Ever been to Napier in the North Island of New Zealand? Me neither, but luckily for me, I am surrounded by friends who love to travel as much as me! My friend Susan, travelled recently to Napier, and discovered that not only is it spectacularly beautiful, but it is a town filled with Art Deco charm, and amazing, food, wine and beer. What more could you ask for in a holiday destination?
Things to do in Napier
- If Susan’s video is anything to go by, then EATING!
- Experience Art Deco by foot, vintage car or at Tremains Art Deco Festival
- Have a close encounter at The National Aquarium of New Zealand – feed the penguins or swim with the sharks
- Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay for local art and craft
- Grab a bike and cycle to Ahuriri and Westshore for fish and chips on the beach
- Visit the wineries or craft breweries of the region.
Susan visited Mission Estate Winery (Hawkes Bay), which was established in 1851 by French missionaries and is New Zealand’s oldest winery. She also went to Hawkes Bay Brewery for some craft beer and ciders. Susan’s favourite was the Black Duck dark ale, which has “bold flavours of toffee, burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate characterise this dark ale. Brewed with 5 malts in 18th century London style, it has an extended maturation process to develop complex and robust flavours.”
Napier’s art deco style is the result of the town being rebuilt after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed the city in 1931. There are 140 original Art Deco buildings managed by the Art Deco Trust.
“Napier’s decorative and colourful buildings which speak of the optimism and confidence of the early 20th century and of a small kiwi town as it tackled the task of recreating itself during the Great Depression”.
How to get there:
- Napier is a 5 hour drive from Auckland.
- Air New Zealand flies to Hawke’s Bay daily from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and Jetstar operates daily flights from Auckland.
Please note that as at 2019, neither Katische or Susan are associated with DreamTrips, and recommend that you make your own travel arrangements via booking.com or your favourite travel provider. We still think Napier is a fantastic place to holiday though!
The map below links to Booking.com. Should you book accommodation or travel via this map, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no cost to you.
When you think of Bali, do you think “been there done that”? It seems like a destination that everyone travelled to in the 90’s, especially Australians. I travelled to Bali in 1995 and stayed at the all inclusive Club Med in Nusa Dua. It was one of our last “big” family holidays, before we became too involved in our own lives in our twenties.
After watching Brad’s travels there over the past week, I think it’s time for a revisit. So I invited Brad, who recently travelled to Bali with his business partner Di, to share with us his holiday in Bali and some of his travel tips.
Bali with Brad and Di
Brad and Di’s Holiday Itinerary
- 4 days and 3 nights at Inaya Putri Resort Nusa Dua
- Full-day Bali tour.
- Coffee plantation visit (Luwak coffee made from the poo of the civet)-
- Kintamani visit.
- Gunung Kawi & Sebatu Temples tours.
- Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa
Brad and Di chose to stay at the INAYA Putri Bali resort which is located along the Nusa Dua beachfront within a short distance of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.
Enjoy access to an outdoor pool, golf course, private beach, spa and more.
- Deluxe Accommodations with king or twin beds
- Maximum occupancy is 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.
- Children ages 12 or older are charged the adult rate.
- Private Balcony
- Marble Bathrooms
- Separate deep-soaking bathtub and rain shower
Travel Tips: Uber
Ever used Uber instead of a tax? It’s a disruptive business model which is gaining popularity now. What we love about it, is it enables individuals to earn money without a million dollar license, and the majority of the profits go back to the actual driver, not some corporation or rich business consortium who own the taxi license. It can be a little tricky in Nusa Dua, but in this video Brad explains how to organise an Uber.
Live Videos shared by Brad whilst on the trip:
Visiting the temples, beaches and dinner
Dinner and Dancing and day trip to the coffee plantation for Luwak Coffee
Inaya Putri Nusa Dua
Chinese video from the travel group
I’ve been to Bali many many times. Doing this trip was my first time with my travel club. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t imagine it would be that good for some weird reason in comparison to other trips I’ve done. Dare I say it’s been my favourite so far! 5-star opulence, amazing restaurants, and tours included and super friendly people. Awesome surf out the front of the hotel for my water addiction and enough Bintang to sink a ship!
Note: Brad is no longer associated with the travel club. Katische recommends using booking.com to create a similar trip. I use booking.com myself for all my holidays. Please note that if you book a holiday using the search tool below I will receive a small affiliate payment at no cost to you.
We all love our children and hope that they never are hurt or abused. Could you imagine if your child was stolen from you and sold into sex slavery? For many of us this is beyond the realms of our imagination, but for many it is reality. Innocent children are stolen and kept in terrible conditions and then used a tourism prostitutes for those who want “untouched virgins” of either sex or sex with “young” children and teenagers.
One organisation, Operation Underground Railroad is helping to change this by rescuing children from sex slavery. A movie has recently been made about their efforts.
As a part of its’ charitable efforts doTERRA has decided to partner with Operation Underground Railroad. The partnership is in the following ways:
- Providing cash donations through the Healing Hands Foundation
- Providing “Hope” essential oil to women and children at risk. DoTERRA is donating “Hope” oil to Operation Underground Railroad, who then distributes it to children and young adults around the world with O.U.R.’s logo and the human trafficking hotline number printed on the inside of the label. It can only be found by pulling the label back.
O.U.R. Director of Corporate Partnerships, Doug Osmond, explains how the “Hope” oil uniquely aids trafficking victims. “The traffickers won’t take it away because it smells good, but it gives the victims a tool to get out,” Osmond says. “It’s amazing what a difference a simple ‘tool’ such as this can make!”
The following video show you the presentation at the doTERRA 2016 convention about the partnership. It is both inspiring and moving.
Watch the presentation from convention. It will make you feel sick, but also want to help make a change to the lives of these desperate people.
doTERRA has showed support to O.U.R. in unique and essential ways. Osmond says that the Healing Hands Foundation has raised $500,000 for O.U.R., connected with three million wellness advocates to spread awareness, and recently had employees participate in a “Day of Giving” to assemble a 1,000 kits for aftercare programs around the globe. doTERRA’s founding executive and CEO, David Sterling, even joined jump team members on an undercover domestic operation, observing from a safe distance.
doTERRA is now making a special offer to O.U.R.’s supporters.
From now until November 30th, if you make a donation to the doTerra Healing Hands Foundation on their website and choose O.U.R., they will match the donation!
This partnership allows O.U.R. to extend its reach further into the fight against child sex trafficking. “If they continue to contribute and grow with us, we will be able to fund more aftercare programs, rescue missions and get more people aware of the child trafficking issue,” Osmond says. “We are very grateful this partnership has become a reality.”
If you are interested in donating to the Healing Hands Foundation, there are four ways to do so:
- PayPal Donations: Donations can be made through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation PayPal website.
- LRP Donations: Donations can be made by adding a recurring monthly donation to a Loyalty Rewards Order.
- Purchase Donations: Donation can be made when purchasing doTERRA product.
- Rose Oil Lotion Sales: All proceeds of Rose Oil Lotion go directly to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.
Eliminate toxins from your house
Toxins: Does cleaning your house make you itchy and sneezy? I believe that we should never have to use gloves when cleaning because gloves are needed when using toxic cleaners that can harm your skin. Why use ingredients that are poisons and made from synthetics concocted in a laboratory when nature has provided us with plants that can do our cleaning for us?
Since partnering with doTERRA I have eliminated the need to purchase cleaners, air fresheners and sprays for my house. I am not a domestic goddess, and don’t enjoy cleaning, however, If I can do it, so can you. Take a few minutes to watch this simple video on how I use lemon essential oil plus On Guard essential oil to clean my house, and freshen the air of stinky areas.
To purchase visit http://mydoterra.com/katische
Celebrating its’ tenth anniversary on Friday night, Tara Castle and the team at GLAM it up for charity raised $20,000 for Orange Sky Laundry. GLAM started in 2007 and has been raising funds annually at an affordable charity dinner evening (tickets are usually $80).
I was privileged to be asked to take the photos of the night and was moved and inspired by the founders Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi. Lucas and Nicholas have taken a seemingly impossible concept- helping the homeless have showers and clean their clothes and have taken their service national.
The most interesting aspect of their presentation was however, learning that the fundamental importance of the services provided by Orange Sky Laundry was not, what I perceived – dignity- providing cleanliness, and hope. However, what they have found is that is the most intangible of all concepts- human connection. Whilst clean clothes and showers provide the homeless with a service that we all take for granted, the real power is in the regularity of contact between the volunteers at Orange Sky Laundry and the homeless. While the clothes are washing, the volunteers sit on plastic chairs with their friends, and have real conversations. This act of listening and talking one on one provides them with real hope and a sense of connection- a sense that someone does in fact care.
Here’s the video I made of the photos that I took on the evening.
If you’d like to volunteer for Orange Sky Laundry, take a look at this video and then contact the guys on their website to see how you can be involved.
You can connect with GLAM it up for charity on Facebook.
Quokkas at Rottnest Island
One of my favourite photos to see on Instagram is when people take selfies with Quokkas. They are such a cute little animal and always seem to be smiling at the camera! What is a Quokka? Well according to Dr Wikipedia
The quokka, the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family, the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.
Recently my friend Susan took a trip to Perth which included a tour of Rottnest Island where the Quokkas live. I couldn’t resist and had to ask her all about her trip. Here’s a little video I made from her photos to show you all about it.
Please note that Susan and I are no longer associated with the travel club and recommend you use Booking.com or your favourite travel agent to organise your travel.
So Susan, can you tell us what was included in your DreamTrip?
Susan’s Perth Trip :
- 4 days/nights at Novotel Perth
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Rottnest Island
As a travel photographer, I have taken many adventures and trips overseas. Often we forget to explore our own backyard. The last time I visited Perth was 20 years ago. When I came across this trip which included a full day tour to Rottnest Island, I was in. Sometimes we have items on our bucket list of far and exotic places. One of my items was to see the cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.
Perth was my third trip in 8 months. Last December I traveled to Hamilton Island, again another bucket list item ticked off…to go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, which I did and was just spectacular. Then December off to New Orleans to jump on a cruise through Mexico and Honduras.
The Perth trip was fantastic. We always have a certain expectation when traveling. Whether it’s the hotel we will be staying in, the activities and tours we book and the service we expect. This trip did not disappoint in any way. Great hotel, great people and the fact that I met so many other wonderful travellers from all over the world on my 4 day adventure really made this trip complete.
Heading out to Rottnest Island everyone was excited to meet a Quokka (not to be confused with meeting The Fockers lol). These cute little marsupials are native to the Island and cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. What a surprise when we hit the Island. They were dotted all over the place, waiting to pose for the camera. Best moment for me was getting that all special selfie with a Quokka.
I traveled to Perth in April this year. It was the perfect time to go. The skies were blue, warm days and slightly cooler nights. Living in Sydney I never really get to experience the sun setting over the ocean. Experiencing a glorious sunset one evening at Cottesloe Beach was just magical. It was one of the highlights of my visit to Perth.
Sept- Nov is also a wonderful time to visit. The wildflowers are blooming in the Spring time and the weather just glorious.
Next on my bucket list is definitely Mexico again, Vietnam and perhaps NYE in New York. So many choices and amazing experiences waiting to be lived.
Thanks Susan! I can’t believe how cute those quokkas are! That is definitely on my to do list.
Noosa is a little bit or paradise right here in Queensland, Australia. If you’ve never been, then put it on your to do list immediately. Notice I didn’t say “bucket list”. That’s just a wish list, when what you really need is an action list. Life’s too short to wait for someday, so watch this video and take positive action to put yourself in the picture as soon as possible!
Where is Noosa?
- Noosa is on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. It’s 2 hours north of Brisbane by car.
- For travel information including nearest airports visit this website.
What is there to do?
- Swim, surf, SUP, kayak at one of the many pristine beaches
- Walk in the lush Hinterland
- Walk through the National Park which has beach views 🙂
- Relax at one of the many day spas.
- Eat at one of the many restaurants on popular Hastings Street or along the beach, or along the river at Noosa Heads.
- Take a cruise along Noosa River
- Play golf at Noosa Springs Resort
- Visit the botanical gardens
- Attend a cooking class
Personal Dining Favourites:
- Noosa Boathouse for cocktails at the bar upstairs at sunset and then the seafood platter for afterwards (insert photos)
- Noosa Surf Lifesaving club for a glass of wine and fish and chips at lunchtime, overlooking the ocean.
- Coffee at Aromas Noosa, in Hastings Street, and the obligatory people watching 🙂
- Breakfast at Bistro C (ocean views)
- Dinner at Sails Restaurant (ocean views)
It certainly feels like there is always something happening in Noosa, with the following line up annually of festivals. Be sure to organise your travel long in advance of these events as accommodation books up by return visitors in advance.
Resentment: Have you ever felt angry and resentful because you felt that someone misunderstood you? The kind of anger that wells up inside you and just explodes because you felt you have not been seen or heard by a particular person? A feeling of injustice that builds slowly over time and gains momentum and then something well intentioned tips you over the edge? Well, if so, you are not alone.
This weekend my anger reached tipping point and it boiled over due to a sense of injustice that I felt. I may be an adult, but I felt like jumping up and down and pounding my fists on the floor and crying with the injustice that this particular person had judged me incorrectly. I felt hopeless, and resigned to resentment. I felt as though there was nothing that I would be able to do now, or ever, to make this person understand me.
And to be honest, how can another person every truly understand us? We present to the world, and certain people a cleverly screened image of ourselves. They can’t be inside our heads, or “monitor” our actions every day- so how do they know that their perceptions are based upon an “old” version of you? That you have changed, and yes, you were once like that, but that you have taken concrete actions to make changes in your life.
What I am grateful for is that I noticed the feeling of anger and resentment, and I reached out and calmed myself by talking with my coach and then with a friend who is a psychologist. I also noted that this feeling of resentment is a recurring theme in my life, because I feel angry but don’t want a confrontation with that person in the heat of the moment. So I stew on it. And as it stews and ferments in my insides, the thoughts become poisonous. But instead of being released and communicated and resolved, it then turns into a festing, fermenting mess in my insides.
Anger and resentment are a poison that we take hurts us. They are valid emotions, and we should not repress them, however, we need to learn how to process them in a positive manner.
So what did I do?
Yesterday, I put a beautiful peaceful blend of essential oils in my diffuser (Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum and Spearmint) to help me stay calm during the evening. At bedtime I put Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and a protective blend (Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Orange) on my chest where my heart is and I had a great night’s sleep, whereas previously I may have tossed and turned.
This morning I put the same blend in my diffuser, and opened up my You Tube account and searched for a tapping video that would fit my needs. I chose this one. It was perfect, and made me cry, which was helpful in releasing the emotions. I also consulted my emotions and essential oils wheel and examined the negative emotions and found that when you feel unsupported Birch essential oil is recommended. I don’t have this oil so I kept looking, and came across Thyme, which is an oil which helps with resentment.
P.S It’s important to love yourself through this process. Every encounter we have in life that tests us, grows us. Sometimes we just have to realise that the enemy is within.
If you’d like to know more on how essential oils can help support you with your emotions, please contact me– I can’t even pretend to be perfect when it comes to emotions, but I can tell you that I find them amazingly supportive 🙂