A powerful lust meets an icy heart.
In a land of executioners, riddles and fear, can love conquer death?
As part of my “real” job, for the past 5 years now I have been involved in the construction of the stage, built on the waters of Farm Cove in Sydney Harbour, for the inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. One of the perks of the job means that I annually get invited to the Opening Night Performance, and Post-Performance After-Party, at the start of each season. Last night, dressed in my cobalt-blue chiffon floor-length gown, we descended on to Fleet Steps in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney for the opening night of Turandot.
During my time in England last year I paid a visit to Cambridge, a well-known city on the River Cam in eastern England. Mostly known for the prestigious University of Cambridge, whose alumni includes Royals, Heads of States, Actors and Artists alike, Cambridge embodies the essence of historic old-English beauty in the heart of an urban bustling city.
What an amazing treat. While visiting my family and friends in England towards the end of 2015, my best friend treated me to a surprise trip away, in Paris! Completely coincidentally, I happened to be reading Audrey Diwan, Sophie Mas, Caroline De Maigret and Anne Berest’s best-selling book “How to be Parisian; Wherever You Are” in the weeks preceding our trip, and once Crissie finally dropped the bomb that we were going to Paris, the timing only excited me all the more!
Of course, I had been to Paris before. As a child I had visited on school trips, family vacations and alike. But I was so excited to finally get to see Paris through the eyes of an Adult. The romantic culture, chic style, classy etiquette and infamous Parisian attitude; that’s bucket list material, you know? Paris has to be done in one’s lifetime, and really has to be done as a grown-up!
Looking for an amazing place to go for our 1 year anniversary, my partner and I settled on a weekend in Port Douglas. Nestled on the Coral Sea of Australia’s Tropical North Queensland coast, Port Douglas is an easy 70km drive north of Cairns Airport, and offers a plethora of luxury beach resorts, Great Barrier reef tours, and a selection of lovely bar and restaurant options in it’s little village centre.
Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands encapsulates some of the most beautiful scenery in the world (in my eyes, at least!). Of course, Leonardo Di Caprio’s famous movie “The Beach” has added to the regions popularity, after the movie was filmed on one of the six islands that make up Phi Phi. The main island itself is still exceptionally small in terms of the populated area; it’s almost like two jurrasic-like rocky islands that are interconnected by a little skinny bridge of sand, and on that little skinny bridge of sand they built an urban town. Whatever you’re after though, it’s easy to carve out your own little piece of paradise here.
This month I am blogging about the couple of months I spent backpacking around Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand with one of my life-long friends, Jessica. Of course, our adventures around the South Islands of Thailand would not have been complete without attending the famous Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach on Koh Pangnan. The beach party belongs to the backpackers, and people go all out with neon body paint and their best (and most minimal) party outfits, but deciding what-to-wear is not as simple as a usual evening outing, in that there are a lot of logistical factors to consider!
Here’s my top tips to think about when choosing your outfit for the big night.
You can’t backpack around Thailand and not attend one of Haad Rin Beach’s infamous full moon parties, right? That would be like visiting Rome and not seeing the Colosseum, or visiting Sydney and not seeing the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge. Well… sort of!
Koh Tao is a small island situated in the Koh Pha-ngan District in Thailand’s South Islands. The island has become famous for scuba-diving, with many resorts on the island offering cheap internationally accredited diving courses (PADI).
Whether you’ve been to Thailand or not, if you enjoy backpacking, the chances are that you have already heard of Khao San Road in Bangkok. How could one road be so famous worldwide? Well that’s simple, it’s Bangkok’s central hub for backpackers and travellers – a place to start and end your amazing adventures around Thailand.
Ever getting closer to the big 3-0, skincare to me is no longer just about clean blemish-free skin like it was in my early twenties, it’s now about younger looking skin, smoother skin, a brighter complexion and even pigmentation. We all strive for perfection in our own ways to help us feel good in our own skin, and the now-booming industry of cosmeceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade cosmetics) have brought non-surgical treatments for all our skin woes to the high street shelves.
It’s a big market with a myriad of choices, so how do we choose what’s right for us?
It’s less than three weeks till I head over to Europe to visit my family and friends, and to indulge in a bit of the Mediterranean sun. I. Am. So. Excited! It’s going to be an epic trip – 11 weeks in total – and so I’ve already started to give a bit of thought to what I’m going to be pack, just so that I’m as well-prepared as I can be!
Backpacking through Vietnam was a rollercoaster ride.
Here’s my photo diary and recommended highlights from my trip!