Category Archives: cambodia

Let’s take a minute…

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Let’s take a minute…

Riverkids NGO charity deserves a minute of your time. Maybe even 3 and a half minutes.

Which is why I’ve decided to shorten the video I made for them from 5 minutes to 3 and a half for those of you on a time budget. All I ask is that you use the extra minute and a half finding out how to volunteer, how to donate, or simply learning about their plight here: http://www.riverkidsproject.org/ Read the rest of this entry

Top 10 BAD ways to propose whilst travelling

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Top 10 BAD ways to propose whilst travelling

As those of you who read our last blog will know, Gemma and I recently got engaged. I proposed to her next to a lake in the Amazon jungle at sunset in Spanish, and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of that story…

But before we went travelling I asked my recently married mate Luke if he had any suggestions for how I should propose. He replied “just don’t do what I did”. Luke proposed to his now wife in Tasmania, naked, straight after he got out of the shower. He’d taken her for several romantic meals in Tasmania before that but kept wussing out. None of us knew quite why he’d proposed in this way, it seemed stupid. But he’s a lucky man and despite his failings, she still said yes.  Read the rest of this entry

South East Asia in a nutshell…

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South East Asia in a nutshell…

Hey, what was that? You want to watch a short video briefly outlining what me and Gemma got up to in South East Asia?

Well look no further!  Read the rest of this entry

The penguin song – Phnom Pehn

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The penguin song – Phnom Pehn

Back home Gemma and I worked for a children’s charity called InterActive. The penguin song was a firm favourite of ours and the children. Also my mum likes it.

In Phnom Pehn we taught the song to 30+ slum children who requested the song after we’d finished our assigned teaching. We were so touched we filmed it…. Read the rest of this entry

Riverkids charity video

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Riverkids charity video

A while back you may remember me and Gemma volunteering for Riverkids Project, an NGO based in Phnom Penh dedicated to reducing child trafficking in Cambodia.

Well, whilst I was there I made this charity video for them to persuade people to donate and/or volunteer. This is the long version, a shorter version will follow in the next few days. Read the rest of this entry

A decent cup of tea

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A decent cup of tea

Oh sweet mother of all hell I’m dying. The Beatles once sang “tomorrow may rain so, I’ll follow the sun” – actually they probably sang it more than once. Well for the last three days Gemma and I have been literally doing that. We’ve flown from Hanoi to Bangkok, Bangkok to Doha, Doha to Sao Paulo, and now we’re on the last stretch from Sao Paulo to Lima. And we’ve not experienced night the whole time! Flight time alone has taken 32 hours, we spent a couple of hours in Doha and 9 in Sao Paulo. Most of the flights have been with Qatar who offer outstanding service, tasty and flowing food and drink, an on demand entertainment system and comfort items such as blankets and pillows.

This final flight is with Taca who offer a runny egg with spam and one Spanish film. Read the rest of this entry

My top ten places to visit in South East Asia

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My top ten places to visit in South East Asia

Me and Tim made a backup plan when we missed our flight out of Hanoi. We decided to hire motorbikes and travel the length of Vietnam. And whilst we don’t have time to take that trip now (thanks to the lovely people in the Quatar office) I do have time to reflect on South East Asia.

Here are my highlights of South East Asia:  Read the rest of this entry

3 courses… Eating spiders and ants

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3 courses… Eating spiders and ants

South East Asia is a Mecca for new and exciting foods. Between us we’ve eaten grasshoppers, mini oyster omelettes, raw crab, morning glory, rambutan, tarantula and ants. I videod most of it too! But then I accidentally deleted it.

However I did manage to save the footage of us eating tarantulas and ants… Gemma’s scared of spiders and that’s what makes this video one of my favourites! Read the rest of this entry

The topsy turvy of South East Asia

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The topsy turvy of South East Asia

South East Asia is well known for being, shall we say, ‘higgledy piggledy’. Cambodia’s a country where logic means nothing, Thailand’s known for its crazy nights and Vietnam for its ‘adventurous’ cuisine. The continent is full of disoriented travellers trying to make head and tail of this new ‘sense’. And I’m sure it is sensical. Just not to us. Here are some of the things we’ve seen during our South East Asia trip that haven’t made it onto the blog yet: Read the rest of this entry

How not to run a workshop on social issues for teenage boys…

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How not to run a workshop on social issues for teenage boys…

…There are the obvious things like don’t turn up naked, don’t bring a crate of beer, don’t encourage fighting, don’t start a brawl. And some of these things we managed. We’d both just done some laundry so clothes weren’t a problem and we were saving the crate for the weekend. The other things were a little trickier. You see we were there to save these boys from a life of gangs, drugs and unemployment. We were there to do some drama. Read the rest of this entry