Category Archives: Asia

July 26

Meeting Collegues in GSK Nairobi

Isn’t it a lovely and amazing day having met our collegues here in Nairobi . It all happened, thanks to Elizabeth Msafiri ( Security lead Kenya & East Afrika) and Bernard Matheka. Before we head to the office, Elizabeth & Bernard inspected our apartments to ensure that we are living in a safe & secured environment so we […]

July 10

WE GOT YOU! ( Our NGO: Leonard Cheshire Disability )

I had to blog this, we dont get these coincidences very often, especially not a conincidence of the same mission! Mission to #BeChanged #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange Finally the two ( YES, 2 ) Adrienn _ have re-united in Nairobi, and not only our first names are 99% similar but we are both matched to the same NGO, in Nairobi, only in different branches. How ironic […]

June 30

Leonard Cheshire Disability, Nairobi (my first few days)

Jambo! ( Hello in Swahili ) Figured i better blog now as so many excitement has happened in a matter of just a few days, and i wouldn’t want to miss blogging some of these special moments. I first stepped into LCD office 3 days ago, and immediately knew i would fit in faster than i thought. To […]

June 24

A message to my younger self…and to you

‘’You can realise your dreams but it will take longer than you might expect, the path may not be easy to navigate with many twists and turns, challenges that you overcome prepare you for the future’’ I remember being in my school library aged 12 proudly wearing a digital watch, talking to a classmate about how […]

June 20

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 […]

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 […]

June 08

This is your mission should you wish to accept it?

[March 2009 in C7 GSK House. Brentford] A covert undercover mission was assigned to me. I was to escort Sir Andrew Witty, GSK’s former CEO and Claire Thomas, Senior Vice President of HR, to a room where a formal business meeting was being held. I remember laughing with Andrew and Claire who were both delighted to […]

June 05

From “Truly Asia” To “The Warm Heart of Africa”

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine In the next couple of days, I will be travelling to Africa! Sounds good or not? Well it depends on your own perception. You might be asking me – Where in Africa? When is the exact date […]

March 20

Back to Blighty!

I am writing this a little behind schedule as I have been back in the UK for a few weeks now and the shock is just about wearing off.  Although I am still not used to the supermarkets…why do we need so many options?! As I settle down into the madness of the West – […]

February 01

End of PULSE journey; starting a new ME!

Now is the rainy season in Singapore; as it is wet and slightly cold, it is a perfect day to clear and arrange my thoughts for 2018.  I am overwhelmed with all the changes and new information. At times, I feel like I am standing at the beach during the high tides.  Before you know […]

January 23

Final blog ~Japan PULSE program~

Japanese Follows**日本語は下部 I finished my PULSE assignment successfully and it was a really good experience. I started to work at GSK Japan office again from this week. I feel it is strange for me to work GSK…haha   Anyway, I just wanted to try to sum up the work I’ve been doing with NPO JEN. […]

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 […]