William Ricketts Sanctuary

Hey everyone! This (belated) post is mostly about a super cool place that I discovered with Rachel from @small_soy at the start of this year, but also it’s about how cool the internet and my Instagram friends are!!

Rachel and I had been DM-ing each other for a while and decided to meet up while she was in Melbourne. I knew she was outdoorsy and liked nature, and was trying to think of a cool place we could go and hang out. By chance, a link popped up on my Facebook feed about a place called William Ricketts Sanctuary, and so I decided that this is where we were going on our first friend date.

I was nervous, as I’m shy and usually pretty anti-social. BUT it turns out, Rach is an amazing human who has lots in common with me and we got along just fine. Also, if you live in Melbourne (or you’re visiting), get your ass down to this place because it’s a very unique place that I feel is not very well known.


William Ricketts was a guy who spent a lot of time with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, and he believed that Australians should adopt Aboriginal philosophy and respect mother nature and the Earth. He created this sanctuary, which contains over 90 sculptures depicting Aboriginal people, by carving at the rocks and trees throughout the property. Anyway, the pictures speak for themselves I think.


Rachel and I had a great time exploring and taking photos together in this tranquil, green place. We’ve since caught up again in Adelaide when I passed through and I hope we get to see each other again soon 🙂


[outfit deets: nice martin celine jumpsuit // decjuba t-shirt (old) // converse hi-tops]

What’s the coolest place you’ve been lately? Let me know!

Stacy x


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Travel Guide

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, or know me IRL, you’ll know that our outback adventure has come to an end. It was a bit of a messy ending, but the silver lining of this whole situation is that we got to have a mini roadtrip holiday!!


Sad to say ‘bye’ to Alice, but not to the flies… and hello to:



There is really only one place to stay when you visit the big rock, and that’s the Ayers Rock Resort. This resort is around 15km away from the big red rock itself, and is not one resort, but a variety of accomodations you can choose from. We chose the most budget option at the campgrounds, where you can camp, or rent a small cabin. We chose this option because we were traveling with our cat, Cookie, and the campground was the only pet-friendly place. We stayed two nights, but I wish I’d stayed longer!! It takes a while to get your head around the large resort and its various museums, shops and restaurants.We enjoyed our stay at the campground, as we can pretty much sleep anywhere 😛 You can of course get a hotel, even a 5-star one if you want, but be warned – it’s not cheap. There’s no competition so prices are high. Check out what’s available on the resort’s website (here).

Despite the fact that the Ayers Rock resort holds a monopoly over tourists, there are a few things I’m impressed by.

Firstly, the resort reached a milestone of 40% Indigenous employment in 2017. They are aiming for that number to reach 50% this year. They also have an Indigenous Traineeship Program which places trainees in their preferred area of work, and upon completion, offers them full-time work at the resort or assists them to find employment in the tourism & hospitality sectors elsewhere in Australia.

Secondly, Tjintu (‘sun’ in local Pitjantjatjara) is the name for the solar powered field on the resort, which produce’s around 15% of the resort’s energy needs. In the sunniest part of the day, it can produce up to 30% of the resort’s peak energy use. The resort has made a commitment to sustainable tourism practices and this is a great step!

Field Of Light – Bruce Munro

I had been looking forward to seeing this amazing artwork, made of thousands of beautiful frosted glass spheres. There are many ways to see Field of Light – at sunrise, over fancy dinner, sunset, by helicopter, by camel…you name it! Ken had booked us in to the ‘Star Pass’, which is an experience including watching the sunset on a hill, drinking sparkling or juice and eating canapés, then walking down the hill and seeing the Field of Light exhibition itself. I couldn’t eat any of the food but I had a couple of glasses of juice, and took heaps of sunset pics with Uluru in the background.


As darkness fell, we wandered down a pathway into the Field of Light, and boy, it was STUNNING. We were on a tour, so we were worried about getting through it quick to make the bus, but then we realised that a few people were lagging behind taking pictures so we leisurely strolled through. I’d recommend spending a bit more money on the Star Pass like us, or even one of the other experiences, as friends of mine who’d just done the Field of Light by itself didn’t get to experience the wonder of watching the sun go down and the lights come on, and they were disappointed by their experiences. (BTW, these pictures don’t do it justice. You have to see it IRL, trust me.)



Last thing about seeing the Field of Light at night…don’t forget to look UP. Ken and I had been excited to move out bush for the beautiful unpolluted night sky – we love stars and the Milky Way and the scene at Field of Light was truly amazing. Lights on the ground, and a smattering of milky stars spread across as far as the eye could see. It was a DREAM! I tried my best to take a picture with my DSLR, but it was impossible to capture the creaminess and depth of what I could see. Sorry, very nerdy. But true. Astro-gasm!

Photo at sector 1894528-2

The National Park

Okay, onto Uluru itself. Uluru is situated in the Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park, with the entry fee being $25 for three days (entirely reasonable!). My recommendation is that you hire a car, or drive there with your own car. Why? Well, the park us huge, and there are many things to see. From catching the rock at sunrise, to various walking trails, lookouts and a cultural centre, I found there were so many options. It felt easy for us to get recommendations from the tourist info desk and then have the freedom to spend more time in the places we were interested in. It’s also much cheaper than joining tour groups and sitting on a bus.

We spent a full day in the park. An early 5.30am start meant that we got to ride camels past Uluru with Uluru Camel Tours. I did my research and they don’t breed camels, but take them from the wild, where people are currently trying to send them back to the Middle East anyway. Did you know? Camels were first imported from Afghanistan as horses couldn’t survive in the outback! The camels are treated like a big family, they don’t have bits placed in their mouths, and lots of money is spent on ensuring each camel has a custom, comfy thick saddle. I was reassured as our camel, Darcy, was super enthusiastic, loved meeting us and genuinely was so sweet. I loved giving him a cuddle.

Camel Ride 35

Camel Ride 75

After the sunrise, we drove our car into the park and visited Kata-Tjuta (Many Heads) which is 36+ large rock formations, looming majestically over you. We stopped at the ‘sunset viewing; platform for some pics, before heading on the Valley Of The Winds walk. The lady at the info desk recommended we walk this ’til the 2nd lookout and then turn back, as the section after the 2nd lookout was just more of the same (see map below). We decided not to do the Walpa Gorge (the easier and shorter of the two) as we didn’t have enough time to tackle both.


The Karu Lookout and the Karingana Lookout on the Valley of the Winds track are both worth getting to. The Karu is relatively easy trek but the second lookout is a tough, steep and difficult trek so wear good shoes!! It’s also slippery on the rock when it rains. We were lucky the weather was mild, as the track is closed if it gets over 36 degrees. Unfortunately Ken accidentally deleted ALL our Kata-Tjuta hike photos (WAH), but it was honestly the most stunning part of the park, for me. People often forget about Kata-Tjuta bc, well, ULURU DUH!, but these formations are so under-rated. Well worth the tough hike up!


Before heading on to Uluru itself, we stopped at the Cultural Centre where there are many informative posters, exhibits and recordings which tell of the history and culture of the area, as well as info about the flora & fauna that live there. We also grabbed a quick lunch – a roasted vegie sandwich thing, fruit salad and a regular green leafy salad.

We then chose one of the shorter walks on the South side of Uluru – there are a few more tracks here, and you can walk all around the base. We were INCREDIBLY lucky that it rained when we were at Uluru, as you can see amazing silver waterfalls off the side when it rains. It wasn’t heavy rain so we saw small trickles of it. It seems so strange that there is so much water in the area – it’s surprisingly a more lush area than Alice Springs.

Photo at sector 3963136-2Photo at sector 3218304-2

We decided to head back to the campgrounds in the afternoon as we were both exhausted, and then headed back out to see the sunset from one of the viewing points in the park. The park closes at 8pm, and there is no where to camp in there, but it gives you ample time to watch the sun go down and then drive back to Yulara and the resort.

Photo at sector 954816-2

Tips and other activities

If you visit the official Ayers Rock Resort website, you can browse through many many activities. There are free bush food tours, and other free activities you can book into. You can see Uluru by segway, do an astronomy night time viewing, King’s Canyon day tours, even sky-diving experiences! Check it all out here, I’m sure there’ll be something that captures your attention. You can also buy a ticket for a hop on-hop off bus which means you have a bit more autonomy, but there are also plenty of tours for if you want to be guided through it all.


#1: Don’t come in the middle of Summer! IT’S REALLY HOT. We caught it right at the tail-end of Summer and were lucky it was stormy and had cooled down a lot right as we arrived. But sometime in the cooler months will mean less flies on ya back and less heatstroke opportunities too

#2: Please, please please. Don’t climb Uluru. It’s extremely disrespectful to the Indigenous owners of the land. The climb is officially going to be closed next year, but I would urge all tourists to respect the wishes of the owners of the land. It’s also an incredibly dangerous climb, and it was closed the day we went anyway due to forecast storms.

#3: Be careful what you photograph. There are areas around Uluru that are culturally sensitive, and Aboriginal people have certain beliefs around what happens to people’s spirits when they pass away. When I worked in Alice Springs people would get distressed seeing images of deceased peoples. Read all signs and ask for consent/permission before taking someone’s picture.

#4: Spend as long as you can at Ayers Rock Resort – two nights was not enough for us and we definitely need to get back. There is soooo much to do and learn and take in. Not to mention that it’s incredibly confusing there as to where is good to eat, and restaurant opening hours, and how to get around.

I hope this guide was useful, and helps you in planning to get to Uluru and surrounds!! If you have any more questions ask me down in the comments below, or hit me up on Insta. Or hit the resort up on Insta @exploreuluru 😀


Stacy x


Finding love in Japan

This is a true story about me. A story about how an American guy in Japan fell for a Chinese gal in Australia, and the beautiful result of our two worlds colliding.

At the end of last year, I took a chance. I was stressed, unimpressed and tired of my routine. I’d just finished my masters degree. I’d just moved house into a new environment. So I took a chance at finding love. I flew to a small town south of Hiroshima, Japan to meet a guy I had met in Melbourne. We had spent a whirlwind short time with each other in a Melbourne, and realised that we had a strong connection. I took the leap and there in the small town of Iwakuni, in a Japan, I found everything I wanted and more – plus I got to explore Japan for a second time around. I’m a lucky gal 🙂

2017 is a year of chances. A year of love. A year of learning. Hopefully, you might read this and take a chance on love too. I promise it’s worth it. 

Japan I’ll be back in July, can’t wait to explore more of your beauty and charm with my love and my friends by my side 💘

Stacy x

B E H O L D 🌱 B A L I

I spent New Year’s in Bali, Indonesia this year. I’d never thought I’d be a Bali type of gal as it seems to have a reputation for being all about Aussies drinking and partying etc but honestly Bali is spectacular. Since it was my first time I didn’t really know what to expect.

Bali’s most popular locations, such as Seminyak and Kuta, were obviously crowded, dirty beaches and loud and unforgiving. It was really interesting to see that many Australian businesses were flourishing there. And there were plenty of delicious cafes and beautiful resorts dotted along the beach.

The real beauty of Bali was when I trekked up Mt. Batur, an active volcano in the island’s North East, and also explored Ubud and surrounds. The pictures tell it better than I can in words.

I cannot wait to get back to Bali and spend more time exploring the wilderness, because I know there are many beaches, waterfalls and forests awaiting the hippie nature-lover that I am!

If anyone has any cool Bali hotspots, eats or tips let me know in the comments!

Stacy xx


Still coming to terms with the fact that I’m back in freezing Melbourne after spending a glorious month in European summer. Thought I’d post up some snaps since it’s been forever since I posted anything on this ol’ blog. Enjoy!

Buckingham palace, Notting Hill, graffiti in Paris, outfit matching with Hannah in Leeds, Luxembourg Gardens (Paris), The Louvre.

Oxford St, classic telephone box, gorgeous flowers, Musee D’Orsay, Monterosso beach, vegan feed @ Max Pett (Munich), selfie with my awesome travel buddy Lauren ❤

I hope to have some new content up, but for now enjoy my Euro-spam pls.

Stace x


The title of this post is hashtag-back to uni. Because uni is back. After almost four months off from my course, simply relaxing, working, exercising and sleeping in, I’ve gotta get myself back into the swing of practising piano, studying and going to class. Not that I’m complaining, this is my last semester so the 12 weeks is going to flyyyyy! For those that are under a rock, I’m studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Performance 🙂

Anyway, my ritual before a new semester starts each year is going stationary shopping, so I’m sharing my #backtouni essentials from Officeworks!! I literally could spend hours there, the amount of coloured pens, different exercise books and fun and innovative products makes me happy 🙂 After clothing & shoe shopping this has got to be my second fave type of retail therapy!

This is part of my haul from yesterday, when I went to Officeworks at Highpoint after work. Look at all the preeeetty colours, purple and green and blue 🙂 I’m such a little kid.

My favourite A4 exercise books, I get them every year because they have colourful colours and a pen holder, calender inside the front, Plus a little plastic ruler but I tend to throw that out 😛 And the A5 notebook is good for taking around and jotting down notes. It has little pockets inside to store documents which is good for piano class coz we get random sheets!

This drink bottle is by Cool Gear Inc, and the minute I saw it it was love at first sight. It’s an insulated drink bottle disguised inside a mason jar style casing complete with a removable straw! For uni I will obvs not use the straw and just drink from the opening at the top, can’t wait to put tea in it for Winter 🙂

Black mesh pencil case & highlighter from Officeworks’ new X collection! I took some snaps on my phone of the colection while in store, it’s all about minimalistic design with a range of simple but stylish stationery. I love this mesh pencil case because it was cheap – I hate spending a fortune on small things – and it’s mesh, super on trend! I tried styling this as a clutch, I think i could work well. It’s also super easy to find stuff. Worst thing is digging around for an eraser and not being able to grab it.

Oh yah and the highlighter really surprised me, it’s like a wind up crayon instead of texta.

And this stack of J Burrows sticky notes? 48 cents. How could I not.

There is also a cool iPad tough case that I now I will gets heaps of use out of, and butterfly paper clips for the childish me. And don’t forget the white foam board which forms the backdrop for these photos too!

I’m actually looking forward to starting uni with all this cool stuff in my pencil case 🙂 Officeworks is awesome for surrounding yourself with stationery that inspires great work, they even made a video. Officeworks offers stylish stationery perfect for students wanting products that look good and do the job. Let’s hope this is my best year yet at uni – I’m aiming high for my graduating recital and I’m sure you guys will hear heaps about it the closer it gets to it haha.

Friday tomorrow, wow feels like just yesterday I was saying TGIF for last week!

Visit Officeworks for your stationary fix (I like the new X collection), even though some peeps have started uni already it’s not too late to buy your 12 pack of mini highlighters/erasable pens 😉

x x Stace

Come visit and follow me!

FACEBOOK | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr


So this is what happens when I’m procrastinating from packing & I’m pretty much wetting myself from excitement that tonight, just after midnight, I’m getting on a plane to Thailand!!! I have been on Tumblr scrolling through pics of beaches and food and breezy summer clothes, so here, let me share 🙂

Anyway, better get back to packing… Or else I’m gonna miss my flight lol and I really don’t wanna do that.

Peace & love & catch you guys when I get back!!
I’ll be updating Instagram so follow me there – @stacyjiamin 🙂

x x Stace