Review: The Shuffle Show, Sydney Fringe Festival

Everyday I’m shuffling! Well, at least you will be for the hour of The Shuffle Show. This fast paced, high energy and entertaining show will have your toe tapping and body shaking… with laughter! This dynamic duo bring their A -game in comedy, singing and dancing for a wonderfully entertaining show for the Sydney Fringe Festival.

The timing of the nights performance could not have been any better with the launch of the iPhone 6 all the rage today and the show having a focus on the famous brand. The Shuffle Show centres around the innovative Apple iPod and our geniuses Elena and Grant show us best how to maximise our music library, with hilarious results. From Britney to Crowded House, Eminem to classical opera, no song is safe from the shuffle.

shuffle show

The two performers are incredibly gifted with beautiful voices and musical timing. As a stand alone musical performance, this show certainly appeals to the rhythm lovers. Coupled with hilarious facials, witty quips and clever jokes, this is most certainly a comedy show. Both Elena and Grant get their moments to shine alone and showcase their talents. They also get the opportunity to make the audience squirm with some interactions that are questionable and an awkwardness to make your skin crawl. All adding to the hilarity and energy of the show.

This is a wonderful show that flows well and entertains throughout. The dance numbers will have you wanting to leap out of your seat and dance along to your Year 5 Disco favourites. My only complaint! I can’t get these darn catchy mashups out of my head!!! Thoroughly enjoyable evening!


More details about the show:


Adult: $20
Concession: $18

The Den, Chippendale Hotel
97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale

Wednesday September 10th 8.30pm
Thursday September 11th 8.30pm
Friday September 12th 8.30pm
Saturday September 13th 8.30pm

Check out more details on the Facebook event:





Travel in 2013 so far

Travel is a part of my life, it’s part of my work and it’s my passion. Travel is just something I do – this is after all “The Adventures of the Traveller Em”. Incorporating travel into everything I do and living life like a traveller, that’s what I’m all about .


So 2013 is of course no exception to my travelling rule – with loads of unexpected trips and travel already occurring. Here is some of the travel that I have ticked off already.


–       Road trip to Adelaide in January for 4 days to drive a friend to visit friends and subsequently visit friends as well

Adelaide-  City of churches

Adelaide- City of churches

–       Sydney – fleeting visit and sadly for a funeral, great to be with family and friends at this time.


–       Wendouree, Ballarat for work with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) great to see darling friend Emily


–       Townsville and Magnetic Island to see my friend Matt in the Army. Also got to see my good friend Cat who was there by chance at the same time!













–       Dinner Plain – Alpine Region of Victoria for a weekend to see how it’s thriving after the threat of fires, perfect start to Autumn


–       Adelaide for the Adelaide Fringe Festival- working and a chance to catch up with friends. The best time to be in Adelaide.



Anthony Demasi - Comedian and Magician performing in Rundle Mall, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Anthony Demasi – Comedian and Magician performing in Rundle Mall, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Sydney, Sri Lanka, Melbournes Great Ocean Road, Darwin, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and possibly more to come….. AND THAT IS BEFORE JULY!

Goodbye dear Rory

Goodbye dear Rory

I’m off to Sydney and Bangladesh this week

I’m off again. More Travel and more adventures.


This time I’ll be going to Sydney and Bangladesh and I’ll be away for 10 days.

It’s only been 4 weeks since I was last in Sydney but if it work calls for me to travel, then that’s what I have to do.








I’ll be heading to Sydney for work with FAPAA/ AFIF to get ready for heading to Bangladesh. I’ll be there working as the administrator for the Fedearation of Asia Pacific air Cargo Assocation’s annual meeting. There will be 18 delegate countries there and after going for 7 years, I have made some truly wonderful friends and valuable work colleagues.




I’ll also be in Sydney for the #TravelMassive after party following the Web in Travel Conference. I learnt about Travel Massive through Twitter and have made some really good friends in the industry through our meetups.


Whilst in Sydney I’ll also be visiting my new work, TravelCandy. There’ll definitely be more posts about them! They’re a travel website which offers hotel offers and deals for an exclusive members only club. I’ve always wanted to work for a Travel company and I’m enjoying working with the team.



I’ll miss Melbourne whilst I’m away. I love living here. But I also love Travel and look forward to more escapades.


Hoping to have many interesting stories from Dhaka, Bangladesh..


Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Election – Vote for me!

HEY loyal friends and family,



So we knew it wouldn’t be long before I was off on my next adventure!!



This is it:!


From March 7th – April 12th I will be campaigning for Ben & Jerry’s and my favourite flavour to win!!!






You can now call me half baked!


Flavour =

Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams Mixed with Chunks of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Fudge Brownies



Also known as = YUMMY!!



Photos are here and on my page:



my fb:


You can vote by LIKING – through facebook – HALF BAKED via the flavour election.



Please contact me for any more instructions.



I’m also looking for friends and family to be secret squirrels/ noisy noisy promotions team and flavour campaigners. I need as much support as poss.



Anyone in the world can vote! just LIKE my Half baked on Facebook.



I have already won an I-phone 4 just for taking part and I have the opportunity to win a return trip to ANY Ben and Jerry’s anywhere in the world.









Lovelly Em (Half Baked Emma


Sydney Sunset

On a recent evening out in Sydney, I was once again reminded how beautiful the city I live in really is.



Sydney’s sunsets are some of the best in the world and the evening of November 23rd was no exception. With a back drop of Sydney Harbour you are hard pressed to find a better frame for this picturesque scene.




We were located at Sydney’s Opera Bar just below the world Famous Sydney Opera House.


Pricey drinks, but delicious cocktails. Decadent menu for those who choose it including the sampler for two, or a nice hearty fish and chips as you sit by the sea. A bowl of sweet potato crisps are a great share dish for the table.


A lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon and enjoy some of Sydney’s best views


Farewell Jess!! Don’t forget the beauty of Sydney. Enjoy Canada


Courtney Crow is the founder and operator of the amazing website I was lucky enough to find Courtney when looking for extra places to blog and how glad I am. Through this amazing travel website just for awesome, out there, adventurous girls, I have met some true friends.

Courtney is a freelance writer and photogrpaher. Her most recent posting was at the 2010 Winter Olypics in Vancouver. Meeting the likes of Shaun White and Torah Bright are just the part of a normal day for the adventurous Courtney.

Read about why she loves her home country the USA and make sure to check out the awesome website she has created for us travel lovers!

1. Name
Courtney Crow

2. Occupation
Online Publisher and Professional Photographer

3. Country of Residence
4. Country of Origin

5. email/contact/ website and

6. Why do you love Travel?

I love travel because it can open your mind up to all kinds of things…adventures, people and places. It’s the best way to learn more about the world and yourself. You always meet amazing and interesting people always along the way.

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?
Just recently I visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Monument Valley in Utah. I was blown away with the beauty of the landscapes. It was somewhere I had never been before and only seen in postcards. I went back to Utah to go ATV riding near the Zion National Park and again was taken back with all the beautiful terrain.

My other fave would be all the beaches…Florida, California and Hawaii!

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?
Now, I live in Australia and have for 8 years…I would say tourists who visit Australia have to go into the Outback. It’s somewhere people often skip because it can be hard to get to, but totally worth it. Uluru is just awesome!

9. What other country would you life in if you had to leave your country?

If I had to leave Australia I would consider moving to Canada. After visiting here for the Winter Olympics and living here for over a month I have seen so many great things about this country. The people are friendly and welcoming, the landscapes are beautiful and there are adventures all around us…snowboarding, heliskiing, dog sledding, hiking, biking, climbing, sailing….and the list goes on!

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?
People love travelling in Australia for the Great Barrier Reef, surf beaches in Sydney and along the coast lines and the Outback.

11. Favourite activity when around your city?
My closest city is Melbourne and when I’m there it’s all about shopping!

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?
After touring around the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley I realised how much I don’t know about the USA and how many more places there are to explore…Yosemite National Park, Montana and so much more!

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?
When visiting Australia I would say just make sure you don’t travel into the bush or outback alone…it’s so vast and large and people can get lost and disappear.

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?
I would highly recommend ‘Australia’ the movie – it is a great tale about the history of Australia and shows some of the amazing landscape Australia has to offer.

15. The best book to read before visiting your country?
I would recommend ‘In a Sun Burned Country’ by Bill Bryson, because it tells you so much about Australia and it’s funny.

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

You must try Kangaroo! I know it sounds awful, but it free range and tastes really good!

17. Best time of year to visit?
Australia is best to visit in the summer, then you can advantage of all the warm beach days and hit the famous Aussie surf!

Garuda Air- A-OK

I have to admit that when boarding the Garuda flight to Indonesia I was feeling somewhat anxious. I might have even said a prayer or 6, just in case. But my worry was completely unnecessary. The flight was very, pleasant, the staff were delightful and the food was really nice too.

Garuda have had some aviation difficulties in the past and this has cast quite a shadow over their name in the industry. I hope to see this changing more and more as their technical standards increase and their security measures tighten.

I was surprised to find spacious and comfortable seating, also lucky to have 2 seats to myself. The entertainment system is state of the art with movies on demand, tv shows and music channels. The food came quickly and it was really tasty for aeroplane food. A paddle pop was given to us an hour before landing, a bribe or just a sweet treat? I’ll take it either way.

I actually felt bad for my doubtful approach to the service of Garuda. On the plane I watched a film called Love Happens starring Jennifer Aniston about continuing life even after tragedy has happened in your life. The message used through out the film is ”A-OK”. The stars in the film are encouraged to take on life’s challenges and face them. Even though something bad happened in the past, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen again and you can’t live your life in fear avoiding any tragedy or sadness. So being scared of airlines because they have had technical difficulties in the past just limits our options and our life experiences.

Arriving safely in the lovely tropical surroundings of the Jakarta airport, I felt rather sheepish. My fears were unwarranted. I would now recommend Garuda to anyone, especially those heading to the carriers host country Indonesia.