This Girl

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So what happens when your daughter turns seven? You celebrate her every breath. You celebrate her gentle walk upon this earth. You celebrate every beautiful thing about her. This girl! This girl has forged her unique identity in this world. From early on we realised her rejection of pink and princesses and dresses was a thing of beauty. Continue Reading

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

Bali Part 4 – I Dream of Jimbaran Bay

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When you're travelling with younger kids your holiday priorities change a little. One thing my kids really wanted was beach time. One thing I really wanted was a bit of luxury. And a rest... what parent doesn't want a rest?! Years ago I wouldn't have been fussed about luxury. But now I'm a tired mother who just wants to be pampered. I also want Continue Reading

Bali Part 3 – The Soul of Nature

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Right down the road from the Monkey Forest, on the edge of rice fields, in a quiet little corner of Ubud, lies a villa that I would return to in a heartbeat. Alam Jiwa is its name. Alam Jiwa means 'soul of nature' and it reflects the philosophy behind this retreat. It belongs to a family of small villa hotels where harmony with nature is valued. Continue Reading

Bali Part 2 – For the Love of Ubud

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Ah Ubud. It's got everything I love about Bali: art, culture, cafes, spas - all surrounded by luscious valleys and rice fields. This part the story marks when we moved from a stunning villa just outside of Ubud to another villa much closer to town. We thought it would give us a chance to explore Ubud at our leisure. Having said this, we Continue Reading

Bali Part 1- Welcome to Paradise

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It’s been a year! A whole year since we went to Bali! It was magic. It was a perfect family holiday, yet it was much much more. It was a return to the land of my birth and childhood. I loved sharing a piece of my history with my husband and kids. I wrote about my pilgrimage in a post called A Sort of Homecoming but I never wrote about 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 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

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