Diving in Atauro… the world’s most biodiverse reef

These past few years I can hardly complain that I get a bum deal in terms of where I live for work. A few months ago I applied for a post in Timor Leste. A tiny island nation at the far end of the Indonesian archipelago (and to my embarrassment I had to look up on the map). Although I was prepared to go diving … Continue reading Diving in Atauro… the world’s most biodiverse reef

The Circle Train

In the 1950’s the British colonists built a 50km double railway line around Yangon, and it still serves  100-150,000 commuters daily.  With 39 stops it takes about 3 hours to complete the loop.  For a tourist or outsider it’s not about commuting but provides a wonderful alternative view of the city and it’s people. We boarded at Parami Station, just over a kilometre from my … Continue reading The Circle Train

Brush with fame

This story is an on/off affair that bridged two countries and a couple of years.  It all started with Couchsurfing, the interesting community that connects people throughout the world for the purpose of making new friends and literally seeing if they have a couch to sleep on. Back in the day when I was working in Yangon I had created a Couchsurfing account, knowing that … Continue reading Brush with fame

Myanmar Floods (Pt2.5) Our last observed distribution

Myanmar Floods (Pt2.5) Our last observed distribution

As we left to go back to Yangon we stopped by one last distribution point and watched the food being given to some of the many displaced families. They are happy to have some food (we supplied only 2weeks) to take back to their ruined homes. The next steps, and what we at WFP take very seriously, is to consider what can be done to rehabilitate ruined/destroyed homes and livelihoods… When you’re poor normal life is not something that you or I can comprehend… yet how often do I go through life, especially hard times, with such a smile on my face…?

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Myanmar Floods (Pt 2) – 7days, 25000 people, 180MT of food (a tale of an emergency response)

By day 3 (Monday morning the numbers have risen to 57,000 for the district that we’re in… our estimate has risen too.  We finalize this with our office and they dispatch around 180MT (metric tonnes) to us by road.  The local authorities finally agree on a drop off point for the main town, which happens to be one of the first places and an indoor … Continue reading Myanmar Floods (Pt 2) – 7days, 25000 people, 180MT of food (a tale of an emergency response)

Myanmar Floods (Pt. 1.5) Racing Cars, playing in the wake…

Racing Cars, playing in the wake...

Some boys from the IDP camps race the car as we plough through the 3feet deep water to get to the monastery. All over the world kids find joy in seeming misery… something in the innocence of youth that is refreshing when confronted with seemingly insurmountable problems…

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