Bali Food Tour

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Candlenut, tamarind, palm sugar, cloves, coconut and lemongrass. These heavenly flavours rock my world. They are the essence of Indonesian cuisine. Here's a little secret. People think I go to Bali for the warm weather and the delightful hospitality... but just between you and me, it's all about THE FOOD. I could eat Indonesian food every day Continue Reading

This Great Adventure – The Lion King Edition

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This life is a great adventure. This is how we live: Seize opportunities. Follow passions. Choose colour. Love hard. Just go! When I heard the Lion King was coming to Melbourne I didn't hesitate to buy tickets. I believe in prioritising big life experiences. And I had an inkling that this experience would be imprinted in my children's memory for Continue Reading

The Start

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What if I just started Noiselessly as a bird upon waking Taking flight Across the ill-lit sky. No-one watching the flutter Of brittle wings Arcing in the cold air Remembering how to move. What if I didn't worry About the articulation Or the perfection Or the catastrophe. What if I dared to express The unknowable joy The unspoken Continue Reading

The Details

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Sometimes I read pieces of writing and I'm struck with how they start with such effortlessness. Just there, out of the blue, beauty begins. And I follow. Finding a place to start is the hardest task for a writer. The first sentence cannot be found by waiting for it to drop into your head. One must write for awhile before it emerges. Like sifting Continue Reading

The Last Day of the Year

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It's the last day of the year!  A day of reflection. There's this need in our human psyche to cleanse ourselves of the old, and to beckon the new. But when you think about it, tomorrow is just another ordinary day. Even so, I can't help but feel another curtain of history is closing. Tomorrow we shall wake up to something magically Continue Reading

Our Town

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"... A place. A radiant, many-layered, slightly magical place, as achingly real and yet just out-of-reach as a dream you start to forget as soon as you wake up. A place set off in glorious isolation from the rest of the world, but urgently alive with its own rules. its own memories, its own secrets. " That's how Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Continue Reading

One

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We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other carry each other. ~ U2 It was our wedding anniversary yesterday. Eleven years. We've done so much in that time. We've lived through leukaemia. We've bought a home. We've had two children. We've lived through more illness. We've renovated. We've travelled. We've danced. Continue Reading

More Light

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The days are getting lighter. It's the eve of summer. The days are stretching. The nights are compressing. More light. From as far as I can remember I have always loved light. Is there a more powerful image than light? Light conquering darkness. Light falling through a window. Lanterns twinkling in the night. I've written about light here and Continue Reading

Lost Things

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It was last seen somewhere between late evening and the old wooden desk. In that inarticulate pause connecting time and space, it slipped out of her reach. The search was in its fourth year. She knew it was somewhere in the splinters of the house. It was a journal, covered in the blue of a peacock feather, bordered by filigrees of gold. It was Continue Reading

Fresh Air

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It was timely. Changes happening in my life co-incided with a freshly broken blog. It was like my blog was begging me to give it some love. About two weeks ago my blog's commenting system imploded. It seemed my old design was incompatible with newer systems . The only way to fix it was to upgrade my blog design altogether. And why not? It's been Continue Reading