Las Tortugas Pizzeria, Ostional

Life on our volunteer project was very pleasant. We were fed three meals a day, and this isn’t an exaggeration, but even till this day I still miss our chef Yami’s cooking. It was just such a balanced diet, with lots of rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fresh juice at every meal. However, we’re not Costa Ricans (unfortunately). We sometimes needed those fatty foods, and those sweets. Luckily, even a small town like Ostional has 2 restaurants in town. Las Tortugas Pizzeria was our go-to place. They did the best batidos I have ever tasted! When I travelled around the country after my volunteering project, I would order a batido with all my lunches and dinners (and some breakfasts too), but nowhere was the same as the pineapple ones from Las Tortugas. I really hope this post will inspire you to go to visit Ostional. Don’t forget to visit this wonderful pizzeria while you’re here. Continue reading

La Baula Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

I have found my favourite national park in Costa Rica. Really, if you ever go to that country and (somehow) only have the option of visiting one national park, this one would be my recommendation. It is surrounded by forests, the ocean and brackish water canals. It is where you can see all sorts of different wildlife one would associate Costa Rica with (think toucans, sloths, macaws, hummingbirds etc.). It is the place with some of the kindest Ticos (Costa Ricans) you’ll ever meet. The beautiful thing about this national park is that it’s the extreme version of Venice. Everywhere you want to go, you need to take a boat, which is why choosing your accommodation is so important. I stayed in La Baula Lodge, which was at a wonderful location of in between two canals. Honestly, out of all the places that I stayed at while travelling around Costa Rica, this was the most authentic Costa Rican experience I could hope for (other than my volunteer research station back in Ostional). Continue reading

Leaving Turtle Conservation Project

I’ve finally arrived home after a month of volunteering at the turtle conservation project in Ostional, followed by travelling around the country for about 20 days. As much of an introvert as I say I am, I can’t help but think that those moments created by the people here are the things I’ll miss most about the turtle project. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely miss the daily routine of seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the Arribada happen (An Arribada usually occurs once a month when there’s a new moon, where hundreds and thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs simultaneously. The Arribada usually lasts for around 3-4 days, each day between sunset and sunrise, and over the course of a five-day Arribada, up to 10 million eggs may be left here in Ostional.), but there was just something about the locals that really stuck with me. Continue reading

Why I Love Airports

I love airports! Whenever someone in my family has to go to the airport for whatever reason, I always accompany them no matter how many  errands I had to run. I secretly take pride in telling my friends the sentence: “Oh, sorry I’m unavailable for this event ‘coz I have to go to the airport.” My friends  don’t understand my love for simply going to the airport, even if I’m not the one who’s leaving. Here’s why I love it so much: Continue reading

A Film That’s Relevant To All

I’m struggling to put my emotions into words after what I’ve just experienced, but I feel like this is an issue that needs to be raised, so I’ll give it a go. Today Mission Australia hosted a movie premiere event of I, Daniel Blake – a British-French film that has one many awards and is hands down one of the most effective films I’ve watched. This movie’s about a 59-year-old carpenter who lives in the UK and continuously struggles against the government red tape when he tries to apply for various government benefits, such as health benefits, workers benefits and jobseekers benefits.  Continue reading

Pros and Cons About Cruising

Cruising used to be a type of holiday that only the super-wealthy can afford (think back to Titanic), but nowadays, even a thrifty uni student like me can happily go on one. Over the past few years or so, I’ve been on a couple of cruises- one for 10 nights to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, one for 14 nights to New Zealand, and one for 6 nights to Tasmania and Victoria. And while I always come back from cruises with an ambivalent feeling, I’ve just booked myself and a friend for another one to Vanuatu and New Caledonia next February. Here’s a list of pros and cons about cruises: Continue reading