Plataran Ubud was my third stop in Bali. My first impression was that of a comfortable, relaxing hotel that you can retreat to and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A welcoming and warm place that feels easy to stay at. It is much bigger than some of the other places I’ve experienced with 51 rooms plus one residential accommodation and one villa. There are also two pools, a gym, a big reception area with a restaurant opening up to the street (you’ll find afternoon tea here), and another restaurant at the back of the hotel where they serve an amazing and massive breakfast buffet.Read More
After a couple of days at Prashanti, Panca, Korurua’s manager picked me up from Ubud’s town centre. Once we arrived, only a short 10 minutes ride North of the centre, Panca showed me my villa, “Koru Classic” - classic and high end. Korurua is a family owned retreat, designed to blend in with the beauty of its surroundings, combining traditional Balinese culture with luxurious and contemporary touches, all in a peaceful setting. They only have seven individually designed suites, overlooking the green Bali countryside of Junjungan village and Korurua’s own garden.Read More
I arrived in Bali at 3am in the morning. Prashanti, the first place I stayed at, had organised a driver for me to pick me up from the airport. Once we got to Ubud and close to the location of the hotel where the car couldn’t go any further, someone from the hotel came to pick me up on a scooter to take me down the small path between rice fields, packing my suitcase in the front, me at the back.Read More
No business prospers on its first day. Some go beyond prospering, and develop into urban movements. How do you go from zero followers, money or sales to having it all - fans’ and bloggers’ love, queues and huge profits? We wondered too, in fact we asked around. Below is a story about a big business based in a small country. There’s so much to learn.Read More
A little while ago I reached out to Emma at Love Tea, a tea company based just outside of Melbourne, designing and selling natural teas inspired by Naturopathy. Love Tea has always been a favourite of mine since my first few days in Melbourne. The first blend I bought was their Raspberry Leaf tea, which I knew would support my cycle - I couldn’t find many other options for cycle support out there and so I kept coming back to Love Tea.Read More
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Wellington. One of my favourite parts of this trip, maybe because of the good coffee we got there. As I said, it’s like little Melbourne.Read More
From Nelson we went on a day trip to Abel Tasman National Park. We instead spent some time by the beach, reading and relaxing. After a week traveling, a lot of time spent in the car, and sleeping at camping grounds, we actually really felt a lot like relaxing and not doing much at all.Read More
Almost at the Pancake Rocks - the night before was spent in Greymouth, a place where not much is happening. Of course we were craving our usual morning coffee at a nice cafe though, so we started the search through little Greymouth downtown. And we found it.Read More
This was a rainy day, just driving up North towards the Pancake Rocks, through tiny, abandoned-looking villages. We passed through Hokitika where we took a break and saw the Ship of Fools.Read More
Franz Josef and Fox glacier are surrounded by rainforest. We didn’t explore the glaciers, but went for a long walk in the forest instead. I loved being in this deep green jungle, it feels exciting and so calming at the same time, especially after rain.Read More
We arrived in Queenstown. It was a beautiful day spent by the lake (a little bit further South that was quiet and with pretty much no one around), relaxing, sleeping, finding stones, soaking up the sun.Read More
Lindis Pass - one of the most stunning views in New Zealand, definitely one of my favourites!
This was on our second day, leaving Lake Tekapo and heading further down South.
The next few posts to follow will be picture heavy - mainly photo stories of my trip through New Zealand when my mum came over to visit this March/April.
I love New Zealand - always have. Anyone who has ever been will probably agree with me. It's such a beautiful country, one of the best places to go on a road trip.
I found Tom when I first moved to Melbourne. I've always been a lover of unconventional hairdressers, avoiding traditional hair salons. Tom's very interesting to talk to. Maybe I'm naturally drawn to unconventional thinkers, but I knew from our conversations that there was a lot of valuable knowledge and interesting insights to be covered.Read More
Of course I did some research and spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest searching for cool Tokyo coffee shops and vegetarian places before travelling there.
However, on the day I went to have lunch and coffee at one of the places I found online it was actually closed. So I kept walking, being freezing cold and desperately in need of a hot cup of (good!) coffee and some heartwarming food. Having your camera out all the time in winter isn't exactly what your hands and fingers long for either. I was lucky when I came across this cute little place called Itonowa.
Another day spent wandering the streets of Tokyo, this time exploring the old suburbs, which felt very much like going back in time ( - back to what I imagine communist times might have felt like). I loved the feel of these streets, being surrounded by weird, random things. So many little alleyways to explore with so many little details.Read More
Tokyo really is crazy, it’s true what they say.
There’s a shop called Don Quixote, a discount store that spans 4 floors (Shibuya store). I found a simple list of what you can find on each floor online.
I spent a few days in Tokyo at the beginning of this year - exploring, trying to find the best vegetarian sushi, and navigating my way around the city. Here are some of my captured impressions of this crazy, crazy city where everything seems to be happening all at once all in one place.Read More
It’s always exciting when you come across a new, young brand that’s totally aligned with your values and that you instantly feel connected to. That’s what happened with rhoeco, a newly established tea company from Greece that produces organic herbal teas to promote well-being while preserving the Earth. rhoeco aims to promote zero waste, choosing ethically sourced goods, and staying away from pointless consumerism.Read More