MADE in Melbourne

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I’ve never been a major music concert in my life and I was already thinking I’d probably never go to one ever, unless I was a crazy fan willing to dish out several hundreds for a band that I truly admired and cared about. Seeing Big Bang live last Wednesday was an experience never  to forget. Those 2 and a half hours should’ve extended to at least 8 hours, it flew like crazy. Listening to them made  me realize how amazing live performances can be  –  they did that to the point of perfection. I don’t like every single Big Bang song and even when they performed them, turns out I liked the songs so much. 5 years of waiting for this moment, and I’m willing to wait again for their next concert.

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When Big Bang announced their  MADE album tour for the first time in  Australia this October, it was like…What. The. Heck…I didn’t think there would be enough Big Bang fans in Australia, ever. At the time of the announcement (around July I think) they only mentioned Sydney in the tour schedule. I was devastated they weren’t coming to Melbourne but at the same time, it was expected that of all the cities in Australia Big Bang would visit, it would be Sydney. Sydney gets everything! I was still at work when the  news got  released, I found out when my friends texted me immediately. We were already in talks of doing  a trip to Sydney. Checking airfares, hotel rates, bus trips and all. Perhaps a one night’s stay in Sydney for  the concert would be enough. Or two nights? All I recall was sending many texts back and forth, carefully planning this Sydney trip.

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A week later I get two text messages  from the  same friends. I checked my phone after work and the first message said: “GSIDWGWSDHKJWHDKJHASKSH BIG BANG ARE GONNA COME TO MELB JSBDKJBDKJNSADLKSNCLKSNFCKNDS”. Then I check my other friend’s message and it was almost the exact same thing but with more uppercase letters and excessive use of exclamation marks. Well, there goes our Sydney plans hah! Where do I begin? There was a group on facebook I supported  called “Bring Big Bang to Melbourne” and it had about a thousand people who joined. Mind you this is after they announced Sydney and before they announced Melbourne. I was thinking there’s no way they’d come to Melbourne, impossible, but I’ll support this group anyway because who knows what could happen. Am I crazy to think that joining this group may have been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made? Obviously there’s lesser fans in Melbourne and Rod Laver Arena has a seating capacity of 15,000 in comparison to Sydney’s 30,000 plus seating in the Allphone’s Arena. All I can say is that I’m super impressed by the online support shown within the Melbourne BB community.

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A month later pre-sale tickets were on and I tried going for  VIP tickets but no luck. I tried again for the next round of tickets, again no luck. And the third time, no luck. My friend was very lucky enough to get VIP in the third round so I was happy for her knowing  that one of us could at least experience the thrill of VIP treatment. I swear those tickets are based on pure luck. I had 3 different devices on as soon as it was on sale, refreshed all browsers and still couldn’t get my hands on one ticket. Unfortunately there are horrible people out there who buy VIP tickets and sell it for double the price to desperate fans straight away. I went for two   Platinum tickets which were the second best (my mom wanted to come along as well). In the end I didn’t care too much about VIP anymore, if I could bring anyone to experience this concert with, it would be my mom.

 

 

Platinum tickets had seating but the only time we sat down was in between songs and during  intermissions. The Melbourne crowd didn’t bother sitting down, life is too short so we should dance more. Even my mom danced more than I did. One of the band members, Seungri, told us he did some research on Melbourne and from what he found on google, he said “Melbourne people party hard”. Yup, that’s exactly what we proved to him and the gang on Wednesday. It was a full house, not one person sat down, it was literally an ocean of yellow crown sticks and hands moving in the air. Rod Laver Arena is very cosy and no matter where you sit you’re bound to get a great view of the main stage. The best thing about a cosy arena is that you can feel the energy of the crowd.

I’m having major withdrawals as I type this post, ever since the  concert I’ve listened to “If You” on repeat, put  my crown stick back into its original packaging (the box is well designed I must say) and left it on a prominent site of my desk so every morning when I wake up it’s the first thing I see, rewatched my vids and continuously reminisce with friends via text  and social media. After the reception Big Bang  got from the Melbourne crowd, I’m sure they’re keen to come back and explore more of what this  great city has to offer in the future.

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Photo-6-10-2015,-1-21-00-AMIf you’re a Big Bang fan, remember GD & TOP’s 2010  single ‘Knockout’? I was looking for songs to listen to back then and my friend Brittany recommended that song to me and  what drew my attention the most was seeing a humanoid toy bear in the background. Random observation huh? I wanted one but didn’t know the brand of it and where to find them. Fast forward to 5 years now, I made a post about the Fukuro restaurant I went to in Jakarta this year and the interior was decorated with the exact same toy bears from GD and TOP’s music video. I asked the owner what brand those bears were and that marked the beginnings of my passion  to start collecting bearbricks. Well, I don’t have a collection yet but it is kind of a dream of mine to live with many of them under one roof. My house would be full of bearbricks to the point you can’t even walk.

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What makes these bears super  popular is that they’re always in collaboration with artists. They’re considered to be collectable, fashionable toys, coming in different  sizes, colors, patterns and textures. I follow many Bearbrick collectors on instagram and their crazy  collection of  bears had me  inspired to create a custom design  for my very own bear. As you know I love drawing all kinds of geometric patterns and floral prints so I’m excited  to continue applying  my style of art onto a 3D sculpture!

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My bear has some cool assistants as well! A mini ampersand bearbrick with an eraser and Danbo holding a sharpener. I’ve just finished adding a white base coat for  the bear and now I’m onto the color. BUT before I do that I’m still shopping  for proper paints, paint brushes and other relevant materials made for painting sculptures. I’m taking my time on this and having so much fun at the same time because it’s all quite new and the more I explore new techniques, the better. I haven’t properly painted anything  since the Audrey Hepburn painting  I did for North Fitzroy Social Cafe in 2013. Painting isn’t something I choose to do often as I get impatient with it but…it is a lot more soothing than drawing. The thing is, you need to dedicate  yourself A LOT of time, space and energy, and lastly, accept that there will be mess on your workspace – something I still struggle with in painting (the designer part of me hates mess)…

The bear stands at 25.5cm tall so it’s not too big, like I said I’m giving myself plenty of time to get this  done at least by December.

 

You are what your phone wears

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I’m on the hunt for a new iPhone case since my current hello kitty one  is quickly deteriorating (has small cracks and scratches that came out of  nowhere…not once have I  dropped my phone either!). During my search I saw a bunch of really over-the-top-but- cool  designer-inspired aesthetics and I thought it’d be fun to share my favorite ones. I’m all for ultra thin minimalistic phone cases but looking at these kinda make me go “yeah I want one just for the laughs”.

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Smoking certainly kills but if I saw a real packet of Chanel cigarettes I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them and keep them forever. Of course I wouldn’t smoke them.

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The Le boy handbag look. If only the case had a triple  function where not only it protects your phone, enables you to  wear  your phone, but also  can store your small belongings. Now that would be awesome.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s got you covered with fur on your phone.

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Heard about that Apple watch’s partnership with Hermes? It’s horrible. This case looks better.

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Marc’s Melting Metallic by Marc Jacobs.

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As of 2014 I’ve been avidly following the Moschino brand thanks to Lee Chaerin, Sandara Park  and my favorite designer Jeremy Scott. Jeremy’s the creative director of Moschino and this guy’s just a pure maniac when it comes to designing anything. Moschino is  now bolder than ever with  a range of luxury items that  play  on popular culture packed with lots of color, fun and heaps of humor.

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One of their popular products is the McDonald’s-inspired design as seen on their clothes and bags (check out their happy meal bag design). The fries are a notable product, my sister has one and it’s just ridiculous to hold and to look at.
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Moschino’s  Spring / Summer 2016 collection was announced last week and Jeremy introduced another great invention: a Windex iPhone case. Can you get any better than that?! I didn’t buy  any of these case designs by the way, I ended up getting another generic hello kitty cover to stay true to my  5-year kitty case tradition. Yep, you can call me crazy 😀

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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