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Soraida’s Story (Video)

She keeps very poor health. Her doctors recently informed her that apart from all her other problems, she also has Multiple Sclerosis.

But, the woman I met seemed anything but unwell or inflicted with a painful disease. She greeted me with the cheeriest ‘hello’! Her eyes were bright and she seemed genuinely glad to meet me.

A tragic childhood incident triggered her life long concern and dedication for these gorgeous animals. Soraida Salwala was traveling with her father and happened to cross a large Elephant breathing its last after being hit by a truck. She asked her father, what had happened to the ‘Uncle Elephant’ and why couldn’t they take it to the hospital- a place Soraida knew well, as a sickly child.
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High On Thai… Food

A lot of my friends have been asking me if I’m stuffing my face with Thai food. Even though I haven’t posted an update about it yet, the answer is ‘Hell yeah, I am’!

I’m staying at a quirky little guest house called Giant. It’s in the Moon Muang area in Chiang Mai. It’s got an interesting mix of people from across the world. And between ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘Coffee & Tea’ you can even find Ganesh Ji!
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Backstage in Thailand

You know what’s worse than spending a night in a room infested with bugs?

Spending a second night there!

The first night you slap your self a couple of times, hoping to brutally end the life of Satan’s workers buzzing in your ear. Wake up a several times, with the icky feeling that something was crawling on your leg, down your shirt or in your ear.

But since you don’t know any better, you tell yourself it was the sheet rubbing against me, or it’s pretty hot… I was probably just sweating.

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Rosie’s Story

Rosie Ban Nai Soi Community Learning CenterI came to the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center to meet Mr Sien. I read about his story and I wanted to meet this man who struggled so hard to get the education he was denied as a young man in Burma. He now finds his redemption by ensuring that the students forgotten by the system, much like he was don’t get deprived.

What I wasn’t expecting was the pint-sized fighter I met who is his twenty one year old daughter.
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Dinner And A Show For One

While I was in Bangkok, I had my first dinner out by myself.

Alone in a new city, I thought it best to be cautious and after a long day of walking and exploring bustling Bangkok, I came back to my room by seven thirty in the evening.

I sat alone for about half an hour, flipping through Thai soap operas and feeling kinda stupid for having been an enthu-cutlet and called it a night. Also, the stomach was staging a major protest!
So I decided to be bold and head out. Yep, that’s what I’ll do; I’ll step out for a quick bite, maybe a beer and be back before it gets too late.
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Pimm’s Story

Pimm is a year older than me. Her parents are farmers and she is a Sex Worker in Chiang Mai.

From the first moment I saw her, she stood out.

She is the undisputed leader of the clan. She moves ahead of everyone, organizes everything and even sits in the front of the Jeepny as all of us huddle in the back.

She stands with her shoulders back and looks you straight in the eyes when she talks. Even with her broken English, she minces no words.
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I’m Being a Bad Girl!

I’m sitting in the office of the Empower Foundation in Chiang Mai. Today I met my first Hero.

She’s spunky, bold and beautiful. She’s also a sex worker.

I’ve spent the entire day with Pimm and her merry band of a dozen ‘bad girls’ (They like to call themselves that!). All of whom work at the Can Do Bar in Chiang Mai.

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