Near & Far
Not a key ring or ‘I heart... ’ T-shirt in sight. But we’ll forgive these creative cats.
What did your careers advisor tell you to be? I never really had a careers advisor, however all my teachers wanted me to be an actor. I studied drama for two years and dropped out. No one ever really knew what I was capable of doing. At 17, I was clutching at straws like most lost teens.
What do you actually do? I just love to create. I started as a music producer and still produce music. I picked up a camera just under two years ago and have been working at my craft and would say I’m a semi-pro photographer (how cringe-y). I also co-own a barbershop in Perth, Westons Barbershop, and run a clothing/creative agency called Team Cozy and Create & Explore. I like to keep busy.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve bought on holiday? I’m not sure if this counts, however, I have Filipino roots and when I visited last I bought balut for me and my family. Balut is a developing duck embryo. Normally I can stomach almost all food but this had me rolling.
Where’s next on your travel hit list? I really want to
visit Iceland. It seems like such a serene and peaceful landscape. Plus the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was shot so beautifully that it made me even more itchy to go.
Biggest plane no-no? I’m pretty patient on planes and tend to let go most no-nos. There is one that annoys me more than others though. When the sun is shining into the plane at murderous levels and the person next to the window doesn’t drop the shade. Also people who drop their chairs back at a neck-breaking speed.
Best travel tip? Talk to people. Don’t close yourself out. Gain perspective. Engage yourself fully in every interaction and learn more about others and yourself.
Can you tell us a bit about each souvenir? YO! MTV Raps cards: I found these in a thrift store in Melbourne. They weren’t very cheap but I had to grab them. Kodak Instamatic camera: I was able to pick this up at an old mom and pop store in the south of France. I was driving from village to village and discovering all these quaint markets and family owned businesses. I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette book: I picked this up in NYC. I take this everywhere I go; it reminds me of the evernecessary rules of basic etiquette in the art world we live in. Neighborhood x retaW fabric spray: every time I visit Tokyo, I make sure I drop by Neighborhood in Harajuku and pick up five to ten of these fabric sprays. Two or three sprays of this and your luggage is smelling fresher than fresh.