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(Albert Park)

I woke up with a plan this morning: finish watching/note-taking for the two accounting lectures I have missed, drop off the stacks and stacks of unwanted clothes at the Recycled Boutique, edit my CV and print copies out to be given to some shops later today or early tomorrow. Done the first. But took me longer than planned because of my incessant “need” to check my phone and facebook notifications (I may be having a problem….anyone willing to study me?). Went to the boutique but they were not taking any items for selling until Monday next week so my huge black bag full of clothes were left in the lockers for safekeeping. And I didn’t do shizz with my CV which ain’t good. Not good at all. Buuuuut while sitting in front of the computer, in and out-of-focus with accounting, I got a call from an Electoral Commission staff telling me I got an interview! Jumped from my seat and power-walked into the printing room then down the stairs (sorry library-folks for my semi-loud voice) to listen and ask more about the deets. Anyway, the job is only for a day but who cares! I’m ecstatic! After my 4-day training at Pita Pit and random writing work for my parents’ research company, this will be the next paid work I will get a chance to put my foot on…Fingers crossed I do good on Thursday for that interview 🙂 Anyway, by around 5pm, when all those stuff have been done and dusted, I planned on heading home but got carried away with taking random photos around the AU campus and surrounding area. 

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(Sky Tower at dusk)

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(in front of the AU School of Music)

The photos above are a few from that mini-excursion I did late this afternoon. Hope you like it. Sorry for the bad lighting but that’s all I can do with my old Minolta camera at that moment. Hope everyone’s having a lovely day. Xx

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Doing more only to do less – do we glorify busy?

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Stop the glorification of busy.My friend Gavin was telling me about a conversation he had with some Dutch colleagues. Gavin, and his compadre Georgina, find that the sheer volume of work they are confronted with on a weekly basis is just un-doable within the confines of a normal 8-hour work day. So they regularly put in 10-hour days at the office. And another couple of hours at home picking up emails. This causes all sorts of problems: they’re tired all the time, their spouses feel ignored, they don’t want to go out at night or over the weekend and they lose touch with friends.

Hmmfff…”, said their pals, “In Holland, if you were to work like that we would think you were not coping.”

“Am I”, he wondered, “not coping? Or am I doing more than I should? And if I am doing more than I should –  what should I stop doing? And…

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The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means

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I recently started watching the new TV series Outlander, based on the popular books by Diana Gabaldon. I have never read the books. The series sounded like something I might enjoy, about a woman who time-travels to 18th Century Scotland.

After watching two episodes, I’m already done with it.

I see people raving about the show on Twitter and other social media. Like Charlie Brown, I don’t know how to argue with success. Something is resonating with many viewers, and I don’t mind that they are enjoying it.

But to me it’s a major disappointment. It made me think of how the term “strong female character” is so often misconstrued.

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mid-sem break

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So it’s officially our mid-sem break!!! Buuuuut it’s no time for relaxation because of the piles and piles of work I have due when lectures resume in two weeks. In addition to this, Auckland weather hasn’t been good to it’s inhabitants considering it’s freezing cold and been drizzling (w/ occasional heavy rainfall) these past three days after months of sunlight and more bearable temperature conditions *sighs*. Because of this I’ve just been staying at home, watching tv, hanging out with the fam, browsing the web, listening to random songs I find on Spotify….you know, like, the normal shizz, i.e., doing things other than my actual coursework. Btw, any Aucklanders reading this (or at least have scrolled/skimmed through this), listen to any of Ben Howard’s songs. Because he’s my ultimate favourite and the fact that I find most of his songs (even more so his latest ones) fitting for this kind of cold, drowsy weather when all you just want to do is roll yourself in bed like a toasty-cinnamon-bunned Homer with your warm ass blanket of goodness while drinking coffee or tea and listening to feel good songs. Just a suggestion, though, cause I’m happily warm typing this while wearing my trusted blue, puffy Kathmandu jacket, a coffee on the side, while listening to The Fear 🙂 Anywaaay, sorry for the long ass sentences but that’s how I usually roll in real life. Or it could be because I’ve had 3 cups of coffee already? Hmmm pick a choice. Welp, hope you’re having an awesome Monday wherever in the world you may be. I’m gonna make me some coffee ….  Xx

Failure is Good

Sooo relatable considering I don’t know where I’m actually headed in life (doing science and business in university but still not focused on career path) and the fact that I love photography.. thanks for this post! 🙂

In Flow

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Failure is inevitably linked with art – and life for that matter. Well, it’s also linked to success if you think about it. To put it a little harshly; if we don’t experience failures it’s because we don’t live – or we don’t create, when talking about arts. And if we don’t dare to make failure we will never succeed, either.

Life and art is about jumping from an airplane without knowing how a parachute really works, but hoping it will. It’s about taking chances, knowing that often they won’t lead to anything – or at «worst» to failure. I use brackets because failures aren’t necessarily bad. On the contrary; you can use them as stepping stones to learn more, to become better next time, to evolve, to grow. In my post Weakness as Potential Strength I wrote: By figuring out where our weaknesses lie, we can take steps to…

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wednesday

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Half-way through this week until our mid-sem break starts

(with a splash of three essays and a test due after the two-week “break”)

Half-way through this semester until most people I know will finish their respective uni degress

(while I, on the other hand, still has at least one and a half more years to go considering my knack for changing majors)