One of the main reasons I came home to New Zealand at this time was to play bridesmaid at Mum and Michael's wedding. Dunedin's weather is tentative to say at the least and we were nervous all week about it (especially with an outdoor service!) But the sun shone down all afternoon, I even got sunburnt. My photos are a bit sporadic as I had other duties to attend to - but here's what I got.
Here's Mum, Nana, Grandad and I in the car on the way to the wedding and trying holding back the tears - I didn't and never do very well in that department.
The wedding party, post service. Mum and I are look like twins, as per usual.
The married couple walking out by the Otago Habour. This bit was chilly!
This is my wee cousin Sam and his heartfelt message in the guestbook.
Aw and I'm so happy these guys could come!
And then the party started...the dancefloor played the usual family event classics: "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf and all other 80's goodness.
I was absolutely shattered and champagned out and was in bed - make-up, hair feathers, contacts and all by 12.30am.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
SITE09 is the graduate show for the art school. I did this a couple of moons ago and it was nice to come back and see all of the great new artists that are about to step out into the real world.
First, look at this cute photo of Rachel at the opening..
I am really awful and didn't note down the names of the artists for the work that I photographed. But I thoroughly enjoyed this live skype feed of a security guard. It was interactive and it could have been quite fun to mess with him as he was really hopeless security, being in the States. I wish I could have watched him interact with a stranger as they would think they were watching a video.
Some of the works with fabric were quite impressive and inspired me to get my stitching on at some point.
Alex Mackinnon had a wall of musical goodness. You could feel the vibrations while standing in front of the symphony of wires and speakers.
This was my favourite work by Sophie Black. It's a film that portrays life in the tiny town of Mataura. Shots that play like slow moving photographs perfectly capture the quietness of the town - with the odd fire drill, keyboard concert or school play fitted in between.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tom and I lounged around Leigh's beautiful house (AKA former SLA headquarters) before we all indulged in Indian and wine of both colours. Her house makes me want to make stuff. And op shop.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
When I was in Paris, I had a wee tap on the shoulder and a lady asked to take my picture for the web magazine yshlondon.com.
I was featured in the "Brown" section of Paris in November. The photographer is Alison Reid and this is what they said:
Tan, beige, chocolate and neutral were spotted as colour schemes for womenswear and menswear, similarly harking back to a Woody Allen-esque 70's era of buttoned-up chic:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
What better way to spend my unemployed days, lazying by the hot salt water pool with Rach and Lei. I protested for an indoor pool, and it's a good thing the girls didn't listen because it was quite lovely (until it clouded over half an hour later.)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I always forget how good The Veils are and I managed to listen to a bit of their new album on my Air New Zealand flight as I landed into Christchurch. Their gig at Sammy's was well packed with an overly excited audience, the sound was pretty amazing, as was the on stage presence. They played an awesome set list also. Me likey.
And this is my favourite Veils song:
Friday, November 13, 2009
This is my friend James and I a few months ago, when he had a few days leave from the South Korean Army - in the few months since I'd seen him, he'd gained a new army hairdo and a new army stance.
I can't remember if I have written about the army, I'm sure I have...but here is some information about the compulsory service at Ask a Korean.
James is a bit of a world traveller, spending most of his childhood in New Zealand but came back to Korea after University study in Germany and began his service in May.
I think his view of the army is fascinating considering his western upbringing, and I am very lucky to have a friend who can explain it to me in English detail. He just sent me this letter, telling how the soldiers celebrate birthdays when the platoon are all holed up with no one to stare at, but each other.
Korean military guys celebrate birthdays by stacking about 3 boxes worth of choco-pies in a rough pyramid formation to stand as a cake. The smokers among the group take out their lighters and flicker it with the light off, and of course they sing the song. Now, since I am still a Private, they decided not to further as they do with the guys higher up. Days before a corporal's birthday, for example, the platoon members talk about how sweet it's going to be on the day. When they sing the song, they sit him down in the middle with everyone standing around him, and they stamp their feet to the beat while laughing like mad men. As soon as the song's over. after the birthday boy blows out the lighter-flame, it's time for the rest of us to unload out all the anguish he might have caused straight back at him, all the times that he told you off (for what seems to you like nothing) and told you to know your place, you return it with a good low kick to the ribs (this is all carried out in a playful manner, just incase I exaggerated the whole thing.) (but as a Private, you do use the opportunity to give him a good thrashing.)
Pretty interesting huh?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
The typical Korean family is an extremely devoted unit, where everything that is done - work, study, living - is all for the family. Mother (마더) portrays this family bond - where a young, mentally incapacitated son is accused of murder and his obsessive elderly Mother, convinced he is innocent - investigates the case on her own.
This movie is directed by Bong Joon-ho and is Korea's official submission for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.
I would be surprised if the film made it that far - it's not a life changing movie but it is a beautiful story, brilliantly acted and which is funny in places and then harrowing in this woman's desperation and devotion to her son.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
It might seem a bit confusing, but what happened is that after I finished my contract in Korea, I went to London, went to France, went back to London and then flew from there back to Korea to pick up my things on a 3 day stopover before going back to New Zealand.
Phew! Lots of flying happened!
What is the best way to spend my last days in Korea? (While being jet lagged and frantically trying to pack.)
- Hang out in a giant box
- Eat Shabu Shabu
- Get a dotty manicure to match my dotty tea cup
- Eat cupcakes (ALWAYS) but this time with Stella!
- Get my photo taken against a beautiful wall
- Take a picture of a gorgeous little Korean
- Say goodbye to my favourite characters from Hongdae
Also...(things that are not photographically documented)
- Drink kiwi soju cocktails
- Eat more cupcakes
- Visit the ajosshi's in Insadong
- One final kimbap from my local
- Watch amazing Korean ads
- Eating mint chocolate ice-cream at Baskin Robbins
Two very beautiful things happened on my way out of Korea.
- An Ajosshi RAN to help me with my suitcase up the subway stairs. (This is quite normal but still much appreciated.)
- When I was walking down the street, a little Ajosshi came up to me and fixed the collar on my coat. Stunning!
Oh and just to mention...I'm going to keep my blog going. Just because I like writing it.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
On my last night in London and still on our Halloween buzz, we went to see the movie Thirst (박쥐), written and directed by Park Chan-wook.
It is meant to be a horror, but I found it more to be a black comedy - in true Korean humour. A priest puts himself up for a medical experiment - in which he is needed a blood transfusion and is given vampire blood. We then follow his moral dilemma of devoting his life to God while wanting shag his friends wife silly.
It's a pretty schexy movie (the first Korean mainstream movie to show full frontal male nudity) and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. However, it is loooonng (2.5 hours) and a few scenes could have been left out of it - it's also one of those movies that I think you love it or you hate it (in the same vein as how people respond to Wes Anderson films) but I thought it was pretty awesome.