Travel

Kids bucket list

The bucket and spade list

Freelance writing has a tendency to be feast or famine. Some months the most I get to write is a shopping list while others are flooded with work. This month it’s a virtual tsunami and I’ve got to knock over almost 60,000 words in four weeks. Whilst parenting two small demanding nutjobs. Without a net. […] Read more…

The boys with their hand made Aborignal spears at Blak Markets

Blak Markets at Bare Island Sydney

Raffles is pretty excited when we tell him we’re going to explore a real fort. When we add the bit about him making his very own weapon while he’s there, he’s just about ready to sign up for a job with Border Protection. I’m not sure he’d last long in the job though as he’s […] Read more…

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita

Food & Fudomyo in Narita City

Transiting through Narita International Airport on your way to Tokyo or some other fabulous Japanese city? Well don’t! Do yourself a favour, get out of that cavernous airport, jump on a train (they’re terribly punctual, you know) and take the ten minute ride into Narita City. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Well, unless you miss […] Read more…

kid visiting Iorofa Cultural Village

Welcome to the Jungle // Iarofa Village Vanuatu

I holler in fright as a half-naked warrior leaps out from the undergrowth. Two more suddenly appear from the jungle armed with spears and arrows that are pointed directly at our heads.  Now, I don’t like to make assumptions (and by ‘don’t’ I actually mean it’s my hobby) but, given the scowling faces and life threatening stance, […] Read more…

Baby in airplane bassinet

15 tips for flying with a baby

There’s been a whole lot of negativity in the media of late about babies on planes. My guess is that the people whining are the same loud mouths with an inflated sense of entitlement and the obnoxious drunken yobs that I’ve been stuck next to on many a flight. And who, incidentally, are more irritating than any baby […] Read more…

Gelato at Dolcissimo

A Sydney culinary adventure

I’ve been doing this parenting gig long enough to know better than asking the kids what they’d like to do on the weekend.  The answer always ends up involving long distances and full bellies. Needless to say, I wasn’t at all surprised when I asked them where they’d like to head in the Ford Territory Titanium that we’re driving for the Voices of 2014 Paint the Town Ford Challenge, […] Read more…

The most incredible fresh sushi you'll ever find in Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Lost in digestion // 24 hours in Tokyo

I’ve been in Shinjuku station for 60 minutes and I’ve been lost for 58 of them. It may be due to the fact that I’m enormously stupid or it may be because the station, Asia’s largest, is freakin’ enormous! So big that more 3,500,000 people spill from its 200 plus seemingly identical exits every day. […] Read more…

Seafarers Bridge, South Wharf, Melbourne

Going glam with the fam in Melbourne

As mentioned in a recent post, the Eats Worlds have a bit of a thing for lovely Melbourne (which admittedly mostly involves consuming copious amounts of food). In that post I lamented (read: whinged about) the fact that a visit would be unlikely anytime soon and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But […] Read more…

A French Connection in l’île de Pins

The first thing we notice when we arrive at l’île de Pins? The water is blue. Retina searingly so! The second? Our daughter has a big thing for coconut. Big enough that we’re considering the need for some kind of tropical fruit rehab before she starts freebasing them. While Sugarpuff slurps on the first of […] Read more…

Oh! The places she will go with her gooie trolley bag!

Luggage love + a gooie giveaway

My kids have an obsession for luggage rivaled only by Kanye West’s for himself, and can often be found packing their bags in preparation for their next imaginary trip to wherever has taken their fancy that day. But while Raffles has already managed to acquire more luggage than the average touring drag queen in his short life, my […] Read more…

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