i first came across into theron humphrey and his best friend maddie the coonhound over instagram. yes, i follow so many different insta dogs and i am addicted.. but this account so much more than just shots of cute dogs that i ended up scrolling and stalking over hundreds and hundreds of photos back.

later i started exploring and learnt so many achievements, so many different amazing projects that theron has done. all of theron's photographs and adventures are truly inspiring. somewhat makes me feel a little bit insignificant as i haven't been doing any new projects recently. and this also makes me want to go travelling, i shall book a trip somewhere.

i have been having a hard time picking which photos i should showcase on my blog. these shots are just a teaser i can tell you that, there are so many more over his site this wild idea and other social media channels you could find from there. enjoy.
last year in between the busy schedule of my brother's wedding, my sister and i managed to squeeze in a super short trip to bangkok. here's a short list of places we went to in bangkok that i would recommend. expect a lot of food suggestions. yes!

the view from the BTS on the way to chatuchak market.
we went to their branch in asoke, and i was so surprised to see they have their own building with a lobby like a five star hotel style and there were so many international tourists too booking in their massage! i had the 2-hour thai traditional massage and it was such a pleasant much needed indulgence that you have to to have when in bangkok.

coconut ice cream at chatuchak market
the most amazing and BIGGEST market i have ever been. we spent a full day there and yet we didn't go through everything and also got lost too many times. they sell everything, and i really mean that literally everything. get your bargain mode on for all types of clothes, bags, accessories, handcrafted objects etc etc etc. and as pictured above, don't forget to have their famous delicious refreshing coconut ice cream (we had a few!) and snack on the fried quail eggs.

one of the cool exhibitions we saw at bacc
this is another must visit place when you are in bangkok. they have different exhibitions of some cool art at a nice photogenic building. it's a nice relaxing place to take a break from the busy and the noise of the big city and get cultured.

tom yum pizza from audrey cafe.
food. food. food. 
oh gosh where can i start. the food in bangkok: AMAZING and put that word in caps. here's the must eat foods that i would highly recommend. if i ever go back to bangkok, i would happily eat all of these again without any hesitation. no regret of ruining all my diet!

audrey cafe - cute interior, but most importantly order their tom yum pizza. just thinking about this now makes me drool!!

shibuya honey toast from after you dessert cafe.
after you dessert cafe - there are different things in the menu and we tried their shibuya honey toast. heaven in my mouth, it was easily the most amazing toast i had in my life.

soi polo fried chicken.
soi polo fried chicken - honest, down to earth, authentic and delicious. get the fried chicken AND the grilled pork. they don't have a website, but this blog captured all the yummy photos and address.

taling pling - this is one of the unexpectedly amazing food that we found in one of the malls. again, i couldn't find their website but this blog has and says it all. must order dish: stir fried cowslip creeper flowerets with vermicelli and prawn (not pictured).

bangkok trip was short and sweet and the food was amazing. i will be back one day.

all photos from my instagram, there are more if you search for hashtag #lauratjtraveldiary :)


may i present to you... tenniscoats, a japanese band with two members saya and takashi ueno. unfortunately i couldn't find any official site or social media links from these guys though. jo sent this video to me the other day, isn't it just the cutest?



so what does sydney street fashion look like these days? today i wanted to share with you margarita alaon's project trend walker. or i would describe it as a little sydney based sartorialist! 

i mean, i'm not a fashionista or anything, but i think street fashion is different and it's quite interesting (and sometimes amusing too) to see how sydney locals dress up in comparison to other big cities like new york, london or paris. 

love your work marg, keep doing what you're doing!
once upon a time last year, i went to mushroom foraging workshop at penrose state forest and belanglo state forest with some friends. it was a fun little adventure hosted by diego bonetto, nice views and walk to the forests and you get to bring baskets of mushrooms home - as many as you can find and carry really.

we went around may last year so yes.. considering this is 2015 this is way overdue post. but better late than never right? 

Mushroom foraging adventure
one of the cute mushrooms we saw at first stop. poisonous, don't eat it.
Mushroom foraging adventure
diego explaining which mushrooms are poisonous, which are edible.
Mushroom foraging adventure
pine mushroom! this kind is what we're after.
Mushroom foraging adventure
sarah and daphne going colour coordinated.
Mushroom foraging adventure
they might not look pretty but they glow in the dark! not to be eaten.
Mushroom foraging adventure
jo on the hunt for shrooms.
Mushroom foraging adventure
look how much pine mushrooms this lady has gathered!
Mushroom foraging adventure
possibly the cutest i've seen during workshop. also poisonous!
Mushroom foraging adventure
another cute one, not to be eaten. anything that's cute and fairy tail like = poisonous.
Mushroom foraging adventure
delicious delicious pine mushrooms cooked for us at the end of workshop.
Mushroom foraging adventure
my basket and i. we ate pine mushrooms for about 3 days in a row i think.

there are a few more other photos on my flickr. you should book your tour or workshop with diego if you are keen, i highly recommend this. i might check what other workshops diego has for myself this year too.

2015, i've got a good feeling about you. i wish you all happy new year!
the sydney siege that happened at martin place recently leading up to christmas broke my heart, and many others. i've been living here for 9 years now so sydney is my home. on another note, i am all but amazed and proud of the #illridewithyou initiative that came up from the community during this tragedy. it shows a great example of what our real society is about and should be built upon.

as a tribute, i just wanted to share with you some amazing photos of sydney cbd in the old days. it was a beautiful city then and now, and always will be.

st andrew's cathedral and town hall, taken circa 1900
george st haymarket, taken circa 1900
martin place, 1913
angel place, 1930, sam hood
flower stalls at martin place, 1934, harold cazneaux
town hall and queen victoria building, 1935, harold cazneaux
railway square, 1945
harbour bridge and royal botanic garden, 1963, ern mcquillan
all photos are sourced from nsw state library of nsw flickr and powerhouse museum flickr.  i spent hours looking and digging into these old photos, they are amazing!

this is my last post for 2014. hope you all have had a wonderful christmas with your loved ones and i wish you all the joy, peace and happiness. let's be kind to each other and stay safe.



i have recently been to foundation calligraphy workshop and ever since then i feel like i'm a little bit obsessed with this whole hand lettering business because i wanted to be able to do the curvy scripted style. i mean, how could would it be to do your own hand lettering on greeting cards or as gift tags? so anyway, i started browsing for tutorial on google, youtube and pinterest.

one of my best findings was this how to learn calligraphy in five days tutorial posted by julie blanner in collaboration with madi reid sanders. i will totally be doing this for sure, i need a lot of practice!

have you got any good calligraphy tutorial links to suggest?
i'm not very good at writing, and have never been the best at describing things. i always like visuals over words. but anyway, i feel like it's due time that i write an about page (or post?) for bookmaarks. things just have changed and i feel like it deserves some words, don't judge me if i start rambling...

i started this blog in 2009 as a space to share my love for art, design, photography and music. i spend time on the internet a lot you see, and it would be such a waste not to share my favourite findings on the how-many-ever-hours i spend online. 

as time goes by however, you could see that my blog focus has changed slightly. these days i post less and share more personal moments and travels. i am still online. a lot. but i guess life happens, technology keeps changing and my taste has changed too. this blog has grown up with me as i get older, if you want to put it that way. 

i'd still like to keep the option open for any possibilities though. i like the idea of having this space as my personal creative outlet to share with the community. 
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" - Albert Einstein
anyway, if you manage to read this to the end, i hope you stick around and keep in touch here and/or on any other channels. thanks for reading! 

much love,
laura 

on the side: half/half
contact: lauratj (at) live (dot) com (dot) au
last batch of photos from my new zealand trip a few months back from queesntown, finally! these photos are from the last few days of our trip at the south island. here goes my queenstown recommendations.

ACTIVITIES

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

shotover jet

i think shotover jet at the shotover river is one of the must-do activities you have to do when you're in queenstown. it was SUPER COLD i am not joking my forehead was frozen and i couldn't feel my face and hands but it's really really fun. the river and the canyons are pretty. if you are travelling around april, i recommend you to wear a beanie and gloves. unfortunately i didn't have any when we were there..

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

paragliding

another one of the highlights of this trip is paragliding. i was a bit hesitant at first, not knowing what to expect. i am not and have never been an adventurous or sporty person so really, i wouldn't do things like bungee jumping or skydiving. not knowing what i was getting myself into, the jump from up the hill looked pretty scary at first but paragliding is nothing like i imagined. i really really enjoyed it a lot. it was a relaxing, amazing, laid back experience and you get to see such a wonderful view from up there with a nice breeze, nothing scary at all! there are 2 places that you can do paragliding in queenstown - we did the one in coronet peak instead of the one overlooking queenstown to get a slightly different view and i'll tell you why in a second. anyway, it was breath taking!

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

skyline


ok this is probably a very touristy activity to do but if you haven't been to queenstown before then this is a must. i mean, again, check out the view from up there! and we can view this awesome view overlooking the town and lake wakatipu just by going up the skyline gondola, and this was why we decided to do the paragliding at coronet peak to get a different sight of the back of the town. we rode the luge for a few times too which was fun fun.


Queenstown, NZ

art & craft weekend market


we weren't planning specifically to go to the art & craft market but since it's just down there from where we stayed, we went to have a quick stroll around and we found this lady selling such cute little cake shaped soap bars. i bought the lemon meringue soap and have used it all. it smells delightful.


FOOD

Queenstown, NZ

ferg burger


there's always such a long line at ferg burger so i recommend you to go there when you're not super hungry yet to avoid hangriness. and the burger is huge. another note, right next door to them is ferg bakery where i had the best coffee in queenstown. that's what i think anyway compared to what i had at other cafes in town...


Queenstown, NZ

les aples

we were lucky to be able to go to this cute french cafe called les aples, as recommended by amanda. i said lucky because we went there on the last day they opened! we spoke to the owner and she said the place is doing really well but it's time for her to retired. lucky we had a chance to eat there but oops i guess this is not a recommendation anymore then as they're no longer there.

Queenstown, NZ

empanada kitchen


empanada kitchen is this little stall just downstairs under our accommodation. awesome snack / small food to munch over in between your main meals. the pastry is light and fluffy, the filling is full of flavour. delicious.


Queenstown, NZ

rata dining

oh my god. the best dinner i had at the whole trip. write this down guys, you can not go to queenstown without eating at rata dining. we had the crispy duck for main and the wilted silverbeet and potato puree on the side. everything. is. tasty. if only this restaurant is close by, i would go back to try every single dish they have!

AND THE REST...

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

i don't know how many times i said how beautiful and photogenic this country is. every place we visited was just so overwhelmingly pretty i tell you i couldn't get my hands off my camera. and my photos don't do any justice to the real views i saw before my eyes and you just have to experience it yourself.

the last photo above was taken from the airport. we were lucky that throughout our trip it was quite a nice weather, yes sometimes it was cloudy and grey but still not too wet. on the last morning we were heading to the airport though, it was raining and cold. around the airport we were surrounded by these mountains covered with snow on top where i got to see queenstown in a different view. yes, even just the view surrounding the airport is so pretty.

if you have been to new zealand before, let me know and share your thoughts!

all photos taken by me using sony rx100
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