• || People Make Brands || •
Working with big tech companies on a daily basis, you are reminded that every large company, every international conglomerate, every intimidating brand is at its core nothing more than a group of people working towards a common vision. Loved by #QuincyJones , #Beyonce , #JayZ and many other global artists, #Samsung owned #AKG showed us that its new wireless headphones have enough noise cancellation to travel in a seaplane across Sydney. It's a flashback to my aircraft flying days, and it made me smile at the ingenuity of people.
Don't tell, just show.
That's how it's done right.
|| • Splendour • ||
Despite all the accomplishments of man and mankind, few have been able to recreate the splendour of nature and Earth's afternoon sunset. A powerful tonic, it has the ability to level the soul, relax the mind, and remind our noise-saturated marketplace, that perspective and scale compared to our natural counterpart, can still dwarf the largest of men. Be blessed, be thankful - Be Alive.
¦¦ Weekends Warriors ¦¦
▪️I think if it weren't for my beloved boyfriend I would literally have only seen #sydneycbd#surryhills and other metro areas. The day to day hustle can get busy, finding time to explore #NSW requires extra dedication. Special thanks goes to him for organising spontaneous day trips away, simply to educate this former Perth girl on her new home. Many spontaneous trips, for no reason whatsoever are literally my favourite kind, especially when we're foggy from the night before, and it's more of an effort to simply get out of bed... 😴
Netflix is always a great idea, but sometimes you've got to get out, and explore ☀️
|¦ You Are What You Eat, You Are Who You Meet ¦|
▪️Moving to a new City is tough - settling into a new home, embracing new work, recalibrating side hustles, not to mention the added task of actively building your social circle... sometimes from scratch. Amidst the pressing requirements of the daily grind, filling up your social tank can require focused dedication. Moving to a new City I became super intentional about who I allowed in my life, driven by a harsh understanding that our life and time is finite. Though in a world where people often remain in their high school groups, befriend colleagues, meander with brethren and learn to love their housemates, is the scope of our social circle much more restricted than we thought? Are we inadvertently hindering our growth, by remaining amongst like minded people, removing exposure to contrasting points of view? If you are what you eat, then surely, you're also who you meet. Indulge in a diversified diet - on both accounts.
[This was one of my favourite moments in my last year in Perth. Location or frequency of chatting is definitely inconsequential with these guys ♥️] .
▪️|| Rest, Relaxation and Re-wiring ||▪️
Lovelies, yes, I took a little break from Instagram. (Given the date, it's evident I've been working away and keeping this down low for some time). It's with immense gratitude that I pursue exactly what I wanted a year ago - I interview individuals, engage in discussions and #write about the latest developments in consumer #technology and the associated Australian #business environment every day. I'm proud, I'm privileged and I'm incredibly #thankful . Ask me about the upcoming entry of #Amazon into #Australia , what major retailer CEOs are feeling about the disrupted #retail environment at current, or what #WallStreet analysts think about the #Apple#iPhone8 & #iPhoneX - I'll have a succinct and thorough answer for you. Alternatively, ask me what song I've had running through my head all day, I'll also have an equally succinct answer. Thanks for all the support, prayers and love - You know who you are. May we all keep striving, be #courageous enough to face a new #challenge , and #grow every day ♥️
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▪️|| 65 ||▪️Taking selfies and playing with your camera's inbuilt filters is always a good use of time, when your dinner guest is in the bathroom. I aspire to have the same level of public-selfie-confidence, as a group of 65 year old baby boomer tourists, who brazenly position their selfie stick well within your personal space, whilst priding themselves on being so 'hip'. It sounds sarcastic, but I believe they possess a level of liberation some Gen Ys would pop a pill to get. Ah. Wisdom. Age. Permission to not give a [insert choice of profanity here]. You've raised your kids. You've paid your taxes. Now you do, you.
▪️|| Calm Down Roma, Keep Your Clothes On ||▪️I'd finished up for the afternoon and was having lunch in front of the #SydneyOperaHouse . [That's right, real #LifeGoals ]. And it kind of dawned on me that I was so tired of mostly working all through the weekend, all I wanted to do was something crazy & fun. I think I'm seriously craving a Roma-Adventure. Problem is, living in a new City, your rolodex of suitable places (catagorised according to your mood & level of frivolity) is somewhat still under development. Jeez Roma, prioritising #work over your #entertainment . Who have you become? (JK. I think this surprises no-one). But still, if I visit #Perth & have no new reserves of Roma-stories... To me, that's a whole new level of failure, one I take very seriously... 💥
▪️|| Leap & Jump > Time ||▪️
To take a leap of faith, in yourself, God, the forces around you, the people who believe in you, and simply just ... Jump. Can't say any major decision I've ever made, has started with timid trepidation. Do. It. Now.
Because as 'Tony Stark' [pseudonym] said when he took me to this place, with all that erosion, who knows how much longer remains before these cliffs stop looking as they are. Just like my existence, it's all just a time game.
▪️|| Channeling My Inner Carrie Bradshaw ||▪️
Today for a modelling shoot casting, I have to dress like a Hipster. Roma + Hipster = 🤔 (But you've got to be versatile!) So to remind myself of my preferred fashion path, here's a glimpse of me being fancy the other night, whilst my housemates took photos. (I adore them, they're Babes). This is one of my power outfits - in addition to my red dress - because whenever I wear it, strangers are most kind & offer plenty of compliments. I also wore it when I had dinner with 'Mr Big'. Okay, off to fetch my faux glasses & denim jacket... 👓
📷 - @damdbs
|| ▪️Our Street▪️|| Though I haven't had the most 'traditional Indian' of upbringings, even I can't resist getting down and enjoying the Groom's arrival at an Indian wedding. It's even more fun, and rather heartwarming, when that Groom is your first cousin & it's among the first times you're meeting in your adult life. Bonus points for the fact he's a pretty spectacular human being, and you're glad your family isn't as small as you once thought. 'Sadi Gali' is now running through my head, and I'm worried I'm not going to be able to sleep... those Bollywood tunes are #catchyaf 🎶 [Here's to Bollywood dancing in the AM whilst sober... 💃]
▪️"Do pass through my street someday, even if it is by mistake" 🎼
|| The Commerce of Roma-nce || Selfridges department store founder, Harry Selfridge wrote the book, "The Romance of Commerce". In it, he likened retailing to the fine art of Seduction, to create a great overall customer experience. But to flip the concept, how much of Commerce is in Seduction? When a beloved male companion takes you for a surprise day's outing, inclusive of a gourmet picnic and champagne on the beach, how much does the world of Business, really impact the world of Romance? In our modern day world, are the two inextricably linked? Can you really have Romance without Commerce? As a 'Gifts' and 'Words' Person (a la Chapman's 5 Love Languages), I find the question even more poignant. Well - Here's my take; Yes, you can have romance without material objects, obviously. However, as human beings who work for survival and reward, romance means a lot more, when you're aware someone has deliberately invested their time and energy to provide you with the commercial objects before you. They're not inextricably linked, but they're a powerful combination in the right hands... And in truth, it's incredibly humbling to see a physical representation, of the intangible. Commerce may be in its best form, when fused with a little Romance...
[📷 - @martyeriksson]
• || The Fulfilment of News Reporting || • One of my biggest regrets leaving Perth was that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to my Grandfather (Dada). Whilst I'm blessed he's still with us, the 3 hour commute plus a lousy schedule at the time didn't make it feasible. Yesterday Mum called & said she showed him videos of me reporting the news. It made him happy. Having an older family member for whom English isn't their first language, makes conversation harder when they get older. There's only so much "Hi, how are you?" "I'm fine, how are you?" "What, could you say that again?" you can do. And sadly it doesn't transpire to the meaningful conversation you desire. I haven't seen my Indian-based grandparents in so, so long, and it breaks my heart because I know they support and pray for me daily. And whilst I appreciate that shareholders, the Australian financial market and astute investors appreciate and get value from watching me report the news - The most fulfilling audience who watched yesterday, was actually in a retirement home in West Australia, & in a house overseas. Somehow, global financial markets crossed the emotional divide of international seas, xx
• || "From Sydney, via Perth" || • On Saturday, a very charming, kind and gentlemanly, gentleman gave me the pleasure of "sightseeing" Sydney as I hadn't had the chance to do before [naturally more photos to come], inclusive of a champagne picnic on the beach, which is something Tourism Sydney should really get behind. Amid a champagne buzz, a thought came to mind - At what point does a new place, become a new Home? I still feel like a tourist, I'm still discovering and loving the 'new-ness' of everything around me. But when does the 'tourist-haze' die away? Do we force ourselves through rapid exploration, to become quickly acclimated? Or do we swim in the current of least resistance, and be content with the fact, that the elapse of time alone will turn us into a local? Or... could we retain the feeling of discovery and always maintain a tourist-mentality, no matter if we're a long term resident or not? If you're wondering about the title - It's what I was labelled, when a street performer asked me where I was from, in front of a large audience. "This is Ireen, she's from Sydney, via Perth". Thanks Man. Eloquent.
• || When. Again. || • Have you ever looked at photos of your past and thought, 'When, again?'. It's a tough question to ask, and it's an especially tougher question to answer. Mostly because you could look at an image and feel a rekindling of such bliss, and then come shattering back to your present, feeling the total weight of the disparity. 'When, again?', could be a question of when you'll visit that place again, or it could be a question of whether you'll feel that feeling again. I love Paris, & I've always dreamed of living in a Parisian studio for some time. And don't get me wrong, I enjoy where I am and I know it's where I'm meant to be... But when things get especially tough, I can't help but look at an image from my past, like this, and think - 'When, again?'. xx
• || Preparing for Your Mid-Twenties || •
I took this picture when I was 19, at the bus stop on my way to university in Germany. We were there for an international study tour, plus excessive amounts of wine consumption across Europe. (Let's be real). When we took our exams, when we had tours through the offices of Audi etc, I knew that this was all preparing me for 'my future'. Laying a 'strong foundation' for my CV. All that logical nonsense you tell yourself at that age - "In 5 years time, this experience will have prepared me for where I'll be then". Well, 6 years later, I realise 'prepare' is entirely the wrong word. I would adequately be able to live my current life, just as well without that time/experience/investment. However... I'd have lost out on a special phase in my life I now hold very dear. Truth is, I find I'm no longer "preparing" for my future, I'm much more interested in being totally immersed in the current place I'm in. And whether we like it or not, both approaches will take us into our future, I just think the second will be a happier and equally productive route. Enjoy the effing journey, Roma. Enjoy it.