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.

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