Sculpture by the Sea 2013

I went to see sunrise and also take photos of the Sculpture by the Sea…mostly, to take photos…and the sunrise helped. I’ve been in the last few years and might as well continue. This time, however, no one wanted to go.

There didn’t seem to be as many people as previously, but more cameras and more groups of people.
It was interesting enough. And I should actually listen to what each art piece is about.

Sculpture by the SeaOne of the first pieces that I saw. It was early. My eyes were playing tricks. I thought it looked quite nice with the ‘man’ on top of it, enjoying the view. Then, the ‘figure’ moved…Dammit. it’s someone who has climbed on top of the sculpture!

Sculpture by the SeaISpent most time trying to take a sunrise photo with this in the foreground. Thankfully, there weren’t too many selfish photographers in the way. I moved on from this sculpture when this runner decided to stand someone further in front, and admire the sunrise. Many annoyed photographers!

Sculpture by the SeaWas there one similar to this in the previous year? Anyways, Mr kookabara was so kind to be a model at the end of the sculpture.

Sculpture by the SeaIThis glass sphere seemed to be a favourite among many. It reminds me of a much smaller glass sphere that I kept inside of my fish tank in New Zealand. I remember buying it in Dunedin.

Sculpture by the SeaThe stairs. Made a nice photo, I have to say. Maybe not the best, but quite interesting.

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Happy Halloween

It’s actually quite fun to carve a pumpkin. My first time and yeah, it is a bit hard to get started. First, cut off the top, and then scoop out the insides.
Then with a curved knife and some other stuff, we got to work. I would’ve liked to design and cut one fully myself. and also, a brighter light inside of the pumpkin would give more opportunities to be creative.

Not everyone liked it when I put boogers coming out of jack-o-lantern’s nose. It was fun.

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pitter patter on car

While driving on kangaroo island on fine days, we hear pitter patter sound on the car. And no, it is not raining. It’s just the bugs hitting the car and windscreen.
And they are hard to get rid of (open the photos to see).

Stains on windscreenView from inside carBugs on Bumper

$6 haircut in Hurstville

Just gotta try a the cheap $6 hair cut in hurstville. I’ve heard about it from Hmk previously, but never went by there. Well, lucky me, I get to go hurstville, and I need haircut.

[0 min]
First, there may be a queue before you’re served. That’s fine. A bit nervous. The three in front seems to be cutting hair the same as my regular hair dresser/barber.

[1 min]
Oh, there is another room and can fit a few more customers. I didn’t notice it that much. Staff just come out and say ‘Next!’.
The queue is moving along quite fast.

[2 min]
‘NEXT!’. That’s my cue. Sit there.
Staff: How do you want it?
Me: Just trim. Trim the top..around 2-3 inch left (shit! i just realized. she probably thought i meant to cut 2-3 inches off, and not keep 2-3 wonder it’s so short!)
Me: …number 4 on the sides
Staff: Ok..
Staff: (getting ready to start)..number 2 on the sides..
Me: NO NO…number 4!
Staff: Number 2 on the sides
Me: NO NO…i want to keep the back a bit long…I’ve got a scar at the back…here, see?
Staff: OK
Me: number 4
Staff: OK

[3 min]
I’m prepared. Here goes nothing.
She holds the shaver and the comb. And then…she starts furiously trimming/shaving my hair.
I felt like my head is a wok. I’m in the kitchen. And my hair are the ingredients in the wok. And obviously, the barber is the chef.
It has to be asian food and it has to be stir-fry. You can’t pause for a second or the food would get burnt!
The right side, the left side, the back (slightly slower), the sides again. There is no time to even switch from the shaver to scissors when trimming the top. Just continue using the shaver to cut! zip, zap, buzz..a pause. She’s actually changing to the scissors now! Uh Oh, it’s the scissors they use to ‘thin’ out the hair. Here we go again, her furious stir fry!.

[5 min]
And before you know it, it’s done. She’s got a mirror behind me, and waiting for me to see if it’s ok. I guess it’s ok. It feels quite short. I say it’s OK, and it’s done.

[6 min]
Whilst getting those sheets out of me etc, she mumbles “oh, i see your scar”… :S

[7 min]
I’ve paid the $6 and out of the door.

So, who’s game to go again?

Remarkable Rocks at Kangaroo Island

Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park in Kangaroo Island is a must see! Why would you be bothered to go and see some rocks?

To me, it was..yeah..something to do, and to see some rocks. Looks great from afar, but as you get closer to it, it’s really quite remarkable! It’s big, it looks interesting, it’s orange in colour. And you feel so small next to them. They’re kind of like some natural sculpture. And the sea is right next to it with quite a beautiful view.
Why are they orange? It’s caused by slow growing lichen (fungi), and apparently, it was more orange before. I guess too many tourists walking all over them.

We were there after midday, so the sun was up and it’s just a plain old rock. Walking between the rocks and going closer to the edge had this free and wonder feeling. Also, looking at other photos on the web with sunset/sunrise, it’s amazingly beautiful. By the way, for big rocks in the photos below, I’m only maybe 1/3 of it’s height.

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Be wary of snakes though, and don’t fall over there edge. People have drowned there.

More photos here

Sixpenny – Sydney

It started off with Sam mentioning Six Penny, and then Carmen saying “I want to try that place..”

And so, here we all are…ready to see what six penny is all about :)
A bottle of Reisling that was very easy to drink and a cozy restaurant where waiters need to actually show you where the toilets are (since there are no signs).

English Muffin & Green Tomato Marmalade

English Muffin & Green Tomato Marmalade

I quite like this. chewy and tasty starter.

 Caramelised Leek

Caramelised Leek

Something different and got this burnt flavour.

Unripe Strawberry & Peach in Sour Cream Salad

Unripe Strawberry & Peach in Sour Cream Salad

Interesting, but I only liked the peach.

Crab, Silky Macadamia and Camomile

Crab, Silky Macadamia and Camomile

Doesn’t it look like white chocolate? The nut was the smooth bit over the rougher crab meat.

Sourdough Roll

Sourdough Roll

Freshly baked bread are yummy. And the butter was quite nice as well.

Carrot, Marscarpone, Toasted Cheese Curds and Edible Flowers

Carrot, Marscarpone, Toasted Cheese Curds and Edible Flowerse

The cheese had quite a strong taste, but the carrots weren’t that sweet.

Golden Beetroot

Golden Beetroot

This looks interesting and is actually quite nice with the sauce. The inital presentation of an egg looked like something out of jurassic park.

Gently Seared Bass Groper with Nettles & Rye Butter

Gently Seared Bass Groper with Nettles & Rye Butter

Quite a pleasant dish.

Leg of Veal Marinated in Malt, Cabbage & Anchovy

Leg of Veal Marinated in Malt, Cabbage & Anchovy

The veal was abit tough to chew through and there weren’t much anchovy taste in the sauce. The cabbage was yummy though. Grilled/Roasted with added butter :p

Milk Sorbet & Citrus Sauce

Milk Sorbet & Citrus Sauce

Not a fan of this one. The citrus sauce was made from cumquat and it was quite bitter. All of us, except Sharon, had a very interesting expression when we tried it.

Brined Pear with Intense Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramelized Milk

Brined Pear with Intense Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramelized Milk

Pumpkin Cooked in Mead with a White Rice Ice Cream

Pumpkin Cooked in Mead with a White Rice Ice Cream

Looks like a piece of pork fat, and ice cream again. I’m not a fan of Pumpkin.

Hungry Ghost

Smiley Moon

Eerie town hall with a hungry ghost

Snailovation 2013

“Giant and colourful, these brightly hued snails is not your garden variety”

The snails are dotted around mainly Sydney CBD, and before they go away, I want to take pics of them. Some appeared to be bigger than the others and the shell seems slightly different. Or maybe it is just my imagination.

Because of it’s size, it was kinda hard to get some nice composed shots. Anyways, it was a good exercise in hunting for them.
Some people climbed the snails, stood on them etc to take would be fun, but at the same time, it is kinda wrong.

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