An Insiders look into selecting Rotary Peace Fellows

Its not often that someone hands you your interview questions on a plate!!! So if you are lucky to get to the interview stage for the peace fellowship, then check this page out!!!!!! It  almost feels like cheating!!!!   You will see some guidelines given to Rotary Clubs on how to select potential Rotary Peace … Continue reading

Melbourne CBD

The first big shock of yesterday morning, as we explored Melbourne CBD, was how compact and small the actual CBD is…..we followed a map and kept missing the interesting lanes cos we walked too far (as we didnt expect things to be so close). Andrew’s heart leaped with joy when he spotted ‘Pie Face’. Andrew’s way … Continue reading

I met real Aussie locals!

I met real Aussie locals this week and they were REALLY REALLY CUTE!!!!!!!!!! I’m not kidding. I met them at the Yarra Valley at Healesville Sanctuary and here are few photos of my new friends: Actually, the first furry friend wasnt too communicative. In fact, I would almost say he was annoyed with me.  Perhaps it … Continue reading

Elaine’s Rotary Foundation clip

As promised, here is the completed video on the Rotary Foundation!!! What does “Service Above Self” mean? How does the Rotary Foundation seek to serve others through its scholarship programme? Check out the above clip to find out how the Foundation has invested in young scholars. You can also read a brief summary from the latest Rotary Wellington … Continue reading

The quintessential Kiwi summer

 What is the quintessential Kiwi summer?  A truly kiwi summer must meet several requirements before it can be deemed a kiwi summer and those requirements are encapsulated in these words :sight, sound, smell, taste, touch.  1. Sight- New Zealand is a vibrant array of colour during the summer. When the Pohutukawas (NZ Christmas Tree, middle picture) … Continue reading

Our last week in Wellington

  Its been a hectic week of saying goodbyes as we head overseas today. Last night we were sent off with a final steak and cheese pie and fish and chips (“fush and chups” anyone?) The nights before was Istanbul Cafe with the Pratley extended family and dinner at friends places. But one cannot leave New Zealand … Continue reading

My talk on youth identity to Wellington South Rotary Club, 13 April 2013

The speech went reasonably well according to my husband but I was surprisingly nervous AFTER the speech. I guess I didnt feel it was my best talk =). I spoke about how the UN and World Bank constructs youth identity (and specifically the identity of those living in war zones). As summarised in the attached Rotary … Continue reading

Youth identity- victim, troublemaker or peacebuilder?

On 13 April 2011, I will be speaking at the Wellington South’s meeting and sharing my findings on how youth are perceived by the UN and World Bank. My research is confined to youth living in the conflict and post-conflict setting. This issue of youth identity is no doubt a popular topic for discussion given … Continue reading

Adrenaline sports in NZ!

I think I have been experiencing the typical stages of the ‘W’ curve of change. As the time to leave NZ approached, I was feeling firstly a mix of anger, frustration, exhaustion and then ambivalence! Andrew on the other hand was experiencing pure excitement ahahahah. Anyway, given that we would not be back to NZ for quite a … Continue reading