Kawah Putih is a crater lake situated on Mount Patuha, south of Bandung, Indonesia. The defining character of the lake is its striking greenish-blue colour. The name of the lake translates to "white crater" and the colour of the water varies depending on the sulphur concentration and temperature. Because of the acidic nature of the lake the surrounding rocks and sand are bleached white, at times creating an almost moonscape-ish appearance. As you probably would have already guessed, the sulphuric nature of the lake means any contact with the water is a huge no-no. The last time I visited Kawah Putih I was about seven years old and I had vivid memories of this huge, almost unreal landscape. So I was pretty keen to revisit it. Like most childhood memories, the lake seemed much smaller upon revisiting. It was also much more populated with tourists. Where we once had the entire lake to ourselves we now had to share it with bus loads of crowds and even a film crew. Apart from all that, if you ever find yourself in Bandung/West Java then a trip to Kawah Putih is definitely worth a look in.
/24 September, 2014
As if I wasn't already excited at the prospect of summer, Gorman had to go ahead and drop their latest Summer 2014 lookbook into my lap/email inbox. Every season Gorman seem to outdo themselves in the print department, and the Summer 2014 collection is no exception. The collection has a distinct seaside flavour with lobster, fishing net, and seagull prints adorning everything from bucket hats to bikinis. Side note: I am ALL OVER that lobster print. Subtler prints take shape in the form of nautical stripes and Batik polka dots, while embroidered palms give the collection a cool tropical twist. With so many summery references jam packed into one collection, you'd be hard pressed not to have fun in the sun with Gorman this summer.
/17 September, 2014
Sad Girls is "a zine featuring work by girls who make things and have lots of feelings". As a girl who sometimes makes things and always has feelings, I was pretty sure that this was a zine after my own super emosh heart. Contributors include the likes of Leah Goren, Caitlin Shearer and Jen Collins. The zines feature a mix of illustration, photography, and text. I missed the boat when Issue 1 came out a while back but I checked into the Sad Girls Etsy before I headed overseas to find all three issues in stock (spoiler alert: only Issues 2 and 3 are currently available). As such, they ended up being a little bit of a homecoming present to myself. I'm not sure if it's a proven cure for jet lag but browsing through my Sad Girls zines made me feel 100% better. Hurrah!
/11 September, 2014
Since I went to Indonesia to visit family, I hadn't planned on doing many touristy things while I was there. I was in that position of not being a tourist but not quite being a local either. While I did end up doing a few touristy things, most of the time I was just hanging out with family, going to cafes, and going shopping. So pretty much what I do back home in Australia. One of the first places I trekked out to was Dusun Bambu, which is a leisure park located in north Bandung. As the name suggests, there are a lot of bamboo-related things around. There's also a restaurant, gardens, villas, and a marketplace of sorts. I went on a weekday afternoon when it was relatively quiet, but I heard it can get pretty busy on weekends. I had drinks on the deck at the Burangrang Cafe and explored the grounds before heading back into the city (in peak hour - not fun). After a few days of adjusting to the smog and pollution, the trip up to Dusun Bambu was a welcome respite from the nitty gritty of city living.
/03 September, 2014
Hello again! I mentioned in my last post - some 3 weeks ago - that I was off to Indonesia for a holiday of sorts. I was visiting family so was largely based in Bandung. While I had intended to update the blog with travel posts while overseas, the internet situation was much worse than I had anticipated. I was mainly limited to mobile internet - namely Instagram and Snapchat. Plus, who really wants to be sitting at a computer when on holiday? Now I've just got to sort through and edit a tonne of photos while also recovering from a stupid post-holiday cold. I'll be back with photo diaries and travelling tidbits in the coming days but in them meantime these are just a few of my favourite shots that you may or may not have already seen over on my Instagram.