Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Corner View - Cityscapes

I'm late with my corner view post, and I'm (still) also lacking any photos from Melbourne, as my camera continues its holiday in the Sydney camera hospital. So I thought I'd post about one of my favourite cityscapes, the view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. I found it quite magical watching the sun go down, night fall and the lights of the city come one.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Corner View - Coffee

My camera is still at the camera hospital in Sydney, so again these are archived photos from my trip to the US late last year where I enjoyed many cups of coffee:
  1. Waiting for coffee at Quiet Storm in Pittsburgh
  2. Coffee, orangina and some potato wedges with a TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce & Tomato) at Grapefruit Moon in Toronto
  3. Coffee at Twede's Cafe (the Double R Diner in Twin Peaks) in North Bend, Washington State
In response to Jane's questions regarding coffee here in Melbourne:

How do you say "two coffees with milk" in your corner?

"Two xxxxx thanks" (depending on what sort of coffee you want), or if it is my usual weekday morning (D'Marcos) "my usual thanks" (soy latte with one sugar).

What are the most popular ways to drink coffee?

Seems to be a latte or flat white.

How do you take your coffee?

With one sugar, and the milk is always soy as I am a vegan.

French press, percolator, espresso, or other?

Caffe latte.

Are you a dunker?

No, I don't like crumbs in my coffee : )

What was the funniest topic of conversation over a recent cup of coffee?

Discussing with a friend which character we wish we were and which character we really would be from Seinfeld. I wish I was Elaine, but really I think I would be George : )

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Monday, May 18, 2009


I am reading Tu by Patricia Grace at the moment. The novel takes place in Italy during World War II, and is about three brothers in the Maori Battalion.

I am really enjoying it, just as I have enjoyed everything else that I have read by Patricia Grace. I love her writing style; sometimes it feels like I am listening to a conversation back home in New Zealand.

Are you reading anything interesting at the moment?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Albums You Can Listen To The Whole Way Through

I used to find it hard to listen to an album from start to finish, and would often skip around through the track listing. As I get older though, I find it much easier to listen to an album straight through. Some of my current favourites to listen to in their entirety are:

Mirrored - Battles

Young Americans - David Bowie

( ) - Sigur Ros

Cryptograms - Deerhunter

Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized

I'm almost there with this one:

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! - Saul Williams

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Corner View - The Great Australian Outdoors

One of my favourite places in Australia to get into the great outdoors is beautiful Tasmania. The flight from Melbourne to Hobart or Launceston only takes about an hour; usually we fly into one city and out of the other.

I have many precious memories from my two trips to Tasmania, especially seeing a lovely little wombat ambling along the side of the road near Cradle Mountain. He was fine with us being there until my camera shutter clicked, and he ran off. All we could see was a little furry bottom running through the scrub : )

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Corner View - Shopping in Australia/New Zealand

I know the purpose of A Corner View is to post photos from your corner of the world, in my case, Melbourne. Due to camera illness however, I have posted some photos from a (relatively) recent trip to my homeland of New Zealand.

T and I were visiting my family in Tauranga, and decided to zip up to the Coromandel Peninsula for a few days. These photos are from the Wilderland Shop, an organic fruit and vegetable store just outside of Whitianga. Those plums were so sweet and delicious.

I love that New Zealand still has a tradition of roadside fruit and vegetable stalls with honesty boxes for payment. My parents swear by tomatoes from a stall just up the road from their house.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Macau Flashback

It turns out that my camera has to go for a short stay at the camera hospital in Sydney. Epe has inspired me to post about some past travels, as in her "One Year Ago" series.

T and I spent a day in Macau a few years back when visiting Hong Kong. I loved the combination of Chinese and Portuguese cultures.