Author: <span class="vcard">Helen</span>

Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center and Monastery

Myanmar is known as one of the strongest buddhist countries all over the world, predominantly in the Theravada tradition. There is a high rate of monks and the lands culture is deeply affected by buddhism. Meditation is part of burmese culture. Hence it’s not a surprise, that we think about another meditation retreat. The conditions…


Southern Myanmar

Perhaps you remember it’s just a few steps over the friendship bridge between Mae Sot, Thailand and Myawaddy, Myanmar and we are entering a new country. The immigration process doesn’t take long, it’s not many western foreigners and some are just doing a visa run to go back to Thailand. Daily life conditions are obviously different…


Leaving Thailand

It’s just a few days left before we’re about to leave Thailand and start our Myanmar adventure. Looking forward to some chilly days we take a bus to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. We just passed this town the last time we’ve been here. Now we want to stay for some days to enjoy the…


The Peppercorn Creek Farm – Meeting the Twelve Tribes

It’s mid December. We are in Australia now and the first place where we’re going to stay and volunteer is the Peppercorn Creek Farm in Picton, close to Sydney. The people living on this farm belong to the so called 12 tribes, a community following Yashua, the Messiah (which Christians know as Jesus) and focusing…


Merry Christmas … again :-)

   


…after the sun comes rain…Arriving in New Zealand

Almost one year in Asia, almost one year 30 degrees or even more every day… We know, it’s not going to be like that in New Zealand. But still, my body and mind seem totally unprepared when leaving Auckland airport and facing rain, wind and 14 degrees. Okay, put on all your clothes and stop complaining. It’s…


Berastagi and our first volcano

After leaving beautiful Bukit Lawang next destination planned is Lake Toba. But on our way we get in contact with the co driver of the van, we got in by accident, who is reading the actual newspaper. On the front page there is an article about an eruption at Mount Sinabung, a volcano quite close…


Bukit Lawang – the home of the Orang Utan

What do you imagine when you think about Sumatra and you’ve never been there? Maybe it’s not that different from what my imagination was. I created a picture of thick jungle and exotic wildlife, even after seeing so much destruction all over the countries, we’ve already been to. Ok, keep your expectations realistic and wait…


Tanjung Datu National Park

Together again we prepare for our next destination. We want two spend two days at Sarawaks smallest National Park, called Tanjung Datu, located at the northern tip of Sarawak and close to the Indonesian border. The park is just 14 km2, but meant to be one of Sarawaks most beautiful protected areas and only reachable…


Helen alone in Kuching

The flight to Kuching/Borneo is leaving quite early in the morning. To make it on time and save the money for a cab we decide to spend the night at Penang airport. The second floor seems to be just in use for offices and we can find a quiet corner where we put our mattresses…