From Australia

wish list || MELBOURNE

I am missing Melbourne right about now. It is my hometown, and as a birthday wish I kinda would like to be there so I could EAT | SEE | STAY at these places, and spend it with family & friends. For now they will go on a wish list for my next visit.

I want to pop in to Uncle with some mates for a lunch of Banh Mi & Pho sampling.

Of course do some bar hopping in Melbourne’s lane ways for places like Shebeen.

Without hesitation I would pop into Movida NextDoor for a meal or maybe two. Heck have lunch and stay with a drink until dinner.

And you can not go to Melbourne and ignore the coffee culture. This places looks perfect – Fifty Acres.

A nap here wouldn’t be bad either, located on Flinders Lane – the Adelphi Hotel. Really my list could go on and and on and on … Miss you Melbourne – XOXO!

[Photos sourced from Links]

Australian || Bachelor Pad




This is the renovation & interior design work of my oldest brother. He lives in a typical Australian 1950’s American influenced Ranch style brick home. With some creative uses of upcycled & recycled materials, this tight budget renovation is ‘heavy-on-clever’ [in the words once heard from my neighbor]. It is a single story 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, with a detached garage, and a huge front patio that is perfect for entertaining, well – will be as soon as it is finished.





Melbourne || Meander






I ♡ Melbourne. It was great to be back in my hometown, and I loved meandering about discovering what was new, what had changed, and what had stayed the same. It will always be my ‘Home Sweet Home’.







Melbourne || Hosier Lane



Hosier Lane, a laneway that has its own Wikipedia page, is always changing and always popular with tourists and urban artists. Counterintuitive to all travel advice, Melbourne is a city to get lost in, especially its laneways / back alleys, for it is here you discover hidden & magical Melbourne. They are a filled with the bars, cafes, restaurants and some of the worlds best underground art. Hosier Lane is just one, of approximately 180 examples of these little streets that you can explore. Enjoy!



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Melbourne || Movida next door


For us, no visit to Melbourne is complete without a visit to Movida. We popped into Movida – Next Door for some tasty treats, and as usual, we were not disappointed. Best way to order, is leave it up to your server to assist, and if you see anything good pass by ask for it. The menu is great for grazing, it is seasonal and frequently rotating, so you never get bored, and there is a decent selection of wine options. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed as they serve up nothing but flavorful goodness here. If you can’t get to Australia, you can always buy one of the cookbooks here.










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Gold Coast || Cutie – QT


We enjoyed a short stay at the QT Gold Coast Hotel, and really were surprised by this fun-filled decor. This was originally the Gold Coast International hotel, and the revamp this Hotelier did was fantastic. Bright bold colors on a simple white backwash. Beachy & playful, they really have set a new standard for the Gold Coast in leading the way for design that is environment appropriateness. You can’t but help smile and feel like you are on vacation in this location. Highly recommended.


Stringray Lounge – on the ground floor offers the perfect place for pre & post-dinner drinks, or perfect for lunch. The drinks are really reasonably priced, along with the food, and it is no surprise that locals like to hang here, it is not just for hotel guests, it is a great local spot.

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Bazaar – Located on the first floor, is open for breakfast & dinner [Lunch only on Sundays] is a buffet! Normally I would run from a buffet dining option, but this one you should run too. The room, like the rest of the hotel is beautiful, albeit a lively, it is more of a asian market meets modern Australian restaurant decor. The food is largely cooked / prepared to order, and if they don’t have it listed they will make it. We asked for beef tartare and they willing made a delicious version for us. There are roasts, salads, pizza. seafood, cheese, charcuterie, there really is something for everyone. Enjoy!

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PS. QT Hotel – love the hairdryer, so fun!