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October 4, 2015

Breaking even

In my last midsem break I did an aggressive wardrobe clean-out. I grappled with my sentimentality and won, for the most part. I managed to bring myself to donate a lot, but I had a pile of nicer items that I thought would be worth trying to sell. So, like many before us, my friends and I did a stall at Glebe Markets yesterday.

Our stall, me, and my awesome bum bag. It was sweltering yesterday, we lucked out with a shaded spot.

Random shot on the way from the car park.

We had visions of our things just flying off the racks and making $200 each, however, it turned out that nobody wanted the clothes we didn't want (surprise). We ended up marking everything down to $5-$10 and just broke even, but proceeded to spend most of our profits on dinner. When it came to money earned per hour, it was probably the hardest job I've had. To make ourselves feel better, we came up with some reasons why it wasn't a total waste of a day:

  • We got closure for the clothes we didn't want (we ended up putting most of our unsold stuff straight into a donation bin).
  • It's given us insight into how hard it could be to sell things for a living, especially for smaller businesses.
  • We now know that we should never try this again.
I feel a lot better about my wardrobe now, even though I did hold onto a small proportion of unworn things (against my better judgement). Now I don't have to face the ghosts of my previous bad decisions taunting me every time I slide open the door. It's definitely made me ruthless with getting rid of things too, I can still think of a couple of items that aren't safe yet...

September 24, 2015

Cross city

Just a catch-up on Tuesday night, the events of which were, as usual, directed by what we felt like eating.

Started off at the Town Hall terrace, which is doing live music for a few nights as part of Art and About.

Nice concept, nice setting, but the first band was underwhelming and it was starting to rain so after a beer we decided to bail.

We went to Vapiano, where I'd been once before and had pizza. The pasta is really good, with surprisingly reasonably priced happy hour. I'd go back for more.

We then decided to head onto The Rocks for dessert, since it was a nice way to walk off the dinner beforehand. On the way, with two drinks in me (I'm a lightweight) and feeling both exuberant and slightly aggressive, I cussed out a man who said something racist to us and it felt amazing and basically made the night a success (my friends disagree).

We ended up at Ananas where we split two tiny yet expensive desserts we really can't afford.

It's a French bar/restaurant which is kind of fancy, kind of kitsch (I mean, it's pineapple themed).

As you can see, I'm quite enjoying exercising my new camera. It definitely does better in low lighting than my old one, and it's so easy to carry around and whip out.

September 20, 2015


Last night YY and I went to check out Beams festival. It was a one-night event in Chippendale, around Central Park, with art and music (as well as food, but we were stuffed from YY's favourite dumpling place). I'm not sure how many years it's been happening, but this year was the first I'd heard of it.

Lucky I had YY to explain art things to me.

There were installations in the small terraces along Kensington St.

A 3D thing you watch on your phone inside this headgear.

As expected, we found our way to the bar.

My new favourite drink is rum and ginger beer. Also, check out the nifty cups, sealed like bubble tea.

There were tables with blank plastic pots and paint you could decorate them with...

And take some herbs home with you in (for free)!

I have no painting skills so my basil looked like a serial killer's basil.

We went around the corner to the green behind the shopping centre.

There was a silent rave (look I'm basically a party photographer now).

There was more happening on the streets behind the grass.

Intermittent smoke machine usage.

Interpretive dance, which I don't understand.

A small entranceway jammed with giant balloons...

Music YY was really digging.

I'd never actually set foot into this part of the city before last night. I'm thinking Chippendale isn't this exciting every night, but it had us drafting plans to move there.

Overall, it was heaps of fun! It was a great atmosphere but it wasn't overly congested. I'd say it attracted more of a young-adult crowd than a family one (like Vivid does). I love events like these, especially when they give you a new perspective on Sydney.

September 16, 2015

Second chances

I was pining after this parka all winter. It first caught my eye when I was walking through the men's section of Uniqlo, and I stopped to admire its many pockets, as well as complain about how women's clothing never seems to be made to be as practical. Then I made the fatal mistake - I tried it on.

But still, I persevered. I don't need a light jacket. There is no room in my life for a jacket like this I thought to myself as I clicked onto the website at least once a week to gaze at it. I thought I was going okay until I was window-shopping in the city Uniqlo one day and saw that they had sold out of my size and preferred colours, and in a classic want-what-you-can't-have moment, realised that I should have bought it all along.

However, not all hope was lost! Uniqlo in Miranda is not far from me, and I told myself that if they had it in stock there, I would buy it. And they did! I kept the tags on for a week and tried it with every outfit I wore each day to make sure it would work with my wardrobe before I could finally bring myself to cut them off.

UNIQLO parka, t-shirt, jeans (I need to be stopped) / Dune boots / Fjallraven Kanken backpack.

The inside pocket! It's massive! I've seen guys put newspapers into their inside pockets and I've wondered how... this is how! The outer pockets all have velcro closures as well, so my pocketable items have never felt so safe.

And that is the latest story from my love life. In its usual frustrating way, the winter to spring transition here has gone pretty quickly and jacket weather is pretty much over now. But I am planning on getting good wear out of it for travelling this summer.