Impressions of China from a First Time Visitor

  It’s perfectly ok to use white people as your backdrop in a selfie…like posing in front of some monument or notable locale. Everyone wants to take photos with you and your white children. It’s all friendly and well intentioned, just exhausting at times. The signs forbidding you to feed the animals at the zoo…

Cruising

Cruising is such a huge portion of the travel industry and one we as a family had yet to experience. I expect it’s because we prefer to roam and discover at our own pace and the thought of sticking to someone else’s itinerary seemed a nightmare. Cruise Line International Association’s State of the Industry Outlook…

8 Hours in Vanuatu

We missed our port day yesterday at Mystery Island in Vanuatu due to uncooperative weather. The captain had to pull the plug on departing via tender boats with continuous high winds and rain making it unsafe for the passengers and the crew. So we were left with one day, 8 hours really, to get to know this…

A Weekend in Hobart

Friday 2 February, 2018 We are flying this morning from Sydney to Hobart on Jetstar, it’s easy and quick, just 90 minutes in total. The kids and I agree to leave the screens at home and instead spend our time playing cards, working Sudoku and word search puzzles. The airport in Hobart is super small…

Little Nippers

I’ve heard many a parent chatter about their kids attending Nippers and had no idea what they were talking about. One day a friend was sharing her experience with me of their Sunday mornings at Greenwich Baths and I knew my ex-pat kiddos had to have a go at this. A Surf Lifesaving History: As…

Ghosting Facebook

A month ago, I decided it was time for a split with Facebook.  I didn’t delete my account and I didn’t post that I would be leaving.  I didn’t even tell my wife, Kate.  Instead, I took a page out of Hollywood’s celebrity dating manual and simply vanished.  I was ghosting Facebook. Facebook is supposed to be about…

2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

We decided to stop in KL for a few days on our way back from Sri Lanka since we were transiting through. What to do with two full days to explore a new city? Deciding to maximise on our time we booked a couple of tours. We turned to Urban Adventures,  who we’ve used in…