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Dec 19, 2011 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An 11 hour flight took us to Kuala Lumpur where Chelsea met us. She has a very nice apartment on the 15th floor of a 30 floor building with a gym, infinity pool and restaurant on the 9th floor. KL is a bustling city with a mixture of ethnicities - Malay, Chinese and Indian, each with their own style of dress. It is a city of contrasts from exclusive malls to the crowded street markets in Chinatown. It has a great public transport system of bus, subway and mono-rail which we are learning to get around on. We visited Batu caves where Hindu...

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Dec 19, 2011 - Day 19: From The Leader!!!

Hiya all This is the token male of the trip, also known as Joe Dolche or the Aussie surfer by Mr Brass Tacks WelI thought it was about time as leader I contrbuted to this amazing log that Maureen , Jyotika & the girls have been running. What can I say! What a team! The girls have overcome every obstical in their path. They have been a joy to be with. They have not windged, moaned or groaned throughout. As a leader you couldnt want for a better team to work with. This has been a fantastic trip and has gone by in a blur. Its only when I scan...

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Dec 19, 2011 - Day 18: Mae Sot - Chiang Mia

As always we got up early... 6am! The day began with 23 of us piling inside tuk tuk trucks, as we travelled to the bus depo so we could make our way to Chiang Mia, where we would start our R&R. After a tiring 6 hours on a bus, bums aching and sore necks from the constent battle of trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in. From the bus depo in Chiang Mia, we once again got on tuk tuk trucks to reach our accomodation; R.C.N Court & Inn. Girls where then allocated rooms and presented with free time to start our crazy shopping riots! 3...

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Dec 18, 2011 - 4 Day Trek

Hi all, it is good to be back on line to give you an update. Our Trek has been completed and what an amazing experience. We have just arrived back in Mae Sot and we have 45 minutes to post a blog before the internet cafe closes. So here goes; We left Chiang Mai on a 6 hour bus trip to Mae Sot. We spent one night here at a guest house and were picked up the next morning by the Trek Expedition leader and 3 "Tonka trucks" These look like Tuk Tuks but carry 10 people in the back. We took off at 9am for a 160km trip to UmPhang. It started off OK...

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Dec 14, 2011 - Into Kuala Lumpar

Tuesday 13th Last night stayed in Kuala Kangsar which is a slightly weird town full of contrasts. It is the home of the Perek Royal family, has a splendid Mosque with huge golden domes, it's on a river, and has the Malaysian equivalent of Eton. So on paper you would have thought it would be good. We enjoyed our walk around the above mentioned buildings but then went back to our hotel on the very tatty main road and had dinner in Pizza Hut! It's amazing how our Premier League is followed here. We spoke to a guy who wanted to know where we...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Day 10: Phnomh Penh - Bangkok- Chiang Mia

Hi all, A fairly uneventful day. We got up at 5.30am for 6am brekky and a 7am bus ride to Phnom Penh International airport through 'peak' hour traffic. Mrs Malone & Mrs Singh managed to bump into a couple of ladies that they knew at the airport who had just spent one month in an orphanage of 72 kids. Rhonda Stafford and her sister Heather are from East Bentleigh. Rhonda's daughter Kelly did the first World Challenge with OLSH back in 2007. Kelly now works for World Challenge and her mum was so impressed with the work her daughter did on WC...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Day 9: Phnom Penh

Hi all, Today we arose at 7.15 am for an 8 am breakfast. Most of us had pancakes for breakfast and at 9am we set of on our private mini bus for a 15km trip to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (the killing fields). each of us were given a headset with an audio for our tour through the centre. as we immersed ourselves into the tragedy that was the reign of the Khmer Rouge, we became aware of the significant history that lies beyond Cambodia's facade. we all were touched by the speakers words as we listened to the words he spoke. throughout the...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Day 8: Battambang - Phnom Penh

Day 8 Hi all, just want to give you an update on yesterday afternoon. After the teachers did the blog they went and bought us a suprise. We were enjoying aerobics in the park with all the locals which was fun and helped us stretch out some of our sore aches and pains. Following the aerobics we lined up in a straight line and were all given a fried cricket to try. This is a true delicacy in Cambodia. Probably only five didn't take up the offer but some had two, we are still to try the triantulas in Phnom Penh. This morning we woke up a...

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Dec 9, 2011 - Day 6 & 7 Battambang

Hi all, we have finished the concreting! You should see it, absolutely amazing. We have also finished the gardening and teaching as well as painted a slum school entrance in the slum area. The girls have been amazing. We have seriously been working 8 solid hours a day. The blisters have broken, the backs are knotted and sore, the arms are like taught developed guns. But we are all very proud of ourselves. WE finished at 12 noon today and at 1pm set off on a tour of Battambang. We visited the battambang Killing Fields where 10,008 people...

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Dec 7, 2011 - Day 5 & 6: Live from Battambang

Day 5 & 6: We are online at Battambang. We also have electricity! We arrived safely in Battambbang at 1pm yesterday and were swarmed bby locals as we hopped off the bus. Battambang is nothing like Siem Reap, as Siem Reap is a tourist destination, and Battambang is the real Cambodia. Our drive on tuk tuk's from the bus station to the family street centre was quiet confronting ass we went through a number of slum areas. When we arrived in Battambang we had lunch which was amazing and the best food we've had so far. The accommodation is...

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Dec 6, 2011 - Day 5 -10 Battambang Project

Hi all, just giving you the heads up that we will be unable to blog for the next 5 days while we are in Battambang as there is no access to the internet. Rest assured it is a very safe place and we will blog as soon as we reach Phonem Penh. Emma Kovac and Alana Iudica were the bloggers last night, apologies for not having their names on, this has been rectified. Eleanor had a great birtday and we had a cake when we got back from the night market followed by Australian cadburys chocolate. We experienced Cambodian street cuisine last night....

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Dec 5, 2011 - Day 4: Siem Reap

Day 4: Siem Reap: Before we start on day 4, let us tell you about last night. After an afternoon of R&R and a swim in the pool we ventured by into the town. WOW! We got the chance for some free time to browse at the markets and get some practice bartering. We were all pretty good but Sammy Yerolemis would have to be the biggest bargin hunter and shopper in the history of shopping. (Noula you need to read the blog more often.)She just couldn't help herself. We all purchased watches, little purses and sunglasses plus others also did a bit of...

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