• Dear Aunty Em: Sex number

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    ‘My boyfriend wants to know how many people I’ve slept with. I know how many people he’s slept with and my number is way higher. What should I do? Tell the truth or lie?’ – Sexy McSexface Dear Sexy McSexface, Men are funny. They want to date an attractive girl but then act all surprised when she’s popular. […]

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  • The problem with government

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    The first problem is recruitment. Do you know how to get involved in politics? If you wanted to run for the local council, your State Government seat, or for the Federal seat in your electorate, do you know how to go about it? Have you met any politicians lately? Have you had a chance to speak […]

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  • How to find a Bali villa

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    This has truly been one of those weeks. Joey is teething and has also learnt to crawl. I have at least 100 new grey hairs. I have also had some weird tummy bug, been crushed by deadlines and for some mysterious reason, can’t sleep. Such fun. Naturally, my thoughts turn to holidays. Namely, when am I […]

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  • Small life

    Monday, November 13, 2017

      I have a lot going on in a small space. My world used to be huge. I would fly interstate and overseas without a second thought. Sydney Airport felt like a second home. But now? I haven’t even had time to pick up my new passport which has been languishing, uncollected, for four months. […]

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  • Gifts from the storm

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    So here’s an obscure movie reference. In The Good Dinosaur, there’s a pterodactyl-esque character called Thunderclap. He’s a predatory bad ass in the same vein as the hyenas in The Lion King. [Spoiler alert] In the middle of the movie, there’s a severe storm that wreaks havoc. After the storm has passed, Thunderclap rejoices because a lot […]

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Dec
13

Things I didn’t know about pregnancy

People talk about ‘glowing’ and feeling invincible when they’re up the duff. This makes me laugh in a slightly bitter way because I do not feel this way. I feel vulnerable and smelly. I have body odour for the first time in my life, a development that leaves me sniffing my armpits and feeling quietly appalled. […]

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Dec
13

4 European Activities I Would Never Do Without Travel Insurance

This article is sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance*.  So, I finally went to Europe. Notwithstanding the one hasty work trip I went on to Finland and Slovenia (which I loved), I had never been which made me feel like a poor excuse for an Australian. I have never lived in Shepherd’s Bush, I have never pulled beers in […]

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Dec
8

Your report card

Adults don’t get an end-of-year report card. This can mean we end the year wondering, ‘Was it a good year? Did I perform well? How can I do better?’ What’s great about reports is that you receive objective feedback on what you did well and where you need to improve. Back in the day, your parents […]

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Dec
7

Blu babymoon

Planned romance is a fraught area, especially when life’s absurdities get in the way. That’s what happened with The Spark and I on our recent babymoon to Sydney’s five star Radisson Blu. I’m only six months pregnant but the next few months are crazy and before we know it, we won’t have had time to […]

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Dec
6

The travel paradox

Have you ever experienced that thing where you get home from overseas and Australia seems both excellent – the best country in the world – and worse, a shabby imitation of everything you’ve just seen elsewhere. Because of Australia’s colonial and early immigration history, a trip to Europe is basically a school excursion back to […]

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Dec
1

Glasgow to Rome by rail

Rail journeys retain some of the romance of yesteryear without the inconvenience of, say, a horse drawn cart or walking for miles in the snow. What’s surprising is just how good the trains are, especially if you’re willing to book a business or first class ticket. In the UK, Sir Richard Branson’s ubiquitous Virgin runs the […]

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Nov
11

Lost an earring?

Many of us have experienced that sinking feeling in our stomach as we have watched an earring, or other small item of jewellery, disappear down the sink. The good news is that just because you lose something down the sink does not mean that it is lost forever. There is still a good chance that […]

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Nov
9

Shanghai for beginners

My knowledge of Shanghai was previously restricted to Kung Fu films showing a bunch of dudes whooping ass wearing leather jackets. In fact, ‘Shanghai’ could’ve easily been any Chinatown in the world, according to my cinematically restricted fantasy. So what’s it really like? For starters, big. Shanghai is home to 24 million people. The city is […]

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Nov
8

5 truths about your body

You are going to get fat ‘I was so thin but I thought I was so fat’ is a common statement among women looking at old photos of themselves.  At every stage of my life I have routinely thought ‘I am so fat’ and taken various measures to address this supposed problem. That is, until now. […]

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Nov
8

Hot spot: Bogor, Indonesia

How well do you think you know Indonesia? For starters, how many islands are there? Answer: 18,306 (!). Did you know that Indonesia has the most active volcanoes of any nation in the world? And what about geography? Can you point out Jakarta on a map? Most Australians have heard of Bali and some will have even […]

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