What a find! Bunker cafe is hidden away – just off Great North Road – not the easiest place to find, however when you do: bliss. I personally love ‘hard to find’ quirky, urban cafes that don’t do conventional. ‘Bunker Cafe’ is just that; a converted container surrounded by designer bean bags, wooden benches, pews and a concrete garden. Atomic coffee is on offer, along with oversized sweet & savoury brioche, gourmet pies, sweet fare and gastronomic European sandwiches filled with a multitude of choices. I decided on the bacon & egg ciabatta that was winking at me. Everything is takeaway: served on disposable plates. Service is fabulous and personable. Parking is scarce. Ambience is a writer’s dream. You better go now before everyone knows about it!
1) Tell me about for your first modelling job?
My first modelling job was for ‘Battle of the Babes’ which was such an amazing experience. Can’t wait to see what the future brings.
2) What age did you consider yourself female and/or transgender?
I was born a boy – but I was born in the wrong body. I have always been a girl; I just didn’t know how to express it.
3) Who/what is your inspiration?
I have two types of inspirations. My first inspiration would be family and friends. They are always the best kind of inspiration! My second inspiration would be my all time favorite famous idols. I live a happy and full life with no regrets.
4) What is your go-to cosmetic product and why?
MAC make up for sure, it’s just the best for coverage and when you’re in front of a camera – it’s a life saver. Every day I use BB cream.
5) What is your favourite social media platform?
6) What does the word ‘Whore’ mean to you?
It means someone who is unfaithful in a relationship. To be honest I do think the word ‘Whore’ has alot of stigma against it.
7) Are you a ‘shoes’ or ‘handbag’ girl?
I’m both – Come on, every woman loves her shoes and handbags!
8) Are you recognised a lot now after being in the media?
At first I was recognised a lot, but not so much anymore. I want to be successful in life and leave my foot-print on the world.
9) Are there many support groups in NZ for ‘transgender’ youth?
Yes, there is.
10) What makes you laugh?
Funny people, lols, I mean I laugh a lot through my day – it’s good for the soul. If you don’t laugh and have a joke or worse can’t take a joke; in my eyes you’re not living.
My words of wisdom, “Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path…and leave a beautiful and unique trail.”
“Vincent Ikihagai-Fasi and Bryson Naik are artists of the new generation. Growing up on a diet of internet, mainstream media and Western-cultural apathy, the young men are the embodiment of the disillusioned Generation Y.”
Art, Etcetera presented by The Lucid Collective, is a collaboration (Gen Y) between street and visual art verses fashion, held at Method and Manners Studios.
The art is provocative in it’s themes: elements of sobering truth in our society, emotive, sometimes poetic and alarmingly engaging.
All of the work is fit for sale at modest prices, apparently sold a few pieces and there is much interest brewing for further commissions.
Gen Y is our future.
To stand out from the crowd today, you need to be innovative. So what can you do, to achieve this? With the launch of Twitter’s platform ‘Vine’, this has introduced a new ‘medium’ that is clever, succinct and engaging footage, that captivates your audience, in just 6 seconds. Recently, ‘Tribeca Film Festival’, invited people to submit entries using Vine (the iPhone app) that creates these remarkable 6-second looping videos. Amazing. However, you need to plan your storytelling effectively, so your short film will reach and maximise your audience, who will keep coming back for more. You can also watch the latest film reviews, in just 6 seconds on sixsecondreviews.com, as everyone is now time deficient, after all. The maximum spoken word when using Vine, is roughly 25 words, but less is more. So when brainstorming your next Vine clip, think about how you want to be perceived: images and text, that represent interesting ideas is what you need, to ultimately provoke and stimulate your audience’s heart. Connect with people.
The last few days I have become increasingly fascinated with Pinterest. I created a few boards some months ago, and revisited my virtual pin board or scrapbook, earlier this week. So far, my boards include books, thoughts, ideas, wishes, likes, charlatan clinic, social media, theatre, art, film, fashion, inspiration, celebrity and costume! So what is this all about? From what I can ascertain, it is all about you, and what makes you happy. I am sold. Searching for everything that I enjoy, and collecting virtual images, footage and text from everyone to anything. Inspirational.
Do you feel the pressure to purchase presents, for all of your friends or family at Christmas time? If not a gift, at least a decent card, right? Some people ignore the occassion and go abroad, maybe a good solution, if you have the coin. We are ambushed with advertising on billboards, radio, TV, internet, all media portals. I have a fully lit (26 metre) Christmas tree on my door step, everyday after 830pm, so difficult to ignore the festivities. The malls are heaving with crowds of neurotic shoppers, looking for the perfect item or not? Gone are the days of handmade decorations and Christmas cards, due to lack of time or exhaustion, we buy it instead. At least the economy is gaining momentum, yes? The queues are still outside the Auckland City Mission for food parcels. I am not one of them, waiting, thankfully. Hope Santa spoils you.