Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Warrandyte Market


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Situated along the banks of the Yarra River surrounded by gum trees is the quaint Warrandyte Market that oozes what a community market is all about – fresh home-grown produce, hand-made wares and food stalls that set your taste buds alight with everything from gozleme to poffertjes.

This outdoor market has been operating for over 20 years and has a loyal following from the locals and stall holders (one stall holder has been coming for 17 years). Like many markets, it has its own flavour and style that is unique to this community who live and work along the river.

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Living Simply, Repurpose & Upcycle

Clutter-free Christmas Gift Ideas


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The heading for the post is a little misleading because these ideas aren’t just for Christmas but can be used for any occasion or celebration.

Let me paint a picture for you. It’s December 21, a Monday and only a few days to organise your last minute shopping. You’ve seen the shopping centres, you can’t get a car park. The lines at the register are long. The kids are asking for ‘this & that’. You haven’t had lunch. Your arms are straining from all the bags. And that little voice in your head says ‘I was going to stick to a budget this year’.

Sound familiar?

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Camberwell Market


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If you’re looking for a collection of eclectic items from vintage clothing to handmade soaps or are a collector of objects that are hard to find, then the Camberwell Market is for you.

Located in the car park at the rear of Burke Road and Riversdale Roads in Camberwell this outdoor market is one of the best trash and treasure style markets you’ll find. Started by Balwyn Rotary in 1976 this market still rocks along every Sunday and never fails to disappoint with a variety of weird and wonderful stalls.

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Explore & Inspire, Myanmar (Burma) travel info

Myanmar (Burma) – power supply and plugs


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Despite my research, thinking I was well prepared, I took to Myanmar (Burma) one adaptor. Unfortunately, it was only useful in certain hotels. It did work at Changai Airport (Singapore). However, it wouldn’t work in my hotel in Yangon. I needed a two prong as well as my three prong. Fortunately, my roomie was well equipped and I was able to tap into her USB charger as my iPhone 6+ was my sole camera.

The power sockets in Myanmar (Burma) are two or three prong. A British 3 prong adaptor worked fine as did a two pin but they are either one or the other, so bring both.

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Myanmar (Burma) – toilets


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Some people like to know prior to visiting a country whether they’ll have to do some quad training so they can use squat toilets easier when they arrive. Only kidding, but it’s good to know what sort of toilets are available so you can be prepared.Toilet signs

Throughout Myanmar (Burma) I found a mixture of western toilets and squat toilets and in villages sometimes a pit.

I have to say that every toilet I used was clean, with toilet paper and facilities to wash your hands with soap outside (except in the villages).

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Myanmar (Burma) – money


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As a regular traveller, I’m often asked about managing money while overseas including ATM’s, traveller’s cheques and so on. So here is a brief summary of money in Myanmar (Burma).

Kyat

LOCAL CURRENCY – KYATS

Kyat pronounced by locals at ki-at but tourists call it chat. Coins are still minted but are rarely seen as most people use the paper notes. The  notes that you’ll come into contact with are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 10,000. The lower denominations are often in poor condition but still accepted by vendors. It’s very hard to purchase kyat outside of Myanmar (Burma).

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Myanmar (Burma) – food


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Local beer and curry

I travelled to Myanmar (Burma) with an open mind about the food, blocking out the bad rap that many reviewers had written. How could a country that’s surrounded by such culinary kings  as Thailand, India and China possibly have such a reputation of poor food?

Well I’m here to assure you that the food is good, in fact great. Fresh, simple fare with tasty flavours and generous portion sizes.

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