Travel Smarter with AU Natural

 

Travelling is such an exciting time, but sometimes packing for it may not be. The one thing I find the most difficult is packing my cleansers and face creams. Mostly, the packaging is not ideal for travelling, and I have to spend time trying to pack the products in a smaller container suitable for travelling. This really ends up being time consuming and messy!

AU Natural have come up with these smart looking travel kits which are literally a smaller version of your normal products in your bundle. These can also be used as sample packs as well. The best thing for me when I took this on my vacation was that I didn’t have to touch my home products so these were packed well before and I never forgot anything! The portions are really reasonable, depending on how you use them, you can use them for more than two weeks.

 

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My Remover, Brightening Lotion, Day Creme and Night Creme took absolutely minimal space in my make up bag. You could even take them on your hand carry as they would fit your 100ml requirements.

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A Better Health Plan by Nib Insurance

Moving to New Zealand as a child has had me see the struggles of my parents to provide for our family. This is where I started to see the importance of having something concrete behind us in order to enjoy the simple things in life. Health insurance is something that is overlooked when families move to another country; it is often seen as an extra cost. My family saw otherwise, and that is how I have always learned to think ahead. This is a special blog post to me, as I will be talking about how nib Insurance has helped me to secure my family’s health for many years to come.

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Many people in New Zealand do not have health insurance, and most of these people would be immigrants. Making the big move to another country and settling in takes a lot of time and energy, and in the process, we disregard the little things that go a long way. Health insurance is often seen an extra cost that is added to the financial struggles of families, whilst they are trying to build their lives in a foreign country. Being an immigrant myself, I have seen my parents working out what would benefit our family financially while building a life as I grew up. One thing that my parents always thought was important, was insurance, that too, health insurance.

 

Having health insurance gives us a big sense of financial comfort. The likelihood of someone getting into an accident or something terrible happening is not very high, but there is always a chance of these things happening. Moreover, we do not have to think too far ahead in terms of what we can provide a contingency plan for, even some general day-to-day health activities need to be covered for.

 

Nib Health Insurance offers insurance packages for private hospitals, travel, and even everyday health. nib covers things such as visits to GPs, getting new glasses and visits to chiropractor or physio. These are general health activities that do turn out to be quite heavy on the pocket should they occur suddenly. I used to work at an Optometrist as a student and eye care such as glasses, contacts and eye exams could add up to be quite hefty, but our clients who had health insurance could walk out without feeling as if a big hole was made in their bank account.

 

My family and their health is very important and nib Insurance has given a way to take away the worry away from me. The health packages offered have not been hefty on our pockets, as it has merely cost us a couple of cups of coffee per week, yet the benefits have outweighed the costs. Knowing that my family’s health is under the care of the right people, allows me to spend more time doing what I love most, with a peace of mind.
Thank you to nib for partnering with me and letting me tell my story! Visit www.nib.co.nz for more information.

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A Shopper’s guide to three days in Sydney

Whenever you are given a chance a to travel, never say no! So when I got given the chance to attend a wedding in Sydney, I couldn’t say no at all. But straight after coming from my VERY extended holiday in Fiji, the Sydney trip was cut down to 5 days. In 5 days, with the wedding taking one day and travelling taking about a day (give or take),I really just had 3 days to “travel”.

I strategically decided that I would spend my 3 days SHOPPING and EATING. Here is a run down of where to shop and where to eat from my point of view.

SHOPPING

World Square

World Square can be described as an “outdoor mall”. Some of the stores that I was able to check out were

  • Nine West
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cue
  • Forever New
  • Superdry
  • L’occitane en Provence
  • Kagui

My favourite store was Kagui for sure! This is a shoe shop with the most adorable collection of shoes.

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A pair of sandals with wedge heels that I bought at Kagui.

Westfield Pitt Street

Going from New Zealand where our Westfield’s are only two stories tall and a single building, you could say I was in shock when I saw how big this mall actually was. I visited this mall about three times but still had not managed to see all the stores located in there. These were the collection of main stores that I was able to have a look at, but there were also many other  boutique stores which were located around the mall area.

  • Sephora
  • Zara
  • David Jones
  • Prada
  • Gucci

DFO Homebush

If I had to compare DFO to something in New Zealand, I would compare it to our Dressmart. DFO was a bigger and better Dressmart with outlet stores for more luxury brands. Some of the stores that I quite liked were:

  • Ted Baker
  • Armani
  • Michael Kors
  • Oroton
  • Portmans
  • Forever New
  • Windsor Smith

This is definitely something worthwhile to check out, especially if you would like to snag a bargain on luxury brands.

Duty Free Sydney Airport

My flight got delayed by 2 hours on the way back home, so you can guess what I did in those couple of hours in the airport. You can find anything from Urban Decay, Mac, Channel, Nars, Bobby Brown and other make up stations to Oroton, Tiffany, Fendi and so many more stores in the airport; I was  hoping my flight got delayed by a few more hours!

FOOD

I found the food sold in the food lane in World Square to be simply amazing! I made sure to eat as many Pie Face’s, Sushi’s and Ramen noodle soup that I could! The food quality and the different varieties of cuisines available was worth commending.

Some of the restaurants that we did manage to check out were:

  • Basket Brothers:
    • This breakfast and lunch hub has the most delicious chai latte and “to-die-for” scrambled eggs on toast.
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Eyeing the best breakfast out
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mmmmmmm…….
  • Guylian
    • Need I say more???
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I will just leave this here…..
  • Green Peppercorn
    • Nothing beats Thai food, so naturally, Thai food had to be done in Sydney. When a local suggested Green Peppercorn to me; I was in there within 10 minutes!
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I will let this photo do all the talking
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Ever tried your rum in a pineapple???
SIGHT SEEING

I managed to squeeze in half a days worth of sight seeing into this short trip. I did the essential rounds of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Staying in the city meant that these were just a train ride and walk away.

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  • St Mary’s Cathedral

One thing that really left me in awe was the interior of St Mary’s Cathedral. The design of the church was beyond breath taking and upon entering you felt a sense of calm and peacefulness. I tried to capture a few of the beautiful architecture of the church but obviously there is nothing like being there yourself to experience it’s beauty.

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TRANSPORTATION

For most of the days used the train links and bus routes to get to and from places. And on some occasions we had a car. I would for sure choose to get around by public transportation than trying to navigate myself around Sydney battling traffic. I found that the GPS is somethings as good as nothing when you have entered a tunnel or are on the spaghetti junctions because your GPS can’t locate your own point!

 

So there you have it! My short trip to Sydney summed in this little blog post. I hope this gives you an idea of some of the things to do in Sydney if you are planning to go. And if you are a shopaholic and foodie like myself, then I definitely hope this post helps you out in Sydney!

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