Photo of Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

I was warned about temple burnout in Japan. Before visiting, I couldn’t image becoming numb to the historic beauty of shrines and temples. This was my first time travelling in Asia, so I hadn’t done the temple trails before. I also didn’t plan on visiting enough temples to put me at risk of burnout. I wasn’t in Tokyo for the temples, so I’d only planned to visit the … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

The Great Escape: 4 Days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Stressed? Burnt out? Bogged down in the winter blues? Prescribe yourself an extra long weekend in Queensland. In four days, I got the dose of sunshine, blue skies and blessed humidity that I’ve been missing in chilly, drizzly Melbourne. Before last weekend, I’d never considered squeezing in time in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast in one trip. When friends from Melbourne asked … Continue reading The Great Escape: 4 Days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Flowers in Fitzroy Gardens

Sunday Stories 25.10.15

I didn’t realise how useful this series was until I arrived home in Melbourne this week and had a complete mental blank about my favourite restaurants, bars and cafes. I browsed through some old Sunday Stories posts while making a mental note to eat more omega-3s, and not only was I pleasantly surprised by the yummy, lovely places I used to love, but by the … Continue reading Sunday Stories 25.10.15

Wandering the Upper West Side

Our first Sunday in New York was at a considerably slower pace. After a huge Saturday of walking 20 kilometres through SoHo & West Village followed by a night out in the Meatpacking, I was ready for a slower pace wandering around the Upper West Side. Zabar’s Jewish Deli, Upper West Side Our first stop was UWS institution, Zabar’s Jewish Deli. We wandered around the … Continue reading Wandering the Upper West Side

Chinese New Year Markets in Melbourne

Chinese New Year is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Melbourne, even by those without a drop of Chinese blood. It’s one of the many events on the Melbourne social calendar that celebrates other cultures and how they are an integral part of modern Australian life. Dad was visiting from Brisbane, so we decided to check out the Chinese New Year Markets in Southbank. It was … Continue reading Chinese New Year Markets in Melbourne

Don’t Miss Melbourne’s Queen Vic Winter Night Markets

Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Markets is coming to life after dark every Wednesday until August 26 for the Winter Night Markets.  I liked these markets much better than the previous Summer Night Market, because it was a little less crowded – I think the cold keeps more people away! I’m actually yet to visit the Queen Vic Market during it’s regular hours. I will definitely … Continue reading Don’t Miss Melbourne’s Queen Vic Winter Night Markets

Quick Guide to Eating & Drinking in Hobart

Tasmania has built its reputation as a foodie destination on the back of hardworking salmon & oyster industries, distilleries and wineries. My first trip to the “Apple Isle” was to the capital, for a weekend of eating & drinking in Hobart. Salamanca Market The Salamanca Market is one of the biggest open-air markets in the world. Every Saturday, between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, more than … Continue reading Quick Guide to Eating & Drinking in Hobart