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Leaving camp: the verdict

If there was just one aim of our volunteering program, it was for the girls  to experience not just a completely different reality and to feel duly grateful for all they have, which is all rather obvious, but rather, for them to understand that the children they were teaching and their families were ‘real’: not […]

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Volunteering at kindergarten: Week 2

Days at school are similar, and we get to know names and character traits as we go. Naughty but clever Willem, and his double act Erwin; pretty Nicole, wily Grace, little Jaecob with his twisted hand… they arrive on Mondays clean and presentable, by Wednesday they are a dirty, mucky mess. The girls are applied, […]

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The new natural wonder of the world: the underground river in Sabang

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Volunteering at kindergarten: Week 1

It was time to get stuck in. The girls were already the talk of the town, and pretty much every single child in the village had already come to meet and play with them- volleyball, running on the beach, hide and seek in the school…. I think they’ve only had one family here volunteering at […]

Volunteering: Culture & Induction

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First night at volunteer camp

Where to begin? Perhaps just getting there and the first night. The drive from Puerto Princesa was perfect: in the sense that it was dusty, reckless, bumpy, noisy, punctuated by endless stops at roadside stores for water, SIM cards, food, everything; and lined by the most fabulous, lush verdant landscape you could ask for: endless […]

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Byron to the Philippines

The girls were somewhat jittery as we boarded the first flight to Manila, via Sydney, as always, the fear of the unknown coming to the fore. Coupled with a clear lack of confidence in their mother for dealing with anything whatsoever- ‘I wish Daddy was here’ was a continuous echo 😜…. Arrival at Manila went […]

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Byron Bay

The day we left for Byron, organic hipster surfer capital of the south, was tinged with sadness as we said goodbye to Daddy for three weeks. Not easy to split the family up any time, but especially on an adventure like this. He gallantly dropped us off and stoically begin his trek back to the […]

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Bryon Beach life, took it upon herself to send me such an amazing list of things to do. One of said things was a circus training workshop with Circus Arts Australia, for the girls. That sounded excellent, and perfect for just another Tuesday, so booked it was. Rashly, I also booked myself in. For the flying trapeze. I mean WTF? Why did I decide to do that, I thought, as I climbed the rickety ladder to impending doom at the top. Leaning forward into the abyss (yes, harnessed but abyss nonetheless) to grab the trapeze was not an easy feat. But miraculously, a leap of faith, a fair few screeches and closed eyes, and magic ensued! And now we are all hooked! We now wish to run away with the circus, immediately. ME DOING THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER, though I say it myself: [video ] And more videos of us all: img_0152 img_0154 img_0156">We are all to run away with the circus. As long as it is in Byron Bay.

Bryon Beach life, took it upon herself to send me such an amazing list of things to do. One of said things was a circus training workshop with Circus Arts Australia, for the girls. That sounded excellent, and perfect for just another Tuesday, so booked it was. Rashly, I also booked myself in. For the flying trapeze. I mean WTF? Why did I decide to do that, I thought, as I climbed the rickety ladder to impending doom at the top. Leaning forward into the abyss (yes, harnessed but abyss nonetheless) to grab the trapeze was not an easy feat. But miraculously, a leap of faith, a fair few screeches and closed eyes, and magic ensued! And now we are all hooked! We now wish to run away with the circus, immediately. ME DOING THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER, though I say it myself: [video ] And more videos of us all: img_0152 img_0154 img_0156" data-mtst-selector=".blog-post-s3-link" data-mtst-label="Post S3 - Link" data-mtst-no-support="background,border">

It was Tuesday, we were supposed to be on the beach, but it RAINED, so we had to find something to do. As luck would have it, and it just always does when you travel, lovely Helen from the best shop ever, with amazing clothes and brilliant sun shades (as per photos), Bryon Beach life, […]

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Sydney: Part 2

The next trip was a visit to the beach at Manly. Popular with all Sydney-ites, there are non-stop fast ferries straight from Circular Quay, so it tends to be pretty well populated, but we got a fairly good day. Good for surfing, we rented a board and the girls and Alberto got stuck in- and […]