What to Wear on a SE Asia Holiday

South East Asia Cruise

Thailand, Vietnam or Bali? It doesn’t matter where you holiday in South East Asia because it is hot and humid all year round so your wardrobe for a holiday needs to be cool and comfortable with a minimum of fuss. Lightweight cotton sundresses, flowy styles, sarongs, kaftans, cover-ups, shorts and singlet tops, cossies, sandals and thongs are the order of the day.

So after holidaying in South East Asia on many occasions I have discovered what works well in your holiday wardrobe. I personally like to wear loose fitting dresses in lightweight fabrics that you can get away without ironing. Look for fabrics like crinkled cottons, cotton-synthetic blends, light jersey fabrics or knits. Leave at home heavy denim, dresses with synthetic lining, silk camisoles or blouses and long pants (unless they are extremely lightweight).

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24 Hours in Tokyo

Imperial-Palace-Tokyo

I have been to some of the world’s largest cities; New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Istanbul, but nothing prepared me for the energy and the throng of world’s most populous metropolis – Tokyo.

My fellow travel companions and influencers had told me a lot about this bustling modern city and even organised an itinerary for me to make the most of one day here. It was with some trepidation and excitement that we set off for a day of sightseeing this colossal city.

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Bone Health in Our 50s

shutterstock_92429542Anyone who was born in the 1950s or 60s would possibly remember the good old days where we were coerced into to drinking our daily allowance of cow’s milk, which included a third pint in a glass bottle that was made available throughout the schools in Australia. Sometimes that one third pint was left to go warm in the sun as the Milkman had delivered the crate of milk in the early hours of the morning, but nonetheless we were all ordered to drink the warm liquid down!

Apparently this milk delivery system happened nationally from 1950 through to 1973 in most creches and primary schools and it was largely a public health scheme – aimed at improving the nutrition of Australian children. You see in 1944, an Australia-wide nutritional survey had found that most Australian households were consuming significantly less than the recommended daily intake of calcium.

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Into The Fiordland of Milford Sound

Entrance to Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea

Entrance to Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea

It was one of those travel experiences that we have wanted to do for a while and we knew that it involved a very long drive through mountainous terrain from Queenstown. However Milford Sound on the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park was never going to disappoint.

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Seeking Samurai in Kakunodate

Kakunodate Samurai Town

Kakunodate Samurai Town

I have always been fascinated with the Japanese warriors called Samurai since I saw the 2003 movie The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise.

In short the movie is about an American military officer, Algren (Tom Cruise), hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare, and his growing infatuation with Samurai traditions.

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Winter Warming Weekends on the Gold Coast

Burleigh-HeadlandAll of a sudden the weather has turned from a balmy 25 degrees to temperatures below 20 degrees here on the Gold Coast. So everyone is running for cover and donning their winter woollies, which people have to retrieve from the bowels of their wardrobes, and dusting off their electric fan heaters. It is as if we are experiencing sub-zero temperatures because we Gold-Coasters simply don’t cope with cold weather!!

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In My Backyard: Marooned on Moreton Island

Moreton-Island-Beach

Moreton Island

One of the jewels of South East Queensland and only one hour drive from my home on the Gold Coast, plus a 75 minute ride on the Moreton Island barge, is the pristine and relatively underdeveloped island of Moreton Island. Geographically it lies 58 kilometres northeast of the Queensland capital, Brisbane in Moreton Bay and is an idyllic place to become marooned.

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A Festival of Horses in Japan

Ok horse lovers you will be green with envy when I tell you this! During my recent travels in Northern Japan I was extremely fortunate to attend a horse festival in the town of Takazawa, Iwate.Chagu-Chagu-Umakko-Foal

The annual Chagu Chagu Umakko Horse Festival is not simply a parade of horses, but the whole farming district gets involved with a gorgeous display of flowering gardens and people from afar and the local community flock to the parade in their thousands to watch the spectacle.

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A Week in Queenstown

Views over Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu

Views over Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown: Mountain vistas that would rival the Swiss or French Alps, azure blue mountain lakes that would rival Lake Louise in Canada, rippling river rapids that would rival the Colorado River in the USA, gushing waterfalls that would rival Yosemite Falls in the USA, lush green pastures that would rival the English countryside, ski resorts that would rival some of the best in the world and adventure tourism that would have to be the best on offer in the world!

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