Author Archives: Afiyat Mustaq

Adelaide – The Highlights

Adelaide – The Highlights

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia is the fifth largest city in Australia. A mere 2 hour flight from Sydney, my home town, landed me in Adelaide for a five day adventure-packed trip. Adelaide airport is close to the heart of the city. It will take you around 20 minutes by taxi, convenient if you do planContinue Reading

A Little Touch of Japan In Australia’s Capital

A Little Touch of Japan In Australia’s Capital

It’s no surprise that many people are often under the impression that Sydney is Australia’s capital city. It has a vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination, from the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Darling Harbor with great alfresco dining choices. Tourists also flock to Sydney to enjoy someContinue Reading

A bridge climb to the top

A bridge climb to the top

It’s 5pm on a warm winter afternoon during Sydney’s Vivid Festival and I am about to do it for the first time. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to do it, but it took me a while to find an accomplice, and more importantly, the courage. But the time had come. IContinue Reading

Melbourne – where Sydneysiders sometimes prefer to be

Melbourne – where Sydneysiders sometimes prefer to be

Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, is only a 1.5 hour flight from my hometown Sydney (or a 12 hour road trip, whichever you’d prefer). There’s a whole lot of rivalry that exists between Melbourne and Sydney, but I’m proud to admit that I’m a Sydneysider who might just be a MelburnianContinue Reading

The Gold Coast – a wish (finally) granted

The Gold Coast – a wish (finally) granted

It took me ten years to get to the Gold Coast, but it was worth it. When I was 12, if you asked me where I wanted to go for a  family holiday I would have answered the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia without a blink of an eye. At 15, my answer was still GoldContinue Reading

Sun, Sand and Sea

Sun, Sand and Sea

Warm sand beneath your feet, ice cold waters as far as you can see, and a blazing sun in the distance. These are the things that make me feel at home. Sand, sun and sea are the three things that truly relax me. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than sitting by aContinue Reading

A taste of Turkey in Sydney

A taste of Turkey in Sydney

For anyone who knows me personally, it will come as no surprise that one of my favourite things to do is eat. I am a complete and utterly obsessed foodie. And I can honestly say that growing up in Australia, and more specifically in Sydney, is definitely the cause of my food obsession. The varietyContinue Reading

Broulee Island: An escape from urban life

Broulee Island: An escape from urban life

A few months ago I visited a small town called Broulee on the south coast of New South Wales. To celebrate my niece’s 2nd birthday, my family and I took a few days off from our daily routines and booked a holiday house by the beach, to spend some quality family time together and unwind withContinue Reading

Under the haze

Under the haze

Wednesday October 30, 2013 was a beautiful day to fly away. It was the day I boarded my flight from Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport on route to Dhaka, Bangladesh on my very first solo trip. To drift among the clouds and look down on the miniscule lands below was surreal. The whole trip, in aContinue Reading

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