Posts Tagged ‘North Sydney’

Day 207 – Coffee anyone?

Was in college today and our lecturer said to go out for an hour and come back with a photo of a barista, except we all had to pick a different one, and some place where we didn’t get our coffee everyday. So we wandered around and to my surprise there is a MASSIVE amount of cafe’s in North Sydney! Like nearly every second place is a cafe, how do they all make money??! Coffee must be the business to be in!

Anyway the first place we found I went in and asked the barista could I take a photo. He ended up posing with the other waitresses and making funny faces. One of the waitresses said that people, especially students, often come in and ask to take photos of them! Then she showed me a photo that a previous student had taken and it was amazing! I was a bit depressed, thinking there’s no way I’ll be able to come back with something like that. After that I walked around with some of my classmates while they took photos and while we were on the way back to college I saw this other place and thought I’d try get a better picture there. The photo above was taken there and I just liked the classic black interior and the guys black hair and dark blue top.

It was a good assignment in getting us to talk to people and ask them could we take photos, but also a fascinating insight into exactly how many coffee places there are in North Sydney! Who would’ve thought!

Quotes of the day:

But I love New York. I used to set my alarm clock when I was there, and get up at 4am and get a coffee, just because I could – Gail Porter

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze? – Jean Kerr


Day 200 – Life in North Sydney

Underground walkways, Mount St, College, learning stuff, taking photos, random assignments, waiting for the lifts, cool classmates, interesting lecturers, making me motivated, developing a coffee habit, Aldi lunches, $9.99 lasagne, space, the best library this side of the equator, paying fines, gym  with free newspapers, running for the train, views of the harbour, officeworks browsing, carrying bags, the light at night, staring at the fountain, bookshops, travel agents magazines, blue notepads, hills and empty offices.

Quote of the day: When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way – Wayne Dyer

Day 179 – College without Words


Day 54 – Here Come The Drums

For those of you who don’t know I come from quite a musical background!

In my youth (and childhood) I learnt the tin whistle for about 4 weeks. I played the keyboards for a few years and even won an award that meant I was called up to perform at a regional musical concert (well I got there to find that there were actually 2 Marie Keating’s and I wasn’t the one playing, they gave me an award in sympathy for their mistake!). I took a singing class at National school (we were all forced to sing a song every week or else – i think mine was always The Halls of Montezuma as far as I can remember). More recently I was one part (Sr. Mary) of the (in)famous ‘Srs. Mary, Petunia and The Pancakes’ band before I packed it all in for the photography. We would’ve made the big time if it weren’t for those pesky flippin Pancakes!

So I was heading home from Stanton library and for the second Friday in a row they have this Twilight Food Fair going on (yes including a pancake stall!) with free entertainment, hence the picture of the drum kit. I just thought what a fantastic way of spending a Friday afternoon, as I walked swiftly past for fear of being tempted by the pancakes! You still get that Friday-end-of-week buzz but with the freshness of the outdoors instead of  the inside of a pub.

Anyway I’m randomly talking crap about music and the food fair because i don’t want to think about the , OTHER, disturbing photo I took in North Sydney Square about 10 mins after that. Lets just saw if I didn’t see it with my own 2 eyes and have the photographic proof…! One best kept in the archives methinks (not deleted though in case the police need it for some sort of evidence later).

Quote of the day: “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Day 18 – Procrastinating with benefits

I guess this blog is good for something after all. I’m putting a much greater effort into taking photos and I think some knowledge seems to be seeping through my thick skull! Normally I get annoyed when I procrastinate on what I need to do but today as I hung around the square in North Sydney, wondering where I should go to take some pictures, I acted like a stalker and snapped a few interesting ones. Unfortunately the good ones I can’t show anyone for legal reasons but hopefully I won’t be sued for recognisable persons with this ‘chopped-head’ fella!

So it wasn’t all bad, I got to the library and did a bit of study, but more importantly borrowed Trisha Yearwood and Shania Twain cds for the weekend. I do love Stanton library, well except for that fine business.

If only now I’d remembered I was supposed to pack this evening, ah well tomorrow’s another day!

Quote of the Day: “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action” – Alan Burr (cheers for that Alan, remind me to recommend you for the next motivational speakers conference)

Oh and short blog today, we had a lecture earlier on the theory of visual communications and semiotics and my head hurts, a lot!

*Blog Update – I’m heading into the wilderness (i.e. a civilised town without internet!) for the weekend and so will be delayed in posting them up here until Sunday/Monday! Have a good weekend!

Day 16 – Back to College!

Ah man, I’ve been looking forward to going back to college ever since I got my timetable! And it didn’t disappoint! Our first class, well lets ignore the fact I missed yesterday’s class in order to work, was Visual Communication where we learned bits of the sensual and perceptual theories of VC, the history of camouflage clothing and watched a fascinating documentary on how our brain processes what we see and sense. A lot of the study was done on people who have brain damage and how certain processing areas of the brain work for them and more don’t, and what that can teach us. The conclusion was that how we perceive the world is a lot more complex than just our brains processing what we see through our eyes. I’d explain more but I don’t have the time! Go google!

Apart from the knowledge aspect I look forward to the structure that it provides, even if it’s a pretty rigid structure with class, work, study and a bit of training! It kinda feels like I’m making the most of my days I guess. I do wonder where I’ll find the time for this blog, even thinking about it I’ll have gone through 4 college terms by the time this blog ends! I guess thats why its called a challenge!

Anyway pancakes are calling me from the kitchen and after that I’m gonna have a bit of a think about my lental resolutions so better go log off!

The quote of today is attributed to a genius of a graphic artist we had to look up for college called Maurits Cornelis Escher:

” To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am”

Oh and the picture is the view (slightly edited) on the train passing over the Harbour Bridge on the way to college at North Sydney!