Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sending parcels


thCAK55BX6When you live so far away from your family and friends you miss a lot of the important dates such as birthdays, Christmas, etc. Of course, you can call them, organise Skype sessions, text and email but you will most likely want to send a parcel per post with gifts, Australian delicacies (such as Tim Tam!), etc.

Sending a parcel overseas is quite expensive and you end up spending around $100 so you only do it for special people and special occasions. Sometimes the postage can be more than the full cost of the things you’re sending šŸ˜‰

Well, this Christmas season I sent a parcel to some very special friends and was mortified to find out that they were asked to pay around 90 EurosĀ forĀ custom fees! I called Australia Post and the spoke to a very nice girl who explained that since it is an international parcel, customs at the receiving country can choose to randomly checkĀ any parcel and charge a fee. The post offices in both countries have no control over that and cannot stop or avoid it.

It was definitely a nasty surprise and it has definitely put me off sending parcels again. Can you imagine having to pay to get a gift? I can’t believe that the fee was actually more expensive than the postage which I already find expensive!

There was nothing in the parcel that would cause customs to suspect anything, nothing that was tax exempt and not one item that exceed $150 in value.

So be warned, when you are sending a parcel overseas you never know when the receiver will be asked to pay an absurd amount to customs!


Gelato Messina


In Sydney, when you think Gelato you think Messina. I had been wanting to try these for a long time and I am so glad to say that they did not disappoint šŸ™‚

Queue at Messina Darlinghurst at 10 PM

Queue at Messina Darlinghurst at 10 PM

After a homemade dinner, we got in the car and drove to town. We got to Victoria Street at 10:00 PM and could not believe the queue outside!

But the service is quick and organised and we were served very promptly.


The decor celebrates ice-cream, summer and Italy. There areĀ many gelato flavours to choose from and the display is mouth-watering. For a moment you want to ask for a scoop of each ;-p


We decided to try two of the house specials. Not only were they both delicious, we were pleasantly surprised with the price. Given that they are so renowned, I was expecting these to be expensive but they are actually cheaper than many of other brands IĀ“ve bought before.


Dr Evil and Chilax Princess

On my way to the train station






In Brisbane’s inner suburbs we are always running into the typical Queenslander houses raise on stilts with their all around balconies.
In Sydney they have the Federation houses,  mostly semi-detached with beautifully ornamented porches.
I love both of these house types and find that they give each city their own character.
Having just moved to Sydney,  I can’t help but look around my new neighbourhood with wonder.