Sunday, 6 July 2014

getting cultured


Su Ning doing her lazy/moody all black erry-thang

Our little state gallery is quite an impressive, grand affair isn't it? There's something about big 'ol marble columns that really floats my boat, and it's a shame I don't visit more often!

I did today, and it was quite bloody fantastic. 

NSW's state collection is probably rather small in the scheme of things, but it's rather cosy and endearingly curated. Glossy oil-on-canvas Australian and European 16th, 19th and 20th century works were dominant pieces and with things like paintings, there's a real difference in effect seeing them in person. 

I'm a bit of a history geek, and it's fascinating (at least for me) to see paintings of Sydney way back when; before the CBD, before the industrial revolution, before all the towering office blocks and shopping extravaganzas. 

It's always important to know or at least be aware of the past, and I went away today just that bit more informed and/or 'cultured'. ^^

Me being me though, quickly became more than a little peckish and didn't quite make it to the more comtemporary side of the place, before having to rush off for food before fainting away from hunger. 

(not pictured: 2 foot-long subway sandwiches rapidly gobbled up in haste) 

And then, since we oh-so-conveniently happened to be in town anyway, why not try that nitrogen ice-cream place that's all hip and trendy right now. The concept is that basically, instead of using ice, or refrigerators or whatnot, the gelato is made on the spot with liquid nitrogen!

I had M&Ms cheesecake, and I have to say, there's nothing extraordinarily amazing about this particular 'type' of frozen diary dessert. But it WAS icecream and it was quite delicious, and was consumer quickly and gleefully. 

bit gimmicky but how novel!

Monday, 12 May 2014

summertime fruit

As much as I do love the wintertime so very much, there is one thing I always miss, which is of the the juicy berries, mangos and figs that only make their appearance for an unfortunately short amount of time in the summer. I was reminded of just how much I'm craving the sweet, juicy suckers just then as I was scrolling through my memory disk backlog.

If it's warm and sunny where you live, please do eat an extra one for yours truly! Now I've got to get back to hunting for a not-too-decrepit Antiquity 1 textbook on gumtree.

x Joyce 

Friday, 4 April 2014

sweaty limbs and happy hearts

travellers from all the way on the other side of the world ! 

look at that right maniacal loon

"wave and look popular or something !!" - Su Ning

Sometimes you just gotta take full advantage of those 'sunday funday' tickets and go on a mad little traipse round town. Cityrail has an annoying little habit of letting you down every so often, but that's partially redeemed by kindly allowing you to madly abuse all forms of transportation for a whole day for a measly $2.50, so it all evens out. Drag along a semi-willing friend and you have yourself a beaut of a day. 

Ferry-rides, potato stacks and gelato optional. 

x Joyce 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Eat, waste time, study, sleep, repeat

Title says it all really. All my life consists of right now is taking about two-three naps every day, wasting time on irrelevant wikipedia articles, studying a teeny-tiny amount, eating to reward self for aforementioned tiny about of productive-ness and then napping. I still have little to no idea of how to write essays. Help. 


how glorious is the cross section of that burger? praise the deities. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014


It's my birthday today !!

I'm turning sixteen this year, my first real 'growing-up' milestone birthday and it feels strange and exciting, a sort of tingly good weird. I worked out a lot of things about myself in the last year, who I want to be, what I want to do, and other little life epiphanies. I refocused, and set my sights on what I wanted, after figuring out what it was I actually wanted first, and now I'm working my way towards that. And it feels good. Really good. Especially since the year before, I've been listlessly, aimlessly just floating passing the time. The next two years are going to be pretty intense, with the hsc coming up (a sort of university extrance exam where I live) and I'm going to try my best to get to where I want to be. 

Alright, enough with the heavy stuff; so how did I spend my very first day of being sweet sixteen? I woke up this morning to my mum carrying a beautiful sight indeed, a little minty blue drawstring bag (have you guessed what it is yet?) that's right ! A tiffany's bag. Man oh man. I'm a lucky girl. Inside this lovely little package was a silver tiffany bean necklace. I blearily opened one eye (having stayed up late reading another amazing gift, Mindy Kaling's hilarious 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and other concerns') but just about leapt out of bed when I saw the reason I was getting awoken. I prompted clasped it around my neck and am never-ever-ever taking it off. 

The rest of the day was spent (as birthdays should be) eating yummy food (the house dip at three williams is seriously good), and exploring the myriad of colourful organic produce and fresh flowers at Eveleigh Markets. I FOUND KALE Y'ALL!! They taste somewhat like seaweed! (in baked chip form anyway). 

As I'm typing this out, full of chocolate mousse cake and love, I'm feeling pretty darn grateful. Going to bed now, mum's high school friend from France is visiting tomorrow! 


looking slightly dazed from smiling into the sun