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Liebster Award

by Rosemarie John October 27, 2014

We have been in Canberra for six months now and to have Canberrans’ nominate me for a Liebster Award is just fantastic! I am going to accept it as a welcoming gesture to this beautiful city we call home. My first nomination came from April of Aprillah. When I was very new to Canberra, I had a chance to meet […]

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The Rocks – Sydney’s Cultural Precinct

by Rosemarie John October 21, 2014

It was a bright sunny day in Sydney. A bead of sweat ran down my neck as the heat warmed my skin. I had arrived from Canberra – the cold capital of Australia just 30 minutes ago snuggly wrapped in warm clothes. As I got out of the taxi, I started to remove my cardigan. Silhouetted against the bright sunlight […]

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Floriade NightFest 2014

by Rosemarie John October 8, 2014

So it was the last day of the Floriade Nightfest 2014 and I decided to give it ago. To my surprise, I managed to get tickets just 3 hours before NightFest opened its gates, how lucky was that? I had already seen the beautiful flowers during the day, and decided I should at least see what the Floriade NightFest 2014 was […]

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Face-to-Face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

by Rosemarie John October 5, 2014

Born in 259BC, a 22 year old young ruler from the western state of Qin had enough of the warring states around him. This one man made a decision – a decision that changed the course of history. In his vision he sought to put an end to war mongering quarrels and unite the land. He smote the war mongers […]

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Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Flight

by Rosemarie John October 3, 2014

One hundred years ago on 1 January 1914, four men made the first scheduled commercial airline flight possible: Percival Fansler organised the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line which provided the first scheduled air service across Tampa Bay, Florida. Thomas Benoist’s airboat conducted the first flight, piloted by Tony Jannus. Abram Pheil, then mayor of St. Petersburg, paid $400 […]

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Floriade 2014 – A Plethora of Vivid Colours

by Joseph Ellis September 25, 2014

The sun was shining brightly, the cool wind brushed our shoulders, the scent of jonquils and hyacinths filled the air, and the beautiful sight of tulips make spring the most beautiful season in Canberra. We were at the Floriade 2014, an annual celebration of spring showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park! These photos will give you a […]

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Xi’an – An Ancient City Beckons

by Rosemarie John September 19, 2014

Its history began literally in the Stone Age 3000 years ago and served as the capital of China for several ancient dynasties. A great metropolis that was as important as Rome in its hey days. It was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road – the largest overland trade route linking China to Central Asia and Europe. It has […]

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Try Asparagus this Spring in Australia

by Rosemarie John September 16, 2014

It’s springtime in Australia and Mother Nature is having a makeover. The bare tree branches near my home are beginning to bloom with pretty flowers. The Cherry Blossoms trees in the city have bees humming around the opening buds. More butterflies are seen sitting on flowers and the screechy Cockatoos seem camouflaged between the flowering trees. It is also when […]

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The Haven: Pay-Per-Use Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore

by Joseph Ellis September 15, 2014

  Imagine arriving at an airport where you need to wait for your next flight beyond the transit zone. Perhaps you need to wait eight hours or more and paying for regular hotels may not be an option, when all you need is a place to unwind for a few hours. You may also need to grab a bite, send […]

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A Journey through Kyushu – Day 3 in Fukuoka

by Rosemarie John September 9, 2014

Through my slightly parted hotel room curtains, I saw the gabled roofs of the Kumamoto Castle at the crack of dawn. The early morning sun reflected off its walls gently bathing it with warm golden hues. It stood there in majestic glory, proud of an ancient past. And as I gazed at the castle, time stood still. It appeared to […]

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