• The most important thing I’ve learnt this year

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    This year has been tough by any measure. The upside is that hard times teach you a lot about yourself and other people. The most important thing I’ve learnt is that if you focus on filling yourself up with peace, that peace will eventually overflow into other people’s lives. Same goes if you fill yourself up […]

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  • Soul gardening

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Do you know about how crop rotation works? How farmers don’t plant the same crop in the same place year after year? Humans are the same. We can’t keep producing, producing, producing without a rest. We need inputs. If you were a garden, you would need to be weeded, composted, fertilised and replanted. You may […]

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    Free wellness programs with Inspiring Villas

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that mama needs a long lie down. But here’s the thing: I have a 20 month-old toddler who wakes up at dawn every single day. There is no holiday on earth that can get around that crushing fact. So how can you combine a family holiday where you get […]

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  • Meet the artist: Cathy Stait-Gardner

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    If you have spoken to me recently, you have probably heard me banging on Camden’s answer to Quentin Blake. Meet Cathy Stait-Gardner – gifted artist, Buffy fan and all ’round hilarious woman. How long have you been an artist? An artist. It sounds so high-brow! I’m not sure how long Ive been an artist. I’ve […]

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  • Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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Feb
14

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic By Verity Twydale Tucked away in the cleft of a mountain in the middle of the Syrian countryside lies a tiny Christian village. Admittedly, it’s an odd place to have a Christian village. Syria is a country that’s often mistakenly known for it’s antipathy towards anyone and […]

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Feb
12

Where is the most romantic place you have ever been?

The Real Estate of Romance: Where is the most romantic place you have ever been? I want to know! And you know what makes a romantic place seem even more romantic? Wine … lots and lots of wine … And guess what? The first 11 people to tell me their most romantic place will win […]

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tara-ali
Feb
10

Travel Tales: Tara Ali

Name: Tara Ali Age: 36 Occupation: Features Editor for Australian Women’s Health Favourite travel destination?: Nepal. It changed my view of the world and I absolutely lived in the moment for every second I was there. Nepal is the seventh poorest country in the world and some parts make you feel as though you are […]

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Feb
9

Bangalore!

Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]

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Feb
8

Travelling with friends

Travelling with friends By Verity Twydale Travelling with your bestie? That holiday with your BFF might seem like a great idea … until you’re too busy bickering over where to stay and what to eat to enjoy it. Ahhh … holidays. Such a distant memory. But if you’re like the rest of us you’re probably […]

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Feb
7

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay By Mel Cook Manila is a stopover, at best, because only two words come to mind when you arrive: organised chaos. From the moment you leave the airport you are in a place of extreme and manic disarray. With around 11 million people living in Manila, it’s little wonder people […]

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great-expectations
Feb
3

Great Expectations

Great Expectations By Lisa O’Brien As we arrived on a humid evening late last year, stepping out of the fluorescent orange glow of our easyJet tin can and into the soupy air hovering on the Split tarmac, Croatia had a big reputation to live up to. Any conversation about this burgeoning eastern European country in […]

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Feb
2

Tips for travelling photographers

Tips for travelling photographers By Melanie Mahoney Travel photography is a subjective thing. Some people prefer to take just a few shots of the major moments and sites they see, while others will happily fill a photo album before their plane has even landed. I’m happy to admit that I’m more of the latter than […]

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Feb
1

Travel Tales: Florence Sandford

Name: Florence Sandford Age: 26 Occupation: Communications Executive…in other words PR! Favourite travel destination?: Hawaii….and no I am not getting paid to say this. Hawaii is one of those destinations which has it all for me…the beaches, the shopping, the cocktails. That aloha spirit captures me every time I get off that plane. Worst travel experience?: […]

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Jan
31

Ire of the Tiger: Why Tiger Airways Sucks

I decided to do something romantic for The Future Husband and like all romantic gestures, it was a little bit selfish. I have always wanted to go to Melbourne for a weekend of window shopping, laneway strolling and gastronomic overload, preferably whilst wearing a ball gown and chasing a large ball of red wool (the […]

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