Touring Taiwan for the Mandarin impaired…

So we were majorly concerned about the fact that neither of us can read or speak mandarin… It’s kind of a bit problem in Taiwan since English isn’t that widely spoken and you can’t even begin to figure out how to read characters! Plus there’s the whole losing face thing that we’d read about- that…

Singapore to Taipei

Singapore is a pretty common destination for us. We’ve been going there since, well, forever as we have relatives there. We decided to stop by for a few days to visit as we were close by. Plus the flights from Bali were £5… So no excuse not to right!  And it was nice to have…

Bali: Ubud vs Kuta. Ubud wins!

I really didn’t like Bali. I’m saying that now so that when you read my post you can take that into account and take everything I say with a pinch of salt! It wasn’t all bad but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations… Basically as soon as we landed I felt like the…

Pretty in Perth

It was a mostly financial reason that led us to visit Perth as our following flight to Bali was much cheaper from here than from Queensland. That and numerous articles telling us Perth was one of the up and coming cities to visit this year. We didn’t mind though- an old family friend offered to…

Our attempt to see the Great Barrier Reef

Seeing the Great Barrier Reef was a big check box for our trip around the world. Who knows if or when the rising sea temperatures will destroy it? So it was pretty high up on our to do list for Australia. We decided to travel up to Cairns and to a boat tour from there….

Brisbane, Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast

Part 1. Brisbane Living We didn’t spend much time exploring this city, spending just one day wandering through the cultural South Bank area and through the Queen Street shops, instead spending more time visitng family who we don’t see very often! Our cousin did give us a quick car tour though, going through New Farm,…