Archives for Month: August 2014

I’ll be honest, I just realised I don’t particularly like digging up my favourite tracks of the month and this Monthly Music segment was not the best of ideas. I guess that may be because I am not in a particularly good mood right now, or I had way too many favourites in August, or I left this until the last minute, but something struck me as fairly obvious as I was ready to crawl in bed and skip this month (it’s 11pm).

For starters, I’m sick. I dare say I’m getting better, actually. It was on Friday, after drinking a soy latte, that I realised it had irritated my throat too much. Whether that is because the milk was bad, or I had too much soy milk that day, or had just inhaled some pretty nasty toxins at work, or the weather tickled my lungs a bit too much, I found my throat really hoarse on Saturday morning and my nose slightly runny. Uncool.

I took a lot of vitamin C tablets. I like to say it’s time to overdose on those things when I have a cold, but you can’t really, because your body gets rid of any excess of vitamin C. Anyway, I let myself have a lot, lot, lot of tea, and honey, and lemon tea. I spent most of the day in bed, and I took a few-hour-long nap in the afternoon. I didn’t go to bed quite so early, but I let myself have enough sleep.

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My bookworm friend Bhairavee, who blogs at The Dramatic Soul, sometimes makes me feel a bit guilty for not having read in a while! She is a very intelligent girl who recently got into the college of her dreams and started a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA).

I’m a 21 year old girl from Mumbai, India. I’m a computer geek and an avid reader. I love to travel as well as cook.

Though it is a bit difficult for me at times, I like to make new friends, be it online or offline 😄 Also, I like to learn new languages (programming and foreign) and I can understand and communicate in 3-4 languages as of now (English, Hindi, Marathi and a bit of French and Sanskrit)!

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It looks like pancake. It says panache. It’s not pronounced pa-nuh-shay, but it is pronounced puh-nash.

From Wikipedia:

Panache is a word of French origin that carries the connotation of flamboyant manner and reckless courage.

The literal translation is a plume, such as is worn on a hat or a helmet, but the reference is to King Henry IV of France (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610). Pleasure-loving and cynical, but a brave military leader and the best-loved of the kings of France he was famed for wearing a striking white plume in his helmet and for his war cry: “Follow my white plume!” (French: “Ralliez-vous à mon panache blanc!”).

So it basically means a plume of feathers, or style/swagger.

Anyway, I came across panache today, and like the word “trifecta” (along with many others), it makes me think of a really, really nice colourful jelly and whipped cream dessert with a cherry on top. No idea why, is it because it sounds/looks like the word pancake, or has French origin? Follow my white plume, indeed.

I joined a gym today. Or gymnasium, if you will.

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I put my sneakers on, I leave the house in a rush; whatever, I’m trying

It was a hectic, hectic week at work, so I was really looking forward to Friday night when Velociraptor were playing. I can’t remember half of what happened during the week, but I know I got upset for a lot of it, and began to feel really stressed out. It had been raining all week, and even though umbrellas can give you company, they make for a literal headache along with the rain. I don’t know how many times I walked into work last week or even just boarded the bus and felt like my head was going to roll off.

It hasn’t been too long since I saw Velociraptor last, but I was excited. I really, really, really wanted to hear them play their new album, which was incidentally released on Friday as well. I wrote an extremely lengthy review (1600 words) for CBB; I’ll update this post with a link when it’s published. I can’t believe the amount of detail I went into RE Velociraptor’s set.

I listened to their album as it was streaming online for free. It kept me going at work, I guess. Velociraptor played Sneakers, which I love, love, love. It’s pretty much the only song on my iPhone because I don’t have enough storage space, so I’ve been rotating between that and their other song Ramona on my morning commute. I ain’t complaining.

So I wore sneakers, of course, and my black Velociraptor shirt. It’s a really nice shirt, as far as band shirts go. I’ve often decided not to purchase a band shirt simply because the design sucked. I also finally got to meet guitarist Josh, funny that we’ve only been talking online for the past couple of years. (Time flies… woah.)

I’ll save any more words now, and share some photos from the night. The first few are of the supporting acts. Photos after the jump~

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Lilian and I had lunch again today! Her boss was bothering her last minute so I had to wait for a while. But that’s okay, at least I wasn’t sitting down for an hour, I was standing… which is good when you have been sitting in a chair for most of the day. I also did a bit of shopping and bought two skirts – some basic ones that will go with most outfits.

The Place

I suggested Pepper Lunch because I haven’t been there in at least a year. It’s changed quite a bit, and there are new things on the menu. I used to always get the pepper rice and I loved it. They serve almost all their dishes on a hot plate, so you can stir or mix all the ingredients together yourself. I honestly think that’s half the novelty of it. Otherwise you’re more or less buying fried rice, or steak and vegetables, or salad.

They used to have television screens showing how to mix your food. I used to think it was really awesome, but now I think it’s pretty ordinary now. It seemed kind of fun that you got to “cook” your own food on a hot plate, but I would rather pay the same price for something created by a chef. That said, yes, I would consider the food to be expensive, given its quality.

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I didn’t lug my camera around or anything, but happy World Photography Day. 🙂

To me, photography was a journey. Is a journey. My own story, How I got into photography, explains just that. Photography will always be important to me, but despite being able to tell a story, I find it hard to write about how important it is in words – how very apt.

Unfortunately, I lost most of my digital photos on my external hard drive due to a converting failure. But it doesn’t stop me looking back through what I still have. I’ll look back on old photos and see the skills I used to have, and how much they have improved. I’m forever learning. I’m always improving. But I also see the story behind the photo, and that’s what I feel is more worth celebrating.

Here is a cherry-picked random selection of photographs and their stories. All were taken by me, except for the one with Chris Daymond.

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Some time ago I was wondering if any subscription boxes out there would interest me. I searched far and wide and read many reviews on many subscription boxes, and eventually settled on one that shipped worldwide at a low cost (in this case, free), and was less than $30 a month. I was a bit reluctant to spend any more than $30 because thinking about $30 a month makes me think of giving up […]

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Today’s edition of FF was named by Michelle from my preview photograph on Instagram. :3

This is an outfit I wore last week, which I initially thought was pretty cute and funky… but after a week I thought it looked a bit silly and childish. Regardless, here it is. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I have a pretty quirky style, and I mix formal and casual, but at the same time, I don’t always dress in that style. I guess I find it silly because there are occasions I do enjoy wearing something formal, and I look back on my casual outfits and don’t like how they are so laid back.

I sneakily love the name Michelle suggested, Hello Georgie, because not only is it a pun on Hello Kitty, but it sounds similar to my blog’s name and my email address. I’m filled with glee. Shh.

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Joshua Byrd is a guy from Brisbane. He was in Europe for like a year, but now he’s back… in Pog form!

There’s a little more to Josh than that, though.

A couple of months ago I interviewed George, drummer of Brisbane band Velociraptor, who reintroduced meat into his diet. Today I interview Josh, who plays guitar in Velociraptor, and on the other hand, he’s a pescetarian (mostly vegetarian now!). I dare say we have a few things other things in common along with that, including a love for tea, poetry, reading, music, dogs and code.

Otherwise known as phocks (almost) everywhere on the internet, he currently has an obsession with Sailor Moon, and is worth following on Twitter.

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