Darwin Blog

How Spoilt Can One Be?
Thursday, 24 January, 2008, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Observations, Travel


Since we went away by ourselves, without our son, at some point during our short trip the guilt factor starts to kick in.

Our son needed some new cotton shorts for wearing around the home, but is also a huge fan of Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo.  Where else but Asia has merchandise clothing for every conceivable children television show.

We were not disappointed in Bali, with Matahari (Kuta Square) having an excellent selection.  They also bring out each year a range of clothing especially for Chinese New Year, of which we bought several pieces, as we do each year.  The quality is excellent and the designs on the t’shirts are nothing like seen in Australia.

Not to mention, Number One son also got a camera case for his new digital camera, an Avatar action figure and numerous DVDs, in addition to the clothing.

My husband decided to take a picture as a reminder of how spoilt Number One soon is from time to time!


Shopping always makes me hungry!
Thursday, 24 January, 2008, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Bali, Dining


Before going into Carrefour, we had been shopping in another part of Bali, so I had worked up somewhat of an appetite.

On the third level is a small food court and at the base of the escalators is Trattoria Pizza.

I make my own pizzas now and by choice we do not eat bought commercial pizza.  In saying that, the pizza from Trattoria, is the best I have ever eaten.  There is a number of varieties including vegetarian options.

I can’t remember what it cost, I think something like R13 000, say AU$1.50.  It is served on a cute little plate that allows you to walk and eat at the same time – I don’t like to waste a minute of shopping time and I could devour it while travelling the escalators!

If visiting Carrefour, grab a slice of pizza on the way.

Carrefour Bali
Thursday, 24 January, 2008, 12:05 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Bali, Travel


This place rocks!  I love this store and wanted to share with you.

Whenever in Bali, we never miss the opportunity to visit and shop in Carrefour.

I love the fact that this store is a hypermart and has absolutely everything including fridges, electronics, television in every imaginable size, MP3 players, digital cameras, suitcases, stationery, anything for the kitchen, clothing for men, women and children, shoes, toys, pet items and of course a fully loaded supermarket.

We bought clothing for our son, my husband bought some shorts, we bought out favourite Nescafe three in one sachets, Tiger Balm (only $1 a bottle), toiletries etc.  We always end up doing a good shop here. 

Previously I bought wooden trays for our home, spoons to be used for dishing out rice and curry (these spoons I only ever seem to find in Asia), Nivea skin lotion, clothing, household items etc.

What always amazes me is the huge range to select from, the quality of the produce and the freshly cooked food that is available to buy – check out the photos.


The top row, far left picture is just the range of sausages available!  The abundance of quality fruit and vegetables puts Australia to shame – what are we first world and Indonesia is what? Third world I hear you say!  The bakery treats, it was so hard to choose, but we did end of with a cake which was so yummy.

Another thing I love about shopping at Carrefour is that you can use you pin number to make purchases therefore technically EFTPOSing your transaction – how cool is that, straight out of your savings account.  All our purchases, which was quite a few bags full came to $70 Australian dollars – I was very happy with that.

Located on Sunset Road and they have the best taxis in town servicing the Centre, Blue Bird Taxis.

I will also write about some of the other stores in the complex as there are other good bargains to be had in the shopping complex. 

Just back…
Thursday, 24 January, 2008, 11:45 am
Filed under: Travel

… from a quick visit to Bali to do a some business, a lot of shopping and general relax without having my son tagging along with me everywhere.  Let’s get real here – six weeks of school holidays is a very, very long time and a weekend away from the child was an opportunity too good to let pass.

We decided to go Business Class both ways as a treat and it was so worth it on many different levels – space to move, seperate toilet, decent food, newspapers and magazines to read, attentive staff (although when are they not on Garuda!), express check in, express baggage on arrival, first through immigration and customs and well need I say more.  Now my husband has travelled up the front of the plane, I think he wioll have issues about moving to the back of the plane in future.

BBQ King
Thursday, 3 January, 2008, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Sydney


The decor is no frills, but the barbecued pork and duck is heavenly!

Located in Golburn Street, we chowed down for a quick lunch prior to proceeding to Paddys Market for some bargain hunting.

We also tried a BBQ King in Chatswood the following day.  Not sure if the restaurants are owned by the same people or not.  One thing we know for sure, the food was excellent.

The fried kwey teow was comparable, if not better than some of those I have eaten throughout Malaysia.

Eating good Chinese always makes one feel content and that the soul has been fed.

Shopping and Sydney
Thursday, 3 January, 2008, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Sydney


I am no expert on this subject as I am still finding my around the shops in Sydney.

I do like Newtown, the Paddington and Glebe markets, Dinosaur Designs, Oroton (Pitt Street Mall), kikki-k, the Strand Arcade, the QVB, the Lindt Shop in Martin Plaza, the GPO – especially the Cheese Shop, Mao and More and of course, the Powerhouse Museum.

Hopefully in a  month’s time, I will have some new recommendations to share.

Bambini Trust Cafe
Thursday, 3 January, 2008, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Sydney

Whilst in Sydney, we enjoyed a breakfast at the Bambini Trust Cafe on the recommendation of a friend of mine, Cath.  Her brother, Phil manages the restaurant and thought we should pop in and say hi and have a meal.  I made a reservation prior to leaving Darwin, but decided not to tell Phil that we were coming.  Afterall, we just wanted to enjoy a good breakfast and really no fuss.

We were a bit late in arriving and it was a wee bit squashy inside as the morning office workers edged their way out, thankfully they still had our table.

Apart from hot teas and chocolates, we ordered raisin and cinnamon toast, toasted Turkish bread with double smoked ham, aged cheddar and tomato and toasted Turkish bread with vine ripened tomato, avocado and basil.  All was good, tasty, satisfying and filled us up for a morning of shopping in the CBD.

While eating our breakfast, we were seduced by the smell of the duck confit being prepared in the kitchen and had some serious thoughts about having another meal at Bambini Trust.  Unfortunately, all our meals for the weekend had already been prearranged.

The dinner menu has a great selection of dishes and to be honest, I had already been online, printed off the menu and highlighted what I would have.  Dinner will have to wait for another visit to Sydney.

Breakfast worked out to around $10 per person.

Located in the St James Trust Building in Elizabeth Street.