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Canopy of cherry blossoms sweeps Sydney for two weeks every August

Miss Japan, well you can indulge in the art of flower viewing or known as “hanami” in the Sydney Cherry blossom festival that was held from Friday August 18th 2017 to Sunday August 27th 2017. At the Auburn botanic gardens, Sydneysiders can walk under a canopy of pink blossoms in the Japanese Garden. A famous season in Japan, no wonder it is an annual event crowded with tourists and local Sydney people.

Over the two weekends during the festival, both contemporary and traditional Japanese culture come together through music and performance with additions including movies and a silent disco. Food is available as well where a village is set up hosting several food trucks and restaurants serving everything from Masyua to Katsu curry and Japanese hot dogs or a bento box even. There’s origami workshops provided for both children and you can add it to the community display or take it home. With many activities to enjoy, it’s better to arrive early to get a spot. If you didn’t get to attend, there’s always next year!

That’s why you always leave a note!

Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough. No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore?

I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. Michael! What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?” Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time!

Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough. That’s why you always leave a note! Well, what do you expect, mother? Army had half a day. No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you.

Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer.

Not tricks, Michael, illusions. Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun. But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore? That’s why you always leave a note!

Not tricks, Michael, illusions. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?” I’m half machine. I’m a monster. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?”

But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore? I care deeply for nature. There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor.

Get me a vodka rocks

Get me a vodka rocks. And a piece of toast. I’m afraid I just blue myself. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. Really? Did nothing cancel?

I hear the jury’s still out on science. No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide. We just call it a sausage.

Marry me. We just call it a sausage. There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. I’m afraid I just blue myself. There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. Guy’s a pro.

I’m afraid I just blue myself. Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time! Guy’s a pro. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?” I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.

Whoa, this guy’s straight? But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore? But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore? Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun.

I’m a monster. I hear the jury’s still out on science. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’

I’m a monster. Well, what do you expect, mother? It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. As you may or may not know, Lindsay and I have hit a bit of a rough patch. I’m a monster.

Whoa, this guy’s straight? That’s why you always leave a note! I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?”

He’ll want to use your yacht

What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?” No… but I’d like to be asked! Not tricks, Michael, illusions. I’ve opened a door here that I regret. I’ve opened a door here that I regret.

I’m afraid I just blue myself. No… but I’d like to be asked! That’s why you always leave a note! He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish.

I’m afraid I just blue myself. Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time! I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. It’s a hug, Michael. I’m hugging you.

There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor. I’m half machine. I’m a monster. I’m a monster. Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right.

Michael! Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right. Marry me. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish.

I care deeply for nature. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough. Guy’s a pro. Marry me.

First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Across from where? We just call it a sausage. No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide.

No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. We just call it a sausage. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time!

That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’ That’s why you always leave a note! That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’ Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time! But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore?

No… but I’d like to be asked! I’m a monster. Really? Did nothing cancel? Guy’s a pro. I’m half machine. I’m a monster.

I’m half machine

I’m a monster. I’m afraid I just blue myself. There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor.

Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide.

I’ve opened a door here that I regret. Get me a vodka rocks. And a piece of toast. We just call it a sausage. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. Across from where?

Winter in Japan

Undoubtedly one of my (and our team’s) favourite places to visit, Japan boasts beautiful sceneries all year round, with it’s impeccably clean streets and long list of things to see and do. Many of us are familiar with the country’s iconic tourist destinations, such as the Shibuya crossing and the Tokyo tower – of which I highly encourage you to visit, once at the very least.
However, if given the chance, one should go off the beaten track and travel the distance to new and less tourist-saturated areas. Allow yourself room for exploration – sometimes the best experiences emerge when you don’t plan for them. Get advice from the locals, be spontaneous, live in the moment (and don’t forget to take pictures).

In search of consistency in every cup of coffee…(Part 1)

Have you ever popped into a café and judged how good your coffee will taste by the appearance and action of your barista? You might be standing there, subconsciously starring at what they’re doing and have statements and questions in your head – ‘I don’t know them…ummm…do they know what they’re doing?’ ‘This is taking forever…I need to get to work…Is he/she burning my milk?’ ‘Why is the guy behind me getting his coffee first?’

A good barista will take care of every factor that will affect the beverage served. In the coffee industry, equipment has been invented to keep certain factors consistent to minimize the most inconsistent variable during a coffee making process – the ‘human’ factor.|More cafés are now using automatic grinders and use of scale to assist barista to dose coffee consistently and automatic tamper to ensure even distribution and consistent weight is put in every single time. Some of us will be scared as we feel like technology is replacing the ‘authentic’ process of making coffee. If a robot can make you a perfect espresso every single time, then where will this leave baristas?

Vivid Lights

The long anticipated event of the year is back, and it’s bigger than ever. Vivid Sydney is annual event that showcases diverse range light installations all around Sydney. From Chatswood to Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo to The Rocks, Sydney is lit up in bright and vibrant colours between 27th May- 18 June.

 

With more than 50 types of installations planted across Sydney, these are just few of the installations we visited.

Origami meets architecture

Origami meets architecture

Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In Japanese ‘ori’ means ‘folding’ and ‘kami’ means paper.

The goal of this interesting concept is to transform a flat sheet square into a finished sculpture through various folding and sculpting techniques.

 

When you put origami and architecture, what kind of visual eye candy will you see?

Origami isn’t as easy as you think – there’s geometric and mathematical qualities involved to produce the final product. By using this ancient Japanese art and exploding these paper structures into life- sized scale, interesting shapes and forms have been produced over the years.

 

The angular, jagged and sharp points protruding out of the building is sometimes seen as unwelcoming and dangerous – but now it has become a trend in contemporary architecture. Designs ranging from hotels, offices and halls have been produced by the influence of this ancient Japanese art form.

 

 

Inspirations from a Japanese lifestyle photographer

Recently I have been inspired by a Japanese lifestyle/ photography Instagram blogger called @holon_ .

I stumbled across his feed randomly when I was just scrolling down my discover page.

The reason why I was so intrigued by his page was his composition, colours, minimal objects and lighting that were used in his photos. 90% of his photos feature simple daily household objects in his home taken in different angles. Another reason why I enjoy scrolling through his photos is because of the clean, minimal vibe it portrays and also, this is what I imagine my ‘dream house’ to be. His house consists of simple wood material finishes and uses a lot of white- which I love.

 

You can check out his feed on @holon_

Do you need a travel companion or not?

Need a travel companion or not?

Have you ever wanted to check out exotic places, but was too chicken to go out to explore yourself? Yes- that was me. But as I grew up, I reckon you have to travel to a foreign country by yourself at least once in your life. You may ask why – even I would question the idea. I know for extroverts it’s quite hard as they constantly need a companion with them to explore new things, but I think for me – I quite like the idea.

 

Do you have the guts to travel to foreign country on your own?

 

The idea of traveling solo is a concept that I haven’t turned into reality but it’s always in the back of my head. “The fear is real” is a quote my friends and I always use, but when I ponder on it more, if you don’t go out of your comfort zone, you’ll never learn, you’ll never escape your fears and you’ll never know how to overcome risks. I think you’ll also get to enjoy freedom – no boundaries and no burdens of doing things you don’t like and you also have the control of time. Not only the time factor but you’ll learn how to be independent, spend quality time on your own and definitely uncover something new about yourself.

 

What do you think? Maybe it’s a time for all of us to take that risk and see what’s out there.