• 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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where-am-i-wednesday-5
Jul
13

Where am I Wednesday?

This week’s Where am I Wednesday has been submitted by Peter Dockrill. Where was he when he took this chilling shot? First person to answer correctly wins something cold!  

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Jul
12

Travel product review: Travel stories with a twist

Travel stories with a twist By Maggie Videan Corban & Blair purveyors of fine stationery products have launched a brand new set of Travel Stories ‘conversation starters’. These nifty little sets of cards get people talking about their trips away. We liked the idea so much we snaffled a set to giveaway – that’s how […]

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observatory-hotel-sydney
Jul
8

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Observatory Hotel, Sydney

As a non-driver who spends her life traipsing around the city on foot, I often find myself mesmerised by buildings and wondering what it would be like to live/stay/play there if only I had enough time/money/friends with a key to said dwelling. One such building is The Observatory Hotel in The Rocks, whose classic facade […]

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Jul
8

The naked truth about nudist beaches

I often get accused of being a hippie because I like rainbows and soy chai and Goddess cards. It’s for this reason that I always thought I would love going to a nudist beach. All that freedom and nature and sun-on-bare-skin – what’s not to like? Well, school boys and weird old English swingers, for […]

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i-love-america
Jul
7

I love America

I absolutely love America and, what’s more, I love Americans. In Australia, this makes me something of a rarity. There is this weird parochial belief that Americans are complete a**holes who will ignorantly stand in front of your camera, complain loudly when everything isn’t American and will trample small children to get to a Southern […]

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where-am-i-wednesday-4
Jul
6

Where am I Wednesday?

Where in the world was I when I took this aerial shot? Hint: The last remaining wilderness areas in the ‘cradle of civilisation’. Whoever answers correctly first, wins a totally random prize. And I mean random.

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Jul
5

Travel Tales: Denea Buckingham, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine

Name: Denéa Suzanne Buckingham Age: 23 Occupation: Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine Favourite travel destination?: City – Tokyo/Narita: the culture is so diverse, even among the different suburbs. There is something for everyone, every age, of every interest. You can go clubbing at all hours of the day and night, shoot the most realistic BB guns […]

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Jul
4

Should I stay or should I go?: Freedom vs security

Committing yourself to a life of adventure takes courage. Intrepid travel is uncomfortable, risky and bloody hard work. Lost passports, stolen wallets, dodgy food, bed bug infested mattresses, frigid nights spent waiting for trains that never come and backpacks full of dirty clothes that you have been wearing for the past three weeks … Sometimes […]

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jeeves-get-me-a-fiji
Jul
2

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Jeeves, get me a Fiji!

Jeeves, get me a Fiji! When this deal landed on my desk, my approval could be encapsulated in just one sentence: ‘You had me at butler service’. Because that is what you get with this 8-night Fiji package. Butler service. Along with flights from Sydney, accommodation in an ocean view room at Outrigger on the […]

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Jul
1

Jet lag cure: Beaming with Health Flight Control tisane

I cannot tell you how much it sucks when you can’t sleep (new mums and dads, you know what I’m talking about). I am from a family of major insomniacs and I have come to the conclusion that the problem is genetic. I have felt completely, crushingly jet lagged for the past month so the […]

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