Toastmasters Speech #8 – Papua New Guniea

 ‘We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea because of high levels of serious crime.  Car jackings, assaults, bag snatching and robberies are common. Walking after dark is particularly dangerous. You should also consider travelling in a convoy or with a security escort.’ I’m going to Papua New Guinea…

Conference at Crowne Plaza, Terrigal, Central Coast NSW

Work conferences aren’t the most appealing things to be spending your precious weekend at, but when it’s at the 3 star Crowne Plaza in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast it’s not nearly so bad. Despite being only an hour and a half hour north of Sydney (even during peak hour on a Friday night),…

Toastmasters speech #4 – Eating insects

Imagine sitting down to a bowl of big slimy lave. Or crunching on some grasshoppers.  Sounds gross doesn’t it? Has anyone here actually eaten one? Perhaps while they’ve been travelling overseas? The ancient Romans considered beetle larvae to be gourmet fare, and the Old Testament mentions eating crickets and grasshoppers. Generally I don’t go around…

Egypt

Welcome to Egypt!  Excuse me.  What is your name?  Where are you from?  Do you want Egyptian husband?  You are beautiful....blah blah - think I've heard it so many times now that I must be the best looking chick on earth. So far so good.  Cairo is crazy.  I think I had real culture shock for…

Vietnam

Wow - what a shock after Cambodia. Vietnam is something else. There are so many people here and even more motorbikes that it hard to cross the street - last night a sweet old man had to help me!  I think the trick is to just walk out and hope for the best but it's…

Uganda

This place rocks.  Uganda would have to come top the list for countries that kick ass.  I have always wanted to go to the Congo and Uganda is almost there - just kind of down the road a bit, off to the east slightly and nowhere near as dodgy. The moment we crossed the border…