It’s been two weeks since I left Namibia. I spent about three weeks there and, just like before, I did not want to leave. But, I had to. Because I was going to help out at a dropzone in Kenya during their boogie. I had arranged this through Workaway.info, a website that connects volunteers to … More The workaway that made me walk away
Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with aviation and I wanted to become a fighter jet pilot. When my eyesight wasn’t perfect anymore at age 11, this dream faded. Instead, I decided to become a lawyer because my mum said I could argue very well and the job would fit me. Ally McBeal inspired … More Pilots: I don’t want to date one, I want to be one!
“The root of all human rights violations, including crimes against humanity (genocide, torture, slavery, etc.), is seeing and thinking of a group of people as less human, undeserving of respect and dignity. Separating the ‘us’ from the ‘them’. We are all humans, remember this. A little empathy goes a long way. What happens to others … More Us vs. Them
“Imagine no possessions…” When I was still a serial expat, I longed to have a place where I could settle a bit. I was moving to new places every six to eighteen months and I could never bring more with me than I could carry. All those years, all my belongings fit into a suitcase, … More You may say I’m a dreamer…
Lately, I seem to be getting a lot of questions from people about how they can get a job with an NGO. Or how I got my job(s) with an NGO. I therefore decided to write it all down in a blog post. So, how to get a job with an NGO? Well, to start with, … More How to get a job with an NGO
Lately, I don’t want to talk to people about issues of refugees or immigration as I’m worried their viewpoints will make me want to end the friendship or connection right there (this is with regard to any human rights-opposing viewpoints). People seem to have forgotten how to be humane. And what was once a minority … More Refugees vs (economic) immigrants vs expats
So, I have been told I talk about Africa a lot. I think it confuses people, so I thought I will just write it all down in this blog in new section called “Stories from Africa”. I don’t keep a journal, but my time in Africa was so beautiful that it was one of the … More Stories from Southern Africa
On 17 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, affirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons are entitled to the same rights as any other human being. Great news, although it shouldn’t have taken that long to point out that gay humans are … More That’s so gay!
While my previous post was about how Thailand has changed me quite a bit since I arrived in January 2011, I also noticed how some things never change, no matter where I am. — Being a vegetarian for over two years means I have been living as a vegetarian in the UK, Kenya, Spain, the … More Yet some things never change…
Freedom seems to be the key concept linking all phases and experiences in my life so far. As a child, being raised by severely strict Hong Kong-Chinese parents, I was always on the search for freedom. I would try to escape my parents rule/power over me and run to my room, or run away from … More It’s all about freedom!