The Cow Parade is On in Perth

From 31st October to 11th December, Perth is hosting the Cow Parade, a public art installation which features 40 cows (not real ones!) across the city. Perth just becomes one of the few in the world to host the art event whereby cows that arrived as blank canvasses are painted, crafted and embellished by artists and designers from across Western Australia.

Their works are then displayed on various locations, such as parks, shopping centres, buildings and areas of interests, whilst some will be auctioned off to raise money for medical research.

 

Cow Parade Perth
Artwork by Peter Farmer, located on Museum Street in Northbridge
Cow Parade Perth
“Beauty X Ethics” by Benjamin Kontoolas
Cow Parade Perth
“Missy Moo” at Elizabeth Quay

Embroidery for Beginners

embroidery for beginners

I never thought I would ever take embroidery as a hobby. Whilst I learned cross-stitching back in uni and finished a few small projects, I abandoned stitching eventually in favour of new interests when I started working.

Last year, I dabbled in adult colouring to pass the time and for the most part, to take my mind away from the stresses of daily living, including completing projects at work, finding my way through corporate life, and putting together documents for my visa applications. However, it eventually lost its appeal in part because it did not work for the purpose that I had initially intended and in part because it became a boring and tedious activity. I still keep a pack of colouring pens and a couple of colouring books handy, but I don’t know when I’ll have the interest again to complete even a single page.

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HBF Run for a Reason, My First Race in Perth

HBF Run for a Reason 2016

I finally joined my first race in Perth last Sunday at the HBF Run for a Reason 2016. Like most running events everywhere else, this race/fun run supports various charities, and runners had the option to directly donate to specific groups of their liking or set up their own campaigns.

Since I have only been running on and off in the past 10 months and that I wasn’t familiar a, and it was starkly different to what it was between early 2014 up to the middle of 2015. While I was able to put in a few KMs of running prior to our wedding, it was still a shame because Perth offers a lot of opportunity for running, thanks to the miles of bike and foot paths around the suburbs and the many parks that dot the metro. So in order to stick to running, I decided to sign up for this year’s HBF event. It also happens that the race that the WA-based insurance company sponsors is the largest annual race in the state.  Continue reading “HBF Run for a Reason, My First Race in Perth”

Best Holiday Ever! Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Sunset
Kota Kinabalu sunset

Who knew that Kota Kinabalu would be one of the most special places I would ever visit? The week spent in the city famously referred to by locals and travelers alike as “KK” has been one of the most enjoyable in recent memory, thanks to the charm of the place itself, its people, and the company of someone who would eventually claim a special place in my heart (perhaps, my heart itself).

Thanks to the peak travel season in the Philippines in the summer, especially during and right after Easter/Holy Week, everything cost nearly twice as much, particularly airfare and hotel. And so on top of wanting to avoid crowds, this only encouraged us to consider other destinations in Southeast Asia.

Thus, upon recommendations on the Web and from friends alike, we decided on KK, a convenient, tourist-friendly, and very affordable destination. Kota Kinabalu is this little nook on the northwest coast of Sabah, Malaysia, facing the South China sea. Whilst it was one of the more popular gateways to Malaysia, Borneo or the rest of Southeast Asia, KK after Easter was not teeming with too many tourist. We were informed by locals that the city did host a considerable number of visitors a few weeks prior, so I guess the timing for our holiday was just right. Continue reading “Best Holiday Ever! Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu”

The longest Christmas

Christmas Light & Sound show at Ayala Gardens, Makati

 

“Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.

“The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive season — and pulls no punches in its celebratory zeal for the period, with lavish light displays, masses, and festivals held throughout the country from September until January.

“One of the most populous nations in Asia, the Philippines is an overwhelmingly Christian nation. Approximately 90% of Filipinos are Christian and 80% of those are Catholic, an influence gleaned from the country’s period as a Spanish colony from the sixteenth century until the end of the nineteenth.”

On CNN: The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas