Australia is one of the best travel destinations in the world for nature lovers. The relatively young country is still full of potential for adventures in its untamed, natural beauty, not to mention encounters with some unique and fascinating wildlife. Whether you’re going for arid deserts, snow-capped mountains, or beautiful coral reefs, there’s something for every kind of nature lover in Australia. Here are four of the best stops for your adventure down under.

Great Ocean Road

great ocean roadAround three hours outside of Melbourne, this road stretches 150 miles along the beautiful southern coast of the country. It was intended as a memorial in honour of all the Australian soldiers that died in World War I, and is home to one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks: 12 Apostles. This is a chain of massive limestone columns that jut out from the sea, created over millions of years through erosion from the tide and the wind. There are a number of other amazing stops along the way, making this a perfect route for an off road caravan road trip to be taken in small stretches. This includes a number of whale-watching points, wildlife reserves, and walking trails that are bursting with incredible photo opportunities.

Kakadu National Park

kakadu-national-parkLocated near Darwin, this is the perfect destination for any travellers who are interested in the flora and fauna of the countries they visit. This huge national park has a wide range of plants native to the country, interspersed by unique Aboriginal art. The park is owned by a number of clans of the indigenous people, many of whom have family trees that have lived in the area for centuries. You’ll have no problem finding a local aboriginal person who will be happy to give you an insight into their folk stories, spiritual beliefs, and history.

Kangaroo Island

kangaroo islandAny nature lover heading out to Australia will obviously want to see its most iconic animal in its natural habitat. Tours of Kangaroo Island are available for booking all year round. Aside from seeing red kangaroos in abundance, you’ll also get to see adorable koalas, majestic pelicans, and sea lions and seals in the waters around it. Aside from all the wildlife you’ll be able to see, Kangaroo Island is also a hotspot for foodies. Fine wines, along with locally produced sheep’s cheese and seafood, have really helped to put the island on the map.

Uluru National Park

uluru-australiaIf you only see one site of natural beauty in Australia, make sure it’s Uluru national park, home to the iconic Ayers Rock, or Uluru in the aboriginal language. The park has some of the most unique and breath-taking natural rock formations in the world, all centred around the world-famous centrepiece. After you visit, you’ll know exactly why it became such a centre of cultural significance for natives and settlers alike. The park is also home to some of the most endangered species of plants and wildlife in the world, and you’ll be able to find out about the various ongoing efforts to preserve them.

In the health industry, there always seems to be a new fad diet or workout regiment sold to us. For the entry fee, we’re promised a world of wonders that will reduce our fat in a short amount of time, or for men, it’s putting on muscle without fat as quickly as possible without the use of steroids. For someone starting a health practice, these can sound phenomenal. Why wouldn’t they? There’s absolutely no doubt that we as humans want to progress down the easiest routes in order to achieve something worthwhile.

We feel that the only reason we haven’t achieved some of our goals is because we haven’t found the right method. This is somewhat true, but usually, it’s more about not progressing the right method, as opposed to not having it reveal itself to you.

This can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Humans can only take so much failure before they begin to give up, and this can prevent you from experiencing a range of health practices that might be good for you to at least try. Here are the ones you should check out if you’re looking to revolutionize your health schedule. Some provoke physical changes, some help you unwind, and some do both.

Without further ado:

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a positive dieting method because it introduces better cell-repair mechanics to your body and allows you to switch from running on carbohydrates to running on fat cells, otherwise known as a form of ‘ketosis.’ For weightlifters, this is great, because it allows you to lose fat while gaining the muscle you desire so much.

What better way to lean out? For those who don’t weight lift, intermittent fasting will allow your body to complete its digestive cycle and as a result get to focus on cellular repair, which has been proven to increase the lifespans of mice IF was tested on significantly.  The jury is still out on whether this translates to humans, but there’s no mistaking that it helps the weight drop off very quickly. All you need to do is limit your calorie intake to an 8-hour window while fasting for 16 hours. You don’t even need to reduce your calorie intake to experience the benefits. What other diet can say that?

Yoga

Yoga allows you to stretch spiritually. It can make you more present, more alert, and more understanding of the difficulties in your life. If you’re skeptical, we recommend you try it. It is a meditative art that can yield serious short term and even more serious long-term benefits.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient art of relieving tension in pressure points around your body. It’s for that reason that it’s gained a massive cult following and there are many reputable acupuncture outlets around the world. The main regulating bodies allow you to experience acupuncture sessions that help you feel relaxed and gain the benefits safely and satisfyingly. It can be used effectively as a massage treatment also. Make sure you find out whether this service is suitable for you before you embark upon it.

Exploring those pursuits listed above will make you a happier, more health conscious person. What are you waiting for?

 

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For a lot of people, it’s all too easy to feel as though life is something that just sort of happens to you. As though you’re little more than an observer in your own life and you lack the ability to make and real impact in it. Of course, it doesn’t take much thought to realize that this isn’t true, but it’s a mindset that can be surprisingly difficult to get out of. It can lead people to feel frustrated with their lives and unable to make and meaningful changes that could help improve their situation. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. There are, in fact, lots of ways that you can get out of that kind of mindset and start taking a more proactive approach to your own life. These things aren’t always easy, but they are always worth it. With that in mind, here are a few ways to start taking back control of your own life.

Focus on yourself

If you want to start making changes in your life, then the place to start is in the mirror. You can’t do anything about the things that are going on in your life as a whole if you can’t make any meaningful changes to yourself. Think about things like your health. Are you exercising enough? Is your body getting everything it needs? By making positive personal changes, you can start taking back a degree of control in your life that you might have been lacking before. Of course, make sure that you speak to your doctor because making any significant changes to your health.

Stop making excuses

One of the main reasons that people get into the kind of situation where they feel like they have no power over their lives is that they tell themselves that there’s nothing that they can do. This is false. Telling yourself that there’s nothing you can do is just an excuse so that you don’t have to face up to the harsh reality of pushing yourself to actually do something with your life. Making excuses is always going to be easier than facing the truth, but it’s never going to allow you to really make a difference in your own life.

Be assertive

This is the thing that can often be harder than just about anything else. Standing up to people around you can be incredibly difficult, and it’s not something many of us are really taught to do. Sure, you’re often told to stand up for yourself when you’re younger, but you’re also taught to sit down and be quiet because other people have more authority than you. One of the most important things that you need to learn is that you have just as much of a right to be heard as anyone else. Don’t ever let anyone else dictate when you should or shouldn’t do or say.

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If there is one thing everyone should do at least once in their life it is traveling abroad to experience one of the world’s most famous music festivals. For so many people, this has become synonymous with making the most out of the summer. It is the highlight of their year. The music, the atmosphere, the weather, the sights and sounds and new cultures. Eeeek. It is that one thing that makes the butterflies in our bellies dance the most.

If you’ve done this time and time again, and traveled all over dancing your way through the different festivals and lapping up the individual magic they cast, then you’ll know exactly what we are talking about. If you haven’t, and this summer is going to be your first time, then here are some of our top tips on what to expect and how to have the most fun you’ve ever had.

Planning Makes Perfect

The more you can plan for the more amazing your experience will be. We’re talking about your journey there, knowing how much money you will need, looking at what the weather is doing so you know what to pack, and having all the essentials you’ll want to have tucked into your festival-inspired fanny-pack. When it comes to sorting through the essentials, we suggest you listen to a playlist of all the acts you’ll see while making sure you have sunglasses, sunblock, phone with a long battery life, cash, comfy shoes, and earplugs.

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Buddy-Up System

Festivals are manic in the most impossibly amazing way you can ever imagine. But what you’ll learn is, your group will break up from time to time and people will want to see different acts at different times. That’s why you should pick one person to buddy up and share your super-crazy festival experience with. So long as you are with one person, you are going to have the best time imaginable, and a safe experience too. Stick together and have the adventure of a lifetime.

Festival Clothing

When it comes to festivals, anything goes, which means this is your chance to go wild and embrace the bohemian lifestyle you have never dared to do before. Long flowing dresses with outrageous prints, big and colorful sunglasses, flowers in your hair, face paint and everything else the inner you wishes you were allowed to wear every day without being classed a weirdo. Just make sure you pack enough clothes, after all, going to a festival abroad usually means you’ll be away for more than three days.

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Your Adventure

The very first thing you need to do is explore. Explore everything you can, see the site, find the little secrets that every festival hides, see what stages peak your excitement levels, and make friends with strangers. Festivals bring people together in ways you’ve never experienced. They are places where intimacy, happiness, and creativity come together and fizzle. As a rule of thumb spread the positive vibe. That’s what will make your adventure even more amazing.

The last time I walked along Sydney Harbour bridge was nearly 20 years ago. The distance covers from Milsons Point, North Sydney to Sydney CBD the rocks area. Since then I never bothered to do it again. My parents though, walk from North Sydney along the harbour bridge all the way to the suburb of Pyrmont very often. Mum snapped quite a few beautiful images along the way on her phone. That inspired me to walk along the Harbour Bridge again one Saturday afternoon by myself.

I took my Fuji cameral with me and really took my time to wander around and play tourist. The Sydney Harbour Bridge walk is so pleasant with clear signage to show you the way. I snapped a few photos of Sydney Opera house while walking over the bridge and reached Sydney Circular Quay just in time to get ready to watch sunset. Our city sky magically turned into mixed hues of orange, blue, pink and purple. Those bridge climbers looked like tiny dots next to that gigantic Australia flag (which actually looks small in the photo!) on top of Sydney Harbour bridge. Can you see them?

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kyoto

For so many people, Japan feels like a world away in absolutely every sense of the word, and at the heart of it all is Kyoto. There is just so much astounding culture that runs through the veins of this old – centuries old – city. It is just one of the most breathtaking places on earth thanks to the hidden temples, ancient palaces, religious monuments, eclectic foods and generous hospitality. In short, the culture here tends to be a gorgeous assault on the senses, never once forgetting all the amazing winter activities that can be enjoyed here too. After all, shrine after shrine isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

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Go To Gion

The first morning of your first day needs to look like this: get up early, watch the gorgeous sunrise paint the sky red, enjoy a mug of matcha tea to enhance your mood at the same time as calming you, and then head to Gion before too many tourists ascend on the place. It is just stunning. The history is incredible too because this is where all geishas were traditionally trained, something you can experience yourself if you fancy. Seriously. You can get the geisha makeover and walk among the Edo period streets to see exactly how they would have lived.

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Buddhist Temple Of Kiyomizu-Dera

While you’re in Gion you need to climb the hill and see what is considered to be the most famous Buddhist temple in all of Japan, a temple that is seated on a mountain and almost blends in with the natural beauty surrounding it. What makes it so awe-inspiring, though, is the Sakura blossoms that shroud it, pink in spring and the color of fire in the autumn. That is one of the most amazing things about Japan, it’s distinct and vibrant seasons, all four of them, and there is no better place to experience them than from this temple, overlooking the spectacular views of the valley below.

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Local Taste Of The Nishiki Market

If there is one thing that Japan has it is a plethora of fine dining options that could cripple your entire spending budget in one foul swoop. That’s where the Nishiki Market becomes an absolute godsend because you can get the taste of Kyoto on a shoestring budget and with over one-hundred stalls to take your pick from. What’s even more amazing is the lack of seats. This may sound like a bad thing but with only a few tables outside each stall, you’re almost forced to experience new things, whether it be takoyaki or ramen. The authentic taste of Japan is there to be explored.

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The Castle At The Centre Of It All

Bang in the center of Kyoto is the Nijo Castle which has stood there since 1626 and is a reminder of Japan’s last feudal military government. What’s most interesting, though, is that this castle isn’t how it would have looked back then, which is because it has seen huge changes over the years due to the rise and fall of governments. Expansions and ruins have all taken its toll on this gorgeous building. However, the interior is still a preserved relic of how it would have been when first built, so if that is what you were hoping to hear then, voila, your ears can smile.

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The Imperial Palace

For over 1100 years, this palace has remained in the Japanese Imperial family. It is one of those places where the history is almost tangible, and that has been somewhat cherished by the way in which they limit the public’s access. You see, only when the Imperial park is open can you access the walled part of the palace, from which you must then join a guided tour of the palace offered by the one and only Imperial Household Agency. These experts enthuse everything there is to know about this place, from the rich as rich culture to the staggering history, all of which makes up the magnificence of this former royal residence. If you miss a tour, don’t despair too much, because there is plenty of breathtaking to be enjoyed within the park grounds, including the ponds, lakes, shrines, and gardens.

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The Tower Of Contrast

That is not by any means its official title. No. It is called the Kyoto Tower, but what it does offer is a stark contrast from the historical and cultural atmosphere that Kyoto is known for. Standing on top of a nine-story building, this all glass and steel structure stands proudly over the city, stretching up and over 130 meters high. That’s what makes the view from the observation tower so mesmeric. You can see it all, from the Kyoto railway station below you to the downtown district, and the mountains in both the east and west; the Higashiyama and Arashiyama. This is Kyoto from the sky.

In the early part of the 20th century, Western cuisine was slightly mundane and less adventurous than it now. The younger generation can’t even contemplate not having the plethora of cuisine choice they do now as so many people didn’t have. The thought of eating raw fish was thought of as not just strange, but it carried with it a stigma of uncivilized eating. Who would have thought that America would become the home away from home for so many sushi chefs plying their trade. Yet, now this Japanese delicacy has become synonymous with fine dining and those who know their fish are seen as cultured and sophisticated. The food was made palatable for the North American audiences by not using such strong and pungent flavored fish. This caught on particularly in Hollywood, with the advent of the ‘California Roll.’ From cozy residential neighborhoods to high-rise apartment buildings, most people of every wealth class enjoys the unique combination of fish and rice.

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Masa, New York City

Are you a sushi fanatic looking to tour some of the finest Japanese cuisine outside of Japan? New York City, the undeniable hotspot for the best sushi on the East Coast. Masa Takayama is a sushi master, with a calm, precise and instinctive knife hand. His fugu sashimi which includes delicate cuts of liver is well worth the $450-per-person tariff for the particular menu it features in. The generous helping of rich, black caviar seems to justify the price of admission. Masa’s stuffed maki rolls are juicy and the salt of the sea explodes in your mouth with each bite. His pride and joy is located in Manhattan’s Time Warner Centre, so expect to be surrounded by sophisticated architecture and people who follow traditional customs.

Naoe, Miami

Miami is a city of Cuban influence and sunshine is almost treated as the currency, as the bright beach culture is what has made it be the everlasting image. Sushi lovers will be can enjoy a little slice of heaven made by the hands of Kevin Cory also known as the Omakase King. Forbes’ Travel Guide gave the establishment a five-star review, and it’s plain to see why. There’s a horse mackerel dish topped with freshly grated wasabi. Some of the best fresh-roasted basted eel and cured squid sushi you’ll ever find anywhere. The careful selection of ingredients goes hand in hand with the restaurant’s ethos of Japanese customs of politeness and dedication to the craft.

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Sushi Zo, Los Angeles

A taste of American-Japanese cuisine just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the West Coast. For some time it was a secret, but chef Keizo Seki has a no-nonsense traditional sushi chef approach that has lured in a more refined class of sushi lover. Somewhat of a purest, Seki’s course of expertly cut and seasoned nigiri is one of the staples of the restaurant. With beautifully presented dishes of seaweed and raw crab, you’ll want to savour every bite of the internationally sourced produce at Sushi Zo.

I’ve always wanted to check out Sunshine Coast area, especially Noosa Heads because many people have mentioned that it’s stunning up there. It’s a 3 hours to drive from Broadbeach to Noosa Heads so during my last trip to QLD in May, I finally went to Noosa Heads for a day trip.  The beach is nice and the rainforest walk is pleasant but compared to many other stunningly beautiful places in the world, it’s lacking the wow factor in my eyes. But still, there are some pretty corners worth taking a picture or two and I really like the relaxed atmosphere there.

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Oh you know what was the highlight of the trip? Betty’s Burgers.

I tried the Betty’s Classic and Betty’s Classic Stack. They are not just ordinary burgers, they are exceedingly tasty burgers! Can’t wait for Betty’s Burgers to come to Sydney.

 

Many of us will be on our feet each day, and yet they can be one part of our body that get’s the least pampering and attention. We rely on our feet to get us from one place to the other, and to still look amazing in pretty little peep toe shoes. But, according to articles on reflexology, our health can have much to do with certain zones of our feet, which is why it may be worth spending some time and showing them a little love every now and again. I thought I would share with you some quick tips to help you take better care of your feet.

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Enjoy the benefits of a foot spa

A foot spa is actually a very relaxing situation to utilise. The massage jets can stimulate circulation in your feet and also help to soften up harder skin on the soles of your feet. You don’t need to head to your local spa for this, although that can be a nice treat, but you can actually by home versions which are just as good. It means you can take advantage of it any time you like.

Consider a pedicure

A pedicure is a great treat but it can also be hugely beneficial to the condition of your feet. During a pedicure a therapist will look at filing away any hard skin, cutting down toe nails and also pushing back the cuticles on your nails. They will tend to let you soak your feet in warm water to allow the buffering of the soles of your feet to be much easier. During a pedicure you may also get a foot massage which again is a great way to promote circulation and also relax your mind. There are certain points of your feet that can be linked directly to things like digestion, and help ease pain in other parts of your body.

 

Take some care with your toe nails

While you need to take care of your feet you also need to consider the condition of your toe nails, they can also get infections if you are not careful. Not cleaning out toes nails or letting them grow imperfectly can cause huge damage in the long-term.

Paint them a nice colour

Finally, it is always nice to make your feet look presentable, especially in the warmer months, so it might be worth spending some time in painting them. You can either do it yourself very easily, or treat yourself to a treatment.

Can you believe half of 2017’s almost gone? If feels like I just wrote down my May to Do List last week but it is already second week of June! The subject is not exactly a to do list, it is rather a list of areas of improvement. In the month of June, I’d like to focus on improving on the following areas.

Dare to try and try my best. I think I’ve been a quitter, usually quitting at the first sign of difficulty. A lot of the times, I don’t even attempt to try – thinking it just won’t be possible. Truth is, it’s my own negativity that stands in my way. If I haven’t even tried, how would I know it is not possible! If I’ve started trying, why not give it my best shot? Most of the times what I think is my best shot is not really my best. Be daring and be persistent. Do things that scares me more often. Have no fear. Dare to try. Dare to reach out for help. Dare to try my best and accept the consequences anyway.

Be more alert. Surely I’ve talked about this topic before because it is a problem that has been recognised a long time ago. I’m very good at “mind my own business” to the extent that I almost lost in touch with what is happening around me. Being a extreme dreamer, I tend to live in my own little world and do not see what’s coming at me or hear when other people talk to me. Have you seen the movie “The Secret Lift of Walter Mitty?” with Ben Stiller in it? That’s the story of my life. I really need to remind myself all the time to pay attention and be more alert. Live in the present, not in the past or some kind of dream world.

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The most memorable part of my Gold Coast trip this time is those amazing sunrise and sunset on the beach. Burleigh Heads is just about 20 minutes drive from Broadbeach where I stayed so we scheduled one one evening to drive over to Burleigh Heads to watch sunset over the water.

The problem is everyone else seemed to have the same idea that evening. It was packed with people with picnic blankets and cars when we get there and it took us another good 20 minutes to drive around to find a parking spot. I watched the most stunning part of the sunset through car window when those high rise buildings in Surfers Paradise glittered in the last golden sunlight of the day.

The sun had gone down as we finally settled on a rock along the hills but I still captured some beautiful images of the skylines to remember that charming evening.

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What if I tell you that you can bring all the essentials for a day trip without stuffing your pockets or carrying your day bag? Long gone are the days when you need to bring a handbag or a backpack along with you just to carry the daily essentials. Travel has been revolutionised by the new trend of wearing a fanny pack on your adventures. This article describes what one is and what you should put inside it when you travel.

What is a Fanny Pack?

A fanny pack is like a large money belt with multiple pockets and compartments that you wear around your waist. We call it a bum bag in Australia:). You can keep everything inside and zip it up making travelling more convenient. And, it makes you less of a target for pickpockets. The accessory comes in a variety of different styles and prints, which gives you the flexibility to choose something to match your personality.

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Why Wear a Fanny Pack When You Travel?

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Travel becomes more convenient. You can put everything inside and wear it like a belt. I can put my phone, money, and bank cards in one of the more secure pockets. Sometimes I can even fit my camera and a small bottle of sunscreen inside. This means I have more flexibility in what I wear and I don’t have to worry about carrying a bag.

If the weather is hot, I can wear my shorts and not have to worry about pockets. When the rain comes, the fanny pack protects my electronics from getting wet. This has several advantages and makes travelling easier for us all.

The Essential Things to Put in Your Fanny Pack:

Now that you know what they are and how you can benefit from wearing one, let’s take a look at the essentials things to put inside. I’m going to assume that you’re already going to put some of the obvious things inside, such as your phone. I don’t need to tell you that. But you may not think about the essentials that I always bring in mine.

The first is medicine. The last thing anyone wants is to have their stomach start to bubble when they’re a million miles away from a toilet. And what about when a migraine or travel sickness suddenly hits you. You can protect yourself by always have anti-diarrheal tablets, painkillers, and your other essential medicines inside. This way, it’s impossible to forget them.

Another essential is a charger for the phone. What if the battery dies and you really need to contact someone? Another safety measure is that you can put a small whistle to attract attention. And also it’s easy to hide a large denomination note of a different currency for emergencies. You should also keep a photocopy of your passport inside too. The great thing here is that they’re hidden and you can keep it on you at all times.

There are many benefits of wearing a fanny pack if you’re travelling. It’s easy to carry and you can always make sure the essentials are with you at all times in case you find yourself in a difficult situation.

In Australia, we are fortunate to get many sunny days, and it’s important that we embrace them in the best way we can. We are all aware of the positive vibes the sun can have on our mood and mindset, so it’s important that we take advantage of this natural entity and enjoy the sunny days as best we can. Which is why I wanted to share with you some of the best ways you can embrace the good weather Even if you don’t start your day off the right way, this could help turn things around.

Dress accordingly

One of the first things you can do is dress appropriately for fun in the sun. It may be putting on your activewear and heading out for a run or popping on a dress so that you feel more summery. Make sure you fill your wardrobe with lot’s of options to consider.

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Enjoy eating al fresco

Eating outside is a great way to embrace the good weather. This could be done by choosing to sit at a table outside at the local restaurant or bar. Or even taking a lunch into the park and simply enjoying your sandwich or salad al fresco. It’s also a fun activity to do with friends and family, and some parks even have BBQ facilities to enjoy in an afternoon or early evening.

Just get yourself out of the house

Sometimes it’s hard to pry yourself away from your home, especially if you work at home in an office. So when the weather is good, it’s a great idea to just get yourself out of the house and simply enjoy the fresh air. You could exercise or go for a run, head out for a walk on your own or with a dog. Or simply just get yourself in your garden and sit and enjoy the sun, even if it’s a bit chilly, the brightness and fresh air can give your mood an instant lift.

Head to the beach

On these sunny days, there really is only one thing for it, heading to the beach to enjoy the sea air and feel the sand in your toes. Whether you are fortunate to have one close by, or you need to travel, it’s well worth it to just head to the beach and enjoy the vibe it has to offer. Listening to the sea and waves crash can be quite relaxing.

Simply relax and have some downtime

Finally, there is nothing better than just enjoying some downtime and relaxing on a bright sunny day. It can help clear your mind especially if you are feeling somewhat stressed, and it can certainly improve your mood. Relaxing is something many of us need to do more of, so why not take this downtime outside and enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.

I hope this inspires you to embrace the sunny days in the future.

While staying Broadbeach, we made a day trip to Brisbane. Can you believe that was the first time I actually went to Brisbane in the last 20 years?

The weather was beautiful that day and there were nice, pretty cotton candy clouds on the sky which made it very photogenic. To top it all up, the sunset over Story bridge that night was just incredibly stunning.

I spent the day exploring leisurely and enjoying being a visitor free from any pressing timelines. The view to Brisbane CBD from the lookout of Mt Coot-tha was magnificent, way exceeding my expectation and did I mention the sunset? Look at the colors, the clouds, the bridge and everything! I felt immediately in love…

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View to Brisbane CBD from the lookout of Mt Coot-tha

 

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Sunset over Story Bridge.

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It’s a staple and one of the most widely enjoyed meals by meat-lovers around the world. Sometimes, nothing scratches the itch or fills you up just as much as steak does. But the truth is that a lot of people simply cook it wrong. If you’re ever making steak for you and your friends, you need to make sure you do it right.

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It’s an involved process

There’s a set order to preparing a steak and failing it is a big mistake. For instance, you need to take it out of the fridge before cooking and let it come to room temperature so it cooks exactly as even as you want it to. Make sure you season it before you throw it on the pan too. Otherwise, it’s not going to be seasoned so much as dusted with added touches that will likely fall off it while it’s being cut up and eaten. You can season it as it cooks and releases the juices, too, with things like butter and thyme. Six minutes is the optimal cooking time for a medium-rare steak, but it’s not going to turn out well unless you turn it every minute. Finally, when it’s done, don’t serve it immediately. Let it sit on a hot plate for a minute so the juices can gather before you start carving and serving.

It’s all about the contrast

Few things taste better than a juicy, well-made steak. But it’s a taste that you can get bored of if you don’t have the right contrast. It’s not enough to just serve a steak with a simple staple like potatoes. The best sides are a little more flavoursome, Pearl onions, and add a tart sweetness that does well to liven up the heavier taste of steak.

Different cuts deserve different wines

If you’re serving wine with your steak, then it’s good to base the choice off what cut you’re serving. We all know red wine goes best with steak, but there are plenty of different kinds of red wines. With leaner cuts, like top sirloin, then you want something light like Shiraz. For fattier cuts like a porterhouse, it’s all about those sweet, tannin-riddle flavours like a cabernet or maybe even a port.

Counteract the bloating

Steak is very filling. If you have even a few ingredients that cause bloating to go along with it, it can really make the post-dinner relaxation very uncomfortable. Instead, counteract it by serving the meal with tomatoes or asparagus. A banana and blueberry fruit pot after or even a cup of green tea can help people regain some control over their belly after they’ve had such a big meal.

When it’s done wrong, steak is more of a chore than something to enjoy. It’s not a pleasant eating experience and it can make you feel a little worse for the wear after. Make sure you know how to serve steak properly before you start throwing poorly prepared slabs of meat at everybody.