Kayaking at Narabean

We decided to do a bit of outdoor sports and headed to Narabean Lakes about a 30 minute drive from Manly. We hired two man kayaks for $30 an hour and enjoyed a morning splashing about and exploring the lake. The two man kayak allows for one child passenger in the middle so Timm took […]


Shelly Beach

One of our best beach days so far (and we have had a LOT!) was Shelly Beach in Manly. We took a BBQ lunch and had a lovely relaxed day on the beach. Shelly Beach is a calm but rocky bay opposite Manly Beach and so is perfect for snorkelling. I felt a little panicky […]


Australia Zoo

We visited Australia Zoo in Brisbane, home of the late Steve Irwin. It was an absolutely amazing day, we were there 8 hours and still felt we hadn’t seen everything! It was $180 for the five of us and worth every penny. After the bad experience of Saigon Zoo I’m glad we got to show […]


Christmas in Sydney 1

We missed Lisa, Andy and Grace so much last Christmas so it was fantastic to spend it with them this year. On Christmas Eve the kids put out a mince pie and drink for Santa along with a carrot for Rudolph and went to bed hoping he had seen their letters and knew they were […]


We are in Australia!!!

We arrived in Sydney on Friday 20th December, we had another good flight. We set off at 9pm and so after some supper and a film we all tried to get a few hours sleep. We woke with the sun as we flew over Australia. We arranged with my sister Lisa to meet her at […]


Vietnamese food

The food in Vietnam is much different to in England. You wouldn’t have it usually every day at home. I ate noodles and got the hang of chopsticks! I loved the food especially pho which is a big bowl of soup with meat and noodles and vegetable. I had meat balls in mine. We went […]


boat trip!

this was the thing what i was scared of the boat trip we first went on a bus to the boats then we went on the big boat i wasn’t scared then then we went to unicorn island that i quite enjoyed it had good trees not much fun there. but here comes the scarer […]


4 Days in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam. PT 1 1

I’m writing about our trip to Vietnam in a couple of posts… here’s PT1. Hope you enjoy. Sunday the 15th we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the immigration process was painless as we had already got visas thanks to our TM (Sam), you can get visas on arrival but […]


KOTO Saigon

For our evening meal we visited another social enterprise restaurant KOTO. “KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”: learning should be passed on; knowledge is there to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s founder, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian who more than 10 years ago opened a training centre in hospitality in Hanoi, […]


Vietnam hotel

During our stay in Vietnam, we have been based at the La Jolie in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. It was quite difficult to choose a hotel and I spent so much time on trip advisor and lonely planet trying to decide! I chose La Jolie for its location, it’s in District 1 […]