The Great Australian Christmas – The Great Nature’s Retreat

Many of the blogs I follow are based in the northern hemisphere, where the air seemed to be abundant with festivities of the Christmas markets at this time of the year, not to mention all that snow. Whilst it is highly lamentable that we shall never have a white Christmas in our part of the…

A Place to Call (Second) Home

The Window, The Door & The Teacup I have lost all track of time as I am sitting here, immersed in my thoughts, of nothing in particular and yet everything at once. I suppose that’s inevitable when you decide to take stock; you are quickly besieged by the unceremonious merger of thoughts from near and…

Rays of Anticipation

We all have our “comfort” shots – those we cling to when all else seems to fail – whether they be landscapes, objects in motion, portraits or macros. For me, I have discovered an affinity with Lego photography (which you may have stumbled across elsewhere in my blog), and landscapes that feature one of the…

Will You Share in this Beautiful Silence with Me?

Dear You, I fell in love with you the moment I cradled you in my arms. A feisty, bawling bundle of joy. You cried incessantly, at all hours of the day and night, but the nook of my arms seemed to bring you solace, and in return, that impish smile of yours would shine straight…

‘Tis the Season – For Happily Ever After

With Australia’s summer in full swing, and Christmas just around the corner, it is time for wedding bells to toll to the tune of Happily Ever After. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it…

Seeing Red

If you ask me for my favourite colour, chances are I’ll throw a resounding “RED” in the mix (depending on which day of the week you ask, of course, with others jostling for the top spot being the arguably duller tones of black, navy, purple and teal). As the only colour in my preferred palette…

Chaotic Hues of Spring

It just so pans out that my first post using the WordPress Mobile App will be on the Photo Challenge of Chaos. Fitting then, that I should be sandwiched between two burly Aussie men on the peak hour commuter train to work and feeling more than a little chaotic about the week that looms ahead……

Trust – The Underpinnings of Scandinavian Happiness

For those of you whom have followed my journey through Scandinavia earlier this year, you may already have an inkling of my long-held fascination for the people of the north and their enviable way of life. What started out as a childhood adulation for all things Lego (i.e. Denmark’s gift to the world) has grown to…

The Unlikely Horse Whisperer

Heeding my own advice from 6 Ways to Beat Post-Travel Blues, my husband and I finally embarked upon our long-awaited horse riding excursion at Megalong Valley Farm in the hinterlands of Sydney. Situated a stone’s throw away from one of my favourite hideaways in Sydney (i.e. the quintessential Blue Mountains), the charms of the mountains…

Romance on the Road – Why It’s Easy & Why It Never Lasts

For the post published on Thought Catalog, click here. When you think of travelling, do you think of romance? Not the heady heights of a booze-infused orgy, of course, but the kind that sweeps you off your feet with its inexplicable intensity. The kind that sends electric flutters up and down your spine. The kind of…

30 – Happy (and I Know It)

Perhaps it is the onset of spring (at least for us lucky souls in the Southern Hemisphere). Perhaps it is the halo effect of my (now distant) sojourn in Scandinavia, the Land of Everlasting Happiness. I’m staring down the barrel of my fourth decade on Earth, and yet instead of fear, or distress, or a…

6 Ways to Beat Post-Travel Blues 

An abridged version of this post appears in Thought Catalog, click here. It has been all of three weeks since my escapade in Europe has come to a close. Since then, it has been an agonising three weeks of endless corporate drudgery, interspersed with wistful reminiscences and reveries. Whilst I have fallen back into a routine…

Taste of UK & Scandinavia – A Visual & Sensory Smorgasbord (Part II)

Disclaimer: This post has the potential to incite wanderlust, spontaneity, or worse, vertiginous heights of jealousy. Should you have a strong aversion to bedazzling European scenery, culture or people, this post will likely deepen it and you are similarly excused. Otherwise proceed with caution. *           *           *           *           * Highlights of Scandinavia Travelled with: Trafalgar…

Taste of UK & Scandinavia – A Visual & Sensory Smorgasbord (Part I)

Disclaimer: This post has the potential to incite wanderlust, spontaneity, or worse, vertiginous heights of jealousy. Should you have a strong aversion to bedazzling European scenery, culture or people, this post will likely deepen it and you are similarly excused. Otherwise proceed with caution. *           *           *           *           * Like many casual travellers of non-European…

One More Day with You?

Dear You, If you could wave a magic wand and have three people re-enter your life – be it only for one day – whom would you choose, and what would you do? I’m sure in moments of nostalgic aberration, we all fall victim to wishful thinking of this nature. Perhaps even I may make a cameo appearance on…