Sunday, October 31, 2010

How curious?

My father and i spotted this unusual sign when we were in a back street in Enmore. I love a good zombie movie and i have this peculiar quirk of often thinking about what i would do if there was a zombie attack... yeah i know this is kind of freaky but often when i go to a new place i consider its worthiness as a crash pad to wait out a zombie attack. I am thinking second or third story apartment, easily blocked off stair well, balcony for emergency exit, would all be key qualities.

Friday, October 29, 2010

i am missing...

My beautiful friend Katie. We met in Nepal when she was trying to arrange her wedding. It was a pretty stressful time but i think we managed alright given neither of us spoke the language and had no idea what a Nepali-English wedding should look like.

This is a photograph from the first and only Nepali wedding i have ever been to. My friend Katie (in red) was marrying a Nepali boy. It was an amazing thing to be a part of. Traditional Nepali marriage ceremonies can have huge parties in the street. Everyone makes noise and there is lots of food and dancing. This one was a little more subdued.

It was my fist time buying and wearing a Sari. I need a lot more practice. I really have to work on those abs if i intend to get around in tradition dress on my next trip.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The last week i have been feeling so low. I am not sure why. I finished all my university work and my extra work so i should be kicking back and relaxing. I found these photos and i was telling myself i shouldn't complain, at least i don't have to do this for a living but it didn't work. I just feel nothing.

I am thinking a change might help. I am heading to Sydney for a few days. We will see how that goes.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

smoking photo 1 and 2


About a week ago I stumbled across this website for change. It is an opportunity to connect with others and make a difference. To start creating the world we want instead of settling for the world we have. If you want something better, if you can imagine something MORE then check out FOUR YEARS. GO. Make a commitment and start making the changes you want to see in others.

"In the next four years, we can raise global consciousness to influence governments and free markets. We can reverse the trends of deforestation. We can safely capture CO2. We can pay a fair wage. We can rethink the way we use energy and the way we treat our global neighbors. In the next four years, we can stop waiting for someone else to fix it. We can start taking responsibility. We can change ourselves, change the world, and have fun doing it.

It all starts with a simple act. A single step. A personal declaration to start making small choices. A small action taken daily by millions around the world, resonating into a chorus of earth moving thunder." - FOUR YEARS. GO.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I am not really cut out for childcare. I spent the morning learning how to draw peacocks. My peacocks were heaps better than the children's peacocks. One little boy asked if he could keep mine... I told him I'd draw him a special one. I wasn't giving away this bad boy!
Ok i realised i am becoming boring. I have to stop talking about Nepal. I see my family's eyes glaze over when ever i mention it. I am imposing a self ban. No talking about Nepal for a whole week!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The best thing about traveling is that you meet the most amazing people. For a brief time these people become our friends, your family and your support in a lonely city. Maybe it is because you experience things together which people back home can never understand or maybe it is because you know your friendship may have a limited life-span but all my favorite people are traveling friends.
This picture is of a friend i met this year. We had a crazy two week affair before he jumped on a plane to Pakistan. He saved my life in a Kathmandu hospital and introduced me to the word EPIC. Whenever i think of him i get a little twinge thinking what might have been.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Things i love...

My dad sends the best care packages. I am staying with my mum in the small country town where i grew up. The local supermarket doesn't have much in the way of vegetarian or Asian food. Last week my dad found an amazing Nepali supermarket and sent me this care pack full of all the things i need for a really awesome Nepali cook up. It has three types of lentils for dal, masala tea, paneer, and a new magazine to read while i am waiting for it all to cook.

Now i realise this picture looks a bit like vomit but cooking dal is an art. I need a lot more practice but gosh it tasted like heaven.

Sitting with my feet up in my warm knitted socks. I have worn these every day for three months. I would have thought they'd smell by now. Sadly one of them has a huge hole.

Getting to wear my bright red scarf one more time before the cold weather disappears.

Friday, October 15, 2010

How much water did you use today?

It is a hard question for most of us to answer. I had no idea. 20 litres? 40 litres? Is that too much? Too little? I guessed about 50 litres.

Water is something that those of us lucky enough to be living in the developed world think little about. Why would we? We can go to the tap and immediately have access to drinking quality hot or cold running water.

I looked it up and on average Australians use approximately 277 litres of water a day (Melbourne water 2007). I did a tally:

6 toilet flushes – 56 litres (9 litres per flush)

8 hand washes/ teeth brushing – 140 litres (15 litres per minute)

26 minute shower – 364 litres (14 litres per minute)

3 cups of tea – 2 litres

drinking water – 1 litre

cooking – 4 litres

Total 564 litres

564 litres and I didn’t even do any laundry or wash any dishes.

Can you imagine having to carry that much water to your home every day. For millions of women and children this is a reality. According to the UN’s Human Development Report The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 20kg.

Obviously women wouldn’t carry 564 litres to their homes every day. Water in these communities is a valuable commodity. They save every precious drop for reuse and cut down water wastage. No 26 minute showers! The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council states the average person in the developing world uses only 10 litres of water every day for ALL their drinking, washing and cooking.

What would you be willing to do to save the time and effort to carry all this water? Maybe brush your teeth at the community water point. That would save less than a litre. Maybe have a shower standing at the community tap? Maybe give up showering almost completely?

An alarming statistic from WaterAid Nepal shows only 37% wash hands with water and only 12% soap. It is alarming because around the world one child dies every 20 seconds from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. Up to 47% of these cases could be solved with clean water and soap (WaterAid International).

I am actually truly embarrassed by the amount of water I wasted today. I am even more embarrassed to admit I probably wasted this much water everyday last year. I guess the point of Blog Action Day is to get us all thinking about these things and what we can do. I am not sure yet what I can do to help others with their water problems but at least now I am aware. And tomorrow I will try to stick to cut down to 4 minute showers as recommended by target 155. What are you going to do?

Check out the Speak Up For Change Blog for more posts on water from bloggers around the world.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

my boyfriend always knows the perfect thing to say.
sometimes i think a little gets lost in the translation but we always get the point across...

Question: Why do you love me?
Answer: I love you because you don't make me brush my hair.

(Yes baby but that doesn't mean you should stop brushing it all the time)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am exhausted. I have been meaning to do this post for a while but now i am feeling to tired to do it proper justice. I wanted to do a post on some of the beautiful blogs I have been following lately. Every morning i start my day with a cup of tea and whatever is new from the inspiring ladies below.

And My favorite Brittan Claire

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

joy collection (11)

Deepak's village 2010

This photo makes me so happy. These two little girls followed me around the villages. They were so excited to see themselves on my digital camera.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blog Action Day

I know it is a little bit late notice but I think this is a really great idea on an issue that does not get enough press. On October 15 we should all post about water and help to highlight the struggle some people just to access clean water. I started thinking about my post. I hope you all join in.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

For more information try here at speak up for change.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

making me smile...

I have been sorting through my pics from my last trip. I am missing my little friends so much. I can send them letters and little gifts but I get replies so infrequently. It is nice to look at the cute little pictures i have of them and have a giggle.

When I grow up

I have started reading the blog Champagne Bubbles by the lovely Camilla. Over the last few weeks she has really kept me entertained. I have loved her series of posts on the topic "When I Grow Up" where different bloggers list their dreams for their future lives. These posts really got me thinking about who I want to be when I am older and what I want to be doing.

This also appealed to the list marker in me. So here is my When I grow up:

I want to have a garden where i grow my own veggies and flowers to use in my home.

I want to have made a HOME full of my beautiful babies and new family.

I want to still be bendy and stretchy and able to spring out of bed to enjoy the day.

I want to be one of those hip old ladies who have their other hip old lady friends over and drink red wine, eat cheese and dance to music from 'when they were young".

I want to have done something good, to have left the world a better place, to have made someone's life better.

I secretly want to own my own bar. I worked in bars for years and i love being around people having a good time. Working in bars was one of the first times i felt like i was good at my job.

I want to have loved and I want to have been loved.

I want to eat anything i like.

I want to still be positive, believe in love and to remember that a block of chocolate and dancing to your favorite tune can fix any problem.

I want to have lived a beautiful adventure.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blog crush

My favorite missed connection

I have a secret crush on Sophie Blackall. She does these wonderfully quirky artworks, which feature messages she found in the missed connection ads. The pictures make me feel like i have slipped into a beautifully crafted children's book where all of the characters are unique and lovely and a little bit peculiar. I wish i could live inside one of these pictures.

I love the missed connection ads in the paper. It is so hopelessly and tragically romantic. I dream of reading about myself in the missed connection ads and knowing i'd made someone's day through a look or a smile, or something quaint i said.

You can but prints at Sophie's etsy store... If i had money i'd buy them all.