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Melbourne’s own TREASURE trove

Recently my daughter and I went to Melbourne for a 3-day sojourn. I was born in Melbourne and love any opportunity to visit but my daughter had never been there. With her TAFE Patisserie studies about to finish, I thought a visit to Melbourne and its many patisseries and delicatessens was in order.

But where to stay?

Initially I looked on Trip Advisor and Bookings.com and read the reviews. For this visit I decided to stay in the CBD.

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Warning – this post may contain wee

I have a WEE problem …

There I said it out loud!!!  All jokes aside, there’s no doubt that bladder control can become more difficult as you get older. Currently an estimated 4 million Australians suffer from bladder control problems and women are much more likely to suffer from incontinence. Most issues can be diagnosed, treated and cured but getting the help you need is really important. And there’s nothing to be ashamed of either!

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Living a Disney life (and why the magic is important)

It’s the Happiest Place on Earth…

Recently I visited Disneyland with my younger daughter.

We were away for two weeks and had an absolute ball. But the thing we remember most and still talk about is how we FELT while we were at Disneyland.

Disneyland California is really like no other theme park. Ask people who’ve been about their visit and they’ll tell you how they FELT first and what they thought of the park second.

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BUSI-NESS and the art of thriving

I admit it… I love being busy; in fact the worst form of torture for me would have to be ‘boredom’. I am literally never sitting still unless I am asleep.

I wasn’t always like this. When I was at school I liked nothing better than being immersed in a book in the school library – I missed a class more than once because I preferred non-fiction over my fictional life.

Moving to another state,

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Visiting the House of the Mouse

“I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”
(Walt Disney)

I first visited Disneyland after the obligatory teenage Contiki tour when I was in my early 20s. As with many memories when you get to my age, I often wished I could go back again and truly appreciate the experience (and take bloody great photos because,

ALOHA from paradise

When booking our trip to the USA I decided to break up the long flight to LA by flying via Honolulu. So we stopped over in Honolulu for one night on the way to LA and again on the way back to Brisbane.

I have visited Honolulu twice before, the last visit approximately 8 years ago, so I was keen to show Olivia some of my favourite places, even if it was just for a short visit.

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LA – the City of Angels

 

“Los Angeles is just New York lying down.” (Quentin Crisp, Writer)

After our visit to Disneyland, Olivia and I headed to LA, roughly 60 mins drive from Anaheim.

Los Angeles in Spanish translates to ‘The Angels’ and is therefore nicknamed ‘The City of Angels’. It is huge, even bigger than what it looks like on a map. Situated in Southern California, LA is surrounded on three sides by mountains.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hollywood

There was much excitement in our Muggle house when we realised Universal Studios in Hollywood was opening a Harry Potter attraction just before we were due to visit in November.

We visited Universal Studios as part of their VIP Experience. You can read about our day here. Unfortunately I fell ill at the tail end of our VIP day so I didn’t get to fully experience Harry Potter as that was the last stop on the tour,

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Universal Studios Hollywood

GET THE VIP TREATMENT

Recently my daughter and I spent the day as VIPs at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

When I read online that it was impossible to see the entire park including the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one day, I decided to investigate the ticket pricing further. Unfortunately we really only had one day available to see the park and I wanted to maximise our time there without killing our sanity and our feet in the process.

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WiWonder when you can WiWander…

Out of all the things I was most concerned about on our recent trip to the US of A, it was data that concerned me the most.

My daughter and I go through 15GB of data a month, and whilst I wouldn’t be doing any work whilst on leave, I did want to keep my social media up to date and access emails and GPS.

Let’s cut to the chase… data packs are expensive.

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