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[1 Nov 2012 | One Comment | 174 views]
Eat in the street! Let’s make it pozible.

One of my favourite things about Asia is the food.
And anyone who has spent any time there will know the best place to eat – is on the street.
The pozibility of bringing this phenomena to Australia is pretty exciting.
When I first heard of the Street Food Australia (SFA) campaign, I immediately loved it . This social enterprise group have the aim to give less well-off migrants living in OZ  the opportunity to start up their own food business. Giving people the chance to bring their cultural cooking skills to the …

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 895 views]
Who ya gonna call? – TOADBUSTERS!

Becoming a yes man/woman is part of a series of posts that will take a look at some of the things that we have said ‘YES’ to that we would normally have said ‘NO’.
There aren’t many ghosts floating around Kununurra but you can be guaranteed to see a few cane toads knocking about that’s for sure.
With these creatures spreading over the Northern Territory into Western Australia like wildfire, someone had to step up to the plate and try to fix the problem.
Cue the Kimberley Toadbusters – a group of volunteers who venture out …

Random musings, South-East Asia »

[2 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,464 views]
Taking the road well travelled

Travelling gives you the luxury of meeting new people.
Before embarking on a trip, hope and pray you like the people you do meet because it’s not going to be the last you see of them. I don’t know if it is because we cling to our photocopied or otherwise ligit copies of Lonely Planet but these days most of us are heading in the same direction.
It might just be a faded concept that the travelling folk are all hippies with backpacks that whip out a compass and let the wind …

Random musings, South-East Asia »

[3 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,435 views]
Best bits in pics – Part 3

A street scene in Siem Reap in Cambodia. You never get sunsets like you do in SE Asia and this is an example of street life as the sun was setting. Lovely small town with great bars, cafes, restaurants and of course the Temples of Angkor.
Conked out from the power cut, G tries to find some refuge on the cold tiled floor with not much on as a long night of 40C  with no air-con or electricity kills us. Disgustingly sweaty, we both jumped into the pool the minute the …

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[1 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,306 views]
Best bits in pics – Part 2

This is wee Buddha bum. All the kids in Vietnam were cute (although after teaching them for four months I can also say slightly annoying at times too) but Buddha is one of my favourites. Everytime he ran into the water his shorts would fall down round his ankles… giving us a different type of full moon…something I giggled at the whole day.
The joys of the sleeper bus. This picture was taken while I was conked out on our journey to Mui Ne. A rare occasion that we got a …

Australia, Random musings »

[30 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,855 views]
The Secret Diary of a Call (Centre) Girl

Ok so my job might not be as exciting as the TV show title it rips off but it’s worth a mention on this blog.
Yes it’s a secret that I’m blogging while I’m in work…but to be honest I don’t think it’s that big of a deal really. That’s where working attitudes differ between Australia and the UK.
I’m no Belle deJour but I have been working in a call centre for a financial company for 6 weeks now. It was tough getting back into the routine of working life…especially after a month of thai partying …

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[14 May 2010 | No Comment | 660 views]
Stalking is the key….

….to getting a job in Saigon.
No, I’ve not gone all Glenn Close on the Vietnamese employers but believe me, a bit of assertion and dedication is needed to get a teaching english job in this town.
Before we started looking for an actual job, we were told
A) “It’s really easy  to get a teaching job in S.E Asia”
B) “You don’t really even need a TEFL qualification I’ve only a degree and I’m getting paid $20 an hour”
C) “It took me a week to find a job and I wasn’t really looking”
My …

Photo of the Week, South-East Asia »

[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 563 views]
Photo of the Week- Mekong Delta

This little boy showed the adults how to do it on the Mekong Delta tour. When presented with a Burmese Python, this groovy dude jumped at the chance to have a go holding it.
As you can see from everyone’s reaction in the background, everyone was delighted to see him having so much fun with the snake.
He also deserves his prime place as Photo of the Week on Borebags purely for wearing those trousers. He is a real dude!

South-East Asia »

[7 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 683 views]
Say it like the Vietnamese…

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for weeks now. Four weeks and 3 days to be precise.
I loved lots of things about Vietnam but I have to say the best thing about the country is the people. And my favourite thing about the people is the sayings they come off with…
Here’s a selection of phrases that I know are in every beach seller, shop keeper or motorbike driver’s guide to the English language.
“Buy something……….” – can usually be followed with “now” if you happen to meet a bossy-boots seller.
Ïf …

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[17 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 644 views]
We love you Hanoi, we do

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of love I have for Hanoi.
I was always looking forward to coming to Vietnam out of all the countries in S.E Asia but Hanoi really won me over from the get-go. Hitching a ride in a taxi from the airport with Dan and Bianca, we witnessed the chaos the country brings from the minute we stepped out into the streets.
Being a non-driver I am usually quite a placid passenger and go over random thoughts floating in my head rather than concentrate on the …