Camping Preparation

We are planning to hike a small section of the Bibbulmun track and returning with the bikes to trial a section of the Munda Biddi Trail this year! Two fantastic trails in Western Australia. Being an absolute newbie to the idea of hiking and camping overnight makes this exciting and also a little overwhelming. The latter I'm referring too, is the preparation part. Thinking about what to pack, what to eat and how ...

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Overnight stop in Bridgetown

There are some wonderful country towns south of Perth and it isn't until you rock up on the main strip and take a wander around, that you really find those hidden gems. As a kid, Bridgetown was often a 'drive though' town on the way to our holiday destination, but, on the odd occasion Dad would pull the car up alongside the old wood ship playground. We were allowed to go bonkers running through ...

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Holiday Tips Tokyo

Travelling in Tokyo is exciting, overwhelming and a continual mesmerizing surprise and here are a few of my travel tips to this wonderful city. Planning Pinterest is a great way to create a visual scrapbook of holiday tips and ideas. I created a pinterest board for the trip, view it here. Buy a map. You will be wonderfully lost at times. Buy a phrase book or jot down some phrases that will help. I used ...

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Chicken Meatballs with Sushi Rice

If I was to choose one electronic appliance to have in the kitchen, it would be a tough choice between the rice cooker, hand mixer and blender but I think I would choose the rice cooker. I have had my $20.00 Kambrook rice cooker forever, I can't recall when it came to be in my kitchen. This chicken meatball recipe is quite easy to whip up with a rice cooker and gives me great comfort ...

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Pizza Express, Mosman Park

Pizza and a movie at home was how we unwind on Saturday evening following a day of work. Pizza Express in Mosman Park shop is situated on Stirling Highway, conveniently opposite the liquor store. Quite possibly the most effective product placement - Beer and pizza. The shop services takeaway orders however there are a couple of tired looking tables out front but not quite enticing us to want to eat at ...

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Shirakaba, our Japanese Guest House Stay

Nozawa Onsen on the edge of  Kenashi mountain (1,964m) remains a traditional Japanese village that is located north of Nagano, a couple hours’ drive from Tokyo city. It is also only 30 kilometres from the ocean and this rather unique position is a hot zone for heavy dumps of snow. We travelled all the way from Australia for the ski season which runs from December to March each year. The village is quiet and minus an ...

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24 Hours in Tokyo + Bullet Train to Nagano

On route from Kuala Lumpur we flew with Air Asia into Haneda Airport, touching down in Tokyo city just before midnight. The rather unusual thing about Haneda airport is the train services stop just after midnight, leaving airport arrivals the choice of an expensive taxi or a limited stop night bus. Following an interesting conversation with my former boss a few months prior, we decided to hang around in the ...

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Streets of George Town

The Malaysian state of Penang certainly has changed since my last visit in 2005. Downtown Georgetown has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery of wall murals and wrought iron caricatures. The artwork brings about some colour and lighthearted humor to the back streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town. Overnighting at The Yeng Keng Hotel on Chulia Street we embarked on a morning of exploration on foot. Almost like ...

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24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur + Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia is special place to me, having worked for a company with offices in Kuala Lumpur I have made some great friends over the years and along with that many wonderful memories. Apart from the obvious reasons of seeing my friends, overall Kuala Lumpur makes a great stop over city from Australia to Asia or vice versa. Be it for 12 hours or 48 hours. On a recent visit to ...

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