Monthly Archives: July 2011

More Media for Climb2Remember

 

So excited to be having some more media attention for my climb2remember challenge in September this year.

 

I sent out a press release recently to some Melbourne Media.

 

We got some space on the Femail website:
http://www.femail.com.au/whats-on-charities-fundraisers-sporting.htm

 

And also a spot on Mia Cares on Mamamia website:

 

http://www.mamamia.com.au/mamamia-cares/climbing-kilimanjaro-for-alzheimers-australia-nsw/

 

Every little bit counts and I really appreciate peoples support. The whole reason that I’m doing my fundraising, promoting and the climb actually is to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. It’s important for us to take on this part of the challenge and spread the word about this great charity.

 

If you would like to sponsor me or learn more about the Climb2Remember, visit my sponsor page.

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

This is all in honour of my Great Grandpa Jack. I miss him everyday. xx


Memories of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has suprised me with it’s beauty, warmth and calm. I have such fond memories and happy thoughts of Dhaka. I was only there 10 days ago and I’m already planning when I can get back there.

 

I had been warned continuously of the shocking things I would see and experience. How Bangladesh is very much a developing country which still has a long way to go. I was told to constantly be on alert for my safety and to be weary of everyone. But really, I did not expereince this.

I felt happy and safe at all times. I felt the roads were reasonably organised and people even stuck to the lanes and followed the road rules, surprising in South Asia. I saw poverty yes, and not wanting to become compacent or immune to the harshness of these peoples lives, but I do now understand that with a population size so large, not all can be having the same living stanard. More than 21 million people live in Dhaka, and with 160 million plus in the country, it is one of the most densly populated countries in the world. There is to be expected some difficulties in regard to getting everyone equal conditions. It’s hard to see-  but I cannot place my own society and cultural perspectives onto this society. Nor can I indulge the street life by giving into begging. There are ways to deal with this and I strongly believe that we can do a better job in greater umbers by then small amounts to individuals.

 

Wow- bit of a rant but it’s what I have experienced and seen.

I didn’t read the papers when there, but was often given a run down by one of my colleagues. Murders, rapes, divorces, riots and strikes. This was the norm in the paper everyday, but to be fair, it is found in many other countries too. There is most certainly corruption and I believe in time this will be changed as more international companies move in and outside organisations and NGO’s work with local governments and businesses. But things do take time.

 

Wonderful though to see a female Prime Minister. I was also informed that the opposition leader is also a woman, and the Secretary is also a Woman. This is some sought of progress at least, for female kind. There were lots of women in employment as well in various roles, and men seemed to be respectful.

 

To the Freedom Fighters of Bangladesh

 

I would like to spend more time in Beautiful Bangladesh and understand it a little better. Perhaps in a way though, I don’t want to delve too deep and see the inner workings of the country, I’m sure there are things in the way they run the country that they are not proud of but the same can be said about Australia.


Training Walks in St Kilda

A gorgeous sunny saturday in St Kilda! What better day to get up and get out on a 2 hour training walk than this!

Stephs powering along the Beachfront

My friend Steph and I are participating in an epic challenge of Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa this September. We have to get ourselves super fit and ready for the arduous task ahead. We are doing a walk every week and building up our strength so that we can comfortably, or less painfully, do the 6-8 hour trek everyday!

 

Fairy Penguins Live here!

We searched for the supposed fairy penguins, but to no avail. They definitey are in the area but we weren’t able to spot them and had to get on with our big walks.

 

We practiced our Mountain Conquering poses! I think this is a mandartory part of mountain climbing practice.

And we enjoyed the beautiful sights on a glorious day.

The Stunning Bay of St Kilda and Port Melbourne

Lots more practice to come.

 

If you would like to sponsor me or learn more about the Climb2Remember, visit my sponsor page.

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA


Finally bought my boots!


At long last, with less than 2 months to go, I have achieved the unachievable and bought my boots.

 

Boots extroadinair

 

A cold rainy day, sitting around my room and feeling daunted at the great task ahead of me, I decided I had to be proactive. Boots are the most important accessory for this mountain climb and sitting around my room stressing about not being ready is not going to get me any closer to the mountain.

 

So put on my old silly joggers, ran up to the nearest Ktahmandu store and set out on my mission.

 

“I’m here to buy boots and I’m not going home today without a pair!”. My grand speech did little to inspired the very unhelpful staff at the Kathmandu store in Prahran so I carried on and started trying on every boot there was.

 

60% off at the moment so get your adventure gear

 

Lucky for me it is a huge SALE time and the store had up to 60% off so the only boots I initially tried on were sale boots. I had actually already tried on another 4 pairs that were there on one of my other boot buying expeditions.

 

One pair felt amazing and suited me great. But they were more like joggers rather than hiking boots and I knew in the long run this wouldn’t be very good- so I set about finding a high cut comfortable boot.

 

With hiking boots, you are also told to buy them at least 1 size bigger due to the slipping when you go downhill, which could mean your toes end up slamming into the end of the boot. But also for the swelling as often people buy too small boots, which fit great when they walk for an hour or so, but after 5 hours a day, for 3 days- they can’t even get the boots on! So many things to consider.

 

My boots in action

 

I settled on a pair of Kathmandu NGx, Terania Mid Wmns. (get info from Kathmandu website) The guy said these are a good solid boot, with a good base and great cushioning. With the right pair of socks, these boots would become my best friend.

 

So the most important accessory is now in my possession- phew- now for the hard part, training in them!!!  1 challenge at a time!

 

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 59 Days to go


Tough Day

Today was not a good day. I think it’s important to share these thoughts and feelings. Not every day is a great day and especially when you are approaching a big challenge or adventure in your life, these days can come around.

 

Sitting in my room, I received the call about my final payment for my big Kilmanjaro trip in September. I knew the day would come, but not so fast. The reality of everything I still have to do hit me hard.

 

Financially not in the best position, the big $$ sum to be paid this week came as a shock and hit me hard. I of course got the money together and paid but the stress of the next few months and getting everything ready was now upon me.

 

Questions raced through my mind relating to all aspects of the climb, there are so many challenging elements to this adventure- and climbing the mountain is really just one small part.

 

  • What if I don’t train enough?
  • What if I have no money when I get there
  • Why won’t people sponsor me?
  • Am I being selfish doing this challenge?
  • Who is this for, me?  Grandpa? Alzheimer’s? My stubborn pig headed pride?
  • What if I let down the people who sponsored me?
  • How do I get everything ready in time for this challenge?
  • Why Do I put myself up for these sorts of things? Why must I always be challenging and pushing?
  • When will I get to relax again?
  • When will my mind be free?

 

Full on and heavy day! I was lucky to have a good support team around me including my parents, people from the Alzheimer’s team, people from the Inspired Adventures group and some close friends who have been watching me go through this process.

 

I know in the end I will make it. I have to! And I know it will all be worth it, but on days like today. It’s hard.

 

They don’t call it a CHALLENGE for nothing!

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 62 Days to go


Melbourne Earthquake Rocks My World

At 11.32am, there was an earthquake in South East Victoria which Sent tremors throughout Melbourne Suburbs. The #Melbquake as it’s being decribed on Twitter was 4.4 magnitude but was only felt as small rumbling for 2-3 seconds in some suburbs closer to the city.

 

Gippsland Earthquake Shakes Melbourne, Victoria http://t.co/Kv14qOH via @smh_news
(From Twitter)
 

At that time I was sitting in bed working on my laptop. The winds had been ferocious all morning and bashing at the walls of my small bungalow. I live in St Kilda on a quiet street approximately 2km from the beach. It’s reasonably sheltered but the winds were really knocking it about. Then I felt a shaking, quivering within me, as if I were sufering from vertigo and the feeling you might experience before you pass out. I definitely felt the bed move and rumble, I looked to the walls but the big gust of wind had died down.

 

I sat for a moment wondering if perhaps I was feeling a little unwell or if I had really just experienced an earthquake from the comfort of my own bed.

 

Ive been to Indonesia, New Zealand, California and other parts of the USA. These are earthwuake prone cuntries and one would think my first experience would be there but no. It was in my new home town of Melbourne. So sureal.

 

There is a rather funny image being circulated on Twitter of the damage experience in Melbourne …. a bike that has fallen over. Meaning, it really wasn’t anything very dramatic. But for me, it’s still quite an un-nerving experience and very strange.

 

alexanderb 5 hours 50 mins ago
Just saw this damage from the melb quake #melbquake http://yfrog.com/hsjq2pzj
(From Twitter)

 


Let’s hope that was the first and last. Thinking of those in  Wellington, NZ who also experienced the earthquake but with a much greater magnitude of 6.5. That country needs a break, so I guess they are just trying to share some of their natural volitility with their ANZAC family across the seas.

 

Did you experience the Earthquake in Melbourne today?

 


Daddy Daughter Travel

Daddy’s little girl. That’s me for sure. Always have been apparently and I love to be.

 

I’ve been blessed with parents who love to Travel and who have made that a part of our lives. With them haling from the UK originally, it’s a necessity in order to maintain and build relationships with family and long term friends who are still living in their home country.

 

 

I’ve also been fortunate to have a father who for his Job has needed to travel consistently over the past 15 years, and 7 years ago brought me into that world.

 

Dad goes to an Asia pacific industry meeting for the Freight Forwarders and Customs associations, his profession. He took me with him to India as a treat and to show me into his world. I’d always taken such an interest in his work and his travel for work, he thought it high time for me to go.

 

Daddy and me in Dhaka, Bangladesh

I cherished our time together. 10 of the most incredible days. Meeting industry colleagues who have become friends, 17 different countries delegates, seeing sights that I could only dream to see on my own without being part of this corporate trip. Riding elephants, visiting forts in the desert and meeting a king. An amazing time for us to share together and a real bonding experience.

 

The following year I asked to join dad in Malaysia for the annual meeting, and after some hiccups in the planning and organization, I ended up helping out with some of the meeting plans. Dad said in future he would need me to work alongside him and needed the support! Enter annual trips to Asia and some invaluable work and life experience. Not to mention incredible friends.

So in 7 years we have been to:

 

2005 -Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

2006- Gentings, Malaysia

2007- Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

2008- Tokyo, Japan

2009 – Bangkok, Thailand

2010 –Sentosa Island, Singapore

2011 – Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Sentosa Island, Singapore

My father and I have built a strong and cooperative working relationship. We are able to put our heads down and get the work done, and then make time for personal bonding and quality family time.  I cherish our annual trips and these special moments we have together. I’m such a lucky girl and I know I am truly blessed.

 

Excited for our next Adventure, this year, Dhaka Bangladesh – what mischief, mayhem and magical moments will we share this time!

 


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