Leaving Turtle Conservation Project

I’ve finally arrived home after a month of volunteering at the turtle conservation project in Ostional, followed by travelling around the country for about 20 days. As much of an introvert as I say I am, I can’t help but think that those moments created by the people here are the things I’ll miss most about the turtle project. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely miss the daily routine of seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the Arribada happen (An Arribada usually occurs once a month when there’s a new moon, where hundreds and thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs simultaneously. The Arribada usually lasts for around 3-4 days, each day between sunset and sunrise, and over the course of a five-day Arribada, up to 10 million eggs may be left here in Ostional.), but there was just something about the locals that really stuck with me. Continue reading

Why I Love Airports

I love airports! Whenever someone in my family has to go to the airport for whatever reason, I always accompany them no matter how many  errands I had to run. I secretly take pride in telling my friends the sentence: “Oh, sorry I’m unavailable for this event ‘coz I have to go to the airport.” My friends  don’t understand my love for simply going to the airport, even if I’m not the one who’s leaving. Here’s why I love it so much: Continue reading

A Film That’s Relevant To All

I’m struggling to put my emotions into words after what I’ve just experienced, but I feel like this is an issue that needs to be raised, so I’ll give it a go. Today Mission Australia hosted a movie premiere event of I, Daniel Blake – a British-French film that has one many awards and is hands down one of the most effective films I’ve watched. This movie’s about a 59-year-old carpenter who lives in the UK and continuously struggles against the government red tape when he tries to apply for various government benefits, such as health benefits, workers benefits and jobseekers benefits.  Continue reading

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

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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