4 Apr

Cu Chi Tunnels by Harris Baigrie

Posted By: Baigrie Family in Harris's World (Aged 9), Update, Vietnam    

Cu Chi Tunnels are a complex of tunnels, over 200 km long and like a spiderweb; that the Viet Cong used in the Vietnam War to fight the US Army. I went there on a bus with my Dad and Patrick. The bus ride was about 1 1/2 hours long to get to Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City.

This is a diagram of the safest parts of the Cu Chi Tunnels.

This is a marker that the Viet Cong...

20 Mar

Days 31-43 Tanop Community Education Centre

Posted By: Baigrie Family in Cambodia, Update, Volunteer work    


We arrived in Tanop on a Sunday afternoon – the small village where we intended to spend the next two weeks (or so) volunteering at the school started by the Singing Kites organisation in Australia. Where is Tanop? In Bati Province, Cambodia, about 1 1/2 hours drive from Phnom Penh … I can’t tell you anymore than that. So here we are in this quiet little village of 2,500...

5 Feb

Brisbane to Jakarta – Day One.

Posted By: Baigrie Family in Indonesia, Update    

6 am start on our last day in Australia. Arrived at Brisbane domestic by 7.15 am and sitting on a plane at 9.15 am. Checked in and no worries.  Arrived into Sydney with plenty of time to catch the shuttle to the international airport.  Sat and enjoyed a hot chocolate whilst the boys played in the McDonald’s playground and checked out the free Wifi on their iPods.

Flight out...

2 Feb

The final countdown!

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Preparation, Update    

The week that was …

  • I gladly said goodbye to Toowoomba and added more kilometres to the car driving all over to pickup kids and make it to my parent’s house.
  • Squeezed in a movie with my mum and sister – recommend ‘The King’s Speech’. 
  • Steve celebrated his last day of work and attended a race day/farewell with his ambulance mates.
  • The ute got a new windscreen before handing...

28 Jan

One week left!

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Update    

This week we feel like we are in practice for the 12 months ahead with living out of one bag each; sitting in a car for many long drives and swapping beds frequently. We have stayed with my parents, Steve’s parents, a motel and friends. We have eaten a lot of take away food for lunch and dinner but also been very well fed at our ‘homestays!’

A big thank you to Mick and...

24 Jan

14 sleeps to go

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Preparation, Update    

Life has settled dramatically since my last post. We officially moved out of our house on Saturday – a little sad for a number of reasons but especially because it was absolutely sparkling clean and I would have loved to sit and enjoy that moment; which wouldn’t have lasted long with two boys, but still would have been nice for a short amount of time. We moved in with some...

14 Jan

What a week!

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Update    

Who would believe the events that have unfolded in the 7 days since my last post.  On Monday whilst visiting a neighbour, the rain came down, yet seemed no more or less than the rain we have had for weeks. Yet, it was.  We stepped out of the neigbouring house into a torrent of water. Our backyard became a creek whilst our neighbours behind us suffered a river. These two...

7 Jan

28 sleeps to go!

Posted By: Baigrie Family in Plans, Preparation, Update    

Today’s weekly round-up falls on MOVING DAY!  A day marked on the calendar for 6 months and ever looming.  I feel like I have been preparing for this day for months and actually I have.  I started packing early as I knew what a momentous task it would be, and that is after 2 garage sales and numerous trips to charity collection points to rid ourselves of unwanted items. ...

7 Jan

Thank you for looking after our ‘stuff’

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Preparation, Update    

To my parents – a heartfelt thank you for taking loving care of our beloved dog Karlee. We look forward to seeing her in good health when we return (fingers crossed).  Also thanks for minding the outdoor setting, every garden ornament and numerous miscellaneous items.

To Steve’s parents – thank you for taking care of the garden mulcher and other miscellaneous items. ...

4 Jan

35 sleeps to go and Happy New Year!

Posted By: Baigrie Family in General, Preparation, Update    

The Baigrie house was a hive of activity this week.  I finished my last day of work for 2010 and prepared for Christmas with last minute gift wrapping and food preparation.  We enjoyed a Christmas Eve feast as a family unit as the joys of shiftwork saw Steve rostered on for Christmas Day.  I drove 2 hours to Brisbane on Christmas Day with the boys to share lunch with 20...

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