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[24 Dec 2010 | 8 Comments | 3,574 views]
Christmas Eve, Baan San Fan

After a final run to the market and shops we started getting ready for the party. Slicing and folding big leaves, blowing up and arranging balloons – especially for you Michelle, the balloons came from Balgowlah shopping centre :), slicing watermelons, fryng chicken and rice, arranging sweets and moving presents around. During all this an elephant walked past. Christmas Eve could not get less typical.

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[21 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | 4,496 views]
down to business.. Baan San Fan

I was hoping I’d be able to do some really good work at Baan San Fan, and I must say I’m pleased with the results we’ve got in six days…

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[21 Dec 2010 | 8 Comments | 2,874 views]
Christmas preparations Baan San Fan

Thais are predominantly Buddhist and if they’re not Buddhist they’re predominantly Muslim, so Christmas is not a big deal here. However, Baan San Fan was funded by missionaries and so Christianity is observed and Christmas is celebrated.

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[17 Dec 2010 | 12 Comments | 4,121 views]
first 24 hours at Baan San Fan

Hard to find a word that sums up this first 24 hours. ‘Whirlwind’, ‘eye opener’ and other cliches aren’t right. What it’s been is a gentle assimilation into a family life that holds no resemblance to my day to day existence at all. The only similarities are that we sit down for three meals a day, my phone works and I have the same shampoo here.

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[21 Nov 2010 | 17 Comments | 16,199 views]
planning to volunteer at Baan San Fan Orphanage

From 16-30 December I’m volunteering to work at the Baan San Fan Orphanage just outside of Phuket, Thailand.

This post is about the orphanage, where it is, what’s involved in working there and what you can do to help me before I go :)

For the most regular updates on the trip please check my profiles on Twitter or Facebook

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[9 May 2012 | One Comment | 47,262 views]
Ubud-Sanur-Phuket-Phang Nga

Working my way south in Bali, hopping across the water and then working my way north in Thailand.

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[29 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 29,426 views]

An outstanding start to the year. Two weeks in Thailand with my most experienced partner in crime…

After leaving Baan San Fan it was time to head north and discover more of Thailand. We did a few days in Bangkok and then ventured around the country. First of all hitting some of the ‘usual’ spots – Kanchanaburi and Ayuthaya – then getting more remote and out to some of the pretty and fun fun fun islands.

It was a beautiful, easy, thoroughly unwholesome two weeks.

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[11 Dec 2010 | 8 Comments | 4,073 views]
toys, books and fun stuff to take to the orphanage

Here’s a picture of all the things that I’m taking to Baan San Fan Orphanage.

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[11 May 2012 | No Comment | 7,178 views]
chores & treats

getting down to some hard graft.
getting to know each other.
getting out n about.

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[11 May 2012 | No Comment | 19,163 views]
Home & Life

Taking the chance to visit another wonderful orphanage in Phang Nga. Same same but different you might say…

I didn’t have so long here but my time with the children, the adults, and the surroundings were touching and memorable.

Stuck on the main road and on the outskirts of town, Home & Life really is a little patch of heaven for the children here. And again, I was amazed by the resourcefulness, the simple joy and the attitude of everyone I met.