Postcards from Coromandel [The Travel Diaries]

Last weekend a friend of ours (our very own kiwi born) invited us to spend the weekend in Coromandel. He had booked a “holiday house” better know as a batch in Ferry Landing for a few days, so we went there with a few of our friends.
One thing I love about New Zealand, is that no matter where you are going within the country, there is no way you can be bored,there are always mountains, cliffs, lakes, every time you turn your head there is something to see. Back in Argentina, most routes (specially the one heading south of the country) are mostly plain, there is nothing but kilometres and kilometres of plain grass.

On Friday, by 3.30pm we where already on the road, given that winter has come by the time we got to the house is was super dark, we could hear the sea close to the house but we were not able to see anything, I was not sure what to expect but next day I woke up early in the morning to this view.

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Monthly Favourites [June]

Last month I wrote I wasn’t quite sure if I should continue with the monthly favourites since they didn’t seem as appealing  as the rest of the posts, but as it turns out you do like them, so welcome once again to my Monthly Favourites (June edition) This was a weird month, it seemed that it started yesterday and it went by super quick, but I do have some picks for you.

– Sorted Food

These guys need no introduction, they’ve been around forever now and have a huge fan base all over the interwebz. They are Barry, Ben, Mike and Jamie from the uk and they have an amazing youtube channel were they created some of the best and easiest recipes ever. Plus they are funny as hell, which makes their videos easy and fun to watch. (The image above has a link to their youtube channel…so go take a look)

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Ack Art Gallery Expos

Earlier this year,the Auckland Art Gallery was one of the 12 shortlisted buildings in the Culture category for the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore. Not only that, but it was also named winner for building o the year. (yay gallery!)
Because of this (and because I practically live next to it so I spend my “bored” hours there) I though it might be a god idea to tell you all what’s currently happening in the gallery for those interested on visiting.

Fragile Beauty

In the Mezzanine hall you can find a series of Japanese prints created in a style called Ukiyo-e which is pretty much a style of painting by stamping a carved piece of wood into a canvas, if you think about it, it is one on the oldest and maybe first methods of printing. (ha…and I though I would remember anything from my art classes at university) The whole exhibition is comprised of six themes, from landscapes, to depictions of war and theater.

Kodachrome Presents

This is actually a photographic exhibition in the second floor terrace of the gallery and it features the work of artist Mladen Bizumic as he marks the relationship between colour film in 1935 and the legacy of Kodachrome’s 12-colour palette after the company Eastman Kodak filled for bankruptcy on 2012. What really stroked me of the exhibit was how the colored acrylic holder are placed against the foliage of the Albert park (not sure if this is meant to be or just luck)

and last but not least is Kangaroo Crew

developed in collaboration with Indigenous Aussie artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people. This is  great option for people with little children (or little adults as well…I had a blast) It features a animation and artwork from The Sacred Hill a narrative created by Hookey and a workshop section to create your own Kangaroo Mask.

Hope you enjoy this and let me know if you ever visit any of these exhibits.
See you next time.

My Kitchen Rules (or it will soon…)

[Before you all go and rant in the comment section about how “misleading” this post is… I will not talk or this post has nothing to do with the NZ TV show My Kitchen Rules]

I’ve spent most of last night on Pinterest… and Etsy and Tumbrl and Apartment therapy and pretty much every web page where I could get some “House Inspiration.”
Since we are renting and that’s how New Zealand’s tennancy laws work, there is not much we can do on the new flat besides furniture shopping (unless your landlord approves) you even have to ask if you can put a nail in the wall. And even though furniture shopping is really fun, specially with Le-OCD Design loving-Boyfriend, I’ve been trying to find something else to add to the apartment to make it feel more “ours”

I’ve found that the last tenant left some nails on the kitchen walls, so I’ve been trying to find some nice posters to print out and hang from the walls, the problem now is that I can’t decided which to choose. Also I’ve realized that is been a while since I’ve uploaded something “design wise” so I though I might be a good idea to share what the Interwebz provided…I’ve found some, cute, typographic, design ones like the ones below…

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Vineyards, Wineries and Brunch

Last Saturday a friend of mine had her birthday and she decided to celebrate it by having a huge brunch at Soljans Winery,located west from Auckland city in the Kumeu Region. From what I could see and asked, the venue can be used for different purposes, they have a restaurant and a function centre that serves perfectly for wedding receptions and such and a huge vineyard and winery planted with Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinotage grapes (which they’ve told me are the best of that region)

Clearly  June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

Clearly June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

But let’s be honest, you are not here to read about the characteristic of the venue (or that suddenly a guy on an helicopter decided to “park” right in the middle of the yard) you are here because of the food.

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Auckland Festival of Photography

During all the month of May until the 20th of June most Auckland galleries featured exhibitions from the Auckland Festival of photography. To my understanding the festival aims to encourage emerging photographers to exhibit their work in public, so pretty much everyone can expose as long as you sign up for it (please make sure you read conditions in their website if you want to participate next year…just in case)

With over 30 different proposals and talks this is a great choice for a day out in the city (for those who enjoy photography…or not..who knows?) as well as a great day to see most art galleries in the city. I haven’t had the chance to see all of them (specially since most open this week) but I plan to tick off as much as I can.

If you have the chance i have a few recommendations based on the exhibits I’ve been to.

Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 Winner

The Aotea Centre is showcasing a selection of photographs from the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 until the 20th June. There were almost 22.000 images submitted last year and the final exhibition features artist from 153 countries.

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We want YOU!

I know, nobody cares if I have writers block or whatever excuse I have on why it’s been a week since my last post.

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Since we moved out, I have not been able to adjust again to my normal routine. The Monday after we moved out and cleaned the old apartment my body decided to shut down completely, it’s like it realized I’ve “Exercised” a bit too much during that weekend and said “Nope….I’m out..you are not meant for sports…I’m shutting down” So, I’ve had a really inconvenienced week with that, a not happy allergic reaction I had to a “new Garnier face cream” which left my eyes teary and swollen for a day (great day to be a graphic designer) and that I accidentally erased all the photos I had from the Silo Park Market. There you have all my excuses….let’s move on.

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Monthly Favourites [May]

It’s time for another monthly favourites!

To be honest I was about to “retire” this section of the blog because I felt you people…yes YOU… weren’t that exited or wasn’t something that caught your attention. Until last month, where my monthly favourites was almost the most view post of the month. So I’m going to give it another go, if it goes well or if you want them to stay, I will continue with my favorites if not, we can consider this one…the last one. Let’s start!

– Hannibal
Looks like Le Boyfriend keeps finding great TV shows to watch. Now that we are finally done with Dexter I guess we were needing a bit of blood. (Just kidding) Hannibal is focus on Will Graham, who is a criminal profiler with such a vivid imagination he can put himself in the mind of the killer to find them and it’s psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, brilliant forensic psychiatrist, culinarian… and a cannibalistic serial killer. If you have a free night give it a go. (Though it might not be a good idea if you are impressionable) 

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My life in cardboard boxes

Since the moment I was born until I came to New Zealand, I’ve always lived in the same house, same neighbourhood, same room. I’ve never needed or wanted to move. This is why it’s still weird to think how in the last year I moved house three times already. To my grief I’ve also realised how much Sh#t (Pardon Le french) I’ve gathered in so little time, we moved almost every 6 months since I’ve arrived, the first time we just called a taxi to help us with our luggage, but now I feel we need to call a moving truck to help us out.

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