Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower is a 64 metre (210 foot) tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.


Coit Tower was paid for with a bequest from socialite and philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit who died in 1929. The art deco concrete column tower was completed in 1933.

The interior features 27 murals painted in American Social Realism style by 26 artists.

It is free to enter the ground floor where many of the murals are located, but there are charges to take the elevator to the observation deck, which provides 360 degree views of San Francisco.

The tower is open April – October from 10 am to 6pm, and 10 am to 5 pm November to March. Last ticket is sold 30 minutes before closure.

Coit Tower is located at 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard in Pioneer Park.










Fish out of Water

The Fish Out of Water Art Trail is an annual summer event in Rotorua. The decorated fibreglass fish are currently on display at Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library.


The art trail, which ran from 20 December 2018 until February 3rd 2019, featured 13 fish decorated by local Rotorua artists.

This is the 14th year that the art trail has been held. This summer there was an extra roving fish ‘Captain Peggy Wetbeard’ that was displayed at various locations.

The 13 fish and Captain Peggy Wetbeard will only be at the library for another couple of weeks before they are painted white ready for the 2019/20 summer trail.

01 Plastic Ocean Siobhan Foster

‘Plastic Ocean’ – Siobhan Foster

03 Forest Fairytale Jemma Pirrie

‘Forest Fairytale’ – Jemma Pirrie

06. Aqualung my friend John Skudder

‘Aqualung my friend’ – John Skudder

07 Nanabozho The Rainbow Trout Lori-Ann Herder

‘Nanabozho – The Rainbow Trout’ – Lori-Ann Herder

09 Plastic Fantastic St Chads Charitable Trust Artists

‘Plastic Fantastic’ – St Chads Charitable Trust Artists

12 Cheshire Cat Fish

‘Cheshire Cat Fish’ – Nicola Wright, Grace McQuoid & Lauren Stephens

Moustache Milk and Cookie Bus

TheĀ Moustache Milk and Cookie Bus was in Rotorua this week.


Deanna Yang run the popular Moustache Milk and Cookie Bar in Wellesley Street next to the Auckland Civic Theatre for three years. She was forced to close the business in 2016 due to a 40 percent rent increase. Deanna crowd funded over $90,000 to take her business on the road.

A 1978 Bedford school bus purchased and fitted with a commercial kitchen. The front end of the 10 metre long bus has bench seating, while the back end houses a commercial kitchen, which they serve out of.

On Wednesday the bus was park in the back carpark of Digital Basecamp on Hinemoa Street. On Thursday the bus was parked at Te Manawa as part of the regular Thursday Night Market.

The bus is currently in Tauranga (February 2nd, 5th and 7th).







Oreo Marshmallow Cookie and Cookie Dough Shake

Mambukal Resort

Mambukal Resort is a government run mountain resort in the Philippines.


Mambukal, located at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, is situated in a 24 hectare area.

There are plenty of onsite activities, such as swimming and dipping pools, a climbing wall, zip line, canopy walk, butterfly garden, boating on the lagoon, and a day spa.

Vendors also sell flowers and plants from a roadside market.

One of the most popular features is the Mambukal Falls. A stream runs through rocky cliffs producing seven waterfalls. You will need to hire the services of a guide to take you up the track.

We only went to Mambukal for the day but you can stay there. Accommodation wise there are villas, cottages, lodges, dormitories, and camping sites.

Mambukal Resort is located in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.








Mount Luho, Boracay

Mount Luho is the highest peak on Boracay Island.


Mount Luho the highest point in Boracay has an altitude of 100 meters above sea level. The viewing tower provides views over the eastern side of the island. There is an entrance fee to the tower.

You can get to Mount Luho by either hiring a mountain bike or taking a tricycle.

Entrance is north of Barangay Bulabog, on the eastern side of Boracay Island.






Island hopping, Boracay

Island hopping is a popular activity for most first time visitors to Boracay, Philippines.


Visitors can either hire a boat with a skipper or join an island hopping tour. We hired a private boat from the White Beach and explored a few of the small neighbouring beaches.

If you join an island hopping tour there will usually be up to 20 people on the boat. The tour will usually involve lunch and provide snorkelling gear. Most island hopping tours will involve opportunities to swim and go snorkelling.

Possible stops could include Crystal Cove, Crocodile Island, Magic Island, Puka Beach, and Ilig-Iligan Beach.






Willy’s Rock, Boracay

Willy’s Rock is a volcanic rock formation just off the shore the shore of White Beach near Station One at Boracay, Philippines.


On the side of the rock facing the beach there are man made steps leading up to a statue of the Virgin Mary. Care should be taken when climbing the steps as they will be wet.

The rock also provides a nice viewing looking back to the beach. Best views and photographs are probably at sunset.