Category Archives: Asia

January 17

A different kind of Christmas…..

      So when I’ve thought about spending Christmas away from home it usually involves a beach, hot sun and a barbecue….but this year, my first abroad, was a somewhat different kind of Christmas. Being a predominantly Hindu country, Christmas is not widely celebrated, except by the expat and the minority Nepali Christian community. […]

January 09

A trip less ordinary…

As part of my assignment I had the privilege to visit the CARE-GSK project in Bangladesh. Now to be honest, Bangladesh has never been somewhere high on my list of places to travel.  I guess all I really knew about it was that it was the most densely populated country in the world (apart from […]

December 13

Stolen Generations

Between 1910 – 1970, over 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families by the Australian government. These children are known as the Stolen Generations.  The children were taken from their mothers and placed into institutions for care.  Most families were affected in more than one generation with the removal […]

December 13

A Decade on…

I first came to Nepal 10 years ago. The political situation was unstable and the King was under house arrest.  Few Westerners graced the streets outside Thamel and the new found democracy was playing out in regular strikes and road blockages – travelling could be a nightmare.    When I realised it was exactly 10 years […]

November 30

Thinking about socially vulnerable poor

*Japanese follows-日本語が下部にあります*** My missions in Jordan are to create posters and VR videos (virtual reality), interviews with Syrian refugees and an ADP* workshop in our Jordan office. *ADP (Accelerated Delivery Performance ) is a new process of leading and managing change in GSK. ADP incorporates ways of working, behaviours and tools that you can apply […]

November 30

Pump Hard and Fast

Typically 10% of people who suffer from cardiac arrests outside a hospital will survive.  The survival rate is improved to 35% if a bystander witnesses the event, calls for an ambulance and performs CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation).  Last year, the median arrival time for ambulances in Victoria was 7.8 minutes.  Every minute where CPR is performed increases the patient survival rate.  In Victoria, approximately 8,000 […]

November 29

Salamat Po – Thank you – 谢谢

This blog is dedicated to my home team back in Singapore.  Save the children’s staff and people I met in Philippines, India and Bangladesh are telling me how wonderful to spend 6 months in a voluntary work.  Yes, totally! This is really a once in a life time experience. But, who are the heroes behind […]

November 29

Attitude of Gratitude

Hello Reader! Two weeks ago, I was in Lao’s south provinces (Sekong and Saravane) for the implementation of CHAI’s supply-chain software at the provincial and district hospitals. It was a 2-week-long field visit and at the end of it I was utterly grateful for having had the chance to visit these places. Here is why. […]

November 17

My First Diwali/Onam Festival in India

Festival of Lights I started writing this blog just before Diwali, due to my domestic travels I am publishing it a little late..hope you enjoy reading:-) This is the first time I have ever been away  from home for such a wonderful and the most important festival of the year, Yes once again I was […]

November 17

Remembering…

Wherever you are in the world there are some occasions that you never forget and for me one of those is Remembrance Sunday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is the day that we remember all those who have fought in the armed services and have either died or been injured.  […]

November 16

Yes!

The moment of 10am on November 15th in 2017 will be permanently etched into my mind for the rest of my life.  That was the time that the results of the Australian same sex marriage plebiscite was announced.  I was so scared that it would turn out to be another earth stopping Brexit or Trump-type […]

November 08

Welcome Back

In the words of Anthony Bourdain “Vietnam it grabs your heart and once you love it you’ll love it forever and you must keep coming back”. Well I loved it and I went back.  Four weeks ago, I returned to Vietnam for a personal visit to reconnect with colleagues and friends.   After, being away just […]

November 02

When in Rome (well India)…

It has been festival time in Nepal and during one of the long weekends, I decided to make the trek (in a plane) over to Delhi to visit my Knowledge Centre (KC) colleagues. After spending a couple of months in Nepal, it was amazing to see how my perceptions of normality had been altered. As […]

October 31

Confessions of a Lao-holic

Hello hello! Before I begin to tell you why I’ve been MIA (Missing-In-Action), I want to share something with you that I should’ve done long ago.. Do you notice the dragons outside the temples in the above pictures? For the longest time, I wondered why each temple in Lao has dragons at the temple entrance, […]

October 26

See Yup Temple

There have been many times when I wished my knowledge in Chinese traditions matched my physical appearance.  However, truth is that I grew up in a country town in South Western Victoria and didn’t really have strong interactions with my Chinese heritage, except visiting my grandparents and relatives on school holidays.  This past weekend presented one of […]