How to work smart - no bullsh*t productivity in the workplace

You know, in Australian culture it’s actually taboo to work beyond 6pm. They see it as being inefficient. In Asia, the later you work the better, because you’re seen as dedicated and hardworking. Hard work isn’t always the best work, however. Your best work comes when you’re effective and inspired, and that means being as productive as you can in a short amount of time. 

Out of Office: Kristen, Worn Passports

Since my first trip to Europe in college, 10 years ago, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug!  I also love researching and planning travel and talking to other people about their travel experiences.  I launched my site last year with that in mind - a network where we can all provide planning help and travel inspiration to each other.

what I love about Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy was a Kingdom founded in the 15th century, where the Sinhalese Kings in Ceylon fought the Portuguese Empire, and when it wasn't looking so good, called out to the Dutch for help. And then the Dutch took over for a bit, so nobody really won that one. Thereafter the Kandyan Wars (not to belittle history but could they not have named this the Kandy Wars?) were fought between the Kingdom of Kandy (such a win of a name) and the British in 1796. So the Brits won, and there ended 2,357 years of Sinhalese independence.

Latin-American inspired in Bali: Barbacoa

Barbacoa is in Jalan Petitenget, which isn't too far from Seminyak where we usually stay, about a 10 - 15 minute cab ride. The food here is Latin American inspired, with tacos, BBQ suckling pig and a fascination with roast and grill. The loft style dining area is spacious, beautifully tiled and complemented with dark wood beams. If you choose an outdoor table you get a view of their private rice terrace to enjoy sunset cocktails with.

bulky homeware goods we've carried back from Bali

"Things we don't need", we mumbled to ourselves as we scoured every inch of the store, fingers brushing every vase, woven basket, brass pineapple, ornate headdress or wooden statue. But Shawn and I love dressing up our home with items we've bought from around the world. We're nothing if not determined, and we've dragged everything from South African carvings to cat trees from Bangkok back home without additional shipping.