Before you go: Malaysia

Hello Pals,

Before you go to any country you should learn some basics but also double check those important things such as Visa and Vaccines.

🛂  VISA 
Depending on where you’re from, you may need a visa. Check here.
Majority of countries do not need a tourist visa.
 💉 VACCINES
Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs!
  💬 LANGUAGE
National Language is Malay. Try and learn common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please and thank you here.
 💰 CURRENCY
Malaysian ringgit. Code: MYR.
Check your exchange here.

Here’s a list of things you should know before you travel to Malaysia.

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Monthly Moments: October

Hi Pals,

Thanks for checking in on my October.

October is one of my favourite months. This time around it was a bit exhausting but still had brilliant bits. I’ve been planning my next leg overseas (Malaysia) as well as my move overseas starting with a trip to Greece before Canada.  It’s the first month of Spring in Australia, rooftop bars are opening and more doggos are showing up in parks. It also ends with Halloween (a post will be later about that) but right now, here’s what happened in October.

  • Had friends over for a Halloween dinner party.
  • Went to celebrate a friends birthday in Edinburgh Gardens.
  • Went to see some art at The Ballarat Art Gallery with my best pal from High School and tried to catch up on everything over coffee. 
  • Went for a walk around our 6km lake which I hadn’t done since school. 
  • Had a twitter meet up! 
  • Went to an engagement party for an old team leader and got to see some old team members! 
  • I had my 10-year high school reunion and got to spend time with some people I hadn’t seen for yonks. 
  • My friends and I got out of an escape room with 2 seconds to spare which turned out to be an entire fluke!
  • I finished two books which I didn’t really like (a crime and a romance.) I’ve now started “The Princess Bride” and so far I’m loving it! 

Check out my favourite October photo moments below!

Melbourne: Your guide to museums

Hi Pals,
Recently I was looking at maps [which I have a habit of doing] and noticed that there are a few museums near my work that I’d never even heard of. It got me thinking, how many museums are in Melbourne?

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Wikipedia listed around 40 museums, Airbnb said 30 but only listed 23 and TripAdvisor lists 64 if you tally them all up. I’m slowly going to them all and adding photos.
I had to remove the Art Galleries/Museums because it was too much – it’ll be in a separate post.

What classifies a Museum?
The International Association of Museums defines it as follows:
A non-profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of the study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment. 

So with that, here’s a list of Museums in Melbourne that are worth some time.

Ubud-dah add this to your bucket list.

Hello Pals,

I recently went to Ubud for a friends birthday and ‘u bud-dah believe I loved it!’ (sorry.) Ubud was a fantastic time away; fresh food, lovely people and so many sights around that you understand why people want to come and live here. It’s away from Kuta and the party-feel (do the Shaka m8) so although it’s touristy it’s not your typical Australian southern cross tattoo, bin-tang singlet walk around with buckets of alcohol touristy.

Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Ubud.

Monthly Moments: September

Hi Pals,

Thanks for checking in on my September.

I feel like I just started August and now it’s already October???
I ended my month spending time in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia with some of my favourite friends – so look out for my upcoming post on that later.

  • I had dinner with one of my favourite family members.
  • I made a video for a University class in which I realised I cannot read scripts.
  • I spent some time looking at The Modern Life, tableware of the 1930s – 1980s currently in The National Gallery of Victoria
  • I didn’t finish a book in September which is a bit of a weird feeling.
  • Spent 5 hours on a Jetstar flight to arrive safe and sound in Bali. Then went and had a big family dinner at an Indonesian ‘Wurung’  (small family-owned business).

Check out my favourite September photo moments below!

Before You Go: Indonesia

Hello Pals,
Before you go to any country you should learn some basics but also double check those important things such as Visa and Vaccines.
If you’re interested in where I’ve been in Indonesia check out my posts on Ubud or Nusa Penida.

🛂  VISA 
Check here to see if you’ll need a visa.
 💉 VACCINES
Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs!
  💬 LANGUAGE
National Language is Indonesian. Learn common phrases here.
 💰 CURRENCY
Indonesian Rupiah. Code: IDR.
Check your exchange here.

Here’s a list of things you should know before you travel to Indonesia.

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.

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 become one of my favourite places in Japan so far!