Archive | May, 2012

Photo of the Week #12- Street Art Indonesian Style

23 May

Where- Salatiga, Indonesia

Yep another one from Salatiga. One thing which is really exciting is the alternative street culture that exists in Indonesia. This is a wall that I particularly like (although I could post 100s of photos of street art I like in Indonesia). This street had a environmental theme with lots of art relating to global warming and deforestation. It was like walking through an art gallery every day!

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Canberra Living- Groovin The Moo 2012

21 May

Living in Canberra which at times can seem like a large country town, it is a bit exciting whenever any big names in music come to town. One of the best festivals to emerge in the last few years isGroovin the Moo which presents some awesome Australian acts as well as some decent international ones.

I wasn’t planning on going this year but after a bit of convincing by my friends I decided to head along. This year saw some big names like Kaiser Chiefs, Hilltop Hoods, Kimbra and incredibly old school Public Enemy team up for a great line up. Stand outs on the day included 360, Hermitude, City and Colour (chilled out), Bluejuice (a lot of fun) however the two last acts Hilltop Hoods and Kaiser Chiefs definitely made the $100 tickets worth it. Hilltop Hoods were great playing some old stuff mixed with some of their newer songs and really made you realise how much of an influence they have had on Australian Hip Hop. Kaiser Chiefs were one of the best acts I have ever seen live. They had so much energy in their performance and had the whole crowd singing and dancing.

One of the best parts of GTM was the set up. Despite the fact there was 15000 people there, none of the stages felt overcrowded which left a sense of intimacy in the performances. One massive downside is the time of the year it was on. May in Canberra is cold, realistically too cold to stand outside for 12 hours but with some clever layering, a lot of dancing and a drink or two it was much more tolerable. Also the inclusion of a Nandos van was amazing. Can’t go wrong with some delicious Portuguese Chicken to keep you going throughout the day.

The crowd this year was much better than other events I’ve been to in Canberra with everyone being fairly relaxed and willing to have a joke as opposed to some of the more aggressive crowds in the past. So all in all it was a brilliant day all up despite the massive wait for the taxis, the cold or the ridiculous 9am start at work the next day (festival on a Sunday- bad idea). Really looking forward to next years event.

What are some of the best music festival experiences you’ve had? Let me know below!

 

Photo of the Week #11- Merbabu, my mountain

14 May

Where- Merbabu- Salatiga, Central Java

It’s a rare occasion in the wet season that we’d get niceĀ  clear nights like this one but when we did we’d sit up on our balcony for hours and chat. I’ve written about my great love for Salatiga in the past and this photo is just another angle of the place that I love with the shadowy hulk of Merbabu lurking in the distance.

Why this photo now though? You may ask. Well all those plans in the previous post have been well and truly thrown into disarray and I find myself getting on a plane back to Indonesia in 2 months time. I’m going to spend some time in Bali and then a fair bit of time in Java visiting friends. Let the planning begin!

May Madness… I need travel advice!

9 May

So it’s been a while since I last posted and I do apologise for that- I have a big list of upcoming blog posts as well as a number of posts I have started and not finished so just thought I’d write a quick update on what’s going on.

May is a ridiculously busy month- work, thesis stuff due and (while a poor excuse) a lot of other events from gigs to various other parties making my time to write things other than stuff for uni very limited. I will however endeavor to post at least one written post a week from June onwards and start posting Photo of the Week on a more regular basis again. I also plan on doing a bit of a Canberra series- it’s not as boring as people say!

On the travel front- I’m currently planning a trip to the South Pacific to escape the depths of Canberra winter in the next couple of months! Fiji or Vanuatu are looking likely so any suggestions post them below.

The other big trip is India at the end of the year. I’m tossing up between some G Adventures and Intrepid trips and could really use some advice. The options so far are a more Rajasthan based one traveling to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Varanassi OR heading up north into the mountains and going to Amritsar, Dharamsala, Rishikesh and Agra which is winning slightly at the moment (I really like mountains). If anyone has been to India and can recommend places post it below! It’s my first time there so all suggestions are welcome!

That’s it for me- Post your travel ideas below!