Author: Samantha Low

Nickelodeon Brawl

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Review: Smash TV

October 22, 2021

I never expected my last couple of free evenings to be spent trying to smack, dodge and jump over Michaelangelo against the backdrop of The Flying Dutchman’s Ship. But based on what 2020 and 2021 has shown us so far, anything absolutely goes these days. This is Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the latest platform fighter that […]

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Story of Seasons

Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Review: Friendship is forever

October 15, 2021

My first foray into farming simulation games dates back further than Harvest Moon‘s rebrand to Story of Seasons. I’m old enough to remember when it was called Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. That game is now 22 years old. It’s hard to overstate how uncommon slice-of-life narrative games were back then. Today, there are video […]

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Genshin Impact

7 Things You Should Know Before Starting Genshin Impact

September 27, 2021

Genshin Impact has taken the gaming world by storm, but what exactly is it? Genshin Impact is an open-world, action, massively multiplayer role-playing game by Chinese developer, Mihoyo. In the year since its release, it’s become the career launchpad for a huge number of streamers and YouTubers. Its also given players the ability to explore […]

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Danganronpa

Danganronpa, or how I learned to love the Irrefutable Bullet

August 23, 2021

The last 18 months of life all over the world have been chaotic at best. The undeniable fact is that there’s never been a more opportune time to fall into the embrace of video games. But sheltering at home hasn’t just resulted in me playing more video games. I’m also immersing myself in gaming that […]

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Exploring Tokyo’s Tsukiji and homemade sushi with ‘Tours By Locals’

April 8, 2021

Tokyo and all of its food, culture, nightlife and more can be challenging to explore on your own. And if you’re a traveller passing through, there’s also the added pressure of wanting to maximise each moment of your limited time in the big city. Local guides are a great way to experience immersive travelling. Tours […]

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Oya, the Japanese City that turned to stone

April 3, 2021

It’s not often that pebbles and rocks are the main feature of an attraction, but here in Oya, the proverbial gold really does lie at one’s feet. Oya, known as “Stone City”, sits on the fringe of Utsunomiya. This low-key town has seen a small resurgence in popularity, with a number of modern cafes and […]

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A Short Stay in Gyoza City at JR-East Hotel Mets Utsunomiya

April 1, 2021

Business hotels are one of the most common types of hotels available across Japan, offering no-frills accommodation with a very affordable price tag. But not all business hotels are created equal, and the hotel boom in Japan has left tourists spoiled for choice, with some now offering a few exciting features. JR-East Hotel Mets Utsunomiya […]

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Travel to Utsunomiya, Japan’s Gyoza City

March 29, 2021

Many travelling to Japan may have heard of or been to Nikko, but just an hour south by car lies the prefectural capital city, Utsunomiya. Also within the “Strawberry Kingdom” of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya offers small city vibes, cultural sights, and as many delicious gyoza as your stomach can handle. Getting there Travel to Utsunomiya […]

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Here’s where to find the best one-day hikes around Tokyo

March 23, 2021

The mountainous terrain of Japan means nature lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to trekking. Simply embark on a short one hour train, nature-bound and watch the transformation of metropolitan Tokyo to scenic and serene inaka (Japanese for rural countryside). Even if you’re only traveller passing through, I encourage you to block out […]

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The top 5 things to do in Hokkaido… besides skiing

January 27, 2021

Famous for powder soft snow and fun-tastic slopes, Hokkaido is at the top of most Aussies’ summer travel list. Swapping out thongs for ski boots, it’s common for top ski resort areas like Niseko to turn into mini Australian villages with the sheer influx of tourists. But Hokkaido, technically a prefecture, is home to many […]

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Review: Tally-ho towards The Stables for more Modern Australian (Sydney)

July 4, 2018

Paddington, is the ‘Sunday Best’ suburb of Sydney. Boasting equally chic and affluent Australian fashion labels and hole-in-the-wall art galleries, a quick jaunt down Oxford Street is all you need before you find your steps a little lighter, your smile a little wider. It’s also home to some of the best eateries known throughout Sydney. […]

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Review: the tide is high and bountiful at Barangaroo’s love.fish (Sydney)

May 23, 2018

Seafood is the ‘S’ word here at love.fish, as is ethically Sourced, Sustainbility and Supports local Suppliers. For a harbour city like ours, there aren’t many restaurants that can attest to being experts of what lies under the sea. The data is skewed at polar opposites of the graph, we have tonnes of fish and […]

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Patron saint of seafood, Saint Peter’s Josh Niland, will open Sydney’s very first fish butchery

March 4, 2018

Get ready to take a piece of acclaimed chef Josh Niland (of the consistently excellent Saint Peters) home with you. April this year will see the opening of Fish Butchery on Oxford St in Paddington. Dubbed ‘butchery’, the Saint Peter team aim to position it as a modern fishmonger, offering dry handled fish, produce that […]

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5 things to do in Singapore that aren’t about Marina Bay Sands

January 22, 2018

With its card deck design, three-acre SkyPark and impressive fifty-five storey height, Marina Bay Sands is by far one of the world’s most unique resorts and is an unmistakable symbol of opulence in Singapore. But when there are queues on a Wednesday night just to go up to the bar, CÉ LA VI, and additional […]

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The 8 best cafes in Singapore worth skipping hawker stalls for

January 14, 2018

Singapore might be known for its South East Asian street food and buzzing hawker centres, but it also has a thriving café culture well worth exploring. Visitors to the lively city can expect to see familiar faces on the menu like avocado on toast and interpretations of the good ol’ big breakfast, but keep an […]

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Five fitness trends for 2018 and the best places to try them out in Sydney

January 2, 2018

All of us living in this hemisphere are plagued with the unfortunate luck of having the silly season to coincide with beach body time. This means no ugly Christmas sweater to hide the festive feasting we’ve partaken all December long. So before you reach for that second mince pie, check out our predictions for 2018’s […]

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All-star Merivale team lead the newly reopened Hotel Centennial (Sydney)

December 20, 2017

The latest piece to the Merivale empire, Hotel Centennial, has finally opened under the tutelage of The Paddington’s Ben Greeno, Fred’s Danielle Alvarez and Head Chef James Evangelinos. With their love of local produce and talent for restrained simplicity, Greeno and Alvarez have crafted a menu shaped by Mediterranean sensibilities. “This is a nod to […]

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The Newport welcomes Bert’s Brasserie and Bar this Summer (Sydney)

December 20, 2017

The expansive grounds of The Newport is set to become even more elegant with the inclusion of Bert’s, Merivale’s newest brasserie and bar. Inspired by grand hotel dining rooms of the 1930s, Bert’s aims to capture the easy air of Sydney’s Northern beaches with a hint of whimsical nostalgia. An all-star line-up of hospitality talent will […]

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Icebergs and The Dolphin Hotel collaborate on a new Bondi Beach bar (Sydney)

December 19, 2017

Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB) is opening on Wednesday 20th December, just in time for summer. As the love child of Icebergs Dining and Bar and The Dolphin Hotel, BBPB represents the synthesis of a modern day pub while tapping into the history and vibe of 1907s and 1980s Australian pub culture. “Whenever I am […]

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Review: Everyday Espresso brings unconventional brunch to Redfern (Sydney)

December 12, 2017

Some weekends you’re awake by 7.30 am, have had a run and a kale smoothie by 9 and you’re now ready for a productive day of adventuring. Other weekends, it’s a struggle to remember what happened the night before through the haze of  the world’s best (or worst) hangover and you’re praying Deliveroo does McDonald’s […]

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A new pan-Asian patisseri brings leychee crepe cakes, rendang pies and more to Kensington Street (Sydney)

December 12, 2017

Fusion food often gets a bad rap but most Sydney eateries seem to be able to get the balance in flavours belonging to two different cultures, just about right. The latest player to join this sub-cuisine is Chefs Pastry, an innovative new bakery combining centuries-old French pastry techniques with vibrant pan-Asian flavours. While this might […]

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PAFU is the next Japanese dessert to trend in Australia

December 4, 2017

The onslaught of Japanese desserts continue to hail down on Australia. From the team that brought you Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart, comes PAFU, a puff pastry store launching in Melbourne’s QV this December 16th. What exactly is PAFU? A puff or ‘パフ’ in the Japanese language, is the Japanese response to the traditional French apple turnover […]

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Hartsyard 2.0 announced as Newtown favourite plans some big changes (Sydney)

December 4, 2017

Hardcore Sydney fans and Newtown locals may have to say goodbye to Hartsyard as they know it but the Newtown institution plans on reopening in early January 2018 with Hartsyard 2.0. After nearly six years, chef and owner, Gregory Llewellyn, decided it was time to head in a new direction and change things up. This includes […]

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Lotus Group’s Fujisaki makes its debut at Barangaroo (Sydney)

December 4, 2017

A new refined modern Japanese dining restaurant just opened in Barangaroo and its name is Fujisaki. Heavy hitters in the dining scene that are part of Lotus Group’s new venture include executive chef Chui Lee Luk, formerly of Claude’s restaurant,  sushi chef Ryuichi Yoshii, formerly of Yoshii, and sommelier Annette Lacey. Yoshii pwns the raw […]

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VIVID Ideas Review: The Rise of the Cat Memes Empire with Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti

May 30, 2017

The first fifteen minutes of the live discussion saw Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed, probed by Leigh Sales, anchorwoman of ABC’s 7.30, Dr Phil-style. This was Vivid Ideas’ first Game-Changer talk for 2017, and quoting Peretti, following questions on where he was born, what his childhood was like and which teachers supported him the most, […]

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Review: 12-Micron is a stunning new entry on The Streets of Barangaroo (Sydney)

March 23, 2017

What is Australian cuisine, and in particular, modern Australian cuisine? At 12-Micron, this means creating a space that showcases the very best this country has to offer, from the cuisine to the interior, from the produce to the plates they ultimately sit on. This is what Barangaroo’s latest stands for right down to its namesake, […]

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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room’s Crab Carnival returns for enormous crustacean celebration (Sydney)

March 7, 2017

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room are back with Crab Carnival and this year is set to be their biggest yet. Now in its fourth year, the Carnival will be a celebration of all things crustacean for 28 days, beginning Monday 20th March until Sunday 16th April. Chef Sean Connolly, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room and […]

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Barangaroo serves up the impressive 12-Micron restaurant and late-night dessert bar (Sydney)

March 4, 2017

12-Micron is the new kid on the street, The Streets of Barangaroo that is. It’s an impressive new 230-seater restaurant, late-night dessert kitchen, and bar with majestic harbour views to boot. The 12-Micron name, inspired by the rare and coveted fine 12-micron wool fibre, marks the venue’s ethos to celebrate the best of Australian produce. 12-Micron Executive […]

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New year, new menu: Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy announces some changes (Sydney)

January 15, 2017

Double Bay’s iconic restaurant and bar Mrs Sippy has launched a brand new menu just in time for Summer, celebrating their fifth year with significant changes that should see the popular hotspot charge through these holidays with style. The new additions feature light, fresh and summer-ready dishes aimed at pairing with your midday heat right […]

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Mövenpick introduce signature ice cream sandwiches to their Australian boutiques

January 15, 2017

As we reach the heat-wave bringing centre of Australia’s summer, Swiss ice cream brand Mövenpick has announced a range of signature Ice Cream Sandwich to be sold at their dessert boutiques. The sandwich will be made up of their high quality creamy ice cream and two rich chocolate cookies as the outer layer, giving folks […]

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