Types Of People At The Airport

For those of you who read my previous blog post, you’ll already know that I have returned to Dunedin for my University year.  This involved one hell of a journey, driving from Hamilton to Auckland, flying Auckland to Christchurch and finally onto Dunedin.

As much as I love travel – and I love travel – this journey included a ten hour wait at Christchurch airport.  Admittedly this isn’t exactly the ideal scenario when travelling; it is always preferable to fly direct or at least have minimal time in transit.  However, as well as a keen lover of travel, I also happen to enjoy indulging in a bit of good ol-fashioned people watching.

Ten hours is a long time to sit at the same booth, in the same departure lounge, with ever-changing crowds of people walking past. So this week I decided to cram all ten hours of people watching into one video: Types Of People At The Airport. Continue reading

Mushroom Sauce For Steak

I have spent the entire Christmas – New Year summer period at my parent’s home in Hamilton.  As per tradition, we always try to make a big deal of our final family dinner at the end of the summer – after all, there’s nothing quite like ending another holiday on a good note!

Our favourite meal is simple: steak, crunchy potatoes and sauce.  The only real decision that needs to be made for a meal plan such as this is “what sauce should I make?”.  As with most things, I like to take the BEST option… which is always Mushroom Sauce. Continue reading

What ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Taught Me About Love

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that yesterday was Valentine’s Day.

This time last year, the movie version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was released.  Do you remember the story?  It involves a young college graduate named Anastasia Steele who begins dating the successful businessman Christian Grey, only to discover that he is a sexual sadist who wants to lure her over to the dark side of his deepest desires.

But what you may not know is that this story of fetishism has been read by women the world over, and apparently they find it to be very erotic and emotionally fulfilling.  All I can conclude from that is that this story must be an encyclopaedia full of information about love.

So, in celebration of that very fact, I decided to make a video called “What 50 Shades Of Grey Taught Me About Love”.  Check it out! Continue reading

Happy GALentines Day

This morning I woke up painfully aware of one, simple fact: I am single.

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

That probably came off as the most depressing blog post intro that I have ever written.

Believe me when I say this: I am incredibly happy with my current single-status and the life that I am living.  The popular culture narrative around being single is founded on ideas of loneliness and loss, and it irks me that people are under the assumption that a single life is an empty life.  I feel that I lead a happy and full life, and I am the best version of myself I can be. Continue reading

The Kanye West – Taylor Swift Debacle Continues

For all the Soutside n****s who will know me the best

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex

Why? I made that b***h famous

God damn, I made that b***h famous

All I can say is this – typical.

Kanye West, a rapper who seems to revel in the limelight that controversy brings, has recently debuted his seventh studio album ‘The Life of Pablo’.  Whilst many of his songs host attention-grabbing lyrics, perhaps intended to spawn backlash or at the very least gossip, it are his lyrics in the song ‘Famous’ featuring Rihanna that really take the cake. Continue reading

Super Bowl AKA The Beyoncé Show: An Open Letter To Queen Bee

Dear Beyoncé:

Let me start with this: I am a HUGE fan.  I was a Beyoncé fan when you were a member of Destiny’s Child, promoting a healthy body image for “Bootylicious” women the globe over.  I remained a Beyoncé fan when you branched off as a “Naughty Girl” and fell “Crazy In Love”.  I continued to be a Beyoncé fan, now that you are “Flawless”, and I have no intention of changing my fan status now that you are pushing social issues you are passionate about. Continue reading

Traditional Greek Salad

When I was 17 years old, I embarked on one of the greatest journeys of my life – I moved overseas.  Although it was daunting to be away from home, I learnt a lot about independence, paving my own way in life and the world around me.

My travels took me all over Europe.  From the snow-covered grass fields of England, to the vibrant colours of Spain, to the eerily beautiful streets of Poland – these are just a few of the mesmerising scenes I was lucky enough to experience firsthand.  But it wasn’t only a tour of legendary sights that I was undertaking; I was also embarking on a culinary tour of the continent.

I was fortunate enough to spend a week on the beautiful island of Corfu off the coast of mainland Greece.  I spent many a day, sitting out in the scorching hot sun, sampling the local cuisine and marvelling in the beauty of the Adriatic/Ionean Seas.

A favourite dish that has stayed with me all these years later is the Traditional Greek Salad.  I absolutely love how fresh and flavoursome it is.  As today was a scorcher of a day, not unlike those I remember in Greece, I decided it was the perfect evening to reacquaint myself with this particular dish. Continue reading

Social Rules: To Drink Or Not To Drink

Have you ever hosted a party or social gathering at your house?  Well – at 22 years of age – I can safely say that I have hosted my fair share.

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love having people around at my house.  But the responsibility of hosting people at your house brings with it socially awkward situations.

This week on my YouTube channel, I decided to tackle the society’s rules around what to do with beverages, both alcoholic and non, that are left over at your house following a social gathering.  It would mean the world to me if you would check it out!

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“The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham

Are you the sort of person who has to read a book before you can watch the movie? Well, I am that sort of person, and when I saw the trailer for an upcoming movie called “The Dressmaker” I knew that I just had to get my hands on the book first.  And I am so happy that I did.

The Dressmaker

“The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham

“The Dressmaker” presents a cleverly written satire on village life.  Set in 1950’s rural Australia, it reminds readers that you can find hypocrisy and mean-spirited microcosms anywhere and everywhere. Continue reading