Footprints and Memories

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Nov

23

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Visiting Moscow and Its Many Layers

I’ve just spent a week in Moscow. Average temperature throughout hovered around -6, the air was super crisp and every breath I took was a steam of confirmation that this was indeed winter. And I loved it. “It’s not the coldest yet!” Said a writer friend in an email to me, when I described how I have been enjoying the refreshed feeling I get each morning walking from the hotel to the office. “Around January and February it generally drops to between -20 and -40″. (For reference, I am using Celcius) I spent every minute of my time outside the office checking out this city that has seen Russia transform […]

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Nov

09

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Bear Hunting in London! Follow the Paddington Trail

I’ve been bear hunting on the weekend, apparently Paddington has hit London town, and it’s become an obsession to track him down! He is everywhere, all 50 of his ‘incarnations’, but my priority was to find the Dr Who Paddington, and whichever one I see on my way are just bonuses. My hunt took me to Greenwich, yes, the ‘Greenwich Means Time’ Greenwich. It was an appropriate location for Dr Who Paddington whose coat of Tardis and Dalek attracted many Whovians tapping on his footsteps. There is something a little different to following ‘icons’ than just attractions when doing the rounds in London, because you are looking for something that could […]

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Nov

05

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I moved to London because I preferred the weather!

It’s been a running joke at work, because no one so far has done it this way round, that I had moved to the UK because I preferred the weather. I have (officially) been here for a couple of weeks now and have seen the weather turn from beautiful to horrid, most times within a day and no doubt, as Europe comes into the colder months, it is also getting rather chilly. I understand the human desire for blue skies and warm air, and yes, it has been quite difficult to get up for work in the mornings, however, I want to stress that there is in fact a small […]

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Oct

28

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Sunset on Boracay Island, Philippines

I have a thing for sunsets, as you probably have gathered from my post about Chasing Sunsets. This particular sunset was captured on Baracay Island in the Philippines, taken by Peter Navea. It has been almost a year since our trip to the Philippines. We never made it to Baracay but it is certainly on the cards for our next visit. Where else have you seen some amazing sunsets?

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Oct

26

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Five Step Checklist for the Big Move

I’ve finally ‘settled’ in our lovely home in Surbiton, and having looked back to this entire process I though I’d share some of my learning of the big move with you :) I am no stranger to moving, I pack up, I drive and I settle. It’s that easy. However, it is always different moving to a different country, where you may have to deal with layers of bureaucracy. So here’s a little checklist from what I learned through my experience, to make your big move smoother and get you settled faster. 1. Visas The obvious item on the list is to ensure you are eligible for, and have the […]

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Oct

06

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The Bridges of Sydney

I was driving home last night from the east side of Sydney back to the west. I haven’t driven this way for a while and at one stage took the wrong turn and instead of heading toward the main road that would have taken me directly west, I was heading east again. Then, like the beacon with a thousand iron rays, it appeared right in front of me – Sydney’s other beautiful bridge – the Anzac Bridge – proud and magnificent, beckoned me to cross. Most people know of the Harbour Bridge – the Coat-Hanger – with its old world charm that straddles the north and south of the Sydney […]

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Oct

02

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Donate Your Old Digital Camera to Lend a Hand

Got an old digital camera at hand that you no longer want? Donate them to research! From time to time, there are project that I support because they contribute to the wider world community that I care so much about. And if you are reading this, it means you care too! So, if you are reading and are based in Sydney, read on. Meet Johanna Wong Johanna trained as a vet, however after a few years in the practice realising that not only did the job not satisfy her, she often felt that she wasn’t contributing enough to the world around her. Now, she is embarking on a challenge to […]

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Sep

21

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Sydney, from an Insider’s Perspective

I work for an international office and have colleagues all around the world. From time to time, they would come for meetings in Sydney and being the traveller of the office, I end up being the ‘go-to’ person for travelling around Sydney. And just like what I mentioned about tourist destinations, they all want to know: What’s there to do in Sydney that locals do that isn’t touristy? So, I’ve written back to the colleagues, and thought I’d also share my advice here. After all, Sydney is coming to its golden season of Spring and Summer, and it is an exciting time to visit right now! Walks in Sydney Ok, […]

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Sep

14

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Speaking English in England

I spent two and half months in Germany without a problem, but as we touched down in England, I am having communication issues. What language do they speak in England? Trick question of course, but not the English that you’d expect to hear. At least for me. The ‘Quilt’ It happened as soon as our first day. Having moved into our new flat, we were in need of supplies and household items. So I walked into one of the many charity shops on the high street looking for good quality beloved items. “Excuse me. Have you got any donnas?” “Doonas?” The shop volunteer looked quizzically at me. “Err… quilts?” “Quilts? […]

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Sep

12

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I Read: What Caesar Did For My Salad

If you have been following my journeys for a while you may have noticed that food features heavily in all parts of my travels. I am b y nature fascinated by food, and have realised that what we take on face value of a dish isn’t always what we assume. Similar book review: A Moveable Feast I picked up this book because it intrigued me. What Caesar Did For My Salad contains the sort of stories that have always plagued my mind: what if Chinese food isn’t Chinese food? Why do we insist that bread must be part of certain diet and have such national pride about certain dishes that might […]

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