Archives for Month: July 2014

I’ve known Michelle for a few years now, and it never ceases to amaze me the way she broke into the media industry at a young age. As a celebrity and entertainment reporter, she’s interviewed Cody Simpson, Charice, and a handful of Disney Channel stars – and her list just keeps getting bigger. Michelle has done over a hundred interviews and was previously featured in Seventeen magazine.

Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m 21 years old and live in Johannesburg (or otherwise known as the City of Gold) in South Africa. I sometimes blog at where I give people a behind-the-scenes look at the media industry, publish my local and international interviews and do event reporting. I work in the television broadcasting industry. I love watching anime and reading manga – I’m currently learning Japanese.

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We recently moved into a new office, right at the heart of the city. We’re quite a fair distance from the water, but we are on the twentieth floor – meaning we get pretty cool views of the skyscrapers, and the sunset is not too bad (though we do miss the wharf, because sunset on the water is pretty beautiful). Everyone was extremely excited about the food options, because my oh my, there are so many.

Unfortunately, having worked in the city for two years straight, and studying in the city for my whole university life, I am already starting to find the city a bore, and it’s only day two. After all, I was working in the city up until the end of last October, and – can you believe it’s almost August already?! I guess the food options that I once considered amazing are no longer amazing, and not many new eateries have opened up. It’s back to revisiting old loves, but at the same time, I’ve quietly gotten over it.

Fortunately, one thing I shall remain excited about is seeing my best friend, Lilian, more often.

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Time for another edition of Monthly Music. This time, after Tiffany made a suggestion, I decided to upload my playlist to 8tracks so you can listen to it for free in your browser. I was going to try 8tracks before I used Spotify, but now I’ve realised Spotify was not the best way to share playlists.

Anyway, this playlist, titled ebullient, contains my favourite songs of the month. There are a few indie rock hits, some hits from the 2000s which a lot of you may recognise (sorry, I didn’t include Teenage Dirtbag but just imagine it’s there!), and some classic hits from the 70s and 80s. There are a few amusing tracks in there, so be sure to listen to some of the lyrics as well.

ebullient – a playlist for July 2014

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The legal drinking age in Australia is 18.

You can drive when you’re 16. You can sleep with someone, too, legally, but obviously, don’t do that at the same time you’re driving.

You are legally allowed to drive before you are legally allowed to drink. I guess that’s fair, given the amount of deaths that have occurred as a result of drink driving.

I’ve been learning to drive recently, thanks to James and my parents. Getting used to James’s smaller car has been far easier than mine, though I dare say I am beginning to get used to mine as well. When I am driving, I can’t imagine myself doing very much else other than concentrating on the road. I find it difficult to believe that people can use their phones to text people while they are actually moving and controlling their vehicle. Even eating seems a bit difficult. I just see it as very risky and unsafe.

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I have had a bit of an obsession with French braids lately. I keep braiding my hair, then undoing it, then braiding it again. Half the time it’s because I’m unhappy with the result. The other half of the time I get such a good feeling from finishing a braid. I love doing braids that start from one side and finish at the other (featured in my last Fashion Friday edition).

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After stumbling upon Clara’s post about precious metal jewellery over costume jewellery (via Google, no less!), I felt inclined to discuss my opinion on the topic, which is the same as hers, but does not really line up with my obsession for cheaper alternatives to “real” jewellery.

Like Clara, I like to wear jewellery and not have to worry about it being damaged simply by completing day-to-day activities like washing hands, washing dishes, eating, and so on. Unfortunately, most costume jewellery, as lovely as it is, is of cheap quality and corrodes from a few drops of water or simply by making contact with the skin. It is a bit of a bother having to take rings off every time I wash my hands, and as much as I love my rings, sometimes I don’t bother putting in all that effort, so I don’t take them off. Worse, I put more effort into trying to keep my hands clean just to avoid the need to wash them, just so my rings are safe.

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My mum told me that when she first moved to Australia, one of her first experiences going to a cinema was at a drive-in where she and my dad watched Pretty Woman. Incidentally, it’s one of my mum’s favourite movies.

However, I’m pretty sure she didn’t react the same way I did when I first went to a drive-in. I am not sure they are a big thing in Australia, but I know they are in America. When I heard that my mum had been to one, right here, in Australia, I was pretty surprised. A couple of years ago I knew they existed but they seemed like a novelty, and also a bit of a rare find. I am probably wrong, because I don’t see movies often, so I wouldn’t really know.

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I’m sure many of you have heard of Where’s Wally? or the American/Canadian equivalent, Where’s Waldo?. Just the other week I learned that the female version, or rather, the female character that appears in the books — has a twin sister. I knew neither of their names until Cookie and I looked it up on the internet. There’s Wilma and Wenda, and both of them wear the same clothes. Wilma apparently appeared in 1990, then Wenda appeared in 1991. It turns out that Waldo/Wally is dating Wenda, and Wilma is his ex-girlfriend.

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I got to know Amanda a few years ago through blogging, and though we don’t talk all that often, I got to chat to her a bit recently. Currently living in Philadelphia, USA, with her husband and their dog Bandit, Amanda is a skilled photographer, specialising in both weddings and stylised teenage and children’s photography.

Amanda deals exceptionally well with her subjects, making them feel comfortable and capturing their personality from their best angles.

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A while ago I came across this YouTube video (also shown below) of a concert photographer taking photos during a band’s set. From the video, I could tell that it was a small gig at a small venue with few people. People initially criticised the photographer for his obnoxious behaviour, then people criticised the person who shot the video because of his irrelevant vertical video recording, then other people deemed the photographer’s behaviour as right because his photos turned out good.

Let’s take a look at this. Before I had read any of the articles siding with the photographer, I constantly showed people this video because I felt that it made a point.

After reading those articles, I feel that it still does make a point.

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