First month or so of being 20

Being 20 hasn’t been all that easy so far. In fact, it’s probably been the rockiest start to a birthday year yet. I’ve been trying hard to veil my unanswerable questions, through the birthday presents, running and whatever it is that I do. Yes, life is interesting that way. You get moments where you feel elated, on top of the world and feel like you can achieve anything. Yet, you also get moments of uncertainty, where you just question everything around you. The first month or so has been a roller coaster for me, but for some reason it feels like there’s been more rapid downhills than the slow ascents. I guess these are just experiences that we all experience as adults… Continue reading

Bike Riding At Sydney Olympic Park

Recently I’ve been wanting to rekindle the memories that I had as a kid. I remember watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics on TV (unfortunately my family just happened to not be in Australia at the time. Perfect timing, right?), and ever since then, my family loved going their on a Sunday arvo (Aussie slang for afternoon) to go bike riding. Well…. It’s actually an activity I haven’t done Continue reading

Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach Walk

No matter how much I’ve travelled, I’m always so proud to tell others than I’m from Sydney, Australia. Even though I’ve lived here for pretty much my whole life, there are so many walks that I haven’t been on, or hikes that I haven’t taken in ages. The Mosman to Balmoral Beach Walk was one that I used to walk as a little girl, as you’d get an amazing view of the Sydney skyline and the Eastern Suburbs, which includes Continue reading

What we should do to stop exploiting corrupt Cambodian orphanages

I had the privilege of attending TedxSydney 2016 at the Sydney Opera House this year. Of the 15 talks that I heard in one day, the one that was most memorable was one from Tara Winkler- the Manager Director of Cambodia Children’s Trust (CCT). She speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused by the good intentions of foreign donors like myself, and of harm that comes to children when they are separated from their families and left to grow up in institutions like those so-called ‘orphanages’.

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Un Caffe, Florence Italy

After 2 months of au pairing in Florence, my favourite cafe was an off-the-beaten-path cafe that I will forever be fond of. Un Caffe is located near the Accademia GalleryMuseum of San Marco and Santissima Annunziata, but because its entrance resembles a literal hole-in-the-wall, it can be easily missed. It also looks like an ordinary apartment with the addition of wooden chairs and tables outside because its neighbours are all residents. Not to mention the ivy sprawling across the wall and the traditional out-swing casement windows that are so quintessentially a trademark of Italian housing…

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