Thursday, 15 December 2011

Hello from Australia


Greetings from the land down under, my home.


I've been home a week now and still processing the amazing past three months travelling through four wonderful countries.  If you want to see more photos, they are on my Facebook. 

I feel truly blessed to have been able to travel for so long, literally just making each day up as I went, as the only thing I pre booked were my plane tickets. Along the way I've met some amazing people, had a very diverse range of wonderful experiences filled with many contradictions. My only regret was having to saying goodbye to so many amazing people each step along the way.


As a friend in Vietnam used to say "Why F.....g not Man!" and indeed I learnt to live life saying "Why the F... not!" instead of "Why". I hope I can continue to apply this lesson.


One of my favourite places was Battembong in Cambodia where I went for two days and stayed three weeks. I made some lovely friends there and loved especially the time I spent helping teach English to the kids and a home stay.


I'm not sure what my next steps will be, I know come January I need to begin looking for a job as I've almost run out of money, but what I'll do or where, is not yet certain. I know I'd prefer not go back to working in I.T \ Computers. Now I'd really love to work with people. You never know in the years to come you might find me serving you coffee, a beer or teaching your children. Healing your body, on the stage, running a Gay bordello, spiritual retreat centre or your local parish priest. Who bloody knows :) One thing I know is that I have such a strong sense i'm on the right path. Quitting my job in June was the right thing to do. I believe the Lord has it all under control and now I feel the universe will soon reveal what is next. I just need to remain true to myself and continue to integrate all aspects of my true self.


For those in a more spiritual and religious mood I've got a couple of things I've blogged on my Mystical Ramblings Blog recently which you may find helpful.


If you are ever in Vietnam, do contact my friend Mr Duc he's a great Easyrider Motor bike guide who will show you the real Vietnam either individually or a group of you. www.mrduceasyrider.com


Consider supporting or visiting BOVA (Battambong Orphanage Village assistance). Do a home stay or volunteer at the school. www.battambangorphanagevillageassistance.org


In Siam Reap, consider the NGO School called SOID (Supporting Orphans and Indigent People of Cambodia for Development Organisation). www.soidngo.org


If anyone knows good English teaching resources for countries such as Cambodia, please let me know as all the curriculum being used was very American Middle Class, so out of place in the communities it was being taught.


Cheers! I wish you, your family and all those we know and love a Merry Christmas and an amazing 2012.



Peace, love, light and a whole lot of fun :)
Jase.


For your viewing pleasure I leave you with some shots of Australia.
Lake Macquarie
Bar Beach, Newcastle


Tarrawarra near Melbourne

Mt Eliza, near Melbourne

Newcastle

Sydney

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Northern Territory

Ularu

Northern Territory

Monday, 5 December 2011

Thailand

Thailand was a real mix for me. I arrived kind of ready to go home as I'd been away almost 3 months. As it turned out it was a nice time and glad I stayed.


My week or so at a secluded beach on Koh Pha Ngan Island at The Sanctuary Restort, Spa, Detox Center was a little expensive but quite providential. They had great Vegetarian food restaurant, Yoga, Mediation, Workshops and various Healer Types; including Ayurveda, Astrology, Emotional Release \ Re birthing and Shamanic Journeys. Some of which I took part in. It was a great time to begin reflecting on my future upon return to Australia and the past 3 months travelling. I chose the basic accommodation which was a lovely jungle bungalow on the hill which I could see the ocean from my bed and also my shower.


From the Mountain


In front of Restaurant

Restaurant and Hammocks Right on Beach


My Jungle Bungelow


I had a shower and toilet!


From inside bungalow
After Koh Pha Ngan I spent a day travelling by boat and bus to Patong, Phuket where I would spent my final 5 days before flying home to Australia on Monday 5th a week early. Initially I was overwhealmed as it felt very it was too busy and in your face "sexy" beach city. Think a mix of Gold Coast, Kings Cross and Oxford Street all in one. After 2 days and finding a new quiet hotel and getting my bearings and head around how things worked I was okay and enjoyed my time there meeting some nice people, doing a Day trip boat trip to James Bond island and seeing the Simon Cabaret Show.








James Bond Island



Where else other than Thailand would you get a Lady Boy show on Sunday afternoon Family Boat trip! The facial expressions on some of the parents was that of Horror, the little baby just smiled and clapped along :)
The Simon Lady Boy Cabaret was cleaver with beautiful people and costumes. I'm not much into Drag Shows though. I would have preferred a story line and if they sang for real rather than lip synced the songs. Surely if a boy can grow a good set of tits he could learn to sing :)


Next stop home in Australia.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Arrived at Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Late last night after two fights and two boat rides I arrived at The Sanctuary Resort Spa Detox Center On Haad Tien Bay – Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. The final boat ride late last night was a little scarey in a long open boat, darting across the sea with rough water, we I made it to this little piece of paradise. What was strange was we got out into the water in the dark and then the boat driver said "Money Now". What like, if we didn't have it was he going to throw us overboard? My little budget yet clean bungalow is nestled among the trees. Simple bucket toilet and cold shower, mosquito net. Ocean view and most importantly a fan!

I'm uncertain how long I'll stay as I'm feeling mixed emotions right now. I'm partly ready to come home and get on with life (not that I'm any clearer of what that will en tale) and partly sad to have said good bye to some more nice people I met in Laos. I find it hard to keep saying good bye for some strange reason I just keep meeting really nice people this holiday. A bitter \ sweet problem to have. Yet I'm grateful. I'll give it a couple of days and see how I feel then.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

2 Day Elephant Mahout Experience

Feeding

Mahout Training

1 Hour Ride through the river, the next morning we would wash them.

Afternoon Boat trip to Tad Sao waterfall. Just stunning, cascades



7.30am Elephant Washing


Tonight I'm back in Luang Prabang for one final day.
Sunday I fly to Thailand to spend some time down South on a beach before going home early December.

3 Day Jungle Trek and Village Homestay

We began with several Hours along dirt road in the back of a truck. We would walk about 3 - 5 hours each day. We would goto 3 Villages and stay at 2. Including Mong and Kmot peoples. Lon Sao, Long Neat and Gara Kong. It was a small tour group with just 4 of us including our Guide. 



Quickly, he said he loves Bacon!


And the water just kept flowing and flowing

Did you know blacksmiths still exist. He was making a knife!


Loading Rice into the car to take to market.



First night homestay family.

Lao people are very shy. Especially in the remote villages.
Foreigners have only been coming for the past  two years.



Out of my way, I'm late for school and you look very scary.


We walked and walked and kept walking for 3 days.
Mountains, Plains, Forest and along Creeks.

Some kind of animal made this

Many Spiders, some very large

Can you believe that I grew up on a Farm.


Home safe and sound, but in need of shave and warm shower.