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Ming Dynasty and Hong Kong Disneyland

We stumbled upon the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center in Kowloon Park, a small, free museum regarding the history of Hong Kong over the centuries. Well worth a visit if you have a spare hour. One room highlights some of the 7000 pieces of blue and white Ming Dynasty ceramics found when excavating for the … Continue reading

Visiting Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Dunedin, New Zealand)

During my unexpected day off work in Dunedin, I decided to visit Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.  For the simple reason that it was free, in walking distance from my motel and I hadn’t been there before. It rated highly on Tripadvisor, #3 in Dunedin and after visiting I can now see why. Upon approaching to the modern … Continue reading

Saving money on fruit and veg – don’t buy them at the supermarket

I think I pretty much summarised this entire post in the heading. Some years ago, I started tracking how much we spent on living each month – not the occasional frivolous stuff but the actual necessities such as food and utilities. In my spreadsheet, I separated supermarket shops from greengrocer shops.   It really quickly … Continue reading

Trip Planning – All things cash and plastic

Money is always a topic that comes up when planning a trip. Right from the start money is critical to the entire equation.  How much is the trip going to cost?  Flights, accommodation, insurance, tours and so on. Once you have these all squared away comes down to the nitty-gritty, usually closer to the trip. … Continue reading

Trip Planning – Alaska Cruise – Independent Port Exploration

Later in the year we are doing an Alaska cruise with the following itinerary – 1 Vancouver, Canada — 4:00 p.m. 2 At Sea — — 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska Cruising Cruising 4 Skagway, Alaska 7:15 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 5 Juneau, Alaska 6:15 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:15 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 At … Continue reading

Cruising – a budget friendly holiday option

Let me start by saying I love to cruise!  For a budget conscious traveller, it’s a great option — “what?”  I hear you say incredulously, “how can it be a budget friendly option?” Let me explain… Say you want a nice holiday up to the islands – Vanuatu is a good choice, natural beauty, interesting … Continue reading

“Oh you are so lucky” … really?

I can’t tell you how many times people say “Oh you are so lucky” because I travel overseas frequently. I can’t quite see where luck comes into it.  I have worked hard to get myself educated and trained in my chosen career.  I worked full time while completing my degree.  My partner and I both lived at home … Continue reading

Do you have a survival kit? We do, and we used it…

I am the first to admit that I’m super organised.  I like lists and I like to be prepared, so a survival kit was something that I started to get  serious about a few years back.  I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d actually need to use it.  Like many, I thought “it won’t … Continue reading

Christchurch Airport – yes, you can get a bus to the city!

Recently Christchurch Airport has undergone some amazing changes.  Its gone from an old, worn airport to a bright, airy and modern one, within the space of a few years.  One thing I feel they have let the community and vistors alike down on is the very poorly sign posted city bus stops. To find the … Continue reading

For the love of … leftovers

Leftovers have such a bad rap!  But let me just say, I LOVE leftovers for the following reasons – Budget friendly Environmentally friendly Time friendly There is IMO, nothing better than knowing I can come home after a long, busy, stressful day at work and simply reheat something cooked previously.  Or at the very least, have the base items ready … Continue reading

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