Sunday, September 27, 2009

Travel Packing: SHORT TRIPS

Tomorrow evening I will be flying to Dunedin for a five-day stay... and I haven't started packing. I'll get around to it.. Eventually ;)


1. Luggage:
- Trunks (or trunk type suitcases) are nice, solid and best choice aesthetically. But while they're very pleasant on the eyes, they're not so fun to carry unless you want sore arms. Of course, if you have someone carrying them for you that shouldn't be a problem ;)
- Duffel bags, larger than gym-size of course should be lighter but cannot carry as much. It also encourages wrinkles and things like wine-glasses may break if not bubble-wrapped (or covered in clothes) properly.
- Suitcases with wheels are probably your prime choice. They come in many shapes and forms and the wheels mean it's easier to bring along.

* TIP: try not to get a standard black/navy blue one that looks just like everyone elses because more likely than not, someone may take your luggage by mistake because it looks like theirs. But if yours DOES look like that, it helps to tie a ribbon or something identifiably yours on it so you can find it on the baggage carousel easily.

2. Before you pack, you MUST:
- check the weather forecast and have an idea of what it will be like - coats, y/n?
- know how long you will be there for so you have enough clothes to last you the entire time
- consider: will you be doing a lot of shopping? If so, don't fill your suitcase up. Leave some space for your potential purchases.

3. When dismantling your closet, here are some things to remember:
- ALWAYS take a jacket/coat/hoodie because you never know when the temperature will drop.
- choose pieces that can be worked in several ways so you don't have to bring so many.
- try not to bring more than 2 pairs of shoes, and wear the heaviest on the plane.

* TIP: roll your clothes and tie them with rubber bands. it saves space and reduces wrinkles.

*EXAMPLE: my packing list (still in the works) includes...

  • white fleece jacket
  • black bossini dress
  • wrangler jeans
  • denim shorts
  • opaque black stockings
  • b&w checkered scarf (yes, THOSE LOL)
  • striped long sleeve top
  • grey cardigan
  • from first to last t-shirt
  • black converse
  • green 3/4 sleeve top
how it can be made to last 5 days:
1. dress + stockings
2. dress + jeans
3. t-shirt over long-sleeve + shorts + stockings
4. long sleeve + jeans
5. green top + shorts + stockings
...and the jacket/cardigan/scarf can be added depending on how cold it is.


  • the usual: sleepwear; underwear (DO NOT FORGET)
  • toiletries: eyeliners in black, white and green; toothbrush; hairbrush & comb; gatsby moving rubber (though i probably can't take a straightener.. but I'll live!);
    *TIP: if you carry shampoos or perfume, try and transfer them to smaller travel-sized containers :)
  • a smaller bag to carry your stuff around every day: keep wallet, cellphone, camera, hotel key, shades in.
  • CHARGERS!!! for your cellphone and camera. Worst that could happen is a camera dies on holiday with no spare battery.
  • entertainment: a handheld like NDS/PSP or music players are great; but this 1-hour flight I'm just taking 2 packets of star folding paper I have to make... as well as *sigh* my maths books from school because I have to study for an exam in 2 weeks. Wish me luck >o<
...I think I've covered the important stuff, hopefully I haven't forgotten anything! >w< Thoughts?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

tabs to open until your browser explodes.

- Clint Eastwood in Coraline 2? For more random Coraline things such as button keys, dolls and even cosplays, head to you'll like evilbuttons ;)

- Tim Burton collaborates with Tim Walker for a Harper's Bazaar October 2009 spread. I have to say, Tricks & Treats is pretty fucking cool.

- Alex Pardee, the excellent artist whose talents you may recognize from The Used and In Flames album covers does sweet stuff for Zerofriends (toys, shirts, mugs, you name it!) and now they're looking for some help in filming the brand's first commercial. Keen to help out?

- If you are one of the few who have not discovered You Are Remarkable yet, now may be a good time to check it out. It's cute, and helps lift your spirits.

- But on a less positive note, Chiodos have kicked out Craig Owens. :O
- The Used are giving away massive Bus Bench ads for their latest album Artwork. WANT ONE?
Also, if you haven't heard the album yet... Check it out. My favorites are Empty With You and Born to Quit.
- The Secret Society of List Addicts. I know people from the community will like it. Ideas for MORE LISTS OMGLOL. I know I do ;)

Things I Love Thursday

- Term break! Last day of school for a 2 week break tomorrow :)
Unfortunately I have to study because exams are coming up veerrryyyy soon after I return, but... there's always SLEEPING IN!

- Trivium are playing Powerstation next February!
This makes me very happy because earlier this year I was complaining how they toured Australia with Black Tide and not New Zealand. They're hitting Auckland and Christchurch with Whitechapel. Keen? The best part is that I get to hang out with Kc again, who I haven't seen for a year! ^__^
Other sweet bands coming downunder include Bad Religion/NoFX/Pour Habit and Slayer/Megadeth next weekend, The Ataris and Poison The Well in October, Arch Enemy and Pearl Jam in November and Green Day in December. Next year starts off well too with Underoath/Switchfoot at Parachute, AC/DC(!!!) and Cobra Starship.

- Mi Goreng Instant Noodles. Self explanatory. They're nearly as good as Nong Shim x]

- "Angry Fan Doesn't Realize It's Bert" is funny. Imagine how douchey and regretful you would feel if you realized you raged at your own favorite band while wearing their shirt. FAIL! XD

- Epik High parodies the monster movie "The Host" in their new music video, Wannabe.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Sorry for the lack of posts, I'm really slack aren't I? >_<>happy because:

- I'm going to see Bad Religion & NoFX in a week and 2 days time, thanks to my wonderful friends who got me a ticket for my birthday last month. I love you guys! :) I spent my birthday as a birthday weekend and it was PRO! August 28(to 29), 2009 will be a hard one to beat ;D

- My leng jai is back from SG! Five days seemed like a long time; with the way I wipe out the 2degrees sim card's free credit on just texting in under a day ._.

- For the first time, I'm watching Skins. I always heard it was good but never got the chance to watch it because I kept forgetting what time it was on TV. Good thing D.Leech torrented it and gave me the entire first season for free (while he charged the guy who asked him to download it $15. ZING!) I'll elaborate once I'm done x]

- I've been feeling productive.. Last weekend I started customizing Chucks again, and this time with acrylic paints. I did Bullet For My Valentine's Hand of Blood CD art on it and finished in a day :)

- Gatsby Moving Rubber! I know, it's nothing new to either you nor me but I love my Gatsby's, they're uber awesome. Great hair product. Harold has coined mine "stylish morning hair" hahahahaha. Unfortunately, my layers are not short enough to replicate KT. In time I'll get another trim, in time more posts will come.

Something cohesively themed soon.. and a bunch of links. I know you love pretty or BRING THE LULZ clickables as much as I do. Off to watch Skins now! :)

P.S. If anybody wants to exchange links (I'll create a list on the sidebar in time), just comment!