On This Day – December 30th


A bunch of us road trip down to the Sapphire Coast of NSW to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a house at Tarthra. On this day we took 4 car loads full of people up to Mimosa Rocks National Park and we walked out to Moon Bay. Moon Bay is a cute little secluded beach. We soaked up the sun and surfed, and the only wildlife we saw was a nude sunbaker who looked like Santa. Festive!


It was our last day in Siem Reap, Cambodia and we began with a early morning boat trip on the Tonle Sap, South East Asia. It was amazing being there so early in the day to see everyone who lives on the floating villages going about their day, fishing, travelling to school, even visiting a floating barber shop! We stopped at a floating crocodile farm and had a snack of prawns, caught right off the side of the boat. I was preoccupied with their cute puppy. You can read more about it here. After the boat cruise and a trip to the local markets it was time to leave Siem Reap and take a public bus to Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia and where we would spend New Year’s Eve. The bus trip and taxi trip to our motel was hectic, we had enough time to grab some roadside snacks of mango slices,  then popped out for a quick meal near our motel before we called it a night.


We left Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo, and headed into the middle of the Malaysian State of Sabah. We drove through montain ranges and on towards the Kinabatan River. We boarded a long boat and headed downstream to our jungle stay for the night. Inside the steamy jungle was a timber lodge and our accomodation for the night, open air eco huts! The afternoon and evening was spent going on a sunset wildlife cruise of the river and a night walk in the jungle! We spotted lots of bugs, monkeys, spiders and leeches, but no elephants, orangutans, crocodiles or gibbons. Truth be told, we were making a lot of noise! A hot, humid night was spent in the eco lodge, listening the sound of primates playing all around us.


We arrived in San Francisco to stay in the Laurel Heights district. Our second visit to San Fran meant we visited different places than our previous times, and this time in the middle of winter! We started at the Cartoon Museum, followed by a drive through of the Fisherman’s Wharf area. We checked out the Palace of the Fine Arts and Crissy Field to see the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. After being out in the bitter wind, we headed back to our motel to warm up before grabbing pizza for dinner. For more ideas of things to do in San Francisco, check out these posts here and here.


We left Ballina on the Far North Coast of NSW and made our pilgrimage north to the Sunshine Coast. My partner’s family have a holiday apartment at Mooloolaba beach so we often go up there in Summer to chill out by the ocean and pool. It’s a nice drive through the top of NSW and into Queensland.



I am at home, in lockdown! We have had an outbreak of covid 19 cases in the area I live (Sydney’s Northern Beaches) so we are in lockdown, stay home orders. We can leave the house for essential reasons and exercise (beach swims allowed!) but no one is allowed in and no one is allowed out of the area. So just hanging at home, like most of the country and the world no doubt!

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