Too Much Technology!

Check out how they love to make basic amenities not-so-basic in Japan. Here’s Cam with the lowdown from our Tokyo apartment. View this post on Instagram The shower in our #tokyo apartment. It's cool to see how everyday normal things differ from country to country. A post shared by brashesvoucher (@brashesvoucher) on May 11, 2016…

Arigato gozaimaaaaaaa……

…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! That’s how you say thank you like a local in Tokyo. Make sure you drag that final vowel sound right out until you need to catch another breath! As we sit here on our first Shinkansen fast train trip, hurtling through Japan’s many towns at 270 kph en route to Kyoto, I thought it’d…

Bargain Huntress

Happy Mother’s Day! My little mik-moks (that’s not Japanese…just a St.Clair family exclusive word) gave me beautiful cards made at home, a mini canvas, and a promise to buy me something special from…my favourite place on earth…a second hand/antique/junk/flea market! I’d scoured the net to find different markets in both Tokyo and Kyoto while we’re…

The Happiest Place on Earth

Tokyo has two Disney theme parks – Tokyo Disney, and Tokyo Disney Sea. We decided that one dose of Disney would be enough. It’s doubtful we’ll ever go to a US Disney Park (pretty low on my travel bucket list), so this was a good chance for a theme park fix while the girls are…

Totoro, Totoro!

If the films “My Neighbour Totoro”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” or “Howl’s Moving Castle” mean nothing to you, you probably won’t be interested in our day at the Ghibli Museum, Tokyo. Studio Ghibli, and its brainchild Hayao Miyazki, has produced some of the highest grossing films in Japan, all animated, and their 2001 film “Spirited Away”…

What’s New Pussycat?

Yesterday was the day Milana was born for. A day dripping with cutesy, “kawaii” fluffiness, dipped in sugar and syrup and injected with baby pink fairy floss and pixie dust. We visited Sanrio Puroland, aka Hello Kitty Town, about an hour’s train trip from our home base. Milana was all nervous and skitty all morning,…

“Don’t Talk to Strangers”

That’s what we say to our kids. We drum it in from an early age. Sometimes when you’re travelling however, it’s in talking to strangers that you can open up a world of discovery. I’ve been sucked in before with stranger talking…shuttled to a Bangkok tailor and being “encouraged” to purchase clothing by a tuk-tuk…

Tokyo day 1

When the flight co-ordination team at Qantas were deciding on an appropriate time to fly Sydney to Tokyo, I’m sure they must have consulted a sleep deprivation expert; “Be sure they are their most uncomfortable right when their bodies are usually hitting deep sleep mode. Hold off their main meal until they are near starving,…

I did it my way.

For my 18th birthday, my parents gave me a plane ticket to Europe. It was part birthday gift, part reward for winning the “Principal’s Award” (which included a year’s free tuition) at our college. Apart from two family trips to Fiji as a pre-teen, this would be my first big overseas adventure; and after a…

Shanghai Suprise

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to become an instant celebrity; throw your cute light haired, blue-eyed kids onto the National-Holiday-packed streets of Shanghai! No sooner had we jumped on the 430km/hr Maglev into the city centre from Pudong Airport than cameras were out, and the girls were being snapped by random…

Rome Part II

If you’re a fan of country music, your mecca is Nashville. You like film stars, new and old? I bet your dream is to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But for Catholics, many a pilgrimage has concluded at Vatican City, and St.Peter’s Basilica, where marble effigies of Popes and Saints burst, rock-star-like from the…

Rome, if you want to.

It was with a happy sigh of relief that we dropped our freshly cleaned Berlingo at the Rome airport depot. Goodbye heart stopping motor-way moments and stunt driver tom foolery! The lease company ordered a car to take us into town. Far too small a car. The guy could see there were four of us,…