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On Saturday

After 2 days of barely getting out of the house, we got our bikes on Saturday and headed for St Kilda. We were lucky it wasn’t as windy as your usual Melbourne winter day, even though quite cloudy, so the ride was more than pleasant! I snapped a few photos on the way, as always. But honestly, with such beautiful sights, would you be able to help it?

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Oxfam – Monash Innovators Programe

This Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering for the Oxfam – Monash University Innovators program. The event was mainly focused on enabling team projects in which the young and the restless had the opportunity to propose new solutions to some old social, development and sustainability related problems. Throughout the day, the students got a chance to listen to interesting talks from some really cool people as well, while in the evening, they presented their projects to a panel of representatives from non-governmental organisations. This was the most nerve wrecking part for most of them I reckon – coping with public speaking, after an entire day of brainstorming. All the ideas were really interesting, even though there was only one winning team that will get the chance to see its project come to life in this following year.

My role there was to assist Amanda, the girl in charge with capturing the moment for posterity, so I basically ended up being the sound guy. Besides some sore muscles, I did however learn how to handle a camera and what exactly to look for when filming an event like this.

Still it was one of the most motivating days I’ve had in a while. It sure helped that I met some really cool and fun people, interested to push the conversation forward. I somehow still can’t get used to the usual ‘How’s it going?’ without people ever stopping to hear the answer.. Interacting with the students was inspirational by itself – it’s so good to meet enthusiast people that want to change the world!

Anyway, here’s are some Insta photos taken from the actual event:

Me filming

This is me giiving a go to some B roll, extra material to go with the actual subject

Me and Amanda

Mandatory shot in the elevator: me and Amanda

Rama

Rama, the fun guy in charge with the communication for the event

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Action!

The Presentations

The teams were about to start their presentations in front of the jury

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Road Trip to Mornington

It may not snow in Melbourne, but usually winter here is translated into strong gushes of wind and heavy raining. It’s definitely not the worst winter someone can experience, but it still tends to make you stay indoors. Last weekend however we stopped complaining and took a day trip to Mornington – a nice area with lots of vineyards and amazing coast lines. The images below are from a vineyard which name I cannot remember, but what a beautiful place that was! There were lots sculptures on that property and I love how my husband took a photo of me and this bird’s butt! 🙂

Road trip

Mornington

Mornington

Mornington

Mornington

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MIFF Is Here

Melbourne International Film Festival is set to start at the end of this month and I’m beyond excited. We’ve already booked tickets for 12 films, I think, among which the best 2 Romanian movies of the year: Everybody In Our Family and Child’s Pose. Or so they say, we’ll have to see 🙂

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Mashable Social Media Day Unconference

I’m really excited to have attended Mashable’s fourth annual Social Media Day unconference in Melbourne, yesterday. Unconference because it is a participant driven meeting where the discussion topics are proposed on the spot. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people that specialise in different aspects of social media. Sometimes it’s good to know that we are all facing the same problems, plus the knowledge exchange is priceless. I came back with 1 or 2 tricks that I can’t wait to try!  The event took place in a very relaxed setting called Inspire9, which is a collaborative space in Richmond, where people can come, work or play ping pong, foosball or shoot pool for that matter. All in all, it was a very interesting Sunday. How about yours?

Social Media Day

Social Media Day

Social Media Day

Social Media Day