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Welcome to Singapore, Mr Sparrow

That’s right people, #vicbaticcal is up and running.

Let me start by saying that I have the best dad in the world. Ever. Whilst I might be a little biased, he certainly came through with the goods with a birthday present of a long weekend away for my mum and I in Singapore.

Like I said; Best. Dad. Ever.

Where we stayed: the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, perfectly located on Bras Basah Road. Equal distance to Raffles and the Orchard Road shopping precinct = very dangerous.

Where we ate: it was impossible to visit and not stop in at the Long Bar at Raffles for a Singapore sling – it’s a family tradition. Then we crossed the road to the Chijmes and had a relaxed dinner at Giardino Pizzeria Bar & Grill. The cheap as chips lychee martinis didn’t hurt either. For a fun night out we went to Newton Food Centre to dine with the locals. Selected from an array of different stall holders we dined on chicken satay and fresh naan with lime and lychee juices over crushed ice.

What we did: took in the WTA tennis finals (which Cibulkova dominated) and shopped up a storm on Orchard Road.

Two standout activities were the just opened An Atlas of Mirrors exhibition for the Singapore Biennale and the Gardens by the Bay.

The take away messages from these experiences are that I like shiny things, am a sucker for a pretty flower and find cacti aesthetically pleasing…go figure.







Destination: Hobart


Where we stayed.

The RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel.

It was mid renovation but the only inconvenience was trying to park our eight-seater fun bus we hired for the weekend. That said, we gladly handed the keys to reception who attended to valet parking off-site. Four inter-connecting family rooms later and we had the perfect set up.

Where we went.

One of my favourite things to do in a new destination is to get up and go for an early morning walk…not because I’m overly fitness minded but because you get to see beautiful sites like the morning sun on Salamanca Pier. Glorious.

Next up Nant Distillery for a whisky tour and sampling.

Do not eat breakfast Saturday morning. Instead, load up at the Salamanca Market. You must try the fried potatoes from The Porky Duck and the award winning triple cream brie from Coal River Farm. So. Freaking. Good.

To combat the cold I found this fabulous alpaca fleece scarf from Wharncliffe Alpacas, gin from McHenry Distillery  and the best truffle honey from Tasmanian Truffles. Saturday afternoon saw us head up Mount Wellington to experience the biting cold that Hobart has to offer. Trust me, the scarf came in handy.  Both the temperature and the view were breathtaking.

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Sunday saw us at MONA where I very quickly discovered that I am not the biggest fan of modern art. I am however appreciative of antiquities, architecture and interiors so there was plenty of all three to get me through the museum.

I will admit there were some portions I did at a dead run just to get through the sucker…


Come Monday it was time to depart. Having stocked up on picnic provisions we  navigated our way out of Hobart’s one way streets towards Richmond .We took in a wine tasting at Riversdale Estate before buying yet more brie to accompany our other supplies and headed to Puddleduck Vineyard for a “reverse BYO” lunch. In short, we bought our own food and then bought our beverages onsite. Lunch was divine but it was the $1.00 duck food that caused the real feeding frenzy. Our final foray was to Sullivans Cove Whisky (conveniently located right next to the airport) before we poured ourselves into our ride home.


Where we ate.

Everything and everywhere. Cleary.

Arriving late Thursday night we struggled to find a place that was open. Having already taken advantage of the in-flight beverage service we arrived a little inebriated at Jack Green at Salamanca Place. A few rounds of shots later and having downed a fabulous  southern fried chicken burger with deliciously peppery chips we were sated.

Friday night saw us at the New Sydney Hotel. Don’t be distracted by the bar menu. Hone straight in on the scorched wagyu with bread and dripping and then follow up with the pork rack share platter.

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For your morning coffee runs either Daci & Daci or Jackman & McRoss (the Battery Point store) are fantastic. Try the passionfruit meringue at Daci & Daci and the lemon tart at Jackman & McRoss.

Finally, for picnic provisions you want go past Salamanca Fresh. A huge array of local produce

 What I wore.

Many, many layers. Particularly up the mountain.  The best purchase on tour, aside from my fluffy scarf, was my Smitten Merino long sleeve top which I wore under pretty much everything.

Hobart 2016...

  Jackets from Siricco, Uniqlo and Zara, jumper and pants from Scanlan Theodore, t-shirts from Decjuba and Saba,  jeans from Current Elliott, active wear from The Upside and accessories from Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Habbot, Tony Bianco and Nike.





A Gentleman’s Game…

Adelaide Day/Night Test, November 2015


The Happy Traveller…

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”

Coco Chanel

It seems odd to start off a post blog with a distinctly non-fashion topic, but I couldn’t resist sharing some fabulous pictures and life musings with you all! My cousin is an amazing photographer and has just returned from roaming around the world to wherever his work and desires took him. He has been to some places I have never even heard of (Kyrgyzstan anyone?!) and places I would never dream of going (Afghanistan and Iran). These places transform in his photos and he seems to be able to capture beauty and humanity in even the most desolate places.




During his travels he posted photos of ‘assorted items’ from his pack, which was kept quite light out of necessity.

The three nominated items of importance were a well worn pair of jeans, which apparently where his only pair for at least seven months and had been shortened with a Swiss army knife to the point where they are now considered more of a 7/8th length, a battered Ipad, whose rounded corners have been beaten to a square from multiple droppings, and three plastic bags which he uses to organise his pack.

Apparently his search for nice plastic bags became all consuming and he proudly noted that, of his current selection, one of the bags could hold up to 15 kilos and the other has a faux ‘LV’ design which originated from Malaysia.Bejing Pants - 1 year old. only pair for at least 7 monthsipadPlastic bags

These assorted items got me thinking about what I keep on high rotation when I’m travelling. I have been lucky enough to travel often and broadly and I freely admit that I don’t necessarily pack for glamour; often the destinations usually require something more rugged.

These assorted items are always in my case are as follows:

  1. Zara jeans: purchased in Zurich during my first ever foray into a Zara store – needless to say the love affair with Zara has continued. Bought a size too big in a moment of panic they are perfectly stretchy yet skinny enough to tuck into boots, with room at the ankle so they can be worn cuffed. I loved them so much I bought the same pair in a size down on my next trip but somehow they aren’t quite the same. The artfully distressed patch on the thigh has now graduated to fully fledged hole… I just view this as extra ventilation. These bad boys have come away with me on every single holiday since purchase. No exceptions.
  2. C & A jacket: purchased in Munich for chips during a cold snap when I was woefully unprepared. With a detachable hood and pockets galore, this is the jacket I throw in the bottom of my suitcase just in case it rains, snows or is inexplicitly windy. Somehow it manages to be the right combination of wind and water proof but without being excessively bulky. Gold.
  3. SABA travel wallet: purchased back home after losing my passport in my handbag a good three or four times between check-in and security on one trip. I decided housing it in electric blue might cut out some of the panic and confusion. I have also tried the passport holder in the same colour, but what they don’t tell you when you are buying such a thing is that after struggling for a good 10 minutes to get your passport’s little jacket on, you then have to strip  it when clearing passport security. Apparently they don’t discriminate between a plastic jacket, my funky cover or Chanel. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t be bothered. Housing my passport, this traveller doubles as my wallet and as a clutch. And most importantly, I don’t lose it in my handbag.

Now if I am lucky enough to be travelling to New York or Paris I freely admit that these items don’t really cut the mustard in terms being a beacon of style, but isn’t that what the expandable suitcase and all those fabulous shops are for?

Without these items I don’t really feel like I’m ‘on holiday’ and able to experience all the amazing things in the world; fashion included. So my question to you all is – what would make your ‘assorted items’ list?

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