Category Archives: Eurotrip #1

Moments on the Metro.

I absolutely love street photography and the concept of anonymity in urban life. Here are a few shots recounting my experiences on the Parisian Metro network.

Although reasonably quick and convenient, I just don’t think it matches other metro/underground networks from other cities…The all too common questionable smells is probably the most unattractive thing…
















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Emerging from the Darkness

Emerging from the darkness of the Metro into the center of Paris and seeing the Arc De Triumphe for the first time is a spectacular moment. In fact, it’s a spectacular moment everytime.

An absolute beast of a monument, it succeeds in making you feel incredibly insignificant.

Well Done France. You got the point across.





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Bloody Tourists.

Most European metro train lines are extremely easy to navigate. The best thing about them is the speed of services. There’s never really a time that you need to wait over 8 minutes for a train.

However, typical tourists hauling our suitcases around (Except Daniel and his stupidly small carry on bag) we managed to cause a huge delay for people trying to get out of the station for a good 5 minutes – and there were only 2 gates leading out…

Now not only did we fail to figure out how to get our train tickets into the gates, but when we finally did figure it out, our suitcases consistantly got stuck because they were too wide.

Bloody Tourists *facepalm*

Metro Tunnel

First sights of Paris


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You know you’re in Europe when…

You know you’re in Europe when there’s advertising like this.

They know how to capture a male audience that for sure.

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Train to Paris


From the Sky train we got to some station where we could catch a train into Paris.

We bought ourselves 3 day train passes and got on our way. Everything was already 197x (precisely) better in terms of architecture. Those awesome designs that you see in magazines and never actually being built in Sydney were actually built in Europe.

Sydney Architecture = Boring? 

Looking up


Not sure why I took this.


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So we got through customs and all the immigration without too much fuss, time to go find a train that would take us into the heart of Paris – and more importantly our apartment.

It’s funny –  that term “to set foot on (insert country name)’s soil” isn’t really that applicable anymore.

Looking back at these photos now, i just noticed how long it actually takes to find proper soil at all. I don’t think i can actually say that we set foot on french soil until….to be honest i’m not really sure! There isn’t much soil anymore in cities, it’s concrete, asphalt, steel and more concrete.

Skytrain to the French rail network

Light at the end of the tunnel

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Paris International – The Escalators

After passing through immigration, one of the first things we encountered that somehow came across as amazing was this assortment of escalators running through the centre of the terminal. It reminded me of those Harry Potter books/movies – The Moving Staircases?

Oh Luke, so eager to get into the photo!

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Bonjour – Arrival

APRIL 10, 2012

Yes after an entire day of travelling, it was still the 10th of April….Jet Laaagggggggggggggggggg.

After a good day of economy class seating, battleship, poker, complimentary red wine, orange juice and water. We had made it.

First glimpses of Europe for the trip.

Funny cause Gerard looks like he need to go to the bathroom really badly, Lorraine looks sleepy after just waking up (She slept for majority of the flight) and Kelsey looks Jolly. haha 🙂

Been in Europe for a few minutes and already some pretty exciting stuff already!

Stage 3 of Holiday Psychology had hit.

“Extreme anxiety and excitement for the holiday adventure upon arrival.”

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Sydney to Singapore

APRIL 10, 2012

So onto the plane, first stop was in Singapore for a few hours then transit to Paris.

We were flying Singapore Airlines in an A380. Absolute beast of a plane. However, not too different once inside compared to a 747 – though noticeably quieter!

Often, there are 3 emotional stages that a traveller must go through when they’re about to embark on their epic journey to another world by plane.

1) Extreme anxiety and excitement for the holiday adventure.

2) Depression when stuck on a plane and transit lounges around the world for hours and sometimes days.

3) Extreme anxiety and excitement for the holiday adventure upon arrival.

This trip was a bit different though, especially travelling with friends, it seemed the depression stage never set in.


Hours of talking about nothing, in flight entertainment screens fully equipped with movies, shows, music and most importantly Battleship and Poker.

We played poker for a good few hours, bankrupting one another, and shouting abuse at each other from opposite sides of the plane. (3 of us sat on each side of the plane with the middle section taken by others). They weren’t very happy about the noise and laughter when they were sleeping… :/


Arrived at Changi International in the early morning. Got a few eats and waited….Ok so maybe i was getting a tiny bit of stage 2 travel depression but that was only because I hadn’t slept yet (my attempt at timing my sleep so i wouldn’t be jet lagged).

THIS GUY was all happy as usual though.

Waiting time…

Changi International

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Eurotrip #1 Documented Through Pictures

I just reconsidered what i was going to do with the images i post up from Europe. Instead of randoms posted up every now and then, i may as well start from the very beginning – i do have 8500 photos and i need a place to put some of them after all!

So here’s the first post recounting the little adventure that was our trip to Europe for uni to see the Milan Furniture Fair.

Waiting at Sydney International Airport

APRIL 10, 2012

Starting in Sydney on April 10th 2012, we were all pretty excited like fat kids at a candy store.

note:one of the worst parts of international flights…waiting time.

so ill take this bit to intro my travel buddies – the ones who made the trip the adventure it was.


This is Daniel. He packed for  a one month trip with a carry on bag – inspirational.


This is Luke. He’s going to become a really good dad one day – his jokes are terribly good 😛


This is Lorraine. She looks really unhappy in this photo :/


This is Kelsey. He is funny and likes military stuff (you’ll see when we get to Milan).


Last (and definitely least) is Gerard. Known forever as THIS GUY or Questo Ragazzo. Comic Relief for the entire trip 🙂

Edit: Forgot.


This is me. I look like a complete idiot in this picture. Probably because I am. Above *imitating Jackie Chan Meme – Not too difficult for an asian*

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