Mini Canada or New Zealand?!

As I travel, I make an effort to adapt to my new surroundings.  I don't do this because I am trying to be someone else, I will always remain truly me.  I do it because I feel I learn and grow more by being an integral part of a new place, not just a visitor.  I try not to…

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Travel Perks

Most times I would cringe at the thought of a 9-hour layover in an airport, but not this December when our travel took us through Hong Kong.  I quite like the HKG airport, with it's great shopping, many seating and dining options and long walkways.  THIS trip we would get to experience a completely new…

When Winston made up his mind…

For those in Fiji, it will be a tragic event used as a benchmark in their lives.  Where were you when the Category 5, Tropical Cyclone Winston hit on February 20-21, 2016?  Me?  I was at home in my sturdy apartment, fitted with a generator and large water tank, staying clear of the many windows,…

In the Pantry

Living abroad for over 16 years has taught me how to adapt.  One important lesson in adaptability has been, going without.  Going without things that I took for granted living and growing up in Canada and were a part of my daily routine.  By going without and not moaning about what I couldn't get in…

Feeling at home, anywhere

A few months ago, a friend asked if I would be interested in showcasing our home for the upcoming Mai Life Style magazine. Mai Life Style is a biannual, glossy lifestyle magazine for Fiji and the Pacific.  Absolutely, was my answer!  What a wonderful opportunity to share our home with others, a space my husband…

Saying hello!

People always ask if it gets harder to say goodbye each time we leave a post.  Yes, it is hard and I leave a small piece of my heart behind.  But this has never left me shattered or feeling broken.  If I never say goodbye, I can never say hello to new people, places or experiences...and…

Trial and Error

I have always been a sucker for fashion trends and interpreting them in my own way (such as my year of 'living on the edge' wearing Doc Martens with Little House on the Prairie dresses, circa 1995).  Through trial and error I have found my own personal style and am less influenced by seasonal trends,…

Vanua Levu Island, Fiji

For a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of Suva, we headed to Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.  The planned, pleasant drive from Labasa (Lambasa) to Savusavu in our cool little 4WD rental, turned into a much longer and adventurous trip.  "Don't worry you can't get lost, there is only one road!",…

La Dolce Vita

A recent trip to Italy renewed my joy of all things decadent and effortless. My husband and I went in the heat of summer. The style, the landscape, the architecture and the attitude oozed romance and glamour. Things were just as they should be. Italians gazed at me with lazy eyes through their classic Pradas,…