Monday Photo-day: Food Around the World

Apart from the amazing landmarks, architecture, art, scenery and people, there is always one thing that is memorable when travelling – whether it be for good, bad or ugly reasons…and that is food!

Here’s some of my most memorable meals from around the world (and I had many more pics but for the life of me I don’t know where I stored them!):

Prawns in Singapore

Hot Choc Lindt Cafe, Melbourne (courtesy of my good friend Carly)

Stuffed Prawns, Fremantle

Yummy Dessert, England

It’s just way to hard to go on a diet when there’s so much good food in the world.


Monday Photo-day: Singapore


Singapore. One of my favourite places in the world so far – even after something like 8 visits. I have even considered relocating there – and still do occasionally. I love the heat, humidity, food, shopping, people, culture, public transport…Of course, it does help that one of my dearest friends in the world lives there.

Here is my tribute to one of the loves of my life – Singapore…

Food in Singapore


Singapore Botanical gardens

Curry, beer and friends



“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Berthold Auerbach

Music has such an amazing effect on me when I let actually relax and let it work it’s way into my body and brain. I love the feeling of the bass throbbing through my body. I love the liberating feeling of singing loudly to no one. I love the surprise the iPod brings as it shuffles the songs and delivers the next surprise…and then the memories that come flooding back with that song.

Today I found myself driving along the highway, sun shining, blue sky, car windows down, hair blowing madly around my head, music blaring, singing at the top of my lungs to songs I hadn’t heard in ages. I felt happy and I felt free.

Fall to Pieces, Velvet Revolver. As the name of the song says, it’s about someone falling to pieces after a relationship ending. This song stuck a chord with me at a time when I thought Denis and I were going to break up. I literally felt as if my life was falling to pieces…and every time I would live the gym in winter to go home, I would play this song loudly, sing, and cry, cry, cry.

With or Without You, U2. This always reminds me of my last night of my first trip overseas. I was in Singapore and had finally been given a taste of what I had always wanted – travel – and I loved it more than I had imagined. I did not want to go home to my miserable life. I was in a club called Chimes with a good friend, new friends, new experiences such as a dentist chair in the middle of a club where people were getting drinks poured down their throats, cool music and life…I was having the time of my life…so I cried.

Nights In White Satin, Moody Blues. This song was chosen by my Mum to play at my Grandad’s funeral (her Dad). Apparently he had loved the song, and it was then that I realised I had never known he had actually liked music. Normally, Nights in White Satin touches me – the peaks and troughs that bring with it a change in intensity. But at a funeral…I believe we all cried.

Grace, Jeff Buckley. This song, and Jeff’s voice (RIP), touches my soul. If I am happy, it makes me feel happier. If I am sad, it comforts me. Now I realise how depressed I actually was in my late teens, and I credit Jeff and his music for getting me through. It is such a shame that he is no longer with us – but for the time he was, he provided us with such incredible beauty.

Are you a music lover?

What songs have touched your lives?

5 Reasons to Visit Singapore

The place I have been to most in the world is Singapore. I think I’ve been there eight times now since I started travelling way back in 1997, and it will always hold a place in my heart, even eight visits later.

There are so many amazing things to do in Singapore, but here are my favourites, that keep me going back for more!

Singapore ZooThe “open concept” of the Singapore Zoo provides an opportunity to experience the majesty of nature up close and personal. It also has the most amazing ‘rainforest’ themed toilets…

Night SafariThe worlds first dedicated night zoo, the Night Safari is at the Singapore Zoo, but is a completely different experience from the day time journey. (As a side note, I highly recommend going to both). I had one of the most amazing experiences wandering by the wolves, witnessing them standing on a hill howling to the full moon. Eerie and breathtakingly beautiful. I go almost every time I stop over in Singapore, and every time it is different and amazing. There’s just something about walking around the zoo at night and seeing the animals in their element (and awake!).

Shopping, shopping and more shopping Orchard Road, Takashimaya, China Town, Little India, The Annual Great Singapore Sales (27 May to 24 July 2011). Electronics, clothes, fragrances, jewellery, material, souvenirs, shoes. OMG!

Singapore Botanic Gardens. I’m no botanist, and flowers are just flowers to me BUT the Singapore Botanic Gardens are beautiful and provided me with a new appreciation of botanic gardens, orchids, etc. The first time I went was on my 7th trip to Singapore. On going, I realised that I should have visited sooner. The vibrancy in the colours and the different types of feature gardens were beautiful.

FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD. Get out into the Hawker Centres and eat some of the cheap local cuisine. Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai. On my first trip there I was such a chicken and ate mostly western food (chicken) but now I can almost keep up with the others, having tried for the first time cuttlefish, squid, crab, stingray and so on. I’ll hold off on the fish eye-balls though. I can still recall the sound of my friend eating one…eh