I don’t go into the city much because I don’t really need to. When I do, I love looking at the tall buildings, the design and effort it would have taken to construct. I have to remind myself to look up because they’re easy to take for granted.
It was my friend’s birthday today so we drove out to her place in Oak Park and then went out to dinner in Flemington at Laksa King. I love that place. The food is so good and cheap. Every time I go I have to get the chicken roti rolls. Anyway, this is a pic of the overhead wires for the trams along Flemington road. They’ve removed a lot of the overhead wires now, but some still remain.
We went out into the city to see the Game Masters Exhibition at ACMI and the Flight of the Conchords at Plenary Hall a few weeks ago, and got some shots of the city. I love Melbourne but I really don’t get out into the city enough to fully appreciate it.
I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”
It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.
I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.
Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.
A few friends and I braved the cold and wet and went into the city today for the 2012 Melbourne Open House. I had a great time exploring the city and going on tours of places not normally open to the public. There were so many beautiful places that I’ve never seen even though I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life.
My favourite shot of the day was at our first stop at St Paul’s Cathedral. Such amazing architecture.
I also loved that there were so many photographers out for the day. It made me feel much less self conscious. I think we’ll have to make it an annual outing.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Osaka was probably one of my favourite places, and it had particularly delicious food. Loved the freshly made takoyaki and okonomiyaki there. There was so much of the city to explore and eat through. I only regret not trying some fugu, but we strangely enough didn’t want to die on our honeymoon!
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. We decided to head south to Fukuoka to go indoor skiing. Unfortunately while the website was still up, the actual place was not and all we saw was an empty lot when we got there. It was disappointing, but we did get to see a lovely city and eat great food, including the best (and cheapest) sushi train I’ve ever been to.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. We couldn’t go to Japan and not try some Kobe beef, so a day trip to eat the best beef I’ve ever had was in order. It was by far the most expensive meal I’ve ever had, but it was delicious. Unfortunately all the photos I have of the lovely melt in your mouth beef are on my phone, so here are some other photos of what Kobe has to offer. Here are our other photos Tokyo Kyoto Nara.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. See our Tokyo photos here. Our next stop in Japan was the beautiful city of Kyoto. We had a lot of fun here walking around and seeing the sights. We definitely got ‘shrined-out’ here. There are beautiful shrines with great architecture and tradition, but they’re absolutely everywhere. We also got to go on our first shinkansen (bullet train), which was amazing efficient, like everything in Japan.
My favourite place in Kyoto was probably the Arashiyama region, which was west of Kyoto and had these beautiful bamboo forests. Wish I got better pics, but there are plenty around already. I just really enjoyed walking around this region.
Like suckers we walked, but there were lots of rickshaws around for the less able. I like how the driver of this one doubled as photographer. So talented.
We also ventured up Mt Arashiyama to the Iwatayama Monkey park.
My favourite shrine in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari shrine. There are so many trails up the mountain that leads to the top with smaller shrines along the way. It’s famous for the torii gates that line the paths and are donated by businesses. We got there late afternoon as the sun was going down and decided to hike all the way up to the top, which was lots of fun, and just a little bit spooky on the way down. It was particularly scary when we got completely lost, until the husband figured out that the writing on the gates led the way out.
One of my workmates is getting married in October and she’s decided to go to Japan for her honeymoon. We got married in October 2010 and went to Japan for our honeymoon as well. We’ve been talking about it and where my favourite places were to go and it’s brought back wonderful memories.
I’ve dug up some photos for this Japan series. It was about 6 months after I got the DSLR as my engagement present. I wished I had taken more time to get better photos, but there was just so much to do and see. I can also see that I’ve improved so much since then, but no matter how good photos are, they’ll never replace the images I have in my memory.
Part 1 is of Tokyo. Tokyo was such a bustling city, with amazing things to see where ever I looked. The people were polite and friendly, I never felt unsafe, and the food was just amazing. My first meal in Japan was ramen noodles in Suidobashi and I swear I would fly back in an instant just to eat these noodles again. I miss Japan and would love to go back one day.
Today’s photo is of an intersection on my walk home. It’s so grainy the sky looks almost like a painting.
There’s been a lot of construction around my work. I have no idea what they’re doing, but I do like watching the cranes at work. The birds seem to love sitting up there as well. I also love the sky in this pic. So moody.
One of the best things about my new workplace is that I can walk home in 20 minutes. Today I got home on a late shift before I would have normally made it home on an early shift. That’s a very long way of saying it is much closer and no more trains. This is a photo of the street I walk up. The only bad thing is that on the way home it’s all uphill.
I’m in Sydney for a work conference. This is the view from our Sydney apartment on the 75th floor. Simply stunning being up that high.
It’s been a long day at work, but now I get to go home. Sunset waiting for the train.
One thing I love about my work is that it sits on the 4th floor, which is unusual as most departments are designed to sit in the basement of the building. In most departments it’s rare for us to see sunlight. When I move work I will miss sitting in the tea room for breaks with the sun streaming in.
We went to Southbank for lunch today at Greenhouse by Joost that’s on for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at the moment. Food was quite good, dessert was great, decor was quirky and very green, ate with wooden cutlery, and we drank out of jars. The outside of the temporary construction is lined with heaps of pot plants, mostly herbs, but I did spot a few strawberries. After that we took a stroll along the Yarra and it just so happened to be Moomba.
This is my wonderful view every night heading home at Richmond station for the last 3 years taken with my iPhone. I had after work drinks so the platforms are a lot less crowded than usual (read: totally empty) which is nice. I also like being able to see some of the city buildings from the platform.
Although I hate the trains and cancellations and all the waiting, I think I will miss the view when I have to change sites due to the shutdown (happening some time in the next 1-6 months. Stay tuned!). My workplace has been my home and my workmates have become my family and I will miss them dearly when it’s all over. Not sure how it’s all going to go down, so until then, I wait patiently.