Sunday, 25 March 2018

A Summer Weekend Back in Perth.

I've been on a mission recently to do all the things that make me happy. So I booked flights from Sydney to Perth for a weekend of perfect beaches, clear blue skies, 35-degree weather, and my friends. The whole weekend was just perfect and I loved every minute of it, and it was just what I needed. This post is more of a personal one so is a collection of photos from my phone and what I got up to - it was refreshing to not have my camera on me and not be focusing on taking loads of photos. It allowed me to really slow down and give my friends all of my time. Anyway, I hope you enjoy all of the dreamy beach shots haha... 


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Bea at Barangaroo House, Sydney.

It's been a while since I did a restaurant review, so I have a couple for you over the next few weeks! The first one is Bea at Barangaroo House; Matt Moran's new three-storey restaurant in Barangaroo (Sydney's new foodie hub) that has insane views over the harbour and river. Bea is on the middle level and is the high end restaurant, whereas the bottom floor has a more casual dining experience, and the top floor is the rooftop bar; Smoke. Max was back in town from the UK with work, and so I told him where to meet me and we were lucky enough to get a table right on the edge by the view. 


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

How Being a Highly Sensitive Person Affects Me.

Ever since I was a kid I've been super sensitive. I never really understood why small things would play on my mind so much, why I felt so much empathy for people and things I'd never even met or knew, why loud noises made me jump so much, and why category 12A horror films made me cry so much and scarred me for life. My parents always used to say how psychologists would have a field day with me, and I always thought I was just a bit odd. Until I got some sort of answer for why I'm so sensitive.

It was a couple of years ago that a friend sent me an article about highly sensitive people, and was like 'this is you!'. And she was so right, every single thing was me, and it made me feel more normal to have an answer as to why I was like this! Apparently the medical term is 'Sensory Processing Sensitivity', which is when people have nervous systems that process stimuli more intensely.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

My First Chinese New Year Experience in Malaysia.

Every year for the past few years Jasiminne has invited me to spend Chinese New Year with her family in Malaysia. Every year I've wanted to go, but haven't been able to get the time off work for whatever reason, and so this year, I made it my mission to finally do it. Especially living in Australia, it means I'm only an eight-hour flight rather than a fifteen-hour one.


Friday, 9 March 2018

A Weekend in Northern Borneo With The Orangutans.

Jasiminne and I sat at her kitchen counter in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, popping deliciously sweet Pineapple Tarts into our mouths one-by-one. It was Chinese New Year, and we were waiting for our driver to arrive to take us to the airport so we could fly to Sabah, Northern Borneo. We both wore the same identical red dress, as wearing red over Chinese New Year supposedly brings good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Goodness knows I needed some good luck after the month that I'd had, and so I went all out - wearing red every single day I was in Malaysia. 

Baby Orangutan at Sepilok Wildlife Park


Sunday, 4 March 2018

24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was in desperate need of a change of scenery, some adventure, a close friend from back home, and some TLC. And so I got on a plane and flew to Kuala Lumpur to spend Chinese New Year with Jasiminne and her family. My London party and travel buddy for the past four years, Jasiminne has been inviting me to Malaysia for years, and so this year I finally went! And it was amazing. We spent 24 hours in Kuala Lumpur, and then three days in Borneo for some R&R. We packed so much into our 24 hours in Malaysia that I just had to write about it and tell you how you can see and do everything we did! 


Thursday, 1 March 2018

How I Earned 180,000 Airmiles With Singapore Airlines and Flew Around The World In First Class.

In my review of Singapore Airline's First Class Suites recently, I promised I would tell you all how I earned enough airmiles to buy a First Class Suites ticket from Sydney to New York City (40 hours total flying time). So here we go! Now, you can definitely earn those miles purely from credit card sign-up bonuses (key ones are the SPG Amex and AMEX Gold Card), however I did earn a lot of my miles through my normal flying. I earned 120,000 miles within one year, and then a further 65,000 in the second year, totaling 185,000 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles. This post is mainly aimed at residents in the UK and Australia.

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