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I know that most of the times i see a painting that i love, i need to get that close to it, that i’m glad i have a small nose!. Doing that makes me think that i’ll get a new understanding of the painting and the artist….Below are a mix of photos i took from various museums in Rotterdam.Close up photo of the painting/collage of actual paper cut-outs from magazines of people skiing! From the distance it looks like small stripes of something. Love the idea!Now, let me have some fun with the following photo – the do’s and dont’s at a museum. Most people would agree that small space lets art goers get up close and intimate with the artwork. But in this case its different. Every time i look at this picture, i think its hilarious! I was standing there for a while confused with what she was doing – no, its no car racing Nintendo Wii game! She’s in fact sending a (very important if you ask her) sms while standing right in front of the painting. Clearly oblivious that people are right behind – on the side waiting politely for her to get out the way. I was just glad i wasn’t the artist, that wouldn’t be a good sign…he he he yep, you’ll always find some interesting characters at museums.I thought this was a very cool instillation. You can see the video image – top left hand side (left image)….The other image on the right is a drawing of two hands grabbing onto actual string/ rope – that connects the drawing and screen image on the wall. Cool right?!I like the way this photo turned out. You can see shadows of people through the woods – as if its part of the painting. However, its the reflection of people standing around the room.Above, hands up in the air mirror artwork, creates an illusion that there’s more than one person
Above, some cool black and white artworks of local artist in Holland.

It’s Australia Day today! A nation public holiday, a day tribute to everything that is great about Australia and being Australian. Sure it’s about the day the anniversary of the arrival of the first white settlement in Australia in 1778. But today we can’t ignore the fact that it was also the day that Australia’s Aboriginal community were invaded by the British on that day in 1788. Having said that, it’s a reason to weave together the past and present of a great land and its people. So, it’s officially a day off to have fun, have a party with friends and family, and check out all the live events going on during the day!

A year ago I was back there, celebrating the day under the hot sun…There is so much going on Australia day that i wouldn’t know what to suggest what to do or see! You have to see it for yourself. Though I can guarantee there is something for everyone. Aussies love to have fun, party, hang out the beach, have a BBQ with family and dress up and make an effort to look silly! Hope you like the photos.There’s another reason why I love Australia day and that is due to THE BIG SWIM. A swimming event around the corner where I grew up from (see the photos below) It’s a local event held on the Australian Day weekend. The course runs for about 2.5 km. The swim starts straight out from Palm Beach, parallel to the coastline, around a little head and into the center of Whale Beach. I’ve done it more than 6 times now and  it’s tough since the weather conditions can vary. Though the experience is AMAZING!!! I hope to do it next year! {All photos by me except the last photo, found via the big swim website}

A few weeks ago on November 2, Andy Irons, three-time world champion surfer passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32. Friends, fans and admires came together around the world, for an honorary paddle-out to pay tribute to his legacy. One of the locations was at my home-town surfing spot, Avalon. It’s a gorgeous little beach that draws great surfers…and where I use to hang out ALL the time after school, every chance I got, back in the old days. So it means a lot to me to see these photos and footage below…it’s very sad but at the same time, it must of have been a truly magical experience…: Photos from Tracks Magazine

And last  Sunday, November 14, Family, friends and fans came together at Andy Irons home-town, Kauai  in Hawaii, to paddle out and join hands to pay tribute (a Hawaiian tradition) and say their last goodbyes. Andy is survived by his very pregnant wife Lyndie, his brother Bruce and his parents…I think its amazing the impact it has brought…the unity, the love and the Aloha Spirit from surfers around the world in times of need….peace x

Music…: by State Of Grace, Sooner or Later, 1994

I honestly never heard of St. Martin Day celebrated 11 November, until after living in Holland for a few years. And still then, it’s not that popular for Dutch people. Also my partner is not religious, so he didn’t grow up with the saintly tradition. It’s popular in the north part of Holland and definitely more so in Germany….:The idea is for kids to make a unique hand paper lanterns, get together with all the other kids (and parents) and come knocking on your door and sing to you some St. Martin songs. In return you give them lollies (candy).

Fortunately, this year I was prepared and bought enough sweets to supply because a few years back i got a suprise when i opened the front door and had no clue why children were singing to me!. Anyway, the mum’s around my neighbour organized the night for their kids, which i think is really sweet since not all parents take part…Though the weather that night got everyone talking, it was incredibly WINDY and raining cats and dogs! Luckily that didn’t stop the mum’s on our neighbourhood to go out in that type of wether with their very enthusiastic kiddies…: I think of St. Martin Day, Halloween in Holland without the dress-up costumes. Instead, kids make a unique paper lantern and sing to you, in for hope to recive something sweet, more lollies than they can eat in one go!. Either way, its a fun tradition.

From my Paris photo selection taken last week of people, strangers and friends on a lazy sunday in Paris. After saying goodbye to my little family (sniff, sniff) who had to fly back to Sydney … I was glad to see my friend Natalie once more, who saved me from feeling sad and homesick … in no time was I again very lively among french people all enjoying these summer day … see if you can spot me with Natalie

Had to share this post with the world since (almost) everybody is glue to the TV watching the World Cup … Quite a few people have been VERY surprised when they hear my enthusiasm for the Football World Cup (soccer for us Aussies). Well, let me explain. Besides my dad (+ mum), I grew up with three older brothers, and then there’s my Latin blood … So no biggie that I´m an eager fan but only for the World Cup! because it includes EVERYONE around the world. After all football is perhaps the biggest sport on the planet – people will travel from the other side of the world just to get a taste of the football fever. I remember last World Cup (without tickets to any of the matches) that we drove from Holland to Germany for the weekend to join in on the fun!

Ask me about the rules, sorry, but I HAVE NO IDEA. Except get a second yellow card and you’re out buddy!. Use your upper body, shoulders, or discreetly your hands similar to hand ball … ummm Maradona?! (don’t worry we’re still cheering for Argentina) and that may be called cheating. But please, leave the theatrical acting for Hollywood.

It’s simple, I find the World Cup Football fans energy contagious. I don’t need to know about the rules. The Mexican wave is fun but I manly enjoy getting distracted by the colourful, passionate fans … and letting go when we hear GOooooooooooall!.

The Socceroos are sadly out of the competition YET I’m still cheering on! And it looks like it’s for the Dutch team …Then again, Uruguay (No.10 is HOT) are playing so good. Mexico is next to Guatemala, Ghana is the last African country to have a chance …aaaah?! Whatever, everyone enjoys a spontaneous relief of bliss in football.

Between the half-time we had a walk around the block and bumped into the two orange tiger outfits – Funny enough it was two ladies under the suits, who had rented them for the Dutch game! They got so much positive attention.

Some creative students who pulled out there BBQ, TV and their couches outside for the game. Notice the beer crates used to help lift the couch higher off the ground.

Watching the match, Netherlands vs Cameroon outside the bar on a warm night. Although the screen was set-up inside, it was clearly for people to watch it from the outside. Also, it was legal to drink alcoholic beverages in the streets … Btw, Holland won!

Are you also joining in on the World Cup fever?


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