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A Christmas Thankyou from Kenya December 17, 2010

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On behalf of the board, the staff and the children at Bethlehem Community Centre, we would like to extend our appreciation to your organisation for the continual support you have shown our home over the years. Without your support we would not have been able to successfully maintain and address the needs of our children here in the home. Your support has played a significant role in fostering an environment where children have been educated, cared for and supported. As we come to the end of this year, we send our appreciation and gratitude to you for your continued assistance to the Bethlehem children’s home. This year we have seen many accomplishments. *Maintaining strong health and care for each of our children

*Two students graduating from medical school

*A visiting volunteer team from Australia

*Small construction upgrades of both homes which include; a new roof for the kitchen in the Soweto home, roof repairs for both the girls and boys hostels in Mwea, a new water tank and a fresh coat of paint for bathrooms and classroom blackboards.

*School fees paid for 30 high school students

*The library now resourced with 2 laptop computers

*16 students graduating from bible and theology school

*8 students graduating their secondary education

*A new project launch, whereby women are given micro loans for small businesses

*Teacher training and equipping for 11 teachers

*New beds and lockers in Mwea

*19 students sitting for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams

*Training for workers and children about child protection and rights

This year has been a huge success and we would like to share these achievements with you. Nonetheless, we have faced a few challenges, especially in the areas of communication, sponsorship and transport departments. With your assistance we believe that next year will bring new success and solutions to these challenges. Bethlehem thanks you in your precious support and we look forward to continuing our affiliation with you in the years to come. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

God Bless you,


Founder of the Bethlehem Community Centre, Kenya

This fantastic Community Centre and orphanage in Kenya was built, run and continues to be supported by the purchase of Grace Cosmetics and Grace Jewellery products.

Thankyou and a Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family


I dangled my toes into Budhism. June 22, 2010

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Tibetan Buddhist Society

The temple and residence

After much negotiation, procrastination and finally some self preservation, I attended a weekend meditation reteat, staying in the residence of the Tibetan Buddhist Temple here in Melbourne.

It was one of those experiences that you aren’t quite sure you are enjoying, until you get home 3 days later and reflect on the wonderful peace and insight you have had.

The residential home was an education in itself. Meeting people who have tossed aside the traditional notions of one house, one family, fences and “mine and yours”. 20 people live at the the temples residence. They go to work, live their lives, assist and serve their extended communal family and teacher,  and keep the temple and gardens running.

We spent 6 hours of each day listening to buddhist teachings and meditating. Those of you who know me know silence is a challenge. And to take that silence and turn it into a silent reflection of your own thoughts, worries and perceptions is confronting, confusing and eventually enlightening.

My perception of Budhist teachings(so far)?? It’s all the beautiful, positive teachings we all learnt as children. Love, respect, careing for others, working together for the greater good, patience, compassion, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But packaged into a really pretty box of reflection. It also promotes all the basic principles and mechanics of modern psychology. – How you percieve things differently to other people, how you react to those perceptions, how you can control those reactions for a better outcome.

I did enjoy my stay at the Tibetan Budhist Society and would definitely do it again in the future. I think “meditation with meaning” is important in our fast paced modern world.

My family coped just fine without me for one weekend too. Though, they were a bit bewildered by my calm demeaner and regular chant of -“patience” -for a few days.

The gardens are open to the community four times each year – at the Tibetan New Year festival, the Buddhist Spring festival and the two Rose Garden Open Day weekends. The next Open Day Weekend will be on November 21st and 22nd 2010. 

the Society holds a variety of classes including instruction on how to meditate, Buddhist philosophy and advanced Vajrayana practices. The Society’s main centre is the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Melbourne.


Bollywood Boogie March 6, 2010

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Ladies around Melbourne and Australia have been enjoying the vibrant, chimmy and shake of Bollywood Dancing. My Bollywood Boogie participants around Melnourne have been shaking up a storm.

Here’s a little taste of this sensational styling from the girls & guys of “So you think you can dance”.

Just click on the pictures to watch the videos.


Tai Chi in the park. March 3, 2010

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December, 2009.

Some devoted Tai Chi students took on the challenge and spent their day in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds. Fine tuning skills, practicing breathing and relaxation, learning a huge amount of the form – “Beijing 24”. It was a hard days work with much reward and laughter. Well done! You deserve a nice hot bath.


What an adventure!! June 21, 2009

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pkt11Holidaying with children is never the quiet, relaxing resort style holiday of single life. So why not make it an adventure the kids will never forget?  

We chose Phuket solely because my long lost step brother lives there, with his Thai family. So it was the perfect opportunity to reconnect and give the children a real, practical Thai experience.

monkeysHere’s the adventure in a nut shell.
The boys had the chance to feed and pat elephents, hold baby monkeys, hold a (BIG) crocodile by the tail, touch a yellow python and boa constrictor, feed elephants again, pat a 1 month old white tiger cub, stand next to a fully grown tiger, ride elephants, hold an iguana (helping the owner/friend to promote ‘photos with the iguana’ to tourists), hold a sea eagle & hug elephants.
Then Tony, my brother took us camping on an uninhabited island. Yep, jungle, beach, spiders, scorpions, tropical fish and hermit crabs. Oh, and gibbon monkeys calling from the jungle behind us. And his wife, Ming ,cooked up a storm of Thai food every lunch and dinner over one gas cooker!! Thankyou Tony, Ming and kids for a great family welcome.
pkt14We did all the tourist things too. And absolutely loved canoeing through the island caves. We had a few hiccups – a trip to the hospital for My Monkey to get stitches in his knee, a trip to the doctors for My Koala’s ear infection, and moans from my Hubby’s back ache. But it wouldn’t be the same adventure if we hadn’t seen the inside of the Phuket hospital or experienced sitting outside a little shop front, waiting & wondering what ‘the doctor’ would be like (he was wonderful).

I learnt a few things about my family too. While out of the usual routine, stress levels were up and down, excitement levels were at a high and personalities were clashing all over the walls of our hut. Mum had to keep it all together, keep the wheels turning. So once again, I learnt a few things about myself . Good things, that I already knew, but needed reminding.
Now, where to next year?

Sailing away to exotic places May 28, 2009

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I’m taking my kids, packing my bags, (o.k. the hubby can come too), and leaving the financial woes and swine flu scare of Victoria. For 2 weeks anyway. I figure the zero swine flu count of Phuket is safer than living in Melbourne at the moment.

We’re off to Phuket! Adventure!! and happy family memories!!  After the 11 hours of air travel and transfers.

Who knew a holiday would take such precision planning to get underway. Organising passports, paperwork, housesitter, dogsitter, taichi class sitter, vaccinations, what to pack.

I walked out of the chemist yesterday with a plastic bag FULL of medical/firstaid stuff that every good mother should have in the tropics.   Just in case.   

So we’re on our way, to ride elephants, meet monkeys, learn a new language and visit some temples for Yogic inspiration. And I’ll have lots of photos and trinkets to show you when I get back.



PS: I can’t believe you haven’t left a comment about my Mothers Day present (below) yet!!!


Your Mothers Day Present. April 23, 2009

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