Author Archives: Dave Allan-Petale

Meditation in Japan

Travel sketch: Zen meditation in Japan

Meditation in Japan, led by a well known guru: “Breathe in. Then breathe out. Make your outward breath longer than the inward. This way, your body’s parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems will balance each other and you will relax.” Rev Taka Kawakami is a Zen Buddhist monk who is a leading advocate for mindfulness. He’s […]

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Margaret River's beaches

Travel sketch: Margaret River beaches

Margaret River beaches are some of Australia’s best and a recent trip down south where we sampled a few of them got me thinking about shampoo. Hear me out. Expensive holiday shampoo A few years back a very beautiful hairdresser managed to convince me to buy some expensive shampoo from her store with mint leaves […]

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Travel plans 2016

Return travel: yes or no?

I walked out of a screening of Moulin Rouge back in the day. It’s one film I certainly won’t watch a repeat viewing of. But that’s not the case for a couple of mates from New Zealand who have been pushing the limits of human endurance through their podcast The Worst Idea Of All Time. […]

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