What with moving house, changing jobs – and a lot more besides – all of which has happened in the last month, it feels like my little trip to Borneo (a thirtieth birthday present to myself) was more than a lifetime ago. In reality, just a few short weeks have passed since I spent 7 days drinking in all of what this magical country has to offer! Continue reading One Week in Borneo: My highlights & best bits
Here’s my very-late roundup of mini-reviews – some of my favourite things I ate in September, and where you can find them. Continue reading September’s foodie highlights: Brodie’s Coffee, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Kemi’s Cafe & more
Just in time for the Christmas rush, two of Cardiff’s city centre hotels have given their in-house bars a fancy refurb. Continue reading ‘Grey’ and ‘The Goods Shed’ – two new hotel bars open in Cardiff
From sensational street food to cauliflower curry – here’s my very late monthly ‘best of’ – a collection of mini-reviews of the best things I ate in August. As you can tell, it was a bit of a frugal month as I was busy saving up for my big holiday in Borneo! Continue reading August’s Foodie Highlights: Street Food Circus, Lola’s Wings, Ichiban, Slow Pig & more
After flying thousands of miles for what seemed like days (OK, two 8 hour flights) I have made it to Borneo, and I’ll be staying here a week, until next Friday afternoon.
I’m so excited to be surrounded by lush green trees, noisy nocturnal animals, gloriously rich biodiversity – but also hyper-aware that Borneo is a country in the midst of an ecological crisis. It’s rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate for palm oil, and recently it was suggested that the island’s most famous inhabitant, the orangutan, could be extinct in the wild by 2020. Continue reading 5 simple ways to be a more eco friendly traveller
In 48 hours time I’ll be stepping on to a Royal Brunei plane at London Heathrow, and starting a trip that will take me to lavish Dubai for a three night stay in a four-star hotel, before moving on to beautiful Borneo for a seven night stay at the five star Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort.
All of my transfers have been pre-booked, and breakfast is included every day whilst I am in Borneo. In addition, I’ve booked a return, internal flight across Borneo to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, as well as a late afternoon river-cruise on another afternoon -a trip which will take me deep into the rainforest to spot primates, birds and the magical sight of hundreds of fireflies at dusk. I also have a whopping $2000 worth of credit to spend at the resort, on food, drink, watersport equipment rental, and at their five star spa.
All of this was a 30th birthday present to myself, and it cost me the rather moderate sum of just over £1,200.
Yes, you read that right. It’s a bloody good deal isn’t it. Whilst £1,200 is undoubtedly a lot of money, I will be getting almost £4000 worth of bang for my buck when you price everything up seperately.
It sounds to good to be true, I know, but it isn’t – so I decided to blog about how I did it, so that hopefully you can get a bomb-ass deal on your next adventure, too! Continue reading How I bagged a £4k trip to Borneo for £1,200 (with a little help from my cats)
The Street Food Circus has rolled in to town again, and this time they’ve parked up in a brand new spot – the beautiful grounds of Sophia Gardens. The leafy green location brings a new hippy-ish vibe to an event that is fast becoming the highlight of the summer for most Cardiff foodies. Continue reading The Street Food Circus is back, in a beautiful new location
Deri Reed, the 30 year old foodie better known locally as ‘The Ethical Chef’ has been a regular on the South Wales street-food scene for a number of years. From humble beginnings on a simple stall at Cardiff’s Riverside Farmers Market, Deri has travelled the length and breadth of the country over the last decade, popping up at festivals and events, as well as cooking in some of the most highly respected restaurants in the UK and Ireland. Continue reading The Ethical Chef is crowd-funding to make his dream Carmarthen restaurant a reality
From grilled octopus to buttered lobster, vegan pizza and a bad-ass brunch – this is my fourth monthly collection of mini-reviews of the best dishes and destinations I’ve been scoffing at in over the last few weeks. Continue reading July’s Foodie Highlights: Cafe Mor, Pettigrew Bakery, Falafel Kitchen & more
Just a quick post to share with you some snaps I took at the RSPB-managed nature reserve at Newport Wetlands. Continue reading A visit to the RSPB Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve