Day Trip: Himeji & Kobe.

Hello Pals,
While my friends were off doing something for the day I decided I’d venture off for a day trip to Himeji and Kobe. It’s quite close from Kyoto with a JR pass and to be honest, I didn’t even plan Himeji until I heard it announced over the speaker and decided to continue to Himeji and go to Kobe on the way back.

Here’s how I spent a day trip in Himeji and Kobe.

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Monthly Moments: August

Hi Pals,

August was pretty fantastic. I spent my time doing the following;

– Mario kart tour of Tokyo, Japan.
– Seeing my friend who I last saw in Bolivia four years ago!
– Having brunch with my Uncle and Aunt.
– Spending the day exploring The NSW Art Gallery and having great coffee & cake with my favourite gal pal!
– Having a Twitter meet up & winning $10 on a scratchy.

Check out my favourite August photo moments below!

Miyajima

Hi Pals,
When you think about Torii shrines in Japan, one of two places will come up: Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto (check my post here) and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Itsukushima is known as Miyajima which literally means “shrine island.” Said that when you die your soul will cross over via boat into the next world.  I can’t suggest going to this little off the track island from Hiroshima enough!  It’s ended up being one of my favourite places within Japan so far!

H I R O S H I M A

Hi Pals,
I was recently able to return to Hiroshima after winning a competition for free flights with Japan Airlines. They’ve just released a new direct route from Melbourne – Tokyo and believe me, it was one of the best flights I’ve taken. A little care package, snacks, decent food and a range of entertainment options (opinion my own).
Last time I was in Japan I wasn’t able to make it to a few places in Hiroshima or Miyajima (at all) due to lack of time and opting to check out Bunny Island instead. This time around, I was ready to have a full two days doing this area.

Picking Podcasts [2]

Hi Pals,

I listen to around 30 hours of podcast material a week as I’m lucky enough to have a Job where I’m allowed to wear headphones. Depending on what I’m working on, I’ll swap it between music and podcasts. To check out my previously recommended podcasts, check here.

So, while you’re waiting for a mate, sitting in the doctors office for an extra 30 minutes or you’re on a long trip – here’s another list to get you through it.

Not all of them I liked, which I’ll elaborate on – and some I loved. Be aware, Sub Category is just the term I’ve put in to shorten “what I believe it’s all about ” not what it might be.

Podcasts can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify. All links (no affiliates) take you to their main website.

Osaka: The Cup Noodle Museum

Hi Pals,

If you’ve ever been to Osaka and wanted to get off the beaten path as they say, you’ve probably heard of the Instant Ramen Museum. Located in Ikeda, (a town which loves the Wombat, a native Australian marsupial who has been successfully bread in the The Satsukiyama Zoo) the Instant Ramen Museum makes a great break for something a bit hands on!

So, Here’s all I learnt and did at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

What’s currently in my beauty bag[s]

Hi Pals,

I’ve always thought of myself as a light packer but my housemate is pretty unconvinced that I’ll be able to do carry on (rude.) I’ve definitely had less make up in the past travelling, and I probably don’t need this much now – but it’s so easy to accumulate. You get 7kg with carry on with majority of airlines these days and boy does that all add up!

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All my items fit into the two above bags, the clear one being flight approved 1litre, 20 x 20 cm resalable (You can get one here from Globite.)  The other is just a cute peach and watermelon print I picked up from Daiso for $2.80. So here’s my constant 2 beauty bags and what I pack inside. 

What to do in Melbourne on Weekdays.

Hi Pals,

Working that 9-5 [“what a way to make a living”] can make socialising a little bit difficult when you don’t want it to revolve around drinking. Now, Melbourne sure is big on that- but it’s also big on food, arts and culture!

So, I’ve gone ahead and read through numerous threads, forums, books and magazines to make a Monday – Friday after work/date/socialising calendar. All you really need is your myki. Some I’ve done, some my friends have and others I’ve just found through their websites or word of mouth.

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So, with that – Here’s a list of things to do in Melbourne after 5pm on weekdays.
All links (minus iCue) are to their main websites

Last Update: September 2018

Canberra is kinda cool, really.

Hiya Pals,

I recently went to the capital of Australia, Canberra for a weekend away.  The main reason I go is that I have friends who live there but I also really enjoy the city!

You might have heard that Canberra recently made #3 in a Lonely Planet for Top Cities, along with Seville, Detroit, Hamburg and Oslo. However, it’s for those cities they believe is up and coming. (Unsure about why Oslo is there? It’s probably because of a) the cost to get there B) then cost to stay there. I don’t think that’s reason enough but hey, I’m not LP.)

The reason I’m doing this post is that whilst in Canberra we got talking about lists why you should go there. I’m not going to link the list, but the last reason was that “you can pet a cheetah.” Can you do it? Yes. Should you do it? Probably not.

Anyways, these are my favourite things in Canberra to do and thus What you should do when you go to Canberra! 

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