Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MY BOXES ARE HERE!

Well, the day has come!! My 25kgs of extra stuff has arrived from Korea. THANK GOD!
They looked a little battered...

...but everything was completely fine AND I can't believe how much I had forgotten I had owned in 7 weeks. 
Korean postage is amazing...it only cost 70,000 to send 25kgs from Incheon to Dunedin by air. 
I must admit that because I had sent them in such a hurry and in my blur of sending and a lack of Korean vocabulary on postage - I wasn't completely sure on what I had asked for. 
Also, I had lost my slip with the code of my boxes...my lack of patience also didn't help my nervousness about my boxes arriving.
Now, my faith in the Korean postage system is restored! and I have an explosion of clothing, books and paper all over the living room.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to make a hangi

I photographed a wedding in the Catlins, which is about 2 hours south of where I live and I was so lucky that it involved a hangi - which is the traditional Maori way to cook a whole lot of food underground. Traditionally, women are to prepare the food and men are to prepare the pit.

I arrived at 11am to see this fire burning - it's heating up large rocks that will be put in the pit.

Then hours later (about 1pm), they put out the fire and push the very hot rocks inside the pit. It was boiling hot with the heat from both the sun and the fire.

Meat, potatoes, pumpkin, kumara and cabbage are wrapped and put into wire baskets. Then, these baskets are laid into the pit.


Then water is poured over the food and it is covered with fabric and sacks that have been soaked in water overnight. This is covered with dirt.


While the hangi cooked - there was a lovely wedding ceremony and some photos taken on the beach and a beautiful ferny walking track. At 5.30pm, the men dug up the dirt to reach the cooked food.


The hot, heavy baskets are then lifted out of the ground.


The cooked food is then transported up to the dining room.


Some people really hate the taste of the food - it is really different. I LOVE the steamed, smoked flavour. YUM!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day

Whenever it is warm in Dunedin, we will be punished afterwards with a 10 degree drop in temperature, with wind and rain for days. Stu and I walked under grey clouds through Ross Creek
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Then we did the butter test. Stu LOVES butter but I think the yellow was caught in his beard. I love it too.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Upside down Xmas

Last year, my Christmas day was spent being sick in bed in Korea while it was absolutely freezing outside. 
Every Christmas I have had in Dunedin it has rained. This year, we had the national high of 32 degrees - people are going to be talking about this for the next 20 years - it was that exciting.

I spent the first part of the day at Stu's house. We woke up to stockings at the end of our bed from Santa and then we had an outdoor brunch.


Then, walked along the beach at Warrington...

...and stopped at Blueskin Bay, where Stu's parents are building a farm.

I then continued my own family's tradition of visiting the great grandparents...


...and I spent the afternoon playing on my parents' new Nintendo Wii. It is amazing.

Then, our friends debriefed our day over wine and candlelight on the roof of Olveston. (A heritage mansion that overlooks the city, where my friend Lei lives in the flat upstairs.)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dear Norebang,

Hello! 
How's it going? I hope you are coping without me, since I have left Korea. I've really missed you - especially the tambourines and free ice-cream.
I have to tell you something...I went to karaoke last night. I know norebang and karaoke are pretty much the same thing, but it still felt weird. (And there were no tambourines.)
Stu got his Roy Orbison strut on...
You will be happy to know that I sang our usual hits, "She's like the wind" by Patrick Swayze and "Hey ya!" by Outkast, Logan did some great back up harmonies and so did Rach! (Though I wish she'd do more.)


I hope you enjoy the pictures,

Love Jenna xo

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Revisiting Wolmido

This is my trusty portrait TLR camera that I took to Wolmido back in the heat of the Korean summer.


I managed to develop my film and fire out some test prints.
It was really nice to be back in the dark room again, unfortunately after a few hours I was very headache-y after being with the harsh chemicals. Oh well, I still got some good shots...I will scan the negatives and make them all digital because it is much easier to deal with.
Oh the memories!



Monday, December 21, 2009

Another day, another picnic...

I think this is the longest I have not blogged. I'm sorry - I don't even have an excuse.

I don't want to make it sound like the weather is amazing, because it's not really. Yesterday, we managed to get lucky in the evening for a Blue Oyster Gallery BBQ at Woodhaugh Gardens. We were sheltered from the wind and the sun was out for a few hours - it finally felt a wee bit summery!


Since Stu arrived back home it's rained, at least once, every day. Last week was graduation, so I took three sets of portraits and we kept the umbrellas on hand and ran out in the dry spots. Also, I have been doing a wee bit of Xmas shopping, scooting around on the Harwood family scooter and having many flat whites and wines with old friends. (Sometimes so much wine that I don't notice that my lipstick needs reapplying and my fringe is askew.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I Heart P.C. (Saturday)

Port Chalmers is the type of place where you would run into all of your friends on the main street and for some reason all of our friends were sifting around "Ye Olde Bottle Store."

So we were back at Chicks again for more great music. I was too busy listening to pay attention to my photography skills - so just took a couple of snappy shots for your visual pleasure.
This is Panther & the Zoo. It was the first time I had ever heard them and I liked it. Beatle-y rock and harmonies, cute lyrics and a Julian Casablancas-y voice (I think they would get this description all the time.) It was great to bop along too.

Then it was time for Lawrence Arabia - I've already mentioned my love of Apple Pie Bed.. I haven't seen James Milne play since I saw the Reduction Agents play at Camp A Low Hum 2008 and it was just as wicked - Chicks was packed to the brim, everybody was dancing like crazy to the ridiculous harmonies and it was everything an awesome gig should be. It's all I need to say. 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I Heart P.C. (Friday)

There is a lovely place called Port Chalmers - about 20 minutes out of the Dunedin city centre and to where few buses frequent. I used to feel a bit sorry for the Port Chalmers crowd - always having to sober drive or pay $50 to taxi home whenever there was a gig in town.
Well now the Port Chalmers crowd can laugh in glee as the best bar for gigs in Dunedin is at Port. We "townies" now have to venture far and wide along the windy road to Chicks to hear great music, like....

the grunty guitar of DELANEY DAVIDSON!

and the surf-tastic THE GHOST OF TAPEMAN!!

This amazing three legged dog ran around to the music. So cute!

Friday, December 11, 2009

OK KIMCHI at NONE



I put the first 2 photos of Mark and I's Ok Kimchi project into the "Ten Day Boutique" exhibition at None Gallery. Even just having them in a wee corner in the gallery is a great start to get some feedback on the initial process of the project and to present our Korea pictures to a new audience.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

DXMXVXF=H

I was asked to take pictures for a dance performance recently and I turned up with my camera not actually knowing what was going to happen except that some meat was going to be cooked and there were some fleshy costumes.

When I arrived to the None Gallery basement, I was so excited to come across these four lovely ladies awaiting the audience. What a great scene.


It's hard to fully immerse myself into a performance when I am concentrating on documentation and this one provided a beautiful scene, great mood lighting and stunning movements to capture. The fashion styling was ridiculously awesome and done by my lovely friend Kate.
The story explored all meaty beings (animals and humans) the same, through dance, music, video and performance. It's hard to post pictures to re-tell the story that was told and like most performances it's one of those "you had to be there" kind of things, but these are the pictures I like the most right now.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Harrow Stu

Guess who's back in Dunedin! Yay!

I've been practising my cupcake piping skills (as above) with my new amazingly overpriced cupcake piping bag and nozzles. These cupcakes were just plain old vanilla but with lemon rind in the batter mixture. 


The only problem I've been having is that when I put food colouring in the butter icing it curdles. I don't know if this is because I am too impatient with the mixing or the kitchen is too warm (an apparent common problem, according to google.) I will just have to keep practising!^^