Here’s Cheers

Heres cheers

New Years is a time for reflection, lots of people are talking about how they can’t wait for the new year to come, so they can forget about 2012 and onwards and upwards for 2013 – it’s their year they are saying… Well I agree with half of that – 2013 is going to be a great year.. but so was 2012. I was sitting doing my NY Reflection and there has been alot to celebrate…

In 2012 I…

  • Climbed a Mountain (Mt Warning to be exact)
  • Cycled further than ever before
  • Hand fed a (lovely) dolphin
  • Moved house (not just house, but moved Town!)
  • Learned alot about my friends and family
  • Helped loved ones through tough times
  • Travelled to (and loved) New Zealand
  • Ate a Cheese Roll for the first time
  • Fell more in love with my beautiful kind generous Partner
  • Fell more in love with my wonderful, interesting, busy, exhausting, fun life
  • Travelled to Bali
  • Drank my body weight in Cocktails
  • Learnt traditional Balinese cooking
  • Went Camping (more than once – arent I lucky?)
  • Saw my first Volcano
  • Had a monkey take a bite out of my shoe
  • Got to surprise one of my family with a surprise interstate visit
  • Was happy
  • Was Sad
  • Laughed, cried and laughed till I cried
  • Missed somebody(s)
  • Read books
  • Started to ‘enjoy’ red wine
  • learnt about myself
  • Overcame a fear
  • Started a blog…….

I really could go on.

So, here’s cheers to the New Year. I hope you bring in the New Year surrounded by loved ones (either new or old loved ones) and like me celebrate bringing in another amazing year.

hers to 2013




Arriving in bali it wasn’t long before we were confronted with the heat, humidity and South east Asia. The driver of the Tarmac bus swerved to miss a suitcase that fell off a luggage carousel which was promptly picked up by a guy on a bike.

After an uneventful trip through customs, we were picked up by our transfer driver and trekked through the streets in our air conditioned mini bus. Watching all the usual Asian behaviours – cars everywhere, whole families on mopeds, mopeds sharing the footpath with pedestrians. Aussies wandering the streets adorned with bintang singlets, Balinese men sitting on the sidewalks, hawkers selling everything from handbags, clothes, knives, dildos, Viagra and tasers. When we arrived at our resort (after a search by the gate security) in legian, it really was a haven.

The Padma resort is a highly recommended sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. We dumped our bags and headed for the beach so I could ‘earth’ myself – I need to get my feet in the water and reconnect with the ocean ( this was not as pleasant in queenstown in winter as it was in bali!). After a swim in the pool and a few (!) free cocktails in the VIP lounge, I realised why Aussies flock here – it’s paradise in its own right. Anything goes, we can do and have anything we want here.

Today we have dedicated to a bit of shopping – but here is a taste of my favourite topic – breakfast! It’s as interesting as I hoped. Western breakfast is there, but so are the curries and noodles and tapioca porridge and tropical fruits ( yellow watermelon!) and soups and I suspect anything I would care to dream up, they would get for me. So here is some pics from this morning! Yes I had curry and pancakes on the same plate and yes this is corned beef hash – I know I was excited too!



Every day is a holiday

I’m on holidays… and I’m sure you could all hear my sigh of relief from wherever you were on Friday afternoon…

While sitting on the beach yesterday, after sleeping in, waking up looking out over a beautiful day on the gold coast, enjoying Yum cha for breakfast, swimming in our pool and a quick trip around the golf course and finishing off with a drink on the deck I realised it was only sunday and my holidays hadn’t officially even started yet… I joke about it with my friends, but it was then that I realised it was true – my life really is one big holiday!

I am lucky enough to live in a place that people travel across the world to visit. It’s easy to forget in the business that is every day life that ordinary every day life can be just like being on holidays every day… if you let it. I mean – this is where I get to spend my weekends – a small selection of some of the pics I’ve taken over the past 12 months.. heaven

So – on that note, I am going to take a few days and head off to Bali for a few days of swimming, shopping, eating, laughing, exploring, walking, bike riding, enjoying the view, laying on the beach, reading books all with a cocktail in hand….. the only difference really is the location 🙂