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Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a true Surfer’s Paradise. When I was a kid starting to surf in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast (no, not the Gold Coast) in Queensland, Bali was a mythical destination. Surfers would return from Indonesia with tales of epic surf, friendly locals and cheap...
Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

The gamelan and its music had always intrigued me as a musician. I’ve always found the Indonesian ensemble of metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and various other instruments wonderful to listen to, but I had little idea as to how the hell they made that enchanting noise. Was there...
Local Knowledge: Kiki from Bali

Local Knowledge: Kiki from Bali

For travellers who need some handholding, the only thing they’d probably miss from a holiday rental is a concierge. Being travel writers, we’re not the types to depend on one other than to score us a hard-to-get restaurant table, although we can certainly appreciate a...
Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia

Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is to Australians what Mallorca is to the British and Cancun is to Americans, a cheap beach holiday destination. But one person’s popular vacation spot is another’s exotic off-the-beaten-track escape. Our Bali is altogether different again and, somewhat surprisingly we’re besotted with it. We...
Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

Our two-week stay in Japan’s capital was so different to other destinations we’ve stayed so far on our Grand Tour and there were so many lessons we learned for slow travellers and fans of local travel that we thought the experience  warranted a post just on our...
Aloha Yanaka: Vintage Tokyo

Aloha Yanaka: Vintage Tokyo

Strolling the leafy lanes of the atmospheric quarter of Yanaka is like stepping back in time. Dotted with historic temples and traditional low-rise wooden houses, this laidback area is one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods, dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867). It’s also one of...
Cat Cafes and Other Tokyo Eccentricities

Cat Cafes and Other Tokyo Eccentricities

It’s no secret that the Japanese love the kawaii or cute character Hello Kitty, but also wildly successful has been a more tangible rendering of cats — the cat café. While pet ownership is up in Japan apparently — pet shops are everywhere and small breeds...
Sake 101 — Tokyo Sake Tasting

Sake 101 — Tokyo Sake Tasting

We’ve always loved sake – since we used to hit the karaoke bars with friends in Sydney’s Kings Cross years ago. We wouldn’t think of eating Japanese food with anything but sake*, but, unlike wine, we knew very little about the drink until recently. Being...