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Finalist for Best Food Travel Story at the 2015 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, with this article: Aussie Cafes Take Manhattan.
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West Coast USA by Rail
Get Up & Go, Summer 2016

"In my view, a good breakfast is the foundation of a long-distance rail journey. So it’s lucky that Philippe the Original is a short walk from Los Angeles’ Union Station, on the edge of Chinatown. You couldn’t ask for a more genuine slice of Americana before heading on a train journey up the USA’s west coast. I eat a sprawling omelette studded with spinach and onion, on a bed of hash browns; then I walk to the most beautiful railway station I’ve ever seen..."

Taking the train all the way north from Los Angeles to Seattle, USA.
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Next Stop: Nature
The Sun-Herald
, 31 January 2016

"On a warm Friday afternoon, my Singaporean friend Walter Lim and I walk along a broad green path which once echoed to the clatter of carriages. Now the tracks are gone, and in its place is the Rail Corridor – a walking trail lined by tropical foliage. With the rails removed, what remains is a 24-kilometre green corridor. For now, at least, it's a basic walking trail, and we're taking the opportunity to appreciate its undeveloped simplicity..."

Strolling along an abandoned rail corridor, now a walking trail in Singapore
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Quirky LA – Experiencing the Unexpected in Los Angeles
www.lonelyplanet.com, 22 January 2016

"It’s easy to sum up Los Angeles in three words: Disneyland, Hollywood, beaches. But the City of Angels is much more diverse – and stranger – than those sights would suggest. Scattered across its neighbourhoods are many quirky and intriguing attractions that will add depth to your knowledge of the city: historical, artistic and even culinary. Here are six to chew on..."

Revealing six unusual attractions of Los Angeles, USA
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Farewell to a (Feline) Business Associate
Rachel's List
, 22 January 2016

"A lot has been written about companion animals now being treated as members of the family. That’s true. But as a freelance writer, Petra was more than that. She was my business associate. We’d rescued her from North Melbourne’s Lort Smith Animal Hospital in the same week that I’d begun freelancing. Whatever the reason, the cat soon became a trusted companion in my home office, and an essential part of my work routine..."

Saying goodbye to my late cat and "business associate" in my home office
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Lights! Camera! Los Angeles
www.lonelyplanet.com, 13 January 2016

"Hooray for Hollywood! America’s movie industry is synonymous with this neighbourhood of Los Angeles, and the area is dotted with film-related attractions: from actors’ handprints outside the Chinese Theatre, to stars honoring movie greats along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you’re really interested in the art of film-making however, you should join a tour operated by one of the big movie studios..."

Investigating four tours of major movie studios in Los Angeles, USA
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Airline Review: Qantas Economy
Traveller
, 7 January 2016

"I've selected lunch using Qantas' Select on Q-Eat service, which enables passengers to order online before boarding. It's a big plus, guaranteeing you'll receive your meal choice; you can even see an image before locking it in. I've gone for the vegie option, which on this flight is stir-fried tofu with black funghi, rice noodles and soy beans..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Melbourne to Singapore
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24 hours in Poznań
www.lonelyplanet.com, 5 January 2016

"Kraków, Warsaw and Gdańsk are the 'big three' of Polish tourism; many travellers never visit any other city in Poland. In the west, however, Poznań beckons with plentiful museums, interesting architecture, and diverse options for dining and nightlife. In addition, the city is steeped in Poland’s deepest history, having been the nation’s first capital. Here’s how to spend a day there..."

Detailing how to spend a day in Poznań, Poland
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The 60 Best Travel Finds of 2015
(five items by me)
The Sun-Herald
, 27 December 2015

"For over a century, drinkers at the luxurious Raffles Hotel in Singapore have shivered over the story of the tiger who was discovered beneath the hotel's billiard room in 1902. Now they have something with which to toast the terrifying memory: The Stray Tiger. Part of the hotel's Timeline series of cocktails based on historic events, it's a $S27 wild combination of white rum, Cointreau, vermouth, lime juice, absinthe and lemongrass foam. Chin chin!"

I detail five of 60 interesting attractions, in Los Angeles, Munich, Singapore and Melbourne
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Airline Review: Jetstar Asia Economy
Traveller
, 20 December 2015

"'Would you like us to sing a song for you?' asks a flight attendant jokingly when I inquire about the entertainment options. This is one of those rare flights where the passengers provide their own amusement, mostly in the form of phones and tablets. I while away the time with an ebook..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Singapore to Bangkok
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Airline Review: Emirates Economy
Traveller
, 18 December 2015

"The system's programmers had fun shaking up the usual menu options, with  categories including Middle Earth, Film Club, Disney Classics and Arabic Cinema. The TV collection contains tired comedy stayers such as Big Bang Theory, along with Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and dramas such as Fargo, The Code and The Fall..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Dubai to Frankfurt
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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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