My name is Sheila



This was the hit song of December 2010 in Bollywood and was not only catchy and stuck in your head, but also earned me a nickname amongst my new group of friends.



Sheila! The ironic thing about them choosing this name for me and this song is that Sheila is the word for a “young Australian woman”. Which I am.


I loved it cos I knew the name and the boys would all jump around me and sing it to me, but I didn’t understand why. Within 3 days I’d had it sung to me 3 times, including a small street boy outside the Cinema. By this point I was a bit freaked out. “How does this little boy know my name!!” I was like wow… Do I look like her or something?


This being said, within half an hour I realized the reasoning behind my name and the reason this song was constantly being sung near me. IT’S IN THE MOVIE! Tees Maar Khan. My mate Avi had been talking about it all week and we had planned to go watch it. So because the boys knew I was going to watch it, they decided to give me this name.


I was so ecstatic when I saw the clip for the song as well. Sheila (played by Katrina Kaif) is HOT!! What an honour!!! Check it out:  

Movie review and trailer can be viewed at this site:

I loved the movie and dancing along to my song.

Not a day went past whilst I was there for 2 weeks when I didn’t hear that song at least twice a day. And I loved it because….. MY NAME IS SHEILA.



Escape to Darwin

Lucky to be in the know with what’s hot in Darwin! It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go and with great deals like this coming from the Medina, I may well be heading there soon

Three Hot Deals at Medina Grand Darwin Waterfront


Storm Chaser Package from $210 per night*

Spectacular light shows, courtesy of Mother Nature, come to Darwin for the Wet Season. Take your front row seat to all the drama as you watch a storm roll in from Medina Grand at Darwin’s Waterfront. Celebrate the season with Medina’s ‘lightning’ cocktail and keep dry with your complimentary umbrella. Once the show’s over, you’ll quickly slip back into soaking up the tropical sunshine of Darwin.

Package inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation in a studio apartment
  • Complimentary umbrella
  • Two ‘lightning’ cocktails at curve bar
  • Breakfast for two at curve cafe
  • 20% off food and drinks at curve cafe
  • Late check-out at midday


To book (best online rates, guaranteed), visit: or phone +61 8 8982 9999

Booking and Stay Period:         

15th September, 2011 – 30th April, 2012


*One complimentary umbrella per booking. Two buffet breakfasts per package. Two lighting cocktails per package. Subject to availability and excluding peak periods. Selected room types only.

Waterfront Weekender Package: Monsoon Edition from $234 per night*

In the Top End, weekends are for chilling out! That means winding down and syncing up with the relaxed Darwin pace. Even true city slickers will find themselves switching off their smart phones with this package from Medina which includes great food, sleep-ins, swimming and a trip to the movies.


Package inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation in a studio apartment
  • Two wave lagoon tickets
  • Two cinema tickets
  • 20% off food and drinks at curve cafe
  • Breakfast for two at curve cafe
  • Late check-out at midday



To book (best online rates, guaranteed), visit: or phone +61 8 8982 9999

Booking and Stay Period:         

15th September, 2011 – 30th April, 2012


* Waterfront Weekender available Friday, Saturday and Sundays only. Two wave lagoon tickets per package. Two movie tickets to Birch Carol & Coyle cinema per package. Two buffet breakfasts per package. Subject to availability and excluding peak periods. Selected room types only.




Waterfront Pampering Package from $249 per night*

Close your eyes and slip away… You’re staying in a stylish and spacious apartment hotel, sipping a glass of sparkling and relishing alfresco dining in between spa appointments. Sound like a well-deserved treat? Medina’s pamper package will let you soak up the very best that Darwin has to offer from the hottest address in town, Medina Grand Darwin Waterfront. 


Package inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation in a studio apartment
  • $100 gift voucher for Elements Day Spa
  • A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • 20% off food and drinks at curve cafe
  • Late check-out at midday



To book (best online rates, guaranteed), visit: or phone +61 8 8982 9999

Booking and Stay Period:         

15th September, 2011 – 30th April, 2012


*One $100.00 Elements Day Spa voucher per package. One bottle of sparkling wine per package. Subject to availability and excluding peak periods. Selected room types only.



About Medina Apartment Hotels

Your Home Away From Home

A premier Australian brand, Medina is known and loved for its commitment to classic and sleek apartment hotel accommodation offering guests their own private space that have been designed with elegance and style. A selection of studio rooms along with one and two bedroom apartments are available with separate living spaces, fully equipped kitchens and laundries. Medina Apartments Hotels come complete with all of the comforts of home and enough room to stretch out – a place to relax, entertain or work. With locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Canberra and Wollongong; Medina is an ideal option for both business and leisure travellers.

About Medina Grand Darwin Waterfront

Make your stay in the Top End unforgettable at Medina Grand Darwin Waterfront. The apartment hotel is set in the midst of the contemporary Darwin Waterfront – a scenic seafront promenade featuring boutique shops, waterside restaurants and a wave lagoon. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the CBD. The hotel’s spacious interiors live up to the contemporary and stylish standards that Medina guests expect featuring one and two bedroom apartment and studios. Indigenous artworks are dotted throughout and the hotel features a range of facilities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, curve cafe and bar and parking.

For more information about Medina Apartment Hotels or to book (best online rates, guaranteed), visit: or phone 1300 MEDINA (633 462). 

India Trip 2012 – The Itinerary

India Plan for 2012 is a bit vague at the moment and with so many places yet to explore there and so little time,I’m trying to get a bit more organised.


I’m off to India by myself for the 6th time. I love it so much and I can say with ease that it is my favourite country in the world. Big call for a traveller like me but it’s true.


See attached my Map and rough idea of where I’m going.

Orange = definite, by road or train

Yellow = maybe

blue dotted line = flying

numbers indicate the order in which i will be visiting these places


I arrive 31 January and the adventure begins.

I’ll be at a conference first 4 days. The Largest air fright conference in the world – Air cargo India.


Conference & Exhibition

February 1-3, 2012

Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, INDIA

4-8 Feb – Staying with beautiful friends on Napensea Rd Mumbai, with 2 little boys and an incredible view.

9-13 Feb Approx – Goa or Kerala for the beach with friends.

14-17 Feb Approx – Chennai and Surrounding villages visiting Red Hands Org and the amazing work they do with women in the area.


18-21 Feb Visiting Bangalore and Hyderabad, I hope – 2 days in each.

Fly or overnight train to Delhi.

21-26 Feb – A wedding of my dear friend Avi, I can’t wait to see all my wonderful friends from the 2010 wedding again.







After the wedding I will spend time exploring the city of Delhi and catching up with good friends who I’v enow known for 6 years.


26 Feb – 2 March – Fly to Srinigar in the volatile state of Kashmir for skiing with a wonderful group run by an Australian man. I can’t wait to be on guided ski tours in powder in the himalayas every day!! 

After this it gets a little hazy. Here are the things I want to do:

– Spend 2-3 days in Dharamala, visiting tea plantations, hiking and meeting the Dalai Lama 😉

– Spend 2-3 days in the most holy city in India, Varanassi

– 10 days in Vipasana – a silent retreat – location yet to be decided ( ideas and locations welcomed!!!)

– 2-3 days in Jaipur, the pink city and perhaps other locations in the gorgeous state of Rajasthan.

– 2-3 days in Mumbai before I leave.


Now – I have no idea how i’m getting around, where I’m staying or who I will be meeting in March and this could scare some…. but for me, I’m so excited! Who knows where the road will lead and I shall take it a day at a time and enjoy every step and every minute.


I’ll have my mobile and access to internet and will regularly post and let people know where I am, safety first- as well as my undying love and attachment to social media haha.


So any advice, tips or hints on what I should do on this amazing cultural and spiritiual adventure, please send them over.


St Kilda Sunsets are Unbeatable

Not much more I can say about this incredible evening except INCREDIBLE!


A few more words with the photos but otherwise just incredible photos and a big thank you for a phenomenal evening with my darling girl Amber.









light filled





Beautiful end to a stunning day

Childhood dreams are packed in a box

Sometimes in life, it’s hard to let go. Some of the hardest things to let go of are those from our youth, from our childhood – our earliest memories.


My dad is moving house and so I must sort through and pack away all the things i want to keep or those I have to let go of and say farewell to forever.


As a traveller, this gets harder and harder as we travel around the world and collect souvenirs, memories and keepsakes to remind of us those wonderful times.


Shot glasses are my no.1 souvenir

But when your life is going to be packed away into boxes, what do you keep? What can you include in your new home, your new life, and what must be left behind with the past.

My favourite childhood toys


My soft toys will be with me forever- pink bunny is my first toy and laurie the bear is from my late grandfather.


My little ponies are every girls dream and love! I will never give those up – my little girls will have the opportunity to play with my little ponies too.



And Barbie. The classic icon of a girls youth. These are the lost of my Barbie clothes and alas they now must go ….. to make another young girl smile.

What will you keep or throw? Do you still have your childhood toys?


What travel souvenir can you just not do without?


$2 Breakfast Yes Please

 I am loving this great deal from Travelodge! $2 for Breakky. It finishes at the end of January so get in quick for this hot summer deal!!


$2 Breakfast at Travelodge. You’re almost making money!

Travelodge Hotels across Australia and NZ are offering breakfast for just $2 for every guest who stays two nights or more this summer.


$2 doesn’t buy much these days; a trip to the local café on that budget probably won’t even get you a cup of tea. Travelodge Hotels are committed to offering guests great value, rest assured. Normally valued at $15 per person, with Travelodge’s $2 Breakfast deal you’re almost making money!


Travelodge’s buffet breakfasts are well-known amongst guests as the perfect start to a day of work or play. The daily spread includes a selection of eggs, bacon, cereals and fruit plus tea, coffee and juices.


Rachel Argaman, CEO of Travelodge Hotels, said: “Travelodge’s $2 Breakfast deal was created to offer guests value for money on something our guests really need – nothing works up a hunger like a trip to a new city destination. Slashing the cost of the most important meal of the day saves pennies for things like checking out attractions, souvenirs and splurging on lovely lunches and delicious dinners.”


As an extra special treat for families, kids eat free when dining with adults taking advantage of Travelodge’s $2 Breakfast deal.


To get your $2 breakfast at Travelodge and to find the best available rates online, visit:


*Limited offer. Only available to guests stay two consecutive nights or more. Booking Dates: 29 October 2011 – 29 January 2012. Stay Dates: 16 December 2011 – 29 January 2012.



About Travelodge Hotels

Great Value. Rest Assured.

Travelodge is proud of consistently offering great value in friendly environments. Whether it’s for a business trip or leisure, Travelodge’s price per room rates offer comfort and quality at unbeatable value. There are currently 16 Travelodge Hotels across Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Perth, Darwin, Wellington and Palmerston North. For more information about Travelodge Hotels or to book (best online rates guaranteed), visit: or