September 2011

Postcard from Rugby World Cup

When I found out the Rugby World Cup was in Wellington (a mere three-hour flight away from Melbourne) and that a sorority friend from university was living in Wellington at the moment, I just couldn’t resist a weekend away. My first national sporting event didn’t disappoint: our rallying cry quickly became that we may not […]

September 29, 2011 Continue reading…

People or places: why do you travel?

Why I travel—why I click the “buy” button on an airline website and watch my hard-earned money float away, endure crack-of-dawn wake-up calls and late-night taxi rides, why I gladly suffer through jet lag and customs forms and currency exchanges—usually falls into one of two categories: people or places. I travel to catch up over […]

September 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Mount Wellington

On a clear day, you can see half of Tasmania from the peak of Mount Wellington. But, as my guide joked, if you don’t like the weather in Tasmania, just wait 10 minutes. If you’re wearing comfortable shoes, packed some extra layers and want to be outdoorsy (read: save some cash), you can take bus […]

September 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Where to stay in Hobart: The Pickled Frog

I smiled to myself as I fiddled with the frog figurine on the check-in counter: my grandma is an avid collector of all things frog, and the mish-mash of figures throughout the reception area reminded me of her living room. The Pickled Frog in Hobart is a bit like that: it reminds you more of home, […]

September 20, 2011 Continue reading…

My list of solo travel joys

It’s the awkward curse of the only child: I often prefer being alone, a good book as my company. I love hanging out with my friends, but I also like nights in with a favorite movie and a glass of wine, an early morning run, an afternoon at a café with a stack of magazines. […]

September 18, 2011 Continue reading…

Spotlight on Malaysian seafood specialities

I’ve come along way from my fish-fearing childhood, a time when I threw a fit whenever trout or salmon was announced as that night’s healthy main course. I’ve even progressed from my teenage years, where I reveled in my grown-up-ness while ordering prawns or calamari at restaurants–as long it was deep-fried and accompanied with fries. […]

September 16, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Hobart Harbour

The waterfront is one of the most gorgeous features of Hobart, the stretches of water reflecting either the clear blue skies or the intriguing cloud formations. Streteching along the city border, it’s filled with sailboats, yachts and fishing boats.    The harbour is impossible to miss while scoping out the highlights of Hobart: the city centre […]

September 15, 2011 Continue reading…