June 21

“Son, I Do Not Want You To Die…”

“I am not afraid to keep on living. I am not afraid to walk this world alone.” – Helena by My Chemical Romance It was way back 2007 when a guy named Simon (not his real name) was having diarrhea, pneumonia and literally ill. He had no medication that time and was a resident in Neno District […]

June 20

Sounds from a Sledge Hammer

Each day I stare at a painting purchased from a local Nepali Artist. It is a watercolor representation of every day street life in downtown Kathmandu. I love watercolor. Something about undefined and imperfect shapes helps to blur the lines of reality making immersion within the art much easier. It brings me back, keeps me […]

June 20

My Own Version of “The Kindness Diaries”

“In the end, only kindness matters.” – Jewel / The Kindness Diaries The Kindness Diaries is a regular television program in Travel Channel. Leon Logothetis, the host of the show travels around the world using his vehicle named “Kindness 1” and fully depends on the kindness of people to survive. Amazing stories around the world […]

More communication, less communication tools

Today is the day, here we go, into the wild blue yonder! 2 Flights, looooong flights, and sometime tomorrow (yesterday?) I’ll arrive in Laos in the dead of night, grab a taxi and head to a hotel where I’ll stay until I get my housing sorted out. It’s exciting, scary (in a good way), and […]

It’s Now or Never….

I passed by this boat on my walk along the River Brent, going from the hotel to GSK House in London, on my first day of PULSE orientation in May….I couldn’t help but feel it was aptly named… and not a coincidence.   Literally, it’s now or never for me to embark on this life changing […]

June 16

Touchdown

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi After more than 20 hours of travel time from Kuala Lumpur plus the lay-over in Singapore, Ethiopia and Zambia, finally I reached Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa!   It was a hot Friday afternoon when I […]

June 16

A new path

  “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”  – Margaret Mead, The World Ahead This month, I’m delighted to be joining PATH, a Seattle-based NGO which works towards developing solutions to global health challenges by engaging public and private partners worldwide.   PATH drives innovation based […]

June 14

To bare or not to bear

To bare – uncover and expose it to view ~~~  To bear – support; carry the weight of Change yourself, change communities, change GSK – that is the 3-fold mission of PULSE. I can’t quite believe my PULSE adventure begins for real in just a few days time! As the waiting game comes to an […]

June 14

An adventure of a lifetime begins…

When I was a little girl, I used to change my mind daily about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Amongst the many options I considered (such as a teacher, stewardess, doctor), there was always a common theme “to help people”. During my 12 years as a scientist working on molecular pathways, […]

June 13

Part 1 : When I met the PULSE family in London!

Few weeks after the confirmation of being a 2018 Pulse Volunteer it was scheduled to attend a PULSE Orientation Training at GSK House in London on MAY 15-17! Quelques semaines après la confirmation d’être une bénévole de Pulse 2018, il était prévu de suivre une formation d’orientation PULSE à la GSK House de Londres les […]

June 12

InfoBurst

“I am brave. I am bruised. This is who I’m meant to be. This is me.” – The Greatest Showman   InfoBurst Session is a quick update from the GSK Business Service Centre – Kuala Lumpur Leadership Team. All the employees will gather in one common area at the centre and listen to the current […]

June 11

Food Trust: Out in the field, literally!

I spent my first day out in the fields last Thursday.  Literally!  The first stop was the Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, NJ, which helps provide fresh produce for neighborhood children and adults, much of which is grown in nearby vacant lots (http://www.cfet.org/ ).  Their retreat house served as a place to host a […]

June 10

Wakanda Forever!

“I have lost my way. I have lost my very soul. To get back, I must see beyond myself, beyond my deepest truths. To get back, I must see things not as I feel them to be, but as they are.” – Black Panther   Wakanda is a great and powerful nation in Africa as […]

June 08

Part of something bigger

Blog #1     Back in May, I had the chance to meet my fellow PULSE 2018 volunteers in our face-to-face orientation at GSK House. During those three days, we laughed, we cried, we danced to Shakira’s Waka Waka and we played with Lego bricks and marshmallows. But more importantly, we felt part of something […]

June 08

Don’t Die Wondering

Don’t Die Wondering! That was my late Father’s life motto. Don’t die wondering “what if I had…” and it was instilled in me from childhood. The other motto was from my father’s best friend saying“Can do/Go do Good”, and together these words shaped my world. My earliest adventures in volunteering where at the heels of […]