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Tropical island day trip - Sabah Malaysia

A Day of Island Hopping in Sabah, Malaysia

When I imagine an island paradise I picture clear turquoise water teeming with sea-life and lush tropical vegetation, lazy days spent snorkeling and enjoying fresh seafood feasts with ocean views. The islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park do a good job of ticking all those boxes, with the convenience of being only a a short 15…

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Steam train - North borneo railway Sabah Malaysia

Trains, Tiffins & Temples – All Aboard the North Borneo Railway

I’ve always enjoyed train journeys, maybe it’s the gentle rocking motion and the rhythmic clack-ity-clack of the rails that I find comforting, like a type of meditation, or a primal reminder of the comfort and safety of my mother’s womb. Or maybe it’s that I’m a hopeless nostalgic that romanticises the idea of ‘The Grand Tour’, back in the day…

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THE LAUNDRETTE – A Story about Time Travel

Today I walked passed a very special place while I was showing a friend around my very favourite parts of Melbourne. This special place is unassuming, but if you let it, it will take you on a journey back in time, for a little while anyway. Sometimes you can find magic in the everyday if you look hard enough… In…

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Melbourne, Time to Rock out to ‘We Will Rock You’

Brought to you by Nuffnang and We Will Rock You Today we have a guest review by my sister Janet, who graciously saved the day after I was struck down with flu and couldn’t make it to the opening night of We Will Rock You. She has done and awesome job, I guess blogging runs in the family! I was…

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3 ways to wear a ruffled denim shirt

Wear My Wardrobe – Ruffle Denim Shirt 3 Ways

It’s been a while between Wear My Wardrobe posts because over winter I basically lived in track pants and a blanket poncho. But the trees are blossoming and spring is in the air, a perfect time to poke around my wardrobe and see if I can wear my old garments in new and interesting ways. Read the last installment of…

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Banana Cupcakes with Kaya Jam Frosting Recipe mypoppet.com.au

Banana Cupcakes with Kaya Jam Frosting

Have you tried Kaya? It’s a delicious coconut milk jam made with eggs and sugar. Very popular in Singapore and Malaysia, this sweet spread is eaten almost daily by locals on thick on buttered toast for breakfast. We ate our fair share on our last trip to Singapore and was lucky enough to receive a couple of jars as a…

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Educational games and learning support recources mypoppet.com.au

Educational games your kids will love

The classroom can be a very overwhelming environment for many kids, Emma is in grade one now and she is still finding her feet. With lots of new things to learn, social skills to develop and many distractions in a noisy classroom, it’s understandable that many children struggle to really consolidate what is being taught in class just during school…

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sushi ideas to make

Boring Sushi Rolls be gone! 7 New Sushi Trends you must try

Do you love sushi, but find a regular old hand roll just doesn’t cut it anymore? Well I’ve rounded up the most novel sushi alternatives for your consideration. Sushi Burrito Swap a tortilla for nori and you have a super sized sushi roll with all your favourite fillings in one. It looks health, tasty and super satisfying. Where has the…

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rice stuffed capsicum peppers

Rice Stuffed Capsicums – Tonight’s Dinner Sorted

One of my favourite dishes to eat as a kids growing up was Stuffed Capsicums. My mum always made them when red capsicums were in season and going cheap at the market. We’d choose the big fat stocky ones with flat bottoms and plenty of room for stuffing. The fillings would vary with whatever ingredients were on hand, but they…

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Knowledge Market Victoria Harbour Docklands

Knowledge Market – Melbourne’s New Creative Hub

I always love discovering new neighbourhoods in my home town of Melbourne, exploring a new hood is like going on a mini adventure. Recently I took the number 11 tram to its very last stop at Victoria Harbour to check out the new pop-up creative hub, Knowledge Market. The Docklands precinct seems to have been under construction for, well, forever!…

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Easy oven baked Singapore Chicken Rice Recipe mypoppet.com.au

Cheat’s Chicken Rice – A taste of Singapore at Home

One of Emma’s absolute favourite things to eat is Singapore style Chicken Rice, also known as Hainanese Chicken Rice. Conveniently for me, she’ll choose it over nearly any meal on offer, so when we were in Singapore recently, eating out was a breeze because you can get Chicken Rice at every hawker centre, cafe and restaurant in town. It’s a…

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Tumeric & Mustard Seed Cucumber Pickles Recipe mypoppet.com.au

Tumeric & Mustard Seed Cucumber Pickles

I made some cucumber pickles! I’ve always wanted to try pickling but have been intimidated by the whole ‘canning’ process which involves heat treating the bottled pickles to extend the shelf life. Turns out you can still totally make a good pickled cucumber and skip all the faffing, you just need to store it in the fridge and consume within…

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Singapore - Chinatown tour

Singapore: A Foodie Tour of Chinatown

Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a vibrant mix of old and new. Colonial shop houses, restored and painted in candy hues, are home to traditional stores and cool cafes. The streets bustle with tourists looking for cheap colourful souvenirs as well as locals going about their daily business. You’ll find temples, markets and lots of opportunities to eat. There’s no better…

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Truffle season South Melbourne market photo credit Kristyna Hess

Time to do The Truffle Shuffle!

When I invited the Mr to accompany me on The Truffle Shuffle at the South Melbourne Market this weekend his initial reaction was “Awesome, I love The Goonies!” Well, while 80’s movie fans may be a little disappointed at the lack of pirate ships and a rocking soundtrack featuring Cyndi Lauper, they will certainly enjoy a culinary adventure collecting edible…

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