International

Huangpu River, Shanghai

Family fun in Shanghai

Raffles has just started learning Chinese at school and all that scholarly Ni Hao-ing has brought with it a touch of Mandarin melancholy for a boy who has a bit of a crush on China. A fab family break in Shanghai last year was more by accident than design, the high flying capital of commerce being the […] Read more…

Nasi Goreng kids

Bali bellies

Sunsets are something that Bali does particularly well. And the beach at Jimbaran Bay is the place that those in the know gather to enjoy them. Which is why, at sundown, we find ourselves sipping a leisurely Bintang on the bustling beachfront as our kids stalk, with serious intent, a guy selling balloons. Only the […] Read more…

Scary creatures at Ayana

Bali blinder

My first visit to Bali was nearly 20 years ago. You might say it was less than successful. You see, although I enjoyed a little taste of Bali’s endless beaches, terraced rice fields, tranquil temples and the colour and chaos of Balinese Hindu culture… being young and utterly, utterly stupid, I also tasted way too […] Read more…

Tea Eggs

Cracking up over Tea Eggs

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. Which is no frickin’ surprise really, given that horses don’t have opposable thumbs. Luckily for Raffles, who also had a great fall over the weekend, we didn’t rely on […] Read more…

Barbie Cafe, Taipei

Tripping the light fanplastic in Taipei

As a child I, like most little girls, had a Barbie. She was tall and pert and pretty with her drag queen make-up and big bouffy head of blonde hair… which I hacked off before brutally mummifying her anatomically impossible body in small strips of gauze for a school project on Ancient Egypt. I didn’t […] Read more…

Venetian blinder // Venice with kids

We’re feeling a little Italian inspired at La Casa di Eats World so we’re heading on a little trip down memory lane (or should I say canal?) to reminisce on the ghosts of holidays past and, in particular, on masks and mayhem, Venetian style. Lording it up in Venice in the most ridiculously over-sized and indulgent hotel suite […] Read more…

Te Vaka on Aitutaki Lagoon.

Cook Islands // Aitutaki with kids

Long before Captain Billy Bligh and his crazy crew of mutineers in the making visited Aitutaki in the soon to be barbecued Bounty, legendary Polynesian warriors were succumbing to the spectacular sight of a lagoon so beautifully blue that it appears to have been painted. In fact, I’m left gaping like a slack-jawed idiot as our […] Read more…

CCC Rarotonga

Singing hymns and swinging hips in Rarotonga

We’re not what exactly what you’d call regular churchgoers. And by not regular I actually mean never. But in an effort to immerse ourselves into Rarotonga’s local culture, and out of respect for the local and their beliefs, we’ve found ourselves bathing in the glow of stained-glass in a pretty whitewashed church on a sunny […] Read more…

Happy kids in Raro

By Hook or by Cook – Cook Islands with kids

The best place, in my humble opinion, to start uncovering the real spirit of a new destination is via its local markets and we’re lucky to have arrived in Rarotonga early enough on a Saturday morning that we can join the locals for a stroll around Raro’s weekly Punanga Nui Markets. It is here that Sugarpuff thirstily […] Read more…

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