Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Day In The Life

What I haven’t mentioned here are the countless laughs, hugs and smiles interspersed between each of these activities and these are – in my view – the most important reasons we are here.

My First Workshop – Friendship Bracelets

There is no sound which warms your heart more than a child laughing uncontrollably. This is a sound that we are blessed enough to listen to every single day both on site and in the village. I’m unsure whether it’s because we have been stripped of all the creature comforts we are used to in life, or whether it’s just me gaining perspective on things, but when I hear that sound it reminds me to stop and appreciate the small things of beauty which are all around us everyday

Koky Temple – A profoundly touching day

Today was a very special day. By far the most profound and moving experience I’ve had so far on this trip, and probably will have for a long time. We spent the morning visiting the first school built by Baby Tree Projects, playing volleyball with the students and being shown around the small grounds where […]
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Louis’ first impressions and reflections

After spending a night in Singapore, we are on our final leg to reach Cambodia. At this stage my body and mind is in overload, and firing on all cylinders. A year of planning this once in a life time trip is finally here, and all that’s left is a hour and a half flight. […]
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Dwarf Mountain – Gorillas in the mist

Yesterday we decided we would go to work an hour later than usual and attempt a ‘trek’ up Dwarf Mountain, so Koky arranged for a couple of local guides to accompany us and off we went. Now, generally when I hear the words ‘mountain trek’ it conjures up images of a well worn path and some stone steps to carry me to the summit. Not today….

Our first 3 days on site

3 days ago we arrived at Cambodia’s secret beach to assist Baby Tree Projects in building the Sophia Saly School and we wrote about our first impressions of the village and the project. I’m happy to say that every single element of this past 3 days has exceeded our wildest dreams by so much that […]
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Arriving at our new home – Cambodia’s Secret Beach

As we round the last bend towards our new home the sun has just sunk below the palm lined horizon, and we are filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation beyond most things I’ve felt before. This is it. The moment we have been waiting for and planning for over 12 months has finally arrived.

Final thoughts before departure

So this is it… The time has come to finally step off the air bridge and onto the plane that will take carry me to the next step towards achieving my dreams of making a difference, and our journey of self discovery… Right now as I write this is the first time it’s actually started to sink in and it’s a feeling unlike any other I’ve experienced.