Monday, September 28, 2009

Food for thought

I've been busy getting the spring edition of Get Up & Go together – out first week in October. I have been also been writing a little story on Glasgow – highlights of the city actually. It got me thinking abut the great food I had to eat there - mod Scots I believe they call it. I ate beautiful salmon, fresh veggies and good local lamb.. But all's not great in Scotland for food – there's still the fast and greasy food. In fact I read a fact that the population of Glasgow has the highest cholesterol of any other city/town group in the UK. I saw a few signs advertising Fried Mars Bars. True. And a friend tells me, and crosses his heart, that he once ate a battered deep fried pie! And favourite snack food after big night out at a pub (and this is all through the UK) chips and curry sauce.
Anyone for a nice, crisp, clean Vietnamese rice paper roll!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This takes the cake!

I've been sorting through some photographs I've taken on my travels and came across this cake one. I have happy memories of these cakes. I was in Adelaide and had a day to spare before going off on a Captain Cook cruise on the Murray last November. I wandered around town to see what was new since my last visit. Saldechin is a splendid old bank building that has been converted into something special in the cafe/restaurant bar area. You can eat breakfast, lunch, cafe snacks, yum cha and an Asian Cajun dinner here. And in the afternoon enjoy these splendid little morsels with a choice of a sophisticated selection of tea available.
Adelaide is a foodie kind of town isn't it.
Saldechin is at 21 King William Street and you can see what's on offer at – and did I mention the martini bar there?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Just another manic Monday

Here we go, off on another glorious week. A cool change has hit Sydney after a freakish hot, hot, hot weekend – almost 30deg.C at my place! Lots of writing to do this week and have just finished a little story on Melbourne's lively lanes - see picture this post. Melbourne does lanes and arcades so well. They haven't been left derelict to forget their past – they are alive and well, some spruced up to the hilt, others given a quick tidy and left for the visiting public to enjoy authentic grunge. Read all about it in the upcoming Get Up & Go magazine out first week in October. Go to to subscribe and be in the running for a prize holiday to Macau! If you want to read more about tours through the lanes and arcades of Melbourne, visit:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

'You'll get a smile from me if you're polite.'

Ten polite gestures while travelling in Asia

1. Don't wear shoes into a mosque or a Buddhist temple it really puts worshippers' noses out of joint.
2. Don't use your mobile phone on trains in Japan – it's against the 'train law' and extremely impolite.
3. Do not pat or touch childrens' heads in Asia, it's considered rude – but who wants to touch strangers heads anyway?
4. Don't walk around sophisticated cities wearing clothes that you'd wear to a barbecue in Oz. It's not illegal but, hey, it looks so bad and you're an obvious novice 'tourist' target for muggers.
5.Leave a little bit of food on your plate in most countries when you are being hosted - otherwise they see a clean plate and are embarrassed that they haven't given you enough food.
6.Don't point at people in Asia or you'll be loudly hissed at. In fact, don't point at people at home either!
7. Don't point the soles of your feet at anyone in Thailand, or most Asian countries - very rude indeed.
8.Do not shout or get angry publicly with anyone in Japan. You lose face, they lose face, and egg on your face!
9. Double check all your travel details in China. People don't say what they think, but what they think you want to here, i.e. 'Is this the right direction to so and so," enthusiastic nodding (yes) of the head. He didn't understand you, has no idea what you said, but was being polite.
10. Learn to say 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'sorry' in the language of every country you visit. Not only is it polite, it will bring a genuine smile from people and you'll be surprised at how helpful someone is when they think you are making an effort.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spring has sprung

Back on the ground for a little while to enjoy the splendour of a Sydney spring, and more to the point get a load of work done. Writing up material now for the next issue of Get Up & Go magazine - out early October.
Still downloading pics from Thailand – how many elephant images do I need?
Today I'm loving the fact that I've stored two suitcases away for a couple of months; all the writers have their stories in on deadline and 'Not Quite Nigella' blog has 'burger cupcakes' featured on today's blog.
Want to travel down memory lane? Be transported to the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s as Sydney's Rodd Island hosts Tea Dances on 21 and 22 October. Dance the day away or just enjoy the atmosphere in the colonial style dance hall, built in 1889 and perched on Sydney’s Harbour. Tickets include ferry transfers, dining and entertainment. Visit .

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chiang Mai and Rai

The little cutie below - no, definitely not me, was on her mother's back when a group of us visited a hill tribe village. Her mum was selling us jewellery at rock bottom prices and baby hardly blinked an eye - she's seen it all before.
Other picture shows the ugly side of tourism - me at the end of a hot day. We had taken a boat across the Mekong from Thailand to Laos - Just like that - 20baht visa, a spot of shopping and back to Thailand - the world is a strange and curious place. (Much the same items for sale but more bottles of dangerous looking alcohol drinks with scorpions, centipedes and snakes decorating the inside of the bottle.) Snakes alive - no way!

Baby face and the tourist face