Sunday, February 25, 2018

Travel Diary :: See, Taste and Do at and around the Fraser Suites Sydney


This is my second visit to the Fraser Suites Sydney and this time it was in collaboration with Regent Place Sydney to showcase their food offerings for Chinese New Year 2018. Rest assured there are no shortage of places to ‘Taste’ if you are staying at the Fraser Suites Sydney for the weekend and your problem will be the choices you have to make from the vast array of offerings, and with Fraser Suites Sydney being located in the heart of the all the action in Sydney CBD, there will be no problem in finding things to ‘See and ‘Do’ too. First world problem.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Recipe :: Liver detox: Simple Smoked Salmon Slaw


I used a hashtag #jendetoxes in my latest Instagram post and I'm on a conscious quest to eating well, eating nutritious wholefoods but first to detox the liver to optimise its functionality. Here's why.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Travel Diary: Things to See, Taste and Do on Cockatoo Island in 24 hours



I’ve lived in Sydney in all my life and I’ve never been to Cockatoo Island until recently. Where is Cockatoo Island? You could say it’s like going overseas without leaving Sydney. As I finished packing my overnight bag, I did a quick Google search to see where I was going. Cockatoo Island is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, in Sydney Harbour. On the Google Map, it was in the Inner West region, a little island in the middle of the Parramatta River of Drummoyne, Woolwich and Birchgrove surround it. The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island for me was to get the train to Circular Quay and then hop onto the Sydney Ferry service to Cockatoo Island. The Parramatta River service stops at Cockatoo Island wharf in just under 15 minutes. Bring your Opal card too. I can’t think of a better and cheaper way to explore Sydney’s spectacular harbour and we are lucky to have such a beautiful harbour, whose beauty is only magnified on a sunny Saturday. The ferry on the way there stopped at the new precinct of Barangaroo too and it really is beautiful and scenic journey.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Travel Diary :: Cruising To A Foodies Paradise: Celebrity Solstice


Happy New Year! May your 2018 be filled with prosperity, good health and happiness! I’m catching up on all my writing on the awesome things I experienced towards the end of 2017. A sense of experience is driving trends in cruising and dissipating the myth that cruising are only for honeymooners or retirees. Nope. From what I experienced being on-board the Celebrity Solstice for a couple of hours whilst it was docked in Sydney, it is a foodie’s paradise where there is something for everyone and be prepared to be eat lots and also make use of the ship’s gym to work it off so you can start all over again the next day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Spiced, oiled and creamed in the The Darling Spa: Moroccan Hammam

Image courtesy of The Star, Sydney
If I only had 24 hours in Sydney, organising a hens pampering day out or a bride wanting some indulgence, where would I go? The Darling Spa and I would book myself into their signature treatment, the Moroccan Hammam. It is the perfect sanctuary to remove yourself away from it all, a place that feels like time has stopped for a brief while and a place to quieten your busy mind. At The Darling Spa I was spiced, oil, creamed and rubbed for 2 and a half hours in a Hamman ritual. It was true bliss, bliss I can only remember that I last experienced in Thailand or Dubai. The Darling Spa is probably the best spa treatment I’ve experienced in Sydney and to a standard that’s similar to what I have experienced at an international level. The Darling Spa is located in the The Darling Hotel which has been named Sydney’s first and only luxury hotel to receive the prestigious Forbes five-star rating – the most coveted award in global luxury travel. Hammam is the Moroccan name for Turkish baths and versions of this ritual date back centuries. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Musical Diary :: Mamma Mia! The Australian Tour 2017/2018


Judging from the responses I got from my Instastories of yesterday’s rehearsals and media preview in ABC Studios of Mamma Mia! the Australian musical that is about to be launched in Australia, the enthusiasm for ABBA music lives on. The catchy tunes and clever plot will no doubt make Mamma Mia! a success when it hits the Australian stage, starting with the Canberra Theatre on November 24, 2017, followed by a season from December 26, 2017 at QPACs Lyric Theatre in Brisbane before it hits Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from February 11, 2018, Crown Theatre Perth from May 15, 2018, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from July 10, 2018 and the Festival Theatre in Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9, 2018.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Travel Diary :: Things to See, Taste, and Do in Angsana Laguna Phuket resort

 

When I look back at Angsana Laguna Phuket each resort, I think a beach resort, pools, fun and family friendly. Whilst the time we went was the beginning of monsoon season, the sun was out some of the days we were there and we enjoyed the 31 degree humid climate which was a welcome warm relief to Sydney’s Winter. We headed off in our tut tut with our luggage from Banyan Tree Phuket where our 3 night stay ended and headed to Angsana Laguan Resort for a 2 night stay which was only a few minutes down the road. The Laguna Phuket complex is a large but discrete village of five resorts united around a lagoon or lake and Angsana Laguna is known to be the most family friendly option. But even if you are a couple or with friends it is also a good option with pools, activities and the beach.