Banda Aceh - The Cool Breeze

3 months into volunteering in Banda Aceh
i found a love with the children of the orphanages i was working at
the children loved teaching me how to speak acehnese
and they just wanted to learn kung fu from me
even the girls wanted to learn to fight…

for my birthday i decided to run to the ocean
one boy, Mahlel who was 14 wanted to run with me
it was a grueling run which i almost passed out
sweating and exhausted but Mahlel kept me going
a brave boy who hadn’t seen the ocean
since the tsunami
as we were hundred metres
he was ready to pass out
so throwing him onto my shoulders we made the adventure together

our feet hit the water
and Mahlel was crying in happiness
he forgotten how much he loved the ocean
how much it made him happy
and it made me happy to see him happy

the follow months we had a runnning day

Banda Aceh - Arrivals

i came to help out the Tsunami relief when the second wave hit Nias
i travelled to Nias by truck with the food supply
we got hit by a landslide and the dirt surrounded the truck
Sumatra is a ecological disaster zone
they sold out their rain forest for palm plantations
but the soil is unstable and prone to landslides during heavy rain.…

we carried over 40 tonnes of rice into another truck
and made it accross to the Nias.

so many people had died
i was meant to take photos
but i couldn’t take a single one
i was overwhelmed by death
and i saw a man trying to find his wife in the rubble
the tears in his eyes overwhelmed me
and i found myself by his side
lifting wood and debris
till we found her lifeless
we cried

i helped carry the orange body bags
and found myself helping with medics
then after several days of

Chapters of my life

i always evolve on who i am
i’ve done alot of things in my life
and seen the beauty and horrors of the world
but i am someone who is facinated by finding happiness
true and utter happiness
can one ever be truly happy?

there is so many moments where everything is perfect
and i will forever remember these moments
these moments of joy
and smiles

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