Ten

Leaving SoonWaking up today it struck me that *GULP* we have 10 days til we leave…TEN DAYS! ERMERGERRD.

The last few weeks have been pretty mammoth mentally and physically and to be perfectly honest, I’m really looking forward to being able to sleep in (maybe) and having not as much to do. There have been a few curve-balls thrown our way and dealing with those on top of all the usual stressors of leaving the country is proving a bit…stressful? But life is meant to be exciting, right? Just got to roll with the punches and keep on truckin’!

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How to cope with the heat in South East Asia

Nong cools down in front of a fan on a particularly hot day.

Nong cools down in front of a fan on a particularly hot day.

Asia isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is mine. The heat, the people, the unique chaos of the place that seems to make no sense at all, the food, the lifestyle, the general vibe of the region. Of course there are aspects to it that are hard – the language barrier, the poverty and misfortune you are faced with in many parts, the poor planning of services, the remoteness of some areas, but I love it all the same.

In our time in Thailand, Mick and I learnt a lot about ourselves and how we coped with certain challenges, particularly in relation to the weather.  Hot climates can be awesome but the also can cause plenty of issues. Dehydration is a major problem and can cause some pretty awful side effects. The dusty conditions during the hot season in South East Asia should also not be underestimated as people who suffer from asthma can find the smoke and dryness hard to handle. Sweat can cause all sorts of fun things like chaff, fungal infections and dermatitis.

Hot season in Cambodia is dry, dusty, hot, dusty and dry. The heat is relentless but with a little planning, you can make your stay a comfortable one.

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What to pack..?

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There are loads of blog posts, tips, hints etc online dedicated to the art of packing for a trip, but from what I have noticed, not many for those who are going to relocate to one place for some time or for those who aren’t hardcore backpackers going to stay in a dingy hostel for $2 per night. Travellers who are a couple, older travellers, volunteer peeps and those who are going to set up in one place for a while have completely different needs.

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Things I will miss about Australia

wpid-IMAG05461As we pack our belongings and say farewell to family, friends, workmates and pets there are things we often don’t think we will miss until we leave. Yes, I will definitely miss our friends and family but that the obvious one. And its one that we can control. In this day and age we have access to so many different forms of technology to keep in touch and get updates. No longer do we have to send even a postcard or letter to someone from far off places and hope that it arrives before we get home.

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Preparing to Leave

Cambodia - Phnom Penh & Kompongthom 127With the packing-up-life situation at home, I thought I would prepare a list of helpful tips for those who are in a similar situation. With all the excitement of leaving and adventures on the horizon, it can be so very easy to forget to do things until it’s too late.

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Cultural Appropriateness when Travelling

shwedagon pagodaSouth East Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with so many amazing things on offer.  There are temples, beaches and islands, mountainous regions, incredibly diverse food and people, strong Buddhist culture and countries that are screaming towards modern development. People come here to be surprised, excited and touched by these differences to western cultures. The difference is appealing, the experiences are unique.

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Levitation

Natsumi Hayashi

I just came across this Japanese artist’s work and thought it would be a good share – beautiful self-portraits taken throughout Tokyo. Her name is Natsumi Hayashi and she takes stunning shots of herself levitating in typical situations – on the train, in a shop, in a park. Very lovely!

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Review: Yok Yor

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As most of you would assume, Mick and I love Thai food. LOVE LOVE Thai food. Interestingly, this is a relatively new thing for me, having only developed this obsession since actually living in Thailand. Prior to that, I was not a fan. It would take a lot to get me to eat a green curry or pad thai as I really didn’t like the sweetness of the dishes, the greasyness and the flavours were not my thing. Funny how a few years can change all that!

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Links and What Not

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Obviously there are a whole bunch of amazing blogs out there but I thought I would list a few that I regularly peruse and/or follow these bloggers on twitter.  Its so inspirational to read some of them, get hungry at the thought of all that food they are getting to explore and the places they get to see. Go have a read and get inspired.

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Volunteering

I'll miss you too buddyVolunteering isn’t for everyone, especially international volunteer work. Giving up a steady income, working in an unknown place with language, cultural and health barriers is challenging and confronting. You don’t get paid, you have a huge workload and you have to try to smile and enjoy yourself along the way. But, the rewards can be immense and the changes to your life will be lasting.

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