I had my mind bombarded by a lot of great music and a lot of crappy music growing up. This was thanks to Rage (an Australian version of MTV). Also my dad had a massive vinyl collection that was filled with some great albums – Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush, as well as some reallyContinue reading “A crate-digger’s guide to embarrasingly cringey music: 70’s and 80’s edition”
Category Archives: A Day in the Life
The most embarassingly shit songs of my 90’s adolescence
This list is inspired by Anthony Fantano AKA The Needle Drop’s list of the most cringe-worthy songs that he loved as a teenager. In case you don’t know of his channel, Anthony normally reviews amazing music both new and old in a really interesting way.
Travel: Tenryu-ji temple and gardens Arashiyama Kyoto
Tenryū-ji is a temple and gardens founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339. It’s purpose at the time was to venerate Gautama Buddha. It’s considered as one of Kyoto’s so-called Five Mountains. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tenryuji dates from the Muromachi period in Japan’s 14th-16th century. Among its manyContinue reading “Travel: Tenryu-ji temple and gardens Arashiyama Kyoto”
Travel: Bustling Ueno markets, Tokyo
Ueno markets are tucked into a unique pocket of Tokyo filled with interesting characters selling unusual goods. It’s a world within a world. The funky music you are hearing is by 70’s British funk band Cymande, the track is called Dove. It gives the video a lovely vintage feel. I don’t own copyright to theContinue reading “Travel: Bustling Ueno markets, Tokyo”
Travel: A roadtrip through the remote Eastern Cape of New Zealand
People seldom visit the Eastern Cape of the North Island because of its complete isolation from the rest of the country’s bustling travel routes. It’s quiet in terms of other cars – there are none, except for the occasional local farmer and logging truck ferrying wood from forests to the port in Gisborne. It’s anContinue reading “Travel: A roadtrip through the remote Eastern Cape of New Zealand”
Why I write my blog…why do you write yours?
I’ve been doing this for over five years or longer. Every single week, three times per week, for more than five years. Holy shit it’s a long time. It makes me think, why has there been this longevity? What has kept me doing this all of this time? It’s got to do with me justContinue reading “Why I write my blog…why do you write yours?”
List of the week: Adult words I used as a teenager to make myself sound more intelligent
As a teenager I was incredibly precocious at times, spouting big words to make myself feel older and more worldly in high school. Later on, as my vocabulary developed at University, I dropped these intellectual bombs into conversations to make myself feel better in the company of people more middle class and posh than I was.
Travel: A curious history of Nara’s holy deer
Nara has had sacred significance long into the ancient mists of time in Japan. Long before Tokyo and Kyoto became the capital of Japan, Nara reigned as the most important city in Japan, its capital from 710-784 AD, before this mantle was passed on to Kyoto. By decree of the emperor of Japan in 724AD,Continue reading “Travel: A curious history of Nara’s holy deer”
The connection between curiosity and happiness
A lovely blogger friend on here Jonelle recently did an article on where to see the lotus blossoms in Tokyo. She had witnessed a little kid blowing soap bubbles through the stem of a gigantic lotus blossom and decided to do it herself. This is something I would love to do too. Many adults wouldntContinue reading “The connection between curiosity and happiness”
What makes a bad tourist? It’s a cultural thing!
Although it’s very easy and possible to typecast people from specific countries as being (in general) bad tourists. I have neatly avoided that here. It’s a cultural thing though, for sure.