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 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

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

Dreaming of Michaelangelo

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Saturn on a line A sun afire on strings and wires To spin above my head and make it right But any time you like You can catch a sight of angel eyes all emptiness and infinite And I dream of Michaelangelo when I’m lying on my bed I see God upon the ceiling I see angels overhead And he seems so close as he reaches out his hand But we Continue Reading

Strong

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The rain started at 4am. A tender thread of water only lasting a few minutes, but it’s tiny patter on the roof was enough to comfort my heart. It woke me from my heavy-eyed thoughts, a clanky reel replaying the last few days. Days filled with fevers, rigors and a throat that burnt like the sun. Days where time was a jellylike substance. Saturday Continue Reading