img_3253-1 September 26

A Day without Rain

It’s been a little over a month since I arrived in the Philippines. Sometimes it feels like I’ve been here forever; other times I get really surprised by how fast it’s going. Some days are long and filled by gloomy clouds, like a tempest ready to storm your senses away; most often, though, the experiences […]

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That’s when amusement and development become a survival issue!!!!

As International volunteers live in different new environment, away from our families,  friends and society. We face huge expansion in our free time (after work, weekends and national holidays) This free time can lead to increased sense of home sickness, isolation and lost sense of meaning. On the other  hand, it can be a great […]

img_7024 September 23

When I met Rose

I would love to share a story of an encounter I had with an amazing individual I had the privilege of meeting when conducting the audio assessment day at Kasenje Primary School. Rose was a little nine year old girl who was visually impaired and quite clearly shaken by the noise and kerfuffle of the […]

tour-group September 22

That Was Not on the Website

So last weekend I took the opportunity to go trekking and caving in Central Vietnam.  Another volunteer, Mohamed, went with me.  Vietnam is well known for having the world’s largest cave: Son Doong.  It has becoming a hotbed for caving enthusiast and the general person that wants a bit of adventure.  I would be the […]

RCI Visit September 21

The Power of Music … a great healer and Benchmarking

Music heals, it brings joy to people, it lifts the mood, it reduces anxiety, it soothes the soul, it breaks barriers of language and the list goes on…. However, I didn’t understand the power of music fully till I met Ms Rama Bhalla. Rama is music teacher in Aashirwad School (for mentally retarded & disabled […]

img_7133 September 21

When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water

Imagine how your life will change without water? Once I came to my home after a long day, opened the tap to wash my hands and realized that I have no water… thousands of thoughts came up immediately- how I will wash, cook, were I can get even few litters for now… but this was […]

It’s just a Bánh mì sandwich

So what is a Bánh mì sandwich?   For starters Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. The word is derived from bánh (bread) and mì (wheat, also spelled mì in northern Vietnam). Basically, it’s a baguette and one may say represents the French influence in Vietnam. The Bánh mì sandwich is […]

bus2 September 20

Treacherous Transportation

Brakes whine whilst an obnoxious elongated horn blows, beckoning more passengers to board an already overcrowded bus. As it stops, the driver’s assistant jumps from his perch, yelling destinations and collecting cash from any willing participants. More and more people pile in through the door eventually filling every crevasse of extra space. Bodies crush together. […]

Music makes us Dance?

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain Cheshire Home Bangalore invited me on 56Th Founders Day celebration, and see what happens. The Girl residents have… Source: Music makes us Dance?

Music makes us Dance?

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain Cheshire Home Bangalore invited me on 56Th Founders Day celebration, and see what happens. The Girl residents have performed cultural program. Most of the girls are Hearing Impaired and some of them are differently able. One who see to […]

The squad September 19

Sports and Leisure

  Sports and Leisure in the Philippines After the last blog I decided to go a little lighter and provide some insight on sports and leisure in the Philippines. Also an update on some fun things I have done outside of the office. Basketball The number one sport in the Philippines is basketball. There isn’t […]

me September 18

A message to the world !

In a world full of contradictions, full of injustice, full of a lot of instability, full of competition, full of cruelty, full of everything abnormal, full of anything but peace…In a mortal life where by all means we will all go and leave it one day… you will always find great difference in everything in […]

picture7 September 17

Dance with me.

  Imagine you are a teenage girl or a boy, you are young, smart, beautiful, talented. You aspire to play, laugh, create, perform, achieve. Yet, you live in an informal settlement or a slum area in Nairobi. The streets where you live are not safe. You need to do an extra effort to get a decent education, school fees, […]

capture3 September 16

It’s just different here…..

  In this post I want to share a bit about my assignment with the Clinton Foundation.   We are focused on helping improve access to care for patients with TB (tuberculosis).   TB the second leading infectious disease cause of death in Vietnam.  TB is an airborne disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis and […]

20160825_094956 September 14

Changing inside out and learning, learning, learning…

This is my second blog and I can’t believe that more than one month is already gone! So I will try to overtake my blogging. First two weeks after arrival were absolutely dropped out from my life, of course now I can reminisce everything with a smile on my face, laugh and feel a little […]