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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

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

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

New Years Peeve… (on the beautiful Koh Tao)

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New Years Peeve… (on the beautiful Koh Tao)

2012

We look around our room with something resembling disappointment. It takes a while because, despite the fact it’s midday, our room is far too dark to see. We’d lie down but there’s no bedding and we’re scared to ask the guesthouse owner for some because she’s got more than a few screws loose. It took 15 minutes just to see the room and when we did she kept screaming “it’s not clean, it’s not clean”. She was right. We’re scared if we ask for anything else she’ll grab an axe and knock the door down whilst exclaiming “heeeere’s mental” at us.

Our emotions only resembled disappointment mind, because at this time of year (New Years) any room on Koh Tao is a blessing. I guess we felt somewhere between disappointment and relief. Disappointed relief. Read the rest of this entry

Save me from the man in the luminous vest

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Save me from the man in the luminous vest

Now I love luminous clothing, I always have and I always will. I think it stems from watching top of the pops in the late 80s. Spangly glittery shorts and luminous leg warmers. But there came a time when it was no longer acceptable for me to be wearing luminous clothing. Now, if I don a yellowy greeny (whatever that highlighter colour is) t-shirt, it makes me look like some kind of crazy cougar… it makes me look a great deal older than my 26 years. Read the rest of this entry

A week at Elephant Heaven

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A week at Elephant Heaven

I’ll be honest, like most of the volunteers to visit the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chaing Mai, we’d come to see elephants. Of course we wanted to help the species, but ultimately we were there to get close to a magnificent animal that otherwise we may never get to see. We weren’t let down, but we came away with so much more than just having seen the elephants – we were also given a t-shirt!

Here’s what to expect from a week at ENP: Read the rest of this entry

Elephants on parade

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Elephants on parade

You know that scene in Dumbo where the baby elephant is turned into a clown and forced to jump from a burning building at the circus? And remember when Dumbo’s mum was chained up in a small carriage and Dumbo couldn’t see her, only her trunk? God Dumbo used to make me cry, even though I knew that in the end he’d learn to fly and be reunited with his mum. The thing is, we’ve just been volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chaing Mai for a week and I’ve only just realised how horrifically realistic Dumbo is. Read the rest of this entry