Sunday, 26 September 2010

Car accident (26th September 2010)

Jono came to pick me up from town after my dance rehearsal and we took the Mt Cook way home via Taranaki St, coming to a stop in a car queue from the lights at the Wallace St and Bidwill St intersection. This end of Taranaki St into Wallace St is at a slope and often when I’m stopped at these lights, I would have one foot on the accelerator as I gradually release the car brakes so that my car wouldn’t slip downhill. We were chatting away and as the lights turned green, Jono was ready to move forward but instead we watched in shocked silence as the car in front of us accelerated in reverse (yes, IN REVERSE!), bumper first towards Jono’s car! There was no room for Jono to reverse or move out of the way - nothing we could do except witness helplessly at the car moving towards us, totally dumbfounded. Oh, I could hear the sound of metal crushing…oh dear…

The offender, realising his mistake, moved forward and pulled up to the driveway into Wellington Highschool, and got out of his car to check how bad the damage was. Hello? You need to move your car further forward so Jono can move his car away off the main street! The offender turned out to be an Indian man with his wife and neither of them seemed to understand our 'move forward' hand gestures so I had to get out of the car to reiterate what they had to do. “I don’t think there is any damage...” started the Indian man but I cut his conversation short, instructing him to move his car forward so we could actually talk. “Ok, ok,” said the flustered man and he hurried back into his car.

WHAT THE F*%K??!! Instead of moving forwards, he was reversing into us, again! “Hey, hey!” I shouted, hitting on his car boot and trying to 'push' the car away from Jono’s while his wife was screaming at him through the car window. What the hell? Thankfully the Indian man hit the brakes before we got a second hit! Oh my god, can you even drive?!

Finally having both cars safely parked away from the main street, we all had a close inspection of the damage. Jono’s car only had minor scratches (phew!) but the Indian couple’s car had quite a dent on their rear bumper (bummer though it was their own fault). We took down the man’s name and number just in case we discover damages later on though doubt there would be any. You’ve got a pretty tough car, babe...

How on earth would one be in reverse gear instead of drive in an automatic car? The two gears are several notches apart! Even if the man had never driven an automatic car before, it still didn’t make any sense – it's pretty hard to mix up the gears as they are clearly marked. Both Jono and I are still puzzled how the accident could have happened!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Zealandia (25th September 2010)

Jono and I have been planning to go check out Zealandia for awhile now but some other event would crop up or bad weather – finally after putting it off for several months, we’re going to Zealandia today! I’ve been to Zealandia when it was still known as The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary but since it was revamped and re-opened last year, I’ve never been back. Jono’s never been there so it’ll be fun to explore this world’s first urban sanctuary together, home to over 30 species of native birds and reptiles, including the tuatara which I really hope we would see today :)

We headed over to the suburb of Karori where Zealandia is located around 12ish. It’s the school holidays plus a sunny day (a bit of wind but still bearable) so the town seemed busier than usual, everyone wanting to get out and about. The journey of about 15 minutes to Zealandia took double the time as we crawled up Tinakori Road. No matter, we aren’t in a hurry though I’m getting hungry…

Arrived at Zealandia around 1pm and wow, the visitor centre looked so different now! Modern in design both exterior and interior, we were very impressed with the work and effort that has been put in to the refurbishment. We headed up the stairs to the top floor to their new terrace café, Rata, for lunch – need to fuel up first before walking around the 225 hectares of lowland forest and wetlands! Hmm, so nice to see the sun and quite a good view of the lake too :)

Oh, cute cups for water…mine’s got green stars…hey, it’s a kids’ cup! Naughty Jono went to get us glasses of water and he got mine in a kiddy cup instead of the normal glass. You laugh – I’ll get you next time :P Lunch was alright (it was good but nothing to shout about) – I had a seafood chowder while Jono had a venison pie which costs us about $25 including 2 flat whites.

Look, there’s Joy! As we headed to get our entrance tickets after lunch, we bumped into Joy who was volunteering today at the sanctuary and briefly caught up with her. Poor Joy was locked in the toilet for about half an hour due to the faulty lock. No wonder we didn’t see her earlier! “Now I know what it feels like to be a prisoner,” said Joy, still with her big smile and giggling away, not at all shaken from the experience! Joy, oh Joy!

Normally cost $28 for an adult ticket that includes the exhibition and exploring the sanctuary valley but we got our second ticket for free using our voucher from the Entertainment Book (not bad, we’ve saved quite a bit to date with the discounts from the book – definitely recommend you get one if you are like us, enjoy local sights and trying out new food places). We began our journey through Zealandia starting with the exhibition where we learnt how much NZ wildlife has changed over the last thousand years. There was a life-like model of a moa (one of the largest species of flightless bird, now extinct) which you can control its neck on a dial, lifting the moa’s head up and down. A short 5-minute video on the big screen showed us how humans nearly destroyed what took millions of years of isolation to create, and there were plenty of interesting facts and information on NZ wildlife and current day conservation activities to protect what’s left that makes NZ unique.

Around 2pm, we left the exhibition and went to explore the sanctuary valley, walking along Lake Road towards Morning Star Track to check out the Morning Star Mine, stopping to take photos of birds and plants of interest along the way. My wildlife photographer was having a ball, snapping away on his SLR, chasing the constantly moving birds with his camera lens while I walked along, soaking in the smell of pine trees and sound of birds chirping, just being close to mother nature – it felt peaceful and for a moment, as if we were somewhere else, not in Wellington City. Believe it or not, we were only 10 minutes away from the CBD!

We were greeted by friendly volunteers at the cave who gave us a briefing about the 19th century goldmine. Hard hats were given to us to protect our heads as the passage into the cave was narrow and low (it was low alright – even a short person like me bumped my head on the rocky ceiling a few times). It was very dimly lit and we were following a couple ahead of us who were given a small torch by the volunteer. It would have been better if we were given a torch too as I found it hard to see where I was going being the last of the four to enter the cave, at times stepping into the water puddles :/ Oh, and I suggest you keep your mouth closed at all times because you wouldn’t want glow worms or worse, giant wetas falling into your mouth! There were lots of wetas on the walls of the cave (you wouldn’t notice them until you shine them with the torch) and they have super long antennas! Eew…

We continued on our walk and headed to the Tuatara Research Area for the 3pm Tuatara Talk where a ranger guide helped visitors spot the animal (yes, I’ve finally seen a tuatara in the wild!) and answer any questions we had about tuataras. Did you know that a tuatara is born with a third eye? Researchers haven’t exactly pinpointed what its use is for but thought it may be involved in setting biological cycles (hormones??). The female tuatara we saw was basking in the sun and not at all shy of the crowd gathering near the fence to see her and Jono flashing her with his camera hehe...We were very lucky to see not one but 3 tuataras today, two others were male and much harder to spot as they hid behind grass and leaves, blending into the background. All the tuataras have coloured beads attached to their heads used for identification. I wonder how the beads were attached to the reptile – it looked like a piercing on the skin at the back of its head…ouch…

A short stop at the Weta Hotels (oh, no wetas in the hotels today…) and more walking via Te Mahanga Track to the Kaka Feeders (a kaka flew by the feeding station to look for snacks – the clever bird knew to step on the lever to open up the metal box containing snacks!), and then heading up a steep grade tramping track to the Discovery Area and Viewing Tower to check out the views of the dam and sanctuary all the way towards Wellington Harbour.

Around 4pm, we began heading back towards the visitor centre, walking past the Upper Dam, through the Suspension Bridge and along Lake Road towards the Wetland Area to catch a ride on the Electric Boat to the Heritage Area. Hmm, unfortunately the Electric Boat was no longer in service when we got there at 4.30pm (but the sanctuary closes at 5pm!) – was rather disappointed as I was looking forward to the boat ride after hours of walking :( Oh well, we’ll just have to walk the rest of the way babe…

We finally left Zealandia just as it was about to close at 5pm. I had a fun sunny day walking around the sanctuary with Jono :) Photos taken at Zealandia here.

Let’s do another walk another sunny weekend!

Friday, 24 September 2010

It's my birthday! (24th September 2010)

Ah yes, the time has come when I’ve to add another candle to my birthday cake…and I’m only 29 years young! Wow, I can’t believe this is my final year as a 20-something (30 sounds like a whole new level altogether, full of seriousness and responsibilities – not!) and strangely, it makes me feel a bit sad. Sad because I’m getting older? Hmm, not really – age is just a number and you are only as old as you feel. I reckon the real reason I’m feeling a bit down is because I’m due a holiday (plus the fact I’m not feeling too well and super drugged with this medicine the doctor gave me for my muscle spasm). Every year for the last 2 years, I’ve spent my birthday in some tropical Pacific island, basking in the sun in my bikini drinking cold beers and swimming with the colourful fish for a week. Can't do the same this year with me trying to pay off my loan sigh...ah well, I will just have to hold out for another month till the weekend trip away with Jono to Melbourne during Labour weekend – looking forward to it!

This year's birthday celebration was low-key – I had a group dinner with close friends at Restaurant 88 last night where we got to catch up over drinks and the delicious Vietnamese cuisine. We started off with drinks at 5.30pm and I tried their Saigon 333 beer which was nice and somewhat sweet to taste. A few of us got entrees and I got to sample some stuffed chicken wings with pork and prawn, and caramelised sticky baby back ribs as we await more friends to turn up. Yummy!

I like the ambience, service and food at Restaurant 88. The wait staff were very efficient and prompt with serving, and as discussed when I made the booking, we were seated on the mezzanine floor which felt more private because we had the back area mostly to ourselves. Sitting in the middle of our long table for 12, I listened to and joined in the conversations around me and watched my friends chatter away while silently pondering how much has changed since my last birthday dinner. To start, Scott’s no longer around for a joint birthday party. Many friends from previous parties have now moved overseas and I can’t help but miss their presence this time round :/ On the up side, several new faces like Ruwi and Thedin (they gave me a book, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, the same author for book The Kite Runner – thanks guys!), and Geoff and Nicola (thanks for the bottle of Riesling!) were at the party this year. And Jono’s not some guy I was ogling from afar but my bf for over 11 months and still falling in love with (back then I wasn’t sure if he was ‘available’ :P)!

My main meal was the Saigon Grilled Chilli Spiced Fish with Shelled Tiger Prawn, fish fillet cooked in a chilli and spice paste with tiger prawns, served with steamed rice and Asian salad. It had a kick to it but not as spicy as I thought. Usually cost $25.50 but Jono and I used our Entertainment Card so we got one of our mains for free - yes! Jono had my favourite dish at the restaurant, their Saigon Lemongrass Chicken on Coconut Rice Vermicelli (also $25.50). Hmm, looks to me these two dishes are quite popular with half of us ordering the same dishes :)

Gosh, I’m feeling so stuffed having the entrée AND the main. “Share a dessert?” asked Jono cheekily. God no – I’ll explode!

Friends started to take their leave and the rest of us (Jono, me, James, Stacey, Geoff and Nicola) went to The Apartment for a cocktail before calling it a night. Thanks everyone for coming to my birthday dinner – was lovely to see and catch up with you all! Photos taken last night here.

Restaurant 88 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I woke up this morning showered by hugs, kisses and birthday wishes from Jono – thanks baby :) I wonder what is this ‘surprise’ he had organised…he mentioned it in the birthday card that he has a surprise for me but he wasn’t going to tell me what it is or when I would get it. I was quite surprised when he said he was giving me his iPhone 3GS to me as a present several weeks earlier (he's now got an iPhone 4). Wow, an iPhone...I've never imagined owning such a flash phone let alone an iPhone...I've had it for a week now and still learning how to use this cool gadget but I'm loving it. Thanks Jono for the awesome gift! But this was not the 'surprise' he mentioned in the card. What is it??

Around 10.30am, Jono called me on my office phone (yes, I am working on my birthday) asking me if I’ve received something. Er, no…am I supposed to be getting something? “I’m going to call them up to see what’s going on…” said Jono, still not telling me what on earth he’s sending to my office. Grr…

About half an hour later, the receptionist sent me an email to inform me that there was a ‘special package’ to pick up from reception. Oh goody, my surprise is here! And it was a gorgeous bright and cheerful bouquet of flowers delivered by Flowers Manuela from Jono with a little note that saying “Just so you can’t keep it a secret”. Well, there was no where I could hide the flowers and one by one my colleagues caught sight of the bouquet, asked what the occasion was and wished me “Happy Birthday”. Oh, the little devil – he so knew that this would happen and I was doing so well keeping it quiet in the office! Thanks for the flowers, baby – you’re so sweet xoxo! Photo of my lovely bouquet of flowers:

Oh, and I haven’t mentioned the throngs of posts on my Facebook wall, texts and emails from all over the world, family and friends sending their birthday wishes to me. I feel so spoiled with all the attention :) Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Guru of Chai (22nd September 2010)

Jono and I are off to see another play tonight, this time at Downstage Theatre for show The Guru of Chai, a production by Indian Ink Theatre Company founded by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis. I’ve been hassling Jono about the show for a few weeks – I really wanted to see the show because this theatre company had done several other shows and all received favourable reviews. Plus it would be nice to relive our trip in India watching a show with a similar cultural theme :) Cost us $39 each for the ticket with seats at the last row downstairs. Pretty good seats, I must say, because we got to see the whole stage and Jono sat in the aisle seat which gives him more legroom and with no one blocking his view!

The show started at 8pm with Kutisar (played by Jacob), a chaiwallah (tea seller), tasked to enlighten the audience because he was informed that the audience felt their lives were meaningless, only knowing ‘emptiness, loneliness and painful urination’. Bucktoothed and walking bare feet on his bowed legs, the Guru of Chai continues on telling us about the story of his life as a tea seller, reminding the audience how lucky we are. Kutisar brought us back to the days when he had a chai stall at Bangalore Central Station, introducing us to his red parrot that performed tricks when instructed (it was a stuff toy parrot and Kutisar put the parrot on his head and then twirl it around as if the parrot was really performing tricks), his flashes of seeing elephant god Ganesh, and the 7 girls whose father had abandoned them at the station, helpless and somehow adopted Kutisar as their uncle/father. “Seven dowries to pay?? Of course he’s left!” said Kutisar. The girls earned their living by singing in the station, earning more in a day than the Guru in a week but the fakir who owns the territory heard of them and sent Thumby (Thumby has no thumbs, another character played by Jacob) to collect the ‘fee’. Kind police officer Punchkin (also played by Jacob) stepped in to protect the girls and the Guru (since the Guru was ‘the uncle’), keeping them safe from the fakir.

Life goes on and all’s well, the sisters married and stopped singing, leaving Balna, the remaining unmarried sister to continue singing. Balna (yes, it’s also Jacob) is quite a character, bold and does as she pleases, unlike the rest of the sisters. Punchkin plucked up the courage to ask her hand in marriage only to be rejected, and subsequently Balna fell for Muslim poet Imran who went missing just days before she gave birth to little Imran. Seeking Punchkin for help to search for her husband, she was informed that Imran was killed by the fakir and her life is in danger. She had no choice but to leave her baby with her sisters and fled with Punchkin so as not to cause more harm to her child. Kutisar, fearful that he too might be one the fakir’s hit list now he no longer has Punchkin’s protection moved to New Delhi, setting up stall next to his rival Starbucks.

One day years later, a young boy turns up at his chai stall – it’s little Imran! Imran had came all the way in search of his missing mother, but Minister Punchkin (oh yeah, he jumped quite a few ranks over the years) didn’t know her whereabouts. Little Imran, inquisitive and stubborn like his mother, later found out that Balna was hidden in the Punchkin residence and with Kutisar, broke into the house in search of Balna. Oh, but what a twist to the plot – it turned out that there was no fakir but it was all made up by Punchkin (he was the one who killed Imran) in order to keep Balna close, thinking that using gratitude and protection will evenly win her heart over time. Sadly that is not the case and innocent lives were lost as a result.

Jacob played all the characters flawlessly, changing his voice and behaviours to suit with smooth transition. There were Matrix-like moments where he dodged bullets in slow motion, dancing, singing, shadow-puppetry and even magic tricks (pouring a jug of milk into a small pot that then poured out tea leaves into the kettle). The show was brilliant! So funny (I was laughing so much!) and cleverly done :) Oh, and we must not forget Dave, a mute except when he sings, surrounded by instruments, playing and singing Indian music and sound effects throughout the show sitting quietly in his corner on the right side of the stage. There were some audience participation in the show like when the Guru got everyone to close our eyes and count to ten so he can hide and tasked a man in the front row to shine the torch at him in the dark. He wasn’t very good a hiding and the man in the audience found him easily hehe…

I was just thinking to myself ‘thank god we aren’t seated in the front’ and managed to escape participating only to find myself staring at the Guru running towards me and making me hold on to his parrot! Jono and I each held one side of the parrot’s wooden stand (were we a tree or electricity cable, babe?), laughing hysterically, unsure what to do next with the bird but Kutisar managed to lure the bird away with biscuits and slowly the bird got passed down towards the stage. That was hilarious!

The show was 75 minutes long with no interval and runs from the 15th of September till the 2nd of October. Make sure you get a ticket for the show – I highly recommend it!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Simply Paris, Newtown & World Press Photo Exhibition 2010 (18th September 2010)

Got up around 8am and it’s gorgeous outside! What is this “storm the size of Australia” being forecasted? Just look at the amazing weather!!

View from the window of our room

‘C’mon, go take your shower so we can go out for breakfast before the weather changes,’ prompted Jono, naughtily smacking my behind so I would get up and off the bed. Ok, ok, I’m going! :P

Gee, I was only in the shower for like 10 minutes and it’s now dark and gloomy outside…so much for fine weather… :/ We headed out for breakfast anyway and around 9am, settled in at the corner table by the window at Simply Paris on Riddiford St, enjoying our flat whites and set breakfast meals while watching people walking past coping with the ever-changing weather. I’ve been to Simply Paris on Cuba St for lunch – their pumpkin soup is absolutely divine! This was my first dine-in at the Riddiford St branch and the selection of food is much limited than the one on Cuba St, serving mainly crepes and a small choice of savoury and sweet French delights from the counter. I had their Le Parisien for $11, which included a coffee (or tea, if you prefer), fresh orange juice, toasted baguette with butter and jam, and a croissant while Jono has the Le Versailles for $17.50, similar drink choices with a ham and egg crepe. Hmm, crepes have always been known to me as sweet/dessert food – having ham and eggs in them doesn’t sound very appealing to me. ‘Have a bite – it’s really nice,’ offered Jono. Ok, just one bite…mmm…hey, it actually tasted really yum with a buckwheat flour crepe! More please!! :)

Simply Paris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mum happened to walk past and popped in to chat for a bit before continuing on to the supermarket to do her shopping. Jono and I headed home shortly after to pack up our bags for the weekend away on a ski trip with Rissa and friends – we were meant to head up to Ohakune last night but the weather forecast at the ski fields didn’t look promising this weekend so decided to head up today instead.

Since the ski fields are closed today, there was no rush to head up so we popped over to Shed 11 at Wellington waterfront around 11am to see the World Press Photo Exhibition 2010. I’ve been to the exhibition last year and there were many amazing photos taken, with most taken of war-torn countries and poor nations, making you wonder at how the photographer managed to survive in such places to ones that disturb you just seeing the struggling lives of others. This year was no exception – some of the ones I can vividly remember included a photo of an American soldier who had lost 40% of his brain, a good chunk of his head blasted by grenades (we wonder how he could function with most of his left brain blown off) and a full series of photos showing a Somalian man being stoned to death because of adultery (from when he was alive, then buried neck deep, then stoned, and dead body dragged out from the sand). I can't believe at this day and age stoning as a punishment was still acceptable. Makes me really appreciate living in a safe and peaceful country like NZ. Cost us $2 each to see the exhibition the runs from 17th September to 10th October. If you've not been, go check it out!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Mauri Ora Programme (14th September 2010)

Several months ago, I was just aimlessly browsing the TV channels one morning and stumbled upon TV One's Good Morning programme where they where discussing about courses conducted by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, one of NZ's largest tertiary education provider offering a wide range of certificate to degree level qualifications. The course they were specifically talking about was Mauri Ora, a 52-week distance learning programme that provides an understanding of all things Maori. It is a fee-free course and on successful completion of the unit standards, you will receive a NZQA approved Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori (Level 2). Learning about the Maori culture, customs and history would certainly help me have a better cultural understanding and awareness of Maori and NZ history, how differing cultures fit together and the practices still used today. Plus home-based and free - where do I sign up?

There is an entry requirement that you have to be above 18 years of age and a NZ citizen or permanent resident to be able to enrol for the course (check and check!). You can enrol at anytime as there are intakes every month. However, this course is very popular and I was put on a waiting list for about 2 months before I was fully enrolled into the course. Once enrolled, you will be assigned a support person (kaitiaki), who will be available to offer encouragement, guidance as well as assess your work throughout the programme.

I had my first visit with my kaitiaki, Ivy-Lee Topia, during lunch time today at Joe's Garage over a cup of coffee. She's such a bubbly and friendly Maori lady :) She first introduced herself to me in Maori, then translated what she said to me in English - her introduction was about where she and her ancestors came from with reference to the river and mountains. Not exactly how I introduced myself in return...haha...As we continued chatting, I found it quite fascinating how there is a spiritual element to the Maori culture - definitely heaps for me to learn and find out in the course! Her visit today was to brief me through what the course entails and what is expected of me as a student (tauira), as well as to pass me my first learning resource kit (kete), the first of 4 kits I will be receiving throughout the year. Books, CDs, DVDs, Maori dictionary - wow, I feel so spoiled and can't wait to check them all out :)

My first learning resource kit (kete)

You know, I'm very impressed with how the course is presented, with the professional kit, support person and proper course outline/structure. And it's FREE - can you believe it? Definitely recommend you get yourself onto the course, even more so if you are like me where I grew up elsewhere (not NZ) and have not been exposed to the Maori culture and history from young.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Yellow Bone MTV shoot (4th September 2010)

I’ve been shortlisted for another StarNow-advertised role, this time to model and dance for a hip-hop music video for local rapper Jay Fox aka ILL-Z. About 2 weeks ago, I was contacted by Miles Ovia aka Ace Beatz of Ambulance Productions, the director of the music video to attend a briefing together with the other shortlisted models at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) where we were introduced to each other and informed of what the music video shoot entailed. Miles already had in mind what the video should look like – beautiful sexy ladies dancing confidently to the hip-hop music wearing brightly-coloured clothing (he was trying to replicate Twista’s ‘Give It Up’ music video) and that we were in charge of self-choreographing our dance moves and poses. There would be no nudity involved and we’ll have a team of make-up and hair artists on the day of the shoot. All we had to do was turn up with our brightly coloured clothes and be ready for a fun day! Sounds like my kind of thing :)

Gee, finding brightly coloured clothes from my wardrobe was way harder then I thought – most of my items were black, black and MORE black! Hmm, my wardrobe seriously needs more colour…Jono dropped me off with my bagful of clothes at WelTec at 10am today for the casting call. The room where we did the shoot was all set up with camera lighting and a green screen, hip-hop music playing in the background and welcome posters pinned up all over a whiteboard at the entrance to welcome the models (aww, how sweet!). 

Posters put up on a large whiteboard welcoming the models to the video shoot at WelTec

Once everyone arrived, Miles had a quick look of the clothes we brought (our waiting room looked as if a whole wardrobe had just exploded in it, clothes and shoes everywhere from the table to chairs to the floor) and made each of us select an item of clothing for the first photo shoot. Some of us wore our own stuff while, some borrowed items from the other models. Jacqui, one of my fellow models, got me to put on her sailor costume, saying I would look very cute in it. Let’s hope it will fit!

Oh my, I do look very cute (and naughty!) in the sailor costume hehe…After picking out our clothes, us models then went to the Hairdressing Salon and Beauty Clinic on the ground floor where the hairdressing instructor and several of her apprentices each picked a model to work on their hair and make-up. Apprentice Clare (or maybe her name was Karen?? I’m sorry but I couldn’t remember…) saw me in my outfit and immediately picked me to work her magic on, starting on my hair then make up. My hairstyle had a huge comb over with streaks of white (reminded me of Cruella de Vil) and braids at the bottom for a nautical theme. The make up was heavy with layers of foundation and powder topped with false eyelashes and a glossy pinkish-red lip gloss. The others had on different hairstyles and make up, all very distinct from one another. We also had professional make-up and FX artist Church Haley with us today, airbrushing our hair with washable dye, adding more contrast to our natural hair colour. It was quite fascinating to watch him work, spraying on the colours with a small pen-like tool. Hmm, I wonder if the paint is harmful for his health because I noticed Church’s hands were covered with paint and he’s probably breathing in all the colour too hmm…

Model Jessie getting her make up done

Professional make-up and FX artist Church Haley explaining to model Crystal how airbrushing works

Crystal with her newly airbrushed coloured hair

Dramatic eyeshadow colours on model Krystle

One of the Hairdressing Salon and Beauty Clinic apprentices working on my hair

Model Harita getting her foundation make up done by Church

I was the first to have my hair and make up done and at 1pm, we finally began the shoot. Miles got me to pose while he took close up videos of me and another female photographer taking still shots. I had to come up with my own poses, occasionally directed by Miles or the female photographer on what to do with the majority of shots taken was of me wearing sunglasses. Wardrobe malfunction! I had a mini wardrobe malfunction while posing – my one-piece boob-tube sailor costume fell down to my waist, showing my bra to everyone in the room. The costume was still too big for me and started to slip as I moved for the poses. Everyone who witnessed it was cool about what happened so I casually pulled it back up, pretending nothing had occurred, even though I was feeling rather embarrassed inside. Eek! There was one photo where Miles got Jay and another rapper Konflikt Westrupp standing close to me, looking and/or pointing towards my chest. “Come on, she’s not going to bite – stand closer to her,” urged Ace. It was rather charming seeing how shy the two guys were despite being the stars of the shoot :)

Me in a sailor costume with full hair and make up done posing for the photo shoot

Director Ace Beatz taking still photos of me

Pose #2

Pose #3

Pose #4

Back view of the sailor costume

With local hip-hop rappers ILL-Z and Konflikt Westrupp

Another photo with the boys

One by one the other girls had their turn in front of the camera. I must say, I really enjoy being the centre of attention, all eyes on me (cameras, that is) hehe…The other models looked like they were having a ball too and it made work felt like a day of fun. While the other were busy upstairs with the shoot, I was told to return to the salon to have a total change of hairdo for my 2nd shoot, this time my hair let down and curled with bright blue streaks added in by Church after the lovely hairdressers (3 of them!) finished curling my hair. Model Crystal and I were placed together for the next part of the shoot, with us taking turns watching the other person groove to the music.

Model Jacqui posing for the camera

This mum of two sure looks hot!

Ace made sure there was music playing for us as we self-choreographed our poses and dance moves

Ace giving Crystal some ideas on poses

Check out Crystal's tongue piercing!

Model Angela looking cute and sweet on camera

Model Collette showing off her sexy long legs

Drink with me, baby?

Krystle and Jessie playing police and thief

Time ticked by and we were running so behind schedule. Some of us will have to return tomorrow to finish off the shoot. Oh no…

I’m SO hungry and dying for a coffee…All there was available for us were chocolate bars and RTDs or juice and only around 4pm did we have pizzas brought in for lunch. The final part of my shoot was to dance with Konflikt while he lip sync his rap section of the song and around 5pm, Ace called it a day. Fortunately for me, I was the first person to model and had a total change of style so didn’t have to return tomorrow – yay! Sadly, the rest of the girls will have to come back for another day of shooting as they only had one look and Ace needed each of us to have at least two for the video.

Konflikt and Ace

Dancing as Konflikt lip syncs to his part of the song

Though it turned out to be a long day, I had fun working with the team – everyone was just chilled out and pleasant to work with :) I’m sure there will be more opportunities to work together again and looking forward to it!

Here’s the link to the preview video: 

And the official Yellow Bone MTV: 

* Disclaimer: All photos on this blog post are courtesy of Ambulance Productions