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Punny days of too much heavy music, Japanese things and wanderlust.
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MY ROOM☆彡 2012
Parkway Drive signing
Enter Shikari @ Roundhouse
Kreepsville 666 Taobao haul
Kyary Chokichoki Girls translations
Background source: psittacosaurus
Laid back acoustic song for a lazy post.
Meals in my neighborhood (Redfern). Tripod Cafe, Cafe Ella and the cafe next to the kebab shop.
Unsuccessful attempts at photographing bats on the way to the Hi-Fi.
Curing the common cold and flu symptoms
Clever design by a talented duo. (Check them out please)
An exercise in patience.
Worthwhile reward. Cheers to three years of Free Cone Day!
De-stress // test out the smart TV. I also watched Pan’s Labyrinth.
Shiny new keyboard! Freaked out when mine started malfunctioning just before the Easter weekend. Luckily managed to get it changed the following day!
Hazuki’s kakigori (mine is the pink strawberry!)
Christopher’s Cake Shop
Sara rules! Easter chocolates!
Sydney’s #1 ramen lives up to expectations. You go, Ryo’s Noodles! Thank you Mana & Lune!
(We were so lucky! Waited about 10-15 minutes, and once we were seated, a long queue started forming outside)
A variety of occasions. The last of which was notable because I actually meant to tick off fried rice on the menu but I didn’t read properly (or got lazy, it was a Chinese menu OK GIVE ME A BREAK)
Attended my most anticipated show of the year (keen since ‘13 yeah!) the night before my first exam and I think it gave me good luck - the questions turned out to be exactly as predicted hohoho. But let’s not dwell on that, it’s time to talk about a wonderful night!
A review of this is supposed to be out in PULP later this year too but I don’t know what month yet :c
OSLOW // super humble, gracious, pleasant sounding but lacking that little oomph/bit of star quality. see ‘em again in a few months to judge!
BALANCE AND COMPOSURE // all (ok maybe like half) the kids were here for these guys. american drawl over buzzy guitars singing about so many feelings. i tore you apart in my head won ‘em (and me too) over.
LA DISPUTE // oh boy so stoked. JORDAN DREYER IS KING! his tambourine don’t stop shakin’ and he throws himself all over the stage emotively ranting the eloquently depicted tales and conversations in that polarizing spoken word style. breathed not sighs of relief but drew short breaths of over excitement when the setlist turned out to be completely different from the previous show’s aka MORE SOMEWHERE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER BETWEEN VEGA AND ALTAIR. lost my shit to andria and drove it to non existence soon after. all our bruised bodies… left hearts shrinking and king park as an encore need no description.
"CAN I STILL GET INTO HEAVEN IF I KILL MYSELF?"
lovely, one of my favorite shows this year. unfortunately what was not so lovely were 2 things the venue did wrong (it’s usually one of my faves):
1) for the first time ever they forced us to cloak our bags before entering. this is probably because LD were selling totes.
2) the security were power tripping, being worse than rude but abusive throwing kids over the barrier and HEY BEATING SOMEONE UP. not cool. you’re supposed to be there to protect people.
that’s all for now folks!!!!!!!!
p.s. the blues fans encountered on the way home were also uncool. but LD was more than enough to make the night a good one.
I didn’t mean to end this series of photo diaries this year, just hadn’t had much time to compile them all! Here are more mobile extras that didn’t quite make it to their own posts.
The song is KPP’s Family Party, which I’m proud to say she debuted (before release!) at the Sydney show. Envy me ;)
Ayaka bought me Kozue Akimoto’s photobook from Japan <3
Lovely french toast breakfast in a cafe at the far end of Glebe :)
Awkward housemates dinner at Old Thanh Huong. Our landlord ordered kangaroo, alligator and emu and I thought he was joking because “they don’t serve those Asian style” - apparently they do.
This place serves Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and man, alligator and emu just taste like chicken, and kangaroo is like beef.
The neighbor has a fat cat that comes to our house everyday to eat, and then leave. I think the neighbor doesn’t feed it.
Naruone fried chicken and beers (and strawberry cider elsewhere :D)! Ray’s friend Conilyn was visiting from Canada!
Caught a massive “Tony is a wanker” (he is) protest at Railway Square/Central. My bus stop was closed.
Withstanding the extended summer heat with gelato! Left is my all-time favorite in Sydney: Cow & Moon (Enmore)’s strawberry & balsamic vinegar. On the right is loacker flavor from Anita Gelato (Central Park)!
Visiting Serena in Burwood for Choc Pot and Italian!
Enjoying monthly special: “We Don’t Give A Fudge” at Gelato Messina :)
Ending this post with Totoro cream pan at Fujipan :)
A cheerful little cafe in Surry Hills. It’s a little crowded and the ambiance is not the best, but the owner and staff’s service is great.
Ricotta hotcakes with bacon ice cream and espresso caramel sauce is the MUST-TRY here. The 2 pieces of hotcake are fluffy and tall so it’s a very rich and heavy (but delicious) dish - note the cheese filling, so best to share with a friend.
Sucuk Baked Eggs with grilled flatbread. Beef sausage, sour cream, tomato sauce, eggs… The grilled flatbread is not my favorite but it’s kinda tortilla-like. Neither of us are big on baked eggs but this is way better than the Paramount Coffee Company one.
618A Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Dessert at Stix - I ordered grapefruit so you couldn’t put much pretty toppings on it (WHAT MATCHES WITH A CITRUS POPSICLE). I think the popsicles here taste better on their own without the toppings.
620 Crown St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Overlooked this Newtown cafe many times when passing Black Star Pastry (they’re neighbors!) but was luckily able to try their legendary mocha (out of your standard coffee menu, I only drink mocha).
Ricotta hotcakes with berries and maple syrup. Hard to go wrong with pancakes! Yummy and filling, but nowhere as rich as the Cowbell 808 one.
Potato stack: crispy potato cakes with scrambled eggs, roast tomatoes, grilled eggplant, rocket and relish. The only noteworthy point I must make is that despite my intense hate for eggplant, the eggplants in this one weren’t so gross and I actually ate them without hesitation because they don’t taste like eggplant.
GREATEST MOCHA IN SYDNEY LOOK AT THAT DECADENT CHOCOLATE RIM (the inside is coated in the same melty choc too). If you come here for one thing, it must be this drink! Don’t you hate cafes that serve “mocha” that use chocolate powder for the drink?
283 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 3341
I arrived just in time for Speccos (fave) so photos start from there. Tonight’s theme was musicians wearing their own band’s shirts.
Vices - another band that always opens up Taperjean shows, so I’ve covered them here a fair bit already. There was some funny song at the end where Vices and Perspectives vox joined in but I’m not in on the joke so uhhh…haha
Gideon were a tight live band. I wasn’t very familiar with them beforehand, only got a general idea from a couple of YouTube listens before the show but the high energy set with mic grabs aplenty was aggressive and satisfying. I was able to watch standing on a chair which offered a nice view of everything ehehe.