Those Landmarks We Pass, Degas and Full-band

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It seems like the harshness of winter has relented, and the temperature’s rising pleasingly. Even though no weatherman can make a promise in a city like Melbourne, everyone seems to be optimistic for the springtime that’s lingering around the corner.

It’s mid-August, how is your new-year resolution travelling so far? Don’t fret, it’s never too late to start something new. Don’t just wait for the new year to start something, everyweek, everyday is a new beginning that is packed with opportunities waiting to be opened.

(OK, since when did I start sounding so inspirational? LOL)

Tiffany and I went to NGV for the exhibition of Degas (or de Gas), if you are a fan of the Impressionists, it’d be worth checking out. Degas’ most iconic works have been displayed, such as the ‘Dance Class’. It fascinates me to behold his paintings in real life. Firstly, these paintings have been around 150 years old. Secondly, I remembered seeing his drawings in textbooks when I was little, but to see the masterpieces in full size is a surreal experience, as if it connects you with the artist himself – after centuries and across the oceans.

Counting down on the days that our daughter is due to be born, we also learned to treasure the time we have for just the two of us 🙂

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I started documenting the streets of this city, which is changing in a rapid pace. The sky is getting narrower, roads are busier, and the Melbournians can always find newer trends to follow. I find myself tend to focus a lot on the architecture (my field maybe?), those who don’t change very often. My uni lecturer said that architecture is history that can be seen & touched. I imagine the buildings stay on its designated land, witnessing the history and telling a story of their own.

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Centre Place, Melbourne. (Off Flinders Lane)

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In my opinion GPO is better looking than the Town Hall, though both have a very similar style.

We’ve done some shopping lately, not for ourselves but for our daughter. Luckily we only need to shop for the necessities, as we’ve been given a lot of new & used clothes. Tiffany and I are pretty minimalistic when it comes to shopping, we do “Osouji”(お掃除) regularly – which is to tidy up the house and get rid of unused items. I find it quite relaxing afterwards.

Seeing my blog taking some shape is making me quite happy, I guess I’m the kind of person who likes to make stuff. When I’m old and a grandpa I’ll probably take up a hobby of woodcrafting, who knows. Just as for everything I do, my professional work, my photographs, my writing, I want it to grow into a style of my own.

Some verses I read last week:

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

(Proverbs 23:4–5)

Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, and being very healthy in both body and spirit.

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