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#MushroomMania2014 – Savouring Mushrooms at Punjabi Junction, Canberra

by Rosemarie John July 26, 2014

Every July, the Australian Mushroom Growers run a foodservice campaign called Mushroom Mania encouraging the community to eat out during this month and enjoy healthy meals. We had blogged about it in the beginning of the month discussing our tasty mushroom find and the benefits of mushrooms too. Last night we explored the flavours of mushrooms cooked the Indian way. […]

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Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel – A Day in Transit

by Rosemarie John July 13, 2014

On my solo journey to the land of the rising sun, I had made my way from Canberra to Sydney by bus to catch an early morning flight out to Narita, Japan via Gold Coast on Jetstar. With a 5am check-in and an airport that doesn’t stay open 24 hours; I just had to put up in a hotel. I […]

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Experiencing Business Class on Jetstar

by Joseph Ellis July 11, 2014

It’s been a couple of hours into the flight and it’s been great so far inside Jetstar’s Business Class. The hostesses were polite and generous. The menu was gratifying and my co-passenger was a delightful elderly lady from Melbourne whose company was proving to be highly engaging. And so under the sunny skies of wintery Melbourne, the flight readied to […]

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Discovering Mushrooms in Canberra

by Rosemarie John July 3, 2014

Well, everyone we know speaks about mushrooms these days. As far as we were concerned mushrooms have not been something that would entice us to go looking for them. Our past encounters with these little bulbs of soft flesh back in Asia have never motivated us to even form an opinion about them. But then we noticed most of our […]

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Wildlife Discovery Tour from Sydney – In Search of Australia’s Big 5

by Rosemarie John June 16, 2014

It started off as a damp and cold day in Sydney. The icy rain pounded mercilessly as we shivered in our padded jackets while we waited for our pick-up from the hotel. People huddled under their umbrellas rushed by. The puddles of water began plinking as the rainfall became heavier and we couldn’t help but wonder if our Wildlife Discovery […]

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Shopping at the Handmade Market by Handmade Canberra

by Rosemarie John June 8, 2014

In the day and age where mostly everything is mass produced by machines, it is a lovely change to find handmade products taking the spotlight. Our Saturday at the Handmade Market by Handmade Canberra was such a lovely way to immerse ourselves in the handiwork of talented artists, designers and food producers. Goods that are made by hand are generally […]

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Lake Ginninderra and Its Inhabitants

by Rosemarie John May 27, 2014

It was a cool evening when we decided to take a stroll around Lake Ginninderra. A beautiful man-made lake that sits adjacent to the Belconnen Town Centre. Her beauty is spread across a surface area of 1.05 square kilometres and is home to Black Swans, ducks, Moorhens and many more. As we walked through canopied walkways we couldn’t help but […]

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How to Rent a Long-Term Residence as New Migrants in Canberra

by Rosemarie John May 22, 2014

As new migrants to Canberra, we found rental procedures very different from back home in South East Asia. In Malaysia or Singapore, you will find real estate agents who will pick you up and take you around to several properties that are available for rent. You don’t really do the running around yourself. But here in Canberra, it’s a whole […]

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Our First Farmers Market Experience in Canberra

by Rosemarie John May 21, 2014

It was 6.30 a.m. and fog had blanketed Lake Ginninderra. The black swans with its bright red beak cleaned its feathers on the calm waters. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and its strident call were loud and clear. We stood in awe as we have never lived so close to such natural beauty! We were up at the crack of dawn to make […]

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Migrating to Canberra, Australia – Discarding an Old Life(style)

by Rosemarie John April 4, 2014

In about three weeks, Joseph and I embark on a big move to Australia and the first huge step towards our new life down under was to  decide what to take along with us and what to leave behind.  It’s honestly easier said than done. We first tackled the question on how to transport what we would choose as things […]

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