Sleepless in Ginza

No city is capable of such sensational physical and emotional metastasis quite as Tokyo can. The city seems to come alive with every inch of vanishing daylight, abuzz with locals and tourists, businessmen and schoolgirls alike. Tokyo’s signature of sleepless chaos by night is just as keenly felt as its organised serenity by day. To…

Savouring Tokyo – The Slow Way

Tokyo. If there is one word synonymous with global metropolis, bustling trade, ancient cultures, avant-garde robotics, or perhaps Lost in Translation, Tokyo would undoubtedly take the crown. But, slow? Working in a Japanese bank and having studied the language briefly in my formative years, I was always destined to set foot in the Land of…

A Journey Down Shanghai’s Memory Lane

Out of the corner of my eye I caught a commotion, the clumsy shuffling of heavy white tassel, the outstretched hand of a tuxedoed man, and the frantic flashes from a camera crew less than ten feet away. I was momentarily disoriented. I wondered who would have been more peeved: the lady in white, who…

How Do I Unlove You Now?

Dear You, It has been many years since our first encounter. If first impressions are anything to go by, I was floored by your presence. I have never before met anyone quite like you, nor has there been anyone else since. You waltzed into my life, and bowled me over with that iridescent smile of…

Going Rogue & Chasing Shadows

I stalk a number of weird and wonderful bloggers out there, quite shamelessly I might add. Whilst their blogs provide endless hours of laugh-out-loud entertainment value, it does make me wallow in self-pity at my own clinical, sanitised and generally abysmal attempt at entertainment, and I wonder what the heck those kindly folks could possibly…

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…

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…

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…

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…