Melbourne, Australia
Kaiya, 25
Art Student
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a bit about Kaiya

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am currently studying a bachelor of Arts in Music Industry and work a part time job as a barrister.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked in a pizza place once and it was really not fun.

Were you born and raised in Melbourne? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Melbourne?

I grew up in a small country town in Western Australia, however after coming to Melbourne for a family holiday I instantly fell in love with the place and knew that I would one day move here. I love the feel that Melbourne has, its a city of opportunities and I feel like it allows you to be whoever you want to be.

What’s your current hood in Melbourne and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I am currently residing in Carlton North and its a great suburb as its only 10 minutes from the city and surrounding suburbs such as Brunswick and Fitzroy that have great cafes and night life.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

My music taste is varied dependant on my mood. I enjoy listening to a lot of local music whether it be soft electronic songs or even heavy punk stuff. I try to get out to as many gigs as I can as Melbourne is always showcasing great local talent.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Definitely a lot of the stuff I listened to in high school - all those heavy guilty pleasures such as The Amity Affliction, Parkway Drive and A Day To Remember.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Californication is one of my favourite TV shows. I've probably watched the whole series about 10 times and since visiting California I love it even more. I enjoy Archer as well - it's one of those shows that no matter what mood you're in it's always going to make you laugh. I also love The Mighty Boosh and I'm one of those sad people that LOVE reality tv shows - especially anything real housewife related, I live for the drama.

Name some spots in Melbourne that are good for a Tinder date.

Holey Moley is a mini golf bar that just opened up in the CBD and would be a great place to take your tinder date. Also if the weather permits a picnic in the botanical gardens is a must followed by a cocktail at a roof top bar so you can take in the city lights surrounding you.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Probably Pauline Hanson, anything to see her sweat

Who’s your hero and where in Melbourne would you take them out for a serious hang?

Probably Russell Brand - I love how he's not afraid to speak his mind about any topic and I would probably take him to the NGV as I would love to hear about his perceptions of different art pieces. I feel like he would be able to break apart all the hidden meanings behind something.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

A lot of my clothes are from random vintage stores around the city, or boutiques. I love anything that's a bit out there.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I'm really not a fan of St Kilda, the beach is really dirty and not appealing to me at all.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love going to art galleries but never really seem to find the time. There is currently a Van Gogh exhibition at the NGV and I definitely need to make some time to go before it finishes.

Where do you go in Melbourne for a casual night out?

I usually head to a small bar or pub, Workshop is super close to uni so its pretty easy to pop over there after class, or pubs such as Marquis of Lorne or the Great Northern are great for food and a few bevies with friends.

Where would you go in Melbourne to celebrate some freaking good news?

If it's summer we would usually pick up some wine and head to either Edinburgh gardens or the botanical gardens, otherwise it would be whatever bar we were in the vicinity of haha

What’s your choice of transportation in Melbourne and why?

I live in between two tram lines, which is great as they both take you directly into the city in about 10 minutes.

What are the Melbourne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A walk along Southbank is pretty nice, as well as making sure to get out of the CBD, some of Melbourne's best food places are in places like Brunswick and Collingwood and it doesn't take much to jump on a tram and adventure out to those suburbs.

What are the Melbourne spots tourists should run from screaming?

Definitely stay clear of Federation square, there is usually just people everywhere and it's not that great.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Melbourne. How do you spend it?

Probably with a group of friends, having a meal of dumplings with BYO wine - some of my best nights out in Melbourne have begun like this.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

It would probably be a tie between Nashville and New York. They both have such a great music scene and I didn't want to leave them. I already planning to get back to them as soon as possible and explore the cities even more.

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