Nusa Lembogan

Finally I have had to resign myself to the fact that today I can only squeeze in a massage and snorkel at most. As Western though patterns and chasing leaving my body, so does stress. I feel myself decompressing like a tension chamber that has become unaccustomed to it’s own internal pressure – in actual…

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The Lawn

Reclining back, watching the last of another magic Balinese day, I giggle at the outlook of The Lawn. It is like a piece of Seminyak in Canggu. A little piece of glamour in the surf village.  I don’t mind it for a change but I know it wont’ become my local. I am still an…

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The Pink Coco Gili T

This is my second holiday to Gili T. It’s a great ferry ride over and we are staying at the north western tip at a hotel called The Pink Coco. Hotels on Gili are more expensive than Bali – mostly because they can charge more (captured audience) and they have to transport all the goods…

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P & O Cocktail mix classes

On board drinking experiences are they worth it? If you like a wine or cocktail I think the tasting experiences are a must. On the cruise I am doing there are a few days at sea which means forced rest and recouperation. I take this part of my life very seriously and aside from writing…

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Surfing Batu Balong Beach Bali

I am eagerly waiting to return to Bali this weekend where I can surf, eat organic food and catch up with friends. Bali has become a second home of sorts, with me traveling there 9-10 times in the past 3 years. Bali had never been high on my travel bucket list but after doing a…

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Waiheke Island New Zealand

Situated 40 mins by ferry from Auckland is the lovely island of Waiheke. The population is about 9000 steady residents that swells to 45,000 in summer. The scalloped wind-protected bays are delightful and on a sunny day shimmer in the light. The ferries with Fullers leave pier 2 in Auckland Wharf every thirty minutes on…

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Labak River Hotel Ubud

Finding the perfect place for a retreat is tricky. Somewhere secluded but close to town. Somewhere with good clean facilities (especially air conditioning) but not at a crazy price. And somewhere that has enclaves for people to escape to and do some personal reflection and growth but it safe and contained.  YES! It’s very tricky…

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Art Classes in Ubud

Since a child I can recall art, drawing and painting. Maybe it had been due in part to having a grandma who is an artist, or maybe it’s because I find it nourishes me. Either way I love art and the knack it has of allowing one to relax and get totally lost in the…

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Mt Warning Delights

Mount Warning

Today was a magic day shared with close friends in a very spiritual part of Australia, Mt Warning. Mt Warning, also known as Mt Wollumbin is a step craggy mountain (actually the remnants of a volcano) that makes for a big day time climb. The 4.5 km, one way walk, (9km return trip)  takes on…

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Five things to do on Lifou Island, New Caledonia

If you are heading to Lifou Island here are some great ideas to do that are kid friendly. For the second time the children and I are ferried across from our floating hotel (the P & O Cruise Ship, the Pacific Dawn) to the one of the islands that belong to the Loyalty Islands, in…

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