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

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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

An Upcoming Summer Without Much Travels?

Around September every year, I spend the month pulling my hair out over what should be an easy decision- where to travel to over the summer (Australian summer, which is from December to February). I have been privileged enough to be able to travel overseas for an extended amount of time every summer for the past 3 years, so that over that three-month period, I have only really stayed at home for no more than 3 weeks! Yes, my routine for September has continued, but I’ve decided on something different this time. I’m actually going to stay at home! While I know I’m going to have many regrets about Continue reading