Year round-up & 2017 Travel blog goals!


This year- as usual, has flown by in the blink of an eye and boy has it been a good one!
(Aside from all of the celebrity deaths- let's not even go there).
I thought it would be a nice way to finish up by having a look through and doing a quick summary of my year and some of the things I got up to.

As well as reading this blog post I made a YouTube video of my 2016 extras and highlights which you can watch here if you're interested:


I lived in the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia for a year. I got a FitBit and started working out for the first time in my life and loved it!
I saw Jimmy Carr the British comedian live in Brisbane in January and the Indiana Jones live performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in February.

Koala kisses in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

I started this blog, I started my YouTube channel. I flew to New Zealand to spend Easter with my family in Coromandel and also visited my friends in Wellington and went to my favourite Kiwi music festival Homegrown.

Coromandel, New Zealand

Kumara chips at the beach!

I got a new S7 phone which was a million times better than my old phone!
I became more interested in beauty, makeup and skincare.
I travelled to Melbourne for the first time in May for a wonderful long weekend there.

Melbourne, Australia

Checking out the street art on Hosier Lane

I went to a huge State of Origin game in Brisbane. I read more books this year.



Gareth and I flew to Bali for the second time for a 10 night getaway in July where I also got my sixth tattoo.

Beautiful water temple in Bali




In August I saw Professor Brian Cox live in Brisbane and went on an incredible Humpback whale watching cruise on the Gold Coast.

A humpback and her baby calf!

I met Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth at the Thor Ragnarok film set in Brisbane with my sister.





In September I met the Kiwi legend Karl Urban at Comic Con and got a photograph with him which he later signed.



I went to Brisbane Oktoberfest and had VIP tickets to the Warner Brothers Movie World Fright Nights Halloween event which was so fun.

Just an excuse to dress up in my dirndl again!



I also spent the year planning and organising my wedding which in November we flew to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands for and I got to marry my best friend in tropical paradise!

Beautiful view from our room in Rarotonga!

My best friends and I on my hens cruise

Now married!

In December we spent an incredible two weeks in Vietnam, travelling to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Halong Bay which was a bucket list dream come true!

Street vendors in Hanoi

Having a wonderful honeymoon in Halong Bay!


On our way back we stayed in Brisbane for Cirque du Soleil- the most incredible show I've ever seen and then arrived back home just in time for Christmas!
My Christmas was wonderful- I always have a great time because Gareth and I always spoil each other and so do my family- we had a big group Skype call, and I just love the food, Christmas movies and having fun with loved ones.

Our tree!

Some of my amazing presents - Merry Geekmas!

This year even though I lived overseas I still got to spend time with my family and friends whether that was in New Zealand in March, them visiting me here, or meeting up with them for my wedding in Rarotonga- so I feel incredibly lucky for that indeed.

Cocktails with my sisters in Raro!

Although I only started this year 2016 has already brought some awesome blogging and social networking opportunities as well. I joined with Fat Joe, a publishing network for my first proper paid blogging work.
I entered and won my first blogging competition for Dream World Travel.
I became a Social Soup ambassador and have the opportunity to be sent and promote products of my choosing through my Instagram account- the most notable of which is my first free hotel stay!
I also signed with BBTV which is the #1 YouTube partnership network in the world.
I am in no way successful yet in what I do but I feel like I have my foot in the door and that I'm hopefully heading in the right direction.
In all, it has been a very busy but amazing year, but as always the prospect of a fresh new year is always so exciting to me.

Jumping for joy at Surfer's Beach

I have brand new goals and bigger and better dreams than ever before; and the majority of them are for this travel blog.
I have so much to write about and I want to expand my categories and fill all of them with the best information. I want to write more about my experiences, how travelling has changed my life, about food and best places to eat, more hotel and tour reviews.
I wish to grow and get my name out there as a fantastic source of travel information.
This year I have reached over 33,000 page views and next year I want to more than triple that!
I would love to start working with more companies and write reviews for them and become known as a professional travel blogger.
Nothing excites me more than travelling and to make a career out of that is my ultimate dream. So bring on 2017 to continue making that come true!


This is my final post for the year so I'm signing off here! It's also my 50th blog post which I thought was a good round number to finish up the year with.
In the New Year I will be continuing parts two and three of my Vietnam travel diaries and plenty more as well including hotel reviews, travel tips and best places to eat.
I also have my three Vietnam videos which I'm currently working on the first one now for YouTube.
I will be a very busy lady in January as I'm also moving and setting up in a whole new house and state. We are moving and driving down to Canberra- the capital of Australia which is about 1200 km's away but we are stopping twice overnight along the way as we will have our cat with us who does not like car rides!
We are stopping in Ballina and Port Macquarie which are both on the coast in New South Wales so it will be nice to have some breaks on the big road trip and visit some new places in Australia as well.

Finally, a big thank you to all of my readers- I have enjoyed so much blogging this year and it has become such a passion of mine. Your support means the world to me so thanks to my loyal readers and those just stopping by and I hope to see you again in 2017.

Happy New Year and best wishes for a safe, happy and fun holiday!


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Travel Diary



I recently returned from an incredible two weeks in Vietnam and this is the first of my travel diaries. Here is my second one from Hanoi which includes thoughts and reflections from my time in Vietnam, and Halong Bay will be coming very soon.
My travel diaries share a basic overview of what I did each day including particular highlights, prices and any good tips I discovered, as well as my favourite photos from the day! Here is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), as that was the first stop:

Ho Chi Minh City is in the south of Vietnam

Day One - Monday 5 December

After a 3 am wake up call, a one hour drive to Brisbane, an 8-hour flight to Singapore, a 2-hour layover and another 2-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City- we finally arrived in Vietnam's largest city. It was around 7 pm local time I believe (which was 10 pm our time).
We had pre-approved visas which took about half an hour to get processed before we were allowed through customs, mostly due to the line of people.
You can apply for the visa online, then once it's approved, print out the official document you get emailed to be stamped when you arrive. It costs $25 USD per person for a single entry visa which lasts for a month, which you pay upon arrival. It was a simple enough process.
We had arranged a transfer to our accommodation which was the Edenstar Hotel.
My first impressions of the city driving from the airport was that it was very modern, the streets were lined with technology billboards and lights decorated for Christmas.
Shop windows and restaurants had great displays and decorations. I was really surprised by that- because Vietnam is one of the least religious countries in the world (not that you have to be religious to be into Christmas).

HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City for short) is similar to Bangkok- in that there is crazy traffic and a million scooters zipping in every direction, usually with whole families on them!
Something I've never seen before which was the absolute highlight of my day was two people on a scooter- and in the middle of them was a dog! Such a funny sight! I wish I had my camera ready for a photo.

We checked into our hotel which was lovely, it even had a grand foyer with an enormous Christmas tree in the middle. I'll be doing a hotel review of them in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

Love the towel decos!
As we were quite tired and it was getting late we basically went straight out for a little exploration of the street we were staying on in search of food.
Our street was not in a touristy area so all of the food options were local- which was just what we wanted! We settled on a popular looking place filled with locals drinking beer and eating seafood.
Vietnam is one of the highest beer consuming countries per capita in the world- and it's incredibly cheap, from 50 cents in local convenience stores to $1-$3 in bars, depending on how up-market the place is (we were in heaven!).
We weren't overly hungry so we shared two plates of deep fried spring rolls and deep fried prawns (really good) which we washed down with a couple of Tiger beers each.

Delish dinner
We went back to the hotel after that and checked out the rooftop pool bar area which had a great view over the city. We had a nice cocktail each before retiring to bed.

Beautiful view from the rooftop
The pool!

Day Two - Tuesday 6 December

After an excellent breakfast of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup; their traditional breakfast) and plenty of coffee- of which the Vietnamese have aced, we ventured out for the day at 9 am. It was a typical hot day of about 33 degrees.
We crossed some crazy roads which although I got used to after two weeks- it was still nerve racking each time. Traffic doesn't stop in Vietnam. Not even at pedestrian crossings.
This is how you cross a road in Vietnam: you walk very slowly and keep going - and the scooters and cars go around you! Rather terrifying indeed. At least I had a human shield with me (my husband).
You're not even safe on footpaths as scooters use that just as regularly as roads- and they also park there too, often blocking the whole path and making you walk back on to the crazy road! (I found this was worse in Hanoi).
Anyway-- we ventured across roads, through beautiful parks, I saw a smoking nun and a guy carrying a tray of doughnuts on his head!

Dragons in the park!
We came across the magnificent Notre Dam Cathedral. It was impressive from the outside, but I found the inside not so special. I guess I've just been to so many amazing cathedrals that I'm pretty much a snob now!

In front of the cathedral
Across the road was the Central Post Office

We found a nifty shop that sold some pretty cool souvenirs and we both did a bit of shopping in there for presents. I even bought myself some cool Lord of the Rings cloth posters.
The next stop was the Ho Chi Minh Revolution Museum which cost 15,000 VND (Vietnamese Dong) each (about 90 cents). There were helicopters, a tank and cannon outside of the building. There was a lot of historical and war artifacts and information, but it wasn't so much my thing (it was Gareth's).
We then sought out a lunch place and came across a local food court that had so many food choices it was very hard to choose! I ended up going for a BBQ pork and wonton noodle soup and it was really good. Both of our lunches including drinks came to only $10!


We checked out the Saigon River, then the famous Ben Thanh Markets, but we didn't spend long in there. We had pretty much been walking for 5 hours straight and had sore feet so we made our way back to the hotel in the afternoon for some pool time and a refreshing beer.

Walking around town
The markets with every kind of stall inside

That evening we had booked a street food tour Saigon Street Eats on the back of scooters!
We were picked up at 5:30 pm and it was a full 3.5 hours of non-stop eating.
We were taken to District 3 (the city centre is District 1) and tried many local dishes that were all delicious.
We found the tour through Trip Advisor as it had such good reviews and it was everything we could have imagined. We had fresh Vietnamese pancakes, learned about Bahn Mi, had 'broken rice' with pork, tried frogs legs (tastes like chicken!), had a BBQ chicken and a big steam boat. Then were the desserts! We were so so full at the end and the guides were so friendly and informative about all sorts of Vietnamese facts.
It cost $55 each- which is expensive for Vietnam I suppose- but for us tourists for what we got it's an incredibly great deal as it includes transfers and beer and water at every stop. (I've been on food tours in Paris which cost more like $150 and you don't get as much).
I especially enjoyed the scooter ride home (less traffic and on the way there it was raining) and I was grinning from ear to ear. It was a brilliant night and a fantastic way to be properly introduced to the Vietnamese cuisine.

"Banh Xeo" - the Vietnamese pancake stop 
Riding on a scooter in Saigon- check!

Day Three - Wednesday 7 December

We slept in! We got over 10 hours sleep which felt amazing, as boy travelling takes it out of you! After breakfast we walked to the War Remnants Museum, which was only about 15 minutes away. It's also known as the museum of Chinese and American aggression and war crimes and it's the most popular museum in HCMC.
Outside the grounds were littered with giant US Army planes, helicopters and tanks.


Inside the museum... was another story. There were three levels which told the stories and history of Vietnam, from the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists to the most recent Vietnam War.
It was very graphic and horrifying.
I won't go into detail. But I was very shocked. They have a very tragic past which scarily wasn't that long ago at all- and the effects are still very evident today.

The German support posters for Vietnam "Solidarity with Vietnam"
The museum shut from 12 pm - 1 pm (as most places do for lunch), so we had a light lunch next door from Highlands Coffee- a very popular coffee shop you can find on nearly every corner. I had an iced coffee and my first Bahn Mi (Vietnamese baguette) which was good- but could have done with more filling, it was a tad dry.

Trying Bahn Mi!

After that we rushed back to the hotel as we had an afternoon tour booked and pick up was at 1 pm. We were going to the famous Cu Chi tunnels- which is an elaborate network of underground tunnels. It was about an hour and a half drive away.
The communist guerrillas known as the Viet Cong dug tens of thousands of miles underground and used them as hideouts, living quarters and supply routes during the Vietnam War.
We were shown around different sites, hidey holes, all of the different booby traps they used and even got to go through a part of the tunnel ourselves. The tour cost $35 each.

Showing us how they hid in the ground
Gareth struggling through the tiny tunnels as he's 6 ft tall!
It took 2.5 hours to drive back because the traffic was so bad. It was really frustrating as the site is only 70 kms away! Eventually we got back at 7 pm.
Gareth had looked up on Trip Advisor the top restaurants in HCMC and found #5 was only a five minute walk away. I was keen!
It was called Cyclo Restro and it was a 5-course set menu dinner (I will also be doing a 'Best Places To Eat' post for here and Hanoi and will go into more detail).
We started with deep fried prawns with a dipping sauce (delightful) and this decorative swan just made my heart melt! I already loved the place!


Next was a refreshing melon soup which was a delicious broth with melon that tasted like cucumber- it was so hydrating I felt like I was drinking an elixir.
Then we had stir-fry green beans with a bit of beef, a lemongrass-y chicken curry dish and a fish and claypot vegetable dish with rice. It was all simply stunning- I highly recommend this place for everyone visiting HCMC!
We were so so full and satisfied and I loved how fresh, tasty and healthy everything was.
We finished off with 'Egg Coffee' which I had heard about and was so excited to try.
It's one of the best things I've had in my life! Over a flame candle burner, it's coffee prepared with an egg on top so it has turned into a custard- you mix it together and it tastes like a liquid tiramisu- heaven!


That whole feast to our surprise only cost us $16 total- which included two beers!
We couldn't believe it. We gave them a very good tip because that was honestly one of the best food experiences I've ever had.

A quick snap on the way home from dinner (we had some sweet rice from there the next night!)


Day Four - Thursday 8 December

Today was an early start at 6:30 am as we had a full day tour booked to Long Tan- a famed ANZAC battle site.
The Battle of Long Tan was an amazing piece of history of 100 Australian soldiers holding off 2000 Viet Cong and defeating them in 1966. (Gareth my husband is in the military so of course he had to do this tour!).
Our guide was a lovely lady of about 50 years old and was very talkative- which was fine as it was a long drive! We learned a lot about her and her sad life story, as are most people's at that age growing up through the war, starving.
She in particular avoided being forced to marry at age 16 and instead travelled to HCMC to study and worked very hard jobs 18 hours a day to afford it. Her parents lost all of their land in the war and the government still to this day owns all of the land- so they were left with nothing. They are now retired with no pension so our guide has to support them as well as her own children. And she doesn't earn much even though she is very well educated. It's a hard life.

We were taken to the Long Phuoc Tunnels- similar to Cu Chi, the site of the former ANZAC military campgrounds, payed respects to the Long Tan Cross Memorial and were shown the battle sites.
Gareth really enjoyed the tour and that's the main thing! Afterwards was an included lunch which was quite a feast. They keep feeding us so much here! It was nearly a two hour ride home but we arrived back by 3 pm which was nice- we avoided the heavy traffic.
Guess what else I saw just before we had lunch-- a fluffy Pomeranian dog riding a scooter!! Okay not like that, but it was standing where the ladies feet were like it was on a skateboard and it looked so happy with its tongue wagging out and everything- again my camera was not ready!

Just a cool building I saw on the way to the tunnels!
A jack fruit tree!
Just chilling with some goats, the usual
Some great advertising there!
Headquarters
The memorial
The lunch spot was cool! Our guide on the right
What a feast! They gave us chips too ha #Westerners
We spent the rest of the afternoon chilling and enjoying a few drinks at the rooftop bar.
We decided to have a bit of a night out that night and had heard about a popular drinking street.
We first stopped to fuel up at a recommended Bahn Mi place from our street food tour guide the other night called 'Huynh Hoa'. It was just the next street over from our hotel and we knew it was good as soon as we saw a long line of locals lining up down the street for it!
We got one each with everything on it- which was less than $2. Cheap dinner! It was SO good. It was the best sandwich I had in Vietnam, I tried many other places after that- nothing compared!

Footpath lined with parked scooters
The best Bahn Mi!
So happy about it!

After our sandwich we spent the rest of the evening on the 'party street' which was called 'Pham Ngu Lao' which is basically a long road of bars and clubs and tourist souvenir shops.
It's not really Gareth and I's thing- but we do enjoy a drink so we thought we should at least check it out. We mostly just sat outside the bars enjoying a beer and people watching. Although a lot of people do come up to you trying to sell things.
We also browsed a few shops and I bought a cool bracelet (I collect one from each country I go to) and a cool Star Wars Yoda singlet.
We finished up at 'The View' which was part of a hotel that had a rooftop bar. I just guessed by the name that there would be a nice view and I was right!
On the way back to our hotel at about midnight we stopped at the sweet sticky rice cart we had seen the other night and tried a bit of everything. He put salt over it too so it was sweet and salty- so yum!

Busy party road
Dessert rice


Day Five - Friday 9 December

Today was our last full day and we didn't really have any plans except to walk around some more and try do a bit of shopping. We walked to Vincom Shopping Centre as it was said to be the best mall, but we didn't really find anything in there. There was however a great food court and we couldn't help going into a delicious looking French Bakery (just in case you didn't know- there is still a huge French influence in Vietnam as they were ruled by them for 100 years). We each got a custard pastry which was amazeballs.

Walking towards the mall, a typical street with vendors
So many goodies to choose from!

When then said hi to Uncle Ho (this is what the Vietnamese affectionately call their great past leader Ho Chi Minh- who now the city is named after). There is a big bronze statue of him in a court placed in front of the City Hall.
A group of young school girls approached us and asked if they could ask us some questions to help practice their English. They were so cute! We were more than happy to, especially as I had to do that last year too as an activity in my German class and only speak to the locals in German.

Sporting my new Yoda top hehe
We then ventured back towards the hotel via the Ben Thanh Markets again and had a proper look through, but we didn't get anything as in my opinion it's just mostly full of cheap and low quality things. But if you're looking for cheap souvenirs or presents then I would recommend it for that.
As it was a very hot day we had a nice swim in the pool and chilled for the rest of the afternoon.
We had heard of a great cocktail rooftop bar called SkyBar which has amazing views so we headed there at 5 pm to watch the sunset but for some reason it was shut until 6:30 pm which we were a bit disappointed about.
But it turned out to be a good thing as a big storm was rolling in and we noticed the sky was getting very dark quickly! So we walked as fast as we could to the Sky Deck as a backup- which is the tallest building in HCMC. To go up to the observatory deck it costs $10 per person or if you're just going to the bar or restaurant then it is free- but the drinks are rather expensive up there.

Gorgeous views!

It was worth it in my opinion for the view and also to get out of the rain which started hammering down just after we arrived! We spent about an hour and a half up there but the rain wasn't ceasing.
We ended up buying an umbrella to walk to our dinner spot which wasn't too far away.
Gareth wanted to go to the Hard Rock Cafe as he felt like a burger and I was more than happy to spend our last night there, as I've been to a few around the world.



It was very nice and the food was good and huge portions. There was a really talented live Vietnamese rock band playing there as well.

Haha the guy on the right


We had a couple more drinks and then walked all the way back to the hotel- we were more than happy to as we were SO full! It was about a half an hour walk and my legs were so sore by the time we got there- we had walked so much that day- over 23,000 steps.
We packed our suitcases ready for our flight tomorrow and fell into bed!


Day six - Saturday 10 December

It was an early start and we had one last pho for breakfast before checking out.

Great way to start the day!
Building I saw on the way to the airport

The airport was about a 20 minute drive away and it cost 130k VND for both of us ($8 AUD).
We checked our bags, had a coffee from Highlands and got a Bahn Mi from the airport to take on the plane with us for lunch, as it was a two hour flight.
We flew right to the top of the country to Vietnam's capital city Hanoi. And that brings us to the end of my Ho Chi Minh City adventures!


Wow so this turned out to be a lot longer and more detailed than I had intended- hope you don't mind!
I had a really great time there and felt 5 nights went so fast and it was definitely not enough!
It is such a large city that we barely scratched the surface, and I would have loved to do another day trip to the Mekong Delta as well- home to the floating markets. 
Definitely next time- Gareth and I can't wait to return to Vietnam and we are hoping we can do it properly- at least for a couple of months travelling the whole country.

Coming next will be my Hanoi and then Halong Bay Travel Diaries, so stay tuned for the next parts in my Vietnamese adventure.

Thank you so much for reading and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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South-East Asia’s Crown Jewel: Four Places In Thailand You Should Visit


All travel destinations have something wonderful to offer. Many places have a specific thing that they are known for, and that is the reason people visit.
Whether it's the weather, the nightlife or the architecture, there are plenty of amazing places that are known for one thing in particular, and that's what draws people to them.
And then you have somewhere like Thailand. 
South-East Asia's most popular destination is something like a collage of extraordinary sights. It's the sort of place that you could visit over and over again for years and never fully experience everything that it has to offer.
Fortunately, you don't need to worry too much about missing out. There are certain things in Thailand that you simply won't want to miss. Here are just a few:


Pai



Are you looking for a trip that takes you off the beaten track and into some of the less "touristy" parts of the country? Then Pai is absolutely perfect for you!
This quiet village located in northern Thailand is fast becoming a sought after destination for backpackers and travellers looking to get a taste of village life. Not only that but it also features some absolutely stunning scenery. Picturesque valleys, impressive mountains and relaxing hot springs are all on offer in this fantastic hidden gem of a destination.


Pattaya

Going in completely the opposite direction, Pattaya is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, and with good reason! Located fairly close to Bangkok, it's very common for visitors to take a trip down to Pattaya beach for the day to soak up some sun, sea, and sand. 
The popularity of this location can make it a little crowded at times, but there are plenty of beaches that allow you to find your own space to relax, play and sunbathe. 
If you're taking a city break in Bangkok, then you owe it to yourself to take some time to enjoy the beach!

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Phanom Rung

If you're in the mood for awe-inspiring history and architecture, then you have no excuse not to visit Phanom Rung. 
This Hindu shrine complex, located in northeastern Thailand, was created to honour the Hindu god Shiva. The architecture is simply stunning and, because it faces east, four times a year the sun shines through all fifteen of its doors. 
Many people celebrate the Phanom Rung Festival during the alignment that happens in April. If you want to get a taste of Thailand’s rich and long-standing cultural history, then there really is no better destination.




Railay

If you want to get away from it all and relax then, you can't go wrong with this gorgeous peninsula. Only accessible by boat, Railay is beloved for it's quiet, secluded nature, picturesque beaches and cliffs that are absolutely perfect for rock climbing
Unlike much of Thailand, there are no high-rise buildings located in Railay, with much of architecture hidden by lush greenery and beautiful forests.



Thailand is a wonderful country with so many places to explore- these are just four great examples that are must-visits for the travellers out there wanting more of an experience and off the beaten track places.
What other places would you recommend visiting?
Thanks for reading,


*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.

Rarotonga Travel Diary in pictures


Hey all,

Unfortunately with such a small window between the Cook Islands and my next trip to Vietnam (tomorrow morning), I just haven't had the time to write up my promised Rarotonga Travel Diary. 
I do however have many notes from my trip so I will be editing this post in the future into the proper intended travel diary, much like my last one from Bali. For now- here is my week in Rarotonga in pictures!
I have had time to write my previous post: Best Places to eat in Muri, Rarotonga and make my travel vlog for YouTube which you can watch here if you're interested:


I hope you enjoy the photos anyway and can get the gist of my time there-- which was incredible! I had the most amazing week and not just because I got to marry my favourite person in the world!
Rarotonga is such a beautiful island, the people are so friendly, the food, culture, the atmosphere, The Pacific Resort where we stayed and got married was the ultimate dream wedding location- everything was just fantastic and I really cannot wait for the day I get to return to the Cook Islands!

In order, here is my travel diary in pictures:

A warm welcome late on Sunday evening

Monday 21st November

The incredible view from our room at The Pacific Resort
Feeling relaxed!

The beautiful beach-front



Enjoying many a cocktail!


Tuesday 22nd November

We got to see a traditional serenade for the opening of an international boat race

Hopping aboard Koka Lagoon Cruises for my hens day!

My sister sorted me out with the usual get-ups!

Cool glass bottom boat

My maid of honour and I

My bestest friends

Fetching us some coconuts!

The whole girls group

Sister shot

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Wednesday 23rd November

Gareth walking to his doom ;)

Beautiful nature in the Pacific Resort

A cool sign next to our lunch spot that day

Can't get over that blue lagoon!

My last cocktail as a spinster!

Thursday 24th November

The big day! I took some shots in the morning

The boys cufflinks :D

My jewellery

Getting ready with champers!

Loved my hair!

Where I walked through- so pretty!

The gorgeous hand-made archway for us

Mr & Mrs

Bouquet goals :D

Reception area

Amazing cake!

Really good string band

My seat and a much needed mojito after hours of photos!

Enjoying the night!

Friday 25th November

The nest day... burgers for breakfast!

A lovely wedding gift from The Pacific Resort

Enjoying the local brews!

We went to Highlands Paradise for a buffet dinner and cultural dance show

Shot with some of the talent

Saturday 26th November

Spot of canoeing

And snorkelling!

Unfortunately my camera died after this so I didn't get any fish shots!

Dinner at Sandals, this was the best Ika Mata (local dish of raw fish salad) I tried!

Sunday 27th November

Exploring the island

Loving the Nu! (Fresh baby coconut) 

Best fish sandwiches on the island at The Moorings

After lunch I bussed around the entire island enjoing the views (it only takes one hour).

Relaxed a little on the beach before having to pack our bags

One last dinner and dessert at the nearby Muri Night Market

A final beer and sunset on the beach before out late night flight home

I'm off next to Vietnam for two weeks so I will be away from here until then.
Stay tuned for my proper Rarotonga Travel Diary, my hotel and wedding destination review of The Pacific Resort and of course plenty of Vietnam blog posts!
I'm looking forward to jumping back into writing when I return, but for now- happy December and catch you next time!
Right... time to go pack!

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