Timor Leste & Travel Aftermath
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Timor Leste & Travel Aftermath

Coming home after travel is always bittersweet, emphasis on the bitter. I have only ever felt homesick on one of my travels, with ever other trip being clouded by a strong pang at the thought of coming home. 

I recently came home from visiting Timor Leste, the country my parents were born in. The history of the country is twisted and interesting, not completely incomparable to other countries that have experienced war and colonialism, however it stands out (or rather, doesn't stand out at all) because of the size of the country. With a population of only 1.3 million people, a tiny island occupying the earth and a blimp in the world's economic system, it's a country that not many people have heard of, let alone know the story behind. 

My whole life I have told people I am of Timorese nationality. However, after visiting the country, I feel like an imposter. Apart from the untouched beaches surrounded by mountains, crystal clear waters, organic tropical produce and the relief of a tourist-filled island, the souvenir that left me in most awe after visiting was the people of Timor. They are entirely filled with kindness, friendliness, happiness, smiles and community. While simultaneously having a fire in their spirit that has allowed them to not just survive, but conquer all the challenges they have faced in the past 30 years. They have built their country from the ground up in the past 20 years with minimal outside help, apart from very miniscule aid from the United Nations and some aid from Australia. There is still so much I am processing through from everything I have experienced and witnessed during my short-time in Timor Leste, but I can already see this is the beginning of a life-changing adventure. 
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Mt Kosciusko & Living with Intention
Monday, November 27, 2017

Mt Kosciusko & Living with Intention

This past weekend, my cousins and I hiked Mt Kosciusko. This has been on my bucket list for a long time, and it didn't disappoint! It really was an amazing hike, with beautiful views and we were so lucky with the weather (the forecast predicated rain, but it didn't start raining until just when we finished the hike!) 

Now here I am, at work with Monday morning blues. It gets me thinking about how I can feel like two completely different people on the weekend than during the workweek. It's not like I don't feel like I'm being me, but it's like I'm compressed, limited and boxed in. 

Two days ago, my achievement was that for five minutes, I was at the 'highest' person in Australia. I was surrounded by snow and mountains, while simultaneously getting burnt crisp by the sun. We witnessed other people, old and young, reaching the top and breathing a sigh of exhaustion but wearing a smile that couldn't fade. We meditated, ate cheese sandwiches, laughed and groaned at the thought of the next few hours' trek back down. 

Today, I am walking a maximum of 2 metres to get to the copy machine, in a corporate dress that feels more like a disguise.

My final thought is this: I am going to actively pursue each decision in my life with intention. I want to make all moments in my life feel like I've just climbed a mountain. I want to feel excited and feel like I'm exactly where I want to be. I want to be fully immersed in the energy of being myself.
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11 Things That Make Me Happy
Thursday, November 09, 2017

11 Things That Make Me Happy

Taken in Santa Monica, California

1/ Witnessing vibrant colours painted by sunrises and sunsets.

2/ Biting into a piece of fruit, and realising it is at its peak ripeness and sweetness.

3/ Watching grandparents interact with their grandchildren.

4/ Seeing older people enjoy a good meal, and each other’s company.

5/ Having conversations with open-minded, colourful and imaginative people who have a thirst for life.

6/ Experiencing cultural differences, and finding out ways in which we are all the same, or ways in which we are all different.

7/ Watching people laugh. And making people laugh.

8/ Experimenting in the kitchen, and having your meal turn out well.

9/ Hiking to viewpoints, that make all the struggle worth it.

10/ Being in the presence of people who are smart, poise, confident and bursting with the glow of being utterly themselves.

11/ Living in this grand universe called life… Sometimes I forget how lucky I am just to be alive at all.
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