Images of South East...

Tran Quoc Pagoda View Larger Map A place of worship on a busy traffic thoroughfare just north of national Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh precinct in Hanoi. The ground floor of the temple is busy and jostling but not packed. People walk around, light free incense, take free flowers as a sign of respect...

Mount Donna Buang

Image via Wikipedia A few weeks ago I needed to go and commune with some sort of nature. And thus, I chose on my day off to ascend a mountain. Looking around Google Maps, at first I didn’t find a thing in this flat plain. Remember, I’m from Auckland, a city of 17 volcanoes....

A Journey to Epping

On Monday morning, I received a most unexpected email. I had, as a child in New Zealand, saved up to buy a book from the Scholastic Book Club- schools received catalogues for their students which provided discounted books published by Scholastic. This book was one that had won an award and was...

Swaziland! And some ...

So, here I am in Swaziland. One of the countries with the highest HIV rates in the world. One of the richest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A very different place than I would ever have expected from that description! The people are… hot. And friendly. And very funny. I think…...

Last Day

This is my last day in Sri Lanka, or to be more accurate, my last few hours. I shall be leaving tomorrow morning at a “sprightly” 7am. Do not be fooled, dear reader, for I have accomplished much over the past two weeks, despite my lack of diligence in regards to posting on here…My last 2...

A Day in the Life

My shoes shined to a full gleam, my trousers pressed, my shirt ironed. Face scrubbed, teeth brushed, hair combed and tied up. Bag packed- rice and curry in my lunchbox, an apple, two notebooks, a bottle of water and an umbrella. This is how I started the day. I said a rushed “good...