Networking When You’re In The Non-Profit Sector

Whoever is reading this, I am so sorry that I have been missing in action. I’ve started working at a charity that combines two things that I am passionate about – music and mental health. And while I am loving every minute of it, it has taken a lot of my time and energy.

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At our charity, we share our office space with three other mental health organisations – one that bridges the link between mental health consumers and the government, one that educates people on mental illness and links them to services, and one that focusses on the carers. So when the CEO of one of the charities said he couldn’t make it to an event today Continue reading

My Experience Visiting An Indonesian Orphanage

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I’m passionate about the issue of orphanages. UNICEF defines an orphan as a child under 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death. By this definition, there are 140 million orphans worldwide. Continue reading

Thoughts Anthony Bourdain Left Me With

I’m sure you’re all as shocked as I am about Anthony Bourdain’s death. A celebrity chef, an extremely quotable author, and off-the-beaten-path traveller, he has changed the way people have travelled. Here is my personal favourite from him:

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain Continue reading

Maybe I’m Not Suitable to Donate Blood. Maybe That’s Ok.

I guess I’ve been able to call myself a ‘regular blood donor’ for the past 5 years. Sure, I always to travel to places where malaria or dengue fever or some other potential disease that prohibits you from donating blood for a long period after you return home, but I always remember to book in for another donation as soon as I can. Today was no different. I was willing to gift myself the pleasure of donating blood again after not being able to donate for 4 months because I went to Indonesia. Continue reading

Pay It Forward Day, but who’s paying?

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world for the better”.

Today is Pay It Forward Day, which is a global initiative that advocates for acts of kindness. As I was scrolling through their list of things that they suggest you can do, I came across this one: “Help someone out in need“. And while I am all for acts of kindness no matter how big or small they are, I’d like to challenge this thought. Continue reading

Garden of the Stars, Katoomba (Blue Mountains), Australia

It’s been dubbed that a trip to Sydney is not complete without going to the Blue Mountains, and as a Sydneysider, I cannot agree more. The Blue Mountains gives you a glimpse of the unique and dry Australian landscape, as well as many world-class hikes for all abilities. While I’ve been to the Blue Mountains many times in my life, I am so ashamed to say that I’ve never actually stayed here overnight. Garden of the Stars was my first overnight stay in the Blue Mountains, and I now have a favourite getaway place. Continue reading