entry to the campus is located on Domain Road, expressed as a slice through the building which leads into and opens up to the west quadrangle's historical facade. This element in the design was innovative in the sense that custom bricks were made to achieve and very specific glaze. A new bonding pattern for the bricks were also created in this part of the project so that the stacking pattern of the bricks were to reflect the pattern of the way books were actually stacked in the library. The design here demonstrates the notion of reciprocity, threshold as well as materiality.

The brick facade is a traditional use of materials that tie together the building with the surrounding important landmarks located within close proximity of the site. The entrance also provides a threshold delineating a change from the streetscape to the interior of the campus, but not completely sectioning off and enclosing the space. It provides a path of transition for the buildings users yet with it's of series of inter-linked pavilions, still allows the continuation of the scale and rhythm of the school’s frontage to Domain Road. John Wardle Architects also devised an efficient method for achieving a fold in a brick fa├žade by using computer modelling to determine the exact angle of the crank and developed a single custom brick to negotiate the change in direction.

*photo from Think Brick Website

John Wardle Architects also use a mixed range of materials. From traditional masonry (brick) to steel columns and textured glass. The design goes to considerable lengths to capture the multitude of landscape and contextual views available and cleverly blends old and new together visually. A glass link for administrative functions brushes close to the intricate roof pediments and quoining of the original quadrangle building; the quadrangle building is framed by the main entry of the new building. Every detail is intended to orient the students not just towards learning, but to the city, its history and beyond.

Reflective glass louvers provides two functions: allow cinematic views to the gardens and at the same time protecting some privacy from the street. Main body of the library comprises a series of giant steel framed windows of varying shapes with a series of overlaid patterns to glass within. The patterning alludes to the random ashlar block work of the buildings on site. From the inside, the various windows frame serves a different views to the greenery garden beyond.

Main book collections in the library are stored in the book stack pavilion which is clad in a burnished brick with its own bond. The bond includes several vertical bricks stacked on end and the main wall folds back to highlight these book-like bricks set into the surface.

Sources of photo and information all from various websites and flickr profiles.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Even though I have a mountain load of uni work, drawings and site analysis to do and practically zero dollars left in my account, I still somehow manage to end up at the topman and topshop websites with my carts loaded with 120 pounds worth of merchandise. Nice Lisa, real nice....

Its safe to say I am procrastinating and in my efforts to get my toochy up and into some uni work, i'll post up some information on the site we have been given.

Our project this semester is to design a library or community centre for Matraville, a suburb in the eastern suburbs of sydney. The site is located on one of the arterial roads Bunnerong Road and in the main commercial strip of the suburb. The design of the library has to be about 800sqm with internal and external space. Below are some photos of the site.

The site is realtively flat and hence there won't be much innovation in regards to design the building using interest architectural qualities to do with landscaping.

I guess my interpretation of the site is that the lecturers are trying to get us to understand architecture from the surrounding context and having our designs based on those pieces of information and research.

I guess we'll be seeing how this site goes as the weeks goes on. Also I'm sorry for the bad photo quality. The weather has been so bad this week that all these photos are none of my own.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

fixie + food.

hello, its been a while since my last post. The weather has been holding out just good enough for the weekend and so much of the outdoor activities have been calling. This weekend was the perfect example of a perfect weekend out, spending some much earnt time off with friends and loved ones.

On Saturday I went to my first ever fixie bike swap run by Deus bikes. The event was in Camperdown at the Deus store. May I say that riding in t
he city on Parramatta road is the bloody scariest thing ever, especially if you don't have a helmet like me, whose main purpose in refusing one was to look cool and not to ruin ones hair. I don't think i'll be attempting another ride out in the main streets of Sydney anytime soon. The Deus bike swap was run in a pretty squishy place for a bike market, but they had some pretty nifty gadgets that have got my fingers twitching to do some modifications to my very own fixed gear bike. I would love new pedals and straps for my fixie and also even new purple coloured rims to go with my awesome purple coloured fixie.

Rick and I only ended up staying at the Deus bike swap for about an hour and then headed towards the Woolloomooloo Festival of wheels. This place was set out so much more better than the Deus one. The store was set in a warehouse in Woolloomooloo, with a workshop in the middle, DJ and food and drinks. The displays were so much more cleaner and crip and looked like it catered to a more high end market. I was able to get some pretty cool photos too.

On Sunday the Sydney Aroma Festival was held out at the Rocks. The festival had vendors for coffee, tea and spices and also had stalls for restaurants to feature a few of their foods from thier menus. It was absolutely manic there. So so so soooooooooooooo many people. It took me a while to find my friends and Rick and I kept getting separated by the mounts of people there. We were able to pick up some awesome flavoured chilli. I was really dissapointed when this tea vendor called Tea Drops didn't have any more of their honeydew green tea. As anyone can tell you I am obssessed with anything melon flavour related. There was also this really cool concept of flavoured marshmellows. These were marshmellows in flavours such as bailey's milk liquer and blueberry or lime flavoured masrhmellows. The little coloured cubed squares looked adorable in thier little plastic bag packaging. We ended up leaving at about 2pm only because by this stage, the crowds were getting way too out of hand and it was just getting massively packed where we couldn't even move around.

So there is my awesome weekend everyone, and hope that all yours were as enjoyable.
I go back to uni this week and that means you will be seeing a more architecturally focused blog. I'd also like to do some outfit posts and I've had a lookbook account for ages and am now dying to use it.

See you all soon. x

ps. my much awaited vivienne westwood armour ring came in the mail last week and I have been wearing it to death all weekend!

Monday, July 5, 2010


What an eventful weekend that has just past. I can't really decide if everything that has happened have been good or bad.

On Saturday amid a slow day at work, my housemate James sends me a mms text of an awesome vintage grandfather clock that someone family had left on the side of the street for garbage collection. After racing home from work, we decided to check the clock out and bought it home. It definitely is a stunning piece complete with chime, jangly copper weights for the inside mechanics of the clock and....wait for it.....its very own vintage key still in the key hole! To top if off, James made a delicious mouth watering pasta for dinner complimented with the smoothest red wine I have ever had!

Rick and I woke up early on Sunday morning only because we wanted to have breakfast together and also wanted to squeeze in as much time together as we could as he was attending the 1 year anniversary of We headed over to the local shopping center and decided with coffee club as I have been craving their french toast with freshly sliced strawberries. Unfortunately it was bitterly disappointing as the guy at the register didn't really know what he was doing, the coffee was so horrible that I had to walk down to Gloria Jeans and grab another coffee and the service especially the barista was shocking. No surprises we won't be going there again!

After breakfast, we dropped Rick off in the city for his fixed gear exhibition and headed to Newtown for an op shopping fix. If you guys are from Sydney you will know how hard it is to find free parking around Newtown on a weekday let alone on a weekend, but luckily we found an awesome spot on Enmore Rd, right at the start of the a line of vintage op shops that we wanted to go see anyway. I found the most flattering vintage high waisted skirt from Mulberry Vintage Botique. I also found the most gorgeous dark brown faux fur coat for the steal away price. After walking down the whole strip of Newtown, James and I started feeling peckish and opted with a cosy looking restaurant, with great food and service.

After that we headed back home to another local shopping center to pick up a new phone for my sister. On the way however, another man ran into the back of my car at a red light, but he was such a nice guy and was really apologetic about it. I was just slightly annoyed that, as Monday's are my day off from work, I'd be running around making calls to the insurance company rather than spending the day with my friend Mia and riding around on our bikes as we have previously planned! We chasing up some antique stores around our place asking about possibly getting our vintage grandfather clock fixed and getting it up and running.

I have also set myself some little projects during the week which will be keeping me busy as I won't be seeing Rick much this week. Providing that work dosen't bog me down too much, I hope all my little projects will be completed by the end of this week so that I can take photos and show everyone.

So I hope you all have a great week!

Ps I know the blog so far has been a bit bland and I promise I will be posting photos up to spice things up a bit around here. x

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I think it is safe to say that I am quiet new at this whole blogging concept.My only contact with the blogging medium was about 2 years ago as a connection for my architectural uni lecturers to mark my assessments. As of late I have been reading plenty of blogs that have been inspiring me to start my own blog based on my own interests and passions. I can see countless nights of reading other blogs and reading, writing, editing and re-editing my own words that will go onto the pages of devious-studios.

So hello...and welcome to the world of devious-studios :)