I feel like the older I get, the prouder I am of calling myself Australian, and this thing called Harmony Day is one of those days. Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21st in Australia every year, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Continue reading
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
When I was deciding on where to go, I resorted to the option of spinning a globe and then just doing a Google search on it. This was how I decided that I was going to spend a month and a half in Costa Rica. I’d heard a little bit about the country before, like how there were sloths there and the diverse natural phenomena this tiny country offers (volcanos, rainforests, beaches, mountains etc. etc.). Months later, Continue reading
Life on our volunteer project was very pleasant. We were fed three meals a day, and this isn’t an exaggeration, but even till this day I still miss our chef Yami’s cooking. It was just such a balanced diet, with lots of rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fresh juice at every meal. However, we’re not Costa Ricans (unfortunately). We sometimes needed those fatty foods, and those sweets. Luckily, even a small town like Ostional has 2 restaurants in town. Las Tortugas Pizzeria was our go-to place. They did the best batidos I have ever tasted! When I travelled around the country after my volunteering project, I would order a batido with all my lunches and dinners (and some breakfasts too), but nowhere was the same as the pineapple ones from Las Tortugas. I really hope this post will inspire you to go to visit Ostional. Don’t forget to visit this wonderful pizzeria while you’re here. Continue reading
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
Yesterday was a sad day. I saw many ways in which turtles all over the world are threatened. What I saw were things that I had only heard and read about about before I came to Ostional in Costa Rica. I’m still struggling to reconcile with the fact that all of this happened in one day, and all on one beach. Continue reading
I turned 20 the other day. Here’s to a period in my life where I’ll be doing exciting things- Continue reading
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’.
Volunteer trips are slowly but surely becoming more popular nowadays, with more people willing to do meaningful travel rather than just ticking countries off the bucket list. That was my thinking as soon as I had finished school! So before I started university, I volunteered at Continue reading
Having travelled to so many places before, this guesthouse gave me by far the best experience. It wasn’t a luxury hotel, but everyone here was just so friendly (so was every Cambodian I met!), not to mention their super cheap food that were just so hearty and delicious too. I stayed here for a month as a first-time solo traveller, and I absolutely cannot thank Victory Guesthouse enough for taking such good care of me.