Moving House

Hey y’all! 

I’ve moved to my own domain

See you all there?



Poetic nothing spam

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…The text above is from an email I found in my spam folder with the subject line, “Well-paid job”. Such a fine and nonsensical collection of words is too good not to post.

Monkey Puzzle Tree blog

Hi folks. As you may or may not be aware, I play piano and compose in an instrumental group called Monkey Puzzle Tree. We started a blog recently. At the moment it’s mainly got pictures and gig write-ups, but we want to keep it updated with all sorts of fun things that we are interested in. Check it out. 🙂


Caden by Avarine
Caden, a photo by Avarine on Flickr.

This is Caden – what a cutie. He is my colleague Ling and her husband Ivan’s baby son, born on new year’s eve! The music school I teach at had a stall at the Adelaide Eduation Expo held last weekend at the Entertainment Centre. Some of our students performed. We were there to chat and give out information about our music courses, but my overriding memory of the event is BALLOONS. We inflated and gave out countless helium balloons to passing children – fun, fun, fun. Our stall was decked out in balloons.

Novelty Nails and Delicious Drinks



Here I am with orange juice and tea, showing off a couple of novelty manicures from the last week or so. I go through phases when I am really into painting my nails, the last two weeks have been school holidays which means no teaching, and therefore much less piano playing, resulting in polished fingernails that last for more than a day without chipping. 

Home sweet home?

I’m back after 3 weeks in Hong Kong, interspersed with 5 days in Shanghai, but we won’t talk about Shanghai much because it was so cold and the ground was so icy and slippery that we were not in much of a mood to do anything or go out anywhere! Hong Kong is rad and great and after a length of time there it feels really strange to be back in Adelaide, which is really, let’s face it, a big country town. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I’ve found there’s something comforting about the masses of people you find in a real city. There’s a feeling of safety in numbers, I like the feeling of anonymity. I was thinking the other day that I’ve become more mistrustful of strangers as I’ve gotten older. I think that’s a bad thing.

On the other hand, I am making it my goal to be friendlier as I get older. I think I am generally succeeding, although of course we all have days when we feel a bit surly and not in the mood to talk to anyone. The other day I struck up a conversation with a man sitting next to me on the plane to Melbourne. I asked him why he was going to Melbourne. Unfortunately, he was going for a funeral (!!) 😦 but we had a lovely chat during the flight nonetheless. I was proud of myself for striking up a conversation with a stranger.

I have lots and lots of photos from my trip. I tried to import them today, but unfortunately I don’t have enough hard drive space. This makes me sadface. I shall think of another way, but really, it’s time for me to upgrade my mac. I want a 27″ iMac, but it won’t be had until I save up. Also on my wish-list is a bike.

It is stinking hot in Adelaide, 35 degrees or higher every day. I shouldn’t complain though, at least we haven’t had Queensland’s dreadful weather.


Last Day of being 25

It was my birthday yesterday. Now I am 26! This is the last year of my mid-twenties. After this, it’s late twenties. After that, it’s early thirties! Ah, time.

The photo was taken on the day before my birthday, the last day I was 25. I took it with my 50mm 1.4. Self-portraits are hard! Until now I had not realised. I’m not really happy with the pose and composition, but I am quite pleased with the post-production. Slowly, I am edging towards my own style.

My birthday celebration was pretty low-key. I had dinner at British India in Chinatown with some of my favourite people. Afterwards, we stopped by at Cibo for coffee. My favourite present that I received is a copy of  J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”. Books are always a winner.


Street Lights from Behind a Rainy Windshield

How often do you lie?

I don’t mean instances where you conceal the truth by not saying anything. I mean actually communicate a non-truth. Even little white lies.

Do you do it because it’s easier than telling the truth? Or to save someone discomfort and negativity? Do you get off on lying?

Guess what. I never lie. Not if I can help it.

I don’t know why. Even when it would be easier to fib a little, I don’t. I’m a bit proud of this.

Recently I was put into a position where I was forced to lie to someone very close to me. (Soooo not going into details here.) It made me feel ill.

I hope to never be in that position again.

Spring is here


I like Spring. The air smells nice, it’s pretty outside, there’s nice fruit coming back into season. I feel generally better when the weather is good. Unfortunately, my appearance doesn’t match my mood as I’m dressed all in black… REALLY need to get my Summer wardrobe together, STAT. The exchange rate is good, perhaps its time for a large online order to take advantage of the northern hemisphere sales? But anyway.

The worst thing about Spring is hayfever. Even as I type my eyes are itching and my nose is runny. Do you get hayfever? If so, I recommend this:

This nose spray is my saviour. I’m all out at the moment though (hence the sniffles and itching). Meanwhile, it’s time for a cup of tea.