Outdoor space is the holy grail in apartment living. My small balcony is like an extra room (which I need living in a teeny tiny studio). I love opening the sliding doors and having the sun shine in.
I’m by no means a gardening expert, but I have really enjoyed turning my small balcony into a place where I can relax, eat, sunbathe, read, drink coffee and enjoy my plants. I couldn’t live without it now.
This weekend marks an important occasion: one year since I met Mr Chile! We hit up Frankie’s pizza place, which is where it all begun, to celebrate with pepperoni and beer. The pizza was a big hit.
I want to talk about stress. Last week, the new CEO for United Airlines was hospitalised in Chicago. The 56-year-old reportedly suffered a stress-induced heart attack one month after starting the job. And it’s not just in the States – one in four Aussies has moderate to severe levels of stress.
I suffer from stress and I find it very hard to relax. Take this week for example – I was in full stress mode. I’m anxious, my heart is racing, I can’t sleep, I’m teary, I got headaches, my eye was twitching, I can’t concentrate and I’m distracted. I’ve also had a new one – my hands and arms are hurting from the computer. Typing this doesn’t help.
I’ve wasted thousands of dollars on bad, often painful, massages and it mainly comes down to not talking to my massage therapist about what I want. When I do speak up, I have the best experience as I’m getting exactly what I want.
Any professional massage therapist will ask you what you want at the start of your treatment and most importantly, listen to you and act on that request. However, it can be daunting to do this when you’re half naked with a stranger, so I’ve put together some tips to avoid leaving the spa feeling, well, meh and to help you stop wasting money on bad massages. You do NOT want to leave a spa with bruises because massage should NOT hurt (good pain yes, bad pain no).
This muesli recipe is my go-to when I want something quick, healthy and easy for breakfast (or lunch, dinner…!). I was spending so much on the shop-bought mueslis that I thought I’d attempt my own variation. This recipe takes 10 minutes and is healthier, cheaper, tastier and quicker than the shop varieties. And it’s refined sugar free.
Visiting the Philippines is great fun. The people are friendly. The beaches are picture postcard perfect. There’s amazing diving. It’s got an average temp of 27ºc. Plus it’s cheap to travel around. Philippines was my final destination on my big trip before I arrived in Australia. I had planned to go for one month and ended up staying for three. I fell in love with it.
The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands and is a short (in Australian standards) eight hour flight from Sydney. As soon as I arrived in Manila back in October 2013 (wow, that’s two years ago!), I knew this place was special. Manila is crazy and is a gloriously disgusting, smelly and chaotic Asian capital city. If you’ve been to Bangkok, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s rich in Spanish history, good food and a very lively night life (midget boxing anyone). I’ve also visited Palawan, Bohol, Siquijor, Cebu and Malapascua, so I wanted to share my top tips for travelling to the Philippines.