Monthly Archives: May 2012

New bloggers

Yay I added Anna and Doodles to the blog. See Anna’s very detailed blog post below.

It took me a good few months to figure out how to add users to this blog -_- I’m a bright one, I know.

Expect to see loads and loads and loads of posts by Anna and Dodo. 

K.

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Eleven Madison Park BOOKED!


I am pleased to announce that I have booked Eleven Madison Park for a 12:15pm sitting on the 18th June 2012. YAY! I needed to book 28 days in advance, I even set a reminder on my iPhone (FYI, it didn’t remind me, I felt like I needed to do something ALL DAY until that little light bulb in my head turned on). Booking amazing restaurants is serious business, yo!

I am tremendously excited, and after you look at their website and their saliva-inducing photos, I dare you not to be!

http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

http://gastronomyblog.com/2011/07/15/eleven-madison-park-new-york-city

http://www.donuts4dinner.com/2011/08/10/eleven-madison-park-tasting-menu-redux/

Donuts 4 dinner is pretty damn amazing, I’ve begun to plan my entire NYC culinary adventures from her blog. 🙂

You jelly?

K.

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Insurance Dramas

Just 14 working days left before I go on leave for 7 WEEKS! Excitement! How am I going to be able to work after coming back!??!?! I will let future Karen worry about that.

I’ve been meaning to sort out my insurance with Travel Insurance Direct (TID) for the longest of time (I bought insurance in October 2011), I mentioned in my previous posts that I stupidly forgot to cover the last 2 days of my trip (smart, I know. S-M-R-T), well, I’ve finally called TID to amend this little error, and to my surprise they don’t let me extend my policy as they are now underwritten by Lloyds and not Allianz – which is what my policy is under. My entire policy costs $270 to cover 41 or so days and this includes covering my DSLR + my expensive lens… to cover an additional 2 days, I need to purchase a completely new policy from TID for $35 🙂 HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? That’s 12% of the cost for 4.8% of the time. THAT SUCKS. IT SUCKS TID, IT SUCKS. I know I should have called you earlier to fix it, but gosh, I should not be punished for you changing your underwriters!!! To cover my SLR as well, I need to cough up $55 😀 So it’s actually 20% of the cost 😀 WHADDUP. I will not cover my SLR for my trip home from LA, I will keep it on me at all times, my main issue is that I’m scared it will be stolen, I will guard it with my life (take it with me to the toilet and all on the plane)… /Rant over.

Lesson here: fix your insurance the moment you realise something is wrong, don’t wait 6 months like I did.

I’m eagerly waiting for dineLA to release their list of participating restaurants for restaurant week 🙂 I am not entirely sure if Anna is willing to humour me by eating out everyday at fancy pants restaurants for lunch and dinner! It’s okay, I can do with 10 out of 14 days. LOL. Hi Anna.

I have also been researching the cost of mailing parcels back to Sydney (I anticipate shopping spreeeeees) – USPS is the cheapest and costs about $70 to ship a 9kg  23 x 13 x 13 parcel. That’s alright. I might have a look at excess luggage charges from Qantas. OH! Qantas doesn’t let you bring 2 luggages anymore, they’ve changed their policy to only 1 piece of checked luggage! Though I think if you booked it before May 2012, you can still bring 2, I sure hope so.

K.

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Excitement + dineLA Restaurant Week

Our trip has quietly snuck up on us, it’s gone from a 1-2 year plan to something that is actually happening in about 1 month! I am so excited, I can barely contain myself, it’s like I’m having an out of body experience and I’m watching myself watch myself as I type… THAT’S HOW EXCITED I AM!

I do have to wage my final battle with the ICAA a day before we leave – curse you, EBA, curse you! I refuse to repeat this, so I have to study hard before I leave D:

OH. Exciting news, I was so disappointed when I realised we would miss NYC Restaurant Week for 2012, Katie has informed me that it is incredibe value for money and all around aaahhhhmazing… Imagine how I reacted when I realised that dineLA’s restaurant week was on July 16 – July 27 2012. HEY! ANNA AND I ARE IN Los Angeles July 16 – July 26 2012 – IT’S FATE. I am going to blow so much money on food…. mmm…. The Bazaar, Mr Chows… Here I come!

Since I am so incredibly fond of lists, and this can be a sweet reminder of how disorganised I was prior to this trip, I have decided to compile yet ANOTHER list of things I need to do D:

  1. Call Travel Insurance Direct and fix my travel insurance (I am covered until the 26th July 2012, when in fact I return on the 28th July 2012, I am so bright.)
  2. Badger Dodo about getting her passport done. 😀 ilu dodo.
  3. Book 11 Madison Park through opentable.com
  4. Book a plethora of restaurants for dineLA restaurant week.
  5. Book Niagara Falls tour
  6. Book Grand Canyon tour
  7. Buy NYC travel pass
  8. Buy LA travel pass
  9. Look at car rentals???
  10. Oh dear… this list is beginning to scare me….

K.

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36 days

The blog was temporarily abandoned as nothing had progressed! Though I can now report that we’ve purchased all our domestic airfares (oh, how I am not excited to travel with you UNITED)… booked our San Francisco accommodation… I just need to fix my Travel Insurance!

Dodo also needs a passport. Oh, Dodo. You live life on the edge, though we all knew that!

By the end of this week, I can officially say “by this time next month, I will be in NYC!”. Cannot. Wait.

K.

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