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Rachel Oakley

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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There’s a restaurant in the Philippines with food that makes you happy when you feel down

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

Van Gogh is Bipolar is a quirky little restaurant in the north of Manila, run by a restaurant owner who has suffered a life-long battle with bipolar. Jetro Rafael also believes that certain foods can make you happy, so he’s created an entire ‘bipolar menu’ to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down.

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Is this the most beautiful place in Turkey?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

Whatever you do, do not forget your camera when you visit Turkey’s Pamukkale Thermal Pools. This geological phenomenon is located in the Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey and is unlike any other thermal pool you’ll come across.

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There’s a massive five-storey snail house in Bulgaria… because why not?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

Travel to Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia and take in the glorious views of the stunning architecture this city has to offer. And then do a double take when you see the Snail House. Yes, a house that looks like a giant (and somewhat sad) snail.

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Catch your own fish at this restaurant in Japan to save money

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

If you’re looking for one of the quirkiest restaurants to dine in while travelling through Japan, head to Zauo. It’s not just because this restaurant has a cool boat layout that makes this eatery popular. It’s because diners get to catch their own fish!

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George Miller and the other Mad Max creators in a one-time only conversation in Sydney? You can be there!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Monday 31 August 2015

If you’re in Sydney this October, we’ve got an experience for you! In a world premiere appearance, Mad Max creator George Miller, along with co-writer and illustrator Brendan McCarthy and dramaturge Nico Lathouris, is sitting down at the Sydney Opera House Graphic Festival to give us a rare behind-the-scenes look into the unseen footage, designs and imagery that illustrate the incredible efforts that went into the Mad Max franchise.

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Strangers of the world have come together to help this Syrian refugee start a new life

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 29 August 2015

A photo of a Syrian refugee went viral earlier this week, showing a man holding his sleeping daughter while selling pens on the streets of Beirut. More than 1 million people around the world shared the heartbreaking image which prompted Icelandic activist Gissur Simonarson to launch a campaign to find the man.

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Five people are swallowed by a frightening sinkhole in China (graphic video)

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 29 August 2015

Five people were swallowed up by a ten-foot-deep sinkhole in China on August 22 and footage of the incident has finally emerged that shows the moments leading up to the nightmarish scene.

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The joys (and frustrations) of living with your partner, illustrated

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Saturday 29 August 2015

Oh, the joys of going from living quietly by yourself to sharing space with the one you love. You wouldn’t give them up – that’s for sure – but life sure has changed since you were just casually dating.

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People with ‘invisible’ illnesses reveal their conditions to the world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 28 August 2015

Allie Cashel suffered from chronic Lyme disease as a teen, while her friend Erica was diagnosed with Lupus. While both girls struggled to fight their illnesses, on the outside, everything seemed ‘normal’. But now Allie and Erica have joined forced to make life easier for those who struggle with chronic ‘invisible’ illnesses, allowing them to open up and be honest about their conditions and symptoms.

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Do you dare bite down on these deliciously adorable platypus eclairs?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 28 August 2015

How adorable does a pastry have to get before you refuse to eat it? First there was the cat loaf. Then came the pug loaf. And now, may we present the platypus eclairs from Lou Lou P’s Delights.

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Yay! Let’s watch a video full of words women HATE (NSFWish)

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 28 August 2015

Flap. Curd. Chunky. Panties. Squirt. Moist. Moist panties. There, all those disgusting and gross words have been said so we never have to say them again, ever. But you can hear them over and over in this video about words women absolutely hate.

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We’re slightly turned on by this coffee photo series (and you will be too)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 28 August 2015

Forgive us for getting so worked up over a humble cup of joe but Aussie photog Brooke Holm has made our caffeinated dreams come true with her Coffee Still Lives photo series.

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This kid belts out an Adele tune like nobody’s business

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 28 August 2015

Tom Bleasby. Remember that name because this British kid is going places. He just recorded a cover of Adele’s Someone Like You and totally nailed it in one take.

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Hooray, Australia’s Steadfast Outback Air Race has taken off!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 28 August 2015

The 2015 Steadfast Foundation Outback Air Race (SOAR) took off on 23rd August and is running until 4th September this year. It is one of Australia’s greatest charity events: over the course of two weeks, SOAR plans to raise a whopping $300,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

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Macro photography captures the incredible world of cat eyes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 27 August 2015

Philadelphia-based photographer Andrew Marttila has us all in awe with his cat eye series. While he’s done photo shoots with cat celebs like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, it’s his macro photography that really allows us to see cats in a different light.

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