Reset time

I started a year short challenge a little while ago and you know what, it didn’t go so well. I am not even sure why you know. It is like, the moment life starts going well, I need to trash it. I am not going to spend a heap of time analysing why, I have…

It is all about me

I used to always struggle with the concept of ‘it’s all about me’. I thought that even thinking this meant that I was selfish and somewhat self absorbed and didn’t care about others. However now I have come to realise that my life can only be about me. I am the only one who has…

Nobody gets it

Sorta like the start of that poem – Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I think I’ll go and eat worms. Nobody gets IT. It’s strange having an ‘invisible’ condition. I am so starting to get what it is like for people with chronic backache, migraines, depression and other conditions that are debilitating in some…

Year short challenge

I was going to call this post the ‘Year long challenge’ but felt that the word ‘long’ made it feel like an impossible task so went with ‘short’ instead. Before I talk about what the challenge is, I thought I would let you know what inspired me to create this challenge in the first place.…

4 times in one day

The heat here hit an all time high for me yesterday – measured simply by the number of showers I needed to take in one 12 hour period. The magic number was in fact 4. I apologise to all the water conservationists out there but this was required for my sanity and for the sanity…

Mum, I want to buy a motorbike

I thought I had ticked off all the adrenalin rushy things on this trip but alas I was wrong. This evening Geoff, who started PIC and the beautiful girls I have worked with for the past month, took me for dinner at Cu Dai beach. And you know what, there is nothing really scary about…

My adopted Vietnamese family

As you know, I have been doing some volunteer work for Project Indochina (PIC) here in Hoi An. One of the things I have been doing is working with Thuy on creating a new website and newsletter for them. It was as we were doing this that I came across the story of Yen and…

Stillness in the chaos

One of the things I have learned while being in Hoi is to be STILL. Ironic really, considering it is quite chaotic here with traffic and people going every which way, whenever they want, with little or no consideration of road rules. I am sure they have their rules but compared to our considerably regimented…

Strange day today

Today has been a bit of a strange day really. I think maybe because I am heading home next week and people are starting to ask me one of either 2 questions – 1. Have I done everything/gotten everything I wanted out of my month here? 2. What am I going to miss most about…

Bombs and buses

Ok, I guess I need to start this blog by apologising to all the crazy people out there that thought my last blog was serious. While I love Hoi An very very much, I do love my family a little more and will be coming home at the end of next week. I thought I…

Dear John…

Dear Family and Friends, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to return to Australia at the end of May after all. I wish I could say that this has been a difficult decision but alas not – the people here are so incredibly kind and generous, the food is to die…

Bloody hot

OK, whoever said you don’t need to take many clothes to Vietnam did NOT take into account that you sweat so bloody much that you have to change at least 3 times per day. I mean, who would have thought this much sweat could come out of one human body. And it is not like…