If Only These Walls Could Talk…

Walking through the halls of the Old Parliament Building in Canberra, you can’t help but think “if only these walls could talk”.  As you walk through the white building, you can’t help but notice the green and red leather bound books that contain the transcripts from years of parliamentary debates; the worn green leather chairs in…

Honour, Remembrance and Respect at the Australian War Memorial

Located an one end of ANZAC Parade in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial – a place to stop, reflect and honour the sacrifices made by so many Australian men and women over the past 120 years. From the Boer War to Peacekeeping…. While the main exhibit as you enter the War Memorial Museum features…

Mai Tais in paradise

There was no way I was coming back to Hawaii without having a Mai Tai or two.. So completing a list of my favourite Hawaiian Mai Tais seemed the perfect excuse to try a few more.. Obviously, I haven’t tried every bar/restaurant/etc that makes a Mai Tai, so apologies if your favourite isn’t on the…

Turtle Bay Resort

We’ve now visited Hawaii four times, and have always stayed at the same hotel in Waikiki (which we absolutely love), so this time we decided to try Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Turtle Bay has everything you could possibly need while on holidays – multiple swimming pools, hot tubs, on-site restaurants, horse riding,…

(Don’t go) Chasing Waterfalls

According to TLC back in the 1990s, we shouldn’t be chasing waterfalls.. Well after our recent experience, I plan on hunting out as many waterfalls as I can find.. We took guidance from Nathan at the Turtle Bay Resort activities counter, Guidepost, and headed out to Waimea Valley for a swim under the 45 foot…

Flight delays..

Is there anything worse than a flight delay? How about a 7.5 hour delay? That’s what we faced today with our flight to Hawaii.. While we did receive notification from Jetstar about the delay, we had already reached the city and turning back to the Peninsula wasn’t really something we were keen to do. How…

Packing List: carry on

Working out what to pack in your carry on luggage can be difficult, especially when limited with the size and weight restrictions based on the individual airlines. We’re flying out to Hawaii on Sunday with Jetstar and given we also have checked in luggage, our carry on luggage can be quite light. Isabella’s carry on…

Port Stephens

Approximately 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Port Stephens is the perfect place for a mini family vacation and can be enjoyed in both winter and summer alike. Getting there: We chose to fly with Jetstar Australia from Melbourne. As we were only staying for three nights, we chose to just take carry on luggage –…

Mother/Daughter Getaways

Have you and your daughter ever gone on a mini getaway together? If so, how long ago was it? I had never taken my daughter away on a long weekend, where it was just the two of us. We decided to make the most of my 4 days off between night shifts and explore some…

Sunset, Pimms and Mamma Mia

  Have you ever put something on your ‘I must visit there’ list, leave it for a while and finally get there when the place is about to close? If so, you’re definitely not alone. I can’t count how many times we both said we’d love to go to one of the outdoor cinema sessions…