Merry ECO Christmas! 10 green gift ideas for home and travel.

That time of year is upon us again! Giving a gift to a loved one can be a beautiful way to demonstrate your feelings… or a stressful and expensive exercise in consumerism. The season of giving should be about thoughtfulness and gratitude, and it doesn’t need to cost the earth. This guide will help you to find meaningful, useful and environmentally aware gifts for anyone in your life who would appreciate it. Continue reading “Merry ECO Christmas! 10 green gift ideas for home and travel.”

Staying at Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm (KOREF)

This was our first farm stay and first taste of rural Malaysia. KOREF has beautiful, rustic accommodation that caters for large groups as well as family bookings like us. When we arrived we thought it might have had its day, as we were practically the only ones staying there. But the following day bus loads of other guests arrived! Groups from all over Malaysia and Singapore come to stay there to get an insight into farm life and have some fun.

Read on to discover:

  1. What can you do at KOREF?

  2. What are the accommodation options?

  3. What was the food like?

  4. Where is KOREF and how do I get there?

  5. Other things to note

  6. KOREF contact details

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Our rookie travel mistakes… and how you can avoid them!

We began our first long-term family travelling adventure 3 weeks ago. Anthony and I have travelled before, but its been about 20 years since we went overseas. And we have travelled with our kids within Australia, but have never embarked on such a big trip that required packing up our house to rent it out. I have also been working hard on getting this blog established before we left, and put a lot of time into learning the art of blogging that could have been spent on travel organisation. I guess that’s why so many things went wrong as we set off! But enough of the excuses, this all has happened now and we got through it. We have learnt a great deal already and we’re making less mistakes now! Continue reading “Our rookie travel mistakes… and how you can avoid them!”

Green is not a dirty word! How to deal with negativity towards your lifestyle choices.

Have you tried to make changes to live in a more eco-friendly manner, and been met with eye-rolling, opposition, or even hostility? Been called a ‘hippy’ or ‘tree-hugger’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’ perhaps?

Maybe it has happened to you in another circumstance, when you were trying to better yourself or do something different to the accepted norm around you.

This negativity commonly happens to anyone who is making a change for the better. It is frustrating and I know it can be so discouraging that you want to give up. Here I want to offer you some support, so you know you’re not alone and you have the strength to keep going despite the reactions of others. This is how I deal with it, as I have now had a bit of practice!

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Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Mungo National Park is one of Australia’s wonders: a window into our ancient past. To me the region felt sacred and visiting it was a truly Australian experience that I’ll always remember. Mungo is incredibly important to the culture of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people, and they preserve it today in conjunction with NSW National Parks.

From the excellent Visit Mungo website:

“These 42,000 year old ritual burials are some of the oldest remains of modern humans (Homo sapiens) yet found outside of Africa. Mungo Lady is the oldest known cremation in the world, representing the early emergence of humanity’s spiritual beliefs. Continue reading “Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia”