Aussie. Student of the world. Dreamer.

eazy-ee asked:
Let's talk about art and music and film and magic moments when you get to experience the beauty of the world yaaaz. When was a time when you experienced complete bliss and what were you thinking? What songs are you currently feeling, books you're reading, or movies you seem to find yourself relating to these days?

This is such a good series of questions, and it has been on my mind all day. During my travels of Europe last year I had many moments of bliss- the mountain waterfalls in Switzerland, dancing in the streets of Berlin, kissing my love under the stars in Florence, but there is one that particularly sticks out. After a night of adventures in Croatia, I found myself sitting on a beach, waiting for the sun to rise. While I sat there beneath the sky, next to the ocean, I felt really at peace with the world. Here I was, completely alone, thousands of miles from home, and yet so content. It was an amazing feeling. I didn’t need anything more than just the moment of seeing the sun rise on foreign lands. Happiness. 

In 2012 I had found a mountain range I wanted to scale before the year was out. I have a rule that i made with myself - if I ever failed an adventure three times in a season, I would take it as a sign to leave it alone for that year. Health and safety is more important than finishing a trail. This mountain range is truly beautiful. The mountain air is invigorating, the land feels magical, and your thoughts become clear. It is everything a person could want for the outdoors. On my first attempt conditions were rough, it was snowing, sub-zero conditions, the map ended up becoming unreadable due to the wet, and my two friends and I got lost. Somehow we ventured further than needed, and by the time we tried to correct, we were very weary. We must have walked 40kms of mountain trail that day, and were lucky to get out. On the second attempt I went solo. The night was filled with a big snow fall, thus the ground was knee deep in powder. The going was tough, just the soft sound of repeated steps into the white. After a few hours I felt a really bad vibe, and when I stumbled across fresh wild dog prints, I got out of there. It pays to focus on your feelings. I only had one more attempt, and took my brother and close friend along for the grand finale. Everything went perfect - the sky was clear, little snowfall during the week, and nothing went wrong. On those final steps up the peak, I felt an overwhelming sense of achievement and satisfaction and joy. It is difficult to describe but when you battle through so much and then reach the mark, pure ecstasy. Standing there and surveying the valleys and mountains below us, indescribable. Pure bliss. 

I watched Good Will Hunting last night, and what Robin Williams does in his role is incredible. That is a very inspiring movie, and like how it paints a picture of love that is realistic, something we need to do more often. There is line which really resonated with me ‘You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other’.

I have been reading many things this week, but for that I could write on my thoughts endlessly. Thankyou for the prompt, very cool questions. 

Urban jungle. Spent last week in Melbourne, a city which has an amazing art and cultural vibe. It is known as one of the great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art on outside locations. It is so easy to get lost in time, wandering the endless lane ways.

Anonymous asked:
I just read your description of Melbourne and absolutely fell in love; being a local, I don't often enough take a step back and appreciate the diversity and unique vibe the city gives off. Love your blog, keep being chill!!

It really is an amazing city - I think it will be a hub of culture and creativity in the future. Post-modern architecture sits neatly alongside grand Victorian buildings, historical art against heavily graffiti’d walls, and the people that wander the streets are full of character. We all forget how amazing our home town is, its easy to get caught up in looking afar for adventures. Thanks friend, keep being chill yourself. 

owl-cave asked:
Ok at first i thought "ok that's a cool blog title" then "ok this is an amazing blog" then "wow, those 2 albums i just downloaded are great!" and so on. 15 minutes in your blog and not only i'm thinking this is one of my favorite blogs ever but also you are one of my favorite people on here? You're living the life and i can only wish you the best of luck but i must also say your blog, what you do, those nature sounds in the albums, the posts... everything is so inspirational. Thank you bro. :)

Thanks friend, I am really stoked that it has been able to give a bit of positive inspiration your way. Right now I am beyond excited for October because I am hading down to Queenstown in New Zealand, and it looks like one of the most serene places in the world. Mountain ranges sweeping across the sky, an untouched alpine environment and rivers winding across the land. These are the stories I hear.
Hope you are well friend, keep exploring.

ladyfaux asked:
Your life looks like one giant adventure! I'm extremely jealous and insanely curious all at the same time.

Hey there lady faux. Thankyou, I do try and keep life moving, always planning, always dreaming. I just spent the weekend exploring Melbourne. The entire trip was run on no sleep, as there as an infinite amount of places to become lost in. Melbourne is a special city, it has the feeling of nostalgia mixed with creative horizons. The inner suburbs are remarkely quiet, surrounded by pockets of parks and fields, nature observing. Friends and family enjoying the sunlight and rays. Catching a train- it weaves through the city, as the great wheels run on, imagery passing by. And then as you enter the city and disappear down the endless laneways you discover hidden cafes and bars, buzzing with energy and excitement. It inspires. The people are so very interesting, dynamic, accepting and ever changing. As the sun rises you can find yourself down the highway by the sea, watching the waves drift in, resting on the sand. It is a place where ideas are grown.

This is the story of the mountain, Mauao.

Long ago in the forests of Hautere there stood three mountains. The chief, Otanewainuku, the lovely Puwhenua, and the nameless one. The nameless one was in love with Puwhenua, but she was in love with the mighty Otanewainuku. He had captured her heart with his tall majestic trees. The nameless one was heartbroken. He decided to drown himself in the sea.

He asked the Patuparaihe (bush fairies) to drag him down to the sea to drown. One night they tied ropes around him and dragged him from the forest. His tears left rivers behind him, and channels formed where he was dragged. As he was dragged nearer to the sea the sky began to lighten. Then with a great jump up leapt Te Ra the sun. The Patu dropped their ropes and fled back to the darkness of the forest. Before they left the gave him a name. Mauao - caught by the dawn.

Many years later when people came to live here they gave him another sacred name. Maunganui (big mountain) To this day he proudly guards the entrance to our beautiful harbour and watches over his people. No longer nameless, forever proud.

Anonymous asked:
hey I hope you have a beautiful day today

I hope you have a beaut day too

past present future

I was making an ice-cream cake today, which is the most delicious dessert you will ever eat. It can consist of a multitude of ingredients, but this version is caramel based, filled with shattered mars bars and flake, coated with violet crumble, swirled together in a mousse like texture. So good. As I was putting it together my mind started to go on creative tangents, leaving the end-point at three words: Past, Present, Future. Hang with my thoughts for a moment. 

We have this consciousness that takes into different worlds. I can be having a conversation with a friend, whilst thinking about a childhood memory, while simultaneously worrying about what will I be like ten years.  The Past, Present and Future is always alive, forcing our motives, modifying behaviours and forcing self-fulfilled outcomes. My first real question I have been asking myself is, does it really matter if I am present in all three states of being? An Eastern train of thought would tell me to be in the moment, and this is a great place to start. Too often the beautiful moments of our life are drowned out by a cacophony of self-consciousness and anxiety. Living in the moment is important. My Nepalese mentor taught me that life unfolds in the present. But so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized, and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what’s past. He taught living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realise that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. And that is cool, but I did not take all of the information the Nepalese man told me, some of it didn’t sit right with me. This is why humans are special, we can be taught information and habits, and then decide and move with the knowledge anyway we deem possible. Infinite movements. 

The Past, Present, Future, to me, is about finding balance within each. I love creating and living in the now, so that I may cherish memories which I can enjoy from the past, while simultaneously working towards goals in the future. By running with all three together, it has created a synergy in my life, and brings moments of clarity and direction. And whenever I struggle with thoughts I just focus and remember, the past may dictate who we are, but we get to determine who we become, and the best way to predict the future us to invent it. The ice-cream cake turned out pretty damn amazing as well. 

Loving your blog! The pictures are so breath taking and your insights are so profound. I have a question: what city/country have you not been to that you are dying to go to? Also I really want to go to Paris soon; what are the spots I MUST see and experience there?

The Himalayas. At this stage I will be venturing there in 2016. It has been a dream of mine for many years, but I am excited it’s now going to happen. To watch dusk’s beauty which shivers along the mountain range, the state of silent medication overshadowing the trees. To walk among the rich history, where valleys become abodes of the brooks, and peaks pierce the heavens of blue. My plan is to do the Annapurna Circuit, then spend days wandering Nepal, getting lost in it’s magic. Thanks for the question friend. As for France, venture off the track to find hidden character. You won’t regret it

'Where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the day-blind stars feed'