A Trip to Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island
Courtesy of Rottnest Island.

On our way back from Thailand we stopped at Perth to visit our friends again. This time however, we decided to go spend a couple of days on Rottnest Island so we can see the ever adorable quokkas! It was so beautiful and home to the cutest little animals on earth! Quokkas are marsupials, just like kangaroos, but they only populate a few areas in Western Australia, primarily Rottnest Island. (more…)


Hotel Review: The Surin Resort

The Surin

As much as we loved Koh Phi Phi, we eventually had to say goodbye and go back to Phuket for one last night before flying back to Australia. We didn’t like Patong, where everyone had told us to stay, and we just wanted a really nice place to continue our relaxing journey. I’d come across a few places through various websites and we found The Surin on Surin beach looked amazing. We couldn’t wait to arrive and just lay back and take in all its glory! (more…)


Snorkeling around Koh Phi Phi Island

Koh Phi Phi

Our favorite island on our Thailand adventure was most definitely Koh Phi Phi! While most people considered it really touristy, which it is, it was much nicer than Phuket and significantly more peaceful. A 2 hour boat ride from Phuket or Krabi it’s smack dab in the middle of the Andaman sea. While more isolated than other islands, it’s a super relaxing and fun place to visit! (more…)


James Bond Island

James Bond Island

Despite what people had told us and the reviews I read online, I was determined to go to Phuket for a couple of reasons: 1) because airline tickets were cheaper to go to Phuket than to other islands in Thailand and 2) because I felt that we had to go, because it’s just one of those things. So we headed out on the first flight on Tuesday morning and found ourselves on Phuket Island. Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand with about 210 square miles of land to cover. There are many beaches on the island to stay at, and we chose to stay in Patong, though we’d be warned to stay away. (more…)


Cooking with Pum

Cooking with Pum

One thing I really wanted to do while traveling is take Thai cooking classes. Obviously I love cooking, or I wouldn’t have created this blog but it’s completely different to create food by yourself and hope it turns out right and go to a class and learn how to make food there. This was a must for me because Thai food is more complicated than other cuisines, not because of techniques but because there are just smidgeons of a lot of ingredients added into make this amazing flavor combination. Leave one ingredient out and it changes the whole dish. (more…)


Bangkok: The City with the Longest Name

Bangkok

The Dan-Man and I had been planning this amazing trip to Bali since about May. We had our Airbnb that was tucked away in the serene Ubud all booked for our month-long stay and received so much advice from friends on where to go and what to do. Then because of Mount Ruang and it’s massive volcanic ash cloud, our trip was postponed indefinitely, according to Jetstar. Instead of freaking out and worrying about if and when we’ll be able to get into Bali we decided to find the cheapest flight out the next day and just fly there. Just so happens that the cheapest ticket was to Thailand and we got really pumped. (more…)


A Night Under the Stars in Melbourne

St Jeromes - The Hotel

Last week, we had the wonderful opportunity to spend a night at one of Melbourne’s newest popups, the St Jerome’s – The Hotel on top of Melbourne Central in the CBD. This popup hotel brings glamping to the city, and doesn’t disappoint. The concept of glamping is to bring the luxuriousness of hotels to the outdoors, but St. Jeromes takes it one step further and puts it smack dab in the middle of the city.

Now there’s been a lot of talk about St. Jeromes and the concept of it, but I say let the pictures speak for themselves! (more…)


Rug Up for the Queen Vic Winter Night Market!

During the day Queen Victoria Market is a historic landmark in Melbourne. It’s a huge open air market that sells everyone from produce to fish and meats to all kinds of souvenirs. Since it’s a 15 minute walk from my house I go there for most of my grocery needs because it’s so much cheaper than a supermarket and you can score some sweet deals if you go towards the end! 😉

However, once the nighttime hits, the whole market transforms into an eclectic mix of street foods, music, small shops, and for the first time, a night cinema! Every Wednesday from June to the end of August, Queen Vic Market will hold a winter night market filled with all kinds of cozy goodies! You can find everything from South Asian food to mulled wine and everything in between!

Here’s a peek at some of the things you can find at the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market:

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“Treat Yo’ Self” Easter Weekend

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So just in case anyone was wondering, Australians love to travel, whether it’s domestic or international. We knew this coming here but we were not prepared for the fact that Easter Weekend was going to be completely booked to all the places we wanted to go. Who knew that the whole country would stop for this simple 4 day weekend? (more…)


Visiting the City of Gold

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So on our way to the Land Down Under we decided to take a 3 day mini vacation in Dubai to break up our 26 hour flight. Probably the best decision we ever made!

We flew with Etihad Airways, the airline from Abu Dhabi, to Melbourne and instead of taking a 2 hour layover in the UAE we decided to extend it for 3 days since it didn’t cost us anything extra. I can honestly say that this is the best airline that I’ve ever flown on. From the moment we checked in at Dulles Airport all of the flight attendants were so incredibly friendly. With no trouble at all we checked in our bags and went to our gate after.

 

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