Adios Australia – we are off to Japan!


After what can only be described as the most whirlwind week of my life, we are off on our honeymoon! The wedding is done and dusted, and it’s now time to kick back and relax with each other to celebrate the start of our wedded life together.

I plan to write about the wedding while on the plane to recap all the events , but images will be a little scarc. I’m banking on the fact that my friends love me enough to steal their images, with full credit of course 🙂 It will be about 8 weeks before we get any official images back from our photographer, but based on the sneak peeks that’s I’ve seen they promise to be spectacular! [...]  read more

Camping trip to Stradbroke Island

Hammock at Stradbroke Island

Yesterday the other half, my dog and I got home from an amazing 6 days up at the beach, camping at Stradbroke Island. I won’t lie, while I had a great time I was beyond stoked to get home. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a flushing toilet, a shower, a comfortable bed, hard floors and not having to sweep your feet every 30 seconds when you jump inside to get something.

The shower I had that night was the best shower I’ve had. Ever.

You don’t even know.

Mario spent his days fishing, and caught a few whiting and something else. I would tell you, but to be honest I didn’t pay attention. I was very excited for him for catching something, but given I don’t eat fish I wouldn’t know the difference between whiting and trout (although if he’d told me he’d caught a shark I would be very impressed albeit freaked out). He managed to run out of bait while we were there, so we went into town and bought more on the second last day. In the end he didn’t use all of the refill, so we gave the leftovers to some friends he had made while fishing (they had nearly managed to hook a stingray but the line broke at the last second and it got away). [...]  read more

Lombok Day 2

We rose early, as our body clocks had kicked in. Typically we get up around 5am back at home, and it was no different here. We chilled out for a bit, as I explained to Mario that when I travelled to Bali the previous year I made the mistake of thinking that everyone else would be awake early. Not the case, and I ended up wandering the streets for 2 hours before I found anywhere that was open.

Once it got to about 7am and the sun was well and truly up, we thought that was late enough. We got dressed, put our walking shoes on, and headed out the door.  [...]  read more

Lombok Day 1 – Travelling

The day started early, rising and driving to the airport just on 6am. Mario’s mother was kind enough to drive us to the airport, and as we had so much stuff we had to take Mario’s car for the roof racks. There was only two of us, but in total we were taking:

  • A checked in bag each of clothing & necessities
  • Two bags of kitesurfing equipment, including two harnesses, two boards and four kites and lines, two pumps (one huge bag and one regular kite bag)
  • A bag we ended up calling “the tech bag”, which was basically a carry on bag of all gadgets and electronic equipment we didn’t want broken – cameras, go pro, and charging cables etc

Thankfully our reservation with Garuda entitled us to 30kg checked in baggage each, plus 23kg complimentary sporting goods each, then our 7kg of carry on – over 100kg of luggage allowance in total! So you can appreciate that with that much stuff to check in, we wanted to get there early and make sure we had no trouble. [...]  read more

Malaysia Day 4 – Kicking back and cocktails

Today we left our humble abode and headed out for our next hotel, Lone Pine, at Batu Ferringhi. The place really is as beautiful as the photos on their website, which can sometimes be quite rare in the travel industry.

The old hotel compared to this one is like chalk and cheese, there really is no comparison. While 23 Love Lane was all about history, culture and being in the middle of things, Lone Pine is all about tucking yourself away from the world and just enjoying your immediate surroundings.  [...]  read more