It was my first photoshoot collaboration with Australian photographers. With other models, we headed to Fort Lytton in the humid Aussie weather. I underestimated the heat; assuming it would be the same as Asia’s humidity. NO. It was a scorching 38 degrees and according to the weather experts, we were actually experiencing a heat wave at the time!

Thank goodness my make-up didn’t melt! I owe it to my fairy godmother -slash-make-up artist Christina Mignemi for making me look human (lols) and for putting heatwave-proof makeup on me that day.

Fort Lytton is a heritage-listed 19th century coastal fort in the suburb of Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1880-1882 in response to a fear that a foreign colonial power such as Russia or France might launch a naval attack on Brisbane or its port, both of which were located along the banks of the Brisbane River. The fort consists of almost a hectare of buildings, gunpits, tunnels and other structures embedded in a pentagonal earth mound wall, surrounded by a water-filled moat. – (Source: Wikipedia).

Fort Lytton reminded me of Intramuros in Manila, except that Intramuros was a small city within its wall. I’ve blogged about it more than a year ago. You can read it here.

Fort Lytton is open to the public on Sundays and most public holidays for military re-enactment, museums and guided tours. Admission, guided tours and parking are all free. Access to the park at other times is by appointment only, and is subject to fees.

This is a must-see for serious historians and curious travelers! Check the schedule of free events here.

Keep exploring,


Photographers: Joanne Perkins, Tony Garufo
air & Make Up : Christina Mignemi
Pink Dress: Dotti
hoes: Nine West, Charles & Keith