• Sanctuary by Sirromet

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    I don’t get out much these days. Most of my days involve hanging out with a toddler, hanging out washing and feverishly cramming max productivity into minimum time. It’s a treat to go somewhere a) I don’t have to clean, b) I don’t have to cook, and c) there are no children or puppies requiring […]

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  • Taste Tours: Ramadan Festival, Lakemba

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    Stepping into the main street of Lakemba during Ramadan Festival is like carrying an Access All Areas foodie passport. The aroma of Malaysian satay mingles with shish kebabs grilling over charcoal. Tobacco smoke competes with the scent of cardamom-infused coffee, and hungry crowds mill around the fluoro-lit food stands. Ladies in hijabs, burqas and niqabs […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Should I have a baby?

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ‘Should I have a baby?’ – Maybe mama  Dear Maybe mama, a) Go and stand in the card section of K-Mart and check out the Mother’s Day range. Absorb the pinkness, the flowers, the sense of gratitude. b) And then go stand in the homewares section, preferably the boring bit, near the pegs, mops and […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Knob job

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    “Would you judge a guy based on his work? I was chatting to someone online and turns out he works in the gaming industry selling slot/gaming machines. It’s been his career for ages and I think he does well out if it. It’s such a turn-off for me – is that wrong? Am I being […]

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  • Becoming your authentic self

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    I am evolving in isolation down here in Camden, NSW. I’ve got to say, it’s making me weird. When you are protected from the influence of society, a funny thing happens. Parts of you grow that were previously trampled. Take my dress sense. I have always been sartorially challenged but I am reaching new lows. […]

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the-best-womens-travel-writing-2010
Aug
23

Book Review: The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010

I have the attention span of a gnat. Seriously, it’s a wonder I get anything do … ooh, what’s that on television. Sorry, what were you saying? That’s why I love short stories; so much plot line satisfaction jammed into one book. My awesome friend Shaunie T gave me an anthology of The Best Women’s […]

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the-best-things-about-fancy-hotels
Aug
22

The best things about fancy hotels

My family used to go on camping holidays. One memorable night, it rained so heavily that there was a river of water flowing under our tent. Fortunately, we were on airbeds so we floated right on over it. Camping is so much fun because it takes you waaaay outside your normal life. You fall asleep […]

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where-am-i-wednesday-8
Aug
17

Where am I Wednesday?

Gosh, where could this be? This week’s Where am I Wednesday winner scores one of the coolest DVD’s of all time. Sure, I may be a little biased because I have a dirty crush on him but whoever guesses this correctly will win a copy of Heston’s Feast. Yes, Heston Blumenthal of Fat Duck fame; […]

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meet-the-qwoff-boys-two-of-my-favourite-wine-nerds
Aug
16

Meet the Qwoff Boys, two of my favourite wine nerds …

I would like to introduce you to two lads who love wine – Andre and Justin, the founders of Qwoff, Australia’s largest social wine review site. Self-confessed ‘Scruffy Gen X Winegeeks’, the boys have grown Qwoff into a community of close to 20,000 winelovers and are in the process of making a show called ‘Road […]

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home-sweet-home
Aug
15

Home, sweet home

Getting home from overseas is a bittersweet experience. Sweet because you get to see all your people (and in my case, puppies), sleep in your own bed and have access to a full wardrobe (which is especially nice when you’re on your last pair of clean undies and you’re pushing 48 hours in them).  Bitter […]

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off-to-thailand-and-vietnam-i-go-hi-ho
Aug
2

Off to Thailand and Vietnam I go, hi, ho …

You read it right, homies. As you take your first sip of morning coffee, I will be sitting on a Thai Airways jet headed for paradise. As you walk outside for lunch, I will be flying over South East Asia. When you get home tonight, I will be hanging out in my hotel in Bangkok, […]

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oh-pindan-my-darling-by-kristy-mills
Aug
1

Oh Pindan, my darling by Kristy Mills

Oh Pindan, my darling By Kristy Mills The number one rule for anyone travelling from Perth to Broome in a motor vehicle is:  Turn Left at Every Opportunity. Admittedly, it must be preceded by “Take the ‘Coastal’ Road. On a cold Perth morning we woke early, thought for two seconds and knew we’d be wasting […]

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thailicious
Jul
30

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Thailicious

Forget bouts of Bali belly, getting lost in a city where you don’t speak the language or hostel dorm ‘rustlers’, the perennial challenge for travellers is what to do when you’re not travelling. I’ve found one of the best ways to get through the seemingly endless months between trips is to head overseas without ever […]

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road-twip
Jul
28

Road Twip!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of something called a ‘road twip’. Admittedly, I organised it so it wasn’t exactly a random accident that I was there. Basically a bunch of us jumped in a bus and drove down to the South Coast, tweeting like mad things for the duration of […]

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where-am-i-wednesday-7
Jul
27

Where am I Wednesday?

This is another cracker brought to you by the extremely cryptic Margarita Peker. Berkini, anyone? There is still a Giant Caramello Koala up for grabs because noone got last week’s answer (Jerusalem, Israel).

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